There are fears the bird flu epidemic may have claimed its fifth victim inTurkey.Tests are being carried out on an 11-year-old girl to find out if she died from the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. So far four children in the country have succumbed to the deadly disease. Bird flu has already arrived at the gates of Europe. Turkey is the first country outside the Far East to have human victims of H5N1. In Iraq, close to its border with Turkey, tests for avian flu are being carried out on a 14-year-old girl who died on Tuesday. Iraq is doing its best to control its borders by disinfecting and checking vehicles coming into the country. As concern over the disease mounts, an international conference on bird flu pledged the equivalent of some 1.5 billion euros to fighting the disease. EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: “Our contributions, which are extremely important, are not an act of charity. They are not just a fulfilment of obligations based on principles of international solidarity but its mainly global self defence.” The EU is among the major donors – giving around 200 million euros. Most of the funds raised will go to health and veterinary services in a bid to prevent the H5N1 virus mutating and spreading from human to human.
Fears of another bird flu death in Turkey