05 January 2006

H5N1 Do you have a plan?

Has your community made a plan in the event that H5N1 can be passed by human ot human contact? Has your company? What aboout your local community fire and police service? What happens if 40% of the people don't show up to work? What happens when the mortality rate is 60%? Now is the time ot be thinking about this....

"Turkey diagnoses human bird flu"

"At least two people in eastern Turkey have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, reports say.
The country's health minister said a 14-year-old boy who died last weekend was found to have the disease, despite earlier results indicating otherwise.

The boy's sister, who is seriously ill in hospital, also tested positive. A third sibling has symptoms of bird flu.

This is the first time the H5N1 strain has been detected outside east Asia, where it has killed at least 70 people.

The boy, named as Mehmet Ali Kocyigit, died on Sunday in the city of Van in eastern Turkey.

Bird flu
He and his brothers and sisters lived and worked on a poultry farm in the town of Dogubayezit, close to the border with Iran.

Health Minister Recep Akdag said the family ate infected birds, which they kept in their home.

'Don't panic'

"There are two cases that have been confirmed as positive by the laboratory, said Mr Akdag.

This is not the start of the pandemic Dr David Nabarro World Health Organisation
"Another case is suspected of being positive. We have a pandemic plan ready. There is no need to be too alarmist."

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