St Lucia to test bird flu readiness – simulation exercise on the cards this week
Castries health authorities will join their colleagues in agriculture in hosting a joint symposium and simulation exercise on Wednesday to test their readiness to deal with any possible outbreak of the flu.
Chief Veterinarian Dr. George Joseph said the intention is not to give the impression that the disease is present in the country or its arrival here is imminent.
Dr. Joseph said that there is no target area for the simulation as St. Lucia needed to prepare for the virus hitting from any direction.
She noted that over 30 to 50 million people around the world died from in 1918, and it was not known until much later that this was caused by an avian strain of the flu.