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Fabio Scott, Lilian Franz, Diefrey Ribeiro Campos, Thaís Ribeiro Correia Azevedo, Daise Cunha, Robert H Six, Steven Maeder, Travis Cree
BACKGROUND: Amblyomma cajennense is the main vector of Rickettsia rickettsii which causes Brazilian spotted fever. This adult tick preferably infests horses and capybaras, but has low host specificity during its immature stages, thus posing a threat to humans and dogs. In this study, the efficacy of sarolaner (Simparic™/Simparica®, Zoetis) when administered once orally to dogs at 2 mg/kg was evaluated against induced infestations of A. cajennense nymphs for up to 35 days after treatment...
August 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Michael W Dryden, Michael S Canfield, Emily Niedfeldt, Amanda Kinnon, Kimberly Kalosy, Amber Smith, Kaitlin M Foley, Vicki Smith, Todd S Bress, Nicole Smith, Mike Endrizzi, Joyce Login
BACKGROUND: An in-home investigation of naturally flea infested dogs was conducted in West Central Florida, USA to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of two different oral flea adulticides to control flea infestations, minimize dermatologic lesions and reduce pruritus over an 8-week period. METHODS: Twenty-nine dogs living in 19 homes and another 26 dogs residing in 16 different homes were orally administered either a sarolaner or spinosad chewable, respectively on day 0 and once between days 28-30...
August 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Shijie Su, Zhaofeng Hou, Dandan Liu, Chuanli Jia, Lele Wang, Jinjun Xu, Jianping Tao
BACKGROUND: Eimeria is a common genus of apicomplexan parasites that infect diverse vertebrates, most notably poultry, causing serious disease and economic losses. Eimeria species have complex life-cycles consisting of three developmental stages. However, the molecular basis of the Eimeria reproductive mode switch remains an enigma. METHODS: Total RNA extracted from second- (MZ-2) and third-generation merozoites (MZ-3) of Eimeria necatrix was subjected to transcriptome analysis using RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) followed by qRT-PCR validation...
August 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Raj Packianathan, Sally Colgan, Andrew Hodge, Kylie Davis, Robert H Six, Steven Maeder
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of a novel isoxazoline compound, sarolaner (Simparica(®), Zoetis) and spinosad (Comfortis(®), Elanco) as a positive control were evaluated for the treatment and control of natural flea infestations on dogs in two randomised, blinded, multi-centric clinical trials conducted in 11 veterinary clinics in northeastern and southeastern states of Australia. METHODS: A total of 162 client-owned dogs (80 in northern study and 82 in southern study) from 105 households were enrolled...
August 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Claudio De Liberato, Goffredo Grifoni, Raniero Lorenzetti, Roberta Meoli, Cristiano Cocumelli, Antonio Mastromattei, Francesco Scholl, Pasquale Rombolà, Pietro Calderini, Gianpaolo Bruni, Claudia Eleni
BACKGROUND: Angiostrongylus vasorum is a nematode residing in the heart and pulmonary vessels of dogs and wild carnivores. In Europe the red fox is its reservoir, while only three records from wolves have been published. Angiostrongylus vasorum has a worldwide distribution, and many pieces of evidence demonstrate that it is spreading from endemic areas to new ones. In Italy, A. vasorum was reported with increasing frequency in dogs and foxes in the last decades, and now it is considered endemic throughout the country...
