The country of Turkey will conduct a real-scale highly pathogenic avian influenza simulation exercise to test its Avian Influenza Contingency Plans on October 3 through 7.

The aims of the field and table-top simulation exercise are to train staff on the plans' implementations, to test operational response arrangements, to examine the liaison and interdependencies between the key operational partners and to consider the impact of the disease as a zoonotic infection. The exercise will include the spread from several primary outbreaks to some districts of Edirne province. Within the province, the village of Sazhdere with one outbreak, the district of Kesan with two outbreaks and the district of Enez with one outbreak will all be considered as infected for the purpose of the exercise. The field exercise will be preceded by three days of table-top simulation exercises.

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During the first phase, key staff will be gathered together to examine and discuss simulated emergency situations and attempt to resolve problems based on their emergency plans. These emergency situations range from outbreak suspicion to post-outbreak measures.