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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351771/characterization-of-salmonella-enterica-from-invasive-bloodstream-infections-and-water-sources-in-rural-ghana
#1
Denise Dekker, Ralf Krumkamp, Daniel Eibach, Nimako Sarpong, Kennedy Gyau Boahen, Michael Frimpong, Elina Fechtner, Sven Poppert, Ralf Matthias Hagen, Norbert Georg Schwarz, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Justin Im, Florian Marks, Hagen Frickmann, Jürgen May
BACKGROUND: Non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) cause the majority of bloodstream infections in Ghana, however the mode of transmission and source of invasive NTS in Africa are poorly understood. This study compares NTS from water sources and invasive bloodstream infections in rural Ghana. METHODS: Blood from hospitalised, febrile children and samples from drinking water sources were analysed for Salmonella spp. Strains were serotyped to trace possible epidemiological links between human and water-derived isolates...
January 19, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351741/risk-factors-for-mycobacterium-ulcerans-infection-buruli-ulcer-in-togo-%C3%A2-a-case-control-study-in-zio-and-yoto-districts-of-the-maritime-region
#2
Issaka Maman, Tchadjobo Tchacondo, Abiba Banla Kere, Ebekalisai Piten, Marcus Beissner, Yiragnima Kobara, Komlan Kossi, Kossi Badziklou, Franz Xaver Wiedemann, Komi Amekuse, Gisela Bretzel, Damintoti Simplice Karou
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a neglected mycobacterial skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. This disease mostly affects poor rural populations, especially in areas with low hygiene standards and sanitation coverage. The objective of this study was to identify these risk factors in the districts of Zio and Yoto of the Maritime Region in Togo. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in Zio and Yoto, two districts proved BU endemic from November 2014 to May 2015...
January 19, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347919/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-on-schistosomiasis-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review
#3
Hlengiwe Sacolo, Moses Chimbari, Chester Kalinda
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis remains a global health problem with an estimated 250 million people in 78 countries infected, of whom 85% live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Preventive chemotherapy remains the key public health strategy to combat schistosomiasis worldwide. Recently the WHO emphasized on the use of integrative approaches in the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. However, a detailed understanding of sociocultural factors that may influence the uptake of the intended health activities and services is vital...
January 18, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343220/antimicrobial-resistance-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-germany-low-levels-of-cephalosporin-resistance-but-high-azithromycin-resistance
#4
Susanne Buder, Sandra Dudareva, Klaus Jansen, Anna Loenenbach, Sergejs Nikisins, Andrea Sailer, Eva Guhl, Peter K Kohl, Viviane Bremer
BACKGROUND: The widespread antimicrobial resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a serious problem for the treatment and control of gonorrhoea. Many of the previously effective therapeutic agents are no longer viable. Because N. gonorrhoeae infections are not reportable in Germany, only limited data on disease epidemiology and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns are available. The Gonococcal Resistance Network (GORENET) is a surveillance project to monitor trends in the antimicrobial susceptibility of N...
January 17, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343216/an-appraisal-how-notifiable-infectious-diseases-are-reported-by-hungarian-family-physicians
#5
Katalin Vraukó, Zoltán Jancsó, László Kalabay, Andrea Lukács, Gabriella Maráczi, Lajos Mester, Anna Nánási, József Rinfel, Tamás Sárosi, Ferenc Tamás, Albert Varga, József Vitrai, Imre Rurik
BACKGROUND: Within the frame of National Epidemiological Surveillance System, family physicians have an obligation to report infections and suspicions cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, daily practice and the reporting activities of Hungarian family physicians regarding to infectious diseases. METHODS: A self-administered survey was developed, validated and used. The survey was completed by family physicians who had taken part in continuous medical educational programmes of all Hungarian medical faculties...
