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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728938/didelphis-albiventris-naturally-infected-with-hepatozoon-canis-in-southeastern-brazil
#1
Maria Regina Lucas da Silva, Felipe Fornazari, Larissa de Castro Demoner, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Helio Langoni, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer
Hepatozoon species are vector-borne pathogens that infect domestic and wild animals. Marsupials of the species Didelphis albiventris are adapted to urban and peri-urban areas and act as reservoir hosts for several parasites. The present study evaluated the occurrence of infection by Hepatozoon species in synantropic D. albiventris from Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil. Blood samples and ectoparasites from 19 D. albiventris were collected from urban and peri-urban areas. Hepatozoon spp. detection was performed by microscopy and molecular analysis...
July 14, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705581/the-influence-of-preprandial-insemination-on-feeding-and-oviposition-of-ixodes-persulcatus-females-acari-ixodidae-and-some-thoughts-concerning-mating-strategies-in-ticks-of-the-genus-ixodes
#2
Inna Ioffe-Uspensky, Igor Uspensky
Prostriate ticks (subfamily Ixodinae, genus Ixodes) can copulate and the females can be inseminated before attachment to the host. In tests with Ixodes persulcatus females collected in the field and fed without males on the host, it was shown that this preprandial insemination is necessary and sufficient for successful engorgement and oviposition if female feeding took place in up to 1 month after collection. A 2-month period between preprandial insemination and female feeding was followed by a significant decrease in the proportion of normally engorged females and significant increase in egg mortality...
July 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712556/serosurvey-for-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-infections-in-ruminants-in-katanga-province-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
#3
Miriam A Sas, Marc Mertens, Jean G Kadiat, Isolde Schuster, Célestin P S Pongombo, Alois G K Maloba, Martin H Groschup
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) has been detected in many African countries. Unfortunately, little is known about the current CCHFV situation in most of those countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In over 50 years, three human CCHF cases have been detected in DRC but no seroepidemiological investigation was performed so far. To determine the prevalence of CCHFV-specific antibodies we tested 838 serum samples of cattle, goat and sheep from the southern province Katanga, DRC...
July 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709615/transcriptional-profiling-of-rickettsia-prowazekii-coding-and-non-coding-transcripts-during-in-vitro-host-pathogen-and-vector-pathogen-interactions
#4
Casey L C Schroeder, Hema P Narra, Abha Sahni, Kamil Khanipov, Jignesh Patel, Yuriy Fofanov, Sanjeev K Sahni
Natural pathogen transmission of Rickettsia prowazekii, the etiologic agent of epidemic typhus, to humans is associated with arthropods, including human body lice, ticks, and ectoparasites of eastern flying squirrel. Recently, we have documented the presence of small RNAs in Rickettsia species and expression of R. prowazekii sRNAs during infection of cultured human microvascular endothelial cells (HMECs), which represent the primary target cells during human infections. Bacterial noncoding transcripts are now well established as critical post-transcriptional regulators of virulence and adaptation mechanisms in varying host environments...
June 29, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526419/a-brief-history-of-the-discovery-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-in-the-late-1930s-based-on-reminiscences-of-members-of-the-expeditions-their-colleagues-and-relatives
#5
REVIEW
Vladimir I Zlobin, Vanda V Pogodina, Olaf Kahl
Tick-borne encephalitis virus is the etiological agent of a severe human disease transmitted by hard ticks. It occurs in large parts of eastern, central, and western Asia and in Europe with thousands of human cases each year. Here, the discovery of the virus by Soviet scientists in the late 1930s in the Far East is described. The pioneering work involved with this discovery, which resulted in great scientific and epidemiological achievement, was undertaken under the most difficult conditions, and some of the scientists and their technical assistants paid for it with their health and even their lives...
