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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647427/first-molecular-detection-of-leishmania-infantum-in-sergentomyia-minuta-diptera-psychodidae-in-alentejo-southern-portugal
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S Pereira, D Pita-Pereira, T Araujo-Pereira, C Britto, T Costa-Rego, J Ferrolho, M Vilhena, E F Rangel, M L Vilela, M O Afonso
Protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania spp., are the causative agents of many insect-borne infectious diseases with medical and veterinary importance. Leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania spp., is transmitted by female phlebotomine sand flies. In the Alentejo region of Portugal, located at the north of Algarve, cases of human and canine leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum have been notified. However, no recent studies regarding the sand fly fauna in the region are available. We therefore aimed to explore the phlebotomine sand fly species found in both, Évora and Beja Districts, to gain an insight about the leishmaniasis epidemiology in these areas...
June 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647066/large-scale-evaluation-of-a-rapid-diagnostic-test-for-human-cystic-echinococcosis
#2
Alice Baraquin, Houria Zait, Florence-Elisabeth Grenouillet, Elise Moreau, Boussad Hamrioui, Frédéric Grenouillet
Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a neglected zoonotic disease, diagnosed through clinical findings, imaging techniques, and serology, for which many serological tests are available. Here we report a rapid unit assay, the immunochromatographic VIRapid® HYDATIDOSIS test (Vircell, Granada, Spain), potentially suitable for laboratories in low-prevalence or poorly equipped areas. This test was evaluated with a large retrospective cohort (224 sera), including patients suffering from CE or from other parasitic or liver diseases...
June 10, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645519/the-repellent-efficacy-of-eleven-essential-oils-against-adult-dermacentor-reticulatus-ticks
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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...
June 15, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643555/unexpected-detection-of-porcine-rotavirus-c-strains-carrying-human-origin-vp6-gene
#4
Jobin Jose Kattoor, Sharad Saurabh, Yashpal Singh Malik, Shubhankar Sircar, Kuldeep Dhama, Souvik Ghosh, Krisztián Bányai, Nobumichi Kobayashi, Raj Kumar Singh
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus C (RVC), a known etiological agent of diarrheal outbreaks, mainly inflicts swine population globally with sporadic incidence in human, cattle, ferret, mink and dog. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate presence of RVC in Indian swine population and characterisation of its selected structural (VP6) and non-structural (NSP4 and NSP5) genes. METHODS: A total of 108 diarrheic samples from different regions of India were used. Isolated RNA was loaded onto polyacrylamide gel to screen for the presence of RVs through the identification of specific electrophoretic genomic migration pattern...
June 23, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643547/rabies%C3%A2-%C3%A2-epidemiology-pathogenesis-public-health-concerns-and-advances-in-diagnosis-and-control-a-comprehensive-review
#5
Rajendra Singh, Karam Pal Singh, Susan Cherian, Mani Saminathan, Sanjay Kapoor, G B Manjunatha Reddy, Shibani Panda, Kuldeep Dhama
Rabies is a zoonotic, fatal and progressive neurological infection caused by rabies virus of the genus Lyssavirus and family Rhabdoviridae. It affects all warm-blooded animals and the disease is prevalent throughout the world and endemic in many countries except in Islands like Australia and Antarctica. Over 60,000 peoples die every year due to rabies, while approximately 15 million people receive rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) annually. Bite of rabid animals and saliva of infected host are mainly responsible for transmission and wildlife like raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes are main reservoirs for rabies...
December 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643205/role-of-host-genes-in-influenza-virus-replication
#6
Megan L Shaw, Silke Stertz
At every step of their replication cycle influenza viruses depend heavily on their host cells. The multifaceted interactions that occur between the virus and its host cell determine the outcome of the infection, including efficiency of progeny virus production, tropism, and pathogenicity. In order to understand viral disease and develop therapies for influenza it is therefore pertinent to study the intricate interplay between influenza viruses and their required host factors. Here, we review the current knowledge on host cell factors required by influenza virus at the different stages of the viral replication cycle...
June 23, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643204/host-factors-in-coronavirus-replication
#7
Adriaan H de Wilde, Eric J Snijder, Marjolein Kikkert, Martijn J van Hemert
Coronaviruses are pathogens with a serious impact on human and animal health. They mostly cause enteric or respiratory disease, which can be severe and life threatening, e.g., in the case of the zoonotic coronaviruses causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in humans. Despite the economic and societal impact of such coronavirus infections, and the likelihood of future outbreaks of additional pathogenic coronaviruses, our options to prevent or treat coronavirus infections remain very limited...
