USDA Representatives Discuss Avian Influenza Response and Research

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Livestock, Poultry

usda-logoSince mid-December, there have been several ongoing, highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 incidents along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways. Cases have been confirmed in 16 states. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and veterinarians participated in an avian influenza symposium at the University of Georgia to share knowledge and discuss this disease with representatives from across the country and internationally. During a teleconference held today, Dr. David Swayne, director of the Southeast Poultry Research Lab of the USDA Ag Research Service, says part of the research portfolio is to understand how this virus infection occurred and what species of poultry are susceptible.

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