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EU approves Italy measures to lock down birdflu-ridden area

Stringent sanitary controls will be in place until Sept 23

EU approves Italy measures to lock down birdflu-ridden area

Brussels, August 22 - The European Union Commission has approved Italy's decision to create zones of protection and surveillance around the chicken farm in Ostellato, the Northern Italian province of Ferrara, where a strain of H7N7 bird flu has been identified. The local municipality of Ostellato as such will be submitted to strict sanitary controls until September 23, together with the nearby towns of Argenta, Comacchio, Migliarino, Migliaro, Portomaggiore and Tresigallo. The objective will be to avoid any shipments from there to the EU and non-EU zones of live poultry, poultry ready for the laying of eggs, young chicks or eggs bearing ckicks. The EU Commission explained its decision to approve the stringent measures due to the "very contagious disease".

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