Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Turkey confirms 15th case of avian influenza in human

On Tuesday, January 10, 2005, Turkey confirmed a 15th case of a human infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The patient, a 37 year old woman has a history of exposure to diseased chickens.She lives in the central province of Sivas, one of seven provinces to report such cases. Although no poultry outbreaks have been officially reported in this province, it is located near areas with confirmed outbreaks in birds.

The situation in Turkey continues to evolve, with several new reported outbreaks under investigation in new parts of the country. All evidence to date indicates that patients have acquired their infections following close contact with diseased birds.

Some 100,000 treatments of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) arrived in Turkey Friday evening. This supply, which is being used for both the treatment of patients and prophylaxis of persons at risk, is considered by Turkish health officials to be adequate for responding to the current situation.

Posted by john T. on 01/10 at 12:19 PM
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