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    Critical results to be revealed within 36 hours

    Hürriyet Haber
    07.01.2006 - 12:08 | Son Güncelleme: 07.01.2006 - 12:08

    The deaths of the three Kocyigit children has brought about fears that bird flu may be passed through human contact. The WHO has begun undertaking tests to answer the question of whether it is possible that avian influenza is ‘passed from one person to another’, of which the results will be available in 36 hours. Samples taken from the Turkish victims have now reached a laboratory in London, where bird flu tests are being undertaken by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    Results to be revealed immediately

    Head of the Infection and Immunity team, from the National Institute of Medical Research, Sir John Skehel, stated that the results of the testing would be delivered by the World Health Organisation to the Turkish Ministry of Health within the next 36 hours.

    Otherwise there will be a catastrophe

    The official said: “We have been running tests for avian influenza for five years. We have not found any evidence to show that bird flu can be transmitted from one person to another. We hope that the results obtained from the samples coming from Turkey will not reveal otherwise, or we could be headed for a catastrophe. Tests in Turkey showed that it was the bird flu, but as the test centre of the World Health Organisation, we need to run our own tests to diagnose the flu. It is understood that it is the lethal virus subtype H5.”

    Samples from birds also being tested

    Analysis of specimens taken from the birds is also taking place at Weybridge Veterinary Laboratories in the UK, commissioned by the European Union. Their agent told Hurriyet that the samples had arrived yesterday (January 6), and that they would be informing the EU of their results, but that it was up to the institutions with which they are working with to make any statements to the media.

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