WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently announced that it has shifted its virulent Newcastle disease (vND) efforts in southern California from a response focus to implementing a prevention plan aimed at keeping the disease from recurring in the region. 

Even with extensive testing taking place, APHIS has not confirmed any new vND cases since Feb. 1. As a result, the California Department of Food and Agriculture is removing its vND quarantine.

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