January 4, 2006

AVIAN FLU UPDATE: “Turkey said on Wednesday two people had been diagnosed with bird flu — the first human cases outside Southeast Asia and China — and a doctor said one of them, a 14-year-old boy, had died from the killer H5N1 strain.” Meanwhile, Roche is sending more Tamiflu to the United States, though that’s in response to an outbreak of ordinary, non-avian flu.

UPDATE: More bad news: “Bird flu killed a second teenager in eastern Turkey early Thursday, one day after health officials confirmed her brother as the first fatality by the virus outside of East Asia.” Exposure to poultry seems to have been involved, though.

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