June 23, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642878/the-complexity-of-zoonotic-filariasis-episystem-and-its-consequences-a-multidisciplinary-view
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Fernando Simón, Javier González-Miguel, Alicia Diosdado, Paula Josefina Gómez, Rodrigo Morchón, Vladimir Kartashev
Vector-borne transmitted helminthic zoonosis affects the health and economy of both developing and developed countries. The concept of episystem includes the set of biological, environmental, and epidemiological elements of these diseases in defined geographic and temporal scales. Dirofilariasis caused by different species of the genus Dirofilaria is a disease affecting domestic and wild canines and felines and man, transmitted by different species of culicid mosquitoes. This complexity is increased because Dirofilaria species harbor intracellular symbiont Wolbachia bacteriae, which play a key role in the embryogenesis and development of dirofilariae and in the inflammatory pathology of the disease...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642597/a-single-amino-acid-polymorphism-in-the-glycosyltransferase-cpsk-defines-four-streptococcus-suis-serotypes
#9
David Roy, Taryn B T Athey, Jean-Philippe Auger, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Marie-Rose Van Calsteren, Daisuke Takamatsu, Masatoshi Okura, Sarah Teatero, Martín Alcorlo, Juan A Hermoso, Mariela Segura, Marcelo Gottschalk, Nahuel Fittipaldi
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is the major virulence factor of the emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. CPS differences are also the basis for serological differentiation of the species into 29 serotypes. Serotypes 2 and 1/2, which possess identical gene content in their cps loci, express CPSs that differ only by substitution of galactose (Gal) by N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in the CPS side chain. The same sugar substitution differentiates the CPS of serotypes 14 and 1, whose cps loci are also identical in gene content...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642379/complete-genome-sequence-of-staphylococcus-lutrae-atcc-700373-a-potential-pathogen-isolated-from-deceased-otters
#10
Iva A Veseli, Chenling Tang, Jean-François Pombert
Despite their relevance to human health, not all staphylococcal species have been characterized. As such, the potential zoonotic threats posed by uninvestigated species and their contribution to the staphylococcal pangenome are unclear. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of Staphylococcus lutrae ATCC 700373, a coagulase-positive species isolated from deceased otters.
June 22, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641877/-update-on-cutaneous-dirofilariasis
#11
M Benzaquen, E Marmottant, P Parola, P Berbis
Dirofilariasis is a worldwide zoonotic infection that rarely affects humans and is caused by filarial nematodes of the genus Diroflaria transmitted by mosquitoes. Cutaneous dirofilariasis, due to D. repens, presents as inflammatory lesions that develop into subcutaneous nodules. These clinical symptoms may be consistent with Wells' cellulitis. Diagnosis of dirofilariasis involves demonstration of the presence of the nematode during skin biopsy and identification of the worm through macroscopic, histological and PCR analysis...
June 19, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638960/comparative-diagnostic-evaluation-of-omp31-gene-based-taqman%C3%A2-real-time-pcr-assay-with-visual-lamp-assay-and-indirect-elisa-for-caprine-brucellosis
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Suman Saini, V K Gupta, K Gururaj, D D Singh, R V S Pawaiya, N K Gangwar, A K Mishra, Deepak Dwivedi, Dimple Andani, Ashok Kumar, T K Goswami
Brucellosis is one of the leading causes of abortion in domestic animals that imposes costs on both economy and society. The disease is highly zoonotic and poses risk to animal handlers due to its zoonotic nature. It causes stillbirth, loss of kids and abortion in last term of pregnancy. Reproductive damage includes infertility in does and orchitis and epididymitis in breeding bucks, which result in high financial losses to farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole. It requires highly sensitive and specific assays to diagnose the disease at field level...
