Avian Influenza 2015

Avian Influenza 2015

The Molecular Diagnostics lab conducted over 18,000 Avian Influenza tests during the 2015 H5N2 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak. The PCR lab was well prepared for this event, which was the largest foreign animal disease outbreak in US history. The laboratory staff were proficiency-tested for Avian Influenza PCR testing, and the laboratory had the necessary supplies and equipment to respond to the increased number of tests.

In order to accommodate the needs of the industry and the State to control the disease and to keep business moving, staff put in extra hours including evenings and weekends. The lab, along with other sections of the VDL including Lab Receiving and Administration, were an integral part of the response to this disease emergency.

The USDA and other disease experts are anticipating the return of HPAI in the fall of 2015. The VDL is once again preparing to play a central role in disease control efforts in support of the agricultural economy of Minnesota and surrounding states.

Despite the increased number of PCR tests for avian influenza, all other disease testing in the molecular diagnostics laboratory continued during the outbreak.


Graph of VDL Molecular Diagnositic Testing