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Emergency Management Warning 62:
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.
Newcastle disease (END) was confirmed on October 1, 2002, in the State of
California, and has now spread beyond backyard flocks to affect 20
commercial operations in California. On January 16, 2003, END was also
confirmed in a backyard flock in the State of Nevada. A backyard flock was
confirmed with END on February 4, 2003, in the State of Arizona. Clinical
signs 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. Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) personnel and other federal government
personnel are working with the States to consider additional resources to
meet the labor demands at the Task Forces. APHIS has developed a plan for
national END surveillance. This plan will enhance the already extensive
* Situation Update (as of 8:00 p.m. PST, March 17, 2003)
|Number of premises positive
||1 (no change from 3/17)
||* 845 (up 8 from 3/17)
||10 (no change from 3/17)
||* 856 (up 8 from 3/17)|
|Number of contact premises
||3 (no change from 3/17)
||* 1,523 (up 4 from 3/17)
||128 (no change from 3/17)
||* 1,654 (up 4 from 3/17)|
|Number of premises depopulated
|Premises waiting to be depopulated
|Birds depopulated to date
|Counties currently 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 20 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), 6 premises in San Diego County (6 infected), and 10 premises in
San Bernardino County (10 infected).
• * Of the 2,510 premises
designated for depopulation, 93.8% have been completed.
Inland Desert and South Coast ICP's have realigned their service
territories so that all of Los Angeles County will now be handled by the
South Coast ICP. The South Coast ICP also will be responsible for all of
San Diego County, except in cases involving commercial premises.
Previously, the Inland Desert ICP handled portion of Los Angeles County,
as well as certain areas of San Diego County (both backyard and commercial
• On March 12, 2003, an official from the President's
Council on Homeland Security and the Deputy Director of the Homeland
Security Staff at USDA visited the South Coast and Inland Desert Incident
Command Posts to meet with Area and Incident Commanders and other
personnel, as well as to view Task Force operations first hand.
On March 10, 2003, the Central California Incident Command, as well as
representatives from Area Command, met with County Agriculture
Commissioners from the central California region. The focus of the meeting
was to explore ways that county personnel could be utilized to carry out
END surveillance. Personnel from Stanislaus County are already conducting
surveillance work based on a cooperative agreement with the END Task
Force. It is envisioned that similar agreements will be reached, as the
need arises, with other California counties in the region.
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
is scheduled to meet on March 19, 2003, to discuss the END situation,
resource availability, State personnel legislation, and future personnel
needs. The AgMAC is scheduled to have follow-up meetings weekly to address
these issues and any additional issues as they emerge.
• Task Force
personnel, in close collaboration with the California State Highway
Patrol, have agreed to establish an inspection station at the commercial
truck weighing station on Interstate 5 at Castaic. Personnel will perform
visual inspections of commercial vehicles that contain birds or poultry.
Further, California State Highway Patrol officers will remain alert for
commercial poultry vehicles they see in and around quarantine zones and
those officers will notify the Task Force with any information pertinent
to the Task Force mission.
• Under a new Task Force direct mail campaign, all residences
currently under quarantine will be receiving a letter thanking them for
their continued cooperation and reminding them to continue meeting all
quarantine obligations until their premises are officially
• Task Force personnel at the Inland Desert Incident
Command Post (ICP) are distributing END educational materials in the
utility bills of residents who live in areas highly affected by the
• On a daily basis, Task Force personnel are communicating
information concerning surveillance, depopulation, and cleaning and
disinfection operations to all affected city managers in Southern
• Currently, Task Force information personnel field
approximately 450 calls per week from the public through the Joint
Information Center phone bank. This is a twenty-fold increase from the
number of calls in October 2002. On average, approximately 300 of these
calls require follow-up action by the Inland Desert or South Coast
Incident Command Posts.
• The Task Force information staff provides
daily updates to approximately 50 media outlets in California. In
addition, in Area Command alone, the information staff field approximately
70 media calls per week.
Emergency Management Issue is for
information with no impact on APHIS.
Emergency Management Notice is an
ongoing incident with potential impact on APHIS.
Warning is an ongoing incident with almost certain impact on APHIS.