Contingency Planning for Epizootic Diseases
Epizootic Disease has the potential for very serious and rapid spread. Epizootic Diseases cause serious socio-econonmic or public health consequences and are of major importance in the international trade of animals and animal products. The aim of the current contingency planning process is to prepare a comprehensive response encompassing all aspects of resource and planning, necessary for the control and eradication of epizootic disease in Northern Ireland
The current Generic Contingency Plan summarises DARD's objectives for controlling, eradicating and recovering from an outbreak of epizootic disease. The Plan is available below
It is supported and augmented by the overview of emergency preparedness plan which includes disease information summarys and information on specific elements of preparedness, training and key operations.
Each country in the UK produces their own Contingency Plan that sets out the structures and systems used to coordinate an effective response within its own jurisdiction. However, cooperation and coordination between Administrations is crucial to effective and early disease control and to enable disease free status to be recovered without delay. The Great Britain and Northern Ireland plan below provides a UK wide overview of how we work together and complements the individual country plans.
In the event of an out break the above link will contain answers to frequently asked questions for each specific disease and include information on imports and exports of animal livestock and products.