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Restriction zone put in place in western Arad County following Hungary bird flu outbreak

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The veterinary authorities in western Arad County ordered a 10 km restriction zone on the border with Hungary, after bird flu was confirmed in the neighboring country, just a few kilometers from the Romanian border.

The director of Arad County's Veterinary Sanitary and Food Safety Directorate Marcel Rosu told AGERPRES on Wednesday that the bird flu outbreak is in Battonya, a Hungarian city located six kilometers from the border with Arad County.

"We initiated the same procedure that would be applied if the outbreak were in Arad County, because a 10-kilometer restriction zone must be put in place around the outbreak; this becomes a control area and the measures provided for by EU regulations must be enforced. The first measure was to inform the Prefect's Office, the members of the local disease control committees, and the mayor's offices of the four localities included in the restriction zone, specifically Turnu, Pereg, Variasu Mic and Variasu Mare," said Rosu, Agerpres informs.

He also mentioned that official and freelance veterinarians have been summoned to perform clinical controls, including at households that keep poultry, to ensure that the county is free of flu. The vets have already checked the biosecurity conditions at the two poultry farms in the vicinity of the restricted area, Rosu said.

There are an estimated 310,000 birds in Arad County, of which 80,000 are kept in six poultry farms, and 230,000 in households.


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