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Pacific Region Avian Influenza Workshop

The ADAP/Paravet Program at CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) is associated with American Samoa, Pohnpei, Guam, Palau, Majuro and Saipan. This faculty and staff network brings over 480 people together, including highly skilled public health and other health professionals and epidemiologists. Paraveterinarians provide a service that is much needed since many countries and islands in the Pacific lack the services of trained veterinarians becaus of the shortage of veterinarians. For outbreaks of animal diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth disease, swine influenza or avian influenza, the trained ability to track, identify and report in an expedient and accurate way the suspected disease can be facilitated with the use of GIS to better ensure health and safety for the affected populations.

This 5-day GIS-inclusive workshop brought together in-the-field paraveterinarians, along with their epidemiological counterparts to learn how to prevent, prepare, track, sample, and respond to a possible Avian Influenza outbreak in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

Avian Influenza virus Day 1: welcome & Introductions
  • Emergency Events
  • Basic Principles/Preparedness Training for Biological Outbreak/Disasters
    • Hand Hygiene to Prevent the Spread of Diseases
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Day 2: Avian Influenza Surveillance Plan
  • Avian Influenza Response Plan
  • Backyard Biosecurity
  • Throat & Cloacal Samples
  • Whole Bird Samples/Specimens
  • Emergency Response to Bird Mass Mortality/Morbidity Event
Day 3: GPS/GIS Training Sessions
  • Field Exercise Including:
    • Preparing for Dead Bird Surveillance: Measuring & Mixing Disinfectants
    • Dead Bird Surveillance: Collecting & Shipping Samples
    • Dead Bird Surveillance & Response: Collecting Bird Carcasses for Sampling and Disposal
Day 4: Community Education
  • Additional Resources
  • Other collaborators were U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Environmental Planning Services, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, National Park Services, Guam Territorial Veterinarians, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, and ESRI.