Seminar: Environmental Determinants of Avian Influenza in South East Asia


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Research Program Brown Bag Seminar

When: Aug 17 2010 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012

Environmental Determinants of Avian Influenza in South East Asia

Dr. Sumeet Saksena

Fellow, Research Program, East-West Center

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Noon – 1pm

John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012

The H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) global disease situation is now relatively stable, but still alarming in some countries where the disease is considered entrenched. In these locations, pockets of infections are closely associated to well-known risk factors, such as high human and chicken densities, large free-grazing duck populations, poor bio-security in smallholder units and culturally-determined food market habits linked to poor poultry hygiene. In Southeast Asia the presence of agro-livestock farming systems involving the combination of paddy rice production, domestic water birds and poultry in the river deltas is ubiquitous. These specific mixtures of factors are likely to be important for maintenance of infection given that H5N1 HPAI thrives in the presence of water, bird feces, ducks and chickens. The talk will review the existing literature from Southeast Asia and describe the environmental component of a current EWC project, 'Coupled Natural-Human Systems and Emerging Infectious Disease: Anthropogenic environmental change and avian influenza in Vietnam', funded by the US National Science Foundation. The talk will focus on water resources, water pollution, waste management and bio-safety issues.

Sumeet Saksena is a Fellow at the East West Center. He is also an Affiliate Faculty at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He conducts research on human exposure to pollution, risk assessment and environmental health. He has served on standards and reports review committees of the World Health Organization, Health Effects Institute and US Department of Energy. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering.

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