Dr Allen Bryce, National Manager, Surveillance and Response, Animal Biosecurity, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), New Zealand, has informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on a hypothetical foot and mouth disease outbreak will take place in his country on Thursday 19 December 2002 (this disease has never occurred in New Zealand).
It is a desk-top exercise designed as a training tool to enhance interactions between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and other key government agencies involved in emergency responses.
For further information please contact:
National Manager, Surveillance and Response
MAF Biosecurity Authority
P O Box 2526
Wellington, New Zealand
phone: +64 4 470 2787
fax: +64 4 474 4133
e-mail: [email protected]
Animal Health Information Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)