Every year in Italy there are over 4,000 cases of neglected tropical diseases: from strongyloidosis to echinococcosis, from dengue to chikungunya.
Numbers that place our country in fourth place in Europe, after England, France and Germany.
However, the real impact of these diseases could be much higher.
This is the alarm that comes from the experts of the Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital in Negrar (Verona), IRCCS for infectious and tropical diseases.
Here on 30 January, on the occasion of the World Day dedicated to these pathologies, a meeting of the Information-Education-Communication Technical Group of the World Health Organization will be held on Chagas disease.
"Chagas disease in Central America kills more than malaria, but it cannot be considered a distant danger because it can get anywhere with international travel", explains Andrea Angheben,
clinical director of the department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases and Microbiology of the IRCCS Negrar Among the diseases that have attracted the most attention in recent years is strongyloidosis.
"People positive for the parasite responsible for strongyloidosis are mostly elderly people who have come into contact with it in the past decades", explains Dora Buonfrate, director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Strongyloidosis and other neglected diseases.
"During the pandemic, cortisone therapies for Covid-19 lowered the immune system and 'undermined' strongyloidosis in many elderly people".
For Federico Gobbi, director of the Infectious and Tropical Diseases department of the IRCCS Negrar, "