Detection of a chikungunya outbreak in central Italy, August to September 2017

Giulietta Venturi, Marco Di Luca, Claudia Fortuna, Maria Elena Remoli, Flavia Riccardo, Francesco Severini, Luciano Toma, Martina Del Manso, Eleonora Benedetti, Maria Grazia Caporali, Antonello Amendola, Cristiano Fiorentini, Claudio De Liberato, Roberto Giammattei, Roberto Romi, Patrizio Pezzotti, Giovanni Rezza, Caterina Rizzo

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Abstract

An autochthonous chikungunya outbreak is ongoing near Anzio, a coastal town in the province of Rome. The virus isolated from one patient and mosquitoes lacks the A226V mutation and belongs to an East Central South African strain. As of 20 September, 86 cases are laboratory-confirmed. The outbreak proximity to the capital, its late summer occurrence, and diagnostic delays, are favouring transmission. Vector control, enhanced surveillance and restricted blood donations are being implemented in affected areas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17-00646
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume22
Issue number39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 28 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology

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