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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919284/can-baseline-ml-flow-test-results-predict-leprosy-reactions-an-investigation-in-a-cohort-of-patients-enrolled-in-the-uniform-multidrug-therapy-clinical-trial-for-leprosy-patients-in-brazil
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Emerith Mayra Hungria, Regiane Morillas Oliveira, Gerson Oliveira Penna, Lúcio Cartaxo Aderaldo, Maria Araci de Andrade Pontes, Rossilene Cruz, Heitor de Sá Gonçalves, Maria Lúcia Fernandes Penna, Ligia Regina Franco Sansigolo Kerr, Mariane Martins de Araújo Stefani, Samira Bührer-Sékula
BACKGROUND: The predictive value of the serology to detection of IgM against the Mycobacterium leprae-derived phenolic glycolipid-I/PGL-I to identify leprosy patients who are at higher risk of developing reactions remains controversial. Whether baseline results of the ML Flow test can predict leprosy reactions was investigated among a cohort of patients enrolled in The Clinical Trial for Uniform Multidrug Therapy for Leprosy Patients in Brazil (U-MDT/CT-BR). METHODS: This was a descriptive study focusing on the main clinical manifestations of leprosy patients enrolled in the U-MDT/CT-BR from March 2007 to February 2012 at two Brazilian leprosy reference centers...
December 6, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915999/predictors-of-mortality-in-a-cohort-of-tuberculosis-hiv-co-infected-patients-in-southwest-ethiopia
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Hailay Gesesew, Birtukan Tsehayneh, Desalegn Massa, Amanuel Gebremedhin, Hafte Kahsay, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis/HIV co-infection is a bidirectional and synergistic combination of two very important pathogens in public health. To date, there have been limited clinical data regarding mortality rates among tuberculosis/HIV co-infected patients and the impact of antiretroviral therapy on clinical outcomes in Ethiopia. This study assessed the incidence and predictors of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection mortality in Southwest Ethiopia. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study collated tuberculosis/HIV data from Jimma University Teaching Hospital for the period of September 2010 and August 2012...
December 5, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903305/priorities-and-needs-for-research-on-urban-interventions-targeting-vector-borne-diseases-rapid-review-of-scoping-and-systematic-reviews
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EDITORIAL
Clara Bermudez-Tamayo, Olive Mukamana, Mabel Carabali, Lyda Osorio, Florence Fournet, Kounbobr Roch Dabiré, Celina Turchi Marteli, Adolfo Contreras, Valéry Ridde
This paper highlights the critical importance of evidence on vector-borne diseases (VBD) prevention and control interventions in urban settings when assessing current and future needs, with a view to setting policy priorities that promote inclusive and equitable urban health services. Research should produce knowledge about policies and interventions that are intended to control and prevent VBDs at the population level and to reduce inequities. Such interventions include policy, program, and resource distribution approaches that address the social determinants of health and exert influence at organizational and system levels...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903304/association-between-taenia-solium-infection-and-hiv-aids-in-northern-tanzania-a-matched-cross-sectional-study
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Veronika Schmidt, Christian Kositz, Karl-Heinz Herbinger, Hélène Carabin, Bernard Ngowi, Ezra Naman, Patricia P Wilkins, John Noh, William Matuja, Andrea Sylvia Winkler
BACKGROUND: The frequency of Taenia solium, a zoonotic helminth, is increasing in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, where the prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is also high. However, little is known about how these two infections interact. The aim of this study was to compare the proportion of HIV positive (+) and negative (-) individuals who are infected with Taenia solium (TSOL) and who present with clinical and neurological manifestations of cysticercosis (CC)...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903303/associated-factors-of-self-reported-psychopathology-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-with-hiv-aids-in-dalian-china-a-pilot-study
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Tesfaldet Habtemariam Hidru, Feng Wang, Sainyugu Lolokote, Yong Jia, Min Chen, Wei Tong, Xiao-Feng Li