January 17, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338702/estimating-the-scale-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-the-eu-eea-a-focus-on-migrants-from-anti-hcv-endemic-countries
#6
A M Falla, A A Ahmad, E Duffell, T Noori, I K Veldhuijzen
BACKGROUND: Increasing the proportion diagnosed with and on treatment for chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is key to the elimination of hepatitis C in Europe. This study contributes to secondary prevention planning in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) by estimating the number of CHC (anti-HCV positive and viraemic) cases among migrants living in the EU/EEA and born in endemic countries, defining the most affected migrant populations, and assessing whether country of birth prevalence is a reliable proxy for migrant prevalence...
January 16, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338693/in-vitro-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-of-human-brucella-melitensis-isolates-from-ulanqab-of-inner-mongolia-china
#7
Zhi-Guo Liu, Dong-Dong Di, Miao Wang, Ri-Hong Liu, Hong-Yan Zhao, Dong-Ri Piao, Zhong-Zhi Zhao, Yong-Qing Hao, Ya-Nan Du, Hai Jiang, Bu-Yun Cui, Xian-Zhu Xia
BACKGROUND: Brucellosis is an endemic disease in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China and Ulanqab exhibits the highest prevalence of brucellosis in this region. Due to the complex nature of Brucellosis, a cure for this disease has proven to be elusive. Furthermore, the reduced susceptibility of Brucella spp. to antimicrobial agents has been reported as a potential cause of therapeutic failure. However, detailed in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility patterns pertaining to Brucella isolates from this region have not yet been published...
January 16, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334932/anemia-in-people-on-second-line-antiretroviral-treatment-in-lilongwe-malawi-a-cross-sectional-study
#8
McNeil Ngongondo, Nora E Rosenberg, Christopher C Stanley, Robertino Lim, Dennis Ongubo, Richard Broadhurst, Colin Speight, Robert Flick, Petros Tembo, Mina C Hosseinpour
BACKGROUND: Anemia is common among people living with HIV infection and is frequently associated with poor quality of life and poor prognosis. It has been well described in antiretroviral naïve individuals and those on non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor-based first line antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens. However there is limited information on anemia for ART experienced individuals on protease inhibitor-based second line ART regimens in resource limited settings. Our objective was to describe the prevalence and risk factors of anemia in this ART experienced population in Malawi...
January 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334908/self-reported-genital-warts-among-sexually-active-university-students-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Silvia Cocchio, Chiara Bertoncello, Tatjana Baldovin, Alessandra Buja, Silvia Majori, Vincenzo Baldo
BACKGROUND: Genital warts are one of the most common forms of sexually-transmitted disease, but their epidemiology has yet to be thoroughly elucidated. The present study was designed to shed light on the prevalence of clinically-confirmed, self-reported genital warts (GWs) in a representative sample of the university population. METHODS: In 2015, a cross-sectional survey was conducted on 11,096 individuals approached at the Students Information Bureau where they came to enroll for a university degree course...
January 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334903/a-rare-case-of-pericarditis-and-pleural-empyema-secondary-to-transdiaphragmatic-extension-of-pyogenic-liver-abscess
#10
Eunae Cho, Sang Woo Park, Chung Hwan Jun, Sang Soo Shin, Eun Kyu Park, Kyo Seon Lee, Seon Young Park, Chang Hwan Park, Hyun Soo Kim, Sung Kyu Choi, Jong Sun Rew
BACKGROUND: Transdiaphragmatic extension of pyogenic liver abscess is the rarest cause of pericarditis and pleural empyema. It is a rapidly progressive and highly lethal infection with mortality rates reaching 100% if left untreated. However, the transmission route, treatment methods and prognosis have not been well studied. CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old male patient presented with a fever, dyspnea, and right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Computed tomography of the chest and abdomen showed huge liver abscess without full liquefaction in the left lobe, large amount of left pleural effusion, and mild pericardial effusion, and the patient was treated with parenteral antibiotics and pigtail insertion at the left pleura...
