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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550594/comparison-of-rapid-diagnostic-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-disseminated-infection-in-bovine-liver
#1
Mehdi Zarei, Masoud Ghorbanpour, Samaneh Tajbakhsh, Nader Mosavari
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) causes Johne's disease, a chronic enteritis in cattle and other domestic and wild ruminants. The presence of MAP in tissues other than intestines and associated lymph nodes, such as meat and liver, is a potential public health concern. In the present study, the relationship between the results of rapid diagnostic tests of the Johne's disease, such as serum ELISA, rectal scraping PCR, and acid-fast staining, and the presence of MAP in liver was evaluated. Blood, liver, and rectal scraping samples were collected from 200 slaughtered cattle with unknown Johne's disease status...
May 27, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550059/europe-wide-meta-analysis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-prevalence-in-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
#2
Martin Strnad, Václav Hönig, Daniel Růžek, Libor Grubhoffer, Ryan O M Rego
Lyme borreliosis is the most common zoonotic disease transmitted by ticks in Europe and North America. Despite having multiple tick vectors, the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, is vectored mainly by Ixodes ricinus in Europe. In the present study, we aimed to review and summarize the existing data published from 2010 to 2016 concerning the prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. spirochetes in questing I. ricinus The primary focus was to evaluate the infection rate of these bacteria in ticks, accounting for tick stage, adult tick gender, region and detection method, as well as to investigate any changes in prevalence over time...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550057/prevalence-and-genomic-characterization-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-cow-calf-herds-throughout-california
#3
Jay N Worley, Kristopher A Flores, Xun Yang, Jennifer A Chase, Guojie Cao, Shuai Tang, Jianghong Meng, Edward R Atwill
Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) is a zoonotic food- and waterborne bacterial pathogen that has a high hospitalization rate and can cause life-threatening complications. Increasingly, E. coli O157:H7 infections appear to originate from fresh produce. Ruminants, like cattle, are a prominent reservoir of E. coli O157:H7 in the United States. California is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world for fresh produce, beef, and milk. The close proximity of fresh produce and cattle present food safety challenges on a uniquely large scale...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549435/molecular-characterization-of-hemotropic-mycoplasmas-mycoplasma-ovis-and-candidatus-mycoplasma-haemovis-in-sheep-and-goats-in-china
#4
Xiaoxing Wang, Yanyan Cui, Yan Zhang, Ke Shi, Yaqun Yan, Fuchun Jian, Longxian Zhang, Rongjun Wang, Changshen Ning
BACKGROUND: Hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) are emerging zoonotic pathogens with a worldwide distribution that can cause mild to severe hemolytic anemia, icterus, ill-thrift, infertility, and poor weight gain. However, understanding of the molecular epidemiology of hemoplasmas (Mycoplasma ovis and 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemovis') is limited in sheep and goats, and the hemoplasma strain/species/variant 'Candidatus M. haemovis' was poorly studied throughout the world and had never been detected in China until now...
May 26, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549236/assessment-of-pathogenicity-and-antigenicity-of-american-lineage-influenza-h5n2-viruses-in-taiwan
#5
Chun-Yang Lin, Min-Yuan Chia, Po-Ling Chen, Chia-Tsui Yeh, Ming-Chu Cheng, Ih-Jen Su, Min-Shi Lee
During December 2003 and March 2004, large scale epidemics of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 occurred in poultry farms in central and southern Taiwan. Based on genomic analysis, these H5N2 viruses contain HA and NA genes of American-lineage H5N2 viruses and six internal genes from avian influenza A/H6N1 viruses endemic in poultry in Taiwan. After disappearing for several years, these novel influenza H5N2 viruses caused outbreaks in poultry farms again in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and have evolved into high pathogenic AI (HPAI) since 2010...