BACKGROUND: Despite the availability of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (HIVMSM) in China remains poor. This study aimed to explore the relationship between self-reported psychopathology and HRQoL among HIVMSM in Dalian, China. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 112 HIVMSM. Symptom check list 90 (SCL 90): a measure of psychopathology and World Health Organization quality of life in HIV infection (WHOQOL-HIV-Bref): a measure of HRQoL were used...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903286/carrion-s-disease-an-eradicable-illness
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Cláudia Gomes, Maria J Pons, Juana Del Valle Mendoza, Joaquim Ruiz
Carrion's disease is a neglected tropical disease caused by Bartonella bacilliformis, a vector-borne pathogen restricted to the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Carrion's disease is a biphasic illness; in the acute phase the case-fatality rate can be as high as 88 %, related to high parasitemia, arriving to almost all erythrocytes, and secondary bacterial infections close related with the development of transient immunosuppression in the earlier illness phases. In addition, there are an undefined number of asymptomatic carriers that are reservoirs of the etiological agent of Carrion's disease in endemic areas, they make take into account due to they are the perpetuators of this disease...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817749/insecticide-resistance-in-phlebotomine-sandflies-in-southeast-asia-with-emphasis-on-the-indian-subcontinent
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REVIEW
Ramesh C Dhiman, Rajpal S Yadav
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis, commonly known as kala-azar in India, is a global public health problem. In Southeast Asia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand are endemic for visceral leishmaniasis. The role of sandflies as the vector of kala-azar was first confirmed in 1942 in India. Insecticide resistance in Phlebotomus argentipes Annandale and Brunetti, the vector of kala-azar in the Indian subcontinent, was first reported in 1987 in Bihar, India. This article provides a scoping review of the studies undertaken from 1959 to 2015 on insecticide resistance in P...
November 7, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809883/alternatives-to-currently-used-antimalarial-drugs-in-search-of-a-magic-bullet
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REVIEW
Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Asim Ahmed Elnour, Abdulla Shehab
Malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in many African countries and parts of Asia and South America. Novel approaches to combating the disease have emerged in recent years and several drug candidates are now being tested clinically. However, it is long before these novel drugs can hit the market, especially due to a scarcity of safety and efficacy data.To reduce the malaria burden, the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) was established in 1999 to develop novel medicines through industry and academic partners' collaboration...
November 4, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806732/clinical-presentations-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-ebola-virus-disease-in-freetown-sierra-leone
#9
Ying-Jie Ji, Xue-Zhang Duan, Xu-Dong Gao, Lei Li, Chen Li, Dong Ji, Wen-Gang Li, Li-Fu Wang, Yu-Hua Meng, Xiao Yang, Bin-Fang Ling, Xue-Ai Song, Mei-Lei Gu, Tao Jiang, She-Ku M Koroma, James Bangalie, Hui-Juan Duan
BACKGROUND: Clinical and laboratory data were collected and analysed from patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jui Government Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where patients with EVD were received and/or treated from October 1, 2014 to March 21, 2015 during the West Africa EVD outbreak. METHODS: The study admitted 285 patients with confirmed EVD and followed them up till the endpoint (recovery or death). EVD was confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR assays detecting blood Ebola virus (EBOV)...
November 3, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802839/the-prevalence-and-associated-factors-for-delayed-presentation-for-hiv-care-among-tuberculosis-hiv-co-infected-patients-in-southwest-ethiopia-a-retrospective-observational-cohort
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Hailay Gesesew, Birtukan Tsehaineh, Desalegn Massa, Amanuel Tesfay, Hafte Kahsay, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: A delay presentation for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patient's care (that is late engagement to HIV care due to delayed HIV testing or delayed linkage for HIV care after the diagnosis of HIV positive) is a critical step in the series of HIV patient care continuum. In Ethiopia, delayed presentation (DP) for HIV care among vulnerable groups such as tuberculosis (Tb) /HIV co-infected patients has not been assessed. We aimed to assess the prevalence of and factors associated with DP (CD4 < 200 cells/μl at first visit) among Tb/HIV co-infected patients in southwest Ethiopia...
