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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336423/comparative-analysis-of-complete-genome-sequences-of-european-subtype-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-strains-isolated-from-ixodes-persulcatus-ticks-long-tailed-ground-squirrel-spermophilus-undulatus-and-human-blood-in-the-asian-part-of-russia
#1
T V Demina, S E Tkachev, I V Kozlova, E K Doroshchenko, O V Lisak, O V Suntsova, M M Verkhozina, Yu P Dzhioev, A I Paramonov, A Y Tikunov, N V Tikunova, V I Zlobin, D Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is divided into three subtypes: European (TBEV-Eu), Siberian (TBEV-Sib), and Far Eastern (TBEV-FE) subtypes. The geographical range of TBEV-Eu dominates in Europe, but this subtype is present focally across the whole non-tropical forested Eurasian belt, through Russia to South Korea. However, the TBEV-Eu strains isolated outside Europe remain poorly characterized. In this study, full-genome sequences of eight TBEV-Eu isolates were determined. These strains were isolated from Ixodes persulcatus ticks, long-tailed ground squirrel (Spermophilus undulatus), and human blood in the natural foci of Western and Eastern Siberia, Russia...
March 9, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320640/a-comparative-test-of-ixodid-tick-identification-by-a-network-of-european-researchers
#2
A Estrada-Peña, G D'Amico, A M Palomar, M Dupraz, M Fonville, D Heylen, M A Habela, S Hornok, L Lempereur, M Madder, M S Núncio, D Otranto, M Pfaffle, O Plantard, M M Santos-Silva, H Sprong, Z Vatansever, L Vial, A D Mihalca
This study reports the results of a comparative test of identification of ticks occurring in Western Europe and Northern Africa. A total of 14 laboratories were voluntarily enrolled in the test. Each participant received between 22 and 25 specimens of adult and nymphal ticks of 11 species: Dermacentor marginatus, D. reticulatus, Haemaphysalis punctata, Hyalomma lusitanicum, Hy. marginatum, Ixodes ricinus, I. hexagonus, Rhipicephalus annulatus, R. bursa, R. rossicus, and/or R. sanguineus s.l. Ticks were morphologically identified by three of the co-authors and the identification confirmed by a fourth co-author who used molecular methods based on several genes...
March 8, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286142/ixodoidea-of-the-western-palaearctic-a-review-of-available-literature-for-identification-of-species
#3
REVIEW
Agustín Estrada-Peña, Miriam Pfäffle, Gad Baneth, Gabriela Kleinerman, Trevor N Petney
We aim to produce a review of the most important literature references necessary for the identification of ticks of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae in Europe and northern Africa (i.e. the Western Palaearctic region). The purpose of this paper is to pinpoint a set of critically selected papers that contain reliable information on morphology, taxonomic keys, and comparative discussions which are critical for the identification of the ticks reported in the target region. When necessary, comments are provided on the systematic position of a species, or on suitable papers already addressing the issue...
March 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286144/characterization-of-theileria-equi-genotypes-in-horses-in-israel-the-palestinian-authority-and-jordan
#4
Dafna Ketter-Ratzon, Sharon Tirosh-Levy, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Tal Saar, Lara Qura'n, Doni Zivotofsky, Ziad Abdeen, Gad Baneth, Amir Steinman
Equine theileriosis caused by Theileria equi is endemic in the Middle East, where it causes a severe disease as well as widespread subclinical infection. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diversity of T. equi genotypes in Israel and the neighboring Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Blood samples from 355 horses from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan were tested for the prevalence of T. equi DNA. Two hundred and fourteen (60%) were found positive for T. equi infection by PCR. Of those, the 18S rRNA (1458bp) and the EMA-1 (745bp) genes of T...
