Turkey's neighbors were gearing up for a possible outbreak of bird flu in the region on Wednesday by taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus. With potential cases being seen on the western Aegean coast of the country, just miles away from a number of Greek islands, Greek health officials have been putting preventative measures in place. All tourists returning to Greece from Turkey by ferry are being disinfected, and customs police are wearing protective clothing.
Health officials in Greece have said that they are putting up posters and handing out leaflets at all border crossings with its neighbor. All vehicles that cross the border are also being disinfected in an attempt to curd the virus before it spreads.
Germany with its large Turkish population is also not taking any risks, and security forces are checking all coaches that return from Turkey and also conviscating any meat found on board.