Lessons from AI outbreak offered up

By Chloe Ryan

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Precautions taken to prevent future outbreaks of avian influenza
Precautions taken to prevent future outbreaks of avian influenza

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A programme covering the lessons learned from the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in North America this year is being offered to the poultry industry with the hopes of preventing any outbreak on a similar scale happening again.

The ‘Highly pathogenic avian influenza – lessons learned’ programme is being sponsored by the United Egg Producers and US Poultry & Egg Association and held in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2016 and, claimed organisers, would provide an opportunity to learn about the recent outbreak of AI in the US from people who were actively involved in controlling the disease.
 
The IPPE show is taking place on 26-28 January 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Centre, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 2015 outbreak of AI in the US led to the slaughter of more than 50 million birds in 12 states and led to numerous poultry export markets being closed.

Speakers will include experts from the US Department of Agriculture, as well as veterinarians from layer and turkey companies that were involved in the outbreak.
 
Topics will include details on the factors that contributed to the spread of the virus and the efforts to develop vaccines for potential use in any future eradication efforts. Representatives of the commercial egg and turkey industries will provide insight into the efforts required to control and eradicate the disease and give the audience an understanding of the challenges this disease provided to the commercial companies involved.
 
Registration for the program is $100 for registered IPPE attendees. IPPE is expected to attract more than 28,000 attendees and is a collaboration of three trade shows — International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo — representing the entire chain of protein production and processing.

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