March 4, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286143/detection-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-specific-igg-antibodies-in-ruminants-residing-in-central-and-western-macedonia-greece
#5
Isolde Schuster, Serafeim C Chaintoutis, Chrysostomos I Dovas, Martin H Groschup, Marc Mertens
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a tick-borne virus which causes lethal hemorrhagic fever in humans. Although, several reports regarding CCHFV antibody prevalence in humans exist in Greece, information about the current distribution is limited. The aim of the present study is to investigate the prevalence of CCHFV-specific IgG antibodies in cattle and sheep in Macedonia-Greece. The samplings were performed during spring 2013, in 5 regional units of Central Macedonia (Chalkidiki, Imathia, Kilkis, Pella and Thessaloniki) and in the 4 regional units of Western Macedonia (Grevena, Florina, Kastoria and Kozani)...
March 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279630/a-scorpion-buthus-ibericus-killing-an-engorged-tick
#6
LETTER
Anders Lindström
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286145/splenic-dysfunction-from-celiac-disease-resulting-in-severe-babesiosis
#7
Sarah O'Connell, Craig Lyons, Moustafa Abdou, Rittick Patowary, Salman Aslam, Nora Kinsella, Annetta Zintl, Klaus-Peter Hunfeld, Gary P Wormser, Jeremy Gray, Concepta Merry, Hussain Alizadeh
We describe a 79-year-old Irish man who, because he had hyposplenism and splenic atrophy due to adult celiac disease, became critically ill from a severe Babesia divergens infection. Greater awareness of the possible consequences of splenic dysfunction from adult celiac disease, such as serious pneumococcal infections and babesiosis, is warranted.
February 28, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274808/diversity-of-rickettsiae-in-a-rural-community-in-northern-california
#8
Nicole Stephenson, Alexandra Blaney, Deana Clifford, Mourad Gabriel, Greta Wengert, Patrick Foley, Richard N Brown, Mark Higley, Sarah Buckenberger-Mantovani, Janet Foley
Far northern California forests are highly biodiverse in wildlife reservoirs and arthropod vectors that may propagate rickettsial pathogens in nature. The proximity of small rural communities to these forests puts people and domestic animals at risk of vector-borne infection due to spillover from wildlife. The current study was conducted to document exposure to rickettsial pathogens in people and domestic animals in a rural community, and identify which rickettsiae are present in sylvatic and peri-domestic environments near this community...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268195/-candidatus-rickettsia-nicoyana-a-novel-rickettsia-species-isolated-from-ornithodoros-knoxjonesi-in-costa-rica
#9
Rolando D Moreira-Soto, Andrés Moreira-Soto, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar, Ólger Calderón-Arguedas, Adriana Troyo
Rickettsiae are intracellular bacteria commonly associated with hematophagous arthropods. Most of them have been described in hard ticks, but some have been found in soft ticks. Here we report the detection and isolation of a new Rickettsia from Ornithodoros knoxjonesi larvae collected from Balantiopteryx plicata (Emballonuridae) in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Two ticks were processed to detect Rickettsia spp. genes gltA, ompA, ompB, and htrA by PCR. Part of the macerate was also inoculated into Vero E6 and C6/36 cell lines, and cells were evaluated by Giménez stain, indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA), and PCR...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262480/presence-of-borrelia-in-different-populations-of-ixodes-pararicinus-from-northwestern-argentina
#10
Maria N Saracho Bottero, Patrick S Sebastian, Luis A Carvalho, Leonor Guardia Claps, Mariano Mastropaolo, Atilio J Mangold, José M Venzal, Santiago Nava
This work was performed to evaluate the presence of Borrelia in different populations of Ixodes pararicinus from northwestern Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán provinces). Questing adults and nymphs of I. pararicinus were collected from vegetation, and I. pararicinus nymphs were also collected on birds. Eighty-two ticks were tested for Borrelia presence by PCR targeting the gene flagellin and the rrfA-rrlB intergenic spacer region. Pools of ticks positive to Borrelia were formed by two nymphs collected on Turdus rufiventris in Tucumán, one nymph collected on Syndactyla rufosuperciliata in Jujuy, one nymph collected on Turdus nigriceps in Tucumán, three nymphs collected on T...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259592/ambush-behavior-of-the-tick-amblyomma-sculptum-amblyomma-cajennense-complex-acari-ixodidae-in-the-brazilian-pantanal
#11
Vanessa do Nascimento Ramos, Carolina Fonseca Osava, Ubiratan Piovezan, Matias Pablo Juan Szabó
We herein describe the ambush behavior of Amblyomma sculptum (Berlese 1888), a widespread and epidemiologically important tick in Brazil. Along two years of sampling by visual search in the Brazilian Pantanal, A. sculptum ticks were observed on the vegetation and in the leaf litter. Most of the ticks were observed between 10 and 50cm above ground level and less than five percent of the total were positioned below 10cm, indicating that they are seeking for middle or large-sized hosts. In both seasons, vapor saturation deficit was low during the morning...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238642/detection-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-in-questing-ticks-ixodes-ricinus-from-the-czech-republic
#12
Kateřina Kybicová, Kateřina Baštová, Marek Malý
The aim of the present study is to compare the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in questing ticks by using molecular methods from spring to autumn 2007. A total of 526 Ixodes ricinus ticks were collected from vegetation in three different sampling sites, representing an urban area (city park), a suburban area (village) and a natural montane habitat. The prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. was 17.3% (7.5% in males, 18.7% in females and 20.2% in nymphs), while 4...
