GF-TADs Meeting: Detection of HPAI in Ruminants and Humans in the USA (cont.)


A second informative electronic meeting of the GF-TADs for the Americas was held on May 22nd. Meeting was convened inorder to follow up the detection and notification of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza cases in dairy cattle and goats in the United States of America, also related to the detection of the virus in humans.

Updated information can be accessed at Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Detections in Livestock | Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (

Approximately 150 participants attended the meeting. Participants included WOAH Delegates and technical staff from the Veterinary Services from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and Middle East regions. In addition, representatives from technical global, regional and subregional Organizations, WOAH Regional Representatives, and Secretariats and Presidents from the different GF-TADs Regional Steering Committees attended the meeting.

Meeting was opened by Dr Andres Gonzalez Serrano, Animal Health and Biodiversity Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the WOAH Regional Representative for the Americas, Dr Luis Barcos.

After them, presentations on the current situation was made. Speakers included Mark Lyons, Mia Torchetti and Lindsey Holmstrom from USDA/APHIS/VS, as well as Dr Christine M. Szablewski, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

You can access the recording at this link 
Access code: @!BR900t

More information on the GF-TADs regional activities is available at this link