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The 5th International Workshop on Highly Pathogenic Influenza Risk Assessment and Risk Modeling: Transitioning from Global to Local Assessments

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Workshop addresses disease risk factors of Highly Pathogenic Influenza at the local level Ha Noi, 27 May 2013 – A key international workshop on Highly Pathogenic Influenza Risk Assessment and Risk Modeling opened today in Ha Noi.

Coordinated by the National Institute of Health (NIH), FAO and the University of Oklahoma, the 2-day workshop and 2-day associated field trip brings together more than 50 multi-disciplinary international experts, national government representatives and experts, technical staff and other partners to explore disease risk factors at the local level. The workshop will help to determine how influenza risk assessment and modeling should best be used to benefit national priority-setting for the prevention, response and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

 The scientific presentations and discussion sessions will include:

  • Reviewing factors that contribute to the epidemiological differences in HPAI clades in different regions of Asia;
  • Determining the factors that contribute to the epidemiological differences in HPAI clades in the northern (Red River Delta) and southern Viet Nam (Mekong Delta);
  • Discussing how influenza risk assessment and modeling should be pursued in Viet Nam to benefit national priorities for the prevention, response and control of HPAI;
  • Exploring future potential research areas that would benefit responsible authorities in Viet Nam, including but not limited to MARD Department of Animal Health (DAH), Department of Livestock Production (DLP) and MOH, as well as explore funding sources that would improve the control and management of influenza and other zoonotic diseases in Viet Nam though risk assessment and analyses.

Knowledge, experiences and skills gained from this international workshop and field visit will not only be support Viet Nam in the development of control measures for HPAI/H5N1, but also for control of other major diseases in animal and zoonoses.

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