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Title: Avian Influenza, H5N5 & H5N8 subtype – situation update in Italy as of January 23 2017.

Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N5 and H5N8 subtypes, poultry and wild birds epizootics in Italy.

Source: National Reference Laboratory for Influenza, Padua, Italy, full page: (LINK).

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  • 23/01/2017
    • On 21 January 2017, the National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease (NRL) confirmed as positive to Avian Influenza virus subtype H5N8 samples collected from an industrial fattening turkeys farm in Venice province (Veneto region).
    • On 23 January 2017, the NRL characterized the virus as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
    • The birds were sampled after the farm veterinarian reported an increase in mortality rates.
    • During epidemiological inquiry, 20.500 male turkeys were present in the farm and in one of the four sheds of the farm there was increased mortality (10%) and symptomatic animals.
    • Further analysis of the virus are ongoing.
    • Protection and surveillance zones (3 and 10 km) around the infected holding were defined, and control measures were implemented as provided by the Council Directive 2005/94/EC.
    • In the National and European epidemiological contest, this H5N8 outbreak is the first detected in Italian domestic industrial sector.
    • In the same date, the NRL confirmed as positive to High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza virus subtype H5N8 samples obtained from organs of a whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) found dead in proximity to river Natissa in Gorizia province (Friuli Venezia Giulia Region).
    • Further analysis of the virus are ongoing.



Keywords: Italy; Updates; H5N8; Avian Influenza; Poultry; Wild birds.