Avian Influenza and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
About the Course:
Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness of birds, which tends to circulate primarily within the avian population but can occasionally affect domestic animals. It is important for all veterinarians to have a basic understanding of this virus so they can provide appropriate guidance to their clients and the community.
- Describe avian influenza viruses, including their genetic classification, wildlife reservoirs, geographic distribution, and modes of transmission.
- Discuss the effects of avian influenza on domestic poultry flocks, both clinically and economically.
- List potential effects of avian influenza on wild bird species, mammalian species, and humans.
- Outline the efforts underway by U.S. government agencies to monitor and limit the spread of avian influenza.