Infectious Diseases 2017

Infectious Diseases 2017

Three more H5 outbreaks in Italy

28 July, 2017

On 27 July, the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease confirmed as positive for Avian Influenza A virus subtype H5 a fattening turkey farm in Verona province (Veneto region). At the moment of the epidemiological investigation, 12.200 turkeys (around 70 days-old) were present. The turkeys started to exhibit nervous symptoms last Sunday (23/07/2017), and the next day a slight increase in mortality was observed.
Still on 27 July, the Regional Laboratory of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna confirmed as positive for Avian Influenza A virus subtype H5 a laying hens farm (about 120.000 birds) located in the province of Mantua (Lombardy region).
On the evening of 24 July, an increase in mortality was reported in a fattening turkey farm in Verona province (Veneto region). On 26 July, the IZS delle Venezie confirmed the case as positive for Avian Influenza virus subtype H5N8.