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Honduras Practices Early Mortality Syndrome Response

Lucy Towers
13 May 2013, at 1:00am

HONDURAS - Doctor Jos Heriberto Amador Salinas, Director of SENASA (National Service for Agriculture and Livestock), Honduras, has informed the OIE that a simulation exercise on necrotising hepatopancreatitis (or Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS)) will take place in Choluteca from 13 to 18 May 2013.

Delegates from countries of the OIRSA1 Region (veterinarians, biologists, scientists within the same field), private companies as well as the Honduras National Association of Aquaculture Producers (ANDAH) will participate in this exercise.

The overall aim of the exercise is to reinforce the capacities of the Veterinary Services of countries within the OIRSA Region in the quick and adequate response to a necrotising hepatopancreatitis outbreak.

The specific objectives of this simulation exercise are to:

  • reinforce technically the capacity of the epidemiological screening in front of a possible occurrence of this exotic disease;
  • elaborate an Emergency Plan for shrimp diseases;
  • assess actions to be taken in front of a possible occurrence of an early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimps, based on the elaborated Emergency Plan.

This exercise will be carried out in a process plant, in aquaculture production farms and in a larval production centre.