August 11, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Minique Hilda de Castro, Daniel de Klerk, Ronel Pienaar, D Jasper G Rees, Ben J Mans
BACKGROUND: Ticks secrete a diverse mixture of secretory proteins into the host to evade its immune response and facilitate blood-feeding, making secretory proteins attractive targets for the production of recombinant anti-tick vaccines. The largely neglected tick species, Rhipicephalus zambeziensis, is an efficient vector of Theileria parva in southern Africa but its available sequence information is limited. Next generation sequencing has advanced sequence availability for ticks in recent years and has assisted the characterisation of secretory proteins...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Sajad A Bhat, Kate E Mounsey, Xiaosong Liu, Shelley F Walton
Scabies is a parasitic disease due to infestation of skin by the burrowing mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies is a major public health problem and endemic in resource poor communities worldwide affecting over 100 million people. Associated bacterial infections cause substantial morbidity, and in severe cases can lead to renal and cardiac diseases. Mite infestation of the skin causes localised cutaneous inflammation, pruritus, skin lesions, and allergic and inflammatory responses are mounted by the host against the mite and its products...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Ping He, Weisi Wang, Benjamin Sanogo, Xin Zeng, Xi Sun, Zhiyue Lv, Dongjuan Yuan, Liping Duan, Zhongdao Wu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis mansoni is one of the most important, but often neglected, tropical diseases transmitted by snails of the genus Biomphalaria. Control of the intermediate host snail plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of schistosomiasis. However, there is only one molluscicide, niclosamide, recommended by the World Health Organization. Niclosamide has been used for several decades but is toxic to non-target organisms. Therefore, it is necessary to optimize the scaffold of niclosamide and develop novel molluscicides with enhanced potency and decreased toxicity to non-target organisms...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
De-Yong Duan, Guo-Hua Liu, Tian-Yin Cheng, Ya-Qin Wang
BACKGROUND: Melophagus ovinus, one of the most common haematophagous ectoparasites of sheep, can cause anaemia and reductions in weight gain, wool growth and hide value. However, no information is available about the microfloral structure of the midgut of this ectoparasite. In the present study, we investigated the microbial community structure of the midgut contents of fully engorged female and male M. ovinus using Illumina HiSeq. RESULTS: The phylum showing the highest abundance was Proteobacteria (99...
August 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Elodie Calvez, Laurent Guillaumot, Dominique Girault, Vaea Richard, Olivia O'Connor, Tuterarii Paoaafaite, Magali Teurlai, Nicolas Pocquet, Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau, Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) is the arbovirus with the highest incidence in New Caledonia and in the South Pacific region. In 2012-2014, a major DENV-1 outbreak occurred in New Caledonia. The only known vector of DENV in New Caledonia is Aedes aegypti but no study has yet evaluated the competence of New Caledonia Ae. aegypti populations to transmit DENV. This study compared the ability of field-collected Ae. aegypti from different locations in New Caledonia to transmit the DENV-1 responsible for the 2012-2014 outbreak...
August 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Angella Prohaczik, Monika Menge, Bruno Huyghe, Annie Flochlay-Sigognault, Gaëlle Le Traon
BACKGROUND: Poultry mites are the most significant pest affecting production systems in the egg-laying industry. Fluralaner is a novel systemic insecticide and acaricide that is effective against poultry mites (Dermanyssus gallinae, Ornithonyssus sylviarum) in chickens after oral administration. This study investigated the safety of oral administration of a 1% solution of fluralaner in drinking water to laying hens at the recommended treatment dose and at multiples of this dose. METHODS: One hundred-twenty healthy 28-week-old laying hens, weighing 1...
August 8, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Qing-Li Yang, Ji-Qing Shen, Zhi-Hua Jiang, Yun-Liang Shi, Xiao-Ling Wan, Yi-Chao Yang
BACKGROUND: Although the responses of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and associated cytokine after Clonorchis sinensis infection have been studied recently, their mechanisms remain incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) signals on iNOS/nitric oxide (NO) responses after C. sinensis infection. We also evaluated the correlations between iNOS responses and worm development, which are possibly regulated by TLR2 signal. METHODS: TLR2 wild-type and mutant C57BL/6 J mice were infected with 60 C...
August 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Gemma Rojo, Alejandra Sandoval-Rodríguez, Angélica López, Sylvia Ortiz, Juana P Correa, Miguel Saavedra, Carezza Botto-Mahan, Pedro E Cattan, Aldo Solari
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi is considered a major public health problem in America. After an acute phase the disease changes to a chronic phase with very low parasitemia. The parasite presents high genetic variability with seven discrete typing units (DTUs): TcI-TcVI and Tc bat. The aim of this work is to evaluate fluctuation of parasitemia and T. cruzi DTUs in naturally infected Octodon degus. METHODS: After animal capture parasitemia was obtained by qPCR and later the animals were evaluated by three serial xenodiagnoses using two insect vector species, Mepraia spinolai and Triatoma infestans...
