By Staff Reports
(Victorville) – Out of safety for attendees and animals, the SBC Fair is cancelling its poultry events this year.
The SBC Fair has joined with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and other counties in cancelling poultry events this year due to an outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease.
“While we are disappointed to have to cancel such longstanding events, our number one priority at the SBC Fair is the safety of our attendees, employees and animals,” said Geoff Hinds, SBC Fair general manager.
The virus has had a devastating impact on backyard bird populations in the Southern California counties of Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino and has resulted in nearly 500,000 back yard birds being euthanized.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reports that virulent Newcastle disease (VND), formerly known as exotic Newcastle disease, “is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. In rare cases, humans exposed to infected birds may get eye inflammation or mild fever-like symptoms. These signs generally resolve without treatment, however, medical care should be sought if symptoms persist.” The CDFA also explains that, “infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment. Virulent Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern and no human cases of the disease have occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.”
The Fair will still have all of the traditional events and attractions such as the Concert Series, Motor Sports Series, Russell Brothers Circus, the Demolition Derby. To see more information on acts and entertainment as they are announced visit www.SBCFair.com.Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and use #SBCFairShare to let us know what you’re most excited to see.