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January 4, 2006

Turkey diagnoses human bird flu

Topics: Health Issues

_41183202_turkey_van_map203.gifAt least two people in Turkey are diagnosed with bird flu, thought to be the first human cases of H5N1 outside Asia.

The country's health minister said a 14-year-old boy who died last weekend was found to have the disease, despite earlier results indicating otherwise.

The boy's sister, who is seriously ill in hospital, also tested positive. A third sibling has symptoms of bird flu.

The H5N1 strain has killed at least 70 people in Asia in the past two years, but has never been detected in Europe.

The boy, named as Mehmet Ali Kocyigit, died on Sunday in the city of Van in eastern Turkey.

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Posted by Richard at January 4, 2006 11:23 PM

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