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Archive Number 20030427.1036
Published Date 27-APR-2003
Subject PRO/AH> Newcastle disease, poultry - USA: EU import ban

NEWCASTLE DISEASE, POULTRY - USA: EU IMPORT BAN
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Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003
From: Dick Hamilton <rihamilto@shaw.ca>
Source: Reuters via @gWorldwide, 24 Apr 2003 [edited]


EU extends US poultry ban due to Newcastle disease
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The European Union (EU) has extended its ban on poultry imports from the 
United States as the highly contagious Newcastle disease [NCD] spreads 
across more US state borders, the EU executive said on Thu 24 Apr 2003.

All live poultry imports including hatching eggs, fresh poultry meat, and 
poultry products were now stopped from El Paso and Hudspeth counties in the 
US state of Texas and the counties of Dona Ana, Luna, and Otero in 
neighbouring New Mexico [for background on the inclusion of New Mexico, see 
ref 20030423.0987 - Mod.AS].

The confirmation of an outbreak of the virus in Texas on 11 Apr 2003 had 
prompted the 15-nation block to extend its ban, the European Commission 
said. At the end of January 2003 the EU blocked poultry imports from 
California, Nevada, and Arizona after outbreaks of the disease in those 
states. The extended ban will now apply until 1 Aug 2003.

NCD can wipe out poultry populations and affects the birds' respiratory, 
nervous, and digestive systems. It spreads primarily through direct contact 
between healthy birds and the bodily discharges of infected birds. The 
virus is fatal for fowl but harmless to humans. The last US outbreak was in 
1971.

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[see also:
Newcastle disease, poultry - USA (TX): OIE               20030423.0987
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (11)     20030415.0920
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (10)     20030411.0877
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (TX) (02): confirmed 20030410.0870]

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