February 20, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236572/comparison-of-bacterial-16s-rrna-variable-regions-for-microbiome-surveys-of-ticks
#13
Janet L Sperling, K L Silva-Brandão, M M Brandão, V K Lloyd, S Dang, C S Davis, F A H Sperling, K E Magor
Ticks vector diverse pathogenic bacteria that are important to identify in public health and veterinary contexts. Technological advances in high throughput sequencing have given an unprecedented opportunity to comprehensively characterize bacterial associates of ticks, but recent studies have used different 16S rRNA variable regions and sequence read lengths with little consideration of whether they reveal the same bacterial diversity. We compare the effectiveness of bacterial surveys using three library preparations across nine 16S variable regions and a set of 12 tick specimens (Acari: Ixodidae)...
February 9, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223058/human-prevalence-of-the-spotted-fever-group-sfg-rickettsiae-in-endemic-zones-of-northwestern-colombia
#14
Andrés F Londoño, Leidy Y Acevedo-Gutiérrez, Diana Marín, Verónica Contreras, Francisco J Díaz, Gustavo Valbuena, Marcelo B Labruna, Marylin Hidalgo, Margarita Arboleda, Salim Mattar, Sergio Solari, Juan D Rodas
In February 2006, an outbreak of human rickettsiosis occurred in the municipality of Necoclí Colombia, with 35% of lethality. This episode was, followed by two more, one in the municipality of Los Cordobas in 2007 with a 54% of lethality and the other one in the municipality of Turbo in 2008 with 27% of lethality. The aim of this study was to perform serological tests in healthy persons to determine the seroprevalence of antibodies against spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae and develop a survey to study some infection risk-related factors...
February 9, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196774/is-the-free-ranging-jaguar-panthera-onca-a-reservoir-for-cytauxzoon-felis-in-brazil
#15
Mariana Malzoni Furtado, Sueli Akemi Taniwaki, Betina Metzger, Karina Dos Santos Paduan, Helena Lucia O'Dwyer, Anah Tereza de Almeida Jácomo, Grasiela E O Porfírio, Leandro Silveira, Rahel Sollmann, Natália Mundim Tôrres, José Soares Ferreira Neto
This study investigated the occurrence of Cytauxzoon felis and Babesia spp. in free-ranging jaguars (Panthera onca), domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and domestic cats (Felis catus) from the Cerrado, Amazon and Pantanal biomes of Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 30 jaguars, 129 dogs and 22 cats for detection of the 18S rRNA genes of piroplasmids. All of the jaguars from the Pantanal (n=22) and Cerrado (n=4) and three of four jaguars from the Amazon were positive for C. felis, but no dogs or cats were positive for the agent...
