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Lymphogranuloma venereum in North-West Italy, 2009–2014
  1. Ivano Dal Conte1,
  2. Massimiliano Mistrangelo2,
  3. Gabriella Gregori3,
  4. Chiara Pasqualini4
    1. 1 Infectious Diseases Department, STI Clinic, Amedeo di Savoia Hospital ASLTO2, Turin, Italy
    2. 2 Department of Surgical Science, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
    3. 3 Infectious Diseases Department, Microbiology and Virology Laboratory Amedeo di Savoia Hospital ASLTO2, Turin, Italy
    4. 4 Regional Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SeREMI), ASL AL, Alessandria, Italy
    1. Correspondence to Dr Ivano Dal Conte, Infectious Diseases Department, STI Clinic, Amedeo di Savoia Hospital, Corso Svizzera 164, Torino 10149, Italy; ivano.dalconte{at}

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    Since 2003 several lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) outbreaks have been reported in Europe.1 Considering that data on LGV cases in Italy are very limited,2 enhanced surveillance was set up in North-West Italy to describe the epidemiological and clinical features of LGV cases occurring in men who had sex with men (MsM) attending public sexually transmitted infection centres. Anonymised data were collected and processed by Epi Info 3.5.1. From 1 June 2009 to 31 December 2014, 2660 anal swabs were collected: 252 (9.4%) samples resulted …

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    • Collaborators Maria Laura Stella; Ilaria Motta.

    • Contributors IDC initiated the project, clinically managed the patients, redesigned data collection tools, monitored data, cleaned and analysed the data, drafted and revised the paper. CP designed data analysis, redesigned data collection tools, cleaned and analysed the data, drafted and critically revised the paper; MM performed literature review, clinically managed the patients and monitored data collection, drafted and revised the paper; GG performed laboratory and technical work, drafted and revised the paper.

    • Competing interests None declared.

    • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.