Ag Worker Health and Avian Influenza

Summary: Avian Influenza is a disease caused by viruses that can infect birds and people. Avian influenza viruses are routinely present in wild bird species and can be transmitted to backyard and commercial poultry, but very rarely to people. This presentation will focus on understanding the current state of the avian influenza outbreak in the US and provide recommendations for personal protective equipment for people who work with poultry and poultry products.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to…

  • Describe avian influenza and how it can be transmitted between birds
  • Identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to use when working with exposed or ill animals
  • Recognize the human signs and symptoms that may indicate an avian influenza exposure
  • Access evidence-based health & safety resources focused on safe practices when working around potential animal-borne diseases

Intended Audience: Ag producers, farmers, poultry workers, veterinarians, healthcare providers, and anyone with exposure to poultry or other birds

This webinar is offered in English with Spanish interpretation, provided courtesy of the National Center for Farmworker Health.

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