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Archive Number 20030319.0685
Published Date 19-MAR-2003
Subject PRO/AH> Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (08)

NEWCASTLE DISEASE, GAME FOWL, POULTRY - USA (WEST) (08)
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Date: 19 Mar 2003
From: Thomas E. Walton <thomas.e.walton@usda.gov>
Source: Official APHIS release (Emergency Management Warning 62)

Exotic Newcastle disease confirmed in the United States
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All information in the following Notice marked with an asterisk (*) 
identifies changes since the last notice was sent out. Exotic 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 s tate of Arizona. Clinical signs in 
infected birds include respiratory, nervous, and gastrointestinal signs. 
Mortality is up to 90 per cent of exposed birds.

Investigations are ongoing 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 surveillance under way.

* Situation Update (as of 8:00 pm PST, Mar 17, 2003)
Arizona / California / Nevada / grand total
Number of premises positive 1 (no change from 17 Mar) / * 845 (up 8 from 17 
Mar) / 10 (no change from 17 Mar) / * 856 (up 8 from 17 Mar)
Number of contact premises 3 (no change from 17 Mar) / * 1523 (up 4 from 17 
Mar) / 128 (no change from 17 Mar) / * 1654 (up 4 from 17 Mar)
Number of premises depopulated 4 / * 2212 / 138 / * 2354
Premises waiting to be depopulated 0 / * 156 / 0 / * 156
Birds depopulated to date 269 / * 3 174 078  / 2746 / * 3 177 093
Counties currently with positive flocks La Paz Los Angeles, Riverside, 
Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Clark

Operational update:
Effective 7 Jan 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.

The US 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 Nevada.

Currently 20 commercial flocks in California are 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 2510 premises designated for depopulation, 93.8 per cent have been 
completed.

The Inland Desert and South Coast incident command posts (ICPs) 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 premises).

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 ICPs 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.

The Central Valley Incident Command Post in Modesto, CA, is staffed and 
working cooperatively with about 15--20 county officials to implement 
efficient surveillance measures throughout the Central Valley. 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.

Outreach Activities
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 released.

Task force personnel at the Inland Desert ICP are distributing END 
educational materials in the utility bills of residents who live in areas 
highly affected by the virus. 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 California.

Currently, task force information personnel field about 450 calls per week 
from the public through the Joint Information Center phone bank. This is a 
20-fold increase from the number of calls in October 2002. On average, 
about 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 about 50 media outlets in California. In 
addition, in Area Command alone, the information staff field about 70 media 
calls per week.

California's END website: <http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/Newcastle_info.htm>
Nevada's END website: <http://www.agri.state.nv.us/END.htm>
Arizona's END website: <http://agriculture.state.az.us/newcastle.htm>

If you have any questions about this situation, please email 
<EMOC@APHIS.USDA.GOV>

-- 
Thomas E. Walton
<thomas.e.walton@usda.gov>

[see also:
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (07)   20030315.0650
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA(West)(06)    20030311.0591
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA(West)(05)    20030309.0579
Newcastle Disease, game fowl, plty - USA (West)(04)    20030302.0523
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)(03)   20030222.0463
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)(02)   20030211.0372
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA) (06) 20030209.0353
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)       20030206.0318
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (CA,NV) (02) 20030204.0304
Newcastle disease, game fowl, poultry - USA (CA, NV)   20030127.0246
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
2002
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Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA)      20021228.6147
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (CA) (11)          20021221.6104
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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