What's New with Bird Flu?

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery February 13, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF


Tune in to What’s New with Bird Flu on Friday, February 27 at 2:00 EST. This webinar will teach listeners how to protect their poultry, their families and themselves from contracting avian influenza (AI).

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Nathaniel Tablante. He joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1997 and currently serves as Extension Poultry Veterinarian and Associate Professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has 25 years of experience in poultry health management, epidemiology, and biosecurity.

Tablante will discuss what AI is, how it is spread to poultry and humans, and how to best prevent contamination. “Domestic poultry (chickens and turkeys) are not natural reservoirs for AI virus and usually develop clinical disease when infected with AI virus,” says Tablante. The best way to prevent the spread in poultry of AI is through stronger biosecurity measures according to Tablante. His best advice for us: “Be prepared, but don’t panic.”

Dr. Virginia White, the moderator for the session, is an Extension professional serving in Alabama. “Dr. Tablante spent many years as field veterinarian in the Philippines, Canada and the United States. He has worked for government, industry and academia. He stays up-to-the minute on status of the virus and on newest detection and prevention practices. He is well qualified to provide you with practical actions to protect your birds. We’re pleased to offer this webinar featuring Dr. Tablante.”

If you want to better prevent avian influenza join us on the 27th for this free webinar. Click here to log-in as a guest and participate in the event. The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing. To receive notifications about the webinar and to add it to your calendar, go to Learn.

This webinar is brought to you by the Extension Disaster Education Network and its eXtension Community of Practice.

Interested in other information about Avian Influenza? Here are resources for your review from eXtension and EDEN.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.