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A panel of health experts at an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conference in Washington has warned that the avian influenza virus could affect the Caribbean and Latin America.

The experts, from the IDB, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Bank and the United States’ Agency for International Development (USAID), concluded that given the trends in the virus’s behavior, there is a strong risk that human-to-human transmission could occur, creating the possibility of a pandemic situation.