Germany warns travellers about bird flu in Turkey

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9 January 2006, BERLIN - Germany advised travellers Monday to be especially careful in Turkey and to avoid poultry markets because of the threat of avian influenza.

9 January 2006

BERLIN - Germany advised travellers Monday to be especially careful in Turkey and to avoid poultry markets because of the threat of avian influenza.

A spokeswoman for the Agriculture Ministry in Berlin said visitors to Turkey should generally avoid contact with animals.

She said the principal risk to Germany was however not from returning travellers but from the illegal import of poultry or poultry products.

The German Foreign Office updated Monday its advice to travellers too.,

"The highly pathogenic form of avian influenza has broken out in several places in Turkey," its website warned, and referred to the Agriculture Ministry statement.

Germany's border services have kept a close watch on travellers to police a long-standing ban on the import of poultry from Turkey and Asia. On Monday, state officials in the central state of Hesse stopped several buses from eastern and southeastern Europe to search them.

DPA

Subject: German news

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