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Simulation exercise: Classical swine fever in Belize

Dr Miguel Angel Depaz, Director of Animal Health, Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, informed the OIE that a field simulation exercise on classical swine fever will take place from 28 to 29 October 2014 in Orange Walk Town, Orange Walk District, Belize.

The objectives of exercise code-named “Caracol” are to

  1. assess the revised 2014 Classical Swine Fever Emergency Plan;
  2. assess and strengthen BAHA’s epidemiological capacities with respect to traceability and outbreak management;
  3. strengthen awareness of emerging diseases such as porcine epidemic diarrhoea.

Exercise “Caracol” will be conducted with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank and OIRSA*.

Participants will include officers from government and representatives of the industry.

* International Regional Organization for Plant Protection and Animal Health

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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)