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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095511/epidemiology-and-molecular-typing-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-naturally-infected-hound-dogs-and-associated-triatomine-vectors-in-texas-usa
#1
Rachel Curtis-Robles, Karen F Snowden, Brandon Dominguez, Lewis Dinges, Sandy Rodgers, Glennon Mays, Sarah A Hamer
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease throughout the Americas. Few population-level studies have examined the epidemiology of canine infection and strain types of T. cruzi that infect canines in the USA. We conducted a cross-sectional study of T. cruzi infection in working hound dogs in south central Texas, including analysis of triatomine vectors collected within kennel environments. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Paired IFA and Chagas Stat-Pak serological testing showed an overall seroprevalence of 57...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095504/cytoplasmic-localization-of-htlv-1-hbz-protein-a-biomarker-of-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis-ham-tsp
#2
Marco Baratella, Greta Forlani, Goutham U Raval, Alessandra Tedeschi, Olivier Gout, Antoine Gessain, Giovanna Tosi, Roberto S Accolla
HTLV-1 is the causative agent of a severe form of adult T cell leukemia/Lymphoma (ATL), and of a chronic progressive neuromyelopathy designated HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). Two important HTLV-1-encoded proteins, Tax-1 and HBZ, play crucial roles in the generation and maintenance of the oncogenic process. Less information is instead available on the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to HAM/TSP. More importantly, no single specific biomarker has been described that unambiguously define the status of HAM/TSP...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095503/detection-of-a-potential-new-bartonella-species-candidatus-bartonella-rondoniensis-in-human-biting-kissing-bugs-reduviidae-triatominae
#3
Maureen Laroche, Jean-Michel Berenger, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Among the Reduviidae family, triatomines are giant blood-sucking bugs. They are well known in Central and South America where they transmit Trypanosoma cruzi to mammals, including humans, through their feces. This parasitic protozoan is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health issue in endemic areas. Because of the medical and economic impact of Chagas disease, the presence of other arthropod-borne pathogens in triatomines was rarely investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, seven triatomines species involved in the transmission of T...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095422/high-throughput-carbon-substrate-profiling-of-mycobacterium-ulcerans-suggests-potential-environmental-reservoirs
#4
Dezemon Zingue, Amar Bouam, Muriel Militello, Michel Drancourt
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans is a close derivative of Mycobacterium marinum and the agent of Buruli ulcer in some tropical countries. Epidemiological and environmental studies pointed towards stagnant water ecosystems as potential sources of M. ulcerans, yet the ultimate reservoirs remain elusive. We hypothesized that carbon substrate determination may help elucidating the spectrum of potential reservoirs. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a first step, high-throughput phenotype microarray Biolog was used to profile carbon substrates in one M...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095417/schistosoma-mansoni-infection-of-mice-rats-and-humans-elicits-a-strong-antibody-response-to-a-limited-number-of-reduction-sensitive-epitopes-on-five-major-tegumental-membrane-proteins
#5
Greice Krautz-Peterson, Michelle Debatis, Jacqueline M Tremblay, Sergio C Oliveira, Akram A Da'dara, Patrick J Skelly, Charles B Shoemaker
Schistosomiasis is a major disease of the developing world for which no vaccine has been successfully commercialized. While numerous Schistosoma mansoni worm antigens have been identified that elicit antibody responses during natural infections, little is known as to the identities of the schistosome antigens that are most prominently recognized by antibodies generated through natural infection. Non-reducing western blots probed with serum from schistosome-infected mice, rats and humans on total extracts of larval or adult schistosomes revealed that a small number of antigen bands predominate in all cases...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095405/defining-the-risk-of-zika-and-chikungunya-virus-transmission-in-human-population-centers-of-the-eastern-united-states
#6
Carrie A Manore, Richard S Ostfeld, Folashade B Agusto, Holly Gaff, Shannon L LaDeau
The recent spread of mosquito-transmitted viruses and associated disease to the Americas motivates a new, data-driven evaluation of risk in temperate population centers. Temperate regions are generally expected to pose low risk for significant mosquito-borne disease; however, the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) across densely populated urban areas has established a new landscape of risk. We use a model informed by field data to assess the conditions likely to facilitate local transmission of chikungunya and Zika viruses from an infected traveler to Ae...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085881/european-aedes-albopictus-and-culex-pipiens-are-competent-vectors-for-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#7
Mélissanne de Wispelaere, Philippe Desprès, Valérie Choumet
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the causative agent of Japanese encephalitis, the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. JEV transmission cycle involves mosquitoes and vertebrate hosts. The detection of JEV RNA in a pool of Culex pipiens caught in 2010 in Italy raised the concern of a putative emergence of the virus in Europe. We aimed to study the vector competence of European mosquito populations, such as Cx. pipiens and Aedes albopictus for JEV genotypes 3 and 5...
