14 January 2006 -- Tests on a man in Belgium suspected of having bird flu in Turkey came back negative today.
The man returned to Belgium from Turkey on 12 January after visiting a region of that country hit by bird flu. He was admitted to a hospital the next day, a day after exhibiting flu symptoms.
Belgian Health Minister Rudy Demotte confirmed at a press conference today that tests showed the man did not have the H5N1 form of bird flu, which is potentially deadly to humans.
In Turkey, a woman who tested positive for bird flu was released from hospital today. The Anadolu news agency reported that the woman was the fourth person to be released from hospital after testing positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus and being treated successfully.
(Reuters, AP, dpa)