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FEARS that a deadly bird flu strain had spread to Romania
may be wrong.
Experts believed H5N1, the strain behind 65 deaths in
Asia, had entered Europe for the first time after three
If it had, it could have mutated to cause a flu pandemic.
But initial tests for avian flu viruses were "negative",
the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Debby Reynolds, chief veterinary officer, added that an EU
team would fly to Romania today to carry out more tests.
She also confirmed a bird flu strain may have been found
in Turkey, and added the UK and EU were ready to take
"swift action to reduce any chance of the disease
Defra said earlier no samples had yet been sent to Britain
from Romania for testing.
-A BOY of four has tested positive for bird flu in
Indonesia. If findings are confirmed, it will be the sixth
case in the country where the virus has already killed
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The slaughter of thousands of domestic fowl in Turkey and Romania began Sunday as a precaution against the spread of bird flu after both countries confirmed their first cases of the disease over the weekend.
It has not been determined in either country that the disease is the same H5N1 strain that has swept through poultry populations in Asia since 2003, infecting humans and killing at least 60 people.
Other fowl -- including pigeons -- and stray dogs in the village would also be killed as a precaution, said Nihat Pakdil, undersecretary of Turkey's Agriculture Ministry
Originally posted by justme1640
I knew that Bird flu had gone to pigs and I think it was a tiger in the zoo but does this indicate that they are concerned it has made another jump to dogs? And is there a closer connection to the horse flu than they were thinking originally?