AVA to conduct mock 'bird flu outbreak'

PHOTO: AVA to conduct mock 'bird flu outbreak'

SINGAPORE - To test its emergency preparedness in the event of an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) will be conducting a bird flu outbreak exercise on March 22.

Code-named "Exercise Gallus VI", this will be AVA's sixth exercise.

It will test AVA's crisis management framework and the operational readiness of its staff when dealing with an outbreak of bird flu.

Specifically, the exercise will test:

i) The activation and recall process for emergency response staff; ii) Efficiency of logistic teams in preparing staff for their assigned duties; iii) Efficiency of the system of "culling" and disposal; iv) A new foam decontamination process; and v) Surveillance protocol at an "unaffected" poultry farm.

AVA assured the public that no chickens will be used in this exercise.

The exercise will be held at AVA's Veterinary Public Health Centre premise in Lim Chu Kang, as well as at a local poultry farm.