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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231385/most-children-who-took-part-in-a-comprehensive-malnutrition-programme-in-madagascar-reached-and-maintained-the-recovery-threshold
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Magnin Margot, Beat Stoll, Rajaobelina Voahangy, Emilien Jeannot
AIM: The benefits of including nutritional education in programmes that tackle moderate and severe acute malnutrition remain poorly documented. This study in Madagascar evaluated the nutritional status of children who took part in an innovative programme that included maternal education, on completion and after a year. METHODS: Each year, this outpatient programme admits 2,400 malnourished children from 6-59 months in the lower districts of Antananarivo, Madagascar...
February 23, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222094/housing-improvements-and-malaria-risk-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multi-country-analysis-of-survey-data
#2
Lucy S Tusting, Christian Bottomley, Harry Gibson, Immo Kleinschmidt, Andrew J Tatem, Steve W Lindsay, Peter W Gething
BACKGROUND: Improvements to housing may contribute to malaria control and elimination by reducing house entry by malaria vectors and thus exposure to biting. We tested the hypothesis that the odds of malaria infection are lower in modern, improved housing compared to traditional housing in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS AND FINDINGS: We analysed 15 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and 14 Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) conducted in 21 countries in SSA between 2008 and 2015 that measured malaria infection by microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT)...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221119/pneumonic-plague-transmission-moramanga-madagascar-2015
#3
Beza Ramasindrazana, Voahangy Andrianaivoarimanana, Jean Marius Rakotondramanga, Dawn N Birdsell, Maherisoa Ratsitorahina, Minoarisoa Rajerison
During a pneumonic plague outbreak in Moramanga, Madagascar, we identified 4 confirmed, 1 presumptive, and 9 suspected plague case-patients. Human-to-human transmission among close contacts was high (reproductive number 1.44) and the case fatality rate was 71%. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the Yersinia pestis isolates belonged to group q3, different from the previous outbreak.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212875/genotyping-by-sequencing-provides-the-first-well-resolved-phylogeny-for-coffee-coffea-and-insights-into-the-evolution-of-caffeine-content-in-its-species-gbs-coffee-phylogeny-and-the-evolution-of-caffeine-content
#4
Perla Hamon, Corrinne E Grover, Aaron P Davis, Jean-Jacques Rakotomalala, Nathalie E Raharimalala, Victor A Albert, Hosahalli L Sreenath, Piet Stoffelen, Sharon E Mitchell, Emmanuel Couturon, Serge Hamon, Alexandre de Kochko, Dominique Crouzillat, Michel Rigoreau, Ucu Sumirat, Sélastique Akaffou, Romain Guyot
A comprehensive and meaningful phylogenetic hypothesis for the commercially important coffee genus (Coffea) has long been a key objective for coffee researchers. For molecular studies, progress has been limited by low levels of sequence divergence, leading to insufficient topological resolution and statistical support in phylogenetic trees, particularly for the major lineages and for the numerous species occurring in Madagascar. We report here the first almost fully resolved, broadly sampled phylogenetic hypothesis for coffee, the result of combining genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology with a newly developed, lab-based workflow to integrate short read next-generation sequencing for low numbers of additional samples...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207261/cyclotheonellazoles-a-c-potent-protease-inhibitors-from-the-marine-sponge-theonella-aff-swinhoei
#5
Michal Issac, Maurice Aknin, Anne Gauvin-Bialecki, Nicole De Voogd, Alisson Ledoux, Michel Frederich, Yoel Kashman, Shmuel Carmeli
The extract of a sample of the sponge Theonella aff. swinhoei collected in Madagascar exhibited promising in vitro antiplasmodial activity. The antiplasmodial activity was ascribed in part to the known metabolite swinholide A. Further investigation of the extract afforded three unusual cyclic peptides, cyclotheonellazoles A-C (1-3), which contain six nonproteinogenic amino acids out of the eight acid units that compose these natural products. Among these acids the most novel were 4-propenoyl-2-tyrosylthiazole and 3-amino-4-methyl-2-oxohexanoic acid...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207156/integrating-community-based-family-planning-services-with-local-marine-conservation-initiatives-in-southwest-madagascar-changes-in-contraceptive-use-and-fertility
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Laura Robson, Martine Holston, Caroline Savitzky, Vik Mohan
This study assessed changes in contraceptive use and fertility between 2009 and 2013 in the Velondriake locally managed marine area of southwest Madagascar where marine conservation organization Blue Ventures began implementing an integrated health-environment program in 2007. The proportion of sexually active women aged 15 to 49 years using hormonal contraception and/or condoms during last intercourse increased more than twofold from 25 percent in 2009 to 59 percent in 2013. The number of births in the last 12 months per 1,000 women of reproductive age declined by 28 percent over the same period from 196 in 2009 to 141 in 2013...
