Monday, January 09, 2006

Turkey reports five new human cases of bird flu

Four of the infected people are from the northern provinces of Samsun, Kastamonu and Corum, while the fifth is in the eastern province of Van, Turan Buzgan, the head of the ministry’s basic health services department, said.

It was not immediately clear whether the virus was of the H5N1 strain, which is potentially deadly to humans.The two cases from Kastamonu—two siblings, aged four and five, currently hospitalised in Ankara—have not yet shown any sign of illness, Buzgan said.

A five-year-old from Corum, initially treated for pneumonia, was brought to the same hospital in Ankara and is now improving.
A 12-year-old, who has been in close contact with sick poultry, is undergoing treatment in Samsun, Buzgan said.
The fifth patient, aged 18, was hospitalised in Van, where two children from the same family died from the H5N1 virus last week.

A third child from the same family also died but the cause of her death is yet to be established.

Source AFP

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