APHIS Monitors Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
The United States has the strongest avian influenza surveillance program in the world. Through our ongoing wild bird surveillance program, APHIS collects and tests large numbers of samples from wild birds in the North American flyways. It is not uncommon to detect avian influenza in wild birds, as avian influenza viruses circulate freely in those populations without the birds appearing sick. In addition to monitoring for avian influenza in wild bird populations, APHIS monitors for the virus in commercial and backyard birds.
Have you felt the need to assist people with their animals during a disaster; however, were not sure what to do?
- Here’s your answer…join the Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART). MART is the official coordination and response team for disasters involving animals and agriculture. MART volunteers are educated and trained to support the county, regional, and state emergency management efforts and incident management teams.
Who should be involved in MART?
- Emergency Managers, Producers, Veterinarians, Extension Agents, Animal Control Officials, District Conservationists, People in Agricultural Businesses, Law Enforcement Officers, Public Health Workers, Animal Health Professionals… the General Public that is interested in animals and agriculture. Join Mart