An outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu has been confirmed in Romania, the European Union website said in a media statement on March 16 2010.
The European Commission will assess risk areas declared by the Romanian authorities in relation to the highly pathogenic avian influenza in a backyard poultry farm in the commune of Letea, in Tulcea county, at the Danube’s delta near the border with Ukraine.
Authorities said it was the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. To thwart the spread of the virus, all poultry has been culled in the infected farm and a protection zone set up within a three-km radius and a surveillance zone within a 10-km radius around the farm.
According to the report, anywhere inside the 10km zone around the outbreak will be a critical or „high risk area”, surrounded by a low risk area in the periphery. Authorities also said that certain restrictions on movements and additional bio-safety measures for poultry farms will apply.
This is the first detection of the highly avian influenza H5N1 in the EU in a year. The last case, confirmed in March 2009, concerned a wild duck in Germany.
Bird flu, or H5N1, is a subtype of the influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.
It is considered an avian disease, although there is some evidence of limited human-to-human transmission of the virus. According to different media reports, there is a slight risk factor for contracting the virus when handling infected poultry, but transmission of the virus from infected birds to humans is thought to be low.

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Avian influenza: Bird flu outbreak confirmed in Romania

An outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu has been confirmed in Romania, the European Union website said in a media statement on March 16 2010.
The European Commission will assess risk areas declared by the Romanian authorities in relation to the highly pathogenic avian influenza in a backyard poultry farm in the commune of Letea, in Tulcea county, at the Danube’s delta near the border with Ukraine.
Authorities said it was the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. To thwart the spread of the virus, all poultry has been culled in the infected farm and a protection zone set up within a three-km radius and a surveillance zone within a 10-km radius around the farm.
According to the report, anywhere inside the 10km zone around the outbreak will be a critical or „high risk area”, surrounded by a low risk area in the periphery. Authorities also said that certain restrictions on movements and additional bio-safety measures for poultry farms will apply.
This is the first detection of the highly avian influenza H5N1 in the EU in a year. The last case, confirmed in March 2009, concerned a wild duck in Germany.
Bird flu, or H5N1, is a subtype of the influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.
It is considered an avian disease, although there is some evidence of limited human-to-human transmission of the virus. According to different media reports, there is a slight risk factor for contracting the virus when handling infected poultry, but transmission of the virus from infected birds to humans is thought to be low.

Read the article on Sofia Echo

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