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Bird Flu Mixed Messages From Turkey - WHO and United Nations Conflict

January 11th 2006

Bird Flu Mixed Messages From Turkey - WHO and United Nations


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.

The United 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 virus."

Dr. Danzon 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.

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By Dan Wilson
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