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EU bans poultry imports from Romania

The European Union confirmed the outbreak of bird flu in Romania and said it will ban imports of poultry from the country, the European Commission, the 25-nation EU's executive agency announced. The virus ``has been detected in tests on two samples from a chicken and a duck taken in a suspected backyard farm in the Danube delta,'' the statement said. Further tests will be carried out to determine whether the dead birds carried the form of the virus responsible for human deaths. The EU on October 10 extended a ban on Turkish live birds and poultry products after the disease was identified there.