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4912Symposium on Avian Influenza

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  • sidney_england
    Mar 9, 2006
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      Symposium on Avian Influenza
      Organized by Yolo Audubon Society
      April 15, 2006

      The H5N1 strain of avian influenza is the potential source of a
      pandemic that could be extremely lethal to humans. It has been widely
      reported that this strain is hosted by wild birds, especially
      waterfowl. However, the potential role of wildlife in a future
      pandemic is poorly understood by the public, elected officials, and
      even interested individuals. To protect birds and other wildlife, it
      is important to understand the potential for wild birds to transmit
      the disease to humans, to contribute to evolution of a virus that
      could transmit the disease between humans, and to pose a threat to
      human health. In other countries, culling waterfowl populations and
      draining wetlands have been proposed as means to reduce human health
      risk. The public has expressed concerns that bird feeders could be a
      source of infection for their families. Are these ideas and concerns

      Yolo Audubon Society has organized a symposium that will present the
      best and latest information about avian influenza, and you are invited
      to attend. The event will be held at the Davis Senior Center on
      Saturday, April 15th. Co-sponsors of the event include Audubon
      California, California Waterfowl Association, Environmental
      Stewardship and Planning, Padre Associates, Abbey Road Press, City of
      Davis, and UC Davis.

      The opening speaker will be UC Davis Provost and Executive Chancellor
      Virginia Hinshaw, a virologist who specializes in influenza research.
      The symposium program includes presentations and panel discussions by
      leaders in this field from UC Davis and elsewhere in the Capitol
      region. These panels will address avian influenza in bird populations
      (wild and domestic) and avian influenza and public health. Following
      each panel, there will be plenty of opportunities for questions from
      the audience.

      The downloadable program of events and registration form is available
      at www.yoloaudubon.org. Please register early to avoid
      disappointment. We hope to see you there!