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About 13,000 people were quarantined in the Romanian capital on Monday as troops and police sealed off streets in response to the city’s second bird-flu outbreak, said officials.
The mayor of the southern fourth district, Adrian Inimaroiu, said residents would be cut off and all businesses in the area would be closed during the quarantine period of up to three weeks.
The move came after the agriculture ministry earlier on Monday confirmed the presence of the H5 bird-flu virus in dead chickens found in the neighbourhood, the latest of dozens of outbreaks of avian flu in Romania this spring.
Inimaroiu said, urging residents to stay calm, that “about 40 streets have been blocked” in the Luica quarter.
He said the quarantine would last for “a period of a week to 21 days and all the institutions in this quarter will be closed”.
“About 2,500 birds from this area will be slaughtered as rapidly as possible,” said the mayor.
A neighbourhood on the northern outskirts of the capital was put under quarantine on Sunday evening with fences blocking a dozen streets and police preventing anyone from going in or out, except for medical emergencies.