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U.K. Officials Aid Romania Amid Bird-Flu Outbreak


10 October 2005 -- British health officials are in Romania today, where they are working to determine more about the nature of a reported outbreak of avian flu.

Romanian Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu said no human cases had been detected so far, but that more than 100,000 Romanians in the country's Danube delta region are being vaccinated for flu as a preventive measure.

In western Turkey, a three-kilometer quarantine zone has been established around a farm where nearly 2,000 flu-infected turkeys have died. Officials said all turkeys, pigeons, and stray dogs in the area are being slaughtered to help stop the possible spread of the flu.

Some 60 people have died in Southeast Asia after catching from birds a deadly strain of the virus known as H5N1.

Health officials are concerned the virus might acquire the ability to pass easily from person to person, resulting in an influenza pandemic that could kill millions of people in a matter of months.

(Reuters/AFP/AP)

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