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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520981/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-children-with-human-granulocytic-anaplasmosis
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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
#2
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/28512589/a-case-of-early-disseminated-neurological-lyme-disease-followed-by-atypical-cutaneous-manifestations
#3
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/28498740/powassan-virus-an-emerging-arbovirus-of-public-health-concern-in-north-america
#4
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/28457486/vaccination-against-louping-ill-virus-protects-goats-from-experimental-challenge-with-spanish-goat-encephalitis-virus
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L M Salinas, R Casais, J F García Marín, K P Dalton, L J Royo, A Del Cerro, E Gayo, M P Dagleish, P Alberdi, R A Juste, J de la Fuente, A Balseiro
Spanish goat encephalitis virus (SGEV) is a recently described member of the genus Flavivirus belonging to the tick-borne encephalitis group of viruses, and is closely related to louping ill virus (LIV). Naturally acquired disease in goats results in severe, acute encephalitis and 100% mortality. Eighteen goats were challenged subcutaneously with SGEV; nine were vaccinated previously against LIV and nine were not. None of the vaccinated goats showed any clinical signs of disease or histological lesions, but all of the non-vaccinated goats developed pyrexia and 5/9 developed neurological clinical signs, primarily tremors in the neck and ataxia...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444236/the-cost-of-lyme-borreliosis
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Cees C van den Wijngaard, Agnetha Hofhuis, Albert Wong, Margriet G Harms, G Ardine de Wit, Anna K Lugnér, Anita W M Suijkerbuijk, Marie-Josée J Mangen, Wilfrid van Pelt
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is the most frequently reported tick-borne infection in Europe and North America. The aim of this study was to estimate the cost-of-illness of LB in the Netherlands. We used available incidence estimates from 2010 for tick bite consultations and three symptomatic LB outcomes: erythema migrans (EM), disseminated LB and Lyme-related persisting symptoms. The cost was estimated using these incidences and the average cost per patient as derived from a patient questionnaire. We estimated the cost from a societal perspective, including healthcare cost, patient cost and production loss, using the friction cost method and a 4% annual discount rate...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440879/tick-borne-encephalitis-in-patients-vaccinated-against-this-disease
#7
S Lotrič-Furlan, P Bogovič, T Avšič-Županc, M Jelovšek, L Lusa, F Strle
BACKGROUND: Information on tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in patients already vaccinated against the disease is limited. OBJECTIVES: To compare the course and outcome in patients with vaccination breakthrough TBE with findings in patients who developed TBE without previous vaccination. METHODS: All adult patients diagnosed with TBE at a single medical centre during a 16-year period and who had received at least two doses of TBE vaccine before the onset of illness qualified for the study...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412927/widespread-subcutaneous-necrosis-in-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-from-the-coastal-belt-of-sri-lanka-a-case-report
#8
Nathasha Luke, Hasini Munasinghe, Lakshmi Balasooriya, Ranjan Premaratna
BACKGROUND: Spotted fever group rickettsioses (SFGR) transmitted mostly by ticks are increasingly discovered around the World and some of them are either re-emerging or emerging in Sri Lanka. Accidental human infections caused by these vector borne zoonotic diseases generally give rise to nonspecific acute febrile illnesses which can be complicated by multi organ involvement carrying high morbidity and mortality. Nonspecific clinical features and non-availability of early diagnostic facilities are known to result in delay in the diagnosis of rickettsial infections...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403767/tick-borne-infectious-diseases-in-australia
#9
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Stephen R Graves, John Stenos
Tick bites in Australia can lead to a variety of illnesses in patients. These include infection, allergies, paralysis, autoimmune disease, post-infection fatigue and Australian multisystem disorder. Rickettsial (Rickettsia spp.) infections (Queensland tick typhus, Flinders Island spotted fever and Australian spotted fever) and Q fever (Coxiella burnetii) are the only systemic bacterial infections that are known to be transmitted by tick bites in Australia. Three species of local ticks transmit bacterial infection following a tick bite: the paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is endemic on the east coast of Australia and causes Queensland tick typhus due to R...
