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Nordic Veterinary Contingency Planning

Report on Activities to Prevent Exotic Animal Diseases Entering the Nordic- Baltic Countries

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Nordic Veterinary Contingency Planning Contingency planning within the area of animal health is based on four pillars: prevention, preparation, response and recovery. The objectives include to encourage animal keepers, veterinarians, producers of food and feed, consumers, private and public institutions involved in food safety to address in the daily work animal disease prevention and possible response related to disease threats and outbreaks. In 2006, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) adopted a strategy plan to enhance veterinary contingency planning in the Nordic and Baltic countries resulting in the creation of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group. This publication provides information on contingency planning based on the conduct of seminars, workshops and simulation exercises during 2007 – 2011, not previously available to readers of publications issued by NCM.

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Preface

A strategy plan including cooperation within Nordic-Baltic veterinary contingency planning was adopted in 2006 by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The plan had the goal 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 diseases, including zoonoses. The strategy plan resulted in the creation of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group (N-BVCG) which since the start in 2006 has worked on the objectives

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