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January 06, 2006

New bird flu deaths not start of pandemic-expertsKeralaNext:

LONDON - The death of two teenagers in Turkey from bird flu, the first human cases of the disease outside China and southeast Asia, is a serious concern but not the start of a pandemic, health experts said on Thursday. Fatma Kocyigit, a 15-year-old girl from a remote area near the Armenian border, died early on Thursday less than a week after the death of her 14-year-old brother, Mehmet Ali. Turkish officials said tests at two laboratories showed the boy died of the H5N1 bird flu virus. Further tests are being done to confirm if it is the same strain of the virus that has killed 74 people in Asia since 2003.

Posted by dymaxion at January 6, 2006 11:53 AM

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