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Tests On Bird-Flu Suspect In Belgium Negative

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)

Affected Areas

Affected Areas

Click on the map for a closer view of the areas within RFE/RL's broadcast region where cases of diseased fowl have been confirmed. Last updated on February 20.

BIRD FLU, or avian influenza, continues to menace scattered areas from East Asia, where the disease first appeared, to Southeastern and Eastern Europe and beyond. Authorities around the world are bracing themselves -- and, more importantly, planning and taking measures to fight the disease wherever it appears.

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