Outbreaks of avian influenza, commonly known as ‘bird flu’, across the Americas and Europe have been reported by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). Currently, the predominant subtype is H5N1 among poultry and other birds . This subtype has remained prevalent in wild birds over the summer, which is unusual as cases typically occur in the winter season.
In the Region of the Americas, cases have been reported to WOAH from Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, United States of America and Venezuela. There are sporadic occasions where avian influenza can cross over to cause human infections. No avian influenza cases have been detected in the Cayman Islands.