erected a quarantine zone and begun slaughtering poultry after
suspected cases of bird flu.
Last month [January 2008], the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was
found in a village about 350 km west of Samsun, which lies on
Turkey's Black Sea coast.
In January 2006, bird flu killed 4 children in a small town in
eastern Turkey after the virus spread to more than 1/3rd of Turkey's
Authorities in Turkey, the 1st country outside east and Southeast
Asia where humans have contracted the virus, had declared the country
bird flu-free in April 2007.