Giuseppina La Rosa


Affiliation: Istituto Superiore di Sanit
Country: Italy


  1. La Rosa G, Pourshaban M, Iaconelli M, Muscillo M. Quantitative real-time PCR of enteric viruses in influent and effluent samples from wastewater treatment plants in Italy. Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2010;46:266-73 pubmed publisher
  2. La Rosa G, Muscillo M, Vennarucci V, Garbuglia A, La Scala P, Capobianchi M. Hepatitis E virus in Italy: molecular analysis of travel-related and autochthonous cases. J Gen Virol. 2011;92:1617-26 pubmed publisher
    ..Results from the present study confirm that human HEV infection in Italy is caused by different genotypes, depending on whether the infection is travel-related or autochthonous...
  3. La Rosa G, Fratini M, Della Libera S, Iaconelli M, Muscillo M. Emerging and potentially emerging viruses in water environments. Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2012;48:397-406 pubmed publisher
  4. La Rosa G, Fratini M, Della Libera S, Iaconelli M, Muscillo M. Viral infections acquired indoors through airborne, droplet or contact transmission. Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2013;49:124-32 pubmed publisher
    ..Further research will be needed to achieve a better understanding of virus survival in aerosols and on surfaces, and to elucidate the relationship between viruses and indoor environmental characteristics. ..
  5. Bonadonna L, La Rosa G. A Review and Update on Waterborne Viral Diseases Associated with Swimming Pools. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16: pubmed publisher
    ..Epidemiological studies on incidents of viral contamination of swimming pools under non-epidemic conditions are also reviewed. ..
  6. Bonanno Ferraro G, Mancini P, Divizia M, Suffredini E, Della Libera S, Iaconelli M, et al. Occurrence and Genetic Diversity of Human Cosavirus in Sewage in Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2018;10:386-390 pubmed publisher
    ..HCoSV was detected in 25.5% of samples. Species A, C, and D, and a potentially new species were detected. Our results show a significant circulation and heterogeneity of HCoSV in Italy. ..
  7. Iaconelli M, Petricca S, Libera S, Di Bonito P, La Rosa G. First Detection of Human Papillomaviruses and Human Polyomaviruses in River Waters in Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2015;7:309-15 pubmed publisher
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first detection and quantification of HPVs in surface waters. The possibility that HPyVs and HPVs can be transmitted by the waterborne route deserves to be explored in future studies. ..
  8. Iaconelli M, Purpari G, Della Libera S, Petricca S, Guercio A, Ciccaglione A, et al. Hepatitis A and E Viruses in Wastewaters, in River Waters, and in Bivalve Molluscs in Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2015;7:316-24 pubmed publisher
    ..To our knowledge, this is the first detection of HEV in river waters in Italy, suggesting that surface water can be a potential source for exposure . ..
  9. La Rosa G, Libera S, Iaconelli M, Ciccaglione A, Bruni R, Taffon S, et al. Surveillance of hepatitis A virus in urban sewages and comparison with cases notified in the course of an outbreak, Italy 2013. BMC Infect Dis. 2014;14:419 pubmed publisher
    ..A combined environmental/clinical surveillance is able to provide a more complete picture of the spread of HAV and of the genotypes circulating in the population, allowing a better understanding of changes in disease trends. ..

