State To Test Animal Disease Response Readiness

December 17, 2018

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health (DAH) will lead an emergency preparedness exercise December 17-20. Joining DAH in the simulated foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) exercise will be other state agency employees, federal and local government personnel, university representatives and industry stakeholders, including KLA staff.

Regularly exercising emergency response plans benefits all involved and helps identify potential gaps in the plan. This year’s preparedness test will build on plans and procedures from previous exercises. The Kansas Department of Agriculture office in Manhattan will serve as the incident command post, while the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and several counties each will activate emergency operation centers as part of the mock exercise.

FMD is a highly contagious virus affecting cattle, sheep, swine, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved animals. Last identified in the U.S. in 1929, it is not a human food safety concern or a public health threat.

The four-day functional exercise in Kansas, titled Rampart, is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.