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New cases of bird flu reported in Romania

Date: 08.10.2005

Romania has reported new cases of avian (bird) flu in the Danube delta on Saturday.

Veterinarian officials said another three birds had tested positive for the virus in the village of Smardan.

Authorities have started to cull hundreds of birds to prevent the disease from spreading.

Fears that the deadly Asian bird flu may have spread to Europe were heightened on Friday when the Romanian government confirmed that three ducks have died of a strain of the disease in the east of the country.

Scientists in Britain are to conduct tests on samples to find out whether the domestic ducks were infected by the dangerous H5N1 strain, which has so far been confined to Asia.

The Romanian government warned that it feared that the ducks were infected with the strain, and strong security measures were put in place in the village of Ceamurlia, in eastern Romania, where the birds died late last month.

Restrictions were placed on the movement of people and animals into and out of the village near the Black Sea and there were plans to vaccinate people. Nearly all the domestic fowls in the village have been slaughtered.

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