Worried residents in northern Italy are flooding vaccination centres after three deaths from bacterial meningitis.
Health authorities in the town of Treviso have already given vaccines to a thousand people and have enough to treat up to 18,000 more.
The three fatalities, a man and a woman in their thirties and a 15-year old boy are thought to have contracted strain C Meningococcus in a bar in Treviso two weeks ago.
Four other people are still recovering in hospital.
Queues have now formed outside health clinics.
Other cases of meningitis have been reported in Rome, Milan and Naples.