June 2, 2006 -- The European Union today banned the import of live poultry and poultry products from Romania following fresh outbreaks last month of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
The European Commission -- the EU's executive arm -- said the situation "is being closely monitored."
(AFP, Reuters, dpa)
Click on the map for a closer view of the areas within RFE/RL's broadcast region where cases of diseased fowl have been confirmed. Last updated on February 20.
BIRD FLU, or avian influenza, continues to menace scattered areas from East Asia, where the disease first appeared, to Southeastern and Eastern Europe and beyond. Authorities around the world are bracing themselves -- and, more importantly, planning and taking measures to fight the disease wherever it appears.