Avian Influenza Confirmed in Italy

16 December 2014, at 2:50pm

ITALY - There has been one new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, H5N8, reported in the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy.

The outbreak, which started on 15 December, was in a flock of 31,985 fattening turkeys, causing 1,219 cases of the disease as the result of a spike in mortality during the last two days.

All of the infected turkeys have died. Culling is due to start today, 16 December.

Control measures will be applied in the restriction zones established. The source of the outbreak is still unknown.

The last outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Italy was in September 2013.

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