Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Carol Cardona, Research Team Lead, Creates Nationwide System to Improve Disease Prevention

May 5, 2018
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One of the largest foreign disease outbreaks in poultry was attributed to H5N2 HPAI, a strain of avian influenza or “bird flu,” in 2014-2015, which resulted in the destruction of nearly 50 million birds and caused more than $3.75 billion in lost production, expenses attributed to disease control, and loss of export markets. With a new online tool, researchers have partnered to improve responses to outbreaks and help producers mitigate foreign animal diseases on farms. 

Dr. Carol Cardona, Professor and Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health is leading the research efforts. The goal of this project is to expand a Minnesota state program into a national tool for farmers and poultry companies to improve disease prevention and reporting. This online tool would allow producers to more easily manage flocks through farm mapping and disease reporting, which researchers believe will help improve farm biosecurity. “Responding to a foreign animal disease outbreak is complicated and the 2014-5 outbreak of HPAI taught regulators and producers of the need for coordinating on farm and external resources and personnel,” said Cardona. “The online tool we have developed helps to provide real time guidance through the newest forms and processes in easy to understand language for producers and farm details needed only in an emergency for first responders. This tool provides a head start for producers and first responders that will result in faster outbreak control and recovery.” 

Please read full FFAR press release for more.