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Outbreak of avian flu in the Danube Delta region

Romanian authorities are continuing to kill thousands of domestic birds after an outbreak of avian flu was confirmed in the Danube Delta region. The cull has been extended to the village of Maliuc, after all 17,000 domestic birds in nearby Ceamurlia de Jos were put down by Friday.

After tests confirmed that the virus was the same lethal strain which struck in Asia, killing more than 60 people, the Romanian Government has introduced other drastic measures, including placing the affected region under quarantine. Twenty thousand people have so far been inoculated with a flu vaccine.

Ankara has already reported the discovery of the lethal strain of the virus among birds in the west of Turkey. The EU has banned imports of live birds and poultry products from Romania and Turkey.