Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Romania Finds New Suspected Flu Cases in Poultry

Romania has found new suspected cases of bird flu in poultry in a region west of the Danube delta, where the deadly strain of the virus was first detected in October, the farm ministry said on Wednesday. The Balkan country has found the highly pathogenic avian flu in 26 villages in and outside the Danube delta, Europe's largest wetlands and a major migratory route for wild birds.

Scientists fear the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is known to have killed 78 people since late 2003 and is endemic in poultry across parts of Asia, could mutate into a form that can spread easily among humans and become a global pandemic that could kill millions. Romania has not recorded any bird flu cases in humans so far but two people have died and more than a dozen have been infected with the virus in Turkey. Read More ....

Source: AlertNet
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