April 17, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365226/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-in-mexico-past-present-and-future
#10
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Gerardo Álvarez-Hernández, Jesús Felipe González Roldán, Néstor Saúl Hernández Milan, R Ryan Lash, Casey Barton Behravesh, Christopher D Paddock
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is among the most lethal of all infectious diseases in the Americas. In Mexico, the disease was first described during the early 1940s by scientists who carefully documented specific environmental determinants responsible for devastating outbreaks in several communities in the states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, and Coahuila. These investigators also described the pivotal roles of domesticated dogs and Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (brown dog ticks) as drivers of epidemic levels of Rocky Mountain spotted fever...
March 29, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359827/rickettsia-parkeri-in-amblyomma-dubitatum-ticks-in-a-spotted-fever-focus-from-the-brazilian-pampa
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Bárbara Weck, Bruno Dall'Agnol, Ugo Souza, Anelise Webster, Bárbara Stenzel, Guilherme Klafke, João Ricardo Martins, José Reck
Spotted fever is an acute febrile illness, which is considered severely underreported and misdiagnosed in the Brazilian Pampa, caused by tick-borne Rickettsiae. Here, we report an eco-epidemiological investigation of Rickettsia spp. in ticks from a spotted fever focus in Toropi, southern Brazil. Ticks were collected from capybara carcasses and processed individually to obtain genomic DNA. Rickettsia was investigated using PCR that amplified the rickettsial fragments of the gltA, ompA and htrA genes. DNA from Rickettsia parkeri was found in four of 14 Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from capybara carcasses in Toropi and the nearby municipality of Quevedos...
March 28, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336346/antiviral-activity-of-the-adenosine-analogue-bcx4430-against-west-nile-virus-and-tick-borne-flaviviruses
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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...
June 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327690/kyasanur-forest-disease-kfd-rare-disease-of-zoonotic-origin
#13
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/28319627/what-s-eating-you-lone-star-tick-amblyomma-americanum
#14
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/28291638/lyme-disease-emergency-department-considerations
#15
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/28285585/searching-for-lyme-borreliosis-in-australia-results-of-a-canine-sentinel-study
#16
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/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/28238286/a-13-year-old-girl-with-pancytopenia-at-the-presentation-of-a-borrelia-hispanica-infection-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Irmin Leen, Peggy Bruynseels, Benoît Kabamba Mukadi, Mark van Oort, Machiel van den Akker
BACKGROUND: It is not uncommon that a child with a febrile illness of unknown etiology is admitted to the hospital. When the complete blood count reveals a pancytopenia, the diagnostic process can be a real challenge. CASE PRESENTATION: A 13-year girl of Arab-Berber descent presented with abdominal pain and fever after a holiday in northwestern Morocco. A complete blood count revealed a pancytopenia and blood smear test results revealed spirochetes. Borrelia hispanica was identified by sequencing the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid gene...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229397/emerging-causes-of-arbovirus-encephalitis-in-north-america-powassan-chikungunya-and-zika-viruses
#19
REVIEW
Christopher T Doughty, Sigal Yawetz, Jennifer Lyons
Arboviruses are arthropod-borne viruses transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, ticks, or other arthropods. Arboviruses are a common and an increasing cause of human illness in North America. Powassan virus, Chikungunya virus, and Zika virus are arboviruses that have all recently emerged as increasing causes of neurologic illness. Powassan virus almost exclusively causes encephalitis, but cases are rare, sporadic, and restricted to portions of North America and Russia. Chikungunya virus has spread widely across the world, causing millions of infections...
February 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202075/tick-borne-pathogens-induce-differential-expression-of-genes-promoting-cell-survival-and-host-resistance-in-ixodes-ricinus-cells
#20
Karen L Mansfield, Charlotte Cook, Richard J Ellis, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, Nicholas Johnson, Pilar Alberdi, José de la Fuente, Anthony R Fooks
BACKGROUND: There has been an emergence and expansion of tick-borne diseases in Europe, Asia and North America in recent years, including Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and human anaplasmosis. The primary vectors implicated are hard ticks of the genus Ixodes. Although much is known about the host response to these bacterial and viral pathogens, there is limited knowledge of the cellular responses to infection within the tick vector. The bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum is able to bypass apoptotic processes in ticks, enabling infection to proceed...
February 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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