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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337190/epidemiological-characteristics-and-environmental-risk-factors-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-in-hubei-province-china-from-2011-to-2016
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Tang Wang, Xin-Lou Li, Man Liu, Xiao-Jia Song, Hao Zhang, Yu-Bin Wang, Bao-Pin Tian, Xue-Sen Xing, Shi-Yue Li
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a tick-borne viral disease affecting hundreds of people in China each year. To better understand the epidemiological characteristics and environmental risk factors associated with the incidence of SFTS in Hubei Province, China, we conducted a retrospective epidemiological study and risk assessment of SFTS from 2011 to 2016. Although, the incidence and epidemic areas of SFTS are increasing, the fatality rate has decreased. Elderly farmers are the population most commonly infected with SFTS virus between May and July in the northeast Hubei Province, which seems to be consistent with local agricultural activities and the seasonal abundance of ticks...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336423/comparative-analysis-of-complete-genome-sequences-of-european-subtype-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-strains-isolated-from-ixodes-persulcatus-ticks-long-tailed-ground-squirrel-spermophilus-undulatus-and-human-blood-in-the-asian-part-of-russia
#2
T V Demina, S E Tkachev, I V Kozlova, E K Doroshchenko, O V Lisak, O V Suntsova, M M Verkhozina, Yu P Dzhioev, A I Paramonov, A Y Tikunov, N V Tikunova, V I Zlobin, D Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is divided into three subtypes: European (TBEV-Eu), Siberian (TBEV-Sib), and Far Eastern (TBEV-FE) subtypes. The geographical range of TBEV-Eu dominates in Europe, but this subtype is present focally across the whole non-tropical forested Eurasian belt, through Russia to South Korea. However, the TBEV-Eu strains isolated outside Europe remain poorly characterized. In this study, full-genome sequences of eight TBEV-Eu isolates were determined. These strains were isolated from Ixodes persulcatus ticks, long-tailed ground squirrel (Spermophilus undulatus), and human blood in the natural foci of Western and Eastern Siberia, Russia...
March 9, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336346/antiviral-activity-of-the-adenosine-analogue-bcx4430-against-west-nile-virus-and-tick-borne-flaviviruses
#3
Luděk Eyer, Darina Zouharová, Jana Širmarová, Martina Fojtíková, Michal Štefánik, Jan Haviernik, Radim Nencka, Erik de Clercq, Daniel Růžek
There are currently no approved antiviral therapies against medically important human flaviviruses. The imino-C-nucleoside BCX4430 shows broad-spectrum antiviral activity against a wide range of RNA viruses. Here, we demonstrate that BCX4430 inhibits tick-borne species of the genus Flavivirus; however, the antiviral effect varies against individual species. Micro-molar BCX4430 levels inhibited tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV); while, approximately 3-8-fold higher concentrations were needed to inhibit louping ill virus and Kyasanur Forest disease virus...
March 20, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335825/canine-tick-borne-diseases-in-pet-dogs-from-romania
#4
Martin O Andersson, Conny Tolf, Paula Tamba, Mircea Stefanache, Jonas Waldenström, Gerhard Dobler, Lidia Chițimia-Dobler
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for animals as well as humans. Dogs have been a human companion for millennia, and their significant impact on human life renders disease in dogs to be of great concern. Tick-borne diseases in dogs represent a substantial diagnostic challenge for veterinarians in that clinical signs are often diffuse and overlapping. In addition, co-infections with two or more pathogens enhance this problem further. Molecular methods are useful to disentangle co-infections and to accurately describe prevalence and geographical distribution of tick-borne diseases...
March 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335800/a-new-method-for-in-vitro-feeding-of-rhipicephalus-australis-formerly-rhipicephalus-microplus-larvae-a-valuable-tool-for-tick-vaccine-development
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Jos J A Trentelman, Jos A G M Kleuskens, Jos van de Crommert, Theo P M Schetters
BACKGROUND: Rhipicephalus microplus is a hard tick that has a major impact on cattle health in tropical and subtropical regions because it feeds on cattle and is implicated in the transmission of pathogens that cause diseases such as bovine anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Presently, acaricides are used to control tick infestation but this is becoming increasingly less effective due to the emergence of tick strains that are resistant to one or more classes of acaricides. Anti-tick vaccines are a promising alternative to control tick infestation in cattle...
