West Nile Virus (WNV) - Italy
The Federal Office for Safety in Health Care has been informed by the Italian authority that a human WNV case has occurred in the province of La Spezia (Liguria Region). ID WNV NAT testing for donations of blood and blood components has been introduced.
Nationwide in Italy, donors who have spent at least one night in the listed region are excluded from donation for 28 days.
We therefore ask you to take this into account during your medical history interviews and donor selections. This letter corresponds to the current state of information of the BASG. As soon as further information is available, it will be announced.