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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422005/blood-donor-screening-for-west-nile-virus-wnv-revealed-acute-usutu-virus-usuv-infection-germany-september-2016
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Daniel Cadar, Philipp Maier, Susanne Müller, Julia Kress, Michael Chudy, Alexandra Bialonski, Alexander Schlaphof, Stephanie Jansen, Hanna Jöst, Egbert Tannich, Stefan Runkel, Walter E Hitzler, Gabriele Hutschenreuter, Martina Wessiepe, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
Between 1 June and 31 December 2016, 13,023 blood donations from the University Hospital Aachen in Germany were routinely screened for West Nile virus (WNV) RNA using the cobas TaqScreen WNV Test. On 28 September 2016, one blood donor was tested positive. Subsequent analysis revealed an acute Usutu virus (USUV) infection. During the ongoing USUV epizootics in Germany, blood transfusion services, public health authorities and clinicians should be aware of increased human USUV infections.
April 6, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421048/functional-information-stored-in-the-conserved-structural-rna-domains-of-flavivirus-genomes
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REVIEW
Alba Fernández-Sanlés, Pablo Ríos-Marco, Cristina Romero-López, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz
The genus Flavivirus comprises a large number of small, positive-sense single-stranded, RNA viruses able to replicate in the cytoplasm of certain arthropod and/or vertebrate host cells. The genus, which has some 70 member species, includes a number of emerging and re-emerging pathogens responsible for outbreaks of human disease around the world, such as the West Nile, dengue, Zika, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and tick-borne encephalitis viruses. Like other RNA viruses, flaviviruses have a compact RNA genome that efficiently stores all the information required for the completion of the infectious cycle...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421042/mosquito-microbiome-dynamics-a-background-for-prevalence-and-seasonality-of-west-nile-virus
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Eva Novakova, Douglas C Woodhams, Sonia M Rodríguez-Ruano, Robert M Brucker, Jonathan W Leff, Amin Maharaj, Amnon Amir, Rob Knight, James Scott
Symbiotic microbial communities augment host phenotype, including defense against pathogen carriage and infection. We sampled the microbial communities in 11 adult mosquito host species from six regions in southern Ontario, Canada over 3 years. Of the factors examined, we found that mosquito species was the largest driver of the microbiota, with remarkable phylosymbiosis between host and microbiota. Seasonal shifts of the microbiome were consistently repeated over the 3-year period, while region had little impact...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420884/a-crispr-toolbox-to-study-virus-host-interactions
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REVIEW
Andreas S Puschnik, Karim Majzoub, Yaw Shin Ooi, Jan E Carette
Viruses depend on their hosts to complete their replication cycles; they exploit cellular receptors for entry and hijack cellular functions to replicate their genome, assemble progeny virions and spread. Recently, genome-scale CRISPR-Cas screens have been used to identify host factors that are required for virus replication, including the replication of clinically relevant viruses such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue virus and hepatitis C virus. In this Review, we discuss the technical aspects of genome-scale knockout screens using CRISPR-Cas technology, and we compare these screens with alternative genetic screening technologies...
April 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411164/high-levels-of-local-inter-and-intra-host-genetic-variation-of-west-nile-virus-and-evidence-of-fine-scale-evolutionary-pressures
#5
Dylan J Ehrbar, Kiet A Ngo, Scott R Campbell, Laura D Kramer, Alexander T Ciota
West Nile virus (WNV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) has been endemic in New York State (NYS) since its 1999 introduction, yet prevalence in Culex mosquitoes varies substantially over small spatial and temporal scales. It is unclear if viral genetics plays a role in this variability, as genetic and phenotypic characterization on local scales has generally been lacking. In addition, intrahost diversity of circulating strains have not been fully characterized despite the documented role of minority variants in viral fitness and virulence...
April 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407477/a-riptide-protects-neurons-from-infection
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Ryan P Gilley, William J Kaiser
RIPK3 and RIPK1 limit virus spread by executing either apoptotic or necroptotic cell death in response to infection. In a recent issue of Cell, Daniels et al. (2017) unveil an unexpected cell death-independent requirement of RIP kinase activity in coordinating neuroinflammation, restricting West Nile virus pathogenesis in neurons.
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399216/emergent-and-reemergent-arboviruses-in-south-america-and-the-caribbean-why-so-many-and-why-now
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Carlos Brisola Marcondes, Marta Contigiani, Raquel Miranda Gleiser
Several arboviruses have emerged and/or reemerged in the New World in the past decades. Zika and chikungunya viruses, formerly restricted to Africa and perhaps Asia, invaded the continent, causing great concern. Dengue virus outbreaks have continued to occur in almost all countries, with millions of cases per year. West Nile virus rapidly invaded North America, and now cases have been found in Central and South America. Other arboviruses, such as Mayaro and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses, have increased their activity and have been found in new regions...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398684/studying-the-effects-of-emerging-infections-on-the-fetus-experience-with-west-nile-and-zika-viruses
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Sonja A Rasmussen, Dana M Meaney-Delman, Lyle R Petersen, Denise J Jamieson
Emerging infections have the potential to produce adverse effects on the pregnant woman or her fetus; however, studying these effects is often challenging. We review our experiences with investigating the prenatal effects of two mosquito-borne infections that emerged in the past 2 decades, West Nile virus (WNV) and Zika virus. Concerns regarding teratogenicity were raised about both viruses; Zika virus has been confirmed to be teratogenic, while WNV appears not to increase the risk for adverse outcomes, although teratogenicity has not been excluded...
