By e-mail to Haiti Dreams
I hope that someone will be able to get to President Martelly with this information.
I have been researching the issue on the closing of the border due to a supposed outbreak of bird flu in this country. While the DR did have a scare of the presence of the bird flu virus years ago, the H5N2 http://www.ipsnews.net/2008/02/haiti-dominican-republic-tensions-grow-over-poultry-ban/,
the avian flu has not broken into the human population except in Asia.
The misunderstanding between these two neighbor countries appears to have come from a mistranslation of a Venezuelan report on swine flu deaths by a Chinese news service into English. http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2013/06/xinhua-goofs-about-bird-flu-in-venezuela.html
>From there, it has gone to the Haitian press in English, which has the story partially correct, http://www.haitiobserver.com/blog/another-potential-health-threat-menacing-haiti-avian-flu-or.html
>From there it has gone to Le Nouvelliste, which has the story completely incorrect. http://lenouvelliste.com/article4.php?newsid=117649
The flu which is in the Dominican Republic is the H1N1 which was also in the United States in 2007. It is transmitted like any influenza virus.
I hope that someone can take this down to the editors of Le Nouvelliste and Le Matin etc, so that this matter might be cleared up promptly. The DR exports 30 million eggs a month to Haiti as well as 700,000 chickens. I am sure that the lack of this nutrition will be felt by the population, especially in the North.
I will do what I can to get this information out on the Dominican side as well.