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    Turkey confirms chickens in northern village were killed by H5N1 strain of bird flu

    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, January 22, 2008
    ANKARA, Turkey: An outbreak of bird flu that killed dozens of chickens in a village in northern Turkey is the H5N1 strain of the virus, which is being tracked by world health authorities, the Agriculture Ministry confirmed Tuesday.
    Authorities placed the village of Saz under quarantine after dozens of chickens died, said Tunc Tuncel, a ministry spokesman. Authorities have culled 1,000 chickens in Saz and three surrounding villages, the Dogan news agency reported.
    Experts worry that the H5N1 strain, which remains hard for people to catch, could mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, potentially sparking a pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to direct contact with sick birds.
    The H5N1 strain has been blamed for the deaths of at least 219 people worldwide since 2003, according to the World Health Organization.
    During an H5N1 outbreak in Turkey in January 2006, 12 people were infected and four of them died.

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    Re: Turkey confirms chickens in northern village were killed by H5N1 strain of bird flu

    At BFBN, from Turkish Daily News / ANKARA - AFP:
    http://www.birdflubreakingnews.com/templates/birdflu/window.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.turkishdailynews.c om.tr%2Farticle.php%3Fenewsid%3D95402

    The village near the Black Sea city of Samsun.
    Suspected bird flu in Black Sea

    Monday, February 4, 2008

    ANKARA - AFP


    Several dead chickens have tested positive for the in a small village in northern Turkey, the Agriculture Ministry said Sunday.The village near the Black Sea city of Samsun was placed under quarantine and dozens of were culled to contain the disease, the ministry said. It was not clear if the was the deadly H5N1 strain, which is being tracked by world health authorities.
    Athorities have erected a quarantine zone and begun slaughtering poultry after suspected cases of, news agency Anatolia reported on Saturday.
    "Samples have been taken and slaughtering has started within a given area. A 10-kilometre protection and observation zone has been set up, inside which health checks have begun," Anatolia cited a statement from local authorities as saying. Disinfection sites are in operation around the Galeri&#231; area, where from seven farms have been slaughtered, it said
    Experts worry that the H5N1 strain, which remains hard for people to catch, could mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, potentially sparking a pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to direct contact with sick birds.Sunday's reported outbreak is the second detected in chickens this year in Turkey. Last month, authorities confirmed an H5N1 outbreak had killed dozens of chickens at a village near the northern Black Sea city of Zonguldak. Authorities placed the village under quarantine and culled 1,000 chickens there and in three surrounding villages.Humans typically catch bird flu by coming into direct contact with infected poultry, but experts fear the H5N1 strain may mutate into a form easily transmissible between people. Bird flu has killed more than 200 people worldwide since 2003.

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