Italy investigating 'probable' bird flu cases

Italy’s health minister said today that authorities were investigating probable cases of bird flu.

“Checks are under way on probable cases of avian influenza in our country,” Health Minister Francesco Storace said.

He said he would brief a Cabinet meeting later today. No other details were given.

Meanwhile, a wild goose on the central Aegean island of Skyros has tested positive for an H5 strain of bird flu, the Greek agriculture minister said today.

The samples will be sent to the European Union reference laboratory in Weybridge, Surrey, to determine whether the bird had the lethal H5N1 strain, Evangelos Bassiakos said.

Authorities on Friday intensified precautions in areas around Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, where three migratory swans tested positive for an H5 strain of bird flu on Thursday, officials said.

More in this Section

Father who confronted Boris Johnson over NHS says daughter is doing betterFather who confronted Boris Johnson over NHS says daughter is doing better

Jeremy Corbyn under fire over Labour Brexit policyJeremy Corbyn under fire over Labour Brexit policy

Trump says Ukrainian leader call ‘perfectly fine’ amid whistleblowing stormTrump says Ukrainian leader call ‘perfectly fine’ amid whistleblowing storm

Joe Kennedy III announces run for US senateJoe Kennedy III announces run for US senate


Lifestyle

For an instant supper or lunch, fishcakes can be nourishing, warming and tasty. To complete a balanced meal, all it takes is some stirfried or roasted root vegetables.Taste of the sea: Top 8 fish cakes

My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

More From The Irish Examiner