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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/28645315/role-of-inhibitors-of-serine-peptidases-in-protecting-leishmania-donovani-against-the-hydrolytic-peptidases-of-sand-fly-midgut
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Sudha Verma, Sushmita Das, Abhishek Mandal, Md Yousuf Ansari, Sujata Kumari, Rani Mansuri, Ajay Kumar, Ruby Singh, Savita Saini, Kumar Abhishek, Vijay Kumar, Ganesh Chandra Sahoo, Pradeep Das
BACKGROUND: In vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, the sand fly midgut is considered to be an important site for vector-parasite interaction. Digestive enzymes including serine peptidases such as trypsin and chymotrypsin, which are secreted in the midgut are one of the obstacles for Leishmania in establishing a successful infection. The presence of some natural inhibitors of serine peptidases (ISPs) has recently been reported in Leishmania. In the present study, we deciphered the role of these ISPs in the survival of Leishmania donovani in the hostile sand fly midgut environment...
June 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644900/suppression-of-chikungunya-virus-replication-and-differential-innate-responses-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-during-co-infection-with-dengue-virus
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Mariana Ruiz Silva, José A Aguilar Briseño, Vinit Upasani, Heidi van der Ende-Metselaar, Jolanda M Smit, Izabela A Rodenhuis-Zybert
Dengue and chikungunya are viral diseases transmitted to humans by infected Aedes spp. mosquitoes. With an estimated 390 million infected people per year dengue virus (DENV) currently causes the most prevalent arboviral disease. During the last decade chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has caused large outbreaks and has expanded its territory causing millions of cases in Asia, Africa and America. The viruses share a common mosquito vector and during the acute phase cause similar flu-like symptoms that can proceed to more severe or debilitating symptoms...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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/28642061/the-basic-reproduction-number-of-vector-borne-plant-virus-epidemics
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Frank Van den Bosch, Michael J Jeger
The basic reproduction number R0 is a key parameter in plant disease epidemiology, which largely determines whether or not an epidemic will occur in a plant population. The next generation matrix approach to deriving and calculating the basic reproduction number of a plant virus epidemic is described. The approach is illustrated through a series of examples of increasing complexity, ranging from the simplest case of one vector transmitting one virus to a single host, to the case of multiple vectors, to combined horizontal (vector) and vertical (seed) transmission, and where vector control using insecticides is practised...
June 19, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638259/global-alert-zika-virus-an-emerging-arbovirus
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REVIEW
Zulal Ozkurt, Esra Cinar Tanriverdi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus of the Flavivirus genus, and it has an envelope and a single RNA molecule. In early 2016, the World Health Organization declared ZIKV infection to be an emerging global health threat. The major transmission route of the virus to humans is Aedes mosquitoes. ZIKV can be transmitted between humans by transplacental, perinatal, and sexual routes and via blood and body fluids. ZIKV infection usually results in a mild and self-limiting disease with low-grade fever, conjunctivitis, and periorbital edema...
June 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633891/aids-avian-flu-sars-mers-ebola-zika%C3%A2-what-next
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REVIEW
Leslie A Reperant, Albert D M E Osterhaus
Emerging infections have threatened humanity since times immemorial. The dramatic anthropogenic, behavioral and social changes that have affected humanity and the environment in the past century have accelerated the intrusion of novel pathogens into the global human population, sometimes with devastating consequences. The AIDS and influenza pandemics have claimed and will continue to claim millions of lives. The recent SARS and Ebola epidemics have threatened populations across borders. The emergence of MERS may well be warning signals of a nascent pandemic threat, while the potential for geographical spread of vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, but also Dengue and Chikungunya is unprecedented...
