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Turkey appeals for calm over bird flu fears

Turkey appeals for calm over bird flu fears
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A fresh health alert has been called in Turkey following the discovery of thousands of dead chickens. The birds were found in eastern Turkey after reports that the danger of bird flu was over in the western part of the country. Tests to determine whether the birds had the deadly strain of the virus will be carried out later today. Meanwhile, Romanian authorities have cordoned off part of the Danube delta confirming the presence of the lethal H5N1 strain that’s claimed more than 60 lives in Asia over the last two years.

As a result, sweeping new measures have been introduced. They include culling poultry in the infected area and a ban on hunting and fairs. The local population is also being inoculated against human flu in the hope that will provide some protection against the virus mutating into a new deadly strain.

EU veterinary experts are due to meet over the next few days to review the situation. The European Commission has ordered EU governments to pinpoint areas most at risk and take steps to ensure that poultry and wild birds do not mix.

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