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Animal Health Contingency Planning

Animal Health Contingency Planning

The proceedings of a Seminar on Animal Health Contingency Planning in the Nordic – Baltic Countries, 12 – 13 October 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania You do not have access to this content

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Jørgen M. Westergaard, Anna Huda
30 Aug 2017
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Contingency planning in the area of animal health is all about preparing for threats and outbreaks of exotic disease, i.e. a disease not present in the country. The objective of contingency planning is to encourage livestock keepers, producers and manufacturers of food and feed, veterinarians in the private and public sector and relevant governmental institutions to think about major contingencies and possible response. The planning involves the development of contingency plans based on the four pillars: prevention, preparation, response and recovery and the conduct of simulation exercises.This report presents an overview of contingency planning related to animal diseases, preparedness for natural disasters, experiences gained from outbreaks of African swine fever in Baltic and Eastern European countries and contains the Memorandum of Understanding on a Nordic-Baltic Animal Health Emergency Reserve and on Nordic- Baltic Veterinary Contingency Planning Studies.

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  • Summary

    The seminar on Animal Health Contingency Planning was held at Holiday Inn, Vilnius, Lithuania on 12th–13th October 2016 and attended by a total of 90 participants coming from 10 countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

  • Preface

    This publication was prepared as an outcome of the Seminar on Animal Health Contingency Planning in the Nordic – Baltic Countries, 12th–13th October, Vilnius, Lithuania with financial support provided from the Nordic Council of Ministers.

  • Opening session

    The participants of the seminar were at the opening session welcomed by Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Lithuania Dr. Vidmantas Paulauskas and by Dr. Anna Huda, chairman of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Grou.

  • Abstracts from invited speakers

    The Nordic Council of Ministers – the official body for Nordic intergovernmental cooperation – adopted in 2006 a strategy plan which included cooperation within Nordic-Baltic veterinary contingency planning. The aim of the plan was to maximize the potential of Nordic/Baltic cooperation and work together to prevent and combat serious contagious animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease, avian influenza, classical swine fever, Newcastle disease and any other animal disease, including zoonoses. The implementation of the plan was taken up by a Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group (N-BVCG) which with regard to administrative aspects reports to the Nordic working group for microbiology and animal health/animal welfare.

  • Observations and conclusions

    The seminar on Animal Health Contingency Planning in the Nordic-Baltic countries – Subtitle: Contingency planning for animal diseases and natural disasters – was held at Holiday Inn, Vilnius, Lithuania from 12–13 October 2016.

  • Recommendations

    The participants of the seminar recognized the importance of modeling for contingency planning and the implementation of simulation exercises.

  • Acknowledgements

    The Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group wishes to thank the Nordic Council of Ministers for the political support and the financial support made available for the preparation, implementation and valuation of the seminar on Animal health Contingency Planning.

  • Seminar elements
  • Nordic-Baltic cooperation
  • African swine fever in the Baltic countries in 2015

    African swine fever (ASF) entered in the spring of 2007 countries in the Caucasus region. The disease spread via the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus to the Baltic countries where it appeared in 2014 with multiple entrances linked to wild boar movements from endemic areas.

  • Publications

    The Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group has since 2007 published a number of documents on different aspects of contingency planning within the area of animal health. Information on the publications is shown in the table below.

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