January 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085877/forecasting-zika-incidence-in-the-2016-latin-america-outbreak-combining-traditional-disease-surveillance-with-search-social-media-and-news-report-data
#8
Sarah F McGough, John S Brownstein, Jared B Hawkins, Mauricio Santillana
BACKGROUND: Over 400,000 people across the Americas are thought to have been infected with Zika virus as a consequence of the 2015-2016 Latin American outbreak. Official government-led case count data in Latin America are typically delayed by several weeks, making it difficult to track the disease in a timely manner. Thus, timely disease tracking systems are needed to design and assess interventions to mitigate disease transmission. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We combined information from Zika-related Google searches, Twitter microblogs, and the HealthMap digital surveillance system with historical Zika suspected case counts to track and predict estimates of suspected weekly Zika cases during the 2015-2016 Latin American outbreak, up to three weeks ahead of the publication of official case data...
January 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076350/emergence-of-rare-species-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-as-potential-pathogens-in-saudi-arabian-clinical-setting
#9
Bright Varghese, Mushira Enani, Mohammed Shoukri, Sahar AlThawadi, Sameera AlJohani, Sahal Al-Hajoj
BACKGROUND: Clinical relevance of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is increasing worldwide including in Saudi Arabia. A high species diversity of NTM's has been noticed in a recent study. However, the identification in diagnostic laboratories is mostly limited to common species. The impact of NTM species diversity on clinical outcome is so far neglected in most of the clinical settings. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: During April 2014 to September 2015, a nationwide collection of suspected NTM clinical isolates with clinical and demographical data were carried out...
January 11, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068343/the-fleas-siphonaptera-in-iran-diversity-host-range-and-medical-importance
#10
Naseh Maleki-Ravasan, Samaneh Solhjouy-Fard, Jean-Claude Beaucournu, Anne Laudisoit, Ehsan Mostafavi
BACKGROUND: Flea-borne diseases have a wide distribution in the world. Studies on the identity, abundance, distribution and seasonality of the potential vectors of pathogenic agents (e.g. Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, and Rickettsia felis) are necessary tools for controlling and preventing such diseases outbreaks. The improvements of diagnostic tools are partly responsible for an easier detection of otherwise unnoticed agents in the ectoparasitic fauna and as such a good taxonomical knowledge of the potential vectors is crucial...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068342/neuropathogenesis-of-zika-virus-in-a-highly-susceptible-immunocompetent-mouse-model-after-antibody-blockade-of-type-i-interferon
#11
Darci R Smith, Bradley Hollidge, Sharon Daye, Xiankun Zeng, Candace Blancett, Kyle Kuszpit, Thomas Bocan, Jeff W Koehler, Susan Coyne, Tim Minogue, Tara Kenny, Xiaoli Chi, Soojin Yim, Lynn Miller, Connie Schmaljohn, Sina Bavari, Joseph W Golden
Animal models are needed to better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of Zika virus (ZIKV) and to evaluate candidate medical countermeasures. Adult mice infected with ZIKV develop a transient viremia, but do not demonstrate signs of morbidity or mortality. Mice deficient in type I or a combination of type I and type II interferon (IFN) responses are highly susceptible to ZIKV infection; however, the absence of a competent immune system limits their usefulness for studying medical countermeasures. Here we employ a murine model for ZIKV using wild-type C57BL/6 mice treated with an antibody to disrupt type I IFN signaling to study ZIKV pathogenesis...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060935/high-incidence-of-human-rabies-exposure-in-north-western-tigray-ethiopia-a-four-year-retrospective-study
#12
Gebreyohans Gebru Teklu, Teweldemedhn Gebretinsae Hailu, Gebremedhin Romha Eshetu
BACKGROUND: Rabies is a fatal zoonotic disease that has been known in Ethiopia for centuries in society as "Mad Dog Disease". It is an important disease with veterinary and public health significance in the North western zone of Tigray where previous studies have not been conducted. Frequent occurrence of outbreaks in the area led the researchers to carry out a four year retrospective study to estimate the incidence of human rabies exposure in Northwestern Tigray, Ethiopia. METHODOLOGY: A referent study was conducted on human rabies exposure cases recorded from 2012 to 2015 at Suhul hospital, Shire Endaselase, Northwestern Tigray, Ethiopia...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060934/a-cohort-study-of-adult-patients-with-severe-dengue-in-taiwanese-intensive-care-units-the-elderly-and-aptt-prolongation-matter-for-prognosis
#13
Chih-Cheng Hsieh, Cong-Tat Cia, Jen-Chieh Lee, Junne-Ming Sung, Nan-Yao Lee, Po-Lin Chen, Te-Hui Kuo, Jo-Yen Chao, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: There was a large dengue outbreak in Taiwan in 2015, in which the ages of the affected individuals were higher than those in other countries. The aim of this study was to explore the characteristics and prognostic factors for adults with severe dengue in intensive care units (ICUs). METHODS: All adults admitted to ICUs with dengue virus infection (DENV) at a medical center from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 were enrolled. DENV was diagnosed by the presence of serum NS1 antigen, IgM antibodies to dengue virus, or dengue virus RNA by real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060823/the-antiviral-rnai-response-in-vector-and-non-vector-cells-against-orthobunyaviruses
