– The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture have reduced the size of the Exotic
Newcastle Disease (END) quarantine zone in Southern California by 84
percent, from more than 46,000 square miles to 7,300 square miles.
San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Imperial counties—all previously under
quarantine—have been thoroughly tested with no indication of the
highly infectious END and are now free of quarantine restrictions.
Areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Ventura
counties have also tested negative and been released. The last case
of END in Southern California was detected in May.
reduced quarantine zone includes portions of Los Angeles, San
Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Ventura and Kern counties. END Task
Force teams continue to identify and test poultry in those areas.
When a sufficient number of birds have tested negative for END, then
the remaining area can be considered for quarantine
is a tremendous development in this program,” said CDFA Secretary
William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. “We are able to make this change much
sooner than we originally thought we would. But let’s not drop our
guard. This disease could flare up in the coming months. Still, we
remain cautiously optimistic that we can eradicate the disease in
the not-so-distant future.”
of bird populations also continue in those Central and Northern
California counties that might be at risk for END. The statewide ban
on poultry exhibits will remain in place until California is
completely free of the quarantine
a number of commercial poultry facilities in Southern California
have been stricken with END, the disease has not been detected in
the Central Valley, where a significant portion of the state’s $3
billion poultry industry is housed. “The joint response of the state
and federal government has been instrumental in keeping the disease
south of the Tehachapis,” said Bill Mattos, President of the
California Poultry Federation. “We look forward to the day when the
entire quarantine is lifted in California.”
view the reduced quarantine zone residents can access maps at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ or
contact the END Helpline at 1-800-491-1899. Anyone living within the
new quarantine boundaries wishing to move poultry or other birds
must have a permit issued by the END Task Force. Helpline operators
will assist residents seeking those permits.
addition to the joint action taken in California, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture has also released Nevada, Arizona, and
Texas from any remaining federal quarantine
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