Saturday, January 14, 2006

UK: Belgium Bird Flu Probe Monitored

British health officials are "closely monitoring" reports of a case of human bird flu in Belgium. Staff at the Sint Pieters Hospital, in Brussels, said they were investigating a suspected case of the disease. They fear a man who returned from an area of Turkey where bird flu is present may have contracted it.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the suspected case did not affect the level of risk to UK residents. Blood tests were being carried out after the man, who returned from Turkey two days ago, checked into hospital complaining of flu-like symptoms. The results will confirm whether the patient has contracted bird flu and whether it is the deadly H5N1 strain. Read More ....

Source: Scotsman
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