February 16, 2017: Studies in Family Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207055/the-effect-of-price-on-demand-for-and-use-of-bednets-evidence-from-a-randomized-experiment-in-madagascar
#7
Alison B Comfort, Paul J Krezanoski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199150/development-and-validation-of-a-cultural-method-for-the-detection-and-isolation-of-salmonella-in-cloves
#8
Guodong Zhang, Laila Ali, Vikas Gill, Aparna Tatavarthy, Xiaohong Deng, Lijun Hu, Eric W Brown, Thomas S Hammack
Detection of Salmonella in some spices, such as cloves, remains a challenge due to their inherent antimicrobial properties. The purpose of this study was to develop an effective detection method for Salmonella from spices using cloves as a model. Two clove varieties, Ceylon and Madagascar, were used in the study. Cloves were inoculated with Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotypes Montevideo, Typhimurium, or Weltevreden at about 1, 3, or 6 log CFU/25 g. Two test portion sizes, 10 and 25 g, were compared...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194313/off-the-scale-a-new-species-of-fish-scale-gecko-squamata-gekkonidae-geckolepis-with-exceptionally-large-scales
#9
Mark D Scherz, Juan D Daza, Jörn Köhler, Miguel Vences, Frank Glaw
The gecko genus Geckolepis, endemic to Madagascar and the Comoro archipelago, is taxonomically challenging. One reason is its members ability to autotomize a large portion of their scales when grasped or touched, most likely to escape predation. Based on an integrative taxonomic approach including external morphology, morphometrics, genetics, pholidosis, and osteology, we here describe the first new species from this genus in 75 years: Geckolepis megalepissp. nov. from the limestone karst of Ankarana in northern Madagascar...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193398/incidence-of-invasive-salmonella-disease-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-multicentre-population-based-surveillance-study
#10
Florian Marks, Vera von Kalckreuth, Peter Aaby, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Muna Ahmed El Tayeb, Mohammad Ali, Abraham Aseffa, Stephen Baker, Holly M Biggs, Morten Bjerregaard-Andersen, Robert F Breiman, James I Campbell, Leonard Cosmas, John A Crump, Ligia Maria Cruz Espinoza, Jessica Fung Deerin, Denise Myriam Dekker, Barry S Fields, Nagla Gasmelseed, Julian T Hertz, Nguyen Van Minh Hoang, Justin Im, Anna Jaeger, Hyon Jin Jeon, Leon Parfait Kabore, Karen H Keddy, Frank Konings, Ralf Krumkamp, Benedikt Ley, Sandra Valborg Løfberg, Jürgen May, Christian G Meyer, Eric D Mintz, Joel M Montgomery, Aissatou Ahmet Niang, Chelsea Nichols, Beatrice Olack, Gi Deok Pak, Ursula Panzner, Jin Kyung Park, Se Eun Park, Henintsoa Rabezanahary, Raphaël Rakotozandrindrainy, Tiana Mirana Raminosoa, Tsiriniaina Jean Luco Razafindrabe, Emmanuel Sampo, Heidi Schütt-Gerowitt, Amy Gassama Sow, Nimako Sarpong, Hye Jin Seo, Arvinda Sooka, Abdramane Bassiahi Soura, Adama Tall, Mekonnen Teferi, Kamala Thriemer, Michelle R Warren, Biruk Yeshitela, John D Clemens, Thomas F Wierzba
BACKGROUND: Available incidence data for invasive salmonella disease in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. Standardised, multicountry data are required to better understand the nature and burden of disease in Africa. We aimed to measure the adjusted incidence estimates of typhoid fever and invasive non-typhoidal salmonella (iNTS) disease in sub-Saharan Africa, and the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of the causative agents. METHODS: We established a systematic, standardised surveillance of blood culture-based febrile illness in 13 African sentinel sites with previous reports of typhoid fever: Burkina Faso (two sites), Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar (two sites), Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania (two sites)...
March 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193215/analysing-trends-and-forecasting-malaria-epidemics-in-madagascar-using-a-sentinel-surveillance-network-a-web-based-application
#11
Florian Girond, Laurence Randrianasolo, Lea Randriamampionona, Fanjasoa Rakotomanana, Milijaona Randrianarivelojosia, Maherisoa Ratsitorahina, Télesphore Yao Brou, Vincent Herbreteau, Morgan Mangeas, Sixte Zigiumugabe, Judith Hedje, Christophe Rogier, Patrice Piola
BACKGROUND: The use of a malaria early warning system (MEWS) to trigger prompt public health interventions is a key step in adding value to the epidemiological data routinely collected by sentinel surveillance systems. METHODS: This study describes a system using various epidemic thresholds and a forecasting component with the support of new technologies to improve the performance of a sentinel MEWS. Malaria-related data from 21 sentinel sites collected by Short Message Service are automatically analysed to detect malaria trends and malaria outbreak alerts with automated feedback reports...
February 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187669/description-of-a-new-species-of-the-genus-i-tophoderes-i-dejean-coleoptera-%C3%A2-anthribidae-from-east-madagascar-with-images-of-all-madagascan-species-of-the-genus
#12
Miloš Trýzna
A new species Tophoderes banari Trýzna sp. nov. (Anthribidae: Anthribinae: Tophoderini) from east Madagascar is described. Both sexes and male and female genitalia are illustrated. Colour photographs of all Madagascan species of the genus Tophoderes are added.
January 17, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187643/a-new-species-of-i-diastatotropis-i-lacordaire-coleoptera-anthribidae-from-montagne-d-ambre-national-park-northern-madagascar
#13
Miloš Trýzna, Petr Baňař
A new species, Diastatotropis perrinae Trýzna & Baňař sp. nov. (Anthribidae: Anthribinae: Cappadocini), from north Madagascar is described. Male genitalia are studied and illustrated and colour photographs are added. A comparison with the most similar known species, D. tigrinus Lacordaire, 1866, is provided.
January 20, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187570/first-record-of-cephenniini-on-christmas-island-with-updated-checklist-of-world-i-cephennomicrus-i-species-and-summary-of-their-distribution-coleoptera-staphylinidae-scydmaeninae
#14
Paweł Jałoszyński
The tribe Cephenniini is reported for the first time to occur on Christmas Island (external territory of the Commonwealth of Australia). Cephennomicrus lawrencei sp. n. is described and illustrated; the new species shows similarities to several Oriental and Japanese congeners, with the endophallic complex of long flagellum flanked by elongate sclerites especially similar to that of Indonesian C. fesumatranus Jałoszyński. The distribution of world Cephennomicrus species is summarized, ranging from southern and central-eastern Africa, Madagascar, Indian Ocean islands, through Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, south-eastern China and Taiwan, the Ryukyus and Tsushima Island, eastern Papua New Guinea to Australia and southern Pacific islands...
February 6, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187540/two-new-species-of-i-adapterops-i-coleoptera-anthribidae-from-protected-areas-of-northern-madagascar-with-a-key-to-species-and-new-faunistic-data-on-the-genus
#15
Miloš Trýzna, Petr Baňař
Two new species, Adapterops mamyi Trýzna & Baňař sp. nov. and A. dimbyi Trýzna & Baňař sp. nov. (Anthribidae: Choraginae: Araecerini), from northern Madagascar are described and illustrated. A key to the species of the genus Adapterops Frieser, 2010 is given. New and interesting faunistic records of the genus are provided. Male terminalia are described for the first time, tegminal process is reported as a unique feature within the family.
