improve the current USDA APHIS Vaccination Plan for HPAI for AZA Zoos .
This document will outline important information regarding vaccination
efficiency and administration. Little is known about the effectiveness of AI
vaccines in exotic animals or any risks that may be involved in the vaccina-
tion process. At present, no AZA-accredited zoological institutions are using
an AI vaccine because the current Vaccination Plan states that zoos must be
conducting surveillance in order to vaccinate.
In addition to progressing and improving the AI surveillance system,
ZAHN will be working on a foreign animal disease initiative with the sup-
port of the USDA and the backing of the AZA. The goal is to create educa-
tional modules to teach paraprofessionals at zoological institutions how to
recognize and prevent foreign animal diseases in the zoo. In the long-term
future, ZAHN will continue to work toward strengthening the relationship
between animal and public health experts in the hopes of protecting the
health of humans and of wild and captive animals.
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