Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious viral disease that can be fatal to domestic poultry and other bird species. It is reportable in North Dakota.
Transmission: Newcastle disease virus (NDV) strains are endemic in poultry in most of Asia, Africa and some countries of North and South America. Other countries, including the USA and Canada, are free of those strains in poultry and maintain that status through import restrictions and destruction of infected poultry.
Recommendations for People Who Raise Pigs
- Watch pigs for signs of illness. Call a veterinarian if you suspect illness.
- Take protective measures if you must come in contact with pigs that are known or suspected to be sick such as minimizing contact with pigs and wearing personal protective equipment. Protective clothing, gloves and masks that cover your mouth and nose should be worn when contact is required.
- Wash hands often.
- Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu-like symptoms.