Gioia Capelli


Affiliation: Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie
Country: Italy


  1. Montarsi F, Martini S, Michelutti A, Da Rold G, Mazzucato M, Qualizza D, et al. The invasive mosquito Aedes japonicus japonicus is spreading in northeastern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2019;12:120 pubmed publisher
    ..albopictus. The further spread of Ae. j. japonicus has the potential to pose new threats of zoonotic agents (i.e. Dirofilaria spp. and West Nile virus) within areas at altitudes previously considered at negligible risk in Italy. ..
  2. Capelli G, Genchi C, Baneth G, Bourdeau P, Brianti E, Cardoso L, et al. Recent advances on Dirofilaria repens in dogs and humans in Europe. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:663 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, they should enhance multisectorial collaboration with medical entomologists and the public health experts, under the concept and the actions of One Health-One Medicine. ..
  3. Montarsi F, Ciocchetta S, Devine G, Ravagnan S, Mutinelli F, Frangipane di Regalbono A, et al. Development of Dirofilaria immitis within the mosquito Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus, a new invasive species for Europe. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:177 pubmed publisher
    ..These results stress the importance of active surveillance and control strategies to minimize the risk of introduction of invasive alien species. ..
  4. Ravagnan S, Tomassone L, Montarsi F, Krawczyk A, Mastrorilli E, Sprong H, et al. First detection of Borrelia miyamotoi in Ixodes ricinus ticks from northern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:130 pubmed publisher
    ..miyamotoi should be considered in the differential diagnosis of febrile patients originating from Lyme borreliosis endemic regions. The distribution of this pathogen and its relevance to public health need further investigation. ..
  5. Ravagnan S, Montarsi F, Cazzin S, Porcellato E, Russo F, Palei M, et al. First report outside Eastern Europe of West Nile virus lineage 2 related to the Volgograd 2007 strain, northeastern Italy, 2014. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:418 pubmed publisher
    ..This strain may pose a new threat to animal and human health in Italy. ..
  6. De Tommasi A, Otranto D, Furlanello T, Tasca S, Cantacessi C, Breitschwerdt E, et al. Evaluation of blood and bone marrow in selected canine vector-borne diseases. Parasit Vectors. 2014;7:534 pubmed publisher
    ..Infections with one or more of the vector-borne pathogens examined in this study should be considered as differential diagnoses for secondary dysmyelopoiesis. ..
  7. Rizzoli A, Bolzoni L, Chadwick E, Capelli G, Montarsi F, Grisenti M, et al. Understanding West Nile virus ecology in Europe: Culex pipiens host feeding preference in a hotspot of virus emergence. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:213 pubmed publisher
    ..pipiens feeding preferences, and targeted studies on reservoir competence for WNV for these species are therefore now urgently needed as this is essential to describe disease dynamics and quantify virus transmission risk. ..
  8. Da Rold G, Ravagnan S, Soppelsa F, Porcellato E, Soppelsa M, Obber F, et al. Ticks are more suitable than red foxes for monitoring zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in northeastern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:137 pubmed publisher
    ..The high prevalence of Babesia cf. microti in foxes and its absence in ticks strongly suggests that I. ricinus is not the vector of this pathogen. ..
  9. Montarsi F, Drago A, Martini S, Calzolari M, De Filippo F, Bianchi A, et al. Current distribution of the invasive mosquito species, Aedes koreicus [Hulecoeteomyia koreica] in northern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:614 pubmed publisher
    ..koreicus in the next decade. These data can be useful to validate predictive models of potential distribution and dispersal of this species in Italy or in Europe. ..

More Information


  1. Marcantonio M, Metz M, Baldacchino F, Arnoldi D, Montarsi F, Capelli G, et al. First assessment of potential distribution and dispersal capacity of the emerging invasive mosquito Aedes koreicus in Northeast Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2016;9:63 pubmed publisher
    ..Further monitoring is needed to confirm this finding. The developed models and maps represent valuable tools to inform policies aimed at eradicating or mitigating Aedes koreicus invasion in Northeast Italy and Central Europe. ..
  2. Vascellari M, Ravagnan S, Carminato A, Cazzin S, Carli E, Da Rold G, et al. Exposure to vector-borne pathogens in candidate blood donor and free-roaming dogs of northeast Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2016;9:369 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on the absence of pathogens circulating in the blood of healthy dogs, the risk of transmission of these pathogens by blood transfusion seems to be low, depending also on the sensitivity of the tests used for screening. ..
  3. Capelli G, Drago A, Martini S, Montarsi F, Soppelsa M, Delai N, et al. First report in Italy of the exotic mosquito species Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus, a potential vector of arboviruses and filariae. Parasit Vectors. 2011;4:188 pubmed publisher
    ..During the routine monitoring activity in a tiger mosquito-free area, an unexpected mosquito was noticed, which clearly did not belong to the recorded Italian fauna...
  4. Capelli G, Ravagnan S, Montarsi F, Ciocchetta S, Cazzin S, Porcellato E, et al. Occurrence and identification of risk areas of Ixodes ricinus-borne pathogens: a cost-effectiveness analysis in north-eastern Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2012;5:61 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on our results, different strategies for tick collection and pathogen screening and their relative costs were evaluated and discussed...
  5. Capelli G, Frangipane di Regalbono A, Simonato G, Cassini R, Cazzin S, Cancrini G, et al. Risk of canine and human exposure to Dirofilaria immitis infected mosquitoes in endemic areas of Italy. Parasit Vectors. 2013;6:60 pubmed publisher
    ..immitis in endemic areas. Data collected on dog- and human-bait traps in endemic areas of north-eastern Italy were used to estimate the likelihood of a receptive host coming into contact with an infected vector...