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Simulation exercise: African swine fever in Denmark, including the other Nordic and Baltic countries

Dr Per Henriksen, Chief Veterinary Officer, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Soborg, Denmark, informed the OIE that a real-time simulation exercise on African swine fever (ASF) is taking  place from 11 to 13 October 2011.

The first part of the exercise is conducted, on 11 October 2011, jointly with the Nordic and Baltic countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. It includes training exchange of information between relevant person in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as investigating the exchange of resources within the areas of personnel and equipment.

For the second part of the simulation exercise, at the national level of each Nordic and Baltic countries, the overall aim is to test national contingency plans for control of ASF as well as for strategy and resources. All regional veterinary control offices in each of these countries will be involved in this exercise as well as part of the pork industry.

The exercise will focus on management of suspicion and outbreaks including on farm measures, cleansing and disinfection and crisis organisation. Furthermore there will be a jump in time which makes it possible to focus on planning of screening activities, with the intention to lift the restriction zones.

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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
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