May 23, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549151/borrelia-species-detected-in-ticks-feeding-on-wild-korean-water-deer-hydropotes-inermis-using-molecular-and-genotypic-analyses
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D VanBik, S H Lee, M G Seo, B R Jeon, Y K Goo, S J Park, M H Rhee, O D Kwon, T H Kim, P J L Geraldino, D Kwak
Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne disease transmitted through the bite of ticks infected by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato group, including B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. afzelii, and B. garinii. The goal of the present study was to detect Borrelia species in ticks infesting wild Korean water deer (KWD; Hydropotes inermis Swinhoe), using molecular and genotypic analyses. In total, 48 ticks were collected from KWD, all of which were morphologically identified as Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann that is dominant in Korea...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548881/constraints-drivers-and-implications-of-influenza-a-virus-reassortment
#7
Anice C Lowen
Influenza A viruses are constantly changing. This change accounts for seasonal epidemics, infrequent pandemics, and zoonotic outbreaks. A major mechanism underlying the genetic diversification of influenza A virus is reassortment of intact gene segments between coinfecting viruses. This exchange is possible because of the segmented nature of the viral genome. Here, I first consider the constraints and drivers acting on influenza A virus reassortment, including the likelihood of coinfection at the host and cellular levels, mixing and assembly of heterologous gene segments within coinfected cells, and the fitness associated with reassortant genotypes...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547342/trichosporon-asteroides-isolated-from-cutaneous-lesions-of-a-suspected-case-of-paracoccidioidomycosis-ceti-in-a-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus
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Keiichi Ueda, Ichiro Nakamura, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Kazunori Takemura, Yasutomo Nakazato, Ayako Sano
"Paracoccidioidomycosis ceti" is a rare zoonotic fungal infection affecting dolphins and is endemic worldwide. The causative agents are Paracoccidioides species; however, it is impossible to isolate the fungal species. We isolated Trichosporon asteroides from multifocal, irregularly raised skin lesions on a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) captured off coast of Japan, which was suspected to have "paracoccidioidomycosis ceti." An abundance of round, yeast-like cells was detected in a potassium hydroxide direct-mount specimen of the skin samples; however, nested PCR targeting the partial sequence of 43-kDa glycoprotein-coding gene correspondent to Paracoccidioides sp...
May 25, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545900/environmental-contamination-with-toxocara-spp-eggs-in-public-parks-and-playground-sandpits-of-greater-lisbon-portugal
#9
David Otero, Ana Margarida Alho, Rolf Nijsse, Jeroen Roelfsema, Paul Overgaauw, Luís Madeira de Carvalho
Toxocarosis is a zoonotic parasitic disease transmitted from companion animals to humans. Environmental contamination with Toxocara eggs is considered to be the main source of human infections. In Portugal, knowledge regarding the current situation, including density, distribution and environmental contamination by Toxocara spp., is largely unknown. The present study investigated environmental contamination with Toxocara spp. eggs, in soil and faecal samples collected from public parks and playground sandpits in Greater Lisbon, Portugal...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545476/prenatal-diagnosis-and-prevention-of-toxoplasmosis-in-pregnant-women-in-northern-vietnam-study-protocol
#10
G Suzanne A Smit, Thi Lam Binh Vu, Trung Dung Do, Niko Speybroeck, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Elizaveta Padalko, Ellen Roets, Pierre Dorny
BACKGROUND: In Vietnam, no systematic prenatal toxoplasmosis screening is in place, and only few studies have assessed the prevalence and importance of this zoonotic parasite infection. In addition, no studies have been conducted to assess the risk factors associated with toxoplasmosis. This study protocol was developed to determine the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women in Hanoi and Thai Binh, Northern Vietnam, and to evaluate the association with risk factors and congenital toxoplasmosis...
May 25, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544656/the-cellular-ceramide-transport-protein-cert-promotes-chlamydia-psittaci-infection-and-controls-bacterial-sphingolipid-uptake
#11
Sophia Koch-Edelmann, Sebastian Banhart, Essa M Saied, Laura Rose, Lukas Aeberhard, Michael Laue, Joerg Doellinger, Christoph Arenz, Dagmar Heuer
Chlamydiaceae are bacterial pathogens that cause diverse diseases in humans and animals. Despite their broad host and tissue tropism, all Chlamydia species share an obligate intracellular cycle of development and have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to interact with their eukaryotic host cells. Here, we have analyzed interactions of the zoonotic pathogen Chlamydia psittaci with a human epithelial cell line. We found that C. psittaci recruits the ceramide transport protein CERT to its inclusion. Chemical inhibition and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of CERT showed that CERT is a crucial factor for C...
