Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, September 5, 2018

Location: Northern and Central Italy

Event: This summer Italian health authorities have identified at least 123 human cases of West Nile virus in parts of northern and central Italy.  The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most infected people develop no symptoms, approximately 20 percent develop fever and other symptoms.  In less than 1 percent of infected individuals develop serious neurologic illness, which can become life-threatening.

Actions to take:

  • Take extra precautions against mosquito bites this year due to an increased risk of exposure to West Nile Virus through November
  • Use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites
  • Seek medical attention if symptoms develop