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West Nile: first case of infection in Padua in 2022

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(ANSA) – VENICE, 14 JUL – The first case in Italy of West Nile in humans has been reported in the province of Padua since the beginning of summer 2022. This was announced by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in its surveillance bulletin integrated on this and the Usutu virus. West Nile also led to some deaths in the country in 2018. The West Nile virus is endemic in Veneto, as well as in other areas of the Po Valley. The case of infection, explains the ISS, “occurred in the neuro-invasive form in Veneto, in the province of Padua”. On the other hand, no confirmed cases of Usutu virus have been reported. As of July 6, the National Institute of Health still informs, no human cases of West Nile have been reported in EU member states, as well as in neighboring countries.

The veterinary surveillance carried out in Italy on horses, mosquitoes, sedentary and wild birds, on the other hand, “confirmed the circulation of the West Nile Virus in Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Sardinia”. (HANDLE).

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