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Romania detects new bird flu case

A new case of bird flu has been detected in Romania, officials say.
“The H5 bird flu virus has been found in a heron near the border with Moldova,” Agriculture Minister Gheorghe Flutur told a local news agency.

Tests now will be carried out to determine whether it is the lethal H5N1 strain of the virus.

The H5N1 strain has already been found in two locations in Romania’s Danube delta. Bird flu has killed at least 60 people in Asia since December 2003.

The heron was found on the shore of the river Prut in Vaslui county, eastern Romania, Mr Flutur told the Mediafax news agency.

The bird was found near the village, located some 100 km (60 miles) north from the a Danube delta town where domestic flocks were found infected with H5N1.

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Bird flu – though not necessarily the H5N1 strain – has been discovered in Turkey, Greece and is suspected in Macedonia, apparently after being carried to Europe from Asia by migrating wild birds.

Scientists say the disease does not appear able to spread between humans.

Many countries are taking steps to counter the spread of the virus.

The Swiss government, following similar action in Austria and Germany, has ordered poultry farmers to keep all their birds indoors. The ban on free-range farming will last until the middle of December.

European Union health ministers have been holding a second day of meetings to discuss their response to the disease. In Vietnam – the worst-affected country, where more than 40 people have died – the authorities are to give free medical treatment to bird flu patients.