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Avian Flu School

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Global Livestock CRSP

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The H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) currently represents an international animal health emergency. The virus is carried and spread by wild and domestic birds, and is devastating to poultry flocks of large producers and at the village level. The loss of poultry negatively impacts the livelihoods of poor rural communities that rely on them for meat and eggs. The HPAI is currently afflicting parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and will likely continue to spread across these regions and globally.

Response to the current HPAI global animal health emergency requires the training of veterinarians, public health workers, laboratory scientists, livestock producers, wildlife and zoo managers, and government officials in emergency management and communications, virus surveillance, sample collection and reporting, biosecurity, virus detection, and response. Internationally, the numbers of HPAI instructors is inadequate to train at the stakeholder groups to prepare for and respond to HPAI outbreaks.

The Avian Flu School (AFS), a Global Livestock CRSP project developed by the Wildlife Health Center and Cooperative Extension of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is an international train-the-trainer program. The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defence (FAZD) co-sponsored the AFS curriculum development.

The AFS curriculum covers the key topics and skills important for preventing, detecting and responding to H5N1 HPAI outbreaks. The full AFS curriculum is a four-day interactive course for training instructors. AFS is designed to be adaptable to different countries and environmental conditions.

This Web site provides overviews of the AFS training materials and information for obtaining course materials, locating instructors, and planning workshops.

Other partners:
National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defence
Wildlife Conservation Society
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
University of Minnesota, Cooperative Extension

FAO Reference Laboratories

Avian Influenza Information Resources

World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS)


National Wildlife Health Center (USGS-NWHC)

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)


US Geological Survey (USGS)


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