US embassy cable - 06BOGOTA1086

COLOMBIA: AVIAN FLU CONTINGENCY PLANNING AND TRIPWIRES

Identifier: 06BOGOTA1086
Wikileaks: View 06BOGOTA1086 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Bogota
Created: 2006-02-06 11:41:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: TBIO SENV ECON EAGER EAID PREL KFLU PGOV CO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHBO #1086/01 0371141
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 061141Z FEB 06
FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1966
INFO RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA PRIORITY 6540
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 7136
RUEHLP/AMEMBASSY LA PAZ FEB 7664
RUEHPE/AMEMBASSY LIMA PRIORITY 3213
RUEHZP/AMEMBASSY PANAMA PRIORITY 8739
RUEHQT/AMEMBASSY QUITO PRIORITY 3819
UNCLAS BOGOTA 001086 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EXECSEC 
STATE FOR S/ES-O/CMS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: TBIO, SENV, ECON, EAGER, EAID, PREL, KFLU, PGOV, CO 
SUBJECT: COLOMBIA: AVIAN FLU CONTINGENCY PLANNING AND 
TRIPWIRES 
 
REF: A. 05 STATE 219189 
     B. 05 BOGOTA 10967 
 
Sensitive but unclassified; not for internet distribution. 
 
1.  (U) As requested in Ref A, post's avian influenza (AI) 
committee has begun to develop preparedness measures against 
AI, including AI-specific tripwires.  For a comprehensive 
assessment of Colombia's AI preparedness, see Ref B. 
 
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Post Avian Influenza Committee 
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2.  (U) Post's AI committee is chaired by the DCM and 
composed of representatives of the following sections: 
Management (including the Medical Unit), AID, RSO, FAS 
(including APHIS), CONS (including ACS), PAS and POL.  The AI 
committee meets monthly to discuss post preparedness, as well 
as efforts to assist the GOC in its avian flu preparedness. 
Post has designated Political Officer Emily Fisher 
(FisherES2@state.gov) and Foreign Service Health Practitioner 
Sharon Swain (SwainSE@state.gov) as primary Mission points of 
contact for avian influenza. 
 
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Post's Preparedness Actions 
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3.  (SBU) To date, the Embassy has taken the following 
actions: 
 
-- Assessed inventory of Personal Protective Equipment and 
Tamiflu.  Post anticipates a delivery of Tamiflu from MED by 
the end of February. 
 
-- Identified staff with medical backgrounds. 
 
-- Posted general AI information on the Embassy's public 
website. 
 
-- Engaged the GOC on response strategy and health care 
capabilities.  Post has been in contact with relevant GOC 
ministries since October 2005 (Ref B). 
 
4.  (SBU)  Other preparedness actions in paragraph 8, Ref A, 
are in process or under discussion, including a Mission-wide 
briefing for both American and LES employees and dependents, 
scheduled for the end of February to discuss general avian 
flu information, MED guidance and post's contingency plans. 
Post also is identifying essential personnel and staff with 
medical conditions who may need to depart if authorized.  The 
AI committee will consider other preparedness actions at 
subsequent meetings. 
 
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Avian Flu Tripwires 
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5.  (SBU) Post published AI-specific tripwires and responses 
on the Tripwire Reporting and Integrated Planning System 
(TRIPS) on the classified network (Ref A).  At the most 
recent AI committee meeting, the committee began assessing 
contingency plans in the event that shelter in place and/or 
drawdown of personnel are not possible, safe or medically 
advisable.  Post will provide more information, and include 
AI-specific tripwires for possible drawdown requests and 
shelter in place plans, when these contingency plans are 
finalized. 
 
6.  (U) The following two officers are responsible for the 
input of tripwire and response data and future updates: 
 
NAME: Ron Packowitz 
TITLE:      ACS Chief 
CLEARANCE LEVEL:  Top Secret 
WORK PHONE NUMBER:      (571) 383-2811 
EMAIL ADDRESSES:  PackowitzRS@state.gov (unclass); 
      PackowitzRS@state.sgov.gov (class) 
 
NAME: Raymond Baroni 
TITLE:      Assistant RSO 
 
CLEARANCE LEVEL:  Top Secret 
WORK PHONE NUMBER:      (571) 383-2759 
EMAIL ADDRESSES:  BaroniRM@state.gov (unclass); 
      BaroniRM@state.sgov.gov (class) 
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