Simulation exercise: Mass contamination in Australia
Dr Robyn Martin, Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Canberra, Australia, would like to inform the OIE that a simulation exercise, Exercise Sherlock Holmes, will take place in Mount Barker, South Australia, on 21 June 2018. Exercise Sherlock Holmes aims to test the South Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regions’ (PIRSA) ability to respond in a timely fashion to a complex mass contamination event requiring fast animal tracing and removal of contaminated animals from the food chain.
The exercise will be based on a mass contamination scenario involving heavy metal on multiple properties and species with potential human health consequences. A control centre will be set up in Mount Barker, South Australia and, given that human health is at stake, the exercise will assess PIRSA’s ability to withdraw animals from production and carcases from abattoirs.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)