New bird flu case reported in Turkish village

Agriculture authorities on Tuesday said the bird flu virus has been detected in tests following the deaths of fowl in another southeastern village in Turkey. Further tests were under way to determine whether it was the H5N1 strain of the virus. The virus was detected in the village of Esentepe in Batman province, said Erdal Ozer, a local agriculture official. Authorities earlier this month confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1 virus elsewhere in the province. Authorities on Monday also reported that bird flu virus was detected near the town of Silvan in neighboring Diyarbakir province. Health officials were visiting dozens of other villages in the area following the outbreak of H5N1 virus in the village of Bogazkoy, checking villagers for flu-like symptoms. Seven people have tested negative for the virus so far. Hundreds of domestic fowl have died in the area over the past week and authorities have quarantined several villages, culling several thousand birds.