September 4, 2019 - Free Flight Health & Safety Announcement - Re: Virulent Newcastle Disease

Dear Clients, Members, Visitors & Friends,

With the recent detection of a case of virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) in San Diego County, Free Flight will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of our resident and boarding parrots. Effective immediately and until further notice, individuals living on or visiting properties housing poultry of any kind will not be permitted to enter our facility.

Free Flight will continue to maintain mandatory foot baths and disinfection protocols for anyone coming onto sanctuary grounds. While none of our birds have been affected by VND, we urge all bird owners to become knowledgeable about this disease. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Sincerely,

Free Flight 


About virulent Newcastle Disease:

·        While the outbreak here in Southern California is affecting predominantly poultry, all birds, domestic and wild, are susceptible to VND and there is no effective cure.

·        Symptoms of VND include: Coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, green watery diarrhea, reduction in egg production, twisting of the head and neck, paralysis, circling, muscle tremors, depression, swelling around eyes and neck, and sudden death.

·        The disease is spread by direct contact between birds, by coughing and sneezing, and through droppings. People can spread VND by moving infected birds, moving equipment and feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas.

·        You can protect birds by…

o   Thoroughly disinfecting hands, shoes and other articles of clothing before and after entering any bird area

o   Using dedicated shoes and clothes when caring for birds and do not to use/wear those clothes/shoes in other areas

o   Avoiding contact with wild birds and visitation to pet/bird stores or any areas where poultry are present

o   Remaining aware of VND signs and reporting any sick birds immediately to the Sick Bird Hotline, 866-922-2473

For more information and updates regarding VND, visit…

CDFA website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/newcastle_disease_info.html

USDA website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/virulent-newcastle/vnd