Romanian Agriculture minister is due to meet his counterparts from neighboring countries on the bird flu issue on Monday as suspicions of new cases prompted the slaughtering of thousands of birds in south Romania, as announced over the weekend.

Minister Gheorghe Flutur will discuss the problem with his counterparts from Ukraine, the Moldovan Republic, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Over the last couple of days, the identification of new possible bird flu cases prompted authorities in the county of Calarasi to order the mass slaughter of birds in the township of Borcea. Road traffic between the towns of Calarasi and Fetesti was diverted because of the news.

A mass slaughter was also ordered in the Morteni village in the Dambovita county near Bucharest.