January 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334901/monitoring-vaccine-and-non-vaccine-hpv-type-prevalence-in-the-post-vaccination-era-in-women-living-in-the-basilicata-region-italy
#11
Francesca Carozzi, Donella Puliti, Cristina Ocello, Pasquale Silvio Anastasio, Espedito Antonio Moliterni, Emilia Perinetti, Laurence Serradell, Elena Burroni, Massimo Confortini, Paola Mantellini, Marco Zappa, Géraldine Dominiak-Felden
BACKGROUND: A large free-of-charge quadrivalent HPV (qHPV) vaccination program, covering four cohorts annually (women 11, 14, 17 and 24 years), has been implemented in Basilicata since 2007. This study evaluated vaccine and non-vaccine HPV prevalence 5-7 years post-vaccination program implementation in vaccinated and unvaccinated women. METHODS: This population-based, cross-sectional study was conducted in the public screening centers of the Local Health Unit in Matera between 2012 and 2014...
January 15, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329528/transmission-of-measles-among-healthcare-workers-in-hospital-w-xinjiang-autonomous-region-china-2016
#12
Haimei Jia, Chao Ma, Mengting Lu, Jianping Fu, Lance E Rodewald, Qiru Su, Huaqin Wang, Lixin Hao
BACKGROUND: As China approaches the elimination of measles, outbreaks of measles continue to occur. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are known to be at high risk of infection and transmission of measles virus. A measles outbreak occurred in a hospital in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. We report an investigation of this outbreak and its implications for measles elimination and outbreak preparedness. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective search for measles cases using hospital records...
January 12, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329519/eikenella-corrodens-endocarditis-and-liver-abscess-in-a-previously-healthy-male-a-case-report
#13
Anne Christine Nordholm, Ruth Ottilia Birgitta Vøgg, Henrik Permin, Terese Katzenstein
BACKGROUND: Eikenella corrodens is one of the HACEK bacteria constituting part of the normal flora of the oropharynx, however, still an uncommon pathogen. We report a case of a large Eikenella corrodens liver abscess with simultaneously endocarditis in a previously healthy male. CASE PRESENTATION: A 49-year-old Danish man was admitted because of one-month malaise, fever, cough and unintentional weight loss. On admission there was elevated white blood cell count and C-reactive protein, as well as affected liver function tests...
January 12, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329512/landscape-and-rodent-community-composition-are-associated-with-risk-of-hemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome-in-two-cities-in-china-2006-2013
#14
Hong Xiao, Xin Tong, Ru Huang, Lidong Gao, Shixiong Hu, Yapin Li, Hongwei Gao, Pai Zheng, Huisuo Yang, Zheng Y X Huang, Hua Tan, Huaiyu Tian
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a rodent-borne disease caused by hantaviruses. Landscape can influence the risk of hantavirus infection for humans, mainly through its effect on rodent community composition and distribution. It is important to understand how landscapes influence population dynamics for different rodent species and the subsequent effect on HFRS risk. METHODS: To determine how rodent community composition influenced human hantavirus infection, we monitored rodent communities in the prefecture-level cities of Loudi and Shaoyang, China, from 2006 to 2013...
January 12, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325543/persistent-mammalian-orthoreovirus-coxsackievirus-and-adenovirus-co-infection-in-a-child-with-a-primary-immunodeficiency-detected-by-metagenomic-sequencing-a-case-report
#15
Dagmara W Lewandowska, Riccarda Capaul, Seraina Prader, Osvaldo Zagordi, Fabienne-Desirée Geissberger, Martin Kügler, Marcus Knorr, Christoph Berger, Tayfun Güngör, Janine Reichenbach, Cyril Shah, Jürg Böni, Andrea Zbinden, Alexandra Trkola, Jana Pachlopnik Schmid, Michael Huber
BACKGROUND: We report a rare case of Mammalian orthoreovirus (MRV) infection in a child with a primary immunodeficiency (PID). Infections with Mammalian orthoreovirus are very rare and probably of zoonotic origin. Only a few cases have been described so far, including one with similar pathogenesis as in our case. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient, age 11, presented with flu-like symptoms and persistent severe diarrhea. Enterovirus has been detected over several months, however, exact typing of a positive cell culture remained inconclusive...
