Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bird flu infection possible in french woman

A 32 year old french woman is being tested for the the avian influenza virus at a Montpellier hospital. She was admitted on her return from a trip to the Tarsus region of Turkey. Her case was being treated as potential bird flu because of the “symptoms and because the woman saw dead birds while travelling in a country affected by the epidemic,” the ministry said in a statement.

Update 01/22/06 7:00pm est.
Hospital sources in Marseille said that tests show negative results for bird flu, dispelling concerns she had been infected with the potentially deadly virus..

Signs including flu symptoms and breathing difficulties led authorities to test the woman’s nose and throat for any signs of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. She has been placed in an
isolation ward, where she is receiving antiviral treatments.

Bird flu has been found in 26 Turkish provinces. At least Four people from Turkey have also died from the H5N1 strain of the virus.

Posted by john T. on 01/22 at 11:03 AM
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