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Chicken-killing Newcastle epidemic nearly eradicated

Tara Young holds an Ameraucana chicken, which lays blue eggs, in the family hen house in Norco on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Norco is among areas quarantined for the chicken-killing Newcastle disease. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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After 17 months and 1.2 million euthanized birds, the chicken-killing Newcastle disease epidemic is likely nearing its end in Southern California. No new cases have been identified since Sept. 4 and euthanasia orders have been lifted, according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture.