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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320144/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-findings-in-adults-with-tick-borne-encephalitis
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Alexander Pichler, Johann Sellner, Gayane Harutyunyan, Astrid Sonnleitner, Daniela Sabine Klobassa, Juan-Jose Archelos-Garcia, Hannah Rock, Thomas Gattringer, Franz Fazekas
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often performed for differential diagnosis, but only a few reports on the morphologic changes in TBE patients and their relation to the disease severity exist. METHODS: We retrospectively searched for all TBE patients who were admitted to the Departments of Neurology of the Medical University of Graz (Austria) and the Paracelsus Medical University of Salzburg (Austria) between 2003 and 2014...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319627/what-s-eating-you-lone-star-tick-amblyomma-americanum
#2
H Harris Reynolds, Dirk M Elston
Amblyomma americanum, also known as the lone star tick, is found in much of the eastern United States. Since the mid-20th century, the lone star tick has been implicated in human disease. Today, A americanum remains an important vector for tick-borne illness. In addition to others, species of Rickettsia, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia are all transmitted by the lone star tick. Recently described conditions such as Southern tick-associated rash illness and anaphylaxis to red meat following tick bites have been attributed to the lone star tick...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316015/expression-and-characterization-of-codon-optimized-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-gn-glycoprotein-in-insect-cells
#3
Mehdi Rahpeyma, Alireza Samarbaf-Zadeh, Manoochehr Makvandi, Ata A Ghadiri, Stuart D Dowall, Fatemeh Fotouhi
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a major cause of tick-borne viral hemorrhagic disease in the world. Despite of its importance as a deadly pathogen, there is currently no licensed vaccine against CCHF disease. The attachment glycoprotein of CCHFV (Gn) is a potentially important target for protective antiviral immune responses. To characterize the expression of recombinant CCHFV Gn in an insect-cell-based system, we developed a gene expression system expressing the full-length coding sequence under a polyhedron promoter in Sf9 cells using recombinant baculovirus...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303129/there-is-a-method-to-the-madness-strategies-to-study-host-complement-evasion-by-lyme-disease-and-relapsing-fever-spirochetes
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Ashley L Marcinkiewicz, Peter Kraiczy, Yi-Pin Lin
Lyme disease and relapsing fever are caused by various Borrelia species. Lyme disease borreliae, the most common vector-borne pathogens in both the U.S. and Europe, are transmitted by Ixodes ticks and disseminate from the site of tick bites to tissues leading to erythema migrans skin rash, arthritis, carditis, and neuroborreliosis. Relapsing fever borreliae, carried by ticks and lice, trigger reoccurring fever episodes. Following transmission, spirochetes survive in the blood to induce bacteremia at the early stages of infection, which is thought to promote evasion of the host complement system...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298245/serological-and-molecular-prevalence-of-canine-vector-borne-diseases-cvbds-in-korea
#5
Guk-Hyun Suh, Kyu-Sung Ahn, Jong-Ho Ahn, Ha-Jung Kim, Christian Leutenegger, SungShik Shin
BACKGROUND: Previous surveys in dogs from Korea indicated that dogs are exposed to a variety of vector- borne pathogens, but perception for a nation-wide canine vector-borne disease (CVBD) occurrence has been missing. We report here results of both serological and molecular prevalence studies for major CVBDs of dogs from all over the South Korean Peninsula except for Jeju Island. RESULTS: Serological survey of 532 outdoor dogs revealed the highest prevalence for Dirofilaria immitis (25...
March 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291638/lyme-disease-emergency-department-considerations
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Nathan D Applegren, Chadd K Kraus
BACKGROUND: Lyme disease (LD) is the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Reported cases of LD have increased from approximately 10,000 cases annually in 1991 to >25,000 cases in 2014. Greater recognition, enhanced surveillance, and public education have contributed to the increased prevalence, as have geographic expansion and the number of infected ticks. Cases are reported primarily in the Northeastern United States, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, with children having the highest incidence of LD among all age groups...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288759/feline-and-canine-leishmaniosis-and-other-vector-borne-diseases-in-the-aeolian-islands-pathogen-and-vector-circulation-in-a-confined-environment
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Domenico Otranto, Ettore Napoli, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Giada Annoscia, Viviana Domenica Tarallo, Grazia Greco, Eleonora Lorusso, Laura Gulotta, Luigi Falsone, Fabrizio Solari Basano, Maria Grazia Pennisi, Katrin Deuster, Gioia Capelli, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Emanuele Brianti
Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) are prevalently investigated in dogs. Studies on feline VBDs are scant, though feline leishmaniosis (FeL) is increasingly recognised as a disease of cats in endemic areas. Comprehensive investigations on the distribution of VBDs in populations of cats and dogs living in relatively small geographical areas, such as islands, are currently lacking. In this study the prevalence of Leishmania infantum and other VBD pathogens was assessed in cohorts of cats and dogs living in the Aeolian Islands...
March 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285590/molecular-detection-of-hepatozoon-spp-and-cytauxzoon-sp-in-domestic-and-stray-cats-from-madrid-spain
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David Díaz-Regañón, Alejandra Villaescusa, Tania Ayllón, Fernando Rodríguez-Franco, Gad Baneth, Lydia Calleja-Bueno, Mercedes García-Sancho, Beatriz Agulla, Ángel Sainz
BACKGROUND: Different species of apicomplexan protozoans of the genera Hepatozoon and Cytauxzoon can infect domestic cats, but their epidemiology and clinical relevance are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to assess the molecular prevalence of Hepatozoon spp. and Cytauxzoon spp. and to identify associated risk factors and clinical and laboratory abnormalities in a population of cats from Madrid, Spain. METHODS: Six hundred and forty-four client-owned and stray cats from Madrid, Spain, were included in this study...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285585/searching-for-lyme-borreliosis-in-australia-results-of-a-canine-sentinel-study
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Peter J Irwin, Ian D Robertson, Mark E Westman, Martine Perkins, Reinhard K Straubinger
BACKGROUND: Lyme borreliosis is a common tick-borne disease of the northern hemisphere that is caused by bacterial spirochaetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) (Bbsl) complex. To date, there has been no convincing evidence for locally-acquired Lyme borreliosis on the Australian continent and there is currently a national debate concerning the nature and distributions of zoonotic tick-transmitted infectious disease in Australia. In studies conducted in Europe and the United States, dogs have been used as sentinels for tick-associated illness in people since they readily contact ticks that may harbour zoonotic pathogens...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271646/two-treatment-cases-of-severe-fever-and-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-with-oral-ribavirin-and-plasma-exchange
#10
In Park, Hye In Kim, Ki Tae Kwon
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging tick-borne disease. The primary symptoms associated with SFTS are fever, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, nausea, and vomiting. Disease progression shows high mortality rate accompanied with multiple organ failure, bleeding tendency, and altered mentality. However, only supportive care has been the basis for the treatment of SFTS. We are reporting two patients who showed central nervous system manifestation, but cured them with ribavirin together with plasma exchange in an early state...
January 19, 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270232/melting-pot-of-tick-borne-zoonoses-the-european-hedgehog-contributes-to-the-maintenance-of-various-tick-borne-diseases-in-natural-cycles-urban-and-suburban-areas
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Setareh Jahfari, Sanne C Ruyts, Ewa Frazer-Mendelewska, Ryanne Jaarsma, Kris Verheyen, Hein Sprong
BACKGROUND: European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are urban dwellers and host both Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes hexagonus. These ticks transmit several zoonotic pathogens like Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato), Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia helvetica, Borrelia miyamotoi and "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis". It is unclear to what extent hedgehogs in (sub) urban areas contribute to the presence of infected ticks in these areas, which subsequently pose a risk for acquiring a tick-borne disease...
March 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268073/vaccinations-in-early-life-are-not-associated-with-development-of-islet-autoimmunity-in-type-1-diabetes-high-risk-children-results-from-prospective-cohort-data
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Andreas Beyerlein, Andreas N Strobl, Christiane Winkler, Michaela Carpus, Annette Knopff, Ewan Donnachie, Donna P Ankerst, Anette-G Ziegler
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Vaccinations in early childhood potentially stimulate the immune system and may thus be relevant for the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes (T1D). We determined the association of vaccination burden with T1D-associated islet autoimmunity in children with high familial risk followed prospectively from birth. METHODS: A total of 20,570 certified vaccination records from 1918 children were correlated with time to onset of T1D-associated islet autoimmunity using Cox regression, considering multiple time periods up until age two years and vaccination types, and adjusting for HLA genotype, sex, delivery mode, season of birth, preterm delivery and maternal T1D status...
March 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267780/the-eurasian-otter-lutra-lutra-as-a-potential-host-for-rickettsial-pathogens-in-southern-italy
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Mario Santoro, Nicola D'Alessio, Anna Cerrone, Maria Gabriella Lucibelli, Giorgia Borriello, Gaetano Aloise, Clementina Auriemma, Nunzia Riccone, Giorgio Galiero
Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis and rickettsiosis are zoonotic tick-borne diseases of canids caused by the intracellular obligate bacteria Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia species respectively. In this study, we investigated using standard and real-time PCR and sequencing, the occurrence and molecular characterization of E. canis and Rickettsia species in the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) from the southern Italian population. Samples were screened by using molecular assays also for Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii, Clamydophyla spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264705/improved-molecular-detection-of-babesia-infections-in-animals-using-a-novel-quantitative-real-time-pcr-diagnostic-assay-targeting-mitochondrial-dna
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Barbara A Qurollo, Nikole R Archer, Megan E Schreeg, Henry S Marr, Adam J Birkenheuer, Kaitlin N Haney, Brittany S Thomas, Edward B Breitschwerdt
BACKGROUND: Babesiosis is a protozoal, tick transmitted disease found worldwide in humans, wildlife and domesticated animals. Commonly used approaches to diagnose babesiosis include microscopic examination of peripheral blood smears, detection of circulating antibodies and PCR. To screen and differentiate canine Babesia infections many PCR assays amplify the 18S rRNA gene. These sequences contain hypervariable regions flanked by highly conserved regions allowing for amplification of a broad-range of Babesia spp...
