Summary of Talk:
Avian influenza is a severe threat to both human and poultry. Since 2013, H7N9, H6N1, H10N8 and H5N6 emerged continually with a total of 683 cases out of which, 275 deaths are caused by H7N9. Live poultry market (LPM) is a key source of reassorted avian influenza viruses (AIVs) because of the density of aquatic and terrestrial poultry and the frequency of AIV infection. Most human cases have been attributed to poultry exposure at LPMs. How the underlying risk factors involved in the bird-to-human cross-species transmission is causing a great concern. We brought in the concept of one health to explore these risk factors by analyzing the surveillance data collected in the LPMs in China. LBMs biosecurity and chicken movement played an important role in the emergence of novel avian influenza. These findings emphasized the importance of AIV surveillance in LPMs for understanding the genesis and emergence of novel reassortants with pandemic potential.
Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. at Fudan University in 2014. Her research Interests is epidemiology of infectious disease. She performed her thesis research on the mechanisms of infection and transmission of avian influenza virus H9N2 using animal models. Then she started as a Postdoctoral fellow in Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Science attempting to study the immune response to avian influenza in poultry workers and the epidemic characteristics of avian influenza virus in China.