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2019-08-15: New vND finding in San Bernardino County

August 15, 2019

After a 2 month period with no new positive vND findings, there has been confirmation of a new positive in San Bernardino County.   Everyone must be on high alert.   Exercise the highest levels of biosecurity.

2019-04-09: List of Fairs with no live poultry

April 10, 2019

Here is our best information as to the list of California fairs that will not have live poultry in 2019. 

*These fairs have been added since the last update.

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.”

2019-03-14: Northern California VND chicken death

March 14, 2019

Dr. Bradley wants everyone to be aware that CDFA staff has just released confirmation  “that one chicken taken to a veterinary office in Redwood City died of VND.”   Staff members also report that  “at this moment we are not aware of any other cases in Northern California but we are very actively investigating.” 


March 01, 2019

ATTENTION:  The 2019 Fair letter is not yet available. Please see the 2018 Fair letter, posted in the News section. 

Here is the 2018 letter for your reference.

Here are the 2018 Health Check Guidelines.

Here is the 2018 sample PHI invoice.


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.