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    Fifteen confirmed bird flu cases in Turkey

    Hürriyet Haber
    12.01.2006 - 12:04 | Son Güncelleme:

    A new case of bird flu has been confirmed in the central province of Sivas not far from the capital city, Ankara today. The current bird flu that is gripping Turkey is now stretching as far west as Istanbul, initial tests on two dead chickens found in the cit's district of Kucukcekmece indicated they were infected by the bird flu virus, sending residents of the Istanbul suburb into hospital for testing said Istanbul province deputy health director Mehmet Bakar on Monday.

    The Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag told a press briefing on Tuesday that the official number of cases in Turkey was 15: "The total number of cases in our country is 15 confirmed by laboratory tests, and out of those 15, three children have died."

    The government has been heavily criticized for not dealing with the crisis effectively, following the deaths of three siblings last week in the village of Dogubeyazit, where chickens are still roaming openly amongst sick birds.

    Head of the WHO mission to Turkey, Guenael Rodier, a specilaist on communicable diseases told Reuters Television on Monday, "At the moment there is no element in this village indicating human-to-human transmission, It's typically similar to what we have seen so far in Asia."
    With the bird flu turning up across four provinces from Istanbul, Ankara, the Black Sea to Van, health officials will be watching the situation very closely.

    The latest outbreak has been seen in the western tourist city of Kusadasi on the Aegean Sea, four kids are now in hospital for tests after dead birds were found. Also is the town of western town of Bursa, south of Istanbul three kids have now gone into hospital for testing.

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