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Wednesday, October 19 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Technical Session. Avian Flu Planning in MA – a lesson in Inter-Agency GIS cooperation

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AUTHORS: Tara Manno, MassDEP

ABSTRACT: Midwestern states endured an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in the Spring of 2015.  Tens of millions of birds were euthanized and cascading effects rippled through the food supply.  How might Massachusetts manage such an outbreak?  Is human health a concern?  Are domestic &/or wild bird populations at risk?  Where are birds of concern located?  How might we triage, test and depopulate flocks?  How and where would we manage the carcasses of deceased birds?  Is this a 24/7 emergency situation?  Which agencies will be involved?  How can we streamline processes and avoid duplication of effort when 10 State and Federal agencies are involved?  What role might GIS professionals play in this situation?  Can we share data and play nicely in the sandbox?  Please join us for the answers to these and other questions … and a little bit of bird humor.


Wednesday October 19, 2016 9:45am - 10:15am
Nauset IV

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