USPOULTRY announces the completion of a funded research project at the USDA ARS Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga., in which a researcher provided various time and temperature profiles to effectively inactivate the Avian Influenza virus in poultry litter. USPOULTRY approved $550,000 in emergency funding in October 2015 to support further Avian Influenza research and communication as a result of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak last spring. These projects are to be completed on a fast track over the next several months, and this research is the second project completed with the funding.
A brief summary of the completed project is shown below.
- Project #BRU005: Inactivation of Avian Influenza Virus in Poultry Litter
(Dr. Erica Spackman, USDA ARS Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga.)
Dr. Spackman recently completed a research project that provides various time and temperature profiles to effectively inactivate the Avian Influenza virus in chicken litter. During an outbreak a great deal of time and effort goes into attempting to inactivate Avian Influenza virus in a contaminated facility using cleaning and disinfection. Dr. Spackman showed that the virus can be relatively quickly inactivated by heat, and she established the parameters required to achieve inactivation of the virus. This is important information that can be used in future outbreaks to more quickly eliminate the virus from inside contaminated facilities.
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