Southern Nevada Quarantined After Deadly Bird Virus Found
(Jan. 17) -- A deadly disease that's killed millions of chickens in California has spread to southern Nevada. Federal inspectors from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture are headed here to help control this latest outbreak of the Exotic Newcastle disease. With a bird quarantine is now in
effect here, the sale of birds in Clark County and parts of Nye County has come to an abrupt stop. Sellers not obeying the quarantine could be fined
up to $25,000.
There's a no-movement quarantine today on birds in southern Nevada, where officials have doubled the number of chickens they think are infected with
a deadly virus.
The quarantine means no birds can be sold -- or even moved -- in and around Las Vegas and Southern California.
78 chickens believed exposed to the deadly Exotic Newcastle Disease in two backyards near Nellis Air Force Base are being destroyed.
Thursday, officials in Nevada thought they were dealing with 30 infected birds.
The disease poses no harm to humans, and Nevada has no poultry industry, but it's threatening to hurt California's $3-billion-a-year poultry
This virus that's been killing chickens in Las Vegas is a potential threat to all types of birds.
State health authorities say that the deadly "Exotic Newcastle" disease has been found in a flock of chickens near Nellis Air Force Base. The
discovery means that all birds from Amargosa Valley in Nye County to Clark County will be quarantined from four months to a year.
Workers with local and federal departments of agriculture plan to canvass neighborhoods around the military base searching for other infected birds.
Poultry flocks south of Amargosa also will be tested.
Sick birds must be destroyed. More than one million chickens have been slaughtered in Southern California since the disease turned up there in
September in backyard poultry flocks.
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[Edited on 09/08/2002 by MountainStar]