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WHO Predicts Decline In Turkish Bird Flu Cases

A 5-year-old bird flu victim in Van, Turkey (file) (AFP) 19 January 2006 -- The World Health Organization says it is expecting to see a decrease in the number of new bird flu cases among humans in Turkey.

The WHO's statement comes as Ankara moves to control the bird flu outbreak in its poultry population by a massive cull.

The WHO said that while the bird flu situation is getting better in Turkey, it is still too early to say that the crisis is over.

The WHO also said bird flu has been ruled out in the recent death of a child in Iraq.

Meanwhile, a U.S. team of experts investigating bird flu in Turkey today said they will also visit neighboring Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

(AFP, AP, Reuters)

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