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Shic/Aasv Webinar Will Address Hpai In Livestock And Risk To Swine

For the first time in the US, highly pathogenic avian influenza has been identified in domestic livestock including goats and dairy cattle. To understand the threat HPAI poses to domestic livestock species, and to inform producers on actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of infection on-farm, the Swine Health Information Center in collaboration with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians will host a webinar on influenza A viruses on Friday, April 19, 2024, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CST. To register, click here.

The recent detection and confirmation of HPAI in domestic livestock by USDA has raised questions regarding the emerging threat and potential risks for swine herds.  During the webinar, presenters will provide the latest information on influenza A virus, including an overview of the pathogen, global and domestic distribution, research outcomes for HPAI experimental infection in swine, experiences, and perspectives of the dairy industry from the current outbreak, and an outbreak investigational tool for identifying and mitigating biosecurity risks. 

Presenters confirmed to date for the webinar include:

Dr. Amy Baker, USDA ARS

Dr. Bailey Arruda, USDA ARS

Dr. Jamie Jonker, National Milk Producers Federation

Dr. Derald Holtkamp, Iowa State University

Presenting timely and responsive webinars to inform the swine industry on potential emerging disease threats is part of SHIC’s mission to protect the health of US swine.

The Swine Health Information Center, launched in 2015 with Pork Checkoff funding, protects and enhances the health of the US swine herd by minimizing the impact of emerging disease threats through preparedness, coordinated communications, global disease monitoring, analysis of swine health data, and targeted research investments. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages sharing of its publications and research. Forward, reprint, and quote SHIC material freely. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Megan Niederwerder at or Dr. Lisa Becton at 

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