11 October 2005 -- The European Union is sending experts to Romania and Turkey to help with bird flu testing amid concerns about the spread of the disease in flocks of fowl in the two countries.
The EU on 10 October banned imports of live birds from Turkey, while Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro have banned poultry imports from both Turkey and Romania.
Romania and Turkey have begun slaughtering thousands of birds as a precaution after preliminary findings of bird flu.
Russia has announced plans to cull some 460,000 fowl
in a bid to wipe out the deadly bird flu virus that has afflicted parts of Siberia.
There has been no confirmation of the presence in Europe of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia.
Officials fear this strain could mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans and trigger a global health crisis.
WHO Official Talks About Transmission, Treatment Of Avian Flu
International Conference Aims For Coordinated Response To Bird Flu