March 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335329/nanoparticle-based-delivery-of-anaplasma-marginale-membrane-proteins-virb9-1-and-virb10-produced-in-the-pichia-pastoris-expression-system
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Bing Zhang, Antonio S Cavallaro, Karishma T Mody, Jun Zhang, James R Deringer, Wendy C Brown, Timothy J Mahony, Chengzhong Yu, Neena Mitter
Bovine anaplasmosis or cattle-tick fever is a tick-borne haemolytic disease caused by the rickettsial haemoparasite Anaplasma marginale in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. While difficult to express, the proteins VirB9-1 and VirB10 are immunogenic components of the outer membrane type IV secretion system that have been identified as candidate antigens for vaccines targeting of A. marginale. Soluble VirB9-1 and VirB10 were successfully expressed using Pichia pastoris. When formulated with the self-adjuvanting silica vesicles, SV-100 (diameter: 50 nm, and pore entrance size: 6 nm), 200 µg of VirB9-1 and VirB10 were adsorbed per milligram of nanoparticle...
November 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333618/increasing-evidence-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-tbe-virus-transmission-the-netherlands-june-2016
#7
Adriaan Cg Weststrate, Daan Knapen, Gozewijn D Laverman, Bart Schot, Jan Jw Prick, Silke A Spit, Johan Reimerink, Barry Rockx, Felix Geeraedts
We present a case of endemic tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) occurring in June 2016 in the eastern part of the Netherlands in an area where a strain of TBE virus, genetically different from the common TBE virus strains in Europe, was reported in ticks in 2016. With the start of the tick season in spring, this second autochthonous Dutch TBE case should remind physicians to consider the possibility of endemic TBE in patients with respective symptoms.
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333306/protein-aggregation-in-ehrlichia-chaffeensis-during-infection-of-mammalian-cells
#8
Dorota Kuczynska-Wisnik, Chuanmin Cheng, Roman R Ganta, Michal Zolkiewski
Ehrlichia chaffeensis is an obligatory intracellular pathogen transmitted through infected ticks to humans and other vertebrates. We investigated the extent of protein aggregation in E. chaffeensis during infection of canine macrophage cell line, DH82. We discovered that the size of the aggregated fraction of E. chaffeensis proteins increased during the first 48 h post infection. We also incubated the infected cells with guanidinium chloride (GuHCl), a known inhibitor of the protein-disaggregating molecular chaperone ClpB...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332070/a-review-on-prevalence-control-measure-and-tolerance-of-tanzania-shorthorn-zebu-cattle-to-east-coast-fever-in-tanzania
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E L K Laisser, S W Chenyambuga, E D Karimuribo, G Msalya, M J Kipanyula, A J Mwilawa, R H Mdegela, L J M Kusiluka
In Tanzania, control of East Coast fever (ECF) has predominantly relied on tick control using acaricides and chemotherapy, little on ECF vaccination, and very little on dissemination regarding animal immunization. In this paper, the prevalence, control measure, and tolerance of Tanzania Shorthorn Zebu (TSHZ) cattle to ECF are reviewed. In addition, the opportunities available for reducing the use of acaricides for the benefit of the farmers in terms of reduction of costs of purchasing acaricides and environmental pollution are described...
