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Italy Takes Steps to Control Bird Flu After Outbreaks, EU Says

A virulent strain of bird flu was found on three farms in Italy, spurring authorities to kill poultry and restrict movement of some animals to stem the spread of the disease in the country’s first outbreak since 2000.

The strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza was discovered on farms in the region of Emilia-Romagna, in northeast Italy this month, the European Commission said in a statement today. Italian authorities are killing birds and setting up protection and surveillance zones, which restrict movement of poultry and poultry products in eastern Emilia-Romagna and southeastern Veneto, according to the report.