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    Sunday Times reports birds flu thieves in Turkey

    Hürriyet Haber
    29 Ekim 2005 - 13:51Son Güncelleme : 29 Ekim 2005 - 13:51

    According to the story, "People claiming to be agriculture department agents had turned up in villages in the north-eastern province of Igdir to collect chickens for "tests for the presence of avian flu," local agriculture official Aysel Agayar told Anatolia news agency."

    From the article:
    "There is no avian flu in Igdir. Neither the department of agriculture, nor the governor's office nor the local council are collecting chickens. Our citizens should not give their poultry to anyone," Agayar said.

    In early October a case of deadly bird flu was detected at a turkey farm in the north-western province of Balikesir, 1,700 kilometres from Igdir.

    Turkish authorities stressed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu that has killed more than 60 people in Asia since 2003 has not move beyond the quarantine zone set up around the farm.

    Restrictions are due to be lifted this weekend after more than 9,000 birds were culled and the farm was disinfected.

    No other cases of bird flu have come to light so far in the country.

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