March 22, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331604/re-establishing-the-pecking-order-niche-models-reliably-predict-suitable-habitats-for-the-reintroduction-of-red-billed-oxpeckers
#10
Riddhika Kalle, Leigh Combrink, Tharmalingam Ramesh, Colleen T Downs
Distributions of avian mutualists are affected by changes in biotic interactions and environmental conditions driven directly/indirectly by human actions. The range contraction of red-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) in South Africa is partly a result of the widespread use of acaracides (i.e., mainly cattle dips), toxic to both ticks and oxpeckers. We predicted the habitat suitability of red-billed oxpeckers in South Africa using ensemble models to assist the ongoing reintroduction efforts and to identify new reintroduction sites for population recovery...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331202/immune-evasion-of-borrelia-miyamotoi-cbia-a-novel-outer-surface-protein-exhibiting-complement-binding-and-inactivating-properties
#11
Florian Röttgerding, Alex Wagemakers, Joris Koetsveld, Volker Fingerle, Michael Kirschfink, Joppe W Hovius, Peter F Zipfel, Reinhard Wallich, Peter Kraiczy
Borrelia (B.) miyamotoi, an emerging tick-borne relapsing fever spirochete, resists complement-mediated killing. To decipher the molecular principles of immune evasion, we sought to identify determinants contributing to complement resistance. Employing bioinformatics, we identified a gene encoding for a putative Factor H-binding protein, termed CbiA (complement binding and inhibitory protein A). Functional analyses revealed that CbiA interacted with complement regulator Factor H (FH), C3, C3b, C4b, C5, and C9...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331130/cytopenias-and-clonal-expansion-of-gamma-delta-t-cells-in-a-patient-with-anaplasmosis-a-potential-diagnostic-pitfall
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Daniel Marko, Anamarija M Perry, Arjuna Ponnampalam, Michel R Nasr
Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a rare, tick-borne infectious disease caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Herein, we report a rare case of human granulocytic anaplasmosis associated with cytopenias and clonal expansion of gamma/delta T-cells in the bone marrow. A 77-year old man presented multiple times to the emergency department complaining of muscle weakness. Complete blood count detected cytopenias and peripheral blood smear showed pseudo Pelger-Huet neutrophils. These findings prompted bone marrow evaluation with ancillary studies including flow cytometry, karyotyping and T-cell rearrangement studies...
2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330517/genetic-characterization-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsiae-in-questing-ixodid-ticks-collected-in-israel-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-their-infection
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Jessica Rose, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Kosta Y Mumcuoglu, Moh A Alkhamis, Adi Ben-Nun, Itamar Lensky, Eyal Klement, Abedelmajeed Nasereddin, Ziad A Abdeen, Shimon Harrus
This study aimed to genetically characterize spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in questing ixodid ticks from Israel and to identify risk factors associated with SFGR-positive ticks using molecular techniques and geographic information systems (GIS) analysis. 1039 ticks from the genus Rhipicephalus were collected during 2014. 109/1039 (10·49%) carried SFGR-DNA of either Rickettsia massiliae (95), 'Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae' (8) or Rickettsia conorii (6). Higher prevalence of SFGR was found in Rhipicephalus turanicus (18·00%) compared with Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (3·22%)...
March 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330502/a-repertoire-of-protease-inhibitor-families-in-amblyomma-americanum-and-other-tick-species-inter-species-comparative-analyses
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Lindsay M Porter, Željko M Radulović, Albert Mulenga
BACKGROUND: Protease inhibitors (PIs) are important regulators of physiology and represent anti-parasitic druggable and vaccine targets. We conducted bioinformatic analyses of genome and transcriptome data to determine the protease inhibitor (PI) repertoire in Amblyomma americanum and in 25 other ixodid tick species. For A. americanum, we compared the PI repertoires in fed and unfed, male and female A. americanum ticks. We also analyzed PI repertoires of female 48, 96 and 120 h-fed midgut (MG) and salivary gland (SG) tissues...
March 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329282/possible-transfusion-transmitted-babesia-divergens-like-mo-1-in-an-arkansas-patient
#15
Mary J Burgess, Eric R Rosenbaum, Bobbi S Pritt, Dirk T Haselow, Katie M Ferren, Bashar N Alzghoul, Juan Carlos Rico, Lynne M Sloan, Poornima Ramanan, Raghunandan Purushothaman, Robert W Bradsher
A patient with asplenia and multiple red blood cell transfusions acquired babesiosis infection with Babesia divergens-like/MO-1 and not Babesia microti, the common United States species. He had no known tick exposure. This is believed to be the first transfusion-transmitted case and the fifth documented case of Babesia divergens-like/MO-1.
