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Dynamics of avian influenza in a changing world

Dynamics of avian influenza in a changing world

Objective

DELTA-FLU aims to determine the key viral, host-related, and environmental factors that determine the dynamics of avian influenza (AI) in poultry and other host species, with the goal of improving prevention and control strategies against this disease. As a result of rapidly changing dynamics, AI continues to cause unexpected and devastating outbreaks in poultry in the EU, as well as world-wide. Its potential to become pandemic is also of great concern to public health. The key viral, host-related, and environmental factors that drive AI dynamics are poorly understood, which currently impedes the development of effective control and prevention strategies. As the problems caused by AI require global solutions, DELTA-FLU is a consortium with top-level experts from Europe, North America, and Asia. Through interdisciplinary research focused on key questions of AI, DELTA-FLU will determine 1) potential for some highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIV, e.g. H5N8 clade 2.3.4.4) to be maintained in wild bird populations and spread over long-distances, 2) key viral, host, and environmental factors for incursion of HPAIV from wild birds into poultry holdings, 3) roles of viral, host, and environmental factors in the transition of low pathogenic avian influenza virus to HPAIV in poultry, 4) effect of flock immunity against AI on early detection and viral genetic drift, and 5) viral genetic factors that allow reassortants of avian and mammalian influenza viruses to transmit efficiently among pigs. Primary sectors and end-users are involved through participation in the Multi-Actor Panel, which will also play an important role in the translation of the results into effective prevention and control strategies. As such, DELTA-FLU will make significant advances in knowledge of AIV dynamics and provide the evidence base for improved diagnosis, prevention, and control strategies for AI in poultry, as well as for reducing the possible risk of AI to become potentially pandemic.
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Coordinator

FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT

Address

Sudufer 10
17493 Greifswald-Insel Riems

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 425 000

Participants (8)

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ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 187 500

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 687 500

ISTITUTO ZOOPROFILATTICO SPERIMENTALE DELLE VENEZIE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 625 000

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 524 611,25

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 524 385

LINNEUNIVERSITETET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 523 797,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Hong Kong

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727922

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 497 793,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 497 793,75

Coordinated by:

FRIEDRICH LOEFFLER INSTITUT - BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER TIERGESUNDHEIT

Germany