Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Italy: LPAI found in Ravenna Italy

Italy 21 August, 2007 An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N2 and antibodies to the H7 strain had been detected in northern Italy, near Ravenna, earlier this month during regular avian influenza checks on farms and birds culled, Health Ministry said in a statement.
All affected birds -- 10,000-12,000 ducks and geese on an industrial farm and about 200 chicken and guinea-fowls on a small farm -- had been culled and bird movements' monitoring had been tightened in 10-km areas around the farms.
Italy produces about 1.06 million tonnes of poultry a year, most of it for internal consumption with only about 6 percent of output earmarked for export.
H5N2 was found in geese (Lugo, Ravenna); antibodies to H7 were found in ducks and guinea-fowls (Conselice, Ravenna).