#14
Isabelle Dietrich, Xiaohong Shi, Melanie McFarlane, Mick Watson, Anne-Lie Blomström, Jessica K Skelton, Alain Kohl, Richard M Elliott, Esther Schnettler
BACKGROUND: Vector arthropods control arbovirus replication and spread through antiviral innate immune responses including RNA interference (RNAi) pathways. Arbovirus infections have been shown to induce the exogenous small interfering RNA (siRNA) and Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathways, but direct antiviral activity by these host responses in mosquito cells has only been demonstrated against a limited number of positive-strand RNA arboviruses. For bunyaviruses in general, the relative contribution of small RNA pathways in antiviral defences is unknown...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060822/transcriptome-sequencing-reveals-large-scale-changes-in-axenic-aedes-aegypti-larvae
#15
Kevin J Vogel, Luca Valzania, Kerri L Coon, Mark R Brown, Michael R Strand
Mosquitoes host communities of microbes in their digestive tract that consist primarily of bacteria. We previously reported that Aedes aegypti larvae colonized by a native community of bacteria and gnotobiotic larvae colonized by only Escherichia coli develop very similarly into adults, whereas axenic larvae never molt and die as first instars. In this study, we extended these findings by first comparing the growth and abundance of bacteria in conventional, gnotobiotic, and axenic larvae during the first instar...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060812/a-novel-human-t-lymphotropic-virus-type-1c-molecular-variant-in-an-indigenous-individual-from-new-caledonia-melanesia
#16
Olivier Cassar, Françoise Charavay, Frédéric Touzain, Patricia Jeannin, Jean-Paul Grangeon, Sylvie Laumond, Eliane Chungue, Paul M V Martin, Antoine Gessain
BACKGROUND: Human T-Lymphotropic Virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is endemic among people of Melanesian descent in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and in Indigenous populations from Central Australia. Molecular studies revealed that these Australo-Melanesian strains constitute the highly divergent HTLV-1c subtype. New Caledonia is a French overseas territory located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. HTLV-1 situation is poorly documented in New Caledonia and the molecular epidemiology of HTLV-1 infection remains unknown...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060810/whole-genome-sequence-analysis-of-salmonella-typhi-isolated-in-thailand-before-and-after-the-introduction-of-a-national-immunization-program
#17
Zoe A Dyson, Duy Pham Thanh, Ladaporn Bodhidatta, Carl Jeffries Mason, Apichai Srijan, Maia A Rabaa, Phat Voong Vinh, Tuyen Ha Thanh, Guy E Thwaites, Stephen Baker, Kathryn E Holt
Vaccines against Salmonella Typhi, the causative agent of typhoid fever, are commonly used by travellers, however, there are few examples of national immunization programs in endemic areas. There is therefore a paucity of data on the impact of typhoid immunization programs on localised populations of S. Typhi. Here we have used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to characterise 44 historical bacterial isolates collected before and after a national typhoid immunization program that was implemented in Thailand in 1977 in response to a large outbreak; the program was highly effective in reducing typhoid case numbers...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056028/assessing-ultrasonography-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-porcine-cysticercosis
#18
Robert H Flecker, Ian W Pray, Saul J Santivaňez, Viterbo Ayvar, Ricardo Gamboa, Claudio Muro, Luz Maria Moyano, Victor Benavides, Hector H Garcia, Seth E O'Neal
BACKGROUND: Taenia solium inflicts substantial neurologic disease and economic losses on rural communities in many developing nations. "Ring-strategy" is a control intervention that targets treatment of humans and pigs among clusters of households (rings) that surround pigs heavily infected with cysticerci. These pigs are typically identified by examining the animal's tongue for cysts. However, as prevalence decreases in intervened communities, more sensitive methods may be needed to identify these animals and to maintain control pressure...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056014/prevalence-of-chagas-disease-in-a-u-s-population-of-latin-american-immigrants-with-conduction-abnormalities-on-electrocardiogram
#19
Mahmoud I Traina, Salvador Hernandez, Daniel R Sanchez, Jalal Dufani, Mohsin Salih, Adieb M Abuhamidah, Wilman Olmedo, Jason S Bradfield, Colin J Forsyth, Sheba K Meymandi
Chagas disease (CD) affects over six million people and is a leading cause of cardiomyopathy in Latin America. Given recent migration trends, there is a large population at risk in the United States (US). Early stage cardiac involvement from CD usually presents with conduction abnormalities on electrocardiogram (ECG) including right bundle branch block (RBBB), left anterior or posterior fascicular block (LAFB or LPFB, respectively), and rarely, left bundle branch block (LBBB). Identification of disease at this stage may lead to early treatment and potentially delay the progression to impaired systolic function...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081168/a-mobile-platform-enables-unprecedented-sanitation-uptake-in-zambia
#20
Laurie Markle, Abel Maganani, Oswell Katooka, Amy Tiwari, Nicolas Osbert, David A Larsen, Benjamin Winters
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