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Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza

 Avian influenza, a respiratory disease that affects many birds, including poultry, has been detected in the United States.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) recently has been detected in commercial poultry, backyard poultry flocks, and wild birds in several states.

No human infections have yet been reported in relation to this latest outbreak. Generally, human infections with avian influenza viruses are rare, and most often occur after people are in direct or close contact with an infected bird. Biosecurity is key in protecting flocks.

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Tracking the Illegal Wildlife Trade


Wildlife are exploited all over the planet for a variety of reasons. Poachers gun down elephants and rhinos for their valuable tusks and horns. Tigers are turned into pelts and their bones are crushed for use in traditional medicines. Pangolins are disappearing all over Southeast Asia and reappearing on plates, where they’re served up as a delicacy. Monkeys turn up at exotic pet markets.

Penn Vet researcher Nikkita Patel and her colleagues used a database called HealthMap Wildlife Trade to figure out where trafficked animals are coming from, where they’re going and who the middlemen are.



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Ashley Berke
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berke@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-1475

John Donges
Communications Coordinator
jdonges@vet.upenn.edu
215-898-4234

Louisa Shepard
Communications Specialist for New Bolton Center
lshepard@vet.upenn.edu
610-925-6241

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