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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213208/awareness-of-malaria-and-treatment-seeking-behaviour-among-persons-with-acute-undifferentiated-fever-in-the-endemic-regions-of-myanmar
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Phyo Aung Naing, Thae Maung Maung, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Tin Oo, Khin Thet Wai, Aung Thi
Background: Myanmar has a high burden of malaria with two-third of the population at risk of malaria. One of the basic elements of the Roll Back Malaria Initiative to fight against malaria is early diagnosis and treatment within 24 h of fever. Public awareness about malaria is a key factor in malaria prevention and control and in improving treatment-seeking behaviour. Methods: A large community-based survey was carried out in 27 townships of malaria endemic regions in Myanmar in 2015 which reported on the knowledge, behaviour and practices around malaria in the general population...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200930/survey-on-synergism-effect-of-ketotifen-in-combination-with-pyrimethamine-in-treatment-of-acute-murine-toxoplasmosis
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Mahbobeh Montazeri, Kian Rezaei, Mohammad Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Mehdi Sharif, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Mohammad Taghi Rahimi, Abdol Satar Pagheh, Saeed Mehrzadi, Ahmad Daryani
Background: Standard treatment of toxoplasmosis is accompanied by severe side effects and low tolerability; accordingly, alternative medicines are critically needed. Ketotifen (KET) as a cell membrane stabilizer could be an appropriate inhibitor of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite entrance into the host cells. Therefore, the focus of current study is characterization of the anti-Toxoplasma activity of KET in the acute phase of toxoplasmosis in murine model as pre-treatment and post-treatment (before and after infection with RH strain)...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167627/the-importance-of-human-population-characteristics-in-modeling-aedes-aegypti-distributions-and-assessing-risk-of-mosquito-borne-infectious-diseases
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Julie F Obenauer, T Andrew Joyner, Joseph B Harris
Background: The mosquito Aedes aegypti has long been a vector for human illness in the Southeastern United States. In the past, it has been responsible for outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever and, very recently, the Zika virus that has been introduced to the region. Multiple studies have modeled the geographic distribution of Ae. aegypti as a function of climate factors; however, this ignores the importance of humans to the anthropophilic biter. Furthermore, Ae. aegypti thrives in areas where humans have created standing water sites, such as water storage containers and trash...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167626/exploring-spatial-and-temporal-patterns-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-endemic-areas-of-bangladesh
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Ashraf Dewan, Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Md Rakibul Islam Shogib, Razimul Karim, Md Masudur Rahman
Background: Visceral leishmaniasis is a considerable public health burden on the Indian subcontinent. The disease is highly endemic in the north-central part of Bangladesh, affecting the poorest and most marginalized communities. Despite the fact that visceral leishmaniasis (VL) results in mortality, severe morbidity, and socioeconomic stress in the region, the spatiotemporal dynamics of the disease have largely remained unexplored, especially in Bangladesh. Methods: Monthly VL cases between 2010 and 2014, obtained from subdistrict hospitals, were studied in this work...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158723/the-usefulness-of-traditional-birth-attendants-to-women-living-with-hiv-in-resource-poor-settings-the-case-of-mfuwe-zambia
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Choolwe Muzyamba, Wim Groot, Sonila M Tomini, Milena Pavlova
Background: Although there is increased attention on the role of trained traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in maternal care, most of the research has mainly focused on providing evidence of the relevance of trained TBAs to women in general without a specific focus on women who are HIV positive, despite them being most vulnerable. Therefore, the aim of this study is to fill this gap by assessing the relevance of trained TBAs to women living with HIV in resource-poor settings by using Zambia as a case study...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151802/individual-and-household-factors-associated-with-incidences-of-village-malaria-in-xepon-district-savannakhet-province-lao-pdr
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Nouhak Inthavong, Daisuke Nonaka, Sengchanh Kounnavong, Moritoshi Iwagami, Souraxay Phommala, Jun Kobayashi, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Paul T Brey, Shigeyuki Kano
Background: In the Lao PDR, the incidence of malaria greatly differs among villages even within a subdistrict, and the reasons for this difference are poorly understood. The objective of this study was to identify differences in villagers' behavior and the household environment between villages with high incidences and those with low incidences of malaria in a rural district of the Lao PDR. Methods: A case-control study was conducted in Xepon district, Savannakhet province...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118655/the-burden-of-dengue-source-reduction-measures-and-serotype-patterns-in-myanmar-2011-to-2015-r2
