Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Turkey reports new case of H5N1 flu

Preliminary tests indicate that a new patient may have contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in central Turkey, a Health Ministry official said. The official said the person admitted to hospital in the central Anatolian city of Sivas tested positive for H5N1 in Turkish lab tests. At least two children have died of the deadly strain in the past week in Turkey.

Meanwhile, health experts monitoring human bird flu are waiting anxiously to see if efforts to contain the virus can stop it spreading to the European Union. Confirmed cases of the deadly H5N1 strain in people living near Turkey's capital Ankara, and more suspected cases in eastern Turkey, prompted EU experts to widen an existing ban on imports and to review existing EU-level surveillance efforts. Read More ....

Source: Scotsman
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