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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528880/lyme-borreliae-prevalence-and-genospecies-distribution-in-ticks-removed-from-humans
#1
Patrick Waindok, Sabine Schicht, Volker Fingerle, Christina Strube
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most important human tick-borne disease, but Borrelia genospecies cause different clinical manifestations. Ticks of the genus Ixodes removed from humans between 2006 and 2012 were analysed for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (sl) infections. The majority of ticks originated from the Greater Hanover region in Northern Germany. The engorgement status varied over the entire spectrum from unengorged (no evidence of started blood feeding) to fully engorged. In the present study, prevalence data for B...
May 13, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528531/diversity-and-distribution-of-ticks-from-domestic-ruminants-in-lebanon
#2
Mayssaa Fawaz Dabaja, Maria Tempesta, Ali Bayan, Gesualdo Vesco, Grazia Greco, Grazia Greco, Alessandra Torina, Valeria Blanda, Francesco La Russa, Salvatore Scimeca, Rossella Lelli, Mohamad Ezzedine, Hussein Mortada, Didier Raoult, Pierre Edouard Fournier, Mohamad Mortada
Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) are ectoparasites infesting livestock in every geographic area in the world and they are vectors of several viral, bacterial, and protozoan pathogens to animals and humans worldwide. A deep knowledge of the geographical distribution of these arthropods would have a key role in the control of tick-borne diseases. Few data are available about tick presence in domestic ruminants in Lebanon. The study aimed at providing an analysis of tick presence and distribution in Lebanon. Ticks were collected from cattle, sheep, and goats farms distributed in 6 Lebanese provinces between June and September 2014...
April 11, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526419/a-brief-history-of-the-discovery-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-in-the-late-1930s-based-on-reminiscences-of-members-of-the-expeditions-their-colleagues-and-relatives
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REVIEW
Vladimir I Zlobin, Vanda V Pogodina, Olaf Kahl
Tick-borne encephalitis virus is the etiological agent of a severe human disease transmitted by hard ticks. It occurs in large parts of eastern, central, and western Asia and in Europe with thousands of human cases each year. Here, the discovery of the virus by Soviet scientists in the late 1930s in the Far East is described. The pioneering work involved with this discovery, which resulted in great scientific and epidemiological achievement, was undertaken under the most difficult conditions, and some of the scientists and their technical assistants paid for it with their health and even their lives...
May 5, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520981/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-children-with-human-granulocytic-anaplasmosis
#4
Anna M Schotthoefer, Matthew C Hall, Satya Vittala, Raza Bajwa, Holly M Frost
Background.: Adults with the tick-borne disease human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) have a spectrum of acute febrile illnesses that, if untreated, might be severe. Clinical presentation and outcomes of children with HGA have been poorly described. Methods.: A retrospective analysis was conducted to determine the frequency, presentation, and outcomes of pediatric patients with HGA between 1994 and 2015 in a region of Wisconsin in which HGA is highly endemic. Patients with related International Classification of Diseases Ninth and Tenth Revision (ICD-9 and ICD-10, respectively) codes or positive HGA laboratory test results were evaluated and classified as having had confirmed, probable, or suspected HGA on the basis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) case definition...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515298/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-nucleocapsid-protein-augments-mrna-translation
#5
Subbiah Jeeva, Erdong Cheng, Safder S Ganaie, Mohammad A Mir
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a tick-borne nairovirus of the Bunyaviridae family, causing severe illness with high mortality rates in humans. Here we demonstrate that CCHFV nucleocapsid protein (CCHFV-NP) augments mRNA translation. CCHFV-NP binds to the viral mRNA 5' UTR with high affinity. It facilitates the translation of reporter mRNA both in vivo and in vitro with the assistance of viral mRNA 5' UTR. CCHFV-NP equally favors the translation of both capped and uncapped mRNAs, demonstrating the independence of this translation strategy on the 5' cap...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514953/emergence-of-babesia-canis-in-southern-england
#6
Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Luis M Hernández-Triana, L Paul Phipps, Kayleigh Hansford, E Sian Mitchell, Ben Cull, Clive S Swainsbury, Anthony R Fooks, Jolyon M Medlock, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom is considered free of autochthonous transmission of canine babesiosis although cases are reported in dogs associated with recent travel abroad. During the winter months of 2015/16, a cluster of cases of disease in dogs with signs suggestive of canine babesiosis were reported in Harlow, Essex. METHODS: Babesia species were detected in dog blood samples by Giemsa staining of blood smears and by pan-piroplasm PCRs. Babesia species were also detected in extracts of tick DNA using pan-piroplasm PCRs...