June 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633666/molecular-detection-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-and-cats-from-qatar
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Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available from other Persian Gulf countries. METHODS: Blood samples from 98 client-owned animals (i.e. 64 dogs and 34 cats) living in Doha (Qatar) were collected and the presence of genomic DNA of Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Dirofilaria spp., Ehrlichia spp...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632488/vector-borne-pathogens-in-stray-dogs-in-northeastern-turkey
#9
Esin Guven, Hamza Avcioglu, Seyda Cengiz, Armagan Hayirli
This experiment was carried out to attain prevalence and molecular characterization of pathogens causing canine vector-borne diseases (CVBDs) including babesiosis, hepatozoonosis, leishmaniasis, filariosis (Dirofilaria immitis, Dirofilaria repens, and Acanthocheilonema reconditum), ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia canis), and anaplasmosis (Anaplasma platys) in stray dogs. The study material consisted of 133 asymptomatic female (n = 96) and male (n = 37) stray dogs (≤1 year old, n = 16 and 1-6 years old, n = 117) housed in the Animal Care and Rehabilitation Center, Erzurum, Northeastern Turkey...
June 20, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631117/multi-criteria-decision-analysis-to-model-ixodes-ricinus-habitat-suitability
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Raphaël Rousseau, Guy McGrath, Barry J McMahon, Sophie O Vanwambeke
Tick-borne diseases present a major threat to both human and livestock health throughout Europe. The risk of infection is directly related to the presence of its vector. Thereby it is important to know their distribution, which is strongly associated with environmental factors: the presence and availability of a suitable habitat, of a suitable climate and of hosts. The present study models the habitat suitability for Ixodes ricinus in Ireland, where data on tick distribution are scarce. Tick habitat suitability was estimated at a coarse scale (10 km) with a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) method according to four different scenarios (depending on the variables used and on the weights granted to each of them)...
June 19, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625886/zoonotic-and-vector-borne-diseases-in-urban-slums-opportunities-for-intervention
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Federico Costa, Ticiana Carvalho-Pereira, Mike Begon, Lee Riley, James Childs
Urban slums provide conditions that increase the risk of exposure to vector-borne and zoonotic pathogens. Large interventions, such as social and sanitary changes, are a priority but their implementation is challenging. Integration between the multidisciplinary understanding of pathogens' dynamics and community participatory approaches is a key prevention strategy.
June 15, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624159/from-the-laboratory-to-the-field-updating-capacity-building-in-medical-entomology
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Antonio Paulo Gouveia Almeida, Florence Fouque, Pascal Launois, Carla A Sousa, Henrique Silveira
Training and innovation in the field of medical entomology are essential to mitigate the burden of vector-borne diseases globally. However, there is a shortage of medical entomologists worldwide, and there are large discrepancies in capacity building in this field. In this article, we discuss the current situation, what is needed from the medical entomologist of today, and how we can bridge this gap.
June 14, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620811/serological-molecular-and-clinical-correlates-of-dengue-from-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-chennai-india
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Vigna Seshan, Gopalsamy Sarangan, Khaleefathullah Sheriff, Kaveri Krishnasamy, Gunasekaran Palani, Padma Srikanth
Dengue disease is caused by dengue viruses 1-4 and has been ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease. Dengue is often underreported and misdiagnosed due to a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Diagnosis of dengue is based on clinical case definitions and laboratory methods. Newer case definitions of dengue have been formulated by clinical studies in order to improve case detection. Owing to its epidemic potential, mortality and morbidity, there is a need for a rapid and accurate diagnostic assay for dengue in order to help the clinician in the early detection of cases and to prevent disease progression...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620587/a-dual-luciferase-reporter-system-for-b-burgdorferi-measures-transcriptional-activity-during-tick-pathogen-interactions
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Philip P Adams, Carlos Flores Avile, Mollie W Jewett
Knowledge of the transcriptional responses of vector-borne pathogens at the vector-pathogen interface is critical for understanding disease transmission. Borrelia (Borreliella) burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in the United States, is transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes sp. ticks. It is known that B. burgdorferi has altered patterns of gene expression during tick acquisition, persistence and transmission. Recently, we and others have discovered in vitro expression of RNAs found internal, overlapping, and antisense to annotated open reading frames in the B...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617853/co-occurrence-of-viruses-and-mosquitoes-at-the-vectors-optimal-climate-range-an-underestimated-risk-to-temperate-regions
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Marcus S C Blagrove, Cyril Caminade, Elisabeth Waldmann, Elizabeth R Sutton, Maya Wardeh, Matthew Baylis
Mosquito-borne viruses have been estimated to cause over 100 million cases of human disease annually. Many methodologies have been developed to help identify areas most at risk from transmission of these viruses. However, generally, these methodologies focus predominantly on the effects of climate on either the vectors or the pathogens they spread, and do not consider the dynamic interaction between the optimal conditions for both vector and virus. Here, we use a new approach that considers the complex interplay between the optimal temperature for virus transmission, and the optimal climate for the mosquito vectors...
