REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - The first confirmed case of Newcastle Disease in chickens has been found in Redwood City.
A rooster tested positive for the virus last Thursday.
It is a highly contagious, deadly viral disease in birds that can wipe out entire flocks. In 2002, an 11-month outbreak killed about 3.1 million birds and cost the industry $161 million nationwide.
Last year, tens of thousands of birds died.
"The worry is it would get into the commercial poultry industry," said Veterinarian Tina Peak. "California has a very large poultry industry."
Right now, veterinarians say that pets should not be moved and owners should take extra care cleaning up and handling the animals.