Outbreak of Newcastle disease sidelines this year’s Tour De Coop | News

Since 2012, locals have biked around Silicon Valley every fall to get a peek inside residents’ backyard chicken coops. But this year, organizers of the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop opted to cancel the annual daylong chicken coop tour, which was scheduled for Sept. 14, because of a disease spreading among chickens in California. “Sadly, we are canceling the Silicon Valley Tour De Coop for 2019 due to safety concerns of the highly contagious chicken virus call[ed Newcastle,” organizers told prospective attendees in an Aug. 1 email. “There is a 120-day restriction waiting period since the last recorded find of the virus, and the date when restrictions could be dropped does not come until October 2019, after the scheduled coop tour event.” Virulent Newcastle disease is spread by direct contact between birds through coughing, sneezing and droppings. Although the disease rarely affects people, they can spread the virus by moving infected birds, equipment and bird feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas. It’s especially easy to pick up the disease at bird feed stores, since people often don’t change their clothes...

‘I Beg You, Stop.’ Residents Protest Chicken Slaughter Over Newcastle Disease

Officials are planning to slaughter chickens in Mira Loma that a family considers pets over Newcastle disease concerns. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019. Residents were protesting in the Inland Empire Monday over the killing of thousands of chickens that were euthanized to prevent the spread of a virus. Newcastle disease is a virus that can have devastating results on the poultry industry in California, according to the State Veterinarian of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A family in Mira Loma was devastated after they were told by state officials that their chickens were to be destroyed Monday. A Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy had to respond to keep the peace at a protest outside the family’s home. A teacher who also is also a reserve officer brought a gun to school, which has many parents rallying to support him, while some say he shouldn’t bring it on campus. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2019. The owners said it’s not fair and that in many cases, healthy chickens are being killed off in the process. “They’re not just chickens running in the backyard....