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From malaria to cholera to the pandemic, the ISS turns 90

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From malaria to cholera to the pandemic, the ISS turns 90

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) Celebrates 90th Anniversary

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the main public health research body in Italy, is celebrating its 90th anniversary today in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. The ISS was founded on April 21, 1934, in Rome under the Ministry of the Interior with the name of the Institute of Public Health.

During its early years, the ISS played a crucial role in the fight against malaria, which was still a prevalent disease in Italy at the time. Through the development of effective strategies to combat insect vectors of the disease, the ISS was able to significantly reduce malaria cases. In 1971, the World Health Organization declared Italy a country free from malaria.

Throughout its history, the ISS has been at the forefront of combating various health emergencies, including the cholera epidemic in Naples in 1973, the Seveso disaster in 1976, and the Irpinia earthquake in 1980. The institute has also led research projects to fight AIDS, SARS, avian influenza, and mad cow disease.

In 2020, the ISS played a crucial role in monitoring and developing protocols to contain the SarsS-Cov-2 infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute worked closely with the regions to respond to the ongoing health crisis.

The ISS has been a pioneer in the field of public health research and has made significant contributions to improving the health and well-being of the Italian population. As it celebrates its 90th anniversary, the ISS continues to be a vital institution in the fight against infectious diseases and other health challenges.

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