- Two men have been hospitalized in Tulcea in Eastern Romania
over fears that they have been infected with the deadly bird flu strain
H5, local Averia newspaper reports.
- The two men have been isolated as a precautionary measure
and their health condition is subjected to constant observation. At present
the only confirmed diagnose in pneumonia
- The men are from Tulcea County where the latest outbreak
is in Romania. The timing coincides with Crimea Peninsula, where
infections were covered up (since mid-October) until H5N1 became more virulent
and killed 2000 birds in the past 3 days.
- The increased virulence of H5N1 in the latest Ukraine
outbreak may be related to the latest Romania outbreak, as both locations
are adjacent to the Black Sea.
- Last month Israel reported a victim with H5 antibody
who had contact with wild birds, suggesting the H5N1 wild bird strain in
the Middle East could cause human infections. These latest results
from Romania suggests that the increased virulence of H5N1 in the region
may be associated with human infections.
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