Romania Reports First EU Outbreak of Bird Flu

ROMANIA - Romania is the first EU country this year to report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
calendar icon 17 March 2010
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The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 16 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The report describes a single outbreak of HPAI in a village flock in the state of Tulcea, which lies in the east of the country and borders the Black Sea. All 47 birds in a backyard poultry flock died.

The disease was suspected on 13 March 2010 in two birds in two backyards with a population of 47 birds. The village of Letea is a small locality in the Danube Delta, on a land isolated by water, composed of 165 backyards, access being achieved by boat.

Samples were taken and sent to the National Reference Laboratory for confirmation and, on 15 March 2010, a positive result for H5N1 subtype was confirmed by RT-PCR.

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