Like India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Russia, the Dominican Republic is experiencing another outbreak of avian influenza. Fortunately, unlike the other countries, the Dominican Republic is battling a low pathogenic strain of the virus.
I am pleased to be in the Dominican Republic this week supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and the Dominican poultry industry in their response to this outbreak. We started the week with a demonstration of how composing can be implemented as part of a disease management strategy to safely dispose of infected carcasses and manure. It was great to have an engaged audience of poultry industry veterinarians from several different poultry companies.