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Pre-emptive depletion of bird populations in Southern California


Message from State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones for Residents in VND-affected areas in Compton, Muscoy, Mira Loma, and Perris

Due to progression and duration of a virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) outbreak in parts of Southern California, the State Veterinarian has ordered mandatory euthanasia of birds in neighborhoods in

Compton (Los Angeles County)

Muscoy (San Bernardino County)

Mira Loma/Jurupa Valley (Riverside County)

Perris (Riverside County)


Unfortunately, even if birds and flocks have previously tested negative but now fall within a designated mandatory euthanasia area, the birds must be euthanized. USDA/CDFA staff will contact affected bird owners.

While this action is difficult for all involved, it MUST be done to eradicate VND. Otherwise, the disease will continue to spread and kill additional flocks.

For more information please refer to: Virulent Newcastle Disease FAQs or call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473

Since most of the flocks involve game fowl and are considered as valuable by their owners it is highly probable that dispersal will occur prior to compulsory euthanasia resulting in further dissemination of virus. This will defeat the intention of the attempt at limiting vvND which must be regarded as endemic in this category of chickens