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January 12, 2006

Turkey Says 70 People Hospitalized with Bird Flu SymptomsMND NewsLog

Turkish officials say about 70 people are hospitalized across the country with symptoms of avian influenza, and one more person has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, bringing Turkey's total number of infections to 15.

The World Health Organization has so far confirmed four of the infections in Turkey, and says all came from direct contact with sick birds.

Turkish officials have stepped up an information campaign to inform people about the dangers posed by infected birds. They are also slaughtering flocks suspected of infection and increasing health inspections along transit routes.

In Ukraine, health officials today confirmed new cases of H5N1 in birds at three poultry farms on the Crimean peninsula.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, ordered officials to develop a plan to protect the country against bird flu.

Bird flu has killed more than 70 people in Asia since 2003, and at least two people in Turkey.

source: voanews.com MND Newslog is a service of MensNewsDaily.com.

Posted by dymaxion at January 12, 2006 06:48 PM

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