March 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397519/emerging-vector-borne-diseases-in-dromedaries-in-tunisia-west-nile-bluetongue-epizootic-haemorrhagic-disease-and-rift-valley-fever
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Thameur B Hassine, Jihane Amdouni, Federica Monaco, Giovanni Savini, Soufien Sghaier, Imed B Selimen, Walid Chandoul, Khaled B Hamida, Salah Hammami
A total of 118 sera were collected during 2016 from two groups of dromedaries from Kebili and Medenine governorates in the south of Tunisia. The aim of this study was to provide the first serological investigation of four emerging vector-borne diseases in two groups of dromedaries in Tunisia. Sera were tested by ELISA and serum neutralisation test to identify West Nile virus (WNV), bluetongue virus (BTV), epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) and Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV). In the first group, the seroprevalence for BTV was 4...
March 31, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390175/molecular-analysis-of-hepatitis-b-virus-sub-genotypes-and-incidence-of-pres1-pres2-region-mutations-in-hbv-infected-egyptian-patients-from-mansoura
#10
Mohammed El-Mowafy, Abdelaziz Elgaml, Mohamed El-Mesery, Mohamed Elegezy
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is one of the major causes of viral hepatitis worldwide. Despite the prevalence of HBV infection in Egypt, few studies have focused on sub-genotyping of the virus. Moreover, no studies are available regarding the mutational analysis of the preS1/preS2 region of the viral genome, or its impact on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development in Egypt. In this study, we have analyzed the sub-genotypes and incidence of mutations in the preS1/preS2 region of HBV present in HBV-infected patients, from Mansoura city (located in the centre of Nile Delta region of Egypt), via partial sequencing of this specific region...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388487/characterization-of-virus-specific-vesicles-assembled-by-west-nile-virus-non-structural-proteins
#11
Li Yu, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao
Flavivirus genome encodes seven non-structural proteins (NSPs) and these NSPs are believed to be involved in their genomic RNA replication, of which the mechanism is unclear. We find that West Nile virus (WNV) NSPs were capable of self-assembling membranous vesicles in cells, which are composed of the host endoplasmic reticulum membrane integrated with viral NS1 and NS4A, and possibly NS2A. The vesicles can further organize into replication complex (RC)-associated vesicles which combine both the vesicle and predicted RC components...
April 4, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388328/efficacy-of-deltagard-%C3%A2-fyfanon-%C3%A2-and-evoluer%C3%A2-31-66-against-culex-quinquefasciatus-in-harris-county-texas
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James A Dennett, Pamela M Stark, Chris L Fredregill, Mustapha Debboun
The comparative efficacy of ultra-low volume applications of deltamethrin, permethrin, and malathion against specific adult populations of Culex quinquefasciatus , a primary regional vector of Saint Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus, using field cage tests is described. At labeled application rates, the estimated mass median diameters for Fyfanon(®), Evoluer™, and DeltaGard(®) were 18.32, 19.24, and 17.44 μm, respectively. No significant differences (P ≥ 0.01) in mean percent control were observed across all 3 wild populations and a susceptible Sebring strain tested with Fyfanon, DeltaGard, and Evoluer, providing 98...
March 2017: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388317/new-distribution-records-of-mosquitoes-in-washington-state
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Wade H Petersen, Meghan Lyons, Marie Westlind, Anne Duffy, David Kangiser, Elizabeth A Dykstra
Routine West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance in 2016 by the Washington State Department of Health resulted in 1 new state distribution record for Aedes hendersoni, bringing the total number of mosquito species reported from Washington to 52. We also report new county records for Aedes japonicus japonicus, Aedes togoi, and Culex salinarius .
March 2017: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386524/surveillance-of-arthropod-borne-viruses-and-their-vectors-in-the-mediterranean-and-black-sea-regions-within-the-medilabsecure-network
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REVIEW
Anna-Bella Failloux, Ali Bouattour, Chafika Faraj, Filiz Gunay, Nabil Haddad, Zoubir Harrat, Elizabeta Jancheska, Khalil Kanani, Mohamed Amin Kenawy, Majlinda Kota, Igor Pajovic, Lusine Paronyan, Dusan Petric, Mhammed Sarih, Samir Sawalha, Taher Shaibi, Kurtesh Sherifi, Tatiana Sulesco, Enkelejda Velo, Lobna Gaayeb, Kathleen Victoir, Vincent Robert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arboviruses, viruses transmitted by arthropods such as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, and fleas are a significant threat to public health because of their epidemic and zoonotic potential. The geographical distribution of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile (WN), Rift Valley fever (RVF), Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika has expanded over the last decades. Countries of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions are not spared. Outbreaks of WN are repeatedly reported in the Mediterranean basin...
