The University of Delaware is offering a four-day Emergency Poultry Disease Response Certificate program from August 31 to September 3 at the Charles C. Allen Biotechnology Laboratory in Newark, Del.

Topics will cover understanding the influenza virus, surveillance, biosecurity, outbreak response and control, incident command structures, protection of the responder, depopulation, disposal, composting and decontamination.

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The program uses the "Delaware model," which emphasizes close cooperation between government, industry and educational institutions to manage avian influenza outbreaks utilizing best management practices and technologies related to controlling outbreaks of avian influenza.