Turkish authorities were feeling optimistic after an Ankara hospital discharged two toddlers, who were diagnosed with bird flu just over a week ago. A third child who is being treated in the same hospital was on the road to recovery also. These signs Turkish authorities say are hope that the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus has been brought under control. They became the seventh and eighth patients cured of bird flu among the 21 cases confirmed in Turkey so far.
The Canak brothers, Muharrem, five, and Iskender, two, left Ankara's Numune Hospital on Saturday night to return to their home in Beypazari, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, survivors of the virus that has killed four people in Turkey since the current outbreak began in December.
They owe their recovery partly to their parents, who immediately took the children to a hospital two weeks ago as soon as they saw them playing with a discarded pair of gloves an uncle had worn to handle a brace of ducks dead of avian influenza.
They became the seventh and eighth patients cured of bird flu among the 21 cases confirmed in Turkey so far.