Scientists worst fears have been confirmed. The strain of bird flu found in ducks in Romania is the deadliest type. Called by its scientific name, H5N1, it has already killed more than 60 people in Asia. The deadly strain of the virus has also been found in Turkey. Thousands of birds have been slaughtered in both countries in recent days to stop the virus from spreading. It is believed wild ducks carried the virus into Romania and bird flu has been found at two different locations in the country. Scientists concern is that this deadly strain of the flu could mutate and be passed on rapidly by humans. There is no evidence yet that anyone has been infected in Europe, but some scientists are warning it could be lethal and affect millions of people.
In Romania, the local population is receiving shots against the common strain of flu because of fears anyone with a winter flu could be more at risk of getting the human form of bird flu. European foreign ministers are holding emergency meetings in Brussels on Tuesday to work out what to do. Poultry imports from Turkey and Romania have already been banned. The impact on the European poultry industry could also be crippling if consumers turn away from the meat just as they did at the height of the mad cow disease outbreak.