January 9, 2006

WHO sees 14 bird flu cases as confirmed in Turkey

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said
on Monday that it was now treating all 14 of the bird flu cases
announced by Turkish authorities as confirmed.

"We are treating the five reported yesterday and the five
reported today as cases," said WHO spokeswoman Christine McNab.

The Geneva-based United Nations health agency, which had
previously put the confirmed cases in the outbreak at four,
raised the total after Ankara gave details of laboratory tests
carried out on the other 10, she said.

Samples from the 10 would be sent to London for further
examination, which is in line with the WHO practice of seeking
corroboration from a laboratory outside an affected country.

"The WHO is treating the 10 additional reported cases as
preliminary positive," said McNab.

Six of the 14 cases were from Agri and one from Van, in the
east of the country, three were in Ankara and four from other
areas, mainly northern provinces bordering the Black Sea, she