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Emerging Infectious Diseases

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665268/evaluation-of-5-commercially-available-zika-virus-immunoassays
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David Safronetz, Angela Sloan, Derek R Stein, Emelissa Mendoza, Nicole Barairo, Charlene Ranadheera, Leanne Scharikow, Kimberly Holloway, Alyssia Robinson, Maya Traykova-Andonova, Kai Makowski, Kristina Dimitrova, Elizabeth Giles, Joanne Hiebert, Rhonda Mogk, Sharla Beddome, Michael Drebot
Because of global spread of Zika virus, accurate and high-throughput diagnostic immunoassays are needed. We compared the sensitivity and specificity of 5 commercially available Zika virus serologic assays to the recommended protocol of Zika virus IgM-capture ELISA and plaque-reduction neutralization tests. Most commercial immunoassays showed low sensitivity, which can be increased.
September 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661831/genetic-diversity-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h5n8-h5n5-viruses-in-italy-2016-17
#2
Alice Fusaro, Isabella Monne, Paolo Mulatti, Bianca Zecchin, Lebana Bonfanti, Silvia Ormelli, Adelaide Milani, Krizia Cecchettin, Philippe Lemey, Ana Moreno, Paola Massi, Tiziano Dorotea, Stefano Marangon, Calogero Terregino
In winter 2016-17, highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) and A(H5N5) viruses of clade 2.3.4.4 were identified in wild and domestic birds in Italy. We report the occurrence of multiple introductions and describe the identification in Europe of 2 novel genotypes, generated through multiple reassortment events.
September 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654418/a-new-bat-hku2-like-coronavirus-in-swine-china-2017
#3
Lang Gong, Jie Li, Qingfeng Zhou, Zhichao Xu, Li Chen, Yun Zhang, Chunyi Xue, Zhifen Wen, Yongchang Cao
We identified from suckling piglets with diarrhea in China a new bat-HKU2-like porcine coronavirus (porcine enteric alphacoronavirus). The GDS04 strain of this coronavirus shares high aa identities (>90%) with the reported bat-HKU2 strains in Coronaviridae-wide conserved domains, suggesting that the GDS04 strain belongs to the same species as HKU2.
September 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643628/real-time-whole-genome-sequencing-for-surveillance-of-listeria-monocytogenes-france
#4
Alexandra Moura, Mathieu Tourdjman, Alexandre Leclercq, Estelle Hamelin, Edith Laurent, Nathalie Fredriksen, Dieter Van Cauteren, Hélène Bracq-Dieye, Pierre Thouvenot, Guillaume Vales, Nathalie Tessaud-Rita, Mylène M Maury, Andreea Alexandru, Alexis Criscuolo, Emmanuel Quevillon, Marie-Pierre Donguy, Vincent Enouf, Henriette de Valk, Sylvain Brisse, Marc Lecuit
During 2015-2016, we evaluated the performance of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) as a routine typing tool. Its added value for microbiological and epidemiologic surveillance of listeriosis was compared with that for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the current standard method. A total of 2,743 Listeria monocytogenes isolates collected as part of routine surveillance were characterized in parallel by PFGE and core genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST) extracted from WGS. We investigated PFGE and cgMLST clusters containing human isolates...
September 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580900/preliminary-epidemiology-of-human-infections-with-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-china-2017
#5
Lei Zhou, Yi Tan, Min Kang, Fuqiang Liu, Ruiqi Ren, Yali Wang, Tao Chen, Yiping Yang, Chao Li, Jie Wu, Hengjiao Zhang, Dan Li, Carolyn M Greene, Suizan Zhou, A Danielle Iuliano, Fiona Havers, Daxin Ni, Dayan Wang, Zijian Feng, Timothy M Uyeki, Qun Li
We compared the characteristics of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A(H7N9) virus infections in China. HPAI A(H7N9) case-patients were more likely to have had exposure to sick and dead poultry in rural areas and were hospitalized earlier than were LPAI A(H7N9) case-patients.
August 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548637/high-infection-rates-for-adult-macaques-after-intravaginal-or-intrarectal-inoculation-with-zika-virus
#6
Andrew D Haddow, Aysegul Nalca, Franco D Rossi, Lynn J Miller, Michael R Wiley, Unai Perez-Sautu, Samuel C Washington, Sarah L Norris, Suzanne E Wollen-Roberts, Joshua D Shamblin, Adrienne E Kimmel, Holly A Bloomfield, Stephanie M Valdez, Thomas R Sprague, Lucia M Principe, Stephanie A Bellanca, Stephanie S Cinkovich, Luis Lugo-Roman, Lisa H Cazares, William D Pratt, Gustavo F Palacios, Sina Bavari, M Louise M Pitt, Farooq Nasar
Unprotected sexual intercourse between persons residing in or traveling from regions with Zika virus transmission is a risk factor for infection. To model risk for infection after sexual intercourse, we inoculated rhesus and cynomolgus macaques with Zika virus by intravaginal or intrarectal routes. In macaques inoculated intravaginally, we detected viremia in 75% of macaques and virus RNA in 100%, followed by seroconversion. In macaques inoculated intrarectally, we detected viremia, virus RNA, or both, in 100% of both species, followed by seroconversion...
