Retrospective screening of solid organ donors in Italy, 2009, reveals unpredicted circulation of west Nile virus

M. R. Capobianchi, V. Sambri, C. Castilletti, A. M. Pierro, G. Rossini, P. Gaibani, F. Cavrini, M. Selleri, S. Meschi, D. Lapa, A. Di Caro, P. Grossi, C. de Cillia, S. Venettoni, M. P. Landini, G. Ippolito, A. Nanni Costa

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Abstract

Since the occurrence of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in humans in 2008 in Italy, concerns have been raised about the potential risks associated with solid organ transplantation (SOT). A nationwide retrospective survey showed that 1.2% of SOT donors in 2009 were WNV-seropositive and demonstrated that human WNV infection is distributed throughout several Italian regions. Transmission of WNV or other arboviruses through SOT is a possibility and risk assessment should be carried out before SOT to avoid infection through transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Volume15
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - Aug 26 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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