Avian Influenza and Hygiene Integration

Resources on Avian Influenza and the integration of water, sanitation and hygiene improvement considerations into programs and strategies.

ArticleBackground on Integrating Hygiene in Avian Influenza Prevention and Control

Improving hygiene and sanitation practices is critical to halting the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and preventing a possible pandemic. While domesticated birds contract the virus from wild birds, HPAI is usually spread from flock to flock when infected birds are bought and sold and when there is human contact with bird droppings on equipment, cages, feed, vehicles, or shoes/clothing. Engaging in good hygienic practices is not only an imperative safety measure to prevent the virus from spreading among domesticated poultry it also reduces the chances the virus will spread from animals to humans. Finding feasible options to support recommended hygiene practices and more realistic alternatives in resource-poor communities is the key to encouraging the adoption of new behaviors. For additional information, see HIP’s new brief on avian influenza below.

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FileAvian Influenza and Hygiene Brief

HIP’s new Issue Brief on Hygiene Improvement and Avian Influenza discusses challenges for prevention and control efforts and suggests hygiene-related options for programs in resource-poor settings.

Avian Influenza brief May 2007.pdf  (100.5 kB)

ArticleOnline Resources

Below are other resources related to avian influenza prevention and control and the importance of hygiene.

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Web LinkPan American Health Organization

Avian influenza resources from the Pan American Health Organization. Also available in Spanish.

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Web LinkPandemicFlu.gov

One-stop access to U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information. Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Web LinkU.S. Agency for International Development

Information on USAID’s international response to avian influenza.

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Web LinkU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Background on infection, transmission, vaccines and more.

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Web LinkUnited States Department of Agriculture

Information on animal-related control of avian influenza.

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Web LinkWorld Health Organization

Situation updates, reports of confirmed cases, fact sheets.

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Web LinkWHO South-East Asia Regional Office Resources

WHO overview of prevention and control of influenza due to Avian Influenza (H5N1).

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Web LinkWorld Organization for Animal Health

Summary of regulations and surveillance of animal diseases.

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