Bird flu re-surfaces in Southern Turkey
In the southeastern Turkish province of Batman, bird
flu has been detected among poultry in a village with experts still examining
whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, the agriculture ministry said
"There has been no finding so far to suggest that humans in the region may
have been infected," said ministry spokesman Osman Bengi. "Detailed work is
under way to determine the type of the disease," Bengi added.
zone was imposed within a 10 km-radius around the village of Bogazkoy, where 170
birds died, it said. The zone includes two other villages nearby. The virus is
believed to have been brought into the area by migratory birds.
A major bird
outbreak claimed the lives of four Turkish children in January 2006 in a
remote eastern region near the border with Iran, from where the virus quickly
spread to more than one third of Turkey's 81 provinces.
The disease had been eliminated in Turkey since the last recorded case on
March 31. More than 2.5 million birds were culled across the country. A
nationwide action plan of measures to prevent the possible spread of the virus
has been activated amid renewed warnings to people not to keep poultry
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