Week of September 14 - 20, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Nine additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease has been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) want to remind bird owners about the need for biosecurity to help protect their birds from VND and other infectious diseases. These include simple steps like washing hands and scrubbing boots before and after entering a poultry area; 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. In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should report sick birds or unusual bird deaths through California's Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-BIRD (2473).

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Week of September 7 - 13, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease has been confirmed in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of August 31 - September 6, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Six additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of August 24 - 30, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Fourteen additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of August 17 - 23, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Eleven additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of August 10 - 16, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Thirteen additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of August 3 - 9, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Sixteen additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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Week of July 27 - August 2, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Nine additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard poultry in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, California (eight cases in backyard chickens, one case in backyard turkeys). For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 26, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed -- one in Los Angeles County and one in San Bernardino County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 25, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Riverside County and San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed -- one in Riverside County and one in San Bernardino County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 20, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, California have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 19, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Multiple Counties

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Five additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed- two in Los Angeles County, one in Riverside County, and two in San Bernardino County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 18, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County and Riverside County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed- one in San Bernardino County and one in Riverside County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 16, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County and Riverside County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Three additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed- two in San Bernardino County and one in Riverside County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 12, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Five additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, California have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 10, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County and Riverside County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Four additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in California have been confirmed- three in San Bernardino County and one in Riverside County. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 6, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 5, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino, CA has been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 3, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in Riverside County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in Riverside County, CA has been confirmed. This case is just over the San Bernardino County line and in the same general area as the other cases. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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July 2, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Seven additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 28, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 27, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Four additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 26, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 25, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 21, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Two additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 20, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA has been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 15, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA has been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/vnd

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June 14, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA has been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/vnd    

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June 6, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Three additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard chickens in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/vnd    

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June 4, 2018: Additional Case of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. One additional case of virulent Newcastle disease in a backyard birds in San Bernardino County, CA has been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/vnd

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June 1, 2018: Three Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have reported sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Three additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard birds in San Bernardino County, CA have been confirmed. For a list of cases visit the USDA website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/vnd

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May 30, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have started reporting sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Four additional cases of virulent Newcastle disease have been confirmed in backyard poultry in San Bernardino County, California. CDFA is working closely with USDA - APHIS to respond to these findings.

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May 25, 2018: Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in San Bernardino County

Bird owners in Southern California are responding to outreach provided over the past several days related to virulent Newcastle disease (VND), and have started reporting sick birds. Samples from the flocks, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS).  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirms all findings. Virulent Newcastle disease has been confirmed in one flock of backyard birds and one additional presumptive positive case also in backyard birds – both in San Bernardino County, California. CDFA is working closely with APHIS to respond to these findings, and is investigating any potential links between these cases and the case recently identified in Los Angeles County. Associated premises investigation and area disease control and surveillance is underway.

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May 18, 2018: Virulent Newcastle Disease Confirmed in a Backyard Chicken Flock in Los Angeles County

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has detected virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. The detection has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003.

CDFA is working with federal and local partners as well as poultry owners to respond to the finding. State officials have quarantined potentially exposed birds and are testing for the disease.