Thursday, January 12, 2006

Poultry in 11 of 81 Provinces in Turkey has Bird Flu

Bird flu has been discovered in poultry in 11 out of Turkey's 81 provinces while a further 14 provinces are suspected of having the virus, Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said on Thursday.

"It's confirmed in 11 provinces among birds and suspected in a further 14 provinces," he told a news conference in eastern Turkey broadcast live on television.

The deadly H5N1 virus has been found in wild birds and poultry across Turkey. It has killed at least two children and infected more than a dozen people in little more than a week.

Source: Reuters
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