January 11, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325542/visceral-adipose-tissue-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-hiv-infected-patients-undergoing-cart-a-prospective-cohort-study
#16
Maria Teresa Beires, André Silva-Pinto, Ana Cristina Santos, António José Madureira, Jorge Pereira, Davide Carvalho, António Sarmento, Paula Freitas
BACKGROUND: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-infected patients has been associated with lipodystrophy, metabolic abnormalities, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Ultrasound measures of carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) have been used as a valid measure of subclinical atherosclerosis and as a tool to predict the risk of cardiovascular events. Our aim was to evaluate the progression of cIMT in HIV-infected patients subjected to cART, with and without lipodystrophy, over a one-year period...
January 11, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325525/estimating-the-scale-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-migrants-in-eu-eea-countries
#17
Amena A Ahmad, Abby M Falla, Erika Duffell, Teymur Noori, Angela Bechini, Ralf Reintjes, Irene K Veldhuijzen
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January 11, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321005/the-impact-of-regular-school-closure-on-seasonal-influenza-epidemics-a-data-driven-spatial-transmission-model-for-belgium
#18
Giancarlo De Luca, Kim Van Kerckhove, Pietro Coletti, Chiara Poletto, Nathalie Bossuyt, Niel Hens, Vittoria Colizza
BACKGROUND: School closure is often considered as an option to mitigate influenza epidemics because of its potential to reduce transmission in children and then in the community. The policy is still however highly debated because of controversial evidence. Moreover, the specific mechanisms leading to mitigation are not clearly identified. METHODS: We introduced a stochastic spatial age-specific metapopulation model to assess the role of holiday-associated behavioral changes and how they affect seasonal influenza dynamics...
January 10, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321001/dengue-virus-infection-enhancement-activity-in-neutralizing-antibodies-of-healthy-adults-before-dengue-season-as-determined-by-using-fc%C3%AE-r-expressing-cells
#19
Minh Huong Phu Ly, Meng Ling Moi, Thi Bich Hau Vu, Mya Myat Ngwe Tun, Todd Saunders, Cam Nhat Nguyen, Anh Kieu Thi Nguyen, Hung Manh Nguyen, Than Huu Dao, Do Quyen Pham, Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen, Thi Quynh Mai Le, Futoshi Hasebe, Kouichi Morita
BACKGROUND: Antibodies are critical responses to protect the host from dengue virus(DENV) infection. Antibodies target DENV by two pathologic mechanisms: virus neutralization and infection enhancement. In dengue patients, the absence of neutralizing activity in the presence of FcγR implies that infection-enhancing activity hampers the neutralizing activity of antibodies, which could potentially lead to symptomatic presentations and severe clinical outcomes. METHODS: A total of 100 pair serum samples from adult healthy volunteers were obtained during the dengue season in Ha Noi in 2015 for evaluation of neutralizing and infection-enhancing activity...
January 10, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320990/correlation-between-polymorphisms-in-toll-like-receptor-genes-and-the-activity-of-hepatitis-b-virus-among-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-a-case-control-study-in-a-han-chinese-population
#20
Yong Lin, Zheng-Xiang Gao, Xu Shen, Mei-Jun Chen, Yan-Ting Li, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Qi-Feng Zhao, Fan Liu, Jian-Jun Niu
BACKGROUND: Because of the high prevalence and absence of cure for infection, chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has been acknowledged as a pressing public health issue. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) activate the human innate immune system and the polymorphisms in TLRs may alter their function. The present study aimed to investigate the association between TLR polymorphisms and disease progression of chronic HBV infection. METHODS: During the study period, 211 treatment-naïve patients with chronic HBV infection were recruited, and blood samples were collected from each individual...
January 10, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
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