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Ankara Steps Up Efforts to Control Avian Flu

Turkish agriculture ministry employees collect poultry for destruction in Agri, eastern Turkish, Jan. 11.
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Turkish agriculture ministry employees collect poultry for destruction in Agri, eastern Turkish, Jan. 11.

Turkey's government has ordered the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of domestic birds in an effort to control an outbreak of avian flu. The virus has killed three people and infected at least 15.

U.N. agencies say Turkey is taking adequate measures, but warns neighboring countries to be on alert.

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Ivan Watson
Ivan Watson is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he has served as one of NPR's foreign "firemen," shuttling to and from hotspots around the Middle East and Central Asia.