Newcastle Disease confirmed in Redwood City rooster

The first confirmed case of Newcastle Disease in chickens has been found in Redwood City.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 12:47 PM

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. 

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