Dominicans are being warned that there would be grave socio-economic consequences on food & nutrition security if an outbreak of bird flu were to occur on island.
That’s according to the Technical Specialist at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) Kent Coipel.
Coipel says the risk of Avian Influenza in the Caribbean region is real and as such, advanced planning and preparation is required.
He made these remarks at the opening ceremony of an Avian Influenza bird flu table-top simulation exercise which was held last week.
Technical Specialist at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) Kent Coipel
US based centres for disease control and prevention (CDC) said Avian Influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with Avian Bird Influenza flu type A-viruses.
These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
Avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans however sporadic human infections with Avian flu viruses have occurred.
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