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  • Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

    Unless the article is talking about bird-to-human infections with a novel H1N1 avian virus, this sounds like someone is very confused:

    http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-87...-republic.html

    Haiti - NOTICE : Import ban on poultry, eggs and live animals from Dominican Republic
    06/06/2013 12:44:25


    Following the warning from the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) on the resurgence of avian flu (H1N1 virus) in the Dominican Republic (8 cases recognized) and the confirmation of such information by the Haitian diplomatic representation in neighboring Republic, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Agriculture of the Republic of Haiti, inform the Haitian consumers, users of the Haitian-Dominican border, as well as importers and retailers that import and sale of meat products, particularly poultry, eggs and live animals potentially infected or carriers of bird flu, from the Dominican Republic are prohibited until further order.

    The ban takes effect immediately.

    In the meantime, the services of the Ministries collect detailed information about the impact of this new outbreak of bird flu, in order to assess the appropriateness of adopting other measures. No cases have been detected so far in Haiti, the country is on high alert, especially in border towns and arrangements are already taken to protect the Haitian population against the virus.

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    Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

    http://spanish.china.org.cn/internat...t_29055477.htm

    Spanish-English translation

    Haiti bans poultry imports R. Dominican to "prevent" H1N1 virus entry

    Haiti's government today banned the importation of live birds, poultry meat and eggs from neighboring Dominican Republic to prevent the entry of bird flu virus, although the country has not reported any outbreak of the disease for six years.

    Editor:
    8:30:44 2013-06-07 / agency xinhua

    Haiti's government today banned the importation of live birds, poultry meat and eggs from neighboring Dominican Republic to prevent the entry of bird flu virus, although the country has not reported any outbreak of the disease for six years.
    The Ministries of Industry and Commerce and Agriculture of Haiti said in a joint statement Dominican products are "potentially carriers or are potentially infected with avian influenza virus," so that their import is prohibited until further notice.
    According to the statement, the decision was taken after a warning from the Ministry of Health, based on information published in the local press about the resurgence of the H1N1 virus in the Dominican Republic, and the confirmation of that fact by the diplomatic representation Haiti in Santo Domingo.
    The Haitian authorities are linking an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu), reappeared this year in Dominican Republic, with the avian flu virus (the H5N1 and H9N2 subtypes) according to the classification of the World Health Organization (WHO).
    The WHO defines influenza A H1N1 "as an acute respiratory infection and highly contagious swine", and avian influenza as "an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus."
    Haiti and in January 2008 imposed a ban on importing and consuming poultry, eggs and poultry meat Dominican Republic, which in December 2007 reported two hens diagnosed with avian influenza viruses in the east of the country.
    The International Health Organization announced in June 2010 that the Dominican Republic was free of bird flu, but Haiti has so far maintained the ban on the sale and consumption of these products, that just occurs through smuggling.
    The Haitian government said Tuesday that collects detailed information on the impact of "new outbreak of bird flu" on the island of Hispaniola, which the two countries share in the center of the Caribbean, in order to assess the opportunity to take other measures.
    "We inform consumers, to the inhabitants of the Haitian-Dominican border, as well as importers and retailers who import and sale of meat products, especially poultry, eggs and live animals or carriers potentially contaminated bird flu Dominican Republic is prohibited until further notice, "the statement said.
    The Dominican government announced on Monday the death of five people, including one minor, due to the influenza virus A H1N1, whose presence in the country had not been seen for two years.
    Deputy Health Minister Rafael Schiffino told Xinhua that you can determine how the virus was reintroduced into the country, although he mentioned tourism as "determining factor" for propagation, and the presence of it in countries like the U.S., Canada and Argentina, that provide a large number of visitors to the Dominican Republic.
    In 2009, the year that saw a global disease outbreak, the H1N1 virus caused 23 deaths in the country. In 2011, at least three pregnant women also died from the virus.

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    • #3
      Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

      Spanish-English translation
      http://www.listindiario.com.do/la-re...or-gripe-aviar

      MEASURE HEALTH AND AGRICULTURE SURPRISE THAT WERE NOT NOTIFIED.
      Haiti bans RD bird trade from bird flu
      THE DECISION WAS ANNOUNCED IN A PRESS OFFICER

      Market. At various points in the border each week recorded a brisk trade in goods and food products, including birds, poultry and eggs, among Dominican and Haitian citizens.

