Avian and other zoonotic influenza: Introduction
Avian influenza is an acute viral disease of the respiratory tract. It is one of several severe zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential in the presence of sustained human-to-human transmission. This course provides a general introduction to the disease and is intended for personnel involved in avian and other zoonotic influenza outbreak preparedness and response.
Self-paced
Language: English

Course information


La version française de ce cours est disponible sur : https://openwho.org/courses/grippe-aviaire-et-autres-grippes-zoonotiques-introduction

Overview: Avian influenza is an acute viral disease of the respiratory tract. It is one of several severe zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential in the presence of sustained human-to-human transmission. This course provides a general introduction to the disease through a short video lecture and quizzes to test your knowledge. It targets personnel involved in avian and other zoonotic influenza outbreak preparedness and response, including medical professionals, public health officials, incident managers and risk communication experts.

Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • describe transmission, symptoms and treatment for zoonotic influenza;
  • describe why zoonotic influenza viruses are of potential concern to public health;
  • describe the role of public health authorities in reducing the risk of human infections with zoonotic influenza viruses; and
  • list key preventive strategies.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: No certificate available at this time.

Course contents


  • Avian and other zoonotic influenza:

    This module provides an introductory-level overview of the disease.

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