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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219883/zika-virus-and-the-rio-olympic-games
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Bruce Hamilton, Dan Exeter, Sarah Beable, Lynne Coleman, Chris Milne
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of Zika virus on preparation and management of the New Zealand (NZ) Olympic team. DESIGN: Descriptive manuscript. SETTING: New Zealand Olympic Health team preparation and management during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, 2016. PATIENTS (OR PARTICIPANTS): New Zealand Olympic Team members. INTERVENTIONS (OR ASSESSMENT OF RISK FACTORS): This manuscript describes the approaches used by the NZ Olympic Health team to the minimization of risk from Zika virus...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212931/suppression-of-zika-virus-infection-and-replication-in-endothelial-cells-and-astrocytes-by-pka-inhibitor-pki-14-22
#2
Fan Cheng, Suzane Ramos da Silva, I-Chueh Huang, Jae U Jung, Shou-Jiang Gao
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV), a re-emerging flavivirus, and its associated neurological disorders, such as Guillain-Barré (GB) syndrome and microcephaly, have generated an urgent need for developing effective ZIKV vaccines and therapeutic agents. Here, we used human endothelial cells and astrocytes, both of which represent key cell types for ZIKV infection, to identify potential inhibitors for ZIKV replication. Because several pathways, including AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protein kinase A (PKA), and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways, have been reported to play important roles in flavivirus replication, we tested inhibitors or agonists of these pathways for their effects on ZIKV replication...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211161/profile-of-demand-and-continuous-cash-benefits-bcp-granted-to-children-diagnosed-with-microcephaly-in-brazil
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Éverton Luís Pereira, Josierton Cruz Bezerra, Jonas Lotufo Brant, Wildo Navegantes de Araújo, Leonor Maria Pacheco Santos
The Brazilian Federal Constitution of 1988 introduced the Continuous Cash Benefits (BCP), allowing the inclusion of people with disabilities. This is a descriptive study with aggregate municipal data about the time and geographic distribution of the incidence of microcephaly related to the Zika virus in Brazil and data of the BCP grants to children diagnosed with microcephaly. Data on the demand and BCP grants to children with microcephaly since 2009 are shown. Cases of microcephaly and/or central nervous system disorders were obtained from the Ministry of Health and totaled 2,366 confirmed cases from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016...
November 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209885/neuroimaging-findings-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome-case-series-at-the-time-of-first-epidemic-outbreak-in-pernambuco-state-brazil
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Pedro Pires, Patricia Jungmann, Jully Moura Galvão, Adriano Hazin, Luiza Menezes, Ricardo Ximenes, Gabriele Tonni, Edward Araujo Júnior
PURPOSE: This study aimed to describe the prenatal and postnatal neuroimaging and clinical findings in a clinical series following congenital Zika virus syndrome during the first epidemic Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. METHODS: We (the authors) conducted a retrospective study of a prospectively collected case series of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly born to mothers with presumed/confirmed congenital ZIKV syndrome. Prenatal ultrasound findings were reviewed to identify potential central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities...
December 5, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202041/global-transcriptome-analysis-of-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-in-response-to-zika-virus-infection
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Kayvan Etebari, Shivanand Hegde, Miguel A Saldaña, Steven G Widen, Thomas G Wood, Sassan Asgari, Grant L Hughes
Zika virus (ZIKV) of the Flaviviridae family is a recently emerged mosquito-borne virus that has been implicated in the surge of the number of microcephaly instances in South America. The recent rapid spread of the virus led to its declaration as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The virus is transmitted mainly by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which is also the vector of dengue virus; however, little is known about the interactions of the virus with the mosquito vector. In this study, we investigated the transcriptome profiles of whole A...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201154/lymphatic-system-and-gut-microbiota-affect-immunopathology-of-neuroinflammatory-diseases-including-multiple-sclerosis-neuromyelitis-optica-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ikuo Tsunoda
Microbial infections lead to neurological damages either by direct infection in the nervous tissues or by uncontrolled immune responses (immunopathology). For example, in Zika virus infection, microcephaly can be caused by the former, i.e., direct viral infection in the brain, while Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) seems to be antibody-mediated immunopathology. Although a variety of factors affect immunopathology, two essential systems maintaining whole-body homeostasis had long been neglected: 1) the lymphatic system and 2) microbiota...
August 2017: Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195030/accuracy-of-birth-certificate-head-circumference-measurements-massachusetts-2012-2013
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Nicholas J Somerville, Xiaoli Chen, Dominique Heinke, Sarah L Stone, Cathleen Higgins, Susan E Manning, Sharon Pagnano, Mahsa M Yazdy, Marlene Anderka
BACKGROUND: Zika virus has recently emerged as a novel cause of microcephaly. CDC has asked states to rapidly ascertain and report cases of Zika-linked birth defects, including microcephaly. Massachusetts added head circumference to its birth certificate (BC) in 2011. The accuracy of head circumference measurements from state vital records data has not been reported. METHODS: We sought to assess the accuracy of Massachusetts BC head circumference measurements by comparing them to measurements for 2,217 infants born during 2012-2013 captured in the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program (BDMP) data system...
