Changes coming to Influenza Surveillance Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing four
changes to the Influenza A Virus (IAV-S) Surveillance Program as part of a plan to extend the program within current funding. The four efficiency measures will go into effect June 27, 2016.
The IAV-S Surveillance Program was
initiated in 2009 to support both animal and public health
objectives. Program goals include monitoring the evolution of the virus
and providing isolates for research, development of diagnostic
reagents, and updating diagnostic tests and vaccine seed stock
The four new measures to extend the program include:
- Lower the CT cutoff values for USDA funded further testing.
- Discontinue USDA reimbursement for NAHLN lab sequencing of the M gene.
- Reduce the number of samples per accession from two to one that will move forward for subtyping PCR's.
- Discontinue USDA reimbursement for the Matrix PCR screening test.
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Poultry Disease Planning Tool
The University of Minnesota is in the final testing phase of a new poultry disease planning tool. The website allows poultry producers to create an online profile of their operation before a disease outbreak strikes. This way, if avian influenza or another disease were to emerge, responders have a headstart with pre-supplied information.
Poultry producers are encouraged to register their premises and check out the website.
New USDA phone
Please note the new phone numbers for the
St. Paul USDA office, effective immediately.
Main Office Line: 651-234-5680
Main Fax Line: 651-234-5681
Main Export Line: 651-234-5690
Individual staff lines at the new office:
651-234-5683 - Lisa Liddell
651-234-5684 - ADD
651-234-5685 - Melissa Vasquez
651-234-5686 - Anthony Graff
651-234-5687 - Barb Geibe
651-234-5688 - Mary Donahue
651-234-5691 - Joe Frank
Top media mentions last month
The top news coverage for the Board in the last month focused on the June 2 announcement of Dr. Beth Thompson as the new executive director. Other popular stories included the appointment of new board member, Dr. Graham Brayshaw and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab's announcement of funding to expand services. Rounding out the top five were some smaller features on the commercial breeder program.
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