Avian Influenza: Detection in Wild Birds

Intended Audience

This training module is directed toward a variety of professions and backgrounds including but not limited to: wildlife professionals, government workers, researchers, veterinarians, students, international workers, and other field professionals working in avian influenza surveillance programs.

Overall Goal

The goals of this training module are to provide an overview of the techniques for collecting samples for the detection of avian influenza viruses in wild bird populations, the selection and use of personal protective equipment, and the handling and shipment of samples. The role of wild birds in the maintenance and spread of these viruses and the importance of monitoring wild birds for the presence of avian influenza viruses will also be addressed.


Upon successful completion of this module the learner will have:

  1. A basic understanding of the role of wild birds in the maintenance and spread of influenza viruses and the importance of monitoring for the influenza viruses they carry
  2. Familiarity with the methods of sample collection and handling when monitoring for avian influenza viruses

Course Length

Approximately one hour

Text-Only Version

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