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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021713/epidemiology-of-bronchiolitis-a-description-of-emergency-department-visits-and-hospitalizations-in-puerto-rico-2010-2014
#1
Andrea Rivera-Sepulveda, Enid J Garcia-Rivera
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the epidemiology of bronchiolitis as a clinical diagnosis and its impact on emergency department visits and hospitalizations in tropical and semitropical regions. We described the epidemiology of bronchiolitis emergency visits and hospitalizations, its temporal trend and geographic distribution in Puerto Rico between 2010 and 2014. METHODS: We performed a retrospective descriptive analysis of a representative sample of privately insured children with bronchiolitis from January 2010 to December 2014...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943776/erratum-to-wuchereria-bancrofti-infection-at-four-primary-schools-and-surrounding-communities-with-no-previous-blood-surveys-in-northern-uganda-the-prevalence-after-mass-drug-administrations-and-a-report-on-suspected-non-filarial-endemic-elephantiasis
#2
Emmanuel Igwaro Odongo-Aginya, Alex Olia, Kilama Justin Luwa, Eiji Nagayasu, Anna Mary Auma, Geoffrey Egitat, Gerald Mwesigwa, Yoshitaka Ogino, Eisaku Kimura, Toshihiro Horii
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1186/s41182-017-0060-y.].
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919835/high-resolution-infrared-thermography-a-new-tool-to-assess-tungiasis-associated-inflammation-of-the-skin
#3
Angela Schuster, Marlene Thielecke, Vaomalala Raharimanga, Charles Emile Ramarokoto, Christophe Rogier, Ingela Krantz, Hermann Feldmeier
BACKGROUND: Tungiasis is highly prevalent in low- and middle-income countries but remains often under diagnosed and untreated eventually leading to chronic sequels. The objective of the study was to assess whether tungiasis-associated inflammation can be detected and quantified by high-resolution infrared thermography (HRIT) and whether after removal of the parasite inflammation resolves rapidly. METHODS: Patients with tungiasis were identified through active case finding...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878549/risk-perceptions-attitudes-and-knowledge-of-chikungunya-among-the-public-and-health-professionals-a-systematic-review
#4
REVIEW
Tricia Corrin, Lisa Waddell, Judy Greig, Ian Young, Catherine Hierlihy, Mariola Mascarenhas
BACKGROUND: Recently, attention to chikungunya has increased due to its spread into previously non-endemic areas. Since there is no available treatment or vaccine, most intervention strategies focus on mosquito bite prevention and mosquito control, which require community involvement to be successful. Thus, our objective was to systematically review the global primary literature on the risk perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge of chikungunya among the public and health professionals to inform future research and improve our understanding on which intervention strategies are likely to be successful...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814926/wuchereria-bancrofti-infection-at-four-primary-schools-and-surrounding-communities-with-no-previous-blood-surveys-in-northern-uganda-the-prevalence-after-mass-drug-administrations-and-a-report-on-suspected-non-filarial-endemic-elephantiasis
#5
Emmanuel Igwaro Odongo-Aginya, Alex Olia, Kilama Justin Luwa, Eiji Nagayasu, Anna Mary Auma, Geoffrey Egitat, Gerald Mwesigwa, Yoshitaka Ogino, Eisaku Kimura, Toshihiro Horii
BACKGROUND: A prevalence study of Wuchereria bancrofti infection was carried out in 2014 at 4 study sites in northern Uganda using antigen and microfilaria tests. Each study site consists of a primary school and surrounding communities. These sites are inside the filariasis endemic area and have been covered by mass drug administration under the national elimination programme. However, no prevalence study had been conducted there before the present study. Without information on past and present endemicity levels, our study was meant to be an independent third-party investigation to know the latest filariasis situation...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794687/prevalence-and-risk-factors-associated-with-lymphatic-filariasis-in-american-samoa-after-mass-drug-administration
#6
Shaun P Coutts, Jonathan D King, Molisamoa Pa'au, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Roth, Mary Rose King, Patrick J Lammie, Colleen L Lau, Patricia M Graves
BACKGROUND: In 2000, American Samoa had 16.5% prevalence of lymphatic filariasis (LF) antigenemia. Annual mass drug administration (MDA) was conducted using single-dose albendazole plus diethylcarbamazine from 2000 to 2006. This study presents the results of a 2007 population-based PacELF C-survey in all ages and compares the adult filarial antigenemia results of this survey to those of a subsequent 2010 survey in adults with the aim of improving understanding of LF transmission after MDA...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794686/tumor-infiltrating-leukocyte-density-is-independent-of-tumor-grade-and-molecular-subtype-in-aggressive-breast-cancer-of-western-kenya
#7
Rispah T Sawe, Simeon K Mining, Ayub V Ofulla, Kirtika Patel, Bernard Guyah, David Chumba, Jenifer R Prosperi, Maggie Kerper, Zonggao Shi, Mayra Sandoval-Cooper, Katherine Taylor, Sunil Badve, M Sharon Stack, Laurie E Littlepage
BACKGROUND: Tumors commonly are infiltrated by leukocytes, or tumor infiltrating leukocytes (TILs). It remains unclear, however, if the density and type of individual TILs has a direct or simply correlative role in promoting poor prognosis in breast cancer patients. Breast cancer in Kenyan women is aggressive with presentation at a young age, with advanced grade (grade III), large tumor size (>2.0 cm), and poor prognosis. We previously observed that the tumors were predominantly estrogen receptor positive (ER+) but also included both a high percentage of triple negative tumors and also increased immune cell infiltration within the tumors...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680324/evaluations-of-training-programs-to-improve-human-resource-capacity-for-hiv-malaria-and-tb-control-a-systematic-scoping-review-of-methods-applied-and-outcomes-assessed
