Network Analysis of Livestock Movements (Including Poultry and Hatching Eggs) Introduced in California from 2004 to 2014: Implications for Potential Introduction and Spread of Infectious Diseases

Transmission of infectious diseases mostly occurs due to contacts among infected and susceptible individuals. Therefore, the characterization of the contact patterns among individuals is a prerequisite to better understand and even predict the spread of diseases in a population. California is one of the most important states for livestock production and trade, particularly cattle and poultry.

Development of an early-warning system based on real-time risk assessment for the prevention and rapid control of Avian Influenza in California Poultry industry

The recent cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commertial Turkey flock in Stanislaus country (H5N8, Jan 2015) and a commertial poultry flock (broiler chickens and ducks) in Kings county (H5N8, Feb 2015) highlights the urgent need to develop and implement solutions to protect California poultry operations (PO) against avian influenza (AI) outbreaks.

Development of an early-warning system based on real-time risk assessment, producers self-assessment of biosecurity & educational tools for the prevention, early detection & rapid control of AI outbreaks in the US poultry industry

The goal of this interdisciplinary, multi-institution, research-extension project within the "Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE)" priority is to develop an innovative early-warning system for better prevention and control of Avian Influenza (AI) outbreaks in US poultry industry.