Three Romanian counties – Brasov, Vrancea and Covasna – have confirmed the existence of bird flu cases as local authorities announced serious measures to isolate the H5 virus. No bird flu infection among humans was reported in Romania so far.

Agriculture minister Gheorghe Flutur has said the Codlea farms where the latest wave of H5 originated had not followed norms to prevent the spread of the flu. And he has called for the prime minister to change the management of the National Veterinary Authority (ANSVSA) for the mismanagement of the ongoing bird flu crisis.

The news came as the head of the ANSVSA branch in the Brasov county, Mihai Dumitru, announced his resignation on Tuesday. According to media reports, he was forced to resign as the Codlea farm was not closed despite it has run its activities illegally without veterinary supervision for three months.

The virus was confirmed in for villages in the Brasov area and eight other townships where suspicions about the H5 exist may be placed under quarantine.

And in the county of Harghita over three tons of chicken meat delivered by the Codlea farm was confiscated and is due to be incinerated.