Bird Flu Mixed Messages
From Turkey - WHO and United Nations Conflict
January 11th 2006
There are mixed
messages coming out of Turkey concerning the Bird Flu situation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) expects bird flu cases to
decline in Turkey. They do expect more cases but the numbers are
likely to decline.
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the bird flu
could become a major endemic in Turkey and poses a serious risk to
its neighbors. According to an FAO statement "The highly pathogenic
avian influenza virus H5N1 could become endemic in Turkey." Reuters
reported that Juan Lubroth, senior animal health officer said the
virus could spread despite the control measures taken. . "Far more
human and animal exposure to the virus will occur if strict
containment does not isolate all known and unknown locations where
the bird flu virus is currently present," Lubroth said.
The WHO said
there was no human to human transmission of the virus. The
Australian News Agency reports that the WHO European Regional
Director Marc Danzon said at a news conference "There is no
transmission from human to human so far with a a mutation of the
believes Turkey has taken appropriate and satisfactory measures to
handle the bird flu outbreak. The bird flu has already spread to a
third province in Turkey and has killed at least two children and
has infected more than a dozen people.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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