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Simulation exercise: Avian influenza in Singapore

Dr Chua Sin Bin, Chief Veterinary Officer, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore, informed the OIE that his country has always been free from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and that it will test its emergency preparedness to respond to an outbreak of HPAI through a simulation exercise to be conducted on 4 October 2006.

"Exercise Gallus 4" will test the AVA’s crisis management framework and standard operating procedures for its Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) to manage and contain a major epizootics of HPAI.

Specifically, this exercise will test:

- the activation and recall processes for operational workforce;
- the biosafety protection and decontamination processes for personnel;
- AVA’s coordination with other governmental agencies.

“EX Gallus 4” will be conducted on a local poultry farm for actual simulation of field activities.

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