Contingency Planning for Animal Diseases

Baltic Seminar on "Contingency Planning for the next Decade" held 19 - 20 September 2012 Helsinki, Finland

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Outbreaks of infectious animal diseases within the last 10–15 years in areas with intensive livestock production have shown how vulnerable the production systems can be when confronted with an outbreak of a highly infectious disease such as avian influenza, foot and mouth disease or classical swine fever. The veterinary administrations of the Nordic and Baltic countries have established contingency plans; the objectives of the plans include:- to protect animal and human health- to minimize economic loss for the livestock sector and the society as a whole- to minimize damage to the environment. This publication provides information on measures to be considered in contingency planning; the measures take into account:- the pre-epidemic period; disease prevention- the epidemic period; disease eradication- the post-epidemic period; regaining of animal health status



Opening session

The participants of the seminar were at the opening session welcomed by Dr. Matti Aho, Chief Veterinary Officer of Finland and by Audur Lilja Arnthorsdottir, chairman of the Nordic-Baltic Veterinary Contingency Group. In the opening speech Dr. Matti Aho expressed a warm welcome to all the participants and the pleasure of seeing so many experts coming to Helsinki for exchanging views and discussing the important issues of contingency planning in the area of animal health. Thanks were expressed to the organizing Committee for choosing Finland as host country for the seminar and the best wishes were given for a success of the seminar.


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