A fourth child who was hospitalised after a bird flu outbreak in south-eastern
Turkey has tested negative for the virus, the country's health ministry
Two adults and another child from the area who were suffering from flu
symptoms remained hospitalised as a precaution, the government-run Anatolia news
About 170 domestic fowl died in the south-eastern village of Bogazkoy last
week, and tests on Friday confirmed the birds were infected with the H5N1 strain
of the virus.
Tests showed yesterday that three other children from the same village did not
have the virus. The remaining three people, all from Bogazkoy, were still
undergoing tests at a hospital in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir.
Authorities have quarantined three villages and culled at least 1,650 birds
since the outbreak in Batman province.
Experts worry the H5N1 strain, which remains hard for people to catch, will
mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans, potentially sparking a
pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to direct contact with sick
During an H5N1 outbreak in Turkey in January 2006, 12 people were infected and
four of them died.