Thanks to the monitoring system put in place in Friuli Venezia Giulia by the coordination of the Transfusion Department of the Regional Health Service, today two more cases of West Nile virus positivity have been identified among blood donors in our region.
Overall, therefore, the cases rise to three: one in the Pordenone area and two in the Udine area. All are in good health and their condition is of no concern; their donations have been identified and blocked, confirming the effectiveness of the control network put in place.
This was announced by the deputy governor with responsibility for Health Riccardo Riccardi, highlighting that in Friuli Venezia Giulia surveillance measures are adopted to prevent the spread of this virus following the guidelines dictated by the Ministry of Health.
Attention is particularly high in the summer-autumn season, a period of massive spread of the virus. In areas where the disease is identified in mosquitoes or equidae, a specific test is adopted on all donations of blood and blood components and the donation is temporarily suspended for 28 days for citizens who have stayed in those areas.
The deputy governor explained that in 2022 the first reports of positive mosquitoes in the West Nile in Friuli Venezia Giulia occurred in mid-July in San Vito al Tagliamento, San Canzian d’Isonzo and Palazzolo dello Stella. The Central Health Department, in harmony with the transfusion network, therefore immediately inserted the West Nile test for all donors, in order to ensure maximum safety of the transfusion system. In Fvg more than 80 thousand units of blood and blood products are donated per year, so a possible positive result was expected.
The three donors who tested positive are doing well, but their donations were immediately blocked, confirming the effectiveness of the safety systems introduced on transfusions in our region. Those affected will undergo confirmation blood tests and will be followed by the transfusion services for four months, then they will be able to resume donating without any limitation.