Turkey confirms two cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus
The Ministry of Health in Turkey has confirmed an additional two cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Both cases are children, aged five and eight years, and both are hospitalized. This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases in Turkey to four. Two of these cases were fatal.
A WHO collaborating laboratory in the United Kingdom has confirmed detection of the H5N1 virus in samples taken from the two fatal cases.