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Alert: Virulent Newcastle Disease Warning for Bird & Poultry Owners

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has issued a warning for chicken owners and caretakers in the state regarding Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND), a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting birds and poultry. Though no cases have been reported in Contra Costa County, a recent case in Alameda County and many confirmed cases in southern California mean bird owners should be on alert. VND is not a food safety concern. In rare instances, people in close contact with infected birds may get a mild fever or redness around the eyes, symptoms that usually go away without medical treatment. 

If you think you have a sick bird, call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473. For more information, visit the CDFA’s VND webpage by clicking here.