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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107879/disease-transmission-in-animal-transfer-networks
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Dejene W Sintayehu, H H T Prins, I M A Heitkönig, W F de Boer
Infectious diseases transmission is strongly determined by who contacts whom. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) caused by Mycobacterium bovis is a worldwide burden for animal populations. One of the major transmission mechanism between herd is the transfer of infectious animal. In East Africa, pastoralists may receive or bestow livestock to create and strengthen social relationships. Here, we used a network approach to examine the relative importance of such cattle transfer in the transmission of bTB. First, a total of 2550 cattle from 102 herds were tested using the comparative intradermal tuberculin test to assess the presence of bTB infected cattle in the herd...
February 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106529/a-joint-cross-border-investigation-of-a-cluster-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-austria-romania-and-germany-in-2014-using-classic-genotyping-and-whole-genome-sequencing-methods-lessons-learnt
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Lena Fiebig, Thomas A Kohl, Odette Popovici, Margarita Mühlenfeld, Alexander Indra, Daniela Homorodean, Domnica Chiotan, Elvira Richter, Sabine Rüsch-Gerdes, Beatrix Schmidgruber, Patrick Beckert, Barbara Hauer, Stefan Niemann, Franz Allerberger, Walter Haas
Molecular surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) using 24-loci MIRU-VNTR in the European Union suggests the occurrence of international transmission. In early 2014, Austria detected a molecular MDR-TB cluster of five isolates. Links to Romania and Germany prompted the three countries to investigate possible cross-border MDR-TB transmission jointly. We searched genotyping databases, genotyped additional isolates from Romania, used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to infer putative transmission links, and investigated pairwise epidemiological links and patient mobility...
January 12, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102021/high-prevalence-of-diabetes-and-anthropometric-heterogeneity-among-tuberculosis-patients-in-pakistan
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Huma Aftab, Atiqa Ambreen, Mohammad Jamil, Peter Garred, Jørgen H Petersen, Susanne D Nielsen, Ib C Bygbjerg, Dirk L Christensen
BACKGROUND: In Pakistan the prevalence of diabetes (DM) among adults is 6.9% and expected to double by 2040. DM may facilitate transmission and halter the elimination of tuberculosis (TB). We aimed to determine the prevalence of DM among TB patients in Pakistan and to investigate anthropometric biochemical, and haemodynamic associations between TB patients with and without DM. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study at Gulab Devi Chest Hospital in Lahore, Punjab...
January 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100788/genomic-infectious-disease-epidemiology-in-partially-sampled-and-ongoing-outbreaks
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Xavier Didelot, Christophe Fraser, Jennifer Gardy, Caroline Colijn
Genomic data is increasingly being used to understand infectious disease epidemiology. Isolates from a given outbreak are sequenced, and the patterns of shared variation are used to infer which isolates within the outbreak are most closely related to each other. Unfortunately, the phylogenetic trees typically used to represent this variation are not directly informative about who infected whom - a phylogenetic tree is not a transmission tree. However, a transmission tree can be inferred from a phylogeny while accounting for within-host genetic diversity by colouring the branches of a phylogeny according to which host those branches were in...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100191/diagnostic-dilemma-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-adults-with-severe-mental-illness-in-beijing-china
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Li Wang, Zhiguo Zhang, Qiuli Yan, Jie Lu, Baoyin Gao, Yanlin Zhao, Yu Pang
BACKGROUND: Although the prevalence of tuberculosis has decreased significantly over the past decades, the certain populations with mental illness are at increased risk for tuberculosis infection and transmission. However, no studies have examined the performance of different laboratory examination methods among people with severe mental illness in China. METHODS: In this study, we firstly performed a retrospective study to evaluate the feasibility of three routine laboratory methods, including sputum microscopy, solid culture and GeneXpert, to diagnose tuberculosis patients with mental illness...
January 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099825/transmission-of-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-south-africa
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N Sarita Shah, Sara C Auld, James C M Brust, Barun Mathema, Nazir Ismail, Pravi Moodley, Koleka Mlisana, Salim Allana, Angela Campbell, Thuli Mthiyane, Natashia Morris, Primrose Mpangase, Hermina van der Meulen, Shaheed V Omar, Tyler S Brown, Apurva Narechania, Elena Shaskina, Thandi Kapwata, Barry Kreiswirth, Neel R Gandhi
Background Drug-resistant tuberculosis threatens recent gains in the treatment of tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection worldwide. A widespread epidemic of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis is occurring in South Africa, where cases have increased substantially since 2002. The factors driving this rapid increase have not been fully elucidated, but such knowledge is needed to guide public health interventions. Methods We conducted a prospective study involving 404 participants in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, with a diagnosis of XDR tuberculosis between 2011 and 2014...