      Related News
      Partly spend chickens and eggs in Haiti Dajab?n morning


      Doris Pantaleon, Jairon Severino, Javier Valdivia and Ricardo Santana
      Santo Domingo
      The Haitian government suddenly banned the importation of birds yesterday, poultry and eggs produced in Dominican Republic to prevent the entry of bird flu virus to their country from the eastern part of the island, although the territory declared world bodies Dominican free of the disease three years ago.

      The Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo, described last night as a misunderstanding of the Haitian government's decision, noting that it has not received any notice of it, or has issued a warning about this kind of virus.

      Hidalgo said by telephone Listin Diario that the country has an alert by the circulation of H1N1 influenza virus, "which at the time was a mutation swine, not birds."

      The Ministries of Industry and Commerce and Agriculture of Haiti said in a joint statement Dominican products are "potentially carriers or are potentially infected with avian influenza virus," so that their import is prohibited until further notice.

      According to the statement, published on the official website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Gourde (http://www.mci.gouv.ht/), the decision was taken after a warning from the Ministry of Health, from information published in the local press about the reappearance of the H1N1 virus in the Dominican Republic, and the confirmation of that fact by the diplomatic representatives of Haiti in Santo Domingo.

      Apparently, the Haitian authorities are linking the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu), with avian influenza virus (the H5N1 and H9N2 subtypes), according to the classification made by the World Health Organization ( WHO).

      The WHO defines influenza A H1N1 "as an acute respiratory infection and highly contagious swine", and avian influenza as "an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus."

      Listin Diario confirmed last night that the National Directorate of Epidemiology, Ministry of Public Health maintains not trigger any alert linked to bird flu.

      The National Epidemiological Surveillance System, on its website, only has two current epidemiological alerts now, one issued on May 10 this year around the warning made by WHO on the Coronavirus, manifested in humans with respiratory symptoms or pneumonia, in the presence of severe patients and deaths in countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan.

      A second alert was issued on May 20 on the circulation in the country of the H1N1 influenza virus, which has so far caused five confirmed deaths.

      The Haitian government reported yesterday that collects detailed information on the impact of "new outbreak of bird flu" on the island, in order to assess the opportunity to take other measures.

      "We inform consumers, to the inhabitants of the Haitian-Dominican border, as well as importers and retailers who import and sale of meat products, especially poultry, eggs and live animals or carriers potentially contaminated bird flu Dominican Republic is prohibited until further notice, "the statement said.

      Haiti had already imposed the ban in 2008 to import and consume poultry, eggs and poultry meat Dominican Republic, after that in December 2007 the country authorities reported two hens diagnosed with avian influenza viruses in the town of Higuey. The International Health Organization (OIS) announced in June 2010 that the Dominican Republic was free of bird flu, but the Haitian government has so far maintained the official ban on the marketing and consumption of these products.

      The Dominican Ministry of Agriculture has not been notified by the Haitian authorities to ban or strengthening of health measures taken five years ago when it detected the outbreak of bird flu H5N1 low pathogenic, found roosters being exported to Colombia.

      Although there is a ban on entry of poultry and eggs from Dominican Republic to Haiti, held an informal exchange of these products.

      (+)
      ASOPOLLON REGRETS THE DECISION OF HAITI
      President Poultry Breeders Association of the Northern Region (Asopollon), Jose Lopez, Santiago yesterday lamented the decision of the Haitian authorities around the prohibition of the use and marketing of the sale of poultry and eggs Dominicans, but noted that the country is "free and sovereign like ours", and every right to take actions as deemed necessary.

      Lopez acknowledged that the measure will affect the economies of the two countries, especially in the poultry sector, and claimed that corresponds to the Dominican authorities in Haiti to deal with the matter, "because this is a country, like Dominican Republic , their own decisions. " Lopez said that this Friday is scheduled to meet with President Danilo Medina, I find that leverage to address the issue.

