Dr Luis Humberto Martínez Lacouture, Director General, Colombian Institute for Agriculture and Livestock (ICA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bogotá, Colombia, informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on the handling of a swine disease will take place in the municipality of Carmen de Viboral, Antioquia department, Colombia, from 28 to 30 October 2015.
The objectives of this simulation exercise, which will be conducted by the Colombian Institute for Agriculture and Livestock (ICA) in conjunction with the Association of Colombian Pig Breeders are to:
- Train the veterinaries to the handling of a swine disease, putting the emphasis on the procedures for the adequate handling of the notification, the control and the containment of the problem.
- Evaluate the emergency team intervention when facing a hypothetical situation of a swine disease, reviewing actions undertaken, the way to access information, the taking of samples and the implementation of control measures, containment and eradication.
Veterinarians from the central western zone of the country, which is the biggest swine production area, will participate in this simulation exercise.
World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)