Subj: END Update
Date: 2/19/2003 3:02:01 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: raernst@ucdavis.edu
To: raernst@ucdavis.edu
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There is not any good news to report. The END virus has been found in at least 14 commercial flocks and three more are suspect positive. In addition there are about 250 small premises scheduled for depopulation indicating that there is still a large problem. The disease seems to be moving faster and easier than we had hoped. Please maintain your biosecurity and encourage others to do the same. My thanks to all who have been trying to help in the effort by warning/educating others about the seriousness of the problem.

All bird owners are requested to monitor their birds closely and report any unusual health problems to the Task Force at 800-491-1899. There is no charge for laboratory work when END is suspected. When birds must be depopulated the owners are fairly compensated based on the value of the birds. Bird owners are encouraged to protect the health of their birds by avoiding unnecessary contact with other birds.

Updates are available on-line
at: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/Newcastle_info.htm

This is a useful USDA site for END information: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/enc/exoticnc.html

Ralph Ernst, Poultry Specialist
Department of Animal Science
University of California
Davis CA 95616
E-mail: raernst@ucdavis.edu
Office Phone: 530-752-3513
FAX: 530-752-8960
UC Poultry Website: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/avian/
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Donald