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Annex 5: Contents of the emergency operations manual (set of documents)

Control centres management documents

• National control centre

• (Regional or provincial control centre)

• Local (field) control centre

• Principles of control centre management: Sections and their function Chain of responsibility Lines of communication Role descriptions Job cards Resource management (labour, equipment, stores, finance)

• Information management: Disease information Office systems Public and internal information

• Legislation

• Movement control

• Industry cooperation (producer, processor, transport, wholesale, retail)

• Training programmes, schedules and methods

• Skills registers

• Administration procedures

Operational procedures documents

• Valuation and compensation
• Destruction of animals
• Disposal of products, materials and wastes
• Decontamination Vaccination
• Movement control and security
• Vector control Mapping
• Public relations and the media
• Wildlife control
• Communications technology

Risk enterprise documents

• Abattoirs
• Milk processors
• Feedlots

The manual should provide all details of the methods selected to control each disease beginning with information on the disease itself.

Nature of the disease

• Aetiology, clinical signs

• Susceptible species

• Diagnostic criteria

• Resistance and immunity

• Epidemiology:

Incubation period

Modes of transmission

Factors influencing transmission and persistence of agent in:

-vectors live animals (recovered and unapparent cases)
-carcasses (death from infection and slaughtered)
-environment, vehicles, containers
-products, by-products, waste (raw and processed)
-effects of decomposition
-special considerations

Principles of control

• Methods to prevent spread
• Methods to eliminate pathogen
• Slaughter and disposal of animals

Lists of names, addresses, contact points and/or telephone numbers of all those persons who may be required to help impose movement control may include:

• Local and area police
• Livestock officers
• Animal sellers or agents
• Animal product plants (abattoirs, milk factories and egg stores, etc.)
• Municipal or village authorities
• Transport companies
• National border control authorities
• Leaders of farmers cooperatives or groups

Copies of relevant legislation should include:

• the statutes (acts) that provide veterinary officers with legal authority for disease control and related activities (especially emergency powers)

• subordinate and supporting regulations

• multiple copies of all those forms required to give legal authority to a field officer's instructions to restrict movement

• particular quarantines of animals, farms, enterprises, stockyards and areas, etc.


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