The Virology Department is concerned with research into and diagnosis of the commonest and most important infections of viral origin, has a Maximum Security Unit (level 3) and is equipped with an electron microscope.


Using the most accurate and modern virological and serological diagnostic tests, the Department detects or identifies agents, antigens or antibodies of viral diseases which strike domestic and wild mammals, birds and fish, as well as diseases transmissible to people (zoonoses) and exotic diseases, i.e. those not present on Italian soil.


In the sphere of the National Plans prepared by the Ministry of Health, the Virology Department participates in surveillance of emerging and re-emerging viral infections and over the years has acquired particular skill in Bluetongue, of which it has become an OIE Reference Laboratory.

The Department collaborates in research on aetiology and pathogenesis of infectious and contagious diseases of viral origin, and also tests the vaccines produced by the Institute and those produced outside.


Its diagnostic competence is assured by its participation in national and international interlaboratory circuits.


Head Department: Dr. Giovanni Savini

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Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale

dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G. Caporale"


Campo Boario | 64100 TERAMO | ITALIA

Telefono 0039.0861.3321 | Fax 0039.0861.332251


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