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AVA tests operational readiness to deal with bird flu outbreak

AVA tests operational readiness to deal with bird flu outbreak
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013
YourHealth, AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) conducted an exercise this morning to test its operational readiness to respond to a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) or bird flu outbreak in Singapore.

Code-named "Exercise Gallus VII", the exercise comprised two parts - a table top exercise on July 15 to test AVA's crisis management framework and a field exercise on July 17 to test operational readiness in responding to an outbreak of bird flu in Singapore.

This is the first time AVA is testing bird flu emergency preparedness in a poultry slaughterhouse setting. The field exercise took place at Soonly Food Processing Industries Pte Ltd.

Specifically, the field exercise was to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the culling, disposal and decontamination systems, as well as the incineration procedure at the National Environmental Agency's (NEA) designated incineration plant.

The exercise also tested the donning of personal protective equipment by AVA officers and poultry slaughterhouse workers in their roles as emergency response staff.

Exercise Gallus VII is AVA's seventh emergency preparedness exercise.

In a statement on their Facebook page, AVA said that although it has measures in place to prevent the outbreak of bird flu in Singapore, the agency needs to maintain a level of preparedness to react to an emergency.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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