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Avian Influenza– Science at the Forefront. Susan Haseltine Associate Director for Biology. U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey. Avian Influenza Transmission. Asian H5N1. Domestic Fowl. Humans. Natural Reservoir. Water Fowl. Shore Birds. Mammals (primarily Swine).

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Avian Influenza–Science at the Forefront

Susan HaseltineAssociate Director for Biology

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey

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Avian Influenza Transmission

Asian H5N1

Domestic Fowl




Water Fowl

Shore Birds


(primarily Swine)


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Pandemic:“Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population .”

Influenza Pandemic

Photos: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

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National Pandemic Influenza Strategy

  • Three Pillars:

    • Preparedness and Communication

    • Surveillance and Detection

    • Response and Containment

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January 2006

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

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Potential Routes of Introduction

  • International commerce

    • Poultry and poultry products

    • Smuggling

    • Pet/wildlife trade

  • International travel

  • Migratory birds


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Alaska at the Crossroads

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Domestic Animals


Avian Influenza Interagency Working Group

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Targeted Surveillance of Live Wild Birds

Disease Outbreak Investigations

Testing of Hunter-Taken Wild Birds

Environmental Sampling

Sentinel Bird Flocks

2006 Joint Wild Bird Surveillance

Photo - FWS

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National Wildlife Health Center

Experts in migratory bird research, population modeling and monitoring

U.S. Geological Survey

Photo - FWS

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USGS Biological Science Centers

Nationwide Representation

Western Fisheries Research Center

Northern Rocky

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Mountain Science

Forest and Rangeland


Ecosystem Science

Upper Midwest



Science Center

Great Lakes

Science Center

National Wildlife Health Center



Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Western Ecological


Research Center

Fort Collins

Science Center



Research Center

Southwest Biological

Science Center

Florida Integrated

Science Center

National Wetlands

Research Center

Alaska Science Center

Pacific Island




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Targeted Surveillance of Live Birds

  • High Priority Migratory Bird Species

  • Broad Spatial / Seasonal Coverage

Photo - FWS

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Disease Outbreak Investigations

  • Rapid Response Capability

    • Partnerships with States and Tribes

  • On-site Training for Partner Agencies

  • Enhanced Analytical Facilities

Photo - USGS

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Testing Hunter-Taken Wild Birds

  • High Priority Migratory Species

  • Alaska Spring Subsistence Hunt

  • Fall 2006Sport Hunt

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