December 1, 2017: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192272/ribosomal-stress-and-tp53-mediated-neuronal-apoptosis-in-response-to-capsid-protein-of-the-zika-virus
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Lukasz P Slomnicki, Dong-Hoon Chung, Austin Parker, Taylor Hermann, Nolan L Boyd, Michal Hetman
We report here that in rat and human neuroprogenitor cells as well as rat embryonic cortical neurons Zika virus (ZIKV) infection leads to ribosomal stress that is characterized by structural disruption of the nucleolus. The anti-nucleolar effects were most pronounced in postmitotic neurons. Moreover, in the latter system, nucleolar presence of ZIKV capsid protein (ZIKV-C) was associated with ribosomal stress and apoptosis. Deletion of 22 C-terminal residues of ZIKV-C prevented nucleolar localization, ribosomal stress and apoptosis...
November 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192259/cns-infections-zika-virus-mutation-associated-with-increased-infectivity-mortality-and-severe-microcephaly
#9
Charlotte Ridler
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December 1, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190868/-epidemiology-and-human-rights-zika-virus-outlook-and-reproductive-rights-in-latin-america
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Manuel G Chávez-Ángeles, Ericay Berenice Martínez-Ramos, Olga López-Hernández
With this article we review the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic. We also look back over the last scientific evidence relating ZIKV to microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Finally, we also address the challenges in terms of reproductive rights in Latin America.
November 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181810/imaging-findings-in-congenital-zika-virus-infection-syndrome-an-update
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Andrea Silveira de Souza, Patrícia Soares de Oliveira-Szjenfeld, Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Luis Alberto Moreira de Souza, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Fernanda Tovar-Moll
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is a neurotropic and neurotoxic RNA Flavivirus prompt to cause severe fetal brain dysmorphisms during pregnancy, a period of rapid and critical central nervous system development. A wide range of clinico-radiological findings of congenital ZIKV infections were reported in the literature, such as microcephaly, overlapping sutures, cortical migrational and corpus callosum abnormalities, intracranial calcifications, ventriculomegaly, brain stem and cerebellar malformations, spinal cord involvement, and joint contractures...
November 27, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177365/gender-specific-reference-charts-of-fetal-head-circumference-in-a-singaporean-population
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George Sh Yeo, Maili Qi, Ruochen Du, Padma Lata Mahavadi, Chee Fu Yung, Koh Cheng Thoon, Edwin Wh Thia, Kai Lit Tan, Fon Min Lai, Nicole Kl Lee
INTRODUCTION: With the global outbreak of Zika virus and its association with microcephaly, an up-to-date fetal head circumference (HC) nomogram is crucial to offer a reference standard in order to make an accurate diagnosis. This study was conducted to revise the local fetal HC nomogram. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, ultrasound data was used for construction of the fetal HC nomogram from a total of 6155 pregnancies in the ethnic Chinese population with low risk profile at KK Women's and Children's Hospital over a 10-year period...
October 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171191/pre-zika-descriptive-epidemiology-of-microcephaly-in-texas-2008-2012
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Adrienne T Hoyt, Mark A Canfield, Peter H Langlois, Dorothy K Waller, A J Agopian, Charles J Shumate, Noemi B Hall, Lisa K Marengo, Mary K Ethen, Angela E Scheuerle
BACKGROUND: There are limited population-based studies on microcephaly. We characterized the epidemiology of microcephaly in Texas during a 5-year period (2008-2012), prior to the Zika epidemic in the Western hemisphere (2015). The associations of suspected risk factors were compared across four clearly defined case groups. METHODS: Data from the Texas Birth Defects Registry were used to calculate the prevalence of congenital microcephaly and crude and adjusted prevalence ratios using Poisson regression...
November 24, 2017: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167994/congenital-zika-virus-infection-a-neuropathological-review
#14
L Chimelli, E Avvad-Portari
BACKGROUND: A relationship between Zika virus (ZikV) infection in pregnancy and the occurrence of microcephaly was established during the Zika outbreak in Brazil (2015-2016). Neuropathological findings in congenital Zika syndrome helped to understand its pathogenetic mechanisms. RESULTS: The most relevant postmortem findings in the central nervous system (CNS) of fetuses and neonates infected with ZikV early in gestation are microcephaly with ex-vacuo ventriculomegaly and large head circumference associated with obstructive hydrocephalus due to severe midbrain and aqueduct distortion...
