Bird flu - H5N1 strain killed 15 hens in Southeast Romania, other 80 were culled

Publish date: 29-11-2007
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Authorities confirmed a new bird flu outbreak in the Danube Delta small village of Murighiol, Southeast Romania, announced measures to secure the area without restricting access.

The head of the sanitary veterinary body ANSVA told Murighiol was secured after the H5N1 strain, which can affect people as well, was discovered in a villager's small farm.

Murighiol resident Ionel Vorinca asked for tests after 15 of his poultry died of unknown causes. The tests revealed they had bird flu, according to the local deputy prefect in Tulcea County.

The man's 87 domestic birds were culled today and the outbreak is under controlled, sanitary inspectors said. The family remained in the house, but all its members will undergo tests to see if they were infected. Authorities will vaccinate the 1,000 residents of the village.

The small farm will be closed and secured for 21 days as the law requires, authorities announced, adding access to the village will not be restricted.


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