Italy investigating 'probable' bird flu cases

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

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.

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