Wednesday, January 11, 2006

WHO Says No Need to Panic Over Turkey Bird Flu

Turkey has no reason to panic over the bird flu outbreak, a World Health Organization official said Wednesday, urging Turks anew to avoid sick or dead poultry suspected in the rapid spread of the deadly H5N1 strain. Dr. Marc Danzon, the UN health agency's regional director for Europe, told reporters at a news conference with Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag that health officials were doing “everything that is known to maintain and manage this difficult situation.” Meanwhile, in Rome, the UN agriculture agency warned Wednesday that the Turkish outbreak could spread to neighbouring countries.

Dr. Danzon said there were no signs that the deadly strain, which preliminary tests indicate has infected 15 Turks -- including two children who have died -- was being transmitted person to person. Asked whether countries should ban or restrict their citizens from travelling to Turkey, Dr. Danzon called it “a non-story” and said there was no reason to take such measures. In Turkey, all of the cases appeared to have involved adults or children who touched or played with infected birds. Read More ....

Source: The Globe and Mail
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