US conduct bird flu training for foreign scientists
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began a workshop this week
on diagnostic testing for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) for 24
The workshop, which is being held at the USDA's National Veterinary Services
Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, is the third in a series of train-the-trainers
workshops on HPAI testing and diagnostics.
According to Ron DeHaven,
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service administrator, the workshops
are aimed at assisting "assist senior-level veterinarians and poultry disease
experts from countries that either have discovered HPAI, or are at high risk for
The participants are from 19 countries (Argentina,
Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Oman,
Pakistan, Romania, Sudan, Taiwan, Uganda and Uruguay)
which have requested
USDA technical assistance in the area.
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