The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the (USDA/APHIS) and the U.S. poultry industry have invited Doctors Gregorio (Greg) Rosales and Eric Jensen to participate in an International Conference on Avian Influenza and Poultry Trade, today through Wednesday in Baltimore, MD. The goal of this invitation-only conference is to develop recommendations to diminish the risk of avian influenza (AI) infection during the trading of poultry and poultry products.
Conference sessions include presentations and discussions on:
- Risk factors for introduction and spread of AI
- Effective and feasible AI detection, response and control plans
- Strategies to minimize trade impacts related to detection of the AI virus in commercial and non-commercial birds or in limited regional areas
Dr. Rosales will also serve as moderator of a 90-minute panel discussion at the conference with Chief Veterinary Officers (CVO) from Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A. summary and recommendations resulting from the conference will supplement existing international standards and will be shared with meeting participants, international stakeholders and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Dr. Rosales was chosen to moderate this panel based on his knowledge and expertise in the poultry primary breeding industry.
“The poultry industry is well-positioned to supply a growing global human population with a high-quality and affordable source of protein,” says Dr. Rosales. “Prevention and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza along with sound zoning and compartmentalization procedures to facilitate trade will be crucial to the industry’s future success.”
Dr. Rosales was born and raised on a broiler farm near Mexico City. He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also served as Associate Professor and Head of Poultry Diagnostic Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also has a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Before joining Ross Breeders, now Aviagen Incorporated, in 1991, he worked as Director of Technical Services for Indian River International in Nacogdoches, TX.
He is widely published, authoring and co-authoring numerous reports, articles and chapters on topics ranging from avian diseases to biosecurity and disease prevention.