Avian Influenza Training and Response Planning in the Dominican Republic

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Like India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Russia, the Dominican Republic is experiencing another outbreak of avian influenza.  Fortunately, unlike the other countries, the Dominican Republic is battling a low pathogenic strain of the virus.

I am pleased to be in the Dominican Republic this week supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and the Dominican poultry industry in their response to this outbreak.  We started the week with a demonstration of how composing can be implemented as part of a disease management strategy to safely dispose of infected carcasses and manure.  It was great to have an engaged audience of poultry industry veterinarians from several different poultry companies.

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Gary Flory is an independent adviser who has consulted, written guidance, conducted research and given presentations to national and international audiences on counter-agroterrorism, emerging infectious diseases, carcass disposal, One Health and foreign animal disease response. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has written for a number of journals including recent articles on counter-agroterrorism, the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases and biosurveillance for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He frequently shares his expertise at conferences and training events across the country and around the globe including recent events in Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce. He was recently awarded the Agency Star award by the Governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership on animal disease response and agroterrorism.

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