#8
REVIEW
Shishi Wu, Imara Roychowdhury, Mishal Khan
BACKGROUND: Owing to the global health workforce crisis, more funding has been invested in strengthening human resources for health, particularly for HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria control; however, little is known about how these investments in training are evaluated. This paper examines how frequently HIV, malaria, and TB healthcare provider training programs have been scientifically evaluated, synthesizes information on the methods and outcome indicators used, and identifies evidence gaps for future evaluations to address...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680323/high-prevalence-of-helminths-infection-and-associated-risk-factors-among-adults-living-in-a-rural-setting-central-kenya-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Janet Masaku, Faith Mutungi, Paul M Gichuki, Collins Okoyo, Doris W Njomo, Sammy M Njenga
BACKGROUND: Schistosome infection and soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are major public health problems in many developing countries where they contribute to the suffering of populations living in poor settings. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in four rural villages in central region of Kenya to provide information on the status of schistosome and STH infections. Previous studies conducted in the area among primary school children showed that there were high STH and Schistosoma mansoni infections...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630586/surveillance-efforts-after-mass-drug-administration-to-validate-elimination-of-lymphatic-filariasis-as-a-public-health-problem-in-vanuatu
#10
Fasihah Taleo, George Taleo, Patricia M Graves, Peter Wood, Sung Hye Kim, Masayo Ozaki, Hayley Joseph, Brian Chu, Alex Pavluck, Aya Yajima, Wayne Melrose, Kazuyo Ichimori, Corinne Capuano
BACKGROUND: Vanuatu was formerly highly endemic for lymphatic filariasis (LF), caused by Wuchereria bancrofti and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes. After a baseline survey showing 4.8% antigen prevalence in 1998, the country conducted nationwide (in one implementation unit) annual mass drug administration (MDA) with albendazole and diethylcarbamazine citrate from 2000 to 2004 and achieved prevalence of 0.2% by 2006 in a representative nationwide cluster survey among all age groups...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630585/identification-of-the-plasmodium-species-in-clinical-samples-from-children-residing-in-five-epidemiological-strata-of-malaria-in-cameroon
#11
Tebit Emmanuel Kwenti, Tayong Dizzle Bita Kwenti, Longdoh Anna Njunda, Andreas Latz, Kukwah Anthony Tufon, Theresa Nkuo-Akenji
BACKGROUND: Malaria in Cameroon was previously known to be caused solely by Plasmodium falciparum but today, evidence points to other Plasmodium species including P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae. The purpose of this study was to identify the Plasmodium species in clinical samples from children residing in five epidemiological strata of malaria in Cameroon, so as to advise control policies. METHODS: One thousand six hundred nine febrile children (≤15 years) were recruited from five epidemiological strata of malaria including the Sudano-sahelian (SS) strata, the High inland plateau (HIP) strata, the South Cameroonian Equatorial forest (SCEF) strata, the High western plateau (HWP) strata and the Coastal (C) strata...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615988/identification-and-control-of-an-isolated-but-intense-focus-of-lymphatic-filariasis-on-satawal-island-federated-states-of-micronesia-in-2003
#12
Moses Pretrick, Wayne Melrose, Jean-Paul Chaine, Deon Canyon, Jaime Carron, Patricia M Graves, Richard S Bradbury
BACKGROUND: There is very limited data available on the prevalence of Bancroftian filariasis in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Considerable attempts to eliminate the disease had occurred in the Pacific region by the year 2003, and the prevalence in FSM was thought to be sufficiently low that the region was considered non-endemic. However, a survey conducted in 2003 on an isolated atoll of FSM, Satawal Island, challenged that assumption. METHODS: Participants on Satawal Island were recruited and their blood tested for Wuchereria bancrofti antigen by the filariasis immunochromatographic test (ICT) card and circulating microfilaria by Knott's concentration technique...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579911/impact-of-the-lymphatic-filariasis-control-program-towards-elimination-of-filariasis-in-vanuatu-1997-2006
#13
Tammy Allen, Fasihah Taleo, Patricia M Graves, Peter Wood, George Taleo, Margaret C Baker, Mark Bradley, Kazuyo Ichimori
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) occurs when filarial parasites are transmitted to humans through mosquitoes. The filarial worms affect the lymphatic system which leads to abnormal enlargement of body parts, chronic pain, disability, and social discrimination. In 1999, a commitment was made to eliminate LF from the Pacific Region by 2010. The Pacific Program to Eliminate LF began, with Vanuatu being one of the 16 endemic countries included in this program. METHODS: In 1997/1998 a LF prevalence baseline survey was conducted to determine the need for mass drug administration (MDA) in Vanuatu...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515660/environmental-factors-associated-with-the-distribution-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-endemic-areas-of-bangladesh-modeling-the-ecological-niche
