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Virulent exotic Newcastle’s disease has been confirmed in a single deceased rooster, submitted from San Mateo county, but likely originating from the further East Bay area. As of today (3/17/2019), we are not aware of any other cases yet confirmed.
Important things that you should know:
1. This disease does not pose any human health risk
2. The primary risk management and concerns by USDA are to control and prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus to commercial poultry operations.
3. Although poultry appear to be highly susceptible, this virus is capable of infecting any bird species groups, including but not limited to pigeons, doves, parrots and others.
4. Transmission is accomplished through direct contact with other infected birds, or via indirect means with contaminated clothing, equipment or other items providing a means for the virus to be carried to other susceptible birds.
5. Although there are vaccines that can be used, they are not recommended nor should they be employed. There is no treatment for diseased birds. Best practice is to avoid introduction to your flock.
6. Clinical signs of disease include rapidly progressive respiratory and neurologic signs – typically causing high mortality. A link to further information is here: https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/newcastle-disease-and-other-paramyxovirus-infections/newcastle-disease-in-poultry
7. Those suspecting a flock may be affected, please call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473
What can or should you do?
1. Backyard poultry owners:
a. Do not expose your birds to other new birds until the detailed epidemiology of this current concern is settled.
b. Should you have any significant clinical signs of disease in your flock either contact your local veterinarian or USDA, requesting investigation and diagnosis. Keep in mind that these severe clinical signs do not necessarily have to be this disease!
c. Implement appropriate quarantine protocols before introducing new birds into your flocks, and employ strict biosecurity measures
d. Stay current with your knowledge through searching updates through USDA online, our practice facebook page, or website.
PLEASE NOTE that the Medical Center for Birds is temporarily adjusting the way we triage our chicken patients. If you are bringing your chicken for an exam please call to inform us that you have arrived and a technician will meet you at your car before bringing you inside. Please call 925-625-1878 if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience.
Many of you have heard our plans for expanding the hospital in the near future. Plans are before the city council for final approval to begin construction for our return across the parking lot to a new, state-of-the-art, 4,000 square foot building!
You can find a copy of our floor plan here MCFB Design.pdf 103 KB
In December 2016, we welcomed the latest in advanced diagnostic imaging equipment to our practice. “Cat” is our Vimago High-Defintion CT Scanner!
Resolution of the Vimago™ HD CT is as high as 0.09mm x 0.09mm x 0.09mm (isotropic voxels, vastly higher spatial resolution than conventional CT). Soft tissue contrast resolution is fantastic. Vimago™ delivers diagnostic views from axial, sagittal, and coronal planes, as well as 3D reconstruction capability. Not including anesthesia time, a CT study can take as little as 30 seconds. This high quality imaging brings excellent value to imaging studies of skeletal, respiratory and internal organ structures including but not limited to the heart and vascular system.