Monday, 06 June 2016

Dominica participates in EU-Funded Avian Influenza Simulation

Dominica is among seven Caribbean islands participating in an over seven million dollar project for the revision and strengthening of the national emergency response plan for the highly pathogenic, avian influenza or bird flu. Avian influenza is a severe, often fatal, type of influenza that affects birds, especially poultry, and that can also be transmitted to humans. It is considered a global problem. The 42 month project which ends in 2017 includes countries from the Caribbean forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, CARIFORUM. The other countries are Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This exercise follows an on-farm simulation with farmers which took place last year. The table top simulation brought the relevant parties together to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the response and plan better for a possible occurrence.