#7
Pwint Mon Oo, Khin Thet Wai, Anthony D Harries, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Tin Oo, Aung Thi, Zaw Lin
Background: Myanmar is currently classified as a high burden dengue country in the Asian Pacific region. The Myanmar vector-borne diseases control (VBDC) program has collected data on dengue and source reduction measures since 1970, and there is a pressing need to collate, analyze, and interpret this information. The aim of this study was to describe the burden of hospital-based dengue disease, dengue control measures, and serotype patterns in Myanmar between 2011 and 2015. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study using annual records from the Dengue Fever/Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Prevention and Control Project in Myanmar...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118654/overview-of-pacelf-the-pacific-programme-for-the-elimination-of-lymphatic-filariasis
#8
EDITORIAL
Kazuyo Ichimori, Patricia M Graves
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118653/a-combined-human-case-of-dirofilaria-ursi-infection-in-dorsal-subcutaneous-tissue-and-anisakis-simplex-sensu-stricto-s-s-infection-in-ventral-subcutaneous-tissue
#9
Minoru Yamada, Namiko Shishito, Yoshihiro Nozawa, Shigehiko Uni, Keisuke Nishioka, Takaaki Nakaya
Background: Dirofilaria ursi is a filarial nematode that parasitizes the subcutaneous tissues of the American black bear (Ursus americanus) and Japanese black bear (Ursus thiabetanus japonicus). D. ursi that has parasitized black bears has the potential to subsequently infect humans. In addition, extra-gastrointestinal anisakiasis is less common in Japan. Case presentation: We report a case of ventral subcutaneous anisakiasis and dorsal subcutaneous dirofilariasis that was acquired in Fukushima, in the northern part of Japan...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093641/spatiotemporal-analysis-of-tropical-disease-research-combining-europe-pmc-and-affiliation-mapping-web-services
#10
Magnus Palmblad, Vetle I Torvik
Background: Tropical medicine appeared as a distinct sub-discipline in the late nineteenth century, during a period of rapid European colonial expansion in Africa and Asia. After a dramatic drop after World War II, research on tropical diseases have received more attention and research funding in the twenty-first century. Methods: We used Apache Taverna to integrate Europe PMC and MapAffil web services, containing the spatiotemporal analysis workflow from a list of PubMed queries to a list of publication years and author affiliations geoparsed to latitudes and longitudes...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093640/identification-of-novel-antiviral-of-fungus-derived-brefeldin-a-against-dengue-viruses
#11
Muhareva Raekiansyah, Mihoko Mori, Kenichi Nonaka, Masanobu Agoh, Kazuro Shiomi, Atsuko Matsumoto, Kouichi Morita
Microbial natural products possess a wide range of biological and biochemical potential. Among them, fungal secondary metabolites are one of the most important sources for discovering new drugs or lead compounds. In the present study, we explored substances produced by the strain Penicillium sp. FKI-7127 for its antiviral activity. We identified brefeldin A as a novel antiviral agent against dengue viruses. The inhibitory effect of brefeldin A was confirmed by virus titer and immunofluorescence assay. Brefeldin A inhibited dengue viruses regardless of serotypes and other related viruses including Zika virus and Japanese encephalitis virus...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29085254/prevalence-and-associated-determinants-of-malaria-parasites-among-kenyan-children
#12
Marufa Sultana, Nurnabi Sheikh, Rashidul Alam Mahumud, Tania Jahir, Ziaul Islam, Abdur Razzaque Sarker
BACKGROUND: Approximately 80% of deaths attributed to malaria worldwide occurred mainly in Africa in 2015. Kenya is one of the major malaria endemic countries, making malaria the leading public health concern in this country. This study intended to document the prevalence of malaria and determine associated factors including socioeconomic status among children aged 6 months to 14 years in Kenya. METHODS: This study analyzed the secondary data extracted from the 2015 Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey (KMIS), a cross-sectional country representative survey...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046610/molecular-epidemiology-of-mosquitoes-for-the-transmission-of-forest-malaria-in-south-central-vietnam
#13
REVIEW
Yoshimasa Maeno
Human infection caused by non-human primate malarial parasites, such as Plasmodium knowlesi and Plasmodium cynomolgi, occurs naturally in Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. Members of the Anopheles dirus species complex are known to be important vectors of human malarial parasites in the forested areas of southern and central Vietnam, including those in Khanh Phu commune and Khanh Hoa Province. Recent molecular epidemiological studies in Vietnam have reported cases of co-infection with Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium malariae, and P...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021713/epidemiology-of-bronchiolitis-a-description-of-emergency-department-visits-and-hospitalizations-in-puerto-rico-2010-2014
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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