May 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512589/a-case-of-early-disseminated-neurological-lyme-disease-followed-by-atypical-cutaneous-manifestations
#7
Vamsi Kantamaneni, Vikas Sunder, Mohammad Bilal, Scott Vargo
Lyme disease (LD) is a tick-borne illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto. An 80-year-old female from Pennsylvania, USA, presented to an outside hospital with fever, confusion, lower extremity weakness, and stool incontinence. CT head and MRI spine were unremarkable. An infectious work-up including lumbar puncture was negative. She was transferred to our tertiary care hospital. Patient was noted to have mild unilateral right-sided facial droop and a diffuse macular rash throughout the body. She denied any outdoor activities, tick bites, or previous rash...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506240/inhibitors-compounds-of-the-flavivirus-replication-process
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REVIEW
Leidy L García, Leonardo Padilla, Jhon C Castaño
Flaviviruses are small viruses with single-stranded RNA, which include the yellow fever virus, dengue virus, West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, and Zika virus; and are causal agents of the most important emerging diseases that have no available treatment to date. In recent years, the strategy has focused on the development of replication inhibitors of these viruses designed to act mainly by affecting the activity of enzyme proteins, such as NS3 and NS5, which perform important functions in the viral replication process...
May 15, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506041/identification-of-tick-species-collected-from-wild-boars-and-habitats-of-wild-boars-and-domestic-pigs-in-the-republic-of-korea
#9
Jeong-Byoung Chae, Jun-Gu Kang, Heung-Chul Kim, Sung-Tae Chong, In-Yong Lee, Nam-Shik Shin, Joon-Seok Chae
Tick is one of the most important arthropods in the transmission of vector-borne diseases. In this study, we investigated the abundance and species of ticks associated with swine and their habitats to assess the risk of spread of tick-borne diseases in host species, such as wild boars. Ticks were collected from 24 grazing or traditionally reared domestic pig farms and 8 habitats of wild boars in 8 provinces and 1 city in the Republic of Korea, by using the dragging and flagging methods. Ticks were also collected directly from 49 wild boars by using fine forceps...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504425/active-surveillance-to-update-county-scale-distribution-of-four-tick-species-of-medical-and-veterinary-importance-in-oklahoma
#10
Jessica R Mitcham, Anne W Barrett, Jeff M Gruntmeir, Taylor Holland, Jaclyn E Martin, Eileen M Johnson, Susan E Little, Bruce H Noden
The incidence of tick-borne disease continues to increase in humans and companion animals in the United States, yet distribution maps for several tick vectors in Oklahoma, including Dermacentor variabilis, Dermacentor albipictus, Ixodes scapularis, and Amblyomma maculatum, are not available or are outdated. To address this issue, county-scale tick records from peer-reviewed literature and passive collections were reviewed for Oklahoma. Additionally, dry ice traps, tick drags, and harvested deer were utilized to actively collect adult ticks throughout the state...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502642/molecular-detection-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-wild-red-foxes-vulpes-vulpes-from-central-italy
#11
Valentina Virginia Ebani, Guido Rocchigiani, Simona Nardoni, Fabrizio Bertelloni, Violetta Vasta, Roberto Amerigo Papini, Ranieri Verin, Alessandro Poli, Francesca Mancianti
Spleen samples from 153 red foxes, shot during regular hunting season in the province of Pisa (Central Italy), were examined to detect DNA of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia canis, Coxiella burnetii, Francisella tularensis, Hepatozoon canis and Babesia sp./Theileria sp. DNA of vector-borne pathogens was detected in 120 (78.43%; 95% CI: 71.06-84.66%) foxes. Specifically, 75 (49%; 95% CI: 40.86-57.22%) animals scored PCR-positive per H. canis, 68 (44.44%; 95% CI: 36.42-52.69%) for E. canis, 35 (22.88%; 95% CI: 16...
