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January 23, 2006

Turkey hopeful the crisis is fading

"We have no (bird flu) patients in serious condition at this time," the chief physician at Van University Hospital, Huseyin Avni Sahin, told AFP Sunday.

Eight patients treated for the virus have recovered enough to leave hospital, including two brothers, aged five and two, who were discharged from an Ankara hospital on the weekend.

Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker told the Anatolia news agency Sunday that "the spread of the disease is losing steam."

He added that 1.16 million birds have been culled so far as the government seeks to contain the virus.

Government officials said the apparent improvement in the situation was due to heightened public awareness of the disease, its risks and its vectors of contamination. Most of those who had been infected contracted H5N1 by coming into contact with sick chickens raised in yards by poorer families.


Posted by dymaxion at January 23, 2006 09:55 PM

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