USDA Worst Case Scenario Workshop

On June 30th and July 1st ZAHP Fusion Center staff participated in a two-day USDA workshop focusing on coordinated response protocols in the event of a worst-case scenario outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this Fall.  USDA is currently preparing for a large-scale pandemic that could reach all sectors of the United States this September-October. Since the beginning of 2015, over 50 million chickens (egg-layers and broilers) and turkeys have been de-populated due to HPAI and the cost of the recent outbreak has cost the Federal Government alone over $600 million. The possible effects of a full-scale outbreak on the poultry and zoological collection community could be devastating.