Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

New avian influenza cases found in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic 1 March, 2008 New cases of avian influenza have been reported in the northeastern region of the Dominican Republic and thousands of birds were culled to prevent the spread of the virus.
Precautionary measures have been taken, including the culling of chickens within a radius of five kilometers of the virus-hit area, since the cases were found earlier this week.
This is the avian influenza outburst in the country since December 2007.
The strain identified in the Dominican Republic is a low pathogenic H5N2.
The virus has dealt a heavy blow to chicken farms in the country since neighboring Haiti stopped imports of chicken and eggs from the Dominican Republic since the virus was found on chickens there.