June 21, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637751/ifit2-is-a-restriction-factor-in-rabies-virus-pathogenicity
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Benjamin M Davis, Volker Fensterl, Tessa M Lawrence, Andrew W Hudacek, Ganes C Sen, Matthias J Schnell
Understanding the interactions between rabies virus (RABV) and individual host cell proteins is critical for the development of targeted therapies. Here we report that Interferon-induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 2 (Ifit2), an interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) with possible RNA-binding capacity, is an important restriction factor for rabies virus. When Ifit2 was depleted, RABV grew more quickly in mouse neuroblastoma in vitro This effect was replicated in vivo, where Ifit2 knockout mice displayed a dramatically more severe disease phenotype than wild-type after intranasal inoculation of RABV...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636633/playing-with-fire-what-is-influencing-horse-owners-decisions-to-not-vaccinate-their-horses-against-deadly-hendra-virus-infection
#14
Kailiea Arianna Goyen, John David Wright, Alexandra Cunneen, Joerg Henning
Hendra virus is a zoonotic paramyxovirus, which causes severe respiratory and neurological disease in horses and humans. Since 2012, the Hendra virus sub-unit G vaccine has been available for horse vaccination in Australia. Uptake of the vaccine has been limited and spill-over events of Hendra virus infection in horses continue to occur. We conducted an online, questionnaire-based cross-sectional study of 376 horse owners belonging to a variety of different equestrian clubs in Queensland, Australia, to identify risk factors for non-vaccination against Hendra virus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636590/host-and-viral-traits-predict-zoonotic-spillover-from-mammals
#15
Kevin J Olival, Parviez R Hosseini, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Noam Ross, Tiffany L Bogich, Peter Daszak
The majority of human emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, with viruses that originate in wild mammals of particular concern (for example, HIV, Ebola and SARS). Understanding patterns of viral diversity in wildlife and determinants of successful cross-species transmission, or spillover, are therefore key goals for pandemic surveillance programs. However, few analytical tools exist to identify which host species are likely to harbour the next human virus, or which viruses can cross species boundaries. Here we conduct a comprehensive analysis of mammalian host-virus relationships and show that both the total number of viruses that infect a given species and the proportion likely to be zoonotic are predictable...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634355/longitudinal-study-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection-in-dromedary-camel-herds-in-saudi-arabia-2014-2015
#16
Maged Gomaa Hemida, Abdulmohsen Alnaeem, Daniel Kw Chu, Ranawaka Apm Perera, Samuel Ms Chan, Faisal Almathen, Emily Yau, Brian Cy Ng, Richard J Webby, Leo Lm Poon, Malik Peiris
Two herds of dromedary camels were longitudinally sampled with nasal and rectal swabs and serum, between September 2014 and May 2015, and the samples were tested for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus RNA and antibodies. Evidence of MERS-CoV infection was confirmed in one herd on the basis of detection of virus RNA in nasal swabs from three camels and significant increases in the antibody titers from three others. The three viruses were genetically identical, thus indicating introduction of a single virus into this herd...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634004/minyoo-matata-the-vicious-worm-a-taenia-solium-computer-based-health-education-tool-in-swahili
#17
Chiara Trevisan, Eric M Fèvre, Maurice Owiny, Isaac Ngere, Maria Vang Johansen
Lack of knowledge is one of the main risk factors for the spread of the zoonotic parasite Taenia solium. The computer-based health-education tool 'The Vicious Worm' was developed to create awareness and provide evidence-based health education as a specific measure in control strategies. To increase the reach of the tool, a new version in Swahili was developed and can now be downloaded for free from http://theviciousworm.sites.ku.dk.
June 17, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632812/systemic-interferon-alfa-injections-for-the-treatment-of-a-giant-orf
#18
Sumeyre Seda Ertekin, Mehmet Salih Gurel, Aslı Vefa Turgut Erdemir, Cem Leblebici
Orf is a zoonotic infection caused by a parapoxvirus and is endemic in sheep and goats. It may be transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals. We report a case of a giant orf in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which proliferated dramatically after surgical excision and resolved after systemic interferon alfa-2a injections.
May 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632771/avian-influenza-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-of-serological-and-molecular-studies-from-2000-2015
#19
Alejandra Afanador-Villamizar, Carlos Gomez-Romero, Andres Diaz, Julian Ruiz-Saenz
Avian influenza or bird flu is a highly contagious acute viral disease that can occur in epidemics and cross-border forms in poultry and wild birds. The characteristics of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) allow the emergence of new viral variants, some with zoonotic and pandemic potential. AIVs have been identified in Latin America; however, there is a lack of understanding of these viruses at the regional level. We performed a systematic literature review on serological or molecular evidence of AIVs circulation in Latin America...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631116/environmental-factors-and-zoonotic-pathogen-ecology-in-urban-exploiter-species
#20
REVIEW
Jamie L Rothenburger, Chelsea H Himsworth, Nicole M Nemeth, David L Pearl, Claire M Jardine
Knowledge of pathogen ecology, including the impacts of environmental factors on pathogen and host dynamics, is essential for determining the risk that zoonotic pathogens pose to people. This review synthesizes the scientific literature on environmental factors that influence the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic microparasites (bacteria, viruses and protozoa) in globally invasive urban exploiter wildlife species (i.e., rock doves [Columba livia domestica], European starlings [Sturnus vulgaris], house sparrows [Passer domesticus], Norway rats [Rattus norvegicus], black rats [R...
June 19, 2017: EcoHealth
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