Virulent Newcastle Disease

Virulent Newcastle Disease

Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease is a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs.

vND is not a food safety concern.  No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products.  Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.  In very rare instances people working directly with sick birds can become infected with mild symptoms.

vND has not been found in commercial poultry in the U.S. since 2003.

Since May 18, USDA has confirmed 64 cases of vND in backyard birds in California, 56 in San Bernardino County, 5 in Riverside County and 3 in Los Angeles County:

Date Confirmed

State

County

Types of Birds

July19, 2018 California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 19, 2018 California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 18, 2018
California
Los Angeles
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 18, 2018
California
Los Angeles
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 18, 2018
California
Riverside
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 18, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 18, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 17, 2018 California
Riverside
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 17, 2018 California
San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens
July 13, 2018
California
Riverside
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 13, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 13, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 11, 2018

California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 11, 2018

California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 11, 2018

California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 11, 2018

California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 11, 2018

California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 9, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 9, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 9, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 6, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 3, 2018
California
San Bernardino
Backyard exhibition chickens
July 3, 2018
California
Riverside
Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

Riverside

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 27, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 27, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 25, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 25, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 22, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 21, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 20, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 20, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 19, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 14, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 13, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 5, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 5, 2018

California

San Bernardino 

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 4, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

June 1, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 30, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 26, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition chickens

May 24, 2018

California

San Bernardino

Backyard exhibition mixed species birds

May 17, 2018

California

Los Angeles

Backyard exhibition chickens


How You Can Help

It is essential that all bird owners follow good biosecurity practices to help protect their birds from infectious diseases.  These simple steps include: 

    • Washing hands and scrubbing boots before and after entering an area with birds;
    • Cleaning and disinfecting tires and equipment before moving them off the property; and
    • Isolating any birds returning from shows for 30 days before placing them with the rest of the flock.

 All bird owners should report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

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