August 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514228/outcomes-for-2-children-after-peripartum-acquisition-of-zika-virus-infection-french-polynesia-2013-2014
#7
Marianne Besnard, Timothée Dub, Patrick Gérardin
Congenital Zika virus infection is associated with severe brain anomalies and impaired function. To determine outcomes, we followed 2 affected children for ≈30 months. For 1 who was symptomatic at birth, transient hepatitis developed. However, neurodevelopment for both children was age appropriate.
August 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514227/real-time-evolution-of-zika-virus-disease-outbreak-roat%C3%A3-n-honduras
#8
Trevor Brooks, Arup Roy-Burman, Cascade Tuholske, Michael P Busch, Sonia Bakkour, Mars Stone, Jeffrey M Linnen, Kui Gao, Jayleen Coleman, Evan M Bloch
A Zika virus disease outbreak occurred in Roatán, Honduras, during September 2015-July 2016. Blood samples and clinical information were obtained from 183 patients given a clinical diagnosis of suspected dengue virus infection. A total of 79 patients were positive for Zika virus, 13 for chikungunya virus, and 6 for dengue virus.
August 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628464/early-evidence-for-zika-virus-circulation-among-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
#9
Tania Ayllón, Renata de Mendonça Campos, Patrícia Brasil, Fernanda Cristina Morone, Daniel Cardoso Portela Câmara, Guilherme Louzada Silva Meira, Egbert Tannich, Kristie Aimi Yamamoto, Marilia Sá Carvalho, Renata Saraiva Pedro, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Daniel Cadar, Davis Fernandes Ferreira, Nildimar Alves Honório
During 2014-2016, we conducted mosquito-based Zika virus surveillance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Results suggest that Zika virus was probably introduced into the area during May-November 2013 via multiple in-country sources. Furthermore, our results strengthen the hypothesis that Zika virus in the Americas originated in Brazil during October 2012-May 2013.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628450/zika-virus-screening-among-spanish-team-members-after-2016-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-olympic-games
#10
Natalia Rodriguez-Valero, Alberto M Borobia, Mar Lago, Maria Paz Sánchez-Seco, Fernando de Ory, Ana Vázquez, Jose Luis Pérez-Arellano, Cristina Carranza Rodríguez, Miguel J Martínez, Alicia Capón, Elias Cañas, Joaquin Salas-Coronas, Arkaitz Azcune Galparsoro, Jose Muñoz
We evaluated the risk for the Spanish Olympic Team acquiring Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during 2016. We recruited 117 team members, and all tested negative for Zika virus. Lack of cases in this cohort supports the minimum risk estimates made before the Games.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609260/genesis-of-influenza-a-h5n8-viruses
#11
Rabeh El-Shesheny, Subrata Barman, Mohammed M Feeroz, M Kamrul Hasan, Lisa Jones-Engel, John Franks, Jasmine Turner, Patrick Seiler, David Walker, Kimberly Friedman, Lisa Kercher, Sajeda Begum, Sharmin Akhtar, Ashis Kumar Datta, Scott Krauss, Ghazi Kayali, Pamela McKenzie, Richard J Webby, Robert G Webster
Highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) clade 2.3.4.4 virus emerged in 2016 and spread to Russia, Europe, and Africa. Our analysis of viruses from domestic ducks at Tanguar haor, Bangladesh, showed genetic similarities with other viruses from wild birds in central Asia, suggesting their potential role in the genesis of A(H5N8).
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609259/clonal-expansion-of-new-penicillin-resistant-clade-of-neisseria-meningitidis-serogroup-w-clonal-complex-11-australia
#12
Shakeel Mowlaboccus, Keith A Jolley, James E Bray, Stanley Pang, Yung Thin Lee, Jane D Bew, David J Speers, Anthony D Keil, Geoffrey W Coombs, Charlene M Kahler
In Western Australia, Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W clonal complex 11 became the predominant cause of invasive meningococcal disease in 2016. We used core-genome analysis to show emergence of a penicillin-resistant clade that had the penA_253 allele. This new penicillin-resistant clade might affect treatment regimens for this disease.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604336/characteristics-of-dysphagia-in-infants-with-microcephaly-caused-by-congenital-zika-virus-infection-brazil-2015
#13
Mariana C Leal, Vanessa van der Linden, Thiago P Bezerra, Luciana de Valois, Adriana C G Borges, Margarida M C Antunes, Kátia G Brandt, Catharina X Moura, Laura C Rodrigues, Coeli R Ximenes
We summarize the characteristics of dysphagia in 9 infants in Brazil with microcephaly caused by congenital Zika virus infection. The Schedule for Oral Motor Assessment, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and the videofluoroscopic swallowing study were used as noninstrumental and instrumental assessments. All infants had a degree of neurologic damage and showed abnormalities in the oral phase. Of the 9 infants, 8 lacked oral and upper respiratory tract sensitivity, leading to delays in initiation of the pharyngeal phase of swallowing...
