The region where the Turkish outbreak occurred also serves as a waypoint for migratory birds. Authorities have warned for months that the deadly strain of avian flu might be heading this way, after outbreaks were confirmed in Siberia, other Asian parts of Russia and Kazakhstan over the past year. Officials from the Romanian Directorate of Veterinary Sanitation were already screening farms in the Danube delta when two sick domestic geese and a chicken were discovered in this village, and tested positive for bird flu antibodies on Oct. 7. The government responded very quickly, ... Within an hour we had a meeting, set up a command center and took action.