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Bonfanti Lebana

Dirigente IZSVe Role Veterinarian
Department SCS4 – Epidemiology
Phone +39 049 8084298

Professional profile

Lebana Bonfanti is the veterinary head of the Epidemiological surveillance, Veterinary Legislation and Animal Welfare unit – SCS4 Epidemiology at IZSVe. She holds postgraduate degrees in Meat hygiene and technology, Law and legislation applied to veterinary medicine, Food safety and inspection of food of animal origin. She gained professional experience in the field of animal health through the coordination and management of epidemiological surveillance work and by planning/ organising recovery interventions related to infectious diseases in livestock and zoonoses.

She is responsible for the coordination of scientific projects on avian influenza, animal welfare, rabies, WND, HEV, MRSA and epidemiological surveillance.

She is involved in the following ongoing activities: development of specific technical and scientific skills and regulations in the field of animal health and welfare; development, implementation and management of programmes for epidemiological surveillance and control of zoonoses, eradication/control of infectious diseases, veterinary interventions in case of epidemic emergencies; management of research projects and intervention programmes in the field of animal welfare; consultancy for the Italian Ministry of Health for the drafting of strategies and plans for A.I. and Newcastle Disease.

She takes parts to: regional Emergency Unit for avian influenza; national Emergency Unit for avian influenza, meetings at the Ministry of Health for former OIE A listed diseases; meetings on avian influenza at the European Commission on behalf of the Ministry of Health; meetings at the Ministry of Health on “Animal Health Law”.


  • Bonfanti L., Monne I., Tamba M., Santucci U., Massi P., Patregnani T., Loli Piccolomini L., Natalini S., Ferri G., Cattoli G., Marangon S. (2014). Highly pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza in Italy. Short Communication. Veterinary Record, doi:10.1136/vr.102202.
  • Monne I., Ceglie E., Di Martino G., Natale A., Zamprogna S., Morreale A., Rampazzo E., Cattoli G., Bonfanti L. (2014). Hepatitis E virus genotype 4 in a pig farm, Italy, 2013. Short Report. Epidemiol. Infect., doi:10.1017/S0950268814001150.
  • De Marco M.A., Porru S., Cordioli P., Cesana B.M., Moreno A., Calzoletti L., Bonfanti L., Boni A., Scotto Di Carlo A., Arici C., Carta A., Castrucci M.R., Donatelli I., Tomao P., Peri V.M., Di Trani L., Vonesch N. (2013). Evidence of cross-reactive immunity to 2009 pandemic Influenza A virus in workers seropositive to swine H1N1 Influenza viruses circulating in Italy. PLOS ONE; 8(2): e57576. doi: 10.1371/
  • Di Martino G., Capello K., Scollo A., Gottardo F., Stefani A.L., Rampin F., Schiavon E., Marangon S., Bonfanti L. (2013). Continuous straw provision reduces prevalence of oesophago-gastric ulcer in pigs slaughtered at 170 kg (heavy pigs). Research in Veterinary Science; 95: 1271-1273 (doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.08.012).
  • Mughini-Gras L., Bonfanti L., Natale A., Comin A., Ferronato A., La Greca E., Patregnani T., Lucchese L., Marangon S. (2013). Application of an integrated outbreak management plan for the control of leptospirosis in dairy cattle herds. Epidemiol. Infect., doi: 10.1017/S0950268813001817.
  • Mulatti P., Bonfanti L., Capelli G., Capello K., Lorenzetto M., Terregino C., Monaco F., Ferri G., Marangon S. (2012). West Nile Virus in North-Eastern Italy, 2011: entomological and equine IgM-based surveillance to detect active virus circulation. Zoonoses Public Health; 60: 375-382. (Pub. online 2012 – doi:10.1111/zph.12013).
  • Mulatti P., Bonfanti L., Patregnani T., Lorenzetto M., Ferre N., Gagliazzo L., Casarotto C., Maroni Ponti A., Ferri G., Marangon S. (2013) 2008-2011 sylvatic rabies epidemic in Italy: challenges and experiences. Pathog.Glob.Health.; 107(7):346-353.
  • Negrato E., Di Martino G., Vascellari M., Radaelli G., Capello K., Pascoli F., Bertotto D., Bonfanti L. (2013). Expression of heat shock protein 70 in the liver of extensively and intensively kept heavy pigs. Animal; 7: 8: 1362-1366. (Pub. online 2013 – doi:10.1017/S1751731113000517).
  • Scollo A., Di Martino G., Bonfanti L., Stefani A.L., Schiavon E., Marangon S., Gottardo F. (2013). Tail docking and the rearing of heavy pigs: the role played by gender and the presence of straw in the control of tail biting. Blood parameters, behaviour and skin lesions. Research in Veterinary Science; 95: 825-830 (Pub. online 2013 – doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2013.06.019).
  • Mulatti P., Müller T., Bonfanti L., Marangon S. (2012). Emergency oral rabies vaccination of foxes in Italy in 2009-2010: identification of residual rabies foci at higher altitudes in the Alps. Epidemiol. Infect.; 140: 591-598. (Pub. online 2011 – doi:10.1017/S0950268811001282).

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