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430103/genomic-characterization-of-recrudescent-plasmodium-malariae-after-treatment-with-artemether-lumefantrine
#14
Gavin G Rutledge, Ian Marr, G Khai Lin Huang, Sarah Auburn, Jutta Marfurt, Mandy Sanders, Nicholas J White, Matthew Berriman, Chris I Newbold, Nicholas M Anstey, Thomas D Otto, Ric N Price
Plasmodium malariae is the only human malaria parasite species with a 72-hour intraerythrocytic cycle and the ability to persist in the host for life. We present a case of a P. malariae infection with clinical recrudescence after directly observed administration of artemether/lumefantrine. By using whole-genome sequencing, we show that the initial infection was polyclonal and the recrudescent isolate was a single clone present at low density in the initial infection. Haplotypic analysis of the clones in the initial infection revealed that they were all closely related and were presumably recombinant progeny originating from the same infective mosquito bite...
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580899/human-infection-with-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-china
#15
Changwen Ke, Chris Ka Pun Mok, Wenfei Zhu, Haibo Zhou, Jianfeng He, Wenda Guan, Jie Wu, Wenjun Song, Dayan Wang, Jiexiong Liu, Qinhan Lin, Daniel Ka Wing Chu, Lei Yang, Nanshan Zhong, Zifeng Yang, Yuelong Shu, Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris
The recent increase in zoonotic avian influenza A(H7N9) disease in China is a cause of public health concern. Most of the A(H7N9) viruses previously reported have been of low pathogenicity. We report the fatal case of a patient in China who was infected with an A(H7N9) virus having a polybasic amino acid sequence at its hemagglutinin cleavage site (PEVPKRKRTAR/GL), a sequence suggestive of high pathogenicity in birds. Its neuraminidase also had R292K, an amino acid change known to be associated with neuraminidase inhibitor resistance...
July 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730981/bartonella-quintana-an-unrecognized-cause-of-infective-endocarditis-in-children-in-ethiopia
#16
Diana Tasher, Alona Raucher-Sternfeld, Akiva Tamir, Michael Giladi, Eli Somekh
Bartonella quintana endocarditis, a common cause of culture-negative endocarditis in adults, has rarely been reported in children. We describe 5 patients 7-16 years of age from Ethiopia with heart defects and endocarditis; 4 cases were caused by infection with B. quintana and 1 by Bartonella of undetermined species. All 5 patients were afebrile and oligosymptomatic, although 3 had heart failure. C-reactive protein was normal or slightly elevated, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate was high. The diagnosis was confirmed by echocardiographic demonstration of vegetations, the presence of high Bartonella IgG titers, and identification of B...
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726629/effects-of-influenza-strain-label-on-worry-and-behavioral-intentions
#17
Aaron M Scherer, Megan Knaus, Brian J Zikmund-Fisher, Enny Das, Angela Fagerlin
Persons who read information about a hypothetical influenza strain with scientific (H11N3 influenza) or exotic-sounding (Yarraman flu) name reported higher worry and vaccination intentions than did those who read about strains named after an animal reservoir (horse flu). These findings suggest that terms used for influenza in public communications can influence reactions.
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726628/california-serogroup-virus-infection-associated-with-encephalitis-and-cognitive-decline-canada-2015
#18
Duncan Webster, Kristina Dimitrova, Kimberly Holloway, Kai Makowski, David Safronetz, Michael A Drebot
California serogroup (CSG) viruses, such as Jamestown Canyon and snowshoe hare viruses, are mosquitoborne pathogens that cause febrile illness and neurologic disease. Human exposures have been described across Canada, but infections are likely underdiagnosed. We describe a case of neuroinvasive illness in a New Brunswick, Canada, patient infected with a CSG virus.
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726627/mucus-activatable-shiga-toxin-genotype-stx2d-in-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
#19
Sergio Sánchez, María Teresa Llorente, Laura Herrera-León, Raquel Ramiro, Sandra Nebreda, María Antonia Remacha, Silvia Herrera-León
We identified the mucus-activatable Shiga toxin genotype stx2d in the most common hemolytic uremic syndrome-associated Escherichia coli serotype, O157:H7. stx2d was detected in a strain isolated from a 2-year-old boy with bloody diarrhea in Spain, and whole-genome sequencing was used to confirm and fully characterize the strain.
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726626/human-infection-with-burkholderia-thailandensis-china-2013
#20
Kai Chang, Jie Luo, Huan Xu, Min Li, Fengling Zhang, Jin Li, Dayong Gu, Shaoli Deng, Ming Chen, Weiping Lu
Burkholderia thailandensis infection in humans is uncommon. We describe a case of B. thailandensis infection in a person in China, a location heretofore unknown for B. thailandensis. We identified the specific virulence factors of B. thailandensis, which may indicate a transition to a new virulent form.
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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