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California Poultry Faces Disease Threat; State Veterinarian Talks To KCLU News About Crisis


A disease outbreak has threatened California’s poultry population, and led to more than 60,000 birds being euthanized.  The poultry industry isn't a major part of agriculture on the Central and South Coasts, but authorities are hoping to get a handle on the situation before it moves into the Central Valley, which is home to the massive farms where many of our chickens and turkeys are raised.

The outbreak doesn't pose a health risk to people, but could potentially decimate the state's poultry supply, which is a major food source.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with California’s State Veterinarian about the crisis.

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Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.