Turkish Press.com is upbeat this morning: Hopes rise in Turkey as two more beat bird flu.
The Canak brothers, Muharrem, five, and Iskender, two, left Ankara's Numune Hospital on Saturday night to return to their home in Beypazari, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, survivors of the virus that has killed four people in Turkey since the current outbreak began in December.
They owe their recovery partly to their parents, who immediately took the children to a hospital two weeks ago as soon as they saw them playing with a discarded pair of gloves an uncle had worn to handle a brace of ducks dead of avian influenza.
They became the seventh and eighth patients cured of bird flu among the 21 cases confirmed in Turkey so far.
Medical specialists should keep an eye on these kids, and the other surivors, for at least a couple of years. Human cases of H5N1 are rare. Survivors are even rarer. We need to learn all we can about the aftermath of this disease—and the factors that permit some people to live long enough to have an aftermath at all.