A sustained circulation of the West Nile virus (Wnv) in some regions, especially Northern Italy, “recorded” as of August 2 “a total of 94 cases of infection (including 55 cases of neuro-invasive infection, 19 cases in blood donors, 19 cases of fever and 1 symptomatic case) with 7 deaths “. This is underlined by the circular ‘Prevention, surveillance and interventions in response to the circulation of West Nile and Usutu viruses’, signed by the Director General of Prevention of the Ministry of Health, Gianni Rezza, and by the Director General of Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs Pierdavide Lickers. The circulation of the West Nile has so far involved: Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Piedmont, Lombardy, Sardinia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. In Lombardy, veterinary surveillance has shown a circulation of the virus in all the provinces except Monza, Lecco, Bergamo and Sondrio. The confirmed cases of West Nile, updated to Monday 8 August, are 11 in the region including 4 neuroinvasive (severe, with patient hospitalized with neurological symptoms, for example meningoencephalitis), 3 fevers (non-serious cases, with fever as the relevant symptom) and 4 donors (infections found in asymptomatic donors, identified by blood bag screening). “In Lombardy – declares the Vice President of the Region and Councilor for Welfare, Letizia Moratti – there is an integrated human-veterinary surveillance system on the circulation of the West Nile virus. In fact, both infections in mosquitoes (entomological surveillance) and” are monitored. those “in equidae and birds, and obviously infections in humans. An effective system that allows us to constantly monitor the situation in detail”.
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