CFSPH to Prepare Preparedness Guidelines for USDA HPAI Response

October 9, 2017

Ames, Iowa - Iowa State University was recently awarded a one-year cooperative agreement for $1 million from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This agreement focuses on support for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) preparedness, and ongoing support for USDA emergency preparedness guidelines and support materials.

The funds are directed to the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. James A. Roth, Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor and CFSPH director is the principal investigator.

The CFSPH has been working with USDA APHIS on work related to HPAI since 2007. The 2015 HPAI outbreak in the Midwest, particularly in Minnesota and Iowa, had a dramatic effect on turkeys and laying hens. The preparedness efforts that occurred since 2007 helped the USDA, state animal officials and the industry better respond to the recent outbreaks and facilitated product movement from non-infected premises. Federal, state and industry officials agree that the planning that had occurred prior to 2015 was effective in facilitating response efforts, such as enabling product from non-infected premises to move during these outbreaks.

This new project will support a variety of efforts to incorporate lessons learned from the previous outbreaks and continue to refine and enhance resources for producers, federal and state officials and the public.

  • The CFSPH will work with National Poultry Improvement Plan staff and the poultry and egg industry to revise the Biosecurity Training Materials to reflect the new National Poultry Improvement Plan Standards, published on May 5, 2017.
  • The CFSPH will provide staff members to work on site at USDA offices to support HPAI preparedness and response activities for APHIS.
  • The CFSPH will update and maintain the USDA’s Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP) documents and the National Animal Health Emergency Management System (NAHEMS) documents that support HPAI preparedness for Federal, State, and industry stakeholders. These documents—which include response plans as well as ready reference guides—provide accessible information in multiple formats available to all potential responders.
  • The CFSPH will work with USDA to develop and maintain other important training resources related to HPAI preparedness and response for all personnel (State/industry/Federal).

“This project benefits both the State of Iowa and Iowa State, since Iowa is the number one producer of eggs in the country and also produces a significant number of turkeys,” Roth said. “Livestock and poultry are very important components of the Iowa economy. An effective response to HPAI is essential to Iowa agriculture and the Iowa economy in general. It is imperative that plans and procedures – based on lessons learned in the recent outbreak – are in place prior to the next HPAI outbreak.”

Contact: James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM, Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health; College of Veterinary Medicine; Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa 50011; Phone: 515-294-8459; Fax: 515-294-8259; email: