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Avian Influenza Research Project


Avian Influenza, or bird flu, came to the world's notice as a human health issue in late 2005, when domestic birds in Asia became infected and their handlers became infected as well. Many suspected that the Avian Influenza was spread by migratory birds. Some focused on migratory waterfowl while LaMNA and its cooperators focused on migratory landbirds.

Photo courtesy Don Virgovic, USFS

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In the spring of 2006, LaMNA, The Institute for Bird Populations, and UCLA's Center for Tropical Research began coordinated landbird sampling in North and South America during the breeding and non-breeding seasons at banding stations. Cooperators take cloacal swabs and pull tail feathers for later analyses. Since then, over 30,000 viral samples and 16,000 feathers have been collected at LaMNA, MAPS (Monitoring and Avian Productivity and Survivorship), and MoSi (Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal) stations.

The goals of our research were to catalogue the occurrence and distribution of avian influenza sub-types, identify transmission paths in North American migratory landbirds, and to further the goal of developing custom vaccines against Influenza A.

The results of this research are published in Fuller et al. 2010. Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the US. BMC Infectious Diseases 10:187doi:10.1186/1471-2334-10-187

Click here for additional details on LaMNA's participation in this Avian Influenza research.

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