Italy registers 230 infections with West Nile virus

Italy registers 230 infections with West Nile virus

According to a report by the Higher Institute of Health of this country, published this Thursday by the local agency AdnKronos, the hardest hit regions were Veneto, with 71 cases; Emilia-Romagna with 29 and Piedmont with 14.

Of those infected, 37 were identified as blood donors, 63 had fever and 27 developed the disease in its neuroinvasive variant, with 13 deaths occurring in the regions of Veneto (eight), Piedmont and Emilia Romagna (two each) and Lombardy (one).

Twenty percent of patients reportedly have sudden but mild flu-like symptoms, and their incubation period ranges from two to 14 days, the time that elapses between contracting the pathogen and showing the first symptoms.

Those infected may have fever, chills, tiredness and malaise, headache, back pain, nausea, vomiting, and swollen lymph nodes.

Following the trend over time of cases and deaths from this virus in Italy since 2017, the data for 2022 are still consistent with those of previous years and are still far from the peak in 2018, when there were 618 infections and 49 cases reported deaths, state health authorities.

Roberto Cauda, ​​​​an infectious diseases specialist at the Catholic University of Rome, recently called for avoiding alarmism, although he warned that the development of this disease should be closely monitored and new infections should be detected early.

In statements released on August 11, Cauda indicated that “we must make it clear that we are not talking about a disease like Covid-19″ because, according to him, serious complications only occur in a small percentage of cases”. . especially in the case of pre-existing conditions”.