The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have published an evaluation and lessons identified from Exercise Blackthorn, the UK’s national foot and mouth disease exercise. The purpose of the exercise was to test the four UK governments’ contingency plans for a UK-wide, medium-to-large outbreak of foot and mouth disease (see previous Weekly Report news from 20 February 2018 - CN 52/0704)
Exercise Blackthorn, which was conducted over a period of ten months, was organised by Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) Contingency Planning Division on behalf of Defra, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for Northern Ireland. It evaluates the exercise and records the lessons identified for further action.
The national foot and mouth disease exercise evaluation and lessons identified report can be accessed on the GOV.UK website.