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    Istanbul reports first suspected case of bird flu

    Hürriyet Haber
    16.01.2006 - 10:17 | Son Güncelleme:

    Istanbul reports it's first case of bird flu, a five-year-old boy has been hospitalized with bird flu like symptoms. If confirmed it will be the first confirmed case of bird flu in Turkey's commercial hub, which is home to at least 12 million people. It also means that the virus is spreading towards European borders as Istanbul lies close to both Greece and Bulgaria. The boy, from the town of Gebze around 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Istanbul, had been in contact with chickens kept in the yard surrounding his house, Anatolia reported.

    He was brought in to hospital with a high fever to a medical center in Gebze for tests before being transferred to the hospital in Istanbul on Saturday.In addition to the three other children, all siblings, who died last week in the eastern city of Van, 15 others have been infected. At least three of those have recovered, according to Turkish press reports.

    The siblings were the first human casualties of the disease outside Southeast Asia and China, where the disease has killed nearly 80 people since 2003.

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