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Suspect H5N1 Wild Bird Flu Case Hospitalized in Turkey

Recombinomics Commentary

October 10, 2005

One person whose name has not been released has been taken to a local hospital on suspicion of having contracted the disease.

The case listed above is the first reported suspect case in Turkey.  H5 has been confirmed in Turkey and the large number of poultry deaths strongly implicate H5N1.  However, there have been no confirmed human cases associated with the H5N1 wild bird flu in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.

However, H5N1 evolves, and the wild bird strain is virulent in a wide range of  bird species and the Qingahi Lake versions have the human PB2 polymorphisms, E627K.

More information on the hospitalized case would be useful.


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