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May 22, 2006

Four arrested in Romania for spreading bird flu

Via Yahoo News, an AFP story: Four arrested in Romania for spreading bird flu.

The manager of a major industrial poultry farm in Romania has been arrested on charges of allowing the farm to sell chickens possibly infected with a potentially lethal form of bird flu, prosecutors in the town of Brasov said.

The unnamed manager is the third person from the Drakom Silva poultry operation in Codlea to be arrested in the last few days. The farm's veterinarian, Virgil Udrea, and its owner were both arrested on Wednesday, as was Pati Prod, the owner of another poultry farm in the town.

The two owners have been charged with "spreading disease among animals" and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Udrea is accused of knowingly allowing the sale of contaminated live birds to private farmers, according to prosecutors.

Posted by dymaxion at May 22, 2006 10:31 PM

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