May 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542242/-we-do-not-bury-dead-livestock-like-human-beings-community-behaviors-and-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-virus-infection-in-baringo-county-kenya
#12
Edna N Mutua, Salome A Bukachi, Bernard K Bett, Benson A Estambale, Isaac K Nyamongo
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley Fever (RVF), is a viral zoonotic disease transmitted by Aedes and Culex mosquitoes. In Kenya, its occurrence is associated with increased rains. In Baringo County, RVF was first reported in 2006 resulting in 85 human cases and 5 human deaths, besides livestock losses and livelihood disruptions. This study sought to investigate the county's current RVF risk status. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A cross-sectional study on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of RVF was conducted through a mixed methods approach utilizing a questionnaire survey (n = 560) and 26 focus group discussions (n = 231)...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541836/description-of-candidatus-bartonella-fadhilae-n-sp-and-candidatus-bartonella-sanaae-n-sp-bartonellaceae-from-dipodillus-dasyurus-and-sekeetamys-calurus-gerbillinae-from-the-sinai-massif-egypt
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Mohammed Alsarraf, Eman M E Mohallal, Ewa J Mierzejewska, Jolanta Behnke-Borowczyk, Renata Welc-Falęciak, Małgorzata Bednarska, Lukasz Dziewit, Samy Zalat, Francis Gilbert, Jerzy M Behnke, Anna Bajer
Bartonella spp. are parasites of mammalian erythrocytes and endothelial cells, transmitted by blood-feeding arthropod ectoparasites. Different species of rodents may constitute the main hosts of Bartonella, including several zoonotic species of Bartonella. The aim of this study was to identify and compare Bartonella species and genotypes isolated from rodent hosts from the South Sinai, Egypt. Prevalence of Bartonella infection was assessed in rodents (837 Acomys dimidiatus, 73 Acomys russatus, 111 Dipodillus dasyurus, and 65 Sekeetamys calurus) trapped in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 in four dry montane wadis around St...
May 25, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540508/molecular-characterization-of-blastocystis-sp-in-captive-wild-animals-in-qinling-mountains
#14
G H Zhao, X F Hu, T L Liu, R S Hu, Z Q Yu, W B Yang, Y L Wu, S K Yu, J K Song
Blastocystis is one common protist inhabiting in gastrointestinal tracts of animals and humans. Examining the subtypes has important implications for assessing the zoonotic potential of Blastocystis and intestinal health of hosts. In the present study, a total of 497 fecal samples collected from 37 wild animal species in Qinling Mountains were investigated for the presence and subtypes of Blastocystis. Of them, 200 (40.2%) were positive for Blastocystis and 13 subtypes were found, including eight known subtypes (STs1-3, 5, 10, 12-14) and five possible novel subtypes (temporarily named as STs18-22), with ST10 as the predominate subtype and the subtype ST5 was detected in an ostrich for the first time...
May 24, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540488/an-18s-rrna-workflow-for-characterizing-protists-in-sewage-with-a-focus-on-zoonotic-trichomonads
#15
Julia M Maritz, Krysta H Rogers, Tara M Rock, Nicole Liu, Susan Joseph, Kirkwood M Land, Jane M Carlton
Microbial eukaryotes (protists) are important components of terrestrial and aquatic environments, as well as animal and human microbiomes. Their relationships with metazoa range from mutualistic to parasitic and zoonotic (i.e., transmissible between humans and animals). Despite their ecological importance, our knowledge of protists in urban environments lags behind that of bacteria, largely due to a lack of experimentally validated high-throughput protocols that produce accurate estimates of protist diversity while minimizing non-protist DNA representation...
