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Animal Impacts of Avian Influenza

August 29, 2006. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar covers the natural history of avian influenza viruses in wild birds; the current situation with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds in Asia and Europe; and the avian influenza early detection initiative in the United States.

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Leonard Eldridge, DVM, Kristin Mansfield, DVM, MPVM, and Ron Wohrle, DVM, cover the natural history of avian influenza viruses in wild birds; the current situation with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in wild birds in Asia and Europe; and the avian influenza early detection initiative in the United States. The panel members also address the potential impacts of avian influenza on migratory waterfowl and other wild birds, the poultry industry, and potential associated economic ramifications. Animal health and welfare issues, as well as environmental and potential pet impacts will be discussed.

Air date: August 29, 2006

Learning Objectives

  • List the general classes of wild birds that are reservoirs of avian influenza viruses.
  • Explain how avian influenza, H5N1, and a worldwide pandemic are different.
  • Explain the potential impact Asian H5N1 would have on migratory and wild bird populations and the poultry industry in North America.
  • Describe how wild bird surveillance is being used for early detection of the possible arrival of HPAI H5N1 in North America.
  • Describe the lead agencies and their roles in avian influenza surveillance and response activities.
  • Recognize the appropriate agency to contact for avian influenza related questions and concerns.

Intended Audience

Public health professionals; Veterinarians; Epidemiologists; Environmental health staff

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Leonard Eldridge, DVM, joined the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in October 2004 as the state veterinarian. In June 2005, he was appointed head of the new Animal Services Division within WSDA. Dr. Eldridge has 40 years of experience in the field of large animal veterinary medicine.

Kristin Mansfield, DVM, MPVM, has served as the state wildlife veterinarian with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for the past four years. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees from the University of California at Davis.

Ron Wohrle, DVM, is an environmental health veterinarian with the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and technical lead for the DOH Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Program. Dr. Wohrle graduated from the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He has practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Washington for many years and has become involved with public health research and practice in the last several years.

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