Health experts from the European Union have supported the European
Commission's proposal to extend the import ban on Romanian live poultry, poultry
meat and poultry products.
The import ban will now remain in place until 31
December 2006, although this date is subject to review.
The ban will
now also include Brasov county as well as four nearby counties: Covasna,
Harghita, Mures and Sibiu.
The proposal was drafted after several
confirmed cases and further suspected cases of highly pathogenic bird flu in
poultry flocks in Brasov over the weekend.
The ban on Romanian
poultry already applies to 26 counties, following outbreaks of highly pathogenic
H5N1 bird flu which occurred after October 2005.