2017: Current Tropical Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385094/effects-of-ns2b-ns3-protease-and-furin-inhibition-on-west-nile-and-dengue-virus-replication
#15
Jenny Kouretova, M Zouhir Hammamy, Anton Epp, Kornelia Hardes, Stephanie Kallis, Linlin Zhang, Rolf Hilgenfeld, Ralf Bartenschlager, Torsten Steinmetzer
West Nile virus (WNV) and Dengue virus (DENV) replication depends on the viral NS2B-NS3 protease and the host enzyme furin, which emerged as potential drug targets. Modification of our previously described WNV protease inhibitors by basic phenylalanine analogs provided compounds with reduced potency against the WNV and DENV protease. In a second series, their decarboxylated P1-trans-(4-guanidino)cyclohexylamide was replaced by an arginyl-amide moiety. Compound 4-(guanidinomethyl)-phenylacetyl-Lys-Lys-Arg-NH2 inhibits the NS2B-NS3 protease of WNV with an inhibition constant of 0...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384059/potential-sympatric-vectors-and-mammalian-hosts-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-in-southern-mexico
#16
Jesús Sotomayor-Bonilla, Carlos Antonio Abella-Medrano, Andrea Chaves, Paulina Álvarez-Mendizábal, Óscar Rico-Chávez, Sergio Ibáñez-Bernal, Melinda K Rostal, Rafael Ojeda-Flores, Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero, Gustavo Gutiérrez-Espeleta, A Alonso Aguirre, Peter Daszak, Gerardo Suzán
Arboviruses are important zoonotic agents with complex transmission cycles and are not well understood because they may involve many vectors and hosts. We studied sympatric wild mammals and hematophagous mosquitoes having the potential to act as hosts and vectors in two areas of southern Mexico. Mosquitoes, bats, and rodents were captured in Calakmul (Campeche) and Montes Azules (Chiapas), between November 2010 and August 2011. Spleen samples from 146 bats and 14 rodents were tested for molecular evidence of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), western equine encephalitis virus (WEEV), and West Nile virus (WNV) using PCR protocols...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381251/seroprevalence-of-rift-valley-fever-virus-in-livestock-during-inter-epidemic-period-in-egypt-2014-15
#17
Claudia Mroz, Mayada Gwida, Maged El-Ashker, Mohamed El-Diasty, Mohamed El-Beskawy, Ute Ziegler, Martin Eiden, Martin H Groschup
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) caused several outbreaks throughout the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula posing significant threat to human and animal health. In Egypt the first and most important Rift Valley fever epidemic occurred during 1977/78 with a multitude of infected humans and huge economic losses in livestock. After this major outbreak, RVF epidemics re-occurred in irregular intervals between 1993 and 2003. Seroprevalence of anti-RVFV antibodies in livestock during inter-epidemic periods can be used for supporting the evaluation of the present risk exposure for animal and public health...
April 5, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380696/long-term-neuromuscular-outcomes-of-west-nile-virus-infection-a-clinical-and-electromyograph-evaluation-of-patients-with-a-history-of-infection
#18
Parveen Athar, Rodrigo Hasbun, Melissa N Garcia, Lucrecia Salazar, Steven Woods, Kazim Sheikh, Kristy O Murray
INTRODUCTION: Neuromuscular clinical manifestations during acute West Nile virus (WNV) infection are well documented; however, long-term neurological outcomes still require investigation. METHODS: We conducted a long-term follow up study in patients with history of WNV infection. Out of 117 patients who participated in neurologic and neurocognitive evaluations, 30 patients were referred for neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic evaluation based on abnormal findings...
April 5, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378145/spatial-spreading-model-and-dynamics-of-west-nile-virus-in-birds-and-mosquitoes-with-free-boundary
#19
Zhigui Lin, Huaiping Zhu
In this paper, a reaction-diffusion system is proposed to model the spatial spreading of West Nile virus in vector mosquitoes and host birds in North America. Transmission dynamics are based on a simplified model involving mosquitoes and birds, and the free boundary is introduced to model and explore the expanding front of the infected region. The spatial-temporal risk index [Formula: see text], which involves regional characteristic and time, is defined for the simplified reaction-diffusion model with the free boundary to compare with other related threshold values, including the usual basic reproduction number [Formula: see text]...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367364/a-comparison-of-least-squares-regression-and-geographically-weighted-regression-modeling-of-west-nile-virus-risk-based-on-environmental-parameters
#20
Abhishek K Kala, Chetan Tiwari, Armin R Mikler, Samuel F Atkinson
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of the study reported here was to determine the effectiveness of utilizing local spatial variations in environmental data to uncover the statistical relationships between West Nile Virus (WNV) risk and environmental factors. Because least squares regression methods do not account for spatial autocorrelation and non-stationarity of the type of spatial data analyzed for studies that explore the relationship between WNV and environmental determinants, we hypothesized that a geographically weighted regression model would help us better understand how environmental factors are related to WNV risk patterns without the confounding effects of spatial non-stationarity...
2017: PeerJ
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