May 5, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499721/efficacy-of-south-african-babesia-bovis-vaccine-against-field-isolates
#6
P C Troskie, A A Latif, B J Mans, M P Combrink
A high-passage Babesia bovis vaccine containing only one genotype population was, although protective, inferior compared to the immunity afforded by a lower passage of the same strain containing two populations. The 24 times serially passaged South African B. bovis S vaccine strain contain only a single parasite population (Bv80 allele A 558bp). Forty-four field isolates sampled were all found different with regard to the number and composition of the parasite populations present in each isolate. The extensive genotypic diversity in South Africa and the limited genotypic diversity observed in the S24 vaccine, raised the question on its ability to protect against such diverse populations...
May 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499722/babesia-genotypes-in-haemaphysalis-concinna-collected-from-birds-in-hungary-reflect-phylogeographic-connections-with-siberia-and-the-far-east
#7
Barbara Flaisz, Kinga M Sulyok, Dávid Kováts, Jenő Kontschán, Tibor Csörgő, Ármin Csipak, Miklós Gyuranecz, Sándor Hornok
Haemaphysalis concinna is the second most common tick species attaching to birds in Hungary. Recently, Babesia genotypes, found in Siberia and the Far East, have been detected in this tick species collected from the vegetation in Hungary and Slovakia. The aim of this study was to molecularly investigate if these piroplasms also occur in H. concinna carried by migratory birds, which might explain their occurrence in the western Palaearctic. During a 2-year period, 321 H. concinna larvae and nymphs were collected from 121 passerine birds (of 19 species) in Hungary...
April 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479066/molecular-analyses-reveal-an-abundant-diversity-of-ticks-and-rickettsial-agents-associated-with-wild-birds-in-two-regions-of-primary-brazilian-atlantic-rainforest
#8
Hermes Ribeiro Luz, João Luiz Horacio Faccini, Douglas McIntosh
Brazilian wild birds are recognized as frequent and important hosts for immature stages of more than half of the 32 recognized species of Amblyomma ticks recorded in that country. Several species of Amblyomma harbor rickettsial agents, including members of the spotted fever group (SFG). Most studies on this topic relied primarily on morphological characterization and reported large portions of the collected ticks at the genus rather than species level. Clearly, this factor may have contributed to an underestimation of tick diversity and distribution and makes comparisons between studies difficult...
April 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684041/five-cases-of-vector-borne-francisella-tularensis-holarctica-infections-in-south-western-germany-and-genetic-diversity
#9
Johannes P Borde, Sabine Zange, Markus H Antwerpen, Enrico Georgi, Heiner von Buttlar, Winfried V Kern, Siegbert Rieg
Tularemia is a rare zoonotic disease in Germany. Francisella tularensis has been isolated previously from ticks in southern Germany underscoring the importance of ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in tularemia transmission, but there have been only few reports from this region with single cases or small case series of tick-borne transmissions of tularemia. We report five cases of non-game animal associated tularemia diagnosed from 2010 to 2016 in southwestern Germany - Baden-Wuerttemberg. Our case series and molecular typing (MLVA) results add published clinical experience to this underdiagnosed disease and consolidate previous findings regarding tick-borne transmission of tularemia and phylogenetic diversity in Germany...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651947/molecular-identification-and-characterization-of-piroplasm-species-in-hokkaido-sika-deer-cervus-nippon-yesoensis-japan
#10
Elzahara Elbaz, Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed Moustafa, Kyunglee Lee, Wessam Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed, Ryo Nakao, Michito Shimozuru, Mariko Sashika, Emad Elsayed Ahmed Younis, Sabry Ahmed El-Khodery, Toshio Tsubota
Babesia and Theileria species are tick-borne protozoan parasites that have a veterinary and zoonotic importance. In order to investigate the prevalence and genetic diversity of these parasites, a total of 269 sika deer blood DNA samples collected from Hokkaido, Japan, were examined for Babesia and Theileria species by touch-down PCR targeting the 18S rRNA gene. Reverse line blot (RLB) hybridization was then used to detect 12 piroplasm species. The results revealed that 95.5% (257/269), 94.1% (253/269), 14.1% (38/269), 87...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648773/the-burden-of-tick-borne-diseases-in-the-altai-region-of-russia
