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Sunday, October 09, 2005

The US better start taking this VERY seriously

20,000 birds found to have the bird flu virus in Turkey.

It's getting closer.

From Reuters

Bird flu has been discovered in Turkey for the first time since the recent outbreak of the disease in Asia, Turkish Farm Minister Mehdi Eker was quoted as saying on Saturday.

CNN Turk television said that 2,000 turkeys had died of the disease on a farm in Balikesir province near the Aegean Sea in western Turkey. All animals on the farm had been slaughtered to prevent the disease spreading, it added.

"Yesterday, unfortunately, we experienced a case of bird flu. But everything is under control, every precautionary measure has been taken to prevent it spreading," CNN Turk quoted Eker as saying.

[...]

Romania on Saturday reported new cases of avian flu in the Danube delta on the Black Sea and began culling hundreds of birds to prevent the disease from spreading, authorities said.