February 9, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187327/staphylococcal-ecosystem-of-kitoza-a-traditional-malagasy-meat-product
#16
Angela Ratsimba, Sabine Leroy, Jean Paul Chacornac, Danielle Rakoto, Elodie Arnaud, Victor Jeannoda, Régine Talon
Kitoza is a traditional meat product from Madagascar manufactured with strips of pork or beef. The process includes a first step of salting and mixing with spices followed by sun-drying or smoking step. As salting and drying select coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS), our aim was to identify the CNS species in kitoza with the objective in the future of developing indigenous starters. Microbial analyses revealed that the only pathogenic bacterium enumerated was Staphylococcus aureus, which was found in 54% of the samples...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187063/prevalence-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-in-malagasy-children
#17
Ravelomanana Lova, Bouazza Naim, Mbola Rakotomahefa, André Zo Andrianirina, Annick Lalaina Robinson, Honoré Raobidjaona, Rabezanahary Andriamihaja, Nadjet Benhaddou, Fréderique Randrianirina, Elisoa Ratsima, Patrick Imbert, Josette Raymond
BACKGROUND: Childhood community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of childhood morbidity in low-income countries. The etiologic agents are usually Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. M. pneumoniae was recognized as co-factor in asthmatic disease. High asthma prevalence was reported in Madagascar. Our aim was to clarify the prevalence of M. pneumoniae infection in this country and its relationship with asthma. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in 351 children (aged from 2 to 16 years) from January 2012 to December 2014...
February 9, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185282/impacts-of-habitat-loss-and-fragmentation-on-the-activity-budget-ranging-ecology-and-habitat-use-of-bale-monkeys-chlorocebus-djamdjamensis-in-the-southern-ethiopian-highlands
#18
Addisu Mekonnen, Peter J Fashing, Afework Bekele, R Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar, Eli K Rueness, Nga Nguyen, Nils Chr Stenseth
Understanding the extent to which primates in forest fragments can adjust behaviorally and ecologically to changes caused by deforestation is essential to designing conservation management plans. During a 12-month period, we studied the effects of habitat loss and degradation on the Ethiopian endemic, bamboo specialist, Bale monkey (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) by comparing its habitat quality, activity budget, ranging ecology and habitat use in continuous forest and two fragments. We found that habitat loss and fragmentation resulted in major differences in vegetation composition and structure between forest types...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181718/segmented-sleep-in-a-nonelectric-small-scale-agricultural-society-in-madagascar
#19
David R Samson, Melissa B Manus, Andrew D Krystal, Efe Fakir, James J Yu, Charles L Nunn
OBJECTIVES: We studied sleep in a rural population in Madagascar to (i) characterize sleep in an equatorial small-scale agricultural population without electricity, (ii) assess whether sleep is linked to noise levels in a dense population, and (iii) examine the effects of experimentally introduced artificial light on sleep timing. METHODS: Using actigraphy, sleep-wake patterns were analyzed for both daytime napping and nighttime wakefulness in 21 participants for a sum total of 292 days...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177838/testing-the-reliability-of-the-standard-and-complementary-dna-barcodes-for-the-monocot-subfamily-alooideae-from-south-africa
#20
Barnabas H Daru, Michelle Van der Bank, Abubakar Bello, Kowiyou Yessoufou
Although a standard DNA barcode has been identified for plants, it does not always provide species-level specimen identifications for investigating important ecological questions. In this study, we assessed the species-level discriminatory power of the standard (rbcLa + matK) and complementary barcodes ITS1 and trnH-psbA within the subfamily Alooideae (Asphodelaceae), a large, recent plant radiation whose species are important in horticulture yet are threatened. Alooideae has its centre of endemism in southern Africa with some outlier species occurring elsewhere in Africa and Madagascar...
November 23, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
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