Wild bird mortality events and avian influenza


The Pacific Wildlife Health Network (PWHN) held its 3rd meeting on the 13th October 2022. The meeting was attended by representatives from Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE).

There were three main agenda points in the meeting:

  1. Updates on a number of PWHN administrative items including agreement on broadening revision of the Terms of Reference.
  2. The topic for the meeting, selected by the participants of the previous meeting, was Wild bird mortality events and avian influenza. During the meeting, two invited speakers presented on this topic, as outlined below.
  3. Information exchange and discussion from participants noted the importance of early wildlife disease investigations and developing, maintaining, and utilising local and regional networks to inform investigations, including but not limited to local communities and ecologists.

The 4th meeting for the PWHN will be scheduled in 2023 with a topic chosen from ideas previously put forward by participants.

3rd Pacific Wildlife Health Network Meeting: Wild bird mortality events and avian influenza

Banner photo credit: Michelle Wille

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