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Emergency Management Warning 48:
Exotic Newcastle Disease Confirmed in the United States
All information in the following Notice marked with an asterisk (*)
identifies changes since the last Notice was sent out.
Situation Update (as of 5:00 p.m. PST, February 25, 2003)
|Number of premises quarantined
|Number of premises positive
||1 (no change from 2/25)
||704 (up 4 from 2/25)
||8 (no change from 2/25)
||713 (up 4 from 2/25)|
|Number of contact premises
||3 (no change from 2/25)
||1,299 (down 4 from 2/25)
||127 (up 1 from 2/25)
||1,429 (down 3 from 2/25)|
|Number of premises depopulated
|Premises waiting to be depopulated
|Birds depopulated to date
|Counties with positive flocks
* Effective January 7, 2003, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that
regulates the interstate movement of all species of birds and poultry
products from Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino,
San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, CA.
January 17, 2003, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that regulates the
interstate movement of all species of birds and poultry products from
Clark and a portion of Nye County, NV.
* Effective February 10,
2003, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that regulates the interstate
movement of all species of birds and poultry products from all of La Paz
and Yuma Counties and a portion of Mohave County, AZ.
* The U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared an extraordinary emergency
for the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada. These declarations
allow USDA to apply federal authority within Arizona, California and
* Currently there are 17 commercial flocks in the State of
California affected by END. The breakdown of the commercial premises
involved is as follows: 4 premises in Riverside County (3 infected and 1
contact), 5 counties in San Diego County (5 infected), and 8 premises in
San Bernardino County (8 infected).
* Of the 2,142 premises
designated for depopulation, 92.7% have been completed.
Central Valley Incident Command Post in Modesto, CA, is staffed and
working cooperatively with approximately 15 – 20 county officials to
implement efficient surveillance measures throughout the Central
* The Agriculture Multi-Agency Coordination (AgMAC) Group
met on February 12, 2003, to discuss interagency agreements and agency
resource allocations. The AgMAC is scheduled to have a follow-up meeting
today, and will meet weekly to address issues as they emerge.
Once affected premises are identified and birds humanely depopulated,
affected areas are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Landfills,
composting, and rendering are being used for safe disposal of affected
birds and materials.
* Task Force personnel are conducting a
door-to-door campaign to identify affected premises. Epidemiological
investigations are ongoing. Entities that sell birds continue to be
monitored in affected areas. If a flock tests positive, officials will
quarantine the premises immediately and order the destruction of the flock
as soon as it is logistically possible.
* Task Force personnel, in
close collaboration with the California State Highway Patrol, are
exploring the possibility of establishing inspection stations on
Interstate 5. Personnel are also discussing border control and voluntary
* APHIS has developed a distributed a plan to
enhance national END surveillance. This plan will enhance the already
extensive surveillance underway in Arizona, California and
* CDFA's Division of Fairs and Expositions has issued an
official recommendation that the California Fairs Boards adopt a local
policy to suspend all poultry shows for the 2003 fairs seasons.
* An informational booth at the western States Veterinary Association's
Annual Conference was staffed to distribute information and recruit
veterinarians to assist in the current outbreak. The conference was held
at the Mandaley Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
* On February 16, 2003,
informational materials were distributed at a Wal-Mart store in Nevada
adjacent to the 3K buffer zone and a park within the 3K buffer
* On February 15, 2003, a meeting was held with the Silver
State pigeon racing association located within the 3K buffer zone in
Nevada. A short presentation was followed by questions and
* On February 9, 2003, a presentation was given to the Las
Vegas Bird Club explaining the current outbreak of END and its impact on
the transportation and health of exotic birds.
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