The last bird flu hotbed in Romania was officially dealt with by Sunday morning, the Agriculture Ministry in Bucharest has announced. But experts warn that while Romania got rid officially of the epidemic that led to the culling of hundreds of thousands of flock this spring the risk of new new hotbeds appearing is not over.

Over 12,000 tests have been made to check whether the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu strain appeared anywhere else in the country.

The Agriculture Ministry also announced that Romanian vets were continuing their activities of supervision of wild and domestic bird flocks. And the Animal Health and Diagnosis Institute continues lab investigations over probes received from around the country.

Some one million fowl were culled in the latest bird flu epidemic in Romania this year.