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Avian in Rome, an outbreak breaks out in the small lake of Villa Pamphili: a swan has died

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Rome, 29 November 2021 – An outbreak of avian has broken out in the pond of Villa Pamphilj, where a swan has already died and there is fear of spreading the infection to other birds. Mayor Gualtieri has just signed the order to close the eastern part of the park, where the Giglio lake is located. Gates barred from Leo XII’s access for the next 10 days. “There health of citizens is a priority. I hope to be able to return this precious and unique place of our city to the Romans as soon as possible “, says the mayor, Roberto Gualtieri.

The prevention department of ASL Roma 3 requested the restrictive measure, after the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Roma last November 26 had communicated a positivity for avian flu in the poultry species present in the pond. Two days later, a subsequent communication from the Reference Center for avian influenza, the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Venice, positivity confirmed for highly pathogenic avian influenza virus subtype H5N1.

Contagion of people excluded

The outbreak would be confined to the pond, excluding the possibility of human contagion. This was supported by the Councilor for the Environment, Sabrina Alfonsi. “It should be noted that biological risk is limited to the sole possibility of mechanically transmitting the virus, hence the reasons for the measure adopted today, while there is no risk to the consumption of poultry meat and eggs“.

The mayor: “A place that is dear to me, it is a regret to close it”

“It really is a great sorrow for me to sign the ordinance – underlines the mayor which provides for the partial closure to the public of the eastern part of the Park of Villa Pamphilj, where the Giglio lake is located, a place that is particularly dear to me and that I love to hang out with my family “.

“This is a precautionary measure requested by the ASL Roma 3 following the death of a Swan of the pond “, recalls the mayor.” For the next 10 days, therefore, we will not be able to access that area of ​​the park, but this it will be used to make further investigations and, above all, a prevent the virus from spreading mechanically ”, concludes Gualtieri.


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