Isolation of the Issyk-Col virus in Brescia: it is the first time in Italy

A wonderful discovery inExperimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna of Brescia: For the first time in Italy Issykkol virus (ISKV) from bats. At the moment, not much is known about this virus despite it being described as a cause Possible outbreak of disease in humans It is characterized by fever, headache, myalgia and nausea, with recovery periods of up to a few weeks. At the moment there is no no alarm In progress, but the study aims to Prevention of possible infectious diseases.

The bat from which ISKV was born is, in fact, a very common species in urban centers that use buildings as shelter sites indicating potential public health implications but so far no real risk.

The isolation is supported by the Lombardy region which since 2012 has Wildlife Health Monitoring Plan. The goal is to monitor not only a specific group of diseases and related species in which their possible presence is known, but in general any indirect phenomena in wildlife.

Even today The Zooprophylactic Institute recorded only one positive for ISKV Further investigations are underway to determine the spread, distribution and ecology of this virus. So far it was ISKV Found in neighboring Central Asian countries (Tajikistan and Kazakhstan) in several Types of bats and ticks Transmission to humans is believed to occur through tick bites and exposure to bat faeces and urine.

«It is the result of absolute scientific importance – comments Regional Care Advisor, Letizia Moratti – Demonstrating a good regional control plan. Without panic and without the “demonization” of animals, the dynamics of recent years dictate that Special focus on wildlife To highlight potential early health risk factors and the possible spread of the virus,” concludes Moratti.

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