When there is no communication between urban planners and public health operators: urban Dermanyssus gallinae infestations in humans.

Annunziata Giangaspero1*, Vito D’Onghia2, Antonella Puccini3, Maria Filomena Caiaffa4, Luigi Macchia5, Alessandra Barlaam1

1Department of Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Engineering (DAFNE), University of Foggia, Via Napoli 25, 71121 Foggia, Italy
2Department of Science in Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR), Polytechnic University of Bari, Via E. Orabona 4, 70125, Bari, Italy
3Agenzia Sanitalia Locale, Via Tratturo Castiglione 14, 71122, Foggia, Italy
4School and Chair of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Foggia, Italy
5School and Chair of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari – Aldo Moro, Italy

Keyword: urban health


At the international level, it is necessary to apply urban health strategies that can integrate concrete actions to protect and promote health in urban and architectural planning. In cities, the “urban fauna” mostly consists of synanthropic birds (sparrows, starlings, swallows, martins, jackdaws, crows, hawks, gulls, pigeons) that have adapted to a continuous relationship with humans.