#11
V G Dedkov, E G Simonova, O V Beshlebova, M V Safonova, O A Stukolova, E V Verigina, G V Savinov, I P Karaseva, E A Blinova, V M Granitov, I V Arsenjeva, G A Shipulin
This article presents the results of a comprehensive survey of the burden of tick-borne infectious diseases (TBIDs) in the Altai region of Russia. Official data for TBID incidence were analyzed and 201 samples from patients with suspected TBID were studied. Furthermore, questing ticks and ticks recovered from humans were examined to estimate prevalence of TBID-causative agents. The Altai region was determined to have a heightened risk for TBIDs in Russia. The most epidemiologically significant tick-borne illness in this area is spotted fever group rickettsiosis, while nationally in Russia, the leading TBID is Lyme borreliosis...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648772/clinical-outbreak-of-babesiosis-caused-by-babesia-capreoli-in-captive-reindeer-rangifer-tarandus-tarandus-in-the-netherlands
#12
Jan H Bos, Fokko C Klip, Hein Sprong, Els M Broens, Marja J L Kik
From a herd of captive reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) consisting of two males and seven females with five calves, three calves were diagnosed on post mortem examination with a Babesia capreoli infection. The diagnosis was indicated by PCR and when the other reindeer were examined two adult females and a one-year-old male were Babesia-positive. Molecular characterization of the 18S rDNA of the parasite showed complete identity with known B. capreoli sequences. Ixodes ricinus has been demonstrated to be a competent vector for B...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647128/seasonal-dynamics-of-adult-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-a-peri-urban-park-in-southern-europe
#13
Emanuela Olivieri, Alessia Libera Gazzonis, Sergio Aurelio Zanzani, Fabrizia Veronesi, Maria Teresa Manfredi
Studies on the human-biting pathogen vectors Dermacentor reticulatus and Ixodes ricinus have been scarce in southern Europe. The aims of the present study were to determine the abundance of these ticks in a peri-urban park in northern Italy, describe the seasonal activity of D. reticulatus and examine the correlation between tick occurrence and environmental factors. Ticks were collected monthly from April 2015 to May 2016 using both dragging and flagging techniques. Various climatic variables (mean temperature, relative humidity and evapotranspiration for the collection dates; and 30-day moving averages preceding each collection date were calculated for rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and saturation deficit) also were recorded...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647127/infrared-light-detection-by-the-haller-s-organ-of-adult-american-dog-ticks-dermacentor-variabilis-ixodida-ixodidae
#14
Robert D Mitchell, Jiwei Zhu, Ann L Carr, Anirudh Dhammi, Grayson Cave, Daniel E Sonenshine, R Michael Roe
The Haller's organ (HO), unique to ticks and mites, is found only on the first tarsus of the front pair of legs. The organ has an unusual morphology consisting of an anterior pit (AP) with protruding sensilla and a posterior capsule (Cp). The current thinking is that the HO's main function is chemosensation analogous to the insect antennae, but the functionality of its atypical structure (exclusive to the Acari) is unexplained. We provide the first evidence that the HO allows the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, to respond to infrared (IR) light...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645519/the-repellent-efficacy-of-eleven-essential-oils-against-adult-dermacentor-reticulatus-ticks
#15
Katarína Štefanidesová, Ľudovít Škultéty, Olivier A E Sparagano, Eva Špitalská
Dermacentor reticulatus ticks are among the most important arthropod vectors of zoonotic disease agents in Europe. Eleven essential oils, namely basil (Ocimum basilicum), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), clove bud (Syzygium aromaticum), citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus), creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), lemon-scented gum (Corymbia citriodora), marjoram (Origanum majorana), peppermint (Mentha piperita), spearmint (M. spicata), and red thyme (Thymus vulgaris) were tested for repellency against adult D...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641955/molecular-identification-of-novel-phlebovirus-sequences-in-european-ticks