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        Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

        Hat-tip Crof, who correctly points out this is a VERY embarrassing situation:

        http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/2013/6...actua-con-mala

        June 7, 2013, 11:38 a.m.
        Senator Vargas says Haiti Dominican insults the dignity and acts in bad faith by prohibiting importation of chickens, eggs and meat of RD
        Senator Espaillat province, Jose Rafael Vargas, today described as "an insult to the dignity of the country," the ban has made the Haitian government to import chicken, eggs and meats from the Dominican Republic.

        The legislator said that globally there is an epidemiological alert to the danger of a pandemic caused by influenza virus type A H1N1 variant and that this situation affects all countries, including Haiti.

        He noted that avian flu is caused by H5 and H7 variants, that has nothing to do with H1N1, so branded as "bad faith" the Haitian government 'tude.

        He drew the attention of President Danilo Medina to take urgent measures in favor of the producers, because this decision could represent hundreds tomb.

        Moreover, this decision held that the Haitian government is economically unjustified aggression against the country because the ban has no clinical support.

        "If we were to take measures for epidemiological alerts would be the first country affected Haiti. If Dominican Republic closed the border to prevent the entry of Haitian nationals, causing vectors of a number of diseases whose cost is borne by the taxpayers pockets Dominicans as the case of cholera, which had never appeared on the island, malaria and other infectious diseases and represent a high cost high for the country, "he said.

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        [Just a clarification - there is indeed such a thing as an avian H1N1 virus, but the human outbreak here of H1N1pdm09 has nothing to do with it. - alert]

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          Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

          Haiti - Health : Import ban, a serious misunderstanding ?

          Freddy Hidalgo, the Dominican Minister of Health, believes that the alleged ban on the import of chicken, eggs and meat from the Dominican Republic, is based on a "misunderstanding" noting also that he had not received any official notification from the Haitian authorities in this regard, pointing to some authorities and business leaders in the sector who aim to control this market.

          Jose Rafael Vargas, the Dominican Senator of Espaillat province, described this ban "of insult to the dignity of the country..." The Senator recalls that what exists globally this is an epidemiological alert before the danger of a pandemic caused by the circulation of influenza A/H1N1 that concerns all countries, including Haiti [since August 2010, WHO], indicating that the avian flu is caused by the variants A/H5N1 and A/H7N1, should not be confused with the human influenza A/H1N1, describing this decision of "unjustified economic aggression" because it is not based on clinical support.

          Rub?n Sili?, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Haiti, has insisted that there was no outbreak of avian influenza A/H5N1 in Dominican Republic, but some cases of human influenza A/H1N1 have made a dozen victims [the severe complication rate of this human flu, is of the order of 2 to 3%, similar to that of seasonal flu. There are treatments and a vaccine for the virus A/H1N1].


          http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-87...rstanding.html

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            Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

            1 July 2013, 6:12 AM
            Haiti leader admits he lied to ban Dominican poultry

            Santiago, Dom. Rep.- President Danilo Medina revealed Sunday that his Haitian counterpart admitted that Dominican Republic?s poultry products are of good quality and that economics was behind Port-au-Prince?s ban.

            The Dominican leader?s affirmation comes one day after meeting with Michell Martelly and Haiti Foreign minister Pierre-Ricard Casimir during the summit of the Petrocaribe member nations in Nicaragua on Saturday.

            He said they admitted that Haiti?s ban against Dominican chicken and eggs was strictly economic, because Port-au-Prince loses out on around US$300 million in unpaid tax revenue.
            ...
            http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/loc...inican-poultry
            Twitter: @RonanKelly13
            The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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              Re: Haiti bans poultry imports from the Dominican Republic over H1N1 (?)

              Haiti Inducts 125 Border Surveillance Agents

              10.04.2013

              PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe welcomed 125 border patrol agents on Friday in a graduation ceremony held at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-Ville.

              These men and women will join a force to combat smuggling of products from the Dominican Republic into Haiti, a hallmark of the Martelly/Lamothe administration.

              They will also ensure the security of travelers on the frontier and to assist in upholding a ban on Dominican poultry products, in place, since an H1N1 outbreak occurred in the Summer of 2013.

              Read more: http://www.sentinel.ht/politics/arti...#ixzz2go1jqIsX
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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