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H5N1 Bird Flu Returns to Romania

Recombinomics Commentary

May 12, 2006

The H5 bird flu virus was detected yesterday in 50 birds found dead in central Romania, officials said, less than a month after the virus was said to have been eradicated from the country.

The new outbreak in Hurezu village is the 53rd to have been found in the country,

The return of H5n1 to Romania is not unexpected.  Wild birds brought H5N1 into Africa through Romania and as they migrate back to the north, they bring H5N1 back to Romania.  H5N1 is widespread in Europe and the Middle East and has reappeared in three regions in Russia and to counties in Qinghai China.

The data further undermine the credibility of reports by wildlife and watershed conservation groups, who generated massive numbers of false negatives to bolster their views on the role of wild birds in the spread of H5N1 throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.  These groups fail to report the detection of low pathogenic avian influenza, reducing the credibility of their reports.

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