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    Iran closes Turkish border in wake of bird flu

    Hürriyet Haber
    12.01.2006 - 12:03 | Son Güncelleme: 12.01.2006 - 12:03

    Repercussions of the recent outbreak of bird flu in Turkey have already started to trickle out with Iran now closing its Turkish border crossing on Sunday, and statements from a senior Russian health official were made on Sunday advising holiday-makers against travel to Turkey, since the bird flu has now spread to the capital city of Ankara. A team of experts are due to arrive in Dogubeyazit today, in order to examine the outbreak and understand how the virus is spreading, to help the Turkish government in containing the virus, which seems to be an uphill struggle as only 50 workers have been employed to collect all birds from the region for culling.

    With seven cases of the H5N1 strain confirmed in Turkey, Iran began restricting movements across its border with Turkey, and a senior Russian epidemiologist advised against travel to the country which is a popular January holiday destination. But other experts have cautioned that there was no indication that holidaymakers would be at risk from human-to-human transmission of the disease.

     

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