Prevalence of Usutu and West Nile virus antibodies in human sera, Modena, Italy, 2012

Giovanni Faggioni, Riccardo De Santis, Alice Pomponi, Antonella Grottola, Giulia Fregni Serpini, Marisa Meacci, William Gennari, Sara Tagliazucchi, Monica Pecorari, Federica Monaco, Giovanni Savini, Eleonora Benedetti, Maria Elena Remoli, Claudia Fortuna, Giulietta Venturi, Giovanni Rezza, Florigio Lista

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A collection of 3069 human sera collected in the area of the municipality of Modena, Emilia Romagna, Italy, was retrospectively investigated for specific antibodies against Usutu (USUV) and West Nile viruses (WNV). All the samples resulting positive using a preliminary screening test were analyzed with the plaque reduction neutralization test. Overall, 24 sera were confirmed as positive for USUV (0.78%) and 13 for WNV (0.42%). The results suggest that in 2012, USUV was circulating more than WNV in North-eastern Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1666-1668
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Emilia-Romagna
  • plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT)
  • seroprevalence
  • Usutu virus
  • West Nile virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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