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1 Susan Haseltine Associate Director for Biology U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey Avian Influenza– Science at the Forefront

2 Avian Influenza Transmission Asian H5N1 Water Fowl Shore Birds Natural Reservoir Mammals (primarily Swine) Mammals (primarily Swine) Humans Domestic Fowl

3 Pandemic: “Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population.” Photos: National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Influenza Pandemic

4 Three Pillars:  Preparedness and Communication  Surveillance and Detection  Response and Containment National Pandemic Influenza Strategy

5 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza UKRAINE Updated January 2006

6 International commerce  Poultry and poultry products  Smuggling  Pet/wildlife trade International travel Migratory birds Reuters Potential Routes of Introduction

7 Alaska at the Crossroads

8 Wildlife People Domestic Animals Avian Influenza Interagency Working Group

9  Targeted Surveillance of Live Wild Birds  Disease Outbreak Investigations  Testing of Hunter-Taken Wild Birds  Environmental Sampling  Sentinel Bird Flocks Photo - FWS 2006 Joint Wild Bird Surveillance

10  National Wildlife Health Center  Experts in migratory bird research, population modeling and monitoring U.S. Geological Survey Photo - FWS

11 USGS Biological Science Centers Nationwide Representation Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Florida Integrated Science Center National Wetlands Research Center Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Alaska Science Center Southwest Biological Science Center Western Ecological Research Center Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center Fort Collins Science Center Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Leetown Science Center Great Lakes Science Center Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center National Wildlife Health Center Columbia Environmental Research Center Western Fisheries Research Center

12  High Priority Migratory Bird Species  Broad Spatial / Seasonal Coverage Targeted Surveillance of Live Birds Photo - FWS

13 Disease Outbreak Investigations  Rapid Response Capability Partnerships with States and Tribes  On-site Training for Partner Agencies  Enhanced Analytical Facilities Photo - USGS

14 Testing Hunter-Taken Wild Birds  High Priority Migratory Species  Alaska Spring Subsistence Hunt  Fall 2006 Sport Hunt

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