Simulation exercise: Hendra virus in Australia

4 June

Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Canberra, Australia, has informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on detection of Hendra virus will take place in Victoria on 4 June 2013.

The exercise will revolve around the simulated detection of Hendra virus in a horse and will commence with a short practical exercise and will be followed by a desktop exercise.

The exercise will involve participants from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries Victoria (DEPI) and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).

The objectives of this simulation exercise are to:

  • to give staff practical experience in sampling procedures for a suspected Hendra virus case and
  • to transfer scientific knowledge regarding Hendra virus and response to detection.

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