USAID Announces $5 Million Award To Enhance International Efforts To Track Avian Influenza  
6/12/2006 10:56:09 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $5 million award to support the development of a global network to track avian influenza, with the aim of monitoring the role of migratory birds. The Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance, or GAINS, will enhance international efforts to collect and analyze laboratory samples from wild birds and identify genetic changes in the virus. The entire award package totals $6 million, including a $1 million contribution from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.