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Emergency Management Warning 14
Newcastle Disease has Been Confirmed in Commercial Poultry in
Officials with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are conducting
an eradication campaign for Newcastle disease. The disease was confirmed
on October 1, 2002, and has now spread beyond backyard flocks to affect
three commercial operations. Clinical sings in infected birds include
respiratory, nervous, and gastrointestinal signs. Mortality is up to 90%
of exposed birds. Investigations are on-going and all figures are pending
final validation. Veterinary Services (VS) is working to rapidly expand
staff on the task force. Over the next three months, VS expects to deploy
100 people per week to the task force for three-week rotations and is
canceling meetings and training to meet the personnel
are on-going and all figures are pending final validation.
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The request for additional
funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation has been approved by the
Secretary of Agriculture and is at the Office of Management and Budget
Three commercial flocks have been confirmed with
Newcastle disease in Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties,
CA. The three operations house approximately 1.2 million birds.
Approximately 131,030 of these birds have already been
To date, the last reported positive case of Newcastle
disease in California was January 2, 2003.
The California State
Veterinarian has imposed a quarantine (Food and Agriculture Code Section
9562) on the following counties:
All of Los Angeles County;
of Orange County;
Portions of Riverside County;
Portions of San
Bernardino County; and
All of San Diego County.
November 21, 2002, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that regulates the
interstate movement of poultry and poultry products from Los Angeles,
portions of Riverside, and portions of San Bernardino Counties, CA. APHIS
is working on extending the federal quarantine to also include all of
Orange and San Diego Counties.
Poultry species affected by
California's quarantine are:
Pea Fowl (Peacocks)
Veterinary Services has worked with the U.S. Postal Service to affirm
that poultry will not be able to move out of the quarantined areas through
State and animal health officials are conducting
door-to-door surveys to identify fowl and other birds in the affected
areas and are following up on epidemiological associations.
date, depopulation, cleaning and disinfecting, and carcass disposal are
being conducted by CDFA and APHIS.
CDFA has closed all poultry
exhibits and fairs and expositions within the State of
Affected and exposed poultry are being euthanized and
double-bagged. Task Force members are disinfecting the bags and
transporting the carcasses to restricted landfills for burial.
door-to-door surveillance, along with interviews has established that
there have been no links to eastern States within the United States and no
exposure to other poultry in other States.
Local commercial table
egg layer birds are being closely monitored and will only be allowed to
move intrastate under CDFA monitoring and spent-hen movements restricted
to the day they are scheduled for processing.
Effective immediately, Canada has placed a ban on
all poultry meat and poultry meat products from the State of California.
Canada has also banned all hatching eggs and live poultry from the State
Emergency Management Issue is for
information with no impact on APHIS
Emergency Management Notice is
an ongoing incident with potential impact on APHIS
Management Warning is an ongoing incident with almost certain impact on
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