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January 16, 2006

B2H suspected in case near Istanbul

This is not a good Sunday night. People's Daily Online reports that a boy with suspected bird flu has been hospitalized in Istanbul.

A five-year-old boy suffering from high fever after contacting fowl was sent to an Istanbul hospital for test and treatment, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.

The boy, called Ferhat Budak, came into contact with chickens three days ago in the yard of his house in Gebze, 100 km east of Istanbul.

If the case is confirmed, it will become the first detected in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, where no human cases have ever been reported.

In addition, two other children showing bird-flu-like symptoms were reported to be in serious condition in the eastern city of Van, near Iran.

rom contact to symptoms—can anyone tell me if that's typical, or unusually fast? If more people in Van are just starting to show symptoms after countless chickens have been culled in the past two weeks, what does that mean?

Posted by dymaxion at January 16, 2006 04:13 PM

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