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H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu found in Romania and Turkey

Oct. 16th, 2005

H5N1 strain Avian Bird Flu found in Romania and Turkey

Danube Delta Region

The deadly bird virus H5N1 now has been found in Romania; just two days after Turkey discovered the virus.                                        

Britain’s chief medical officer has warned that preventing a flu pandemic was not avoidable.  Countries that are in that surrounding area of the Danube delta region, which has the largest bird preserve on the European continent, are trying to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Liam Donaldson told BBC television, “The significance of it isn’t that there will be a pandemic of bird flu itself, the significance of it is that at some point, and we go by the lessons of history, the bird flu virus will combine with the human flu virus and then it will become easily transmissible.”  Donaldson did stress the pandemic was less likely to happen in Europe this winter.  He also said, “'I think the likelihood is still that we will see the epicentre of this pandemic of flu, this mutation, in the Far East”.


The World Health organization says that the further spread of the avian bird flu is increasing the risk of the bird to human transfer has increased.  The infected birds are also showing that the migratory birds are carriers of the virus.  The WHO recommends that countries located in the path of migratory routes be watching for signs of disease in both wild and domestic birds.

Romania has killed thousands of birds in an effort to avoid the spread of the virus.


In Asia 60 people have died of the avian bird flu virus since 2003.  In Indonesia, 3 out of the 5 cases of people infected with the virus have died.

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