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From the Commission's press release:

The Commission is taking further action following the confirmation last night of the presence of avian influenza H5 virus in Romania and the results from the EU laboratory this morning indicating that the avian influenza virus in Turkey is H5N1 closely related to a virus detected in a wild bird in central  Asia a few months ago.  The measures will be discussed at an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in Brussels this afternoon.

From ABCNews Online:

But the Romanian Agriculture Minister, Gheorghe Flutur, says further testing will be needed to check if the virus is present in its more serious form, H5N1.

"The tests show it is indeed the H5 strain but we haven't established the sub-type yet," he said.

"We're now sending the samples on to a laboratory in Britain for final tests.

"We hope it's a weak pathogen, which means it wouldn't be passed on, and pose no real danger.

"But we'll have to wait a few days to know for sure."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Oct 13th, 2005 at 07:51:51 AM EST

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