November 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802834/assessment-of-the-response-to-cholera-outbreaks-in-two-districts-in-ghana
#11
Sally-Ann Ohene, Wisdom Klenyuie, Mark Sarpeh
BACKGROUND: Despite recurring outbreaks of cholera in Ghana, very little has been reported on assessments of outbreak response activities undertaken in affected areas. This study assessed the response activities undertaken in two districts, Akatsi District in Volta Region and Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem (KEEA) Municipal in Central Region during the 2012 cholera epidemic in Ghana. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective assessment of the events, strengths and weaknesses of the cholera outbreak response activities in the two districts making use of the WHO cholera evaluation tool...
November 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799063/tuberculosis-care-strategies-and-their-economic-consequences-for-patients-the-missing-link-to-end-tuberculosis
#12
Belete Getahun, Moges Wubie, Getiye Dejenu, Tsegahun Manyazewal
BACKGROUND: While investment in the development of Tuberculosis (TB) treatment strategies is essential, it cannot be assumed that the strategies are affordable for TB patients living in countries with high economic constraints. This study aimed to determine the economic consequences of directly observed therapy for TB patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional cost-of-illness analysis was conducted between September to November 2015 among 576 randomly selected adult TB patients who were on directly observed treatment in 27 public health facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
November 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799062/middle-ear-microbiome-differences-in-indigenous-filipinos-with-chronic-otitis-media-due-to-a-duplication-in-the-a2ml1-gene
#13
Regie Lyn P Santos-Cortez, Diane S Hutchinson, Nadim J Ajami, Ma Rina T Reyes-Quintos, Ma Leah C Tantoco, Patrick John Labra, Sheryl Mae Lagrana, Melquiadesa Pedro, Erasmo Gonzalo D V Llanes, Teresa Luisa Gloria-Cruz, Abner L Chan, Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, John W Belmont, Tasnee Chonmaitree, Generoso T Abes, Joseph F Petrosino, Suzanne M Leal, Charlotte M Chiong
BACKGROUND: Previously rare A2ML1 variants were identified to confer otitis media susceptibility in an indigenous Filipino community and in otitis-prone US children. The goal of this study is to describe differences in the middle ear microbiome between carriers and non-carriers of an A2ML1 duplication variant that increases risk for chronic otitis media among indigenous Filipinos with poor health care access. METHODS: Ear swabs were obtained from 16 indigenous Filipino individuals with chronic otitis media, of whom 11 carry the A2ML1 duplication variant...
November 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716435/lessons-on-malaria-control-in-the-ethnic-minority-regions-in-northern-myanmar-along-the-china-border-2007-2014
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Ru-Bo Wang, Jia-Qiang Dong, Zhi-Gui Xia, Tao Cai, Qing-Feng Zhang, Yao Zhang, Yang-Hui Tian, Xiao-Ying Sun, Guang-Yun Zhang, Qing-Pu Li, Xiao-Yu Xu, Jia-Yin Li, Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: For many countries where malaria is endemic, the burden of malaria is high in border regions. In ethnic minority areas along the Myanmar-China border, residents have poor access to medical care for diagnosis and treatment, and there have been many malaria outbreaks in such areas. Since 2007, with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), a malaria control project was introduced to reduce the malaria burden in several ethnic minority regions...
