Affirms Bird Flu; Croatia Halts Imports
BUDAPEST (Dow Jones)--Hungarian laboratory tests confirmed Wednesday
that the domestic fowl suspected to have died over the weekend because
of bird flu carried a highly pathogenic strain of the virus, the Ministry
of Agriculture said.
"The laboratory has detected the highly pathogenic H5 virus, which,
based on the tests so far, belongs to the N1 strain," the ministry said
in a release. possible outbreak of bird flu in domestic geese in Csongrad
county, in southern Hungary, bordering Serbia and Romania.
Further tests will be carried out in the European Union's U.K. reference
laboratory in Weybridge to confirm that the virus isolated in Hungary belongs
to the N1 strain, the ministry added. The Hungarian reference laboratory
will send the samples to the U.K. Thursday.
Hungary has officially informed the E.U. authorities of the test results.
Since the Hungarian government has already embarked on the required
preventive measures and culled the suspected birds with bird flu, no more
culling or other measures are needed, the ministry added.
Croatia halted Wednesday the import of Hungarian poultry prior to the
confirmation of the virus, Hungarian state news agency MTI said.
Croatia also found the virus several times in fowl there last year.