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Bird owners take precaution to avoid deadly chicken disease spreading through California

Virulent Newcastle Disease found near San Diego
Posted: 10:09 AM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 13:27:18-04
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ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - People who own chickens in the North County are taking extra precautions to protect their flocks, as a deadly bird disease creeps closer to San Diego County.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture issued a quarantine for birds in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties after reports of the disease. With all three counties surrounding San Diego, officials here have issued warnings to chicken owners to look out for symptoms.

According to the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, symptoms include:

  • Sudden death and increased death loss in flock.
  • Sneezing, gasping for air, nasal discharge, coughing.
  • Greenish, watery diarrhea.
  • Decreased activity, tremors, drooping wings, twisting of head and neck, circling, complete stiffness.
  • Swelling around the eyes and neck.

They say anyone who sees these symptoms in their birds should contact the CDFA Bird Hotline at at 866-922-BIRD.