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October 15, 2005

Nine people tested for bird flu in TurkeyAvian Flu - What we need to know

A Turkish hospital has kept nine people under observation and tested them for possible bird flu after the death of 40 of their pigeons in 15 days, state-run Anatolian news agency said on Friday.

European Union experts held crisis talks on the spread of bird flu on Friday, a day after health officials confirmed the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in Turkey.

"Acting on a tip-off, we took the family which owned the pigeons and the neighbours who made the tip-off, in all nine people, to the hospital," the agency quoted local health official Osman Ozturk as saying.

He said blood tests had been taken from the two families in the western town of Turgutlu and some of the dead birds had been sent away for testing as well.

"There is no sign of illness in the nine people, but we have taken all the people who have been in contact with the birds under observation. The houses of the two families have also been disinfected," he said.


Posted by dymaxion at October 15, 2005 07:41 AM

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