Dominican official denies report of bird flu

Ambassador says there is no evidence

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A Dominican official says Haiti erroneously reported that his country was suffering an outbreak of avian flu when it imposed a ban this week on the import of Dominican meats, chicken, eggs and other goods.

The Dominican Ambassador in Haiti said in a statement on Friday that there's no evidence of bird flu in his country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. He added that the World Health Organization declared the Dominican Republic free of bird flu three years ago.

The Dominican Ministry of Agriculture also said it hadn't received any notification from Haiti on the ban.

Haiti issued the ban on food imports this week following the death of five people. Dominican officials said they died of swine flu, not avian flu.

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