Contingency Planning for Animal Diseases

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

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