Submitted to: International Symposium on Avian Influenza
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/1/2015
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The overall approach to surveillance for avian influenza virus (AIV) in poultry will vary depending on the situation, resources, and goals of a given surveillance program. However, the optimal methods for sample collection, transport, and handling are universal. Many practical questions have been addressed recently in the literature and our current understanding will be presented. For example: what are the best swab types and media? Should swabs be left in the vial during transport? What is the best way to preserve samples for specific down-stream tests? What are the advantages and disadvantages of various sample pooling strategies? What elements of surveillance can be modified and what is most critical to getting the best quality samples? Although uniform methods and approaches to AIV surveillance in poultry are not necessary, consistency of some key elements of the surveillance process can assure consistent and accurate results.