Turkey reports first cases of bird flu

Turkey's agriculture minister on Saturday confirmed the country's first cases of bird flu and officials ordered all winged animals and street dogs in

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October 9, 2005 00:25
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Turkey's agriculture minister on Saturday confirmed the country's first cases of bird flu and officials ordered all winged animals and street dogs in the village where it was detected destroyed as a precaution against the disease spreading, the Anatolia news agency said. Military police have also set up roadblocks at the entrance to the village near Balikesir in western Turkey and are checking all vehicles entering and exiting, Anatolia said. The birds belonged to a turkey farmer, CNN-Turk reported, saying that 2,000 birds died. Anatolia did not cite a number, but said that any animals that did not die of the disease were destroyed. The outbreak was confirmed by Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, who said that Turkish officials had been communicating with officials in the European Union and other international organizations about the outbreak, Anatolia reported. Eker did not specify how many birds died of the disease.

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