With widespread outbreaks being reported in the North America, Europe and Asia in 2014 and 2015, avian influenza continues to plague the global poultry industry.

Register at http://www.wattagnet.com/OnDemandWebinarVideo.aspx?id=173589 to attend the on-demand webinar “Global overview on avian influenza,” presented by WATT Global Media.

By viewing the webinar, you will learn:


  • Biosecurity is the most important tool to prevent 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 are nationally and internationally reported and controlled diseases
  • Stamping-out of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus is the most direct and efficient form of eradication
  • Avian influenza vaccines can reduce disease but cannot absolutely prevent infection or result in eradication, and may complicate disease surveillance

Webinar speakers are:

  • Professor Ian Brown, 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.  Brown is a designated OIE expert on avian influenza, swine influenza, and Newcastle disease and also provides high level scientific advice in relation to these diseases and pathogens at international level.
  • Dr. David E Swayne, center director of the USDA in-house high biocontainment laboratory for poultry health research, Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory since 1994.  For the past 28 years, Swayne’s personal research has focused on pathobiology and control of avian influenza in poultry, especially vaccines and vaccines for control. Swayne has served on OIE international committees and has participated in missions or conferences on avian influenza control and biosafety/ biosecurity in 44 countries over the last 16 years.

To keep updated on the latest confirmed cases of avian influenza in North American poultry flocks, see WATTAgNet’s avian influenza map. Also, bookmark the avian influenza update page, which offers news updates and analysis of the global avian influenza situation.