Module 18: Avian Influenza and Exotic Newcastle Disease (1923)
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Fidelis Hegngi D.V.M., M.S.
USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services

Dr. Fidelis (Fidel) Hegngi is a Senior Staff Veterinarian with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS), Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services (SPRS), Avian, Swine, and Aquatic, Animal Health Center (ASAAHC). Dr. Hegngi's primary responsibility is working as the USDA National Coordinator of the United States, Live Bird Marketing System (LBMS) Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention and Control Program. As a Senior Staff Veterinarian with ASAAHC Dr. Hegngi collaborates with the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Senior Coordinator in implementing the testing and certification programs for Mycoplasmas, Salmonella, and Avian Influenza for the commercial poultry industry. He also shares VS wide responsibilities with Epidemiology Officers and VS management for the control and eradication of domestic and exotic diseases of poultry and other avian species as they involve the United States.<br><br>Dr. Hegngi received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), Virginal Tech Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1994. Following his D.V.M., Dr. Hegngi completed his advanced studies in Avian/Poultry Medicine at the VMRCVM in 1997.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Modules 18: Avian Influenza (AI) and Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) This module will help veterinarians realize the economic and public health impact of an exotic avian disease outbreak and to better recognize the clinical signs associated with AI and END. Details relating to collecting and submitting samples for the surveillance as well as reporting positive results for AI or END are addressed. Understanding the investigative and clean-up process and implementing biosecurity measures specific for each disease are key roles of poultry veterinarians are emphasized. Finally, veterinarians will be able to explain the OIE's role in preventing disease spread via exports.

Learning Objectives

1. Realize the economic and public health impacts of an exotic avian disease outbreak

2. Recognize the clinical signs associated with avian influenza (AI) and exotic Newcastle disease (END)

3. Describe the concerns associated with H5 and H7 low pathogenicity AI viruses