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Monitoring Outbreaks

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Surveillance, monitoring and tracking disease outbreaks helps health officials allocate resources effectively and efficiently. Epidemiologists use monitoring data to predict where and how disease might spread. It is important to know where disease outbreaks not only begin in the world, but also how and where they might spread in the United States. A primary goal of avian flu monitoring is to identify any outbreak of human-to-human transmission quickly so health officials can attempt to contain and control the outbreak.
Map of Confirmed Cases

United States Monitoring

Interagency Screening Plan: An Early Detection System for Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza in Wild Migratory Birds

The interagency strategic plan, developed by wildlife disease biologists, veterinarians and epidemiologists, provides a unified national system for conducting H5N1 HPAI monitoring of wild migratory birds throughout the United States. The plan serves as a guide to all federal, state, university and non-governmental organizations involved in avian influenza monitoring by providing standard procedures and strategies for data sampling, diagnostics, and management.

News Release August 9, 2006 [En Español]
Fact Sheet August 9, 2006 [En Español]
News Release March 20, 2006
Plan Fact Sheet March 2006
Related Information Fact Sheet
Interagency Screening Plan Document

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Global Monitoring

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Avian Influenza Testing

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