Simulation exercise: Vesicular diseases in Brazil (State of Rio de Janeiro)
Dr Guilherme Henrique Figueiredo Marques, Director of Animal Health Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil, informed the OIE that a table-top simulation exercise on vesicular diseases will take place in the municipality of Rio Bonito in the State of Rio de Janeiro, from 17 to 21 June 2013.
This simulation exercise is part of the monitoring system for vesicular diseases as foreseen in the Contingency Plan for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
Veterinarians from the Veterinary Services of the State of Rio de Janeiro, belonging to the GEASE* (Grupo Especial de Atenção às Suspeitas de Enfermedades Emergenciais) will participate in this simulation exercise.
The exercise will involve:
- table-top activities during which the participants will be updated and the standardization of procedures for the initial attention to be brought to the notification of suspicion of vesicular diseases will be reinforced;
- review the procedures of collecting biological samples to confirm the laboratory diagnosis of vesicular diseases and the differential diagnosis and a simulation of sending samples to a laboratory will take place;
- presentation of acquired experiences with the eradication of FMD outbreaks;
- specific instructions to be enforced when facing a FMD occurrence, this disease requiring a particular training of the professional team to be ready anytime to implement actions to be undertaken for animal disease emergency.
*Special Group of vigilance on the emergency of suspected diseases
Animal Health Information Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)