I'd take this with a LARGE grain of salt. Some people see conspiracies behind every bush. In China they are saying that the virus was created by the US military. I wouldn't be surprised if all of these rumors are created by Russian disinformation campaigns to created turmoil.
Im not saying it is a conspiracy at all and I really dont think it is. I guess I shouldnt have used the sensationalistic (not sure thats a proper word!) title for the post. I do wish I knew Italian to hear first hand that particular news blurb. I think I will research a little further on this subject particularly in 2015, for my own curiosity.