In efforts to control or eradicate avian influenza, veterinary medical officer David Suarez provides expertise and guidance to several Southeast Asian and eastern European countries to set up practical and effective laboratory systems.
Amount: $2.3 million
Repair of critical deferred maintenance including replacing critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems serving laboratory and animal housing spaces.
October 10 - Contract awarded for $2,224,341 for the replacement of critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for several buildings.
July 2010 - Construction contract awarded for about $3.5 million to replace critical mechanical and electrical systems in the main laboratory.
Research at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory
The Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory's (SEPRL) provides solutions to national and international exotic, emerging and endemic poultry disease problems that impact poultry and potentially human health. The research program includes diagnostics, prevention, and control strategies, prediction of disease outbreak, molecular epidemiology, and building a better understanding disease pathogenesis.
SEPRL scientists also provides science-based solutions to exotic poultry diseases that inhibit international trade in poultry and poultry products. This especially includes developing practical and improved diagnostic tools including air samplers and creating vaccines.
This includes diseases such as avian influenza, West Nile virus, Newcastle Disease and Marek's disease herpes virus.
For example, SEPRL researchers have developed special tests to quickly detect avian influenza and Newcastle disease outbreaks as well as biosecurity measures to protect the poultry industry from these diseases. These tests have been instrumental in protecting the U.S. poultry industry from disease issues that could impact international trade.
They also invented a highly sensitive diagnostic test to detect viruses associated with poult enteritis complex, The test allows the detection of several types of viruses at one time. Current diagnostic methods for PEC-associated viruses have limitations because of poor analytic specificity and sensitivity.
The Laboratory has two research units:
Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit
The Unit's mission is to conduct basic and applied research on avian influenza, Newcastle disease, West Nile and other exotic and emerging viruses of poultry and other birds. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to:
Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit
Our mission is to conduct basic and applied research on avian metapneumovirus, enteric viruses of turkeys and Marek's disease herpes virus. The goal of our research program is to produce new research knowledge and technology to: