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    Greek Health Minister: "Let the Prime Minister eat some chicken too"

    Hürriyet Haber
    21.10.2005 - 12:19 | Son Güncelleme: 21.10.2005 - 12:19

    The bird flu crisis in Greece has begun to take on the dimensions of a comedy, with one of the turkeys thought to be carrying the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus missing somewhere on Inuses Island, where the bird flu virus was first discovered. The Greek press has begun to refer to the missing turkey as the "national bird." And the Greek Health Minister, Nikitas Kaklamanis, has proclaimed that it is not enough that he publicly eat poultry meat, but that Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis should also have to do so, just as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did last week in Ankara.

    Meanwhile, while the Athens administration announced last week that it had sent blood samples from birds suspected to be infected with bird flu to London-based EU laboratories, the EU Commission said on Wednesday afternoon that it had still not received any samples.
     
    "Quarantined" family members sighted down by the docks, in cafes
     
    Developments surrounding the story are being watched by the 450 or so residents of the tiny Inuses Island, off of the larger Chios Island in the Aegean Sea. While Greece had announced that the families who lived on the farm where the infected turkeys were discovered had been quarantined, residents of Inuses Island say that they have seen the family members from the farm in question down by the island's docks and in cafes every day. And while everyone is being told not to worry, white-uniformed health workers continue to comb Inuses Island in their gloves, presumably looking for the missing "national bird."


     

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