Bird flu prompts Romania to cull 1 million birds
Romania plans to slaughter 1 million domestic poultry following an
outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu.
The virus has been found in three central locations according to the
country's Agriculture Minister, Gheorghe Flutur.
"Almost 1 million birds will be culled in total in central Romanian regions
that have been hit or could be hit by bird flu," Flutur told a press conference.
The first dead birds from the village of Hurezu were discovered Tuesday, said
Aurelian Danu, top government official for the county of Brasov, in a statement.
A total of 14 domestic fowl were diagnosed with bird flu, he
Authorities will later disinfect the area. Further tests will
determine whether the birds have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird
There have been outbreaks of H5N1 in 53 communities since
October, and authorities have culled more than 150,000 birds. This is the first
outbreak of bird flu in Romania since the end of April and the first time bird
flu has been detected in Transylvania.
Danu said health officials
will make checks in abattoirs, markets and shops of chicken meat and eggs
throughout the county to stop a potential spread of the
Romania reported its first cases
of H5N1 in domestic fowl in October in its eastern Danube Delta region, which is
crossed by hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. No human cases have been
reported in the country.
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