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Massive H5N1 Quarantine in Bucharest Romania

Recombinomics Commentary

May 22, 2006

Some 13,000 people were quarantined in a quarter of the Romanian capital Bucharest as troops and police sealed off streets in response to the city's second bird flu outbreak, officials said.

The mayor of the southern fourth district, Adrian Inimaroiu, said residents
would be cut off and all businesses in the area would be closed during the quarantine period of up to three weeks.

Three people from Brasov County were rushed to the Matei Bals Contagious Diseases Institute in Bucharest, as local sanitary inspectors believe they might be infected with the bird flu virus.

A 31-year-old man and his 3-year-old son, along a the 17-year-old teenager are to be admitted at the Matei Bals Institute and thorough medical investigations will be carried out.

The above comments reflect the concerns of H5N1 bird flu spread in Bucharest.  H5N1 has spread widely in Romania and the detection of H5N1 in Bucharest has led to the massive quarantine.

Symptoms in residents with H5N1 exposure have increased the concern.

Last fall Romania was one of the first countries in Europe to detect H5N1 and birds migrating back north would have brought in additional H5N1. 

This increase in H5N1 has led to more cases in domestic poultry and rapid across the country.

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