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327890/draft-genome-of-the-honey-bee-ectoparasitic-mite-tropilaelaps-mercedesae-is-shaped-by-the-parasitic-life-history
#16
Xiaofeng Dong, Stuart D Armstrong, Dong Xia, Benjamin L Makepeace, Alistair C Darby, Tatsuhiko Kadowaki
Background: The number of managed honey bee colonies has considerably decreased in many developed countries in recent years and ectoparasitic mites are considered as major threats to honey bee colonies and health. However, their general biology remains poorly understood. Results: We sequenced the genome of Tropilaelaps mercedesae , the prevalent ectoparasitic mite infesting honey bees in Asia and predicted 15,190 protein-coding genes which were well supported by the mite transcriptomes and proteomic data...
February 22, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327880/using-plastic-tips-in-artificial-feeding-of-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-sensu-lato-acari-ixodidae-females
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Jaqueline Rodrigues de Almeida Valim, Charles Passos Rangel, Bruna de Azevedo Baêta, Carla Carolina Dias Uzedo Ribeiro, Matheus Dias Cordeiro, Rafaella Câmara Teixeira, Patrícia Barizon Cepeda, Adivaldo Henrique da Fonseca
This study evaluated the influence of the initial weight, feeding period and temperature on weight gain and biological parameters of the non-parasitic phase of partially engorged Rhipicephalus sanguineus females that were artificially fed using plastic tips as feeding devices. The device did not alter the oviposition of the females or any other parameters evaluated. Furthermore, it was observed that the temperature of the feeding the group did not affect the weight gain and biology of ticks. This device has great potential for the development of studies on bioagent transmission because it provides higher intake of blood by ixodid ticks...
March 16, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327690/kyasanur-forest-disease-kfd-rare-disease-of-zoonotic-origin
#18
M Muraleedharan
Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) is a rare tick borne zoonotic disease that causes acute febrile hemorrhagic illness in humans and monkeys especially in southern part of India. The disease is caused by highly pathogenic KFD virus (KFDV) which belongs to member of the genus Flavivirus and family Flaviviridae. The disease is transmitted to monkeys and humans by infective tick Haemaphysalisspinigera. Seasonal outbreaks are expected to occur during the months of January to June. The aim of this paper is to briefly summarize the epidemiology, mode of transmission of KFD virus, clinical findings, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of the disease...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326655/systemic-insecticides-used-in-dogs-potential-candidates-for-phlebotomine-vector-control
#19
Sonia Ares Gomez, Albert Picado
Zoonotic Visceral Leishmaniasis (ZVL) is a public health problem endemic in some countries. Current control measures, in particular culling infected dogs, have not reduced ZVL incidence in humans. We evaluated the use of five systemic insecticides (spinosad, fluralaner, afoxolaner, sarolaner and moxidectin) currently used in dogs for other purposes (e.g. tick, flea control) in controlling ZVL transmission. The anti-phlebotomine capacity of these compounds confirmed in experimental studies makes their use in ZVL control programs very promising...
March 22, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323557/seroprevalence-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-virus-in-hedgehog-from-china
#20
Yue Sun, Miao-Miao Liu, Li-Mei Luo, Li Zhao, Hong-Ling Wen, Zhen-Tang Zhang, Jian-Wei Liu, Zai-Feng Xue, Dong-Qiang Ma, Shu-Jun Ding, Xiao-Ying Lei, Xue-Jie Yu
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, an emerging hemorrhagic fever, is caused by severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV), a tick-borne bunyavirus. Information regarding SFTSV animal hosts is very limited. In this study, we showed that 64% (9/14) of hedgehogs in Shandong Province, China were seropositive to SFTSV antibody, suggesting that hedgehog could be a vertebrate parasitifer for SFTSV.
March 21, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
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