#16
Maren Prinz, Jonas Fuchs, Steffen Ehrmann, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Georg Kochs, Marcus Panning
In recent years the number of newly described tick-borne phleboviruses has been steadily growing. Some of these novel viruses are highly pathogenic in humans, e.g. the Heartland and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus. We aimed to analyse ticks sampled across Europe to investigate the diversity of phleboviruses using a comprehensive PCR-based screening approach. A total of 4387 ticks were collected from the vegetation in regions of France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, and Estonia, respectively. Ticks were pooled and 22/979 pools tested positive using a PCR targeting the large (L) segment of phleboviruses...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601472/detection-and-phylogenetic-characterisation-of-novel-anaplasma-and-ehrlichia-species-in-amblyomma-triguttatum-subsp-from-four-allopatric-populations-in-australia
#17
Alexander W Gofton, Helen P Waudby, Sophie Petit, Telleasha L Greay, Una M Ryan, Peter J Irwin
Anaplasma and Ehrlichia spp. are tick-borne pathogens that can cause severe disease in domestic animals, and several species are responsible for emerging zoonoses in the northern hemisphere. Until recently, the only members of these genera reported in Australia (A. marginale, A. centrale, and A. platys) were introduced from other continents, through the importation of domestic animals and their associated ticks. However, unique Anaplasma and Ehrlichia 16S rRNA gene sequences were recently detected for the first time in native Australian ticks, particularly in Amblyomma triguttatum subsp...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578851/cold-tolerance-and-biochemical-response-of-unfed-dermacentor-silvarum-ticks-to-low-temperature
#18
Tianhong Wang, Xiaolong Yang, Qingying Jia, Na Dong, Hui Wang, Yonghong Hu, Zhijun Yu, Jingze Liu
The important pathogen vector Dermacentor silvarum is widely distributed in China. However, the tick's adaptation to low winter temperatures remains poorly understood. We therefore investigated the cold hardiness and physiological and biochemical responses of D. silvarum ticks exposed to low temperatures. The results indicated that the lower lethal temperatures (LT50s) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -16.9°C, -15.8°C, -20.0°C and -20.1°C, respectively. The discriminating temperatures (resulting in 20% survival) for larvae, nymphs, females and males were -18...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576619/three-different-hepatozoon-species-in-domestic-cats-from-southern-italy
#19
Alessio Giannelli, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Adnan Hodžić, Grazia Greco, Anna Attanasi, Giada Annoscia, Domenico Otranto, Gad Baneth
Three species of Hepatozoon, namely, Hepatozoon felis, Hepatozoon canis and Hepatozoon silvestris may affect domestic and/or wild felids. Although hepatozoonosis has been documented in a wide range of mammal species, data on cats are limited. To investigate the occurrence of these pathogens in cats, blood samples were collected from animals living in three provinces of southern Italy (Bari, Lecce, and Matera), and molecularly analysed by PCR amplification and sequencing of segments of the 18S rRNA gene. Out of 196 blood samples collected, Hepatozoon spp...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566216/molecular-quantitative-assay-for-esterase-mediated-organophosphate-resistance-in-rhipicephalus-microplus
#20
Luciana Gatto Brito, Loui de Oliveira Nery, Fabio da Silva Barbieri, Maribel E Funes Huacca, Soraya Dos Santos Pereira, Renata Reis da Silva, Carla Celedônio de Freitas Fernanades, Márcia Cristina de Sena Oliveira
The use of pesticides is the main tool to control infestations of the cattle tick Rhipicephalus microplus, and organophosphate (OP) is one of the most used compounds for this purpose. Carboxylesterases (ChEs) are targets for OP pesticides in arthropods, and acetylcholinesterase 2 (AChE2) and esterase 1 (EST1) are metabolic enzymes involved in the xenobiotic detoxification process. The increase in the synthesis of these enzymes can be detected by the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay, which was used to identify cattle tick populations resistant to OP pesticides...
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