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Second Outbreak of Bird Flu Suspected in Romania

by 5m Editor
29 March 2010, at 11:20pm

ROMANIA - A second suspected outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported.

A suspected bird flu outbreak has been reported in a remote Romanian village, the Sanitary and Veterinary Authority said on 27 March.

Terra Daily reports that samples of two dead hens were sent for confirmation of the potentially deadly H5N1 virus to the Animal Health Institute in Bucharest and on to the Weybridge laboratory in Britain, the Authority said.

The poultry in the small private farm at a village on the Danube Delta were slaughtered and the area disinfected.

The report adds: "There is currently no risk of the disease spreading."

Two weeks ago, a bird flu outbreak was reported in the nearby village of Letea close to the Ukrainian border, the first case in Europe for a year.

The previous case in the European Union had been confirmed in March 2009 in a wild duck shot during a hunt near Starnberg, in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Romania was hit by massive bird flu outbreaks in 2005 and 2006, when more than a million poultry were slaughtered, according to Terra Daily.

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.