National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) Laboratory Resources for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

NETEC experts in safe laboratory practices for high-consequence infectious diseases have developed a resource on laboratory testing, specimen handling, and shipping for Highly Pathogen Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is a disease in birds caused by infection with avian influenza Type A viruses. There are two sub categories of the virus—low and highly pathogenic avian influenza—and the latter can cause severe disease and mortality upwards of 90-100 percent in infected poultry. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus infections in poultry can spill back into wild birds, resulting in further geographic spread of the virus as those birds migrate. 

Learn more about avian influenza in birds, and read the full article from NETEC online.