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Archive Number 20030315.0650
Published Date 15-MAR-2003
Subject PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (07)

NEWCASTLE DISEASE, GAME FOWL, POULTRY - USA (WEST) (07)
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Date: 15 Mar 2003
From: Pablo Nart <p.nart@virgin.net>
Source SignOn San Diego com, 15 Mar 2003
<http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20030315-9999_1mi15infect.html>


A small North County poultry ranch and another in San Bernardino County 
were added yesterday to the growing tally of commercial operations infected 
with exotic Newcastle disease, the deadly avian virus that has spread 
across Southern California.  The spread among poultry ranches had appeared 
to slow and task force officials were guardedly encouraged, but they said 
there was no way of telling when they would gain control over the disease.

"I don't think we can really make any predictions until we aren't making 
any findings at all," said Larry Cooper, spokesman for the California 
Department of Food and Agriculture.  The newly infected ranches bring the 
state total to 19, 6 of which are in north San Diego County.

Exotic Newcastle disease is harmless to humans.  The state and federal 
Exotic Newcastle Disease Task Force would not reveal the ranches' names or 
locations. But Cooper said the 4000-bird ranch in this county was close to 
others that had been infected.  Of the previously infected ranches, 4 were 
in Valley Center and one was in Ramona. All birds at the North County ranch 
and the 40 000 at the ranch in San Bernardino County will be destroyed.

The task force also added 2 more backyard, or pet, cases to the list, one 
in Valley Center and one in Escondido, bringing that total to 12.  However, 
4 of the cases in Valley Center are considered "dangerous contacts," which 
means the birds had not tested positive for exotic Newcastle but were a 
risk due to their high level of exposure to an infected site.

The outbreak, first confirmed in backyard birds in the city of Compton in 
Los Angeles County in October 2002, has forced authorities to euthanize 3 
million birds.

[By Elizabeth Fitzsimons, Union-tribune Staff Writer]

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Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA(West)(05) 20030309.0579
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Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)(03) 20030222.0463
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)(02) 20030211.0372
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)      20030206.0318
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA) (06) 20030209.0353
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA) (05) 20030117.0145
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA)(04) 20030116.0129
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA)(03) 20030108.0060
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA) (02) 20030104.0021
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA)      20030103.0014
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (CA,NV) (02) 20030204.0304
Newcastle disease, game fowl, poultry - USA (CA, NV)      20030127.0246
2002
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Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA)      20021228.6147
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Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (10) 20021216.6077
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (09) 20021208.6014
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (08) 20021203.5958
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (07) 20021125.5893
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (06) 20021112.5780
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (05) 20021101.5689
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (04) 20021026.5646
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (03) 20021019.5603
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (02) 20021012.5533
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA): OIE      20021004.5468]
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