Simulation exercise: Foot and mouth disease in Suriname
Dr Gianna Karg, Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Production and Health Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on foot and mouth disease (FMD) is taking place in a cattle farm in the region of Weg naar Zee, in the district of Wanica, on 25 and 26 October of 2017.
The purpose of this exercise is to test the latest version of Suriname’s contingency plan in the field by simulating an FMD outbreak with our field veterinarians, livestock professionals and field technicians. Close partners in disease emergency preparedness, such as Public health professionals and a member of the Private sector, are invited as observers.
Our focus will lie on:
- Familiarizing participants with the disease, biosecurity measures, diagnostic procedures and protocols during an FMD outbreak, including documents and fieldwork.
- Awareness of legislation in place concerning a major animal disease outbreak
The Pan American Foot and Mouth Disease Centre, PANAFTOSA is providing financial assistance and expertise in support of the exercise.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)