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Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease: Lessons Learned from the Past

May 28, 2020

Presented by Philippe Gelaude

Avian influenza and Newcastle disease are two of the most infectious poultry diseases in the world. Their prevalence is a continuous health and profitability concern for the poultry industry. Severe outbreaks of these diseases may have a global economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Dr. Philippe Gelaude will provide an overview of the lessons that can be learned from the past related to outbreaks of these diseases. He will build upon his expertise as a specialized poultry veterinarian and his experience in surveillance as part of the Animal Health Service of Flanders. In addition to research findings, he will also share some practical insights from the field with regards to macroscopic lesions from recent outbreaks and discuss the wider importance of surveillance in managing these challenges. 

Philippe Gelaude, DVM, graduated in 2011 and started his career at the University of Ghent where he took part in the development of the Biocheck Ugent biosecurity scoring tool for broilers. His research focused on biosecurity and the correlation with technical performance of broilers and antimicrobial usage. In 2013, he gained hands-on experience in the poultry industry and worked until the end of 2015 as a poultry veterinarian at a specialized poultry practice in Belgium. From October 2015 until now, he reinforces the Animal Health Service of Flanders (DGZ, Belgium) and takes part in the surveillance programs of Salmonella, Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza.

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