Avian Influenza in Migratory Birds : Regional Surveillance and Monitoring Network

The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus H5N1 produces severe disease and high mortality in domestic poultry, waterfowl and other bird species. Although the international spread of the disease is still poorly understood, scientists are increasingly convinced that at least some migratory waterfowl carry the H5N1 virus in its highly pathogenic form, infecting domestic fowl along their migratory route. Outbreaks may only occur after transmission from migratory species to domestic flocks through local amplification and secondary spread through the movement of poultry or people, as well as equipment or vehicles contaminated by sick birds. The Asia Partnership for Avian Influenza Research (APAIR) brings together research agencies and ministries from China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam to collaborate on pandemic influenza prevention and control.

This grant will allow APAIR to establish a multi-country surveillance network to detect, characterize and report avian influenza infections in migratory birds. The project is expected to improve early warning on the spread of avian influenza in the region, and provide a better understanding of the role of wild bird species in transmission. The results will help guide a targeted and effective response to HPAI prevention and control.

Project ID

103190

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

End Date

Monday, February 1, 2010

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Sanchez-Bain, Walter Andres

Total funding

CA$ 750,000

Countries

Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Thailand

Program

Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Mr. Chheang Dany

Institution

Cambodia. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Institution Country

Cambodia

Project Leader

Dr. Dwi Astuti

Project Leader

Dewi Malia Prawiradilaga

Institution

Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Institution Country

Indonesia

Project Leader

Dr. Nguyen Tien Dzung

Institution

National Institute for Veterinary Research of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Institution Country

Viet Nam

Project Leader

Lei Fu-Min

Institution

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Institution Country

China

Institution Website

http://www.cas.ac.cn/cas.html

Project Leader

Parntep Ratanakorn

Institution

Mahidol University

Institution Country

Thailand

Institution Website

http://www.mahidol.ac.th/mahidol.html