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Health Alert: Rome (Italy), West Nile Virus in Parts of Northern and Central Italy

Europe > Italy

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. 

Action 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



·        Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page.


U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy

+39 06 46741 (24/7)


U.S. Consulate General in Naples

+39 081-583-8111


U.S. Consulate General in Milan

+39 02-290-351


U.S. Consulate General Florence

+39 055-266-951


·        State Department – Consular Affairs 888407-4747 or 202 501 4444

·        Italy Country Information

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