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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Virulent Newcastle disease hits Riverside County chickens


Last updated 2/15/2019 at 12:57am

Many residents in southwest Riverside County delight in raising pet chickens and have successfully won efforts to raise them in residential areas, but another battle for the poultry pet owners and commercial chicken ranchers looms.

It is the spreading Virulent Newcastle disease that is always fatal to the feathered fowl. More than one million chickens in commercial and backyard flocks have already been lost to the disease in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The disease is continuing to spread prompting the USDA to...

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