Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Bird Flu in Turkey

The flu seems to be on the move west, but this story is particularly unfortunate:
VAN, Turkey (AP) - Sumeyya Mamuk considered the chickens in her backyard to be beloved pets. The 8-year-old girl fed them, petted them and took care of them. When they started to get sick and die, she hugged them and tenderly kissed them goodbye. The next morning, her face and eyes were swollen and she had a high fever. Her father took her to a hospital, and five days later she was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

For more on the Avian Flu, check in with Bird Flu Watch, which has some very comprehensive reporting.