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Archive Number 20030527.1297
Published Date 27-MAY-2003
Subject PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (16)
NEWCASTLE DISEASE, GAME FOWL, PLTY - USA (WEST) (16)
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Date: 27 May 2003
From: Thomas E. Walton <Thomas.e.Walton@usda.gov>
Source: Official APHIS release [edited]


Subject: Emergency Management Warning 94: Exotic Newcastle Disease in the 
United States

Exotic Newcastle disease (END) was confirmed on 1 Oct 2002, in the State of 
California (CA), and has spread beyond backyard flocks and has affected 22 
commercial operations in California.  On 16 Jan 2003, END was also 
confirmed in a backyard flock in the State of Nevada.  A backyard flock was 
confirmed with END on 4 Feb 2003, in the State of Arizona.  On 9 Apr 2003, 
END was also in backyard fowl in Texas.

Current Statistics

Operations in Progress

California / Texas / Total
Personnel Assigned: 1058 / 57 / 1115
Premises Currently Quarantined: 15 075 / 496 / 15 571
Current Positive Premises: CA: 355 backyard, 17 commercial
TX:  1 backyard, 0 commercial
Total: 356 backyard, 17 commercial
Current Contact Premises: CA: 313 backyard, 1 commercial
TX: 0 backyard, 0 commercial
Total: 313 backyard, 1 commercial
Premises Pending Depopulation: 18 / 0 / 18

Cumulative Statistics:
California / Texas / Arizona / Nevada / Total
Total Premises Quarantined: 17 668 / 498 / 67 / 155 / 18 388
Total Premises Released: 2510 / 2 / 66 / 155 / 2733
Total Positive Premises: 918 (+1) / 1 (no change) / 1 (no change) / 10 (no 
change) / 930 (+1)
Total Premises Depopulated: 2406 / 38 / 4 / 138 / 2586
Total Birds Depopulated: 3 492 408 / 2006 / 269 / 2746 / 3 497 429
Counties with Currently Positive and/or Contact Premises: Kern, Los 
Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, El Paso

Operational Update

Effective 13 May 2003, operational activities at the Nevada Incident 
Command were officially complete and the Command was closed.  Dr. David 
Thain, State Veterinarian for Nevada, will handle any remaining 
inquiries.  An Animal Health Technician will remain at the site to conduct 
truck disinfections.

Effective 15 May 2003, operational activities at the Arizona Incident 
Command were officially complete and the Command was closed.  Dr. Dee 
Harris, Area Veterinarian in Charge, will handle any remaining inquiries.

The South Coast Incident Command Post and the Inland Desert Incident 
Command Post are finalizing plans to merge all operational activities into 
the South Coast location in Garden Grove.  Check-in, training, and 
orientation functions have already successfully merged into the Garden 
Grove location.

DNA sequencing analysis confirms that the Texas END outbreak was caused by 
a separate introduction of virus and not by movement of virus from the 
affected areas in California, Nevada, or Arizona. Intensified surveillance 
in El Paso County, TX, and the surrounding areas has yielded no further 
positive cases, suggesting that our early detection and swift response has 
worked well to contain and eliminate this outbreak.

 From 19-29 May 2003, APHIS in Riverdale, MD, and the END Task Force Area 
Command in California are hosting a group of visitors from the European 
Commission.  Area command will also host representatives from the Colorado 
River Indian Tribe, who will participate in a presentation to the 
Commission.  Aside from visiting Area Command, the Commission will visit 
the Incident Commands at South Coast, Inland Desert, Las Vegas, and El 
Paso, as well as the Iowa Area Office.  The group began and will end their 
visit at the APHIS Emergency Operations Center in Riverdale, MD.

Outreach Activities

In conjunction with the Task Force, the Texas Animal Health Commission in 
Austin continues to send out information packets to stakeholder 
organizations; most recently, the commission has mailed materials to feed 
stores, veterinary clinics, and pet stores.

The following link is to the State of California's END website. 
<http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/Newcastle_info.htm>

The following link is to the State of Nevada's END website. 
<http://www.agri.state.nv.us/END.htm>

The following link is to the State of Arizona's END website. 
<http://agriculture.state.az.us/newcastle.htm>

The following link is to the State of Texas' END website. 
<http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/diseases/end/end.shtml>

Please forward this information to your federal, State, and industry 
counterparts as necessary.

If you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to call 
USDA, APHIS, VS, Emergency Programs at 800-940-6524, 301-734-8073, or 
e-mail at EMOC@APHIS.USDA.GOV.

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

[The numbers of affected flocks are dropping indicating there isa measure 
of control and some operations have now been discontinued. - Mod.TG]

[see also:
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west)(15) 20030519.1236
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty  USA(west) (14) 20030515.1212
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty - USA (west) (13) 20030505.1121
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)(02) 20030211.0372
Newcastle disease, game fowl, plty. - USA (west)      20030206.0318
Newcastle disease, poultry - USA (TX): OIE (02) 20030425.1014
Newcastle disease, poultry - USA (TX): OIE      20030423.0987
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (TX) (02): confirmed 20030410.0870
Newcastle disease, game birds - USA (Texas): suspect      20030407.0848
Newcastle disease, game birds, poultry - USA (CA) (06) 20030209.0353
Newcastle disease, poultry - USA: correction      20030428.1044
Newcastle disease, poultry - USA: EU import ban      20030427.1036]
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