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.