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  1. Iaconelli M, Divizia M, Della Libera S, Di Bonito P, La Rosa G. Frequent Detection and Genetic Diversity of Human Bocavirus in Urban Sewage Samples. Food Environ Virol. 2016;8:289-295 pubmed
  2. La Rosa G, Purpari G, Guercio A, Di Bella S, Gucciardi F, Proroga Y, et al. Detection of Human Bocavirus Species 2 and 3 in Bivalve Shellfish in Italy. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018;84: pubmed publisher
    ..Our findings document that HBoVs are detected in bivalve shellfish with a relevant prevalence and suggest that an assessment of the risk for foodborne transmission of these viruses should be undertaken. ..
  3. La Rosa G, Fratini M, Accardi L, D Oro G, Della Libera S, Muscillo M, et al. Mucosal and cutaneous human papillomaviruses detected in raw sewages. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e52391 pubmed publisher
    ..Our data increases the knowledge of HPV genomic diversity and suggests that virological analysis of urban sewage can provide key information useful in supporting epidemiological studies. ..
  4. Suffredini E, Iaconelli M, Equestre M, Valdazo González B, Ciccaglione A, Marcantonio C, et al. Genetic Diversity Among Genogroup II Noroviruses and Progressive Emergence of GII.17 in Wastewaters in Italy (2011-2016) Revealed by Next-Generation and Sanger Sequencing. Food Environ Virol. 2018;10:141-150 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results confirm the usefulness of wastewater surveillance coupled with NGS to study the molecular epidemiology of NoV and to monitor the emergence of NoV strains. ..
  5. La Rosa G, Proroga Y, De Medici D, Capuano F, Iaconelli M, Della Libera S, et al. First Detection of Hepatitis E Virus in Shellfish and in Seawater from Production Areas in Southern Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2018;10:127-131 pubmed publisher
    ..8%) tested positive for HEV; all characterized strains were G3 and showed high degree of sequence identity. An integrated surveillance in seafood and waters is relevant to reduce the risk of shellfish-associated illnesses. ..
  6. Di Bonito P, Iaconelli M, Gheit T, Tommasino M, Della Libera S, Bonadonna L, et al. Detection of oncogenic viruses in water environments by a Luminex-based multiplex platform for high throughput screening of infectious agents. Water Res. 2017;123:549-555 pubmed publisher
  7. Iaconelli M, Muscillo M, Della Libera S, Fratini M, Meucci L, de Ceglia M, et al. One-year Surveillance of Human Enteric Viruses in Raw and Treated Wastewaters, Downstream River Waters, and Drinking Waters. Food Environ Virol. 2017;9:79-88 pubmed publisher
    ..Integrated strategies to manage water from all sources are crucial to ensure water quality. ..
  8. Iaconelli M, Valdazo González B, Equestre M, Ciccaglione A, Marcantonio C, Della Libera S, et al. Molecular characterization of human adenoviruses in urban wastewaters using next generation and Sanger sequencing. Water Res. 2017;121:240-247 pubmed publisher
    ..Knowledge of the distribution of HAdV species and types would improve our understanding of waterborne HAdV-related health risks. ..
  9. De Giglio O, Caggiano G, Bagordo F, Barbuti G, Brigida S, Lugoli F, et al. Enteric Viruses and Fecal Bacteria Indicators to Assess Groundwater Quality and Suitability for Irrigation. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14: pubmed publisher
    ..This study revealed the inadequacy of fecal bacteria indicators to predict the occurrence of viruses in groundwater and it is the first in Italy to describe the presence of human rotaviruses in well water used for irrigation. ..
  10. La Rosa G, Della Libera S, Iaconelli M, Proroga Y, De Medici D, Martella V, et al. Detection of Norovirus GII.17 Kawasaki 2014 in Shellfish, Marine Water and Underwater Sewage Discharges in Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2017;9:326-333 pubmed publisher
    ..The detection of the GII.17 strain Kawasaki 2014 in clinical, water and food samples in Italy highlights the need for more systematic surveillance for future disease control and prevention. ..
  11. La Rosa G, Della Libera S, Brambilla M, Bisaglia C, Pisani G, Ciccaglione A, et al. Hepatitis E Virus (Genotype 3) in Slurry Samples from Swine Farming Activities in Italy. Food Environ Virol. 2017;9:219-229 pubmed publisher
  12. La Rosa G, Muscillo M, Di Grazia A, Fontana S, Iaconelli M, Tollis M. Validation of rt-PCR assays for molecular characterization of porcine teschoviruses and enteroviruses. J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2006;53:257-65 pubmed
  13. La Rosa G, Pourshaban M, Iaconelli M, Vennarucci V, Muscillo M. Molecular detection of hepatitis E virus in sewage samples. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010;76:5870-3 pubmed publisher
    ..Evidence that HEV could be establishing itself in our region is accumulating and may justify more active surveillance to monitor its spread. ..