West Nile: 2 other cases identified among Fvg blood donors
(ANSA) – PALMANOVA, 08 AUG – “Thanks to the monitoring system put in place in Fvg by the coordination of the Transfusion Department of the Regional Health Service, today two more cases of West Nile virus positivity have been identified among blood donors in our region . The cases therefore rise to three: one in the Pordenone area and two in the Udine area. All are in good health and their condition does not cause concern; their donations have been identified and blocked “. This was announced by the deputy governor with responsibility for Health Riccardo Riccardi, highlighting that in Fvg the surveillance measures for prevention dictated by the Ministry of Health are adopted.
Attention is high in the summer-autumn season, a period of massive spread of the virus. In areas where the disease is identified in mosquitoes or equidae, a specific test is adopted on all donations of blood and blood components and the donation for citizens who have stayed there is suspended for 28 days.
Riccardi explained that in 2022 the first reports of positive mosquitoes in the West Nile in Fvg “occurred in mid-July in San Vito al Tagliamento, San Canzian d’Isonzo and Palazzolo dello Stella. The Central Health Department, in harmony with the network transfusion, has as a precaution immediately inserted the West Nile test for all donors “. In Fvg, more than 80 thousand units of blood and blood products are donated per year. The donations of the three donors have been blocked, the affected subjects are fine but will be subjected to confirmation samples and followed by the transfusion services for four months, then they will be able to resume donating without any limitation. (HANDLE).
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