Adnan Gülsoy, a doctor at Fatih University's hospital in Ankara, said there isn't serious concern among people since the country still hasn't seen any cases of swine flu. "But they try to be informed about the infection and ways of preventing it, which I find useful," he said. Gülsoy also noted that the hospital is informing the public about how the flu can be contracted and recommends people avoid kissing and hand-to-hand contact while they are ill since they increase the risk of infection.
Serap Turan, a human resources manager at Ankara's Akropol Hospital, said the hospital has received a number of questions from people about the source and general situation of the infection. "We have prepared a text to inform our patients about the infection and sent it to them via e-mail. We are pleased to see that people are trying to stay informed about the infection," she said.
Doctors, however, are concerned about the virus due to its rapid growth and difficulty treating it. Akropol Hospital chief physician Kadri Demirel said the virus is most likely to arrive in Turkey with the advent of the tourism season and that necessary precautions should be taken. "Informing the public about the ways to stop the virus from spreading is of crucial importance in terms of preventive medicine," he said.