WNV in Italy

20 July 2021

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In the first week of July, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported a case of West Nile virus (WNV) in La Spezia, north-west Italy, the first time a human case of WNV has been recorded in this province.

Advice for travellers 

  • there is no vaccine against WNV 
  • mosquito bite avoidance should be practiced at all times, especially during peak transmission times and when outbreaks are known to be occurring 
  • medical advice should be sought if symptoms develop, following travel to a risk area 
  • blood donors should note that if they have travelled to an area where WNV has been detected in the past four months, they may need to be tested for the virus before donating blood. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service can be contacted for further details

Further advice and information is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 12 July 2021