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Turkish bird flu outbreak spreads

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Turkish bird flu outbreak spreads


A young mother is being treated for bird flu at a hospital in Turkey after becoming the latest victim of the potentially deadly virus.

Gulten Yesilirmak is blaming herself for contracting the disease, saying she did not wear enough protective clothing when she was getting rid of her dead chickens. At least a dozen people are infected across Turkey, with at least two confirmed deaths. It comes amid fears the slaughter of animals for the Eid festival could pose a threat. The challenge for authorities is to contain the outbreaks that have been confirmed so far, with bird flu identified around Ankara and a resort on the southwestern coast. But it is in the east that the disease is considered to be the greatest threat, with many poorer families in rural areas literally living alongside their animals. Culling is underway, while the health ministry has launched a campaign to raise awareness. So far there have been no cases of the most deadly strain of bird flu being transferred from human to human. Health experts say the more people catch the disease the higher the risk it will mutate.
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