19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092959/mixed-vaccination-strategy-for-the-control-of-tuberculosis-a-case-study-in-china
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Siyu Liu, Yong Li, Yingjie Bi, Qingdao Huang
This study first presents a mathematical model of TB transmission considering BCG vaccination compartment to investigate the transmission dynamics nowadays. Based on data reported by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the basic reproduction number is estimated approximately as R0=1.1892. To reach the new End TB goal raised by WHO in 2015, considering the health system in China, we design a mixed vaccination strategy. Theoretical analysis indicates that the infectious population asymptotically tends to zero with the new vaccination strategy which is the combination of constant vaccination and pulse vaccination...
June 1, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092930/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-among-laboratory-healthcare-workers-in-iran-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mahshid Nasehi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Amin Doosti-Irani, Saeed Sharafi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Objectives: The risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from patients to health-care workers (HCWs) is a neglected problem in many countries including Iran. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and related risk factors among TB laboratory staff in Iran. Methods: All TB laboratory staff (689 individual) who were working in TB laboratories of 50 Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences and a random sample consisted of 317 participants from low risk HCWs, were included in this cross sectional study...
December 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090176/updates-on-knowledge-attitude-and-preventive-practices-on-tuberculosis-among-healthcare-workers
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REVIEW
Farhanah Abd Wahab, Sarimah Abdullah, Jafri Malin Abdullah, Hasnan Jaafar, Siti Suraiya Md Noor, Wan Mohd Zahiruddin Wan Mohammad, Abdul Aziz Mohamed Yusoff, John Tharakan, Shalini Bhaskar, Muthuraju Sangu, Mohd Shah Mahmood, Fauziah Kassim, Md Hanip Rafia, Mohammed Safari Mohammed Haspani, Azmi Alias, Rogelio Hernández Pando
Ranking as the most communicable disease killer worldwide, tuberculosis, has accounted with a total of 9.6 million new tuberculosis cases with 1.5 million tuberculosis-related deaths reported globally in 2014. Tuberculosis has remain as an occupational hazard for healthcare workers since 1920s and due to several tuberculosis outbreaks in healthcare settings in the early 1990s, the concern about the transmission to both patients and healthcare workers has been raised. Healthcare workers have two to three folds greater the risk of active tuberculosis than the general population...
November 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087649/identification-of-unique-essential-proteins-from-a-m-tuberculosis-f15-lam4-kzn-phage-secretome-library
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Thamsanqa Emmanuel Chiliza, Manormoney Pillay, Balakrishna Pillay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the causative agent of tuberculosis disease (TB), the leading cause of death from bacterial infection worldwide. Although treatable, the resurgence of multi- and extensively-drug resistance TB is a major setback for the fight against TB globally. Consequently, there is an urgent need for new Mtb derived biomarkers for use in the design of new drugs and rapid point-of-care diagnostic or prognostic tools for management of TB transmission. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify unique Mtb secreted proteins from the extensively drug resistant Mtb F15/LAM4/KZN phage secretome library...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086846/stochastic-agent-based-modeling-of-tuberculosis-in-canadian-indigenous-communities
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Ashleigh R Tuite, Victor Gallant, Elaine Randell, Annie-Claude Bourgeois, Amy L Greer
BACKGROUND: In Canada, active tuberculosis (TB) disease rates remain disproportionately higher among the Indigenous population, especially among the Inuit in the north. We used mathematical modeling to evaluate how interventions might enhance existing TB control efforts in a region of Nunavut. METHODS: We developed a stochastic, agent-based model of TB transmission that captured the unique household and community structure. Evaluated interventions included: (i) rapid treatment of active cases; (ii) rapid contact tracing; (iii) expanded screening programs for latent TB infection (LTBI); and (iv) reduced household density...
January 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061860/preliminary-investigation-of-the-transmission-of-tuberculosis-between-farmers-and-their-cattle-in-smallholder-farms-in-northwestern-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Anwar Nuru, Gezahegne Mamo, Aboma Zewude, Yitayal Mulat, Gashaw Yitayew, Aschalew Admasu, Girmay Medhin, Rembert Pieper, Gobena Ameni
BACKGROUND: The feeding habits and close physical contact between Ethiopian farmers and their cattle promote the transmission of tuberculosis (TB) between the farmers and their cattle. This study aimed to investigate the transmission of TB between farmers and their cattle in smallholder farms in northwestern Ethiopia. RESULTS: A total of 70 human TB lymphadenitis (TBLN) cases visiting the Felegehiwot Comprehensive Specialized Hospital in Bahir Dar City and 660 cattle were investigated...
January 7, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059955/diagnosis-of-opportunistic-infections-hiv-co-infections-tuberculosis
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Lesley Scott, Pedro da Silva, Catharina C Boehme, Wendy Stevens, Chris Gilpin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tuberculosis (TB) incidence has declined ∼1.5% annually since 2000, but continued to affect 10.4 million individuals in 2015, with 1/3 remaining undiagnosed or underreported. The diagnosis of TB among those co-infected with HIV is challenging as TB remains the leading cause of death in such individuals. Accurate and rapid diagnosis of active TB will avert mortality in both adults and children, reduce transmission, and assist in timeous decisions for antiretroviral therapy initiation...
