Minnesota technicians’ avian flu work honored
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Two technicians with the University of Minnesota's MidCentral Outreach Center in Willmar were honored with the Unsung Heroes Award at the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association summer conference recently in Duluth.
WILLMAR, Minn. - Two technicians with the University of Minnesota’s MidCentral Outreach Center in Willmar were honored with the Unsung Heroes Award at the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association summer conference recently in Duluth.
According to a news release from the association, Cristian Flores Figueroa and Jeannette Munoz Aguayo were recognized for their development of an early avian influenza detection tool. By sampling the drinking water in turkey barns, this technique is able to pick up the virus two to three days before clinical signs show up in a flock. The pair’s contributions and research have greatly improved early detection of avian influenza in flocks.
“These two scientists were able to take a molecular biology laboratory from a handful of samples per day to hundreds in a very short time,” said association Executive Director Steve Olson in the news release. “They opened their lab to our industry and have run a plethora of emergency samples at all hours of the day and worked countless weekends. We are grateful for their expertise and many hours of service.”