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