In the past week, Italy has reported 21 new cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Seven cases were identified in areas know to be affected: Cremona (2), Parma (2) and Reggio nell’Emilia (3). Fourteen cases were identified in six newly affected provinces: Como (1), Ferrara (1), Lodi (3), Mantova (2), Modena (3) and Pavia (4).
Advice for Travellers
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV. Infection is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, therefore avoidance of mosquito bites is essential, by covering up and the use of bite avoidance measures.