To: Guam Rail SSP
From: Deidre K. Fontenot, DVM
Veterinary advisor for Guam rail
Re: Avian Influenza (H5N1) surveillance and vaccination
I have not received any inquiries into Avian Influenza (AI) vaccination in this species. However, SSPs have been encouraged to utilize this vaccine; however, the SSP does not recommend vaccination at this time. Screening has not been implemented in this species at this time, choanal/ cloacal swabs for isolation is the recommended screening tool. I have not been notified of any Guam rails that have tested positive for any AI serotypes.
Please notify the SSP if you have intent to perform vaccine trials on any rails.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Deidre K. Fontenot
Veterinarian, Animal Programs
Disney's Animal Kingdom
1200 N. Savannah Cir. E
Bay Lake, FL 32830
Office (407) 939-6238, FAX 407-939-6391