Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bulgaria ends ban on live bird markets (bird flu related)

SOFIA, May 16 (Reuters) - Bulgaria has removed a ban on open live bird markets, saying the threat of migratory birds bringing avian flu back to the Balkan state appears to have passed, an official said on Tuesday.

The move comes despite a new outbreak in Bulgaria’s northern neighbour Romania, which said on Monday it would cull some one million domestic birds to prevent the virus from spreading.

Bulgaria imposed the ban last autumn after Romania reported its first case of H5N1, which can be deadly to humans. It then detected four of its own cases in wild swans earlier this year.

“We are lifting the ban on May 17. Nobody can say the threat has passed 100 percent, but it has decreased drastically for Bulgaria,” said Paskal Zheliazkov, deputy director of the National Veterinary Office.

“After Romania’s new outbreaks we discussed the issue of imposing new measures, but we concluded it is not necessary.”

Source for this Avian influenza story:

Reuters Alertnet

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