KANSAS CITY, MO. — With highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases coming down in the last few months in the United States, it was important to take an overall look at what happened with the virus at the beginning of 2022.

The HPAI discussion for this episode of the MEAT+POULTRY podcast was with Matthew Koci, a professor in NC State University’s Prestage Department of Poultry Science who studies virology and immunology.

Koci details the impact wild birds had on many of the HPAI cases this year and how different states handled outbreaks.

He also examines the difficulties of figuring out where the virus was within the country and what went into coordinating responses between the US Department of Agriculture and the local state animal health officials.

Koci lays out some historical touch points for HPAI and how it helps deal with all diseases in the poultry industry.

Later, Koci considers what North Carolina State does to try to help with HPAI, and he discusses his background in infectious diseases.

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