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January 23, 2006

North Cyprus: Possible B2B H5N1

Via Planet Ark: North Cyprus Tests Dead Birds for Avian Flu.

Two suspected cases of avian flu were found on a farm in northern Cyprus, but it was early to say if it was the deadly H5N1 strain, Turkish Cypriot authorities said on Monday.

Samples from a dead turkey and a chicken were taken from close to Incircli, a village on the eastern part of the island which is also known by the Greek name Makrasykas.

"There were two birds, one a turkey and one a chicken, and two suspicious deaths. Preliminary tests proved positive (for a form of bird flu)," said Turkish Cypriot health minister Esref Vaiz.

"We have announced it to the public and we are hiding nothing," he told Reuters, adding that it would take about two days for conclusive results to come from Turkey.

Posted by dymaxion at January 23, 2006 09:41 PM

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