June 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615859/molecular-identification-of-babesia-spp-in-naturally-infected-dogs-of-kerala-south-india
#16
Sneha Augustine, Lucy Sabu, Bindu Lakshmanan
Canine babesiosis is a tick borne haemoprotozoan disease caused by large and small intraerythrocytic apicomplexan piroplasms of the genus Babesia spp. The clinical manifestations of the disease vary from inapparent subclinical form to hyperacute shock related haemolytic crisis. Microscopic examination of blood smears from suspected dogs revealed Babesia canis and B. gibsoni in 3.45 and 25.86 % of samples respectively. A seminested PCR based on previously published species specific primers targeting the 18S rRNA gene was utilized to identify the Babesia species infecting dogs of Kerala at the sub species level...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610033/molecular-approaches-for-blood-meal-analysis-and-species-identification-of%C3%A2-mosquitoes-insecta-diptera-culicidae-in-rural-locations-in-southern-england-united-kingdom
#17
Luis Miguel Hernández-Triana, Victor Albert Brugman, Sean Williams John Prosser, Chris Weland, Nadya Nikolova, Leigh Thorne, Mar Fernández DE Marco, Anthony Richard Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
Thirty-four species of Culicidae are present in the UK, of which 15 have been implicated as potential vectors of arthropod-borne viruses such as West Nile virus. Identification of mosquito feeding preferences is paramount to the understanding of vector-host-pathogen interactions which, in turn, would assist in the control of disease outbreaks. Results are presented on the application of DNA barcoding for vertebrate species identification in blood-fed female mosquitoes in rural locations. Blood-fed females (n = 134) were collected in southern England from rural sites and identified based on morphological criteria...
April 3, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606820/analysis-of-population-structure-and-insecticide-resistance-in-mosquitoes-of-the-genus-culex-anopheles-and-aedes-from-different-environments-of-greece-with-a-history-of-mosquito-borne-disease-transmission
#18
Max Fotakis, Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Linda Grigoraki, Alexandros Tsiamantas, Stella Kounadi, Loukas Georgiou, John Vontas
Greece has been recently affected by several mosquito borne diseases with the West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak in 2010 being one of the largest reported in Europe. Currently at the epicenter of an economic and refugee crisis and visited by over 16 million tourists a year the integrated management of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is a public health and economic priority. Vector control programs rely mainly on insecticides, however data on insecticide resistance and the mosquito fauna is essential for successful applications...
June 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602239/effects-of-malaria-infection-on-mosquito-olfaction-and-behavior-extrapolating-data-to-the-field
#19
REVIEW
Nina M Stanczyk, Mark C Mescher, Consuelo M De Moraes
Vector-borne pathogens have been shown to influence behavioral and other traits of their hosts and vectors across multiple systems, frequently in ways that enhance transmission. In malaria pathosystems, Plasmodium parasites have been reported to alter mosquito physiology, fitness and host-seeking behavior. Such effects on vector behavior have obvious medical relevance given their potential to influence disease transmission. However, most studies detailing these effects have faced methodological limitations, including experiments limited to laboratory settings with model vector/pathogen systems...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602238/chemical-signaling-in-mosquito-host-interactions-the-role-of-human-skin-microbiota
#20
REVIEW
Willem Takken, Niels O Verhulst
Anthropophilic mosquitoes use host-derived volatile compounds for host seeking. Recently it has become evident that many of these compounds are of microbial origin. Host seeking of mosquitoes is, therefore, a tritrophic relationship and suggests co-evolution between blood hosts and their microbial community to the benefit of the mosquito. Chemical analysis of bacterial headspace resulted in discovery of several compounds that make up the attractive blend to which mosquitoes respond. Future studies should determine which host factors shape the skin microbial community and attractive volatiles produced...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
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