Prof. Dr Irfan Erol, Director General of Food and Control, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey, informed the OIE that a joint real-scale simulation exercise on avian influenza will take place in Malatya Province from 13 to 17 April 2015.
The overall aim of this exercise is to maintain the response skills of the Turkish veterinary services in case of an occurrence of avian influenza. The simulation exercise will include table-top and field exercises.
The specific objectives are to:
- test the Avian Influenza Contingency Plan and train staff on its implementation;
- test operational response arrangements;
- examine the liaison and interdependencies between the key operational partners; and
- consider the impact of the disease as a zoonotic infection.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)