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Joint OIE/FAO worldwide scientific network for the control of animal influenzas

In April 2005, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a joint worldwide network of expertise on avian influenza (OFFLU) - expanded in 2009 to include all animal influenza - to support veterinary services in their efforts to reduce risks to animal and public health from animal influenza viruses


OFFLU’s vision:

The animal health community will provide early recognition and characterisation of emerging influenza viral strains in animal populations, and effective management of known infections, thereby better managing the risk to human health and promoting global food security, animal health and welfare, and other community benefits derived from domestic animals and wildlife


OFFLU’s objectives are:

  • To exchange scientific data and biological materials (including virus strains) within the network, to analyse such data, and to share such information with the wider scientific community.
  • To offer technical advice, training and veterinary expertise to Member Countries to assist in the prevention, diagnosis, surveillance and control of animal influenza.
  • To collaborate with the WHO influenza network on issues relating to the animal-human interface, including early preparation of human vaccine.
  • To highlight influenza research needs, promote their development and ensure co-ordination.


For more detailed information, please see the OFFLU website.