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USDA APHIS Webinar: Avian Influenza and SARs-COV-2 Cervid Surveillance Projects

April 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm CDT

April 10 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Meeting ID: 160 144 2622
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The Office of National Tribal Liaison (ONTL) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) greatly values its partnerships with Tribal Nations and communities. To keep you abreast of some major APHIS activities, they have hosted several Tribal webinars over the last several months. These webinars are designed to give you a better insight into how APHIS is helping to protect U.S. and Tribal agricultural and natural resources—and citizens— from animal and plant disease and pest threats.
They invite you and your staff members to attend their next webinar session: “Avian Influenza and SARs-COV-2 Cervid Surveillance Projects” at April 10, 2023, at 1:00 pm Eastern.

APHIS’ Wildlife Services (W.S.) National Wildlife Disease Program (NWDP) currently conducts targeted wild bird surveillance activities in all four flyways (Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific) and investigations of morbidity/mortality events in wild birds.
During 2022/2023 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) surveillance season:

  • APHIS partnered with 49 states and has collected around 30,000 samples.
  • 90% of its targeted samples have been collected, and the current surveillance season ends soon.

Since November 2021, the NWDP has also coordinated SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in cervid species. During the first surveillance season, samples were collected from around 11,000 white-tailed deer. During the second surveillance season, APHIS is:

  • Collaborating with 38 states, 5 Tribes, and 2 U.S. territories collecting over 17,700 samples from cervids.
  • Species sampled include white-tailed deer, elk, moose, mule deer, caribou, and others.

During this webinar session, they would like to take the time to update Tribal Nations on the current HPAI situation, the 2022/2023 wild bird HPAI surveillance program, the SARS-CoV-2 cervid surveillance, and encourage feedback for future communication and potential avenues for continued collaboration with Tribes.

If you have questions about the webinar, don’t hesitate to contact ONTL Program Analyst Denise Salvetti at or Terry Clark at


April 10, 2023
12:00 pm CDT
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