May 11, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501619/a-label-free-immunoassay-for-flavivirus-detection-by-the-reflective-phantom-interface-technology
#12
Giovanni Tagliabue, Valentina Faoro, Serena Rizzo, Daniele Sblattero, Andrea Saccani, Gabriele Riccio, Tommaso Bellini, Matteo Salina, Marco Buscaglia, Alessandro Marcello
Members of Flaviviridae are widespread and cause clinically relevant arboviral diseases that impact locally and as imported travel-related infections. Direct detection of viraemia is limited, being typically undetectable at onset of symptoms. Therefore, diagnosis is primarily based on serology, which is complicated by high cross-reactivity across different species. The overlapping geographical distribution of the vectors in areas with a weak healthcare system, the increase of international travel and the similarity of symptoms highlight the need for rapid and reliable multi-parametric diagnostic tests in point-of-care formats...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501503/detection-and-molecular-characterization-of-babesia-theileria-and-hepatozoon-species-in-hard-ticks-collected-from-kagoshima-the-southern-region-in-japan
#13
Tatsunori Masatani, Kei Hayashi, Masako Andoh, Morihiro Tateno, Yasuyuki Endo, Masahito Asada, Kodai Kusakisako, Tetsuya Tanaka, Mutsuyo Gokuden, Nodoka Hozumi, Fumiko Nakadohzono, Tomohide Matsuo
To reveal the distribution of tick-borne parasites, we established a novel nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system to detect the most common agents of tick-borne parasitic diseases, namely Babesia, Theileria, and Hepatozoon parasites. We collected host-seeking or animal-feeding ticks in Kagoshima Prefecture, the southernmost region of Kyusyu Island in southwestern Japan. Twenty of the total of 776 tick samples displayed a specific band of the appropriate size (approximately 1.4-1.6kbp) for the 18S rRNA genes in the novel nested PCR (20/776: 2...
March 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498740/powassan-virus-an-emerging-arbovirus-of-public-health-concern-in-north-america
#14
Meghan E Hermance, Saravanan Thangamani
Powassan virus (POWV, Flaviviridae) is the only North American member of the tick-borne encephalitis serogroup of flaviviruses. It is transmitted to small- and medium-sized mammals by Ixodes scapularis, Ixodes cookei, and several other Ixodes tick species. Humans become infected with POWV during spillover transmission from the natural transmission cycles. In humans, POWV is the causative agent of a severe neuroinvasive illness with 50% of survivors displaying long-term neurological sequelae. POWV was recognized as a human pathogen in 1958 when a young boy died of severe encephalitis in Powassan, Ontario, and POWV was isolated from the brain autopsy of this case...
May 12, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495200/genotyping-of-theileria-lestoquardi-from-sheep-and-goats-in-sudan-to-support-control-of-malignant-ovine-theileriosis
#15
A M Ali, D A Salih, M N Njahira, S K Hassan, A M El Hussein, Z Liu, H Yin, R Pelle, R A Skilton
Theileriosis, caused by parasitic protozoa of the genus Theileria parasites, are among the major tick-borne diseases of ruminant livestock. The largest economic losses are attributed in particular to those caused by the leukoproliferative species of Theileria: T. parva, T. annulata and T. lestoquardi. Theileria lestoquardi is transmitted by Hyalomma ticks and causes malignant ovine theileriosis (MOT), a disease that is particularly prevalent in Sudan. The disease is considered of a high economic importance in Sudan, where export of sheep is a major component of the national economy...
