Italy: Poultry Worker Contracts H7N7 Avian Influenza…(How Did It Get From China To Italy So Quick!!??)
Mon, Sep 2nd, 2013
With four confirmed outbreaks of H7N7 avian influenza reported in Italy since mid-August, thousands of birds have been culled to prevent the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from further spread.
Now the Italian Ministry of Health is reporting a human case of the H7N7 bird flu in a poultry worker.
According to a Health Ministry statement (computer translated to English):
“The National Institute of Health had recorded a positive for the H7N7 avian influenza virus in a person suffering from conjunctivitis and occupationally exposed to sick birds belonging to the farms in the region of Emilia Romagna, in which it was found to have such viral infection. The H7N7 virus is not easily transmitted to humans, which can become infected only if it is to be situated in direct contact with a sick or dead animal.