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USDA Reveals Incident Cases of ND during Shutdown

02/06/2019

The last reports posted by USDA before the December 24th 2018 Federal shutdown documented 231 individual confirmed cases in a three-county area of Southern California. Reports this week in CHICK-NEWS suggested that the total may be closer to 300 to date. On February 1 st USDA announced 84 new cases between December 21st and January 24th followed by an additional 26 cases during the last week of January 2019. Obviously Newcastle disease transmission was not in shutdown mode.

EGG-NEWS again criticizes the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture for their obvious inability to control the outbreak. The disease has extended to five commercial flocks and has extended in one case from California to Utah.

The outbreaks occur in what is euphemistically referred to as "backyard flocks". It is understood that most cases have occurred in fighting cocks ("game fowl"). These birds are by intent highly mobile. Whether through lack of commitment, concern for political correctness or lack of resources, the problem of endemic Newcastle disease in the fighting cock population in Southern California has not been adequately addressed. The USDA and CDFA should resolve the problem before a one-million laying hen complex or a broiler integration are infected.


Fighting Cocks