Newcastle Disease

2019-04-05: vND found in Arizona

April 05, 2019

Dr. Bradley is relaying the following announcement from USDA: “The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of virulent Newcastle disease (VND) in a small flock of pet chickens in Coconino County, Arizona. This is the first case of VND in Arizona.”


January 18, 2019

 The vND outbreak shows no signs of letting up.   We now have 3 commercial chicken ranches in Southern California that have been depopulated.  This week, our State Veterinarian – Dr. Annette Jones – released the following relative to upcoming poultry shows (and other live bird events):

To support our disease containment and eradication efforts, the California State Veterinarian is recommending that all poultry exhibitions that include birds from high-risk counties (Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) be cancelled.


December 17, 2018

For the first time since 2003, we have confirmation of vND (virulent Newcastle Disease) in a commercial poultry operation.   The ranch is located in Riverside County.   While the number of backyard cases had been declining, just in the last week or so there had been an increase in one area of Riverside County.   The positive commercial facility is not far away.   The young birds at the commercial operation had been vaccinated three times and the virus was identified on routine surveillance.   Shortly after the virus was identified by the CAHFS Lab, mortalities were found in the flock.