Workshop coordinator   Dr. Sasan Fereidouni

The occurrence of highly infectious diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza, West Nile, chytridiomycosis, CWD and Ebola, and their spread from one country to other countries and one continent to another one, prompted costly monitoring programs of wild birds and domestic poultry, bats, reptilians and mammals.

Demands for monitoring wild birds and domestic poultry for avian influenza viruses have increased enormously worldwide in the recent years due to an almost panzootic spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of subtypes H5N1, H5N6 and H5N8.

The whole process of sample collection, transport, and analysis is time-, labor- and money-consuming. In addition, organizing field trips, collecting of all necessary documents and official permissions and establishment of cold chain are very crucial.

In this workshop, whole process of sampling from A-Z will be discussed and strategies to facilitate and economize both surveillance activities and sample analyses will be considered, including sample size estimation, strategies to reduce the chance of cross-contamination in whole process of sampling, working based on the good sampling practice, establishment of cold chain from sample collection to storage in the analyses, and reducing materials and consumables in process of sample collection and analyses.

Duration:  10:00 AM  to 2:00 PM

No. of participants:  up to 40

Coffee break and Light Lunch