January 5, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050363/first-line-anti-tb-drug-resistance-in-an-urban-area-of-odisha-india
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Dasarathi Das, Prakasini Satapathy, Biswanath Murmu
INTRODUCTION: Drug resistance is a major cause for increasing the global burden of Tuberculosis (TB). However in countries with larger geographical areas and different climatic conditions like India the prevalence of drug resistance varies from place to place. Information on anti-TB drug resistance patterns particularly among newly diagnosed cases is crucial for planning an effective TB control program. AIM: To determine the prevalence of resistance against first line anti-TB drugs and Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045934/priority-setting-for-novel-drug-regimens-to-treat-tuberculosis-an-epidemiologic-model
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Emily A Kendall, Sourya Shrestha, Ted Cohen, Eric Nuermberger, Kelly E Dooley, Lice Gonzalez-Angulo, Gavin J Churchyard, Payam Nahid, Michael L Rich, Cathy Bansbach, Thomas Forissier, Christian Lienhardt, David W Dowdy
BACKGROUND: Novel drug regimens are needed for tuberculosis (TB) treatment. New regimens aim to improve on characteristics such as duration, efficacy, and safety profile, but no single regimen is likely to be ideal in all respects. By linking these regimen characteristics to a novel regimen's ability to reduce TB incidence and mortality, we sought to prioritize regimen characteristics from a population-level perspective. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We developed a dynamic transmission model of multi-strain TB epidemics in hypothetical populations reflective of the epidemiological situations in India (primary analysis), South Africa, the Philippines, and Brazil...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043641/association-of-slow-recovery-of-mycobacterium-africanum-infected-patients-posttreatment-with-high-content-of-persister-like-bacilli-in-pretreatment-sputum
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Leopold D Tientcheu, Andrew Bell, Oumie Secka, Abigail Ayorinde, Jacob Otu, Nathalie J Garton, Jayne S Sutherland, Martin O Ota, Martin Antonio, H M Dockrell, Beate Kampmann, Michael R Barer
OBJECTIVES/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium africanum that causes 40% of tuberculosis (TB) in West Africa grows more slowly in culture and has similar transmission capacity compared with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, but M. africanum-exposed contacts progress more slowly to active disease. The presence of lipid body (LB) containing M. tuberculosis complex (MTBC) cells in sputum samples has been associated with mycobacterial transcriptomes indicating slow or no growth and persister-like antibiotic tolerance...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043620/implementation-of-new-tools-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-detection-and-control
#17
Robin M Warren
Contrary to classical dogma, molecular epidemiological studies and mathematical modeling clearly show that the global drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is driven by transmission. Furthermore, there is mounting evidence demonstrating that amplification of resistance occurs during treatment, possibly as a result of insufficient active drugs being administered. To control the drug-resistant TB epidemic, it will be essential to implement new, rapid, and highly sensitive and specific diagnostic methods to decrease the diagnostic delay associated with culture-based testing...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043605/xpert-mtb-rif-for-rapid-detection-of-rifampicin-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-from-pulmonary-tuberculosis-patients-in-southwest-ethiopia
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Mulualem Tadesse, Dossegnaw Aragaw, Belayneh Dimah, Feyisa Efa, Gemeda Abebe
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Accurate and rapid detection of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) is critical for early initiation of treatment and for limiting the transmission of drug-resistant TB. Here, we investigated the accuracy of Xpert MTB/RIF for detection of rifampicin (RIF) resistance, and whether this detection predicts the presence of multidrug resistant (MDR) TB in Southwest Ethiopia. METHODS: Smear- or culture-positive sputa obtained from TB patients with increased suspicion of drug resistance were included in this study...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043604/the-majority-of-patients-with-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-sub-saharan-africa-present-a-concomitant-resistance-to-pyrazinamide
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Géraldine Daneau, Mourad Gumusboga, Pim De Rijk, Arnaud Trebucq, Leen Rigouts, Armand Van Deun, Bouke C de Jong
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Pyrazinamide (PZA) is an antibacterial used in the first-line regimen against tuberculosis (TB) for its action against dormant bacilli. PZA is also included in the new short regimen to treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). However, the prevalence and significance of PZA resistance is not known in Central and West Africa. METHODS: Between 2013 and 2016, we collected samples from MDR-TB patients recruited in an observational study implementing the new short MDR-TB regimen in six countries: Burundi (n=35), Cameroon (n=135), Niger (n=57), Central African Republic (n=35), Democratic Republic of the Congo (n=99), and Rwanda (n=16)...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043601/best-approaches-to-drug-resistance-surveillance-at-the-country-level
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A M Cabibbe, D M Cirillo
In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to include the endorsed rapid molecular technologies (Xpert MTB/RIF, line probe assays) into surveillance systems and surveys allowed the testing of more tuberculosis (TB) patients for drug resistance at country level than ever before. The whole genome sequencing (WGS) approach is emerging as a more powerful tool for epidemiological and drug-resistant routine surveillances, promising a rapid and simultaneous screening of all the clinically-relevant mutations for the determination of resistance to the first-, second-line, and new anti-TB drugs...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
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