#14
Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Ashraf Dewan, Md Rakibul Islam Shogib, Md Masudur Rahman, Md Faruk Hossain
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic infection (also called kala-azar in South Asia) caused by Leishmania donovani that is a considerable threat to public health in the Indian subcontinent, including densely populated Bangladesh. The disease seriously affects the poorest subset of the population in the subcontinent. Despite the fact that the incidence of VL results in significant morbidity and mortality, its environmental determinants are relatively poorly understood, especially in Bangladesh...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490972/intensifying-responsiveness-towards-neglected-intestinal-helminth-infections-in-a-resource-constrained-setting
#15
Khin Thet Wai, Kay Thwe Han, Tin Oo
Neglected intestinal helminth infections afflict the marginalized communities in Asia. Since 2004, growing body of evidence in Myanmar indicated high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) infections (30-40%) among school children. Co-existence of STH (23%) with food-borne trematodes was noted among 383 pregnant women in a selected township in 2012-2014 followed by molecular verification of very low prevalence of schistosome infection (<5%) in the same study site in 2016. The success of transmission elimination plans may depend upon sensitive diagnostic tools to detect persistent infections and polyparasitism...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484317/chronic-illness-needing-palliative-care-in-kinshasa-hospitals-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-drc
#16
Jacques Lofandjola Masumbuku, Ernest Sumaili Kiswaya, Philippe Mairiaux, Daniel Gillain, Jean Petermans
BACKGROUND: Chronic illnesses are a major public health problem in low-income countries. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), few data are available, especially in palliative care. In this context, the present study aimed at describing the patterns of diseases in Kinshasa hospitals as well as risk factors associated with patients' evolving status and length of hospital stay. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in ten hospitals of Kinshasa, over a 1-year period...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461779/the-capacity-of-diagnostic-laboratories-in-kenya-for-detecting-infectious-diseases
#17
H-C Slotved, Kennedy K Yatich, Shem Otoi Sam, Edwardina Otieno Ndhine
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to present data of the diagnostic capacity of Kenyan laboratories to diagnose a number of human pathogens. The study is based on the data obtained from a biosecurity survey conducted in Kenya in 2014/2015 and data from the Statistical Abstract of Kenya for 2015. The biosecurity survey has previously been published; however, the survey also included information on laboratory capacity to handle a number of pathogens, which have not been published. METHODS: Data were retrieved from the survey on 86 laboratory facilities...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450794/variation-in-rotavirus-vaccine-coverage-by-sub-counties-in-kenya
#18
Ernest Apondi Wandera, Shah Mohammad, John Odhiambo Ouko, James Yatitch, Koki Taniguchi, Yoshio Ichinose
Rotavirus gastroenteritis is an important cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in Kenya. In July 2014, Kenya introduced the rotavirus vaccine into her national immunization program. Although immunization coverage is crucial in assessing the real-world impact of this vaccine, variability in the vaccine coverage across the country is likely to occur. In view of this, we estimated the extent of coverage for the rotavirus vaccine at two socio-economically different sub-counties using the administrative data...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413330/toxoplasmosis-seroprevalence-in-iranian-women-and-risk-factors-of-the-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Azadeh Mizani, Abbas Alipour, Mehdi Sharif, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Afsaneh Amouei, Azar Shokri, Mohammad-Taghi Rahimi, Seyed Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is caused by an intracellular obligatory parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and it has global distribution. The purposes of this systematic review and meta-analysis were to evaluate the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in Iranian pregnant women, and girls and women of childbearing age, and identify potentially preventable risk factors. METHODS: Between November 2014 and February 2017, nine electronic databases that reported data on the T. gondii seroprevalence in Iranian women were searched...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293130/treatment-of-tungiasis-with-a-two-component-dimeticone-a-comparison-between-moistening-the-whole-foot-and-directly-targeting-the-embedded-sand-fleas
#20
Per Nordin, Marlene Thielecke, Nicholas Ngomi, George Mukone Mudanga, Ingela Krantz, Hermann Feldmeier
BACKGROUND: Tungiasis (sand flea disease) is caused by the penetration of female sand fleas (Tunga penetrans, Siphonaptera) into the skin. It belongs to the neglected tropical diseases and is prevalent in South America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. Tungiasis predominantly affects marginalized populations and resource-poor communities in both urban and rural areas. In the endemic areas, patients do not have access to an effective and safe treatment. A proof-of-principle study in rural Kenya has shown that the application of a two-component dimeticone (NYDA®) which is a mixture of two low viscosity silicone oils caused almost 80% of the embedded sand fleas to lose their viability within 7 days...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
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