– The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture have announced an end to the Exotic
Newcastle Disease (END) quarantine. Extensive testing of the
regulated area has been completed, with no additional detections of
state and federal quarantines originally encompassed 46,000 square
miles, which included the following counties: Imperial, Los Angeles,
Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego,
Ventura, and a small southeastern corner of Kern County. On August
4, 2003, all but 7,300 square miles of the quarantine was released.
This latest action lifts the entire quarantine in California,
including the statewide poultry exhibition ban. However, CDFA
retains the authority to monitor and test at poultry sale venues in
an effort to prevent the introduction of highly contagious poultry
diseases such as END.
have eagerly anticipated this day and are extremely proud of the
tireless work of the Exotic Newcastle Disease Task Force,” said CDFA
Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. “We relied on the expertise
of CDFA veterinarians and other staff, as well as veterinarians from
the USDA and from Baja California. We also greatly appreciate the
contributions from other state, federal and local agencies, and the
state of the art capabilities of the California Animal Health and
Food Safety Lab at the University of California. Many government
agencies and thousands of people contributed to an expeditious and
successful conclusion of this program.”
initial cases of Exotic Newcastle Disease were detected last fall.
By winter, the disease had spread to commercial poultry operations
in Southern California. In January, California Governor Gray Davis
declared a state of emergency. The outbreak cost more than $160
million to fight and resulted in the depopulation of more than 3
guard against the risk of subsequent outbreaks, especially in the
high-risk fall months, CDFA has activated an ongoing monitoring
program. All backyard poultry owners and commercial operations are
encouraged to practice biosecurity measures to help prevent the
introduction of disease when people enter or depart the premises, to
routinely check birds for signs of illness, and to report any
incidence of suspected END or other bird diseases. More information
is available at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ or
through the END information line, 1-800-491-1899.
and USDA representatives will be available via conference call at 3
p.m. today to discuss the lifting of the quarantine. The number is
1-866-453-9084. The pass code is 340726.
1220 N Street, Suite 428. Sacramento,