May 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539661/the-pb2-mutation-with-lysine-at-627-enhances-the-pathogenicity-of-avian-influenza-h7n9-virus-which-belongs-to-a-non-zoonotic-lineage
#16
Weixuan Li, Horace Hok Yeung Lee, Run Feng Li, Huachen Maria Zhu, Guan Yi, Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris, Zi Feng Yang, Chris Ka Pun Mok
A novel avian-origin influenza A (H7N9) virus emerged in China in 2013 and has caused zoonotic disease in over 1123 persons with an overall mortality around 30%. Amino acid changes at the residues 591, 627 and 701 of polymerase basic protein 2 (PB2) have been found frequently in the human H7N9 isolates but not in viruses isolated from avian species. We have recently identified a cluster of H7N9 viruses in ducks which circulated in China prior to the first recognition of zoonotic disease in 2013. These duck viruses have genetic background distinct from the zoonotic H7N9 lineage...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539439/contribution-of-human-lung-parenchyma-and-leukocyte-influx-to-oxidative-stress-and-immune-mediated-pathology-following-nipah-infection
#17
Olivier Escaffre, Tais B Saito, Terry L Juelich, Tetsuro Ikegami, Jennifer K Smith, David D Perez, Colm Atkins, Corri B Levine, Matthew B Huante, Rebecca J Nusbaum, Janice J Endsley, Alexander N Freiberg, Barry Rockx
Nipah virus (NiV) is a zoonotic emerging paramyxovirus that can cause a fatal respiratory illness or encephalitis in humans. Despite many efforts, the molecular mechanisms of NiV-induced acute lung injury (ALI) remain unclear. We previously showed that NiV replicates to high titers in human lung grafts in NOD scid gamma mice, resulting in a robust inflammatory response. Interestingly, these mice can undergo human immune system reconstitution by the Bone marrow, Liver, and Thymus (BLT) reconstitution method, in addition to lung tissue engraftment, giving altogether a realistic model to study human respiratory viral infections...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539197/candidatus-neoehrlichia-mikurensis-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-detected-in-the-blood-of-norwegian-patients-with-erythema-migrans
#18
H Quarsten, A Grankvist, L Høyvoll, I B Myre, T Skarpaas, V Kjelland, C Wenneras, S Noraas
The most common tick-borne human disease in Norway is Lyme borreliosis. Ticks in Norway also harbour less known disease-causing agents such as Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Borrelia miyamotoi and Rickettsia helvetica. However, human infections caused by these pathogens have never been described in Norway. The main aims of the study were to evaluate the contribution of several tick-borne bacterial agents, other than Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, to zoonotic diseases in Norway and to determine their clinical pictures...
May 13, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538705/uk-pigs-at-the-time-of-slaughter-investigation-into-the-correlation-of-infection-with-prrsv-and-hev
#19
Jean-Pierre Frossard, Sylvia Grierson, Tanya Cheney, Falko Steinbach, Bhudipa Choudhury, Susanna Williamson
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and are both globally prevalent in the pig population. While HEV does not cause clinical disease in pigs, its zoonotic potential has raised concerns in the food safety sector. PRRS has become endemic in the United Kingdom (UK) since its introduction in 1991, and continues to cause considerable economic losses to the swine industry. A better understanding of the current prevalence and diversity of PRRSV and HEV in the UK, and their potential association, is needed to assess risks and target control measures appropriately...
May 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537544/high-prevalence-of-four-novel-astrovirus-genotype-species-identified-from-rodents-in-china
#20
Kelvin K W To, Wan-Mui Chan, Kenneth S M Li, Carol S F Lam, Zhiwei Chen, Herman Tse, Susanna K P Lau, Patrick C Y Woo, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Astroviruses cause gastrointestinal and neurological infections in humans and animals. Since astrovirus is genetically diverse and different astrovirus genotypes can be found in the same animal species, astrovirus is a potential zoonotic threat to humans. In this study, we screened for astroviruses in rodents from Hong Kong, Hunan and Guangxi. Astrovirus was detected in 11.9 % (67/562) of rectal swab specimens. Phylogenetic analysis of the ORF1b region, which encodes the RdRp, showed that there were four distinct clusters (clusters A, B, C and D)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of General Virology
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