Haiti paper says authorities note human flu in DR

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Associated Press

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 5:36 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian newspaper is reporting that a government official acknowledged authorities erred when they said the neighboring Dominican Republic had an outbreak of avian flu.

The daily Le Nouvelliste reported Saturday that Public Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume said the presence of human flu was confirmed in a meeting with authorities from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The two countries share the island of Hispaniola.

The newspaper also reported that Guillaume said lab results showed five Haitians died of the flu.

Dominican health officials said this month that five people died of swine flu, not avian flu as Haiti had reported.

Haitian authorities responded by banning the import and sale of Dominican meats, chicken, eggs and other goods. Guillaume said the ban on meat products would be lifted soon.

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