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Emergency Management Warning 97:

Exotic Newcastle Disease Confirmed in the United States

Exotic Newcastle disease (END) was confirmed on October 1, 2002, in the State of California and is now in the final phase of total eradication. For the past four week only seven new backyard urban flocks have been detected and they were immediate depopulated. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has also recently taken the following significant regulatory actions:

1. A prohibition on the interstate and international movement of animals for fighting, which directly addressed gamefowl movements for fighting, was published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2003.

2. With the complete eradication of END in the States of Nevada and Arizona, effective on May 14, 2003, APHIS lifted federal quarantines on the five counties affected in Nevada and Arizona. Additionally, all Federal/State emergency response incident command posts in the two States have been closed.

3. With the successful eradication of END in the single index flock in Texas, the Federal/State incident command post in Socorro, TX has also been closed.

APHIS is currently conducting END strategy meetings planning for final eradication and surveillance activities. All U.S. trading partners should be assured that all commercial U.S. poultry genetics and products can be certified as END-free.

Operations in Progress

Current Statistics:
California
Personnel Assigned 923
Premises Currently Quarantined
15,073
Current Positive Premises
46 backyard
15 commercial
Current Contact Premises
67 backyard
1 commercial
Premises Pending Depopulation
14

Cumulative Statistics:

California
Texas
Arizona
Nevada
Total
Total Premises Quarantined
18,001
498
67
155
18,721
Total Premises Released
2,907
2
66
155
3,130
Total Positive Premises
920 (+2)
1 (no change)
1 (no change)
10 (no change)
932 (+2)

Total Premises Depopulated
2,469
41
6
147
2,663
Total Birds Depopulated
3,493,454
1,871
269
2,746
3,498,340
Counties with Currently Positive and/or Contact Premises
Kern
Los Angeles
Riverside
San Bernadino
San Diego
Ventura

Operational Update

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.

Effective 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.

Effective May 14, 2003, Mohave and Yuma Counties, AZ, Nye County, NV, and portions of La Paz County, AZ, and Clark County, NV, were removed from the list of quarantined areas because of exotic Newcastle disease.

Effective April 10, 2003, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that regulates the interstate movement of all species of birds and poultry products from all of El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, TX, and Dona Ana, Luna, and Otero Counties, NM. The federal quarantine was placed on counties beyond the infected county due to their proximity to the infected county.

A quarantine was placed on a portion of New Mexico because of its proximity to the infected area in the State of Texas

Effective May 14, 2003, APHIS imposed a federal quarantine that regulates the interstate movement of all species of birds and poultry products from a portion of Kern County, CA.

The Incident Command Post in Texas has been closed. Operational activities have been completed. Intra-county movement restrictions are to be removed in El Paso County.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared an extraordinary emergency for the States of Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico. These declarations allow USDA to apply federal authority within Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

Effective May 13, 2003, operational activities at the Nevada Incident Command were officially complete and the Command was closed. Dr. David Thain, State Veterinarian for Nevada will handle any remaining inquiries. An Animal Health Technician will remain at the site to conduct truck disinfections.

Effective May 15, 2003, operational activities at the Arizona Incident Command were officially complete and the Command was closed. Dr. Dee Harris, Area Veterinarian in Charge will handle any remaining inquiries.

Outreach Activities

In conjunction with the Task Force, the Texas Animal Health Commission in Austin continues to send out information packets to stakeholder organizations; most recently, the commission has mailed materials to feed stores, veterinary clinics and pet stores.

Definitions

Emergency Management Issue is for information with no impact on APHIS.
Emergency Management Notice is an ongoing incident with potential impact on APHIS.
Emergency Management Warning is an ongoing incident with almost certain impact on APHIS.

  Photo of chickens behind a wire fence.
For More Information

California END Hotline 800-491-1899

To contact APHIS Veterinary Services' Emergency Program Staff, call 301-734-8073, 800-601-9327 or email emoc@usda.gov

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Nevada Department of Agriculture

Arizona Department of
Agriculture


Texas Animal Health Commission