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4-H Safety

Animal Health Alert

Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND): How to Keep your Poultry Flock Safe
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has identified several cases of virulent Newcastle Disease in small flocks of backyard birds in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious and deadly virus in birds; which is found in respiratory discharges and feces. It is essential that all poultry owners follow good biosecurity practices to help protect their birds from infectious diseases.
Keeping Your Birds Safe from Virulent Newcastle Disease, Poultry Ponderings--UC Davis Vet Med
UCCE Poultry Website, now available in Espanol--Aves de Corral

Poultry Handling Safety: Salmonella Germs Information
A Salmonella outbreak has been reported in 23 states, linked to small and backyard farmers working with live baby poultry. Awareness of the outbreak and sharing of information on disease risk and prevention is crucial.
Contact with live poultry can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following information and suggestions:
Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks
Risk of Human Salmonella Infections from Live Baby Poultry
Poultry & Salmonella Germs
Poultry Handling Safety

Influenza A Virus Associated with Fairs and Swine Shows
Information on influenza in both people and pigs, good biosecurity practices for swine shows, and updated information on influenza virus transmission between people and pigs can be found at the following websites:
Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions 3-11-13
CDC Influenza A (H3N2) Variant Virus
USDA Animal Health Swine Disease Information

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Information

Swine Flu Information
CDFA Swine Flu
CDC Swine Flu page

Avian Flu Information
CDFA Avian Influenza update
CDFA Avian Health Program
CDC Avian Influenza H7N9

Healthy Fairs Information
USDA NIFA Webinar: "Healthy Fairs" 8/9/2012

We will provide additional updates as more information is available. To provide content recommendations, please contact us.

Acknowledgments for the 4-H Safety Program:

  • 2008 "Solutions at Work Program" Award of Recognition from the Campus Safety Health & Environmental Mangement Association (CSHEMA)
  • 2008 "Innovations in Safety" Award from UCOP Risk Services
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