November 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166461/presumed-zika-virus-related-congenital-brain-malformations-the-spectrum-of-ct-and-mri-findings-in-fetuses-and-newborns
#15
José Daniel Vieira de Castro, Licia Pacheco Pereira, Daniel Aguiar Dias, Lindenberg Barbosa Aguiar, Joanira Costa Nogueira Maia, Jesus Irajacy Fernandes da Costa, Eveline Campos Monteiro de Castro, Francisco Edson de Lucena Feitosa, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: The new epidemic of Zika virus infection raises grave concerns, especially with the increasingly-recognized link between emerging cases of microcephaly and this infectious disease. Besides small cranial dimensions, there are striking morphologic anomalies in the fetal brain. Key anomalies include cortical developmental malformations and a peculiar distribution of pathologic calcifications. These potentially indicate a new pattern of congenital central nervous system infection...
October 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162597/prevalence-and-clinical-profile-of-microcephaly-in-south-america-pre-zika-2005-14-prevalence-and-case-control-study
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Iêda M Orioli, Helen Dolk, Jorge S Lopez-Camelo, Daniel Mattos, Fernando A Poletta, Maria G Dutra, Flavia M Carvalho, Eduardo E Castilla
Objective To describe the prevalence and clinical spectrum of microcephaly in South America for the period 2005-14, before the start of the Zika epidemic in 2015, as a baseline for future surveillance as the Zika epidemic spreads and as other infectious causes may emerge in future.Design Prevalence and case-control study.Data sources ECLAMC (Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations) database derived from 107 hospitals in 10 South American countries, 2005 to 2014. Data on microcephaly cases, four non-malformed controls per case, and all hospital births (all births for hospital based prevalence, resident within municipality for population based prevalence)...
November 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158604/antiviral-cd8-t-cells-induce-zika-virus-associated-paralysis-in-mice
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Kellie A Jurado, Laura J Yockey, Patrick W Wong, Sarah Lee, Anita J Huttner, Akiko Iwasaki
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging, mosquito-borne RNA virus. The rapid spread of ZIKV within the Americas has unveiled microcephaly 1 and Guillain-Barré syndrome 2,3 as ZIKV-associated neurological complications. Recent reports have also indicated other neurological manifestations to be associated with ZIKV, including myelitis 4 , meningoencephalitis 5 and fatal encephalitis 6 . Here, we investigate the neuropathogenesis of ZIKV infection in type I interferon receptor IFNAR knockout (Ifnar1 -/- ) mice, an infection model that exhibits high viral burden within the central nervous system...
November 20, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155634/how-does-imaging-of-congenital-zika-compare-with-imaging-of-other-torch-infections
#18
REVIEW
Deborah Levine, Jacques C Jani, Ilse Castro-Aragon, Mieke Cannie
The acronym TORCH is used to refer to congenital infections, such as toxoplasmosis, other infections (such as syphillis, varicella-zoster, and parvovirus B19), cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex virus. The classic findings in patients with TORCH infections include rash in the mother during pregnancy and ocular findings in the newborn. Zika virus has emerged as an important worldwide congenital infection. It fits well with other congenital TORCH infections since there is a rash in the mother and there are commonly ocular abnormalities in the newborn...
December 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150641/repurposing-of-the-anti-malaria-drug-chloroquine-for-zika-virus-treatment-and-prophylaxis
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Sergey A Shiryaev, Pinar Mesci, Antonella Pinto, Isabella Fernandes, Nicholas Sheets, Sujan Shresta, Chen Farhy, Chun-Teng Huang, Alex Y Strongin, Alysson R Muotri, Alexey V Terskikh
One of the major challenges of the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic is to prevent congenital foetal abnormalities, including microcephaly, following ZIKV infection of pregnant women. Given the urgent need for ZIKV prophylaxis and treatment, repurposing of approved drugs appears to be a viable and immediate solution. We demonstrate that the common anti-malaria drug chloroquine (CQ) extends the lifespan of ZIKV-infected interferon signalling-deficient AG129 mice. However, the severity of ZIKV infection in these mice precludes the study of foetal (vertical) viral transmission...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145400/zika-virus-an-updated-review-of-competent-or-naturally-infected-mosquitoes
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REVIEW
Yanouk Epelboin, Stanislas Talaga, Loïc Epelboin, Isabelle Dusfour
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) that recently caused outbreaks in the Americas. Over the past 60 years, this virus has been observed circulating among African, Asian, and Pacific Island populations, but little attention has been paid by the scientific community until the discovery that large-scale urban ZIKV outbreaks were associated with neurological complications such as microcephaly and several other neurological malformations in fetuses and newborns. This paper is a systematic review intended to list all mosquito species studied for ZIKV infection or for their vector competence...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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