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NCOH webinar ‘What about avian influenza?’

Date & Time: 28 January 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm (CET)
Location: Zoom (you will receive a link prior to the webinar)

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The bird flu that is now raging in the Netherlands is not dangerous for humans. But scientists say they are waiting for a new variant that can be fatal. Netherlands Centre for One Health organises a webinar to gain more expert insight in this type of flu.

Bird flu or avian influenza (AI) is a collective term for different influenza viruses that may be dangerous to poultry. The threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks in poultry remains high, with several poultry farms becoming infected in recent years. Very recently it occurred in The Netherlands in Moergestel (Noord Brabant) on the 5th of January at a farm with turkeys. During this webinar about avian influenza two scientists whose expertise is in zoonoses will give the latest update in their research about bird flu.

Our experts

  • Prof. Thijs Kuiken, Erasmus MC. Kuiken is a Professor of Comparative Pathology at the Department of Viroscience of the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, where he performs research on emerging viral diseases such as avian influenza and MERS using a One Health approach. He is also co-coordinator of “Delta-Flu”, a European project to determine the key factors determining spread of avian influenza between poultry and wild birds.
  • Dr. Nancy Beerens, Wageningen University & Research. Beerens is Head of NRL for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR). She just wrote an article about Comparative pathogenicity and environmental transmission of recent highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses.


The moderator of the webinar will be Maarten Hoek, Communications manager NCOH.

More information about bird flu

  • Through this page of WBVR you can stay up to date about the latest developments on avian influenza.
  • In an article in De correspondent Thijs Kuiken gave a crash course in the origin of deadly bird flu viruses and what we can do about it (in Dutch).