“Swine, Swans and Seals, Oh My!”: a webinar on influenza in New England

On April 25th, at 1pm, you are invited to join us in a virtual meeting of wildlife, public health, and agriculture professionals. Our topic: influenza among New England animals.

 This webinar will provide an opportunity for key state and federal animal agriculture, veterinary public health and wildlife representatives to discuss reports of influenza in New England in 2011 which involved wildlife or animal agriculture populations. This webinar is being presented in conjunction with the New England States Animal Agriculture Security Alliance (NESAASA), the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative (NWDC) and is being facilitated by the USDA, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services.

The agenda for the webinar is provided below, along with information on how to register. At present, about half of the available slots are filled, so register now! Please feel free to share this information with colleagues. We hope to hear from you on the 25th!



1)   Surveillance in Swine Following Reports of H3N2v in ME

       Don Hoenig, VMD

ME State Veterinarian & ME State Public Health Veterinarian

2)   Sudden Swan Deaths in MA — Role of AI and other Avian Diseases

Randy Mickley,   Wildlife Disease Biologist

USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services (WS)

3)   H3N8 in Stranded Seals in NH and MA

Mendy  Garron, CVT, Mammal Stranding Coordinator

NOAA Fisheries Service

4)  Facilitated Discussion


Presentation Goals:

1)     Present relevant agency roles, responsibilities and capabilities

2)     Discuss recent reports of and surveillance for influenza in animal populations in New England

3)     Identify event successes and challenges


Discussion Goal:

1)      Identify planning, training and coordination opportunities & needs



Registration is by invitation only.  Pre-registration is required—number of portals is limited.  Follow the URL, <http://swine-swans-seals.eventbrite.com>   press the green registration button and enter your contact information to register. Reading materials, webinar and audio-bridge connection information will be sent to registrants on Monday, April 23 at Noon.


Questions or Comments:

Contact:  Fredric Cantor, USDA, APHIS, VS, New England,  508-363-2290 Fredric.l.Cantor@aphis.usda.gov

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