Two Avian Flu Outbreaks Confirmed in Northern Turkey

TURKEY - Two outbreaks of avian influenza have been confirmed on northern Turkey; the H5N1 highly pathogenic virus has been identified in one of these cases.
calendar icon 11 May 2015
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A poultry farm in northern Turkey is under quarantine after the bird flu virus was detected, a local official said on 10 May, according to Anadolu Agency.

Ali Manti, the governor of Bandirma on Turkey’s Marmara coast, said the disease was detected in Balikesir province.

He did not say whether the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which can infect and kill humans, had been detected.

Teams from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock are culling chickens and disinfecting the farm, Mr Manti said, without specifying the number of infected birds.

On 10 May, the government announced that bird flu had been detected following the deaths of 40,000 chickens in Bandirma over the previous four months.

On the same day, Turkey reported an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu virus in the northern province of Kastamonu, the first case of the highly infectious strain in seven years.

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