February 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196664/new-records-of-ornithodoros-puertoricensis-fox-1947-ixodida-argasidae-parasitizing-humans-in-rural-and-urban-dwellings-panama
#16
Sergio E Bermúdez, Eduardo Castillo, Tyler D Pohlenz, Alexander Kneubehl, Aparna Krishnavajhala, Lillian Domínguez, Antonio Suárez, Job E López
The presence of ticks inside human constructions was evaluated in two localities from Colon province (Charco La Piedra and Espinar) and one from Panama province (Ancon, City of Panama). In two of houses, eight people from Charco La Piedra and one from Ancón reported "insect bites," which produced blisters for several weeks. The investigation resulted in the collection of argasid ticks, which were identified by morphology and sequencing the 16s ribosomal RNA gene, and later evaluated for the presence of relapsing fever Borrelia DNA...
February 5, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214195/first-clinical-case-of-canine-granulocytic-anaplasmosis-in-korea-and-genotypic-analyses-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum
#17
Seung-Hun Lee, Nara Kim, Dongmi Kwak
A 2-year-old male Jindo dog was presented to a local veterinary clinic for anorexia, lethargy, edema around neck, and vomiting. Based on the clinical history, physical examination, hematology, blood chemistry, serology, and PCR, the dog was diagnosed with canine granulocytic anaplasmosis (CGA). PCR and phylogenetic analyses targeting the 16S rRNA, groEL, and msp2 genes of Anaplasma phagocytophilum revealed that the A. phagocytophilum identified in this study subgrouped into alanine and USA groups according to the groEL and msp2 gene sequences, respectively...
February 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188085/species-of-ticks-and-carried-pathogens-in-owned-dogs-in-spain-results-of-a-one-year-national-survey
#18
Agustín Estrada-Peña, Xavier Roura, Angel Sainz, Guadalupe Miró, Laia Solano-Gallego
This study presents the results of a national survey in Spain on the distribution of ticks on owned dogs, their phenology and the associated pathogens over one year. In the study, 1628 adult ticks were collected on 660 dogs presented to 26 veterinary practices, of which 507 dogs (76.8%) carried at least one adult tick. The primary species of ticks were Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. (53%), Dermacentor reticulatus (9%), Ixodes ricinus (9%), and I. hexagonus (4%). Parasitism by two species of these ticks was rare...
February 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174118/molecular-and-structural-characterization-of-novel-cystatins-from-the-taiga-tick-ixodes-persulcatus
#19
Carolina K Rangel, Luís F Parizi, Gabriela A Sabadin, Evenilton P Costa, Nelilma C Romeiro, Masayoshi Isezaki, Naftaly W Githaka, Adriana Seixas, Carlos Logullo, Satoru Konnai, Kazuhiko Ohashi, Itabajara da Silva Vaz
Cystatins are cysteine peptidase inhibitors that in ticks mediate processes such as blood feeding and digestion. The ixodid tick Ixodes persulcatus is endemic to the Eurasia, where it is the principal vector of Lyme borreliosis. To date, no I. persulcatus cystatin has been characterized. In the present work, we describe three novel cystatins from I. persulcatus, named JpIpcys2a, JpIpcys2b and JpIpcys2c. In addition, the potential of tick cystatins as cross-protective antigens was evaluated by vaccination of hamsters using BrBmcys2c, a cystatin from Rhipicephalus microplus, against I...
January 31, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169171/seasonal-infestation-of-birds-with-immature-stages-of-ixodes-ricinus-and-ixodes-arboricola
#20
Elena Kocianová, Veronika Rusňáková Tarageľová, Danka Haruštiaková, Eva Špitalská
This study assessed the parasitization of cavity-nesting birds and ground-nesting/foraging birds with larvae and nymphs of two Ixodes species, Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes arboricola. Totals of 679 (52.3%) I. ricinus and 619 (47.7%) I. arboricola ticks were collected from 15 species of passerine birds which were caught during the nesting and non-nesting periods of 2003-2006, in the south-eastern part of the Czech Republic, the Drahanská Vrchovina Uplands. In the non-nesting period from October to March, 6.8% (101/1492) of birds were infested with ticks, mainly with I...
January 29, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
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