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Avian Influenza: Science at the Forefront
Released: 1/25/2006 6:07:18 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Catherine Puckett 1-click interview
Phone: 352-264-3532 or 352-284-4832

Clarice Nassif Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

Experts agree that the dangerous form of avian influenza currently found in Asia and Eastern Europe could reach North America in the next few years. When it does arrive, the disease could have significant economic, social, and ecological impacts. Early detection and rapid, effective response are essential to minimize the spread and the effects of such a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. Come hear how the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are working with other Federal and State partners in a coordinated, scientific surveillance program designed to provide an early warning to the agriculture, public health and wildlife communities, as well as to the public.

What: The USGS will host a congressional briefing to focus on new and ongoing efforts to detect, monitor, and prepare for the arrival of avian influenza in North America.

Mark Limbaugh, Assistant Secretary, Water and Science, Department of the Interior
Sue Haseltine, Associate Director for Biology, USGS
Ron DeHaven, Administrator, APHIS
Dale Hall, Director, FWS

Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard
U.S. Representative James Moran
U.S. Representative Ron Kind

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