A rooster brought into a Redwood City veterinary clinic has tested positive for a disease that does not pose a risk to humans but is highly contagious and fatal to poultry, San County officials announced today Mateo.
Virulent Newcastle disease is currently under eradication in southern California after being found there last year. The rooster brought to the Redwood City clinic had been brought from Alameda County, moving the investigation there, officials said after questioning its owner.
“The reason the bird was brought to Redwood City is a matter of speculation, but local and state agricultural officials do not believe virulent Newcastle disease is present in San Mateo County,” the statement said. county.
San Mateo County has relatively isolated small poultry operations. Still, poultry and egg producers are alerted, and anyone with chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc. should be mindful of the health of their birds, depending on the county.
“They should only purchase birds from legitimate and reputable hatcheries and breeding facilities, implement quarantine protocols before introducing new birds to flocks, and use biosecurity measures as virulent Newcastle disease can be transported long distances by waterfowl and other susceptible birds, ”the county statement said. . “Do not transport any poultry unless you have confirmed that it is not a quarantined area.”
Those who suspect that a flock may be affected, please call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473