March 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261565/borrelia-diversity-and-co-infection-with-other-tick-borne-pathogens-in-ticks
#15
Cristian Raileanu, Sara Moutailler, Ionuţ Pavel, Daniela Porea, Andrei D Mihalca, Gheorghe Savuta, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat
Identifying Borrelia burgdorferi as the causative agent of Lyme disease in 1981 was a watershed moment in understanding the major impact that tick-borne zoonoses can have on public health worldwide, particularly in Europe and the USA. The medical importance of tick-borne diseases has long since been acknowledged, yet little is known regarding the occurrence of emerging tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia spp., Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia spp., Bartonella spp., "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis", and tick-borne encephalitis virus in questing ticks in Romania, a gateway into Europe...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261180/tick-humoral-responses-marching-to-the-beat-of-a-different-drummer
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REVIEW
Adela S Oliva Chávez, Dana K Shaw, Ulrike G Munderloh, Joao H F Pedra
Ticks transmit a variety of human pathogens, including Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiological agent of Lyme disease. Multiple pathogens that are transmitted simultaneously, termed "coinfections," are of increasing importance and can affect disease outcome in a host. Arthropod immunity is central to pathogen acquisition and transmission by the tick. Pattern recognition receptors recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns and induce humoral responses through the Toll and Immune Deficiency (IMD) pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259789/evaluation-of-a-serological-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-borrelia-miyamotoi-disease-in-europe
#17
Setareh Jahfari, Denis S Sarksyan, Nadezda M Kolyasnikova, Joppe W Hovius, Hein Sprong, Alexander E Platonov
BACKGROUND: Borrelia miyamotoi causes systemic febrile illness and is transmitted by the same tick species that transmits Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and tick-borne encephalitis virus. We describe a serological test using a fragment of glycerophosphodiester phosphodiesterase (GlpQ) as an antigen, and determined its performance in well-defined patient categories. METHODS: Serum of patients with PCR-confirmed Borrelia miyamotoi disease (BMD), Lyme borreliosis (LB), tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), and healthy blood donors (HBD) were collected in Udmurt Republic, Russia...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259724/current-status-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-in-who-eastern-mediterranean-region-issues-challenges-and-future-directions
#18
REVIEW
Seif S Al-Abri, Idris Al Abaidani, Mehdi Fazlalipour, Ehsan Mostafavi, Hakan Leblebicioglu, Natalia Pshenichnaya, Ziad A Memishemish, Roger Hewson, Jorgen Eskild Petersen, Peter Mala, Tran Minh Nhu Nguyen, Mamunur Rahman Malik, Pierre Formenty, Rosanna Lucy Jeffries
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is the most wide-spread, tick-borne viral disease affecting humans. The disease is endemic in many regions such as Africa, Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Central Asia. Recently, the incidence of CCHF has increased rapidly in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), with sporadic human cases and outbreaks of CCHF being reported from a number of countries in the region. Despite the rapidly growing incidence of the disease, there is currently no accurate data on the burden of the disease in the region due to different surveillance systems for CCHF in the countries...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257433/a-comparison-of-nonlinear-mixed-models-and-response-to-selection-of-tick-infestation-on-lambs
#19
Panya Sae-Lim, Lise Grøva, Ingrid Olesen, Luis Varona
Tick-borne fever (TBF) is stated as one of the main disease challenges in Norwegian sheep farming during the grazing season. TBF is caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum that is transmitted by the tick Ixodes ricinus. A sustainable strategy to control tick-infestation is to breed for genetically robust animals. In order to use selection to genetically improve traits we need reliable estimates of genetic parameters. The standard procedures for estimating variance components assume a Gaussian distribution of the data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251517/a-new-strain-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-isolated-from-xinjiang-china
#20
Rong Guo, Shu Shen, Yanfang Zhang, Junming Shi, Zhengyuan Su, Dan Liu, Jinliang Liu, Juan Yang, Qiguo Wang, Zhihong Hu, Yujiang Zhang, Fei Deng
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a highly pathogenic tick-borne virus with a fatality rate of up to 50% in humans. CCHFV is widely distributed in countries around the world. Outbreaks of CCHFV infection in humans have occurred in prior years in Xinjiang Province, China. Epidemiological surveys have detected CCHFV RNA in ticks and animals; however, few isolates were identified. In this study, we identified and isolated a new CCHFV strain from Hyalomma asiaticum asiaticum ticks collected from north of Tarim Basin in Xinjiang, China...
February 2017: Virologica Sinica
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