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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

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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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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.

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