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UPDATED: 08:27, March 07, 2006
Bird flu detected in western Turkey
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A village in western Turkey was quarantined and all the poultry in the village were culled after finding bird flu virus, a Turkish official said on Monday.

Kocaeli Agriculture Department Director Mehmet Incir was quoted by Anatolia news agency as saying that sample taken from a chicken in Gonca Aydin Village of Kocaeli province tested positive for bird flu virus.

This new bird flu case came three days after the bird flu were detected in Turkey's biggest city of Istanbul and Black Sea province of Rize.

About 2,933 poultry were culled in Silivri town of Istanbul after samples from infected ducks and chicken tested positive for bird flu, according to Turkish National Coordination Center for Bird Flu.

Veterinary officials in the northeastern province of Rize also reported that the deadly bird flu virus H5N1 was detected in the province, adding quarantine has been implemented in six areas in Rize while a mass culling of poultry is underway.

In January, four children died of H5N1 strain of bird flu in the eastern province of Van, but there has been no new human case of bird flu in Turkey since Jan. 13.

Turkey has culled 2.27 million poultry across the country so far to halt spread of the disease, said the report.

Source: Xinhua

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