Simulation exercise: African swine fever in Denmark
Dr Per Starcke Henriksen, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Environment and Food, Glostrup, Denmark, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on African swine fever (ASF) codenamed “Flying Pigs” will take place from 28 to 31 January 2019 in Denmark.
This full scale exercise on the control and eradication of ASF will aim to:
- Test and further develop the ASF contingency plan.
- Ensure that staff members of the Danish Veterinary Administration and external partners obtain a good knowledge of contingency planning and routine in handling designated tasks during simulated disease suspicions and outbreaks.
- Enhance the cooperation with the Veterinary Administrations in Germany related to cross-border activities during animal health emergency situations.
The specific objectives will include to:
- Activate and operate the crisis management organisation.
- Handle the flow of information.
- Coordinate operation and resources.
- Handle crisis communication.
The external partners include the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, the Technical University of Denmark, the Police, the Danish Emergency Management Agency and the Feed, Meat and Rendering Industries and others.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)