Due to unforeseen circumstances the webinar, “Global overview on avian influenza” has been rescheduled. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/224003385 to attend “Global overview on avian influenza,” a webinar presented by WATT Global Media. The webinar will be held June 5 at 9 a.m. CDT.

The impact of avian influenza on poultry production is undeniable. In 2011-12, 19 countries reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic poultry, wild birds or both. More than 30 major outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have occurred in birds since the end of the 1950s. So what might be the best way forward for poultry producers?

Poultry nutritionists, veterinarians, research and development and operations directors, production managers, purchasing directors, commercial directors in poultry integration, poultry farmers/producers are invited to attend to learn about:


  • The importance of biosecurity in preventing the introduction of wild bird avian influenza virus or poultry influenza virus onto a naïve farm
  • Highly pathogenic and H5/N7 low pathogenicity avian influenza viruses
  • Stamping out highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
  • Avian influenza vaccines that can reduce disease but not absolutely prevent infection or result in eradication, and may complicate disease surveillance

Speakers for this webinar will be Ian Brown and Dr. David E. Swayne.

Brown is head of virology at the U.K. Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency and director of the international reference laboratories for animal influenza and Newcastle disease. He is a designated World Organisation for Animal Health expert on avian influenza, swine influenza, and Newcastle disease and also provides high level scientific advice in relation to these diseases and pathogens at the international level.

Swayne has been the center director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory since 1994. For the past 27 years, his personal research has focused on pathobiology and control of avian influenza in poultry, especially vaccines and vaccines for control.