Global Food

Developing New Biosecurity Systems to Mitigate the Spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was introduced to the first flock of turkeys in Minnesota in late February, 2015. Since then, through the movement of migratory birds, infection of local resident birds and biosecurity that is not adequately addressing the route of introduction, more than 50 flocks have been infected in Minnesota and surrounding states. This project will examine wild birds in the region of and on farms as potential sources and vectors, look for environmental concentrations of HPAIV, model farm and local environmental attributes to understand risk and finally, develop evidence based biosecurity to address HPAIV introduction and spread.

Principal investigator: Carol Cardona, CVM