H5N, bird flu and and the evil of politics.

This isn’t an entry about Istanbul but I feel that it still has its place here on Istanbul @ Metblogs.
As many of you already know, Turkey is on red alert due to the H5N virus, the deadly bird flu.
Farmers all over the country are forced to exterminate sick birds and take extra precautions about the ones that aren’t contaminated. If a human comes in contact with the disease through a sick animal, then it can contract the disease as well. A couple of farmers have been taken into medical custody for their own safety because dead birds we’re found on their land in Kiziksa, not far from Istanbul.
The sarcasm in all of this is the reaction of the current government to this issue. Obviously chicken sales have gone down drastically and the sector is in peril but our very smart and imaginative politicians decided to promote chicken and the fact that it’s totally safe to eat it by inviting the Turkish media to conferences and eating chicken in front of them, sometimes even sharing with the members of the press.
This is funny.
It is said that the poultry sector is at the brink of bankruptcy and that if this crisis goes on for long, it won’t take much for major companies to close down their farms and hand the keys back to the banks.
It has been reported that there is no deadly risk for now but that doesn’t stop the civilians from being extremely scared. There is a general sense of panic and sales of flu medications have risen. The swiss pharmaceutical company ROCHE is busy donating alot of meds to Turkey (hopefully as a prevention);

“Roche donates doses of bird flu drug to Turkey, WHO: Meanwhile, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG is donating 20,000 packs of its Tamiflu drug to Turkey to protect workers who may come into contact with poultry infected with bird flu, a spokesman said Saturday. Roche is also giving 2 million packs of the antiviral oseltamivir, known commercially as Tamiflu to the World Health Organization (WHO) as an emergency response stockpile, said company spokesman Daniel Piller. The Basel-based company has already given 2,400 packs of Tamiflu — the only drug that may be able to treat human cases of bird flu or a human flu pandemic stemming from it — to Romania, Piller said.”
Courtesy of The Turkish Daily News

I believe this is, unfortunatly, a historical period of this country so it deserves to be forged into the archives of this site.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mert Ulas (unregistered) on October 16th, 2005 @ 11:05 am

    Well the same politicians drank turkish tea (made from Rize region) in front of the press because at that time there was this Chernobil explosion from Russia and the radioactivity was believed to be spreading and affecting the black sea region and tea farms in that area. If they want to stop the panic and make people believe something, they should provide us objective scientific facts and reports from doctors and scientist instead of acting like a kamikaze.


  2. Idil (unregistered) on October 16th, 2005 @ 11:33 am

    I’d rather call it “acting like monkeys.”
    They have no interest in providing scientifical explanations because that would probably stop people being scared from this supposed epidemic and then our dearest politicians wouldn’t have a purpose.



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