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Hungary, Slovakia dismiss intelligence report on bird flu

Marţi, 23 mai 2006, 0:00

Top vets in Hungary and Slovakia have dismissed a recent Romanian intelligence report that poultry imported by Romania from the two countries was affected by the bird flu virus.

The heads of the veterinary authorities in Budapest and Bratislava said in Paris on Tuesday that the virus could not have been “exported” to Romania because their countries have a well established bird flu monitoring system, according to the Romania public radio.

The two have answered an announcement by the Romanian Intelligence Service – SRI that claims the recent outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm in Codlea, Brasov county in Central Romania was sparked by infected poultry imported from the two countries.

And Hungarian Agriculture minister Jozsef Graf said in Vienna on Tuesday that his country would introduce new restrictions on the Romanian-Hungarian border due to the serious situation in Romania. He said Budapest would provide all the necessary assistance to the neighboring country to solve the ongoing crisis.

In Bucharest meanwhile, PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu said the SRI report making the claims did not provide clear data to confirm the imported poultry were affected by the bird flu and generated the May outbreak in Romania. And Agriculture minister Gheorghe Flutur said he would demand the full disclosure of the SRI report, whose findings were only made public in a press release.

Across the country, road traffic has been seriously affected by the closure of roads or the installation of check points in most of the bird flu-affected areas, in the counties of Brasov, Sibiu, Vrancea, Buzau, Covasna, Valcea, prahova, Neamt, Bacau and Bucharest.

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