Bird flu reported in Romania

The EU has confirmed its first case of H5N1 avian flu since March last year, in Romania.

The outbreak was discovered in a backyard flock near the border with Ukraine a week ago, according to a statement from the Commission.

All the birds on the affected farm have been killed and the authorities have set up a three-kilometre (two-mile) protection zone and a larger surveillance zone.

“The presence of the virus was confirmed on two hens that were found dead on a small private farm,” said Raul Balogh of the Romanian veterinary service. “No other case has been discovered since.”

Mr Balogh said tests were regularly made on poultry in the Danube delta because of the presence of migratory birds, which are believed to be vectors of the virus.

The EU’s last confirmed case was identified in a wild duck in Bavaria in March 2009.