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    EU: Bird flu in Turkey no harm to humans

    Hürriyet Haber
    19.10.2005 - 11:55 | Son Güncelleme:

    The EU has issued a statement saying that the bird flu found in Turkey over a week ago poses no threat to humans. The bird flu which was originally discovered in a western town on the Aegean coast was dealt with and contained quickly. The flu caused 1,800 birds to die, but since has resulted in the slaughter of up 10,000 birds in an effort to contain the virus. EU officials said that Turkey dealt with the outbreak quickly and efficiently and that it posed no threat to humans.

    The EU sent a group of experts to Turkey to follow the outbreak for research purposes. "The EU wants to obtain knowledge in the field so they sent a mission," Erik Stougaard, a Danish veterinary officer and visiting delegation member told The Associated Press.

    Seven hundred protective suits will be sent to Turkey by the EU in an effort to help the country maintain and contain the virus so that it doesn't spread westwards. "Turkey has requested additional protective clothing," said EU spokesman Philip Tod. Today, the EU foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg to discuss ways to prevent a possible flu pandemic.

    However, the Ministry of Agriculture did say that as the flu was carried by migratory birds, this still could pose a threat as these birds can move freely across the country.



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