DashFLUboard - Avian Influenza Tracker

DashFLUboard is an open-source dashboard that offers near real-time tracking and analysis of avian influenza outbreaks. Developed as a collaboration between researchers in the US and Spain, this tool enables proactive surveillance and design of preventative measures in the poultry industry.

Avian influenza, also known as HPAI, H5N1, bird flu, and a myriad of other names, is an ongoing concern for both birds and humans.

Avian influenza entered the public consciousness in 2005, when signs of an imminent global pandemic were clear. In an effort to avoid the spread between birds and decrease the risk of the virus transmitting to humans, millions of birds were slaughtered. In the present day, this threat has reemerged and once again threatens bird populations worldwide. Using a combination of real-time disease data, historical wild bird movements, environmental variables, and locations of susceptible domestic populations DashFLUboard creates a comprehensive and accessible visualization. DashFLUboard is unique in that it enables both retrospective and prospective analyses of avian influenza dynamics, allowing users to assess the risk to their bird populations.

A map of the world with red and white dots marking places with influenza outbreaks
For instructions on using the dashboard, see section below. © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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Using the Dashboard

This project was designed to be an accessible and user friendly interface for both those familiar and unfamiliar with GIS and other ESRI products. Those unfamiliar may find the ‘using the dashboard’ guide to be beneficial. The following is a brief overview of each pages’ usage.

Historical Outbreak Records

The landing page for DashFLUboard, which allows users to easily explore and visualize the virus’s spread. This dashboard includes outbreak data from 2005 to the present with the available data being updated daily. Alongside this, there are various graphics that will allow you to view selected regions or total outbreaks. 


This tab provides an interactive map displaying historical and real-time data of monthly mean temperatures, wind, and HPAI outbreaks. Temperature is an important factor as virus survival is inversely proportional to environmental temperature. 

Wild bird Movements

This page allows users to explore HPAI outbreaks and wild bird connections between the United States and the entire globe. The time slider enables the exploration of the temporal aspect of outbreaks and bird movements.



A flock of pelicans flying over water

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