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Turkish Government, Poultry Industry to Discuss Bird Flu


Turkish government ministers and representatives of the poultry industry are meeting Saturday to discuss how to minimize the economic effects of the bird flu outbreak.

Deputy Prime Minister Abdulatif Sener told reporters ahead of the meeting in Ankara the group will try to find a solution to the problem. He says any measures must have Cabinet approval.

Industry experts say poultry sales in the country have dropped by 70 percent since the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was reported in humans in Turkey late last month and killed three people - the first bird flu deaths outside Asia.

In another development, Belgian officials say a person has been hospitalized in Brussels with suspected bird flu after visiting the region in Turkey hit by the disease. The officials gave no other details.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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