The USDA is still working on controlling the latest outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the United States, which is typically spread by wild migratory birds and peaks in the spring and summer months.
On April 13, 2023, the USDA held a stakeholder roundtable to discuss the current and future HPAI strategy with state government officials and poultry industry leaders.
Leaders from the USDA, including Acting Deputy Secretary Kevin Shea, Marketing and Regulatory Programs Undersecretary Jenny Moffitt, and experts from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) spoke at the meeting.
The USDA has been successful in controlling the outbreak through enhanced surveillance and testing, biosecurity measures, and quick responses to cases.
The agency has also saved costs and secured regionalization agreements, keeping markets open with key trading partners. The meeting also covered the current outbreak status, biosecurity measures, and updates on vaccine development.