The core avian team now consists of Dr. Fidelis Hegngi, Dr. Denise Heard, Dr. Patricia Fox, Dr. Tom Ray, Dr. Valerie Marcano, Ms. Penny Kesler, Ms. Meta Walker, and Ms. Samantha Steer (S&P-Avian Team).
For matters concerning the Live Bird Market System, Avian Influenza, trade bans, and associated areas, please contact:
Dr. Fidelis Hegngi
National Coordinator, LBMS
Ms. Samantha Steer
ASAAHP Program Specialist
In the event Dr. Hegngi is unavailable, please contact Dr. Heard.
For matters concerning breeding and commercial poultry in the National Poultry Improvement Plan, NPIP authorized laboratories, the NPIP General Conference Committee, NPIP Provisions, and other associated areas, please contact:
Dr. Denise Heard
NPIP Senior Coordinator
Dr. Valerie Marcano
NPIP Student Intern
Ms. Penny Kesler
NPIP Program Analyst
Ms. Meta Walker
NPIP Program Assistant
In the event that NPIP office personnel are unavailable, please contact Dr. Hegngi.
For all states (former Eastern and Western), matters pertaining to H5/H7 presumptive positive/positive test results, indemnity, Cooperative Agreements (including quarterly reports) and Initial State Response and Containment Plans, please contact:
Dr. Patricia Fox
National Epidemiologist-Avian Health
Dr. Tom Ray
Commodity Health Specialist
In the event that Dr. Fox is unavailable, please contact Dr. Hegngi for cooperative agreement questions and Dr. Heard for ISRCP questions.
Any questions or comments on avian issues, NPIP, LBMS, surveillance or response, please don’t hesitate to contact us.