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ARRA - Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Athens, Georgia

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Photo: Veterinary Medical Officer David Suarez.

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.

Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Athens, Georgia

  • Scope of work under Recovery Act

Amount: $2.3 million

Repair of critical deferred maintenance including replacing critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems serving laboratory and animal housing spaces.

Milestones


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.

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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:

  1. Provide science-based solutions to exotic poultry diseases that inhibit international trade in poultry and poultry products
  2. Understand the pathogenesis of these viruses in poultry
  3. Determine through molecular epidemiology the source for disease outbreaks
  4. Improve our understanding of the mechanisms for transfer of zoonotic viruses from birds-to-man.

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:

  1. Provide science-based solutions to minimize productivity and economic losses from domestic poultry diseases
  2. Determine through molecular epidemiology the source for disease outbreaks
  3. Determine biological and molecular virulence characteristics of these viruses with the goal of minimizing their impact
  4. Develop practical and improved diagnostic tools including air samplers
  5. Develop or improve vaccines and vaccine delivery methods
  6. Determine the role of immunity during infections
  7. Determine the effects of secondary infections on the development of disease
  8. Develop engineering systems for reducing transmission and development of disease.




Project Photographs Before Construction

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Last Modified: 11/27/2014
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