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New case of bird flu detected in Romania
www.chinaview.cn 2005-12-25 12:50:43

    BUCHAREST, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- Another case of bird flu was discovered on Saturday in southeastern Romania, where domestic birds were quickly killed, the Mediafax news agency reported.

    All domestic birds in the village of Albesti were culled after preliminary tests showed that some of them were positive for the H5 type of bird flu, an official of the national veterinary authority said.

    More tests are being made to see if it is the deadly H5N1 strain, which has killed nearly 70 people in Asia in the past two years.

    It is the third incident of bird flu detected this week in the Ialomita county, following outbreaks in the villages of Stelnica and Traian.

    Bird flu has been found in 23 villages in or near the Danube Delta on the Black Sea, the Agriculture Ministry said, adding that more than 100,000 birds have been killed in the country since the first case was detected in October.

    Romania has seen the bird flu virus spread rapidly, although most cases have been confined to the Danube river delta, located some 300 km from Bucharest on a major migration path of wild birds. So far no human cases have been reported. Enditem

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