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Simulation exercise: Avian influenza in Switzerland

Dr Hans Wyss, Director of the Federal Veterinary Office, Switzerland, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on a hypothetical avian influenza outbreak in humans and animals will take place in his country on 20 January 2005.

This exercise will test the crisis management of the public health authorities in dealing with a situation where an influenza pandemic affects Switzerland. Epizootic aspects are also included.

It is an exercise aiming at evaluating the communication and cooperation between public health and animal health authorities, in response to an emergency disease incident.

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