Chikungunya may stop Rome blood donating (2)

Lorenzin laments slow response on disinfestations

(ANSA) - Rome, September 13 - Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said Wednesday that it may be necessary to suspend blood donations in Rome due to an outbreak of the chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, and berated the city for its allegedly slow response regarding disinfestations. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi's administration has said the Lazio regional government was late in giving it information about the outbreak - a charge the region rejects. "We are very worried about the chikungunya situation. The city of Rome must proceed with the disinfestations at once," Lorenzin said. "Too much time has passed since the first intervention request by the health authority, which dates back to September 7.
    "It is highly likely that it will be decided to stop blood donations in Rome.
    "Today the region delivered a new order to the city for immediate disinfestation". The outbreak started at Anzio, a seaside port to the south of Rome, and spread to the capital.
    Anzio has already suspended blood donations. Chikungunya, which first broke out in Italy in 2007, is a viral infection that causes acute fever and joint pain. It rarely results in death but effects can sometimes be disabling.