Officials dispose of poultry in Turkey to reduce the risk of bird flu (file photo) (AFP)
26 January 2006 -- Markos Kyprianou, the European Union's health commissioner, says Turkey still faces a possible danger from the deadly bird-flu virus.
Kyprianou made the remarks in Ankara as his team of experts met with authorities in Turkey to ensure the country was taking appropriate steps to stop the virus from spreading.
A total of 21 people in Turkey have tested positive for the deadly strain. Four of them, all children, have died.
Experts fear the virus, which has killed at least 82 people worldwide since 2003, will mutate into a form that spreads easily among humans. So far, most of the victims appear to have caught the virus from close contact with infected birds.