Friday, January 13, 2006

4th avian influenza death in Turkey?

Turkish health authorities are investigating whether the death of a 2-1/2 year old girl, this Friday in southeastern Turkey, may have been caused by the avian influenza virus. If so, this would be the fourth death attributed to the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Turkey.

“She had a serious bacterial infection in the right lung,” and not a viral one, doctors told officials, adding that the girl did not have a history of contact with birds.He said samples from the girl have been sent to a laboratory in Ankara for analysis, along with other samples from people suspected of having contracted the disease.

Sahibe Yetistiren was brought to the hospital late Thursday, about a week after she fell ill and her parents tried to treat her with antibiotics at home, but her condition continued to deteriorate, Arikan said.She was from the town of Cinar, near Diyarbakir.

Posted by john T. on 01/13 at 03:55 PM
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