Romania was deemed particularly at risk of human infection, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Friday. With bird flu reported at 31 separate sites, "Romania runs the risk of human contamination at any moment," WHO expert Guenael Rodier said at the end of a four-day inspection tour.
[...] France joined a growing list of European nations with confirmed or suspected bird flu cases when two dead ducks were discovered in a wildlife reserve north of Paris. Tests results showing whether the birds carried the H5N1 strain were expected later Friday.
A fresh avian outbreak was also reported at a poultry farm in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, the second such case in the region this week.
[...] Sales of chicken have dropped up all across Europe, threatening to throw the continent's huge poultry industry into crisis.
One sign of mounting concern was the flood of orders pouring into the world's number one manufacturer of respiratory masks in France.
Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia joined other European nations Friday by ordering all poultry kept indoors to ensure that domestic hens, ducks and geese do not come into contact with infected wild birds.
The other countries are Denmark, France, Greece, Luxembourg and Sweden.