Friday, February 16, 2007

Bird flu spreads to 10 villages in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Bird flu has spread to 10 villages in southeast Turkey, where four children died of the virus a year ago, but no human cases have been reported, agriculture officials said on Friday.

Provincial agriculture officials said bird flu had been detected on Friday in two villages in Diyarbakir, one of two neighbouring provinces in the poor and rural southeast where the virus has hit.

More tests were needed to determine whether it was the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, which was detected in the region last week.

The two villages were quarantined and 340 birds were destroyed, the officials said.

A year ago, the virus killed four children in the region, and was also blamed for a fall in revenues in Turkey’s important tourist industry.

Source of avian influenza story: Reuters’ AlertNet

Posted by john T. on 02/16 at 09:00 AM
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