OFFLU is the OIE/FAO global network of expertise on animal influenza working to reduce the negative impacts of animal influenza viruses by promoting effective collaboration between animal health experts and the human health sector. Originally launched in April 2005 to support avian influenza, OFFLU was expanded in 2009 to include all animal influenza and to further support to Veterinary Services in their efforts to reduce risks to animals and the public from animal influenza viruses.
The objectives of OFFLU are to:
The worldwide spread of H5N1 avian influenza at the beginning of the 2000s, with its host of economic and health consequences, intensified the joint work of the FAO, OIE and WHO. Since then, the three organisations regularly exchange follow-up information on the global animal influenza situation, as one of their 3 priority topics.