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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:25 am 
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National Operations Brief
Monday, December 22, 2014
National Response Coordination Center: not activated
National Watch Center: enhanced watch (day only)
National Preparedness Level (click for hyperlink): 1
Joint Field Offices: seven active; Major Declarations: 11; Emergency Declarations: zero
Elevated/Critical Fire Weather Area (determined at national level): none
Red Flag Warnings (determined at local level): none
Space Weather: past 24 hours – minor, radio blackouts reaching R1 level; next 24 hours – minor;
R1 radio blackouts and G1 geomagnetic storms predicted
National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration
Weather Outlook
Today December 22:
• Widespread precipitation from Deep South to New England; showers/thunderstorms across
South while rain, rain/snow and some pockets of freezing rain from Carolinas to New England
• Snow, some heavy across Rockies and Dakotas
• Rain and snow from west-central Plains to Upper Midwest and Great Lakes
• Freezing rain across portions of Wisconsin and Michigan
• Rain along Northwest coastal regions with rain and snow for interior
Tomorrow December 23:
• Scattered rain continues across portions of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with further northern
rain and snow along with some freezing rain is expected across New England
• Strong cold front across Midwest and South
• Rain across Ohio Valley, to south rain/thunderstorms will blanket Tennessee Valley and South,
thunderstorms along Gulf Coast could be severe
• Heavy rain along with possible flooding/flash flooding for Florida panhandle
• Snow across northern Plains and northern Great Lakes, heavy snow for northern Wisconsin
and Michigan peninsula
• Rain across eastern New Mexico, Texas and Mid-Mississippi Valley
• Rain along Washington and Oregon coastal regions, rain/snow for interior regions with heavy
snow likely for northern Cascades and freezing rain forecast for northeast Washington
National Headlines:
CDC: Prepackaged Caramel Apples Could Be Contaminated with Listeria (hyperlink NBC News) The
CDC is warning U.S. consumers not to eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples
as they may be contaminated with Listeria. Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness. They
say their warning includes plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate,
or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided
UPDATE: 11th farm hit with Avian flu, outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S. (hyperlink
Langley Times) The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and
at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA)
response. Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread
throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration. No poultry farms in the U.S. were
impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the
H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail
ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometers from the Fraser Valley cluster.
Health Information:
• Information provided on seasonal Influenza (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/)
• Information on 2014-2015 Influenza (Flu) Season -
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm
• CIDRAP News and Perspective (hyperlink - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
• Global Alert and Response Disease Outbreak News (hyperlink World Health Organization)
• Information provided on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever – Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:51 am 
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niman wrote:
National Operations Brief
Monday, December 22, 2014
National Response Coordination Center: not activated
National Watch Center: enhanced watch (day only)
National Preparedness Level (click for hyperlink): 1
Joint Field Offices: seven active; Major Declarations: 11; Emergency Declarations: zero
Elevated/Critical Fire Weather Area (determined at national level): none
Red Flag Warnings (determined at local level): none
Space Weather: past 24 hours – minor, radio blackouts reaching R1 level; next 24 hours – minor;
R1 radio blackouts and G1 geomagnetic storms predicted
National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration
Weather Outlook
Today December 22:
<snip>
UPDATE: 11th farm hit with Avian flu, outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S. (hyperlink
Langley Times) The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and
at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA)
response. Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread
throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration. No poultry farms in the U.S. were
impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the
H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail
ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometers from the Fraser Valley cluster.
Health Information:
• Information provided on seasonal Influenza (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/)
• Information on 2014-2015 Influenza (Flu) Season -
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm
• CIDRAP News and Perspective (hyperlink - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
• Global Alert and Response Disease Outbreak News (hyperlink World Health Organization)
• Information provided on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever – Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

Clearly, FEMA doesn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:33 am 
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niman wrote:
niman wrote:
National Operations Brief
Monday, December 22, 2014
National Response Coordination Center: not activated
National Watch Center: enhanced watch (day only)
National Preparedness Level (click for hyperlink): 1
Joint Field Offices: seven active; Major Declarations: 11; Emergency Declarations: zero
Elevated/Critical Fire Weather Area (determined at national level): none
Red Flag Warnings (determined at local level): none
Space Weather: past 24 hours – minor, radio blackouts reaching R1 level; next 24 hours – minor;
R1 radio blackouts and G1 geomagnetic storms predicted
National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration
Weather Outlook
Today December 22:
<snip>
UPDATE: 11th farm hit with Avian flu, outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S. (hyperlink
Langley Times) The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and
at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA)
response. Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread
throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration. No poultry farms in the U.S. were
impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the
H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail
ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometers from the Fraser Valley cluster.
Health Information:
• Information provided on seasonal Influenza (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/)
• Information on 2014-2015 Influenza (Flu) Season -
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm
• CIDRAP News and Perspective (hyperlink - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
• Global Alert and Response Disease Outbreak News (hyperlink World Health Organization)
• Information provided on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever – Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

Clearly, FEMA doesn't need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

http://www.langleytimes.com/news/286246111.html
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UPDATE: 11th farm hit with Avian flu, outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S.
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Most of the western half of Chilliwack is in the CFIA's avian influenza restricted zone.— Image Credit: Paul J. Henderson
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by Paul J. Henderson - Chilliwack Times
posted Dec 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM— updated Dec 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM
The Fraser Valley’s outbreak of avian influenza has now crossed the U.S. border and at least one American expert isn’t impressed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) response.

Biomedical researcher Henry Niman is concerned the highly pathogenic strain will spread throughout North America as wild birds begin winter migration.

No poultry farms in the U.S. were impacted by Wednesday, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported Tuesday that the H5N2 strain found in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and now Langley has been detected in northern pintail ducks in Lynden, Wash., fewer than 15 kilometres from the Fraser Valley cluster.

“The finding in Whatcom County was quickly reported and identified due to increased surveillance for avian influenza in light of the [highly pathogenic] H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial poultry in British Columbia, Canada,” said a USDA statement issued Dec. 16.

In addition, a highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was found in Washington in three captive falcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds.

Niman, who is president of Pittsburgh-based Recombinomics, analyzes viral evolution and the spread of disease.

“The wild birds really can’t be controlled, which is why this is a very big deal that could have a serious impact on poultry markets throughout the Americas,” Niman told the Times.

“Poultry farmers throughout North America should be worried.”

Niman says the CFIA is trying to “manage the message” and downplay concerns, releasing information too slowly, something that could have far-reaching consequences.

As of Friday morning, the CFIA had reported 11 farms in the Fraser Valley affected by the current outbreak. Approximately 245,600 chickens and turkeys have either died from the illness or been euthanized.

The first farm where avian flu was detected was a broiler breeder with 13,000 birds in Chilliwack, although no other farms in the city have been directly impacted by the outbreak. Eight of the other farms affected are in Abbotsford—three turkey and five broiler breeders.

The 10th and largest was a 53,000 table egg layer farm in Langley on Dec. 13. Then on Dec. 17, a second Langley farm, a 11,800-chicken broiler breeder was added to the list.

The CFIA said Wednesday that the H5N8 was the first time a "Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America."

"The appearance of this particular reassortant virus is significant due to its ability to cause high mortality in domestic poultry," a Dec. 17 CFIA statement said.

No H5N2 illness has been reported in humans, but the CFIA said that as a precautionary measure, public health officials are monitoring workers who are exposed to affected poultry.

In response to questions from Niman that the CFIA has not acted quickly enough, a spokesperson said the agency "is committed to sharing new information related to the avian influenza situation in a timely manner. The Agency regularly posts updates to the web via the Infected Premises Table, the Timeline of Events, and online statements."

CFIA agrees that wild birds are a problem since they cannot be controlled, which is why biosecurity on farms plays a "very important role."

"Wild birds are certainly a serious concern regarding the spread of this disease as wild birds are natural reservoirs of influenza viruses and have natural migration pathways," the agency said.

The CFIA has not detected either H5N2 or H5N8 in wild birds anywhere in Canada in 2014.

While the illness is not dangerous to people, and the outbreak is likely to have little or no impact on consumers, the industry is feeling the effects as a three-level disease control zone has been set up in the province. The largest primary control zone covers the entire southern half of the province from Highway 16 south. Then there is a restricted zone from that encompassing an area between three and 10 kilometres away from infected farms. Chilliwack residents may have seen signs identifying this zone on the eastern side of Vedder Road closer to the Vedder River. The highest restrictions are in the “infected” zone, the area within three kilometres from any known infected premises, which in Chilliwack means most of Greendale and Yarrow.

“All of this will come out eventually and pretending it isn’t as big as it is doesn’t solve the problem,” Niman said. “Most of the spread will likely be through independent introductions by wild birds, which is very hard to control.”

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