May 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484147/the-presence-of-tick-borne-diseases-in-domestic-dogs-and-cats-living-on-iriomote-jima-and-tsushima-islands
#16
Mao Jikuya, Morihiro Tateno, Masashi Takahashi, Yasuyuki Endo
The Iriomote cat and Tsushima leopard cat are endangered wildcats in Japan and inhabit only Iriomote-jima and Tsushima islands, respectively. Domestic dogs and cats living on Iriomote-jima and Tsushima islands were surveyed to clarify the interrelationship between wildcats and domestic animals regarding tick-borne disease transmission. Pathogen-derived DNA in blood samples was detected by polymerase chain reaction. Babesia gibsoni was detected in dogs of Iriomote-jima, and Hepatozoon felis and hemoplasmas were detected in domestic cats of Tsushima...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482001/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-in-humanized-mice-reveals-glial-cells-as-primary-targets-of-neurological-infection
#17
Jessica R Spengler, M Kelly Keating, Anita K McElroy, Marko Zivcec, JoAnn D Coleman-McCray, Jessica R Harmon, Brigid C Bollweg, Cynthia S Goldsmith, Éric Bergeron, James G Keck, Sherif R Zaki, Stuart T Nichol, Christina F Spiropoulou
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic disease seen exclusively in humans. Central nervous system (CNS) infection and neurological involvement have also been reported in CCHF. Here we inoculated NSGTM-SGM3 mice engrafted with human hematopoietic CD34+ stem cells with low passage CCHF virus strains isolated from human patients. Humanized mice develop lethal disease characterized by histopathological change in the liver and brain. To date, targets of neuroinfection and neuropathology have not been investigated in CCHF...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479064/detection-of-a-novel-putative-phlebovirus-and-first-isolation-of-dugbe-virus-from-ticks-in-accra-ghana
#18
Daisuke Kobayashi, Mitsuko Ohashi, Joseph H N Osei, Esinam Agbosu, Millicent Opoku, Alfred Agbekudzi, Joannitta Joannides, Ryosuke Fujita, Toshinori Sasaki, J H Kofi Bonney, Samuel Dadzie, Haruhiko Isawa, Kyoko Sawabe, Nobuo Ohta
Ticks are ectoparasites that transmit various types of human and animal pathogens. In particular, emerging and re-emerging diseases caused by tick-borne viruses are public health concerns around the world. However, in many countries of the sub-Saharan African region, epidemiological information on tick-borne viral infections is limited, and their prevalence and distribution remain largely unknown. In this study, we conducted surveillance on ticks to detect medically important tick-borne bunyaviruses in three study sites in and near to Accra, the capital city of Ghana, in 2015...
April 23, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473801/cerebrovascular-manifestations-of-lyme-neuroborreliosis-a-systematic-review-of-published-cases
#19
REVIEW
Adam Garkowski, Joanna Zajkowska, Agata Zajkowska, Alina Kułakowska, Olga Zajkowska, Bożena Kubas, Dorota Jurgilewicz, Marcin Hładuński, Urszula Łebkowska
BACKGROUND: Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB) is a disease caused by spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, involving the nervous system. It usually manifests as lymphocytic meningoradiculitis, but in rare cases, it can also lead to cerebrovascular complications. We aimed to perform a systematic review of all reported cases of LNB complicated by central nervous system vasculitis and stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of literature between May 1987 and December 2016 with patients who presented with cerebrovascular course of LNB...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468299/historical-perspectives-on-flavivirus-research
#20
REVIEW
Michael R Holbrook
The flaviviruses are small single-stranded RNA viruses that are typically transmitted by mosquito or tick vectors. These "arboviruses" are found around the world and account for a significant number of cases of human disease. The flaviviruses cause diseases ranging from mild or sub-clinical infections to lethal hemorrhagic fever or encephalitis. In many cases, survivors of neurologic flavivirus infections suffer long-term debilitating sequelae. Much like the emergence of West Nile virus in the United States in 1999, the recent emergence of Zika virus in the Americas has significantly increased the awareness of mosquito-borne viruses...
April 30, 2017: Viruses
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