- "Bulgaria has stepped up border controls and increased
surveillance over poultry farms along the Danube and Black Sea, chief veterinarian
Zheko Baichev told Reuters.
- "We have made 500 blood tests on farm birds and
checked on 154 domestic and 100 wild birds found dead throughout the country.
We have not isolated the bird flu virus," he said.
- The above comments suggest that H5N1 may have been detected
in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is located between Romania and Turkey. Both of
its neighbors have reported confirmed H5N1. It seems likely that some
or all of the 100 dead wild birds that have been "checked" are
H5N1 positive. The report does not indicate that blood tests on the wild
birds have been run, nor does it indicate that H5N1 has not been detected,
only that H5N1 has not been isolated.
- It seems likely that all countries adjacent to the Black
Sea will be H5N1 positive (see map). The question is when such isolates
will be reported.
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