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Simulation exercise: Avian influenza in Australia

Dr Gardner Murray, Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on avian influenza, called “Exercise Seymour”, will take place in Victoria from 11 to 12 November 2008.

The exercise is a controlled, scenario-driven activity that will take place in an operational environment. It will focus on a simulated positive result of avian influenza in a bird at a landfill site near Seymour in Victoria. The exercise aims to improve the preparedness and capability of Victorian agricultural agency staff to respond to an emergency animal disease (EAD) incursion.

A small veterinary investigation section of a Local Disease Control Centre will be established and field surveillance teams will be deployed. Exercise players will perform a range of tasks related to their roles, particularly AUSVETPLAN roles. The exercise will incorporate field activities at five sites including layer premises and backyard poultry.

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Animal Health Information Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
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