Monday, November 28, 2005

Not to be an alarmist but...

...Romania is not that far away. I'd like to think something good might come out of this, like the powers to be will realise it's not in our best interest to raise animals the way we do after all. I'm an optimist.

From Yahoo news

Turkey in Romania Tests Positive for Flu

BUCHAREST, Romania - A turkey has tested positive for the H5 subtype of bird flu in eastern Romania, officials said Saturday.

The turkey came from a small farm in the village of Scarlatesti, Agriculture Minister Gheorghe Flutur said.

Authorities will begin culling all domestic birds in the village, which is located near several large lakes. A quarantine will also be imposed on the village. There was no immediate information on whether authorities would carry out further tests to establish whether the turkey was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain.

"We think the virus was brought by migratory birds," Flutur said.

Romania has already confirmed the H5N1 strain of avian flu in three villages in the Danube Delta, but Scarlatesti is outside the delta region. The virus has devastated poultry stocks and killed at least 68 people in parts of Asia since 2003.

In Europe, birds have tested positive for H5N1 in Romania, Russia, Croatia and Turkey.


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