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January 19, 2006

Two steps forward, one step back

Via Hürriyet, a Turkish news source: Sanliurfa child beats bird flu. One child has recovered from H5N1, one is on the way to recovery, and one has died—after no known direct contact with poultry.

Yesterday in Sanliurfa, 4 year old Selami Bas, who had been in the hostpital for 12 days fighting the effects of bird flu, was released. Waving at reporters as he left the hospital, the child appeared completely healthy, following his more than week long stay. Speaking to reporters, Sanliurfa Governor Yusuf Yavascan said "The treatment of Selami Bas was successful. He is being released in the full belief that he will return to full health."

Meanwhile, 10 year old Sevgi Acar, who fell ill in Mus, and was transferred to Erzurum, died on the way to the hospital. It was suspected that Acar had bird flu, though it was revealed that Acar had no respiratory complaints. It was also revealed that Acar had had no direct contact with any poultry prior to her death.

In Van meanwhile, the brother of Fatma Ozcan, who died 3 days ago from bird flu, is healing rapidly. Muhammed Ozcan, who is 5, is getting better with time, said doctors at the Van Yuzuncu Yil hospital.

Posted by dymaxion at January 19, 2006 09:06 PM

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