August 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Alongkot Ponlawat, Patcharee Khongtak, Boonsong Jaichapor, Arissara Pongsiri, Brian P Evans
BACKGROUND: Sampling for adult mosquito populations is a means of evaluating the efficacy of vector control operations. The goal of this study was to evaluate and identify the most efficacious mosquito traps and combinations of attractants for malaria vector surveillance along the Thai-Myanmar border. METHODS: In the first part of the study, the BG-Sentinel™ Trap (BGS Trap) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention miniature light trap (CDC LT) baited with different attractants (BG-lure® and CO2) were evaluated using a Latin square experimental design...
August 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Maggy Jouglin, Sophie Chagneau, Frédéric Faille, Hélène Verheyden, Suzanne Bastian, Laurence Malandrin
BACKGROUND: Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a tick-transmitted Gram-negative obligate intracellular bacterium able to infect a wide variety of wild and domestic animals worldwide. Based on the genetic diversity observed with different molecular markers, several host-specific lineages have been identified. Roe deer is one of the most important reservoirs of this bacterium and hosts different genetic groups sometimes found on domestic animals. We therefore developed an ankA cluster-specific nested PCR (nPCR) to evaluate the prevalence of the three different ankA genetic groups described in roe deer (clusters II, III and IV) at three locations in France and the level of co-infections...
August 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Patric Stephane Epopa, Abdoul Azize Millogo, Catherine Matilda Collins, Ace North, Frederic Tripet, Mark Quentin Benedict, Abdoulaye Diabate
BACKGROUND: Vector control is a major component of the malaria control strategy. The increasing spread of insecticide resistance has encouraged the development of new tools such as genetic control which use releases of modified male mosquitoes. The use of male mosquitoes as part of a control strategy requires an improved understanding of male mosquito biology, including the factors influencing their survival and dispersal, as well as the ability to accurately estimate the size of a target mosquito population...
August 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Julia C Dunn, Alison A Bettis, Nay Yee Wyine, Aye Moe Moe Lwin, Soe Thiha Lwin, Khine Khine Su, Myint Myint Sein, Aung Tun, Nay Soe Maung, Roy M Anderson
BACKGROUND: Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) are still highly prevalent in southeast Asia. The country of Myanmar has had ongoing mass drug administration (MDA) programmes since 2003 in an attempt to control STH and reduce STH-related morbidities. Whilst the MDA programmes have reported high nationwide coverage, there have been no epidemiological surveys that included measurements from adults. This paper details three cross-sectional surveys that took place over the course of a year in two villages endemic for STH and receiving MDA in lower Myanmar...
August 4, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Sarah Kada, Karen D McCoy, Thierry Boulinier
BACKGROUND: When colonization and gene flow depend on host-mediated dispersal, a key factor affecting vector dispersal potential is the time spent on the host for the blood meal, a characteristic that can vary strongly among life history stages. Using a 2-patch vector-pathogen population model and seabird ticks as biological examples, we explore how vector colonization rates and the spread of infectious agents may be shaped by life stage-dependent dispersal. We contrast hard (Ixodidae) and soft (Argasidae) tick systems, which differ strongly in blood- feeding traits...
August 4, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Guy-Roger Kamga, Fanny N Dissak-Delon, Hugues C Nana-Djeunga, Benjamin D Biholong, Stephen Mbigha Ghogomu, Jacob Souopgui, Joseph Kamgno, Annie Robert
BACKGROUND: After more than a decade of community-directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) in the West Region of Cameroon, epidemiological evaluation conducted in 2011 showed that onchocerciasis endemicity was still high in some communities. The conceptual framework for onchocerciasis elimination recommends in such case, to conduct additional phase 1A surveys at intervals of three to four years. Therefore, to assess the progress made towards the elimination of onchocerciasis in the West CDTI projects, we conducted a cross-sectional survey in May 2015 in 15 unevaluated communities where the highest baseline endemicity level were found in 1996...
August 3, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Bradley A Mullens, Amy C Murillo, Hartmut Zoller, Anja R Heckeroth, Faris Jirjis, Annie Flochlay-Sigognault
BACKGROUND: Northern fowl mites (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) are obligate hematophagous ectoparasites of both feral birds and poultry, particularly chicken layers and breeders. They complete their entire life-cycle on infested birds while feeding on blood. Infestations of O. sylviarum are difficult to control and resistance to some chemical classes of acaricides is a growing concern. The contact susceptibility of O. sylviarum to a new active ingredient, fluralaner, was evaluated, as well as other compounds representative of the main chemical classes commonly used to control poultry mite infestations in Europe and the USA...
August 3, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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