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.
Learning objectives:
  • 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.