Bird Flu Wings In


Romanian vets get to grips with an outbreak of avian flu

As the bitter Siberian winter approaches, millions of wild birds heading across the Urals toward Africa stop off at the protected wetlands site at Lake Manyas in Asian Turkey. That may explain why, not far away at a farm in Kiziksa, 1,700 turkeys died this month. Scientists confirmed they were infected with H5N1, the avian influenza strain responsible for 60 human deaths in Asia since 2003. Experts now fear the virus is inexorably winging its way toward Europe.

Turkish authorities quickly imposed a quarantine around the infected farm, culling 8,600 birds. But another H5N1 outbreak hit Romania's Danube...

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