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Children in Turkey die after contracting avian flu

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:67
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The World Health Organization has sent a team of experts to eastern Turkey to investigate the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu there, after three children in the area died from the infection.

    The confirmed cases have been attributed to close contact with infected poultry, but much remains unknown about the situation in Turkey, said Maria Cheng, a WHO spokeswoman in Geneva. “We have too little information. We don't know if it's the same strain of the virus that is circulating in Asia,” she said.

    The Turkish authorities reported to WHO …

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