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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A symposium on managing animal mortalities, presented by the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Lancaster Marriot at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa.

The symposium — the 5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortalities, Products, By-Products & Associated Health Risks: Connecting Research, Regulations and Responses — will cover a wide range of topics including highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

Mark Van Oort, complex manager at Center Fresh Egg Farm, will discuss challenges faced during the recent HPAI outbreak, including large-scale euthanasia, carcass disposal, composting and quarantine zones.

Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board’s director of swine health programs, will discuss morbidity and mortalitiy management and the effects on pork production.

Attendees will also participate in an emergency exercise focusing on a HPAI  outbreak that will draw upon real experiences of participants in responding to the outbreaks iin North American in 2014 and 2015.

The symposium will also provide demonstrations on dealing with animal mortality and tours of a variety of farms and businesses involved in Pennsylvania’s beef, dairy, swine and poultry industries.

Penn State Extension will host the symposium. More information can be obtained at

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