Detailed Scientific reports by expert speakers on the Avian Influenza Surveillance programs ongoing from Australia, NZ, Taiwan-China, People’s Republic of China, India, Nepal, France, Netherlands, England, Sweden, and Canada
Key Address: “The Changing role of Waterbirds in Avian Influenza Virus Ecology” Dr. David Swayne, USDA SE Poultry Lab, U of Georgia, USA
“ Our monitoring data shows the importance of AI virus surveillance in wild birds to enable the rapid response to emerging HPAI viruses allowing the development of vaccines and diagnostic reagents prior to outbreaks”
In 2005 the virus killed 6,500 bar-headed geese in Qinghai Lake in China and it is believed infected birds have carried virus > Mongolia & Tibet>Siberia>Russia>Northern & Southern Europe >Africa, and > Indian sub-continent.
“ At present we do not know the frequency of infections in wild birds or how many wild species are affected demonstrating the need for world-wide monitoring and surveillance .”