October 6, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716420/household-perceptions-and-subjective-valuations-of-indoor-residual-spraying-programmes-to-control-malaria-in-northern-uganda
#15
Zachary S Brown, Randall A Kramer, David Ocan, Christine Oryema
BACKGROUND: Insecticide-based tools remain critical for controlling vector-borne diseases in Uganda. Securing public support from targeted populations for such tools is an important component in sustaining their long-run effectiveness. Yet little quantitative evidence is available on the perceived benefits and costs of vector control programmes among targeted households. METHODS: A survey was administered to a clustered random sample of 612 households in Gulu and Oyam districts of northern Uganda during a period of very high malaria transmission and following a pilot indoor residual spray (IRS) programme...
October 6, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716398/challenges-in-and-lessons-learned-during-the-implementation-of-the-1-3-7-malaria-surveillance-and-response-strategy-in-china-a-qualitative-study
#16
Guangyu Lu, Yaobao Liu, Claudia Beiersmann, Yu Feng, Jun Cao, Olaf Müller
BACKGROUND: China has made great progress in malaria control over the last century and now aims to eliminate malaria by 2020. In 2012, the country launched its 1-3-7 surveillance and response strategy for malaria elimination. The strategy involves to case reporting within 1 day, case investigation within 3 days, and focus investigation and public health actions within 7 days. The aim of this study was to evaluate the challenges in and lessons learned during the implementation of the 1-3-7 strategy in China so far...
October 5, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716337/clinical-and-paraclinical-profile-and-predictors-of-outcome-in-90-cases-of-scrub-typhus-meghalaya-india
#17
Sunuraj Sivarajan, Siddharudha Shivalli, Debomallya Bhuyan, Michael Mawlong, Rittwick Barman
BACKGROUND: India is an integral component of "tsutsugamushi triangle" which depicts a part of the globe endemic to scrub typhus. Owing to frequent outbreaks witnessed in different parts of the country in the recent past, scrub typhus is described as a re-emerging infectious disease in India. The present study aimed to study the clinical and paraclinical profile, complications and predictors of outcome among 90 cases of scrub typhus diagnosed in a hospital of north-eastern India from Sept 2011 to Aug 2012...
October 5, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716386/the-production-and-sales-of-anti-tuberculosis-drugs-in-china
#18
Yang-Mu Huang, Qi-Peng Zhao, Qiao-Meng Ren, Dan-Lu Peng, Yan Guo
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major infectious disease globally. Adequate and proper use of anti-TB drugs is essential for TB control. This study aims to study China's production capacity and sales situation of anti-TB drugs, and to further discuss the potential for China to contribute to global TB control. METHODS: The production data of anti-TB drugs in China from 2011 to 2013 and the sales data from 2010 to 2014 were extracted from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology database of China and IMS Health database, respectively...
October 4, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716342/assessment-of-malaria-control-consultation-and-service-posts-in-yunnan-p-r-china
#19
Xu-Can Zeng, Xiao-Dong Sun, Jian-Xiong Li, Meng-Ni Chen, Dao-Wei Deng, Cang-Lin Zhang, Zu-Rui Lin, Zi-You Zhou, Yao-Wu Zhou, Ya-Ming Yang, Sheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: This paper seeks to assess the function of malaria control consultation and service posts (MCCSPs) that are located on the border areas of Yunnan province, P.R. China, as a strategy for eliminating malaria among the mobile and migrant population in these areas. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analytical study was conducted. Blood smear examinations conducted at all MCCSPs in Yunnan from 2008 to 2014 were analysed. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2014 to understand how the MCCSPs function and to elucidate the quality of the blood smear examinations that they conduct...
October 4, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716412/killing-filarial-nematode-parasites-role-of-treatment-options-and-host-immune-response
#20
Alexander Kwarteng, Samuel Terkper Ahuno, Freda Osei Akoto
BACKGROUND: There is compelling evidence that not only do anti-filarials significantly reduce larval forms, but that host immune responses also contribute to the clearance of filarial parasites; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. MAIN TEXT: Filarial infections caused by Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia species (lymphatic filariasis) and Onchocerca volvulus (onchocerciasis) affect almost 200 million individuals worldwide and pose major public health challenges in endemic regions...
October 3, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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