The H5N1 virus has hit Europe.
The European Commission will hold emergency meetings this afternoon and tomorrow, following confirmation of H5N1 in birds in Turkey on Monday and in Romania last night. In a statement the commission said that analysis of samples from Turkey suggested that the virus was “closely related” to the virus from this summer’s outbreak in central Asia.
The Commission’s standing committee on the food chain and animal health, a body made up of national veterinary representatives, will meet in emergency session in Brussels this afternoon to discuss biosecurity measures in poultry farms across the EU.
Experts on avian influenza and migratory birds will meet tomorrow to assess the risk posed by migratory birds in spreading H5N1 in Europe, and measures to avoid risk for humans.