Final stages of avian influenza surveillance system
The final stages in the development of a surveillance
programme to detect avian influenza in poultry is drawing near. The Food
Safety Division (FSD) of Alberta Agriculture and Food is developing the Alberta
Veterinarian Surveillance Network (AVSN).
This Network is recognised as a cutting-edge system and has greatly
improved the ability of FSD scientists to detect outbreaks of both known and
The system will collect timely information from veterinarians and producers
about the health of poultry, including detection of illnesses and disease, and
will forward this information to FSD scientists, who will then investigate and
diagnose, and help the industry respond.
â€œThat's the system we're building in AVSN for poultry,â€ said FSD
veterinarian Dr Delores Peters. â€œWe're currently working with the poultry
industry to finalise how some things are done.â€ Peters says that the AVSN will
detect both highly pathogenic and low pathogenic.
â€œWe're hoping that we'll be able to catch low pathogenic avian flu and be
able to do something about it before it's widespread, and before it reverts to
highly pathogenic,â€ said Dr Colleen Annett, an FSD poultry pathologist in
Airdrie, who initiated the idea to target the low pathogenic avian flu.
- Food Safety division of Alberta Agriculture and Food
- Alberta Veterinarian Surveillance Network
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