Modelling bird migration and avian influenza

The global avian influenza outbreaks possess serious threats to poultry and human health. Migrating wild birds contribute to the dispersal of the viruses. Wageningen analyses the temporal and spatial patterns of avian influenza virus infections along the migration flyway of migratory birds. Researchers also model the effects on of the configurations of migration networks, availability of suitable landscapes and global warming. This attributes to a better understanding of the interactions between bird migration and infection dynamics.