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Bulgaria puts migratory birds under watch to avoid avian flu

Date: 09.10.2005

Bulgarian veterinary authorities have adopted measures to put migratory flocks of birds under strict observation to avoid the possible spread of avian flu to the south of the Danube River.

The move has come a day after Romania broke the news ofidentified three cases of birds killed by the Asia-originated deadly flu strain.

London has confirmed the probes Romania urgently sent for research. The first cases were discovered in the Danube delta a crossroad of the migratory routes of wild birds coming from Russia, Scandinavia, Poland and Germany.

Bulgaria's veterinary and medicine authorities reminded the World Health Organisation has not confirmed the European appearance of bird flu yet.

For four years Bulgaria has applied a special progrom for monitoring on avian flu, the national veterinary service said in a press statement on Saturday. It adds that a team of Bulgarian experts will leave Sunday for Russe, Silistra, Dobritch, Varna and Burgas to coordinate the steps further to be adopted in the face of this new health threat.

Bulgaria has declared readiness, after a EU decision, to halt the import of birds, bird products and poultry from Romania.

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