Saturday, August 24, 2013

#H7N7 Italy - Bird flu outbreak in New Portoverrara

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August 23, 2013
New case of bird flu infection in a turkey farm to farm Portoverrara Nicoletti. Take safety measures. Will begin shortly slaughter of animals. Associations of the poultry industry full share of the measures taken to isolate outbreaks and fighting the virus.
And 'the third outbreak detected in three weeks in Emilia Romagna. The safety net stretched by health authorities to prevent the spread of avian influenza virus has shown a new outbreak of bird flu infection.It is a herd of 18,000 turkeys in Portsmouth, near Ferrara, in which there had been an abnormal mortality of birds. The farm is located not far from the site of Osterley, the first to be hit dall'aviaria.
The tests conducted by the specialist section of Forlì IPA A., confirmed by the National Reference Centre for avian influenza in Padua, on samples taken at the farm, have confirmed the presence of the virus H7 type.
To cope with the new case, the Region has already issued an order for the implementation of extraordinary measures provided for in these cases by the European and national public health legislation. The measure includes, among others, killing of animals present on the farm, which will begin as soon as possible.
With regard to food security, health authorities confirm that there is no risk to humans through consumption of turkey meat.
To take stock of the situation took place in the early afternoon, in the region, the presence of the Secretary to the Prime Alfredo Bertelli and councilor for Agriculture Tiberio Rabboni, a meeting with the representatives of the associations of the poultry sector. Along with a strong concern for the economic and employment impact of the epidemic, the present, however, have fully supported the choice of the competent authorities to take stringent measures to isolate outbreaks and to ensure in this way, in addition to health security, even the most rapid recovery of production. Yesterday started killing more than half a million chickens in Bologna.
A Osterley, Wednesday, ended after a week. Met yesterday in Bologna the Crisis on bird flu, in the aftermath of the discovery, which took place yesterday, a new outbreak of the virus in Mordano (Bo).
The evolution of the situation was discussed in the presence of Chief Veterinary Officers of the Ministry of Health, the Region, the companies Health Office, Institute zoo prophylactic and national reference center for avian influenza, also in preparation of the meeting held in Brussels next Monday, in which Italy will provide European partners picture of the situation.
Among the decisions taken, some constraints on the movement of live birds from today are in place special restrictions on the movement of hens from the region, in addition, it was determined that the slaughter of animals must be done preferably in Emilia-Romagna, as well as the management of personnel and equipment must take place within the regional borders. All this is, say the health, to prevent the spread of the phenomenon. Emphasized, also, the absence of any risk to humans for the consumption of meat or eggs.
Eurovo Srl meanwhile confirmed in a statement that "both companies where there have been outbreaks of avian influenza are part of the supply chain Eurovo" and that there is no 'no' food alert on farms. "
Avian influenza does not represent a public health problem, but exclusively on animal health; therefore it was not issued by the competent authorities, no provision of food alert.
"The assessment of these damages - says the statement of Eurovo - is still in progress and in any case, we will work to contain as much as possible the effects on employment and the local economy."
The company owns the farm then notes that "the first report of 13 August of the presence of avian influenza virus subtype H7N7 occurred as a result of the usual self-analysis carried out by company personnel" outdoor Osterley, property Agricultural Society of San Paolo Srl 
The company St. Paul, Eurovo continues, "has taken steps to autodenunciarsi to the competent authorities in order to start immediately with the implementation of all the extraordinary measures' to contain the infection."
At this time you are trying to shed light on the virus of avian influenza.
"When the European Commission speaks of 'highly pathogenic' - says Giovanni Rezza, an epidemiologist Institute of Health - refers to the chickens get sick and die, but the man is not the H7N7 strain of highly pathogenic, gave only an outbreak in the Netherlands and the symptoms did not go beyond the conjunctivitis. "
"The virus then" says the doctor, "very difficult to pass from human to human."

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