Avian Flu learning event brings together more than 100 delegates across Cheshire and Merseyside

Over 100 delegates from across Cheshire and Merseyside came together for an Avian Flu learning event on 8th December 2022.

The learning event gave delegates the opportunity to explore the Avian Flu threat, share local experiences and response, and identify areas for further action to strengthen the subregion’s preparedness and response plans across animal and human health.

The event was opened and hosted by Donald Read, Consultant in Public Health, Cheshire West and Chester Council, followed by a presentation from Anjila Shah and Tanith Palmer, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) consultants in health protection, looking at the current epidemiology and background.

Allister Compton, Resilience and Technical Adviser England, National Field Lead for Wild Bird AI Positive Findings, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) was welcomed to look at animal health perspectives and learnings followed by a short question and answer session.

Next, Cheshire colleagues Helen Thorniley-Jones and Katie Mills presented how they’re approaching the Avian anti-viral pathway before our final presentation from Nicki Rose and Donald Read who explored local authority experiences. A further question and answer session was then held.

Watch a recording of the event here: