Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Turkey confirms new avian influenza cases among poultry

4 March, 2006

Turkey confirmed on Friday three new cases of the H5 strain of avian influenza among poultry in an area to the west of Istanbul and said culling of birds was under way.
The Agriculture Ministry said samples from the infected ducks and chickens had been sent to Britain for further tests to ascertain whether they had the H5N1 form of the virus.
Earlier this week, authorities said they had culled a total 2.27 million poultry so far across the country of 72 million people in a bid to halt the spread of the disease. They said more than 60 of a total 106 districts where avian influenza has been confirmed remained under quarantine.