Dr Andy Carroll, Chief Veterinary Officer, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise will be conducted on 14 April 2010 as part of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) International Symposium and Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.
The hypothetical FMD outbreak will be set in Victoria, having spread from New South Wales. There will be no field component.
The aim of the simulation exercise is to develop more effective approaches and strategies for combating global FMD problems and to generate practical information that can be used by decision-makers, scientists and others in combating FMD.
International FMD experts attending the symposium will participate to this exercise.
Animal Health Information Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)