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Tick-borne illness

Robin B McFee
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March 7, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Robin B McFee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Barbara A Qurollo, Peter A Larsen, Hajanirina H Rakotondrainibe, Karine Mahefarisoa, Tsiky Rajaonarivelo, Josia Razafindramanana, Edward B Breitschwerdt, Randall E Junge, Cathy V Williams
The discovery and characterization of emerging tick-borne organisms are critical for global health initiatives to improve animal and human welfare (One Health). It is possible that unknown tick-borne organisms underlie a subset of undiagnosed illness in wildlife, domesticated species, and humans. Our study lends support to the One Health concept by highlighting the prevalence of three blood-borne organisms in wild lemurs living in close proximity to domesticated species and humans. Previously, our team identified three novel, presumably tick-borne, intravascular organisms, belonging to the genera Babesia, Borrelia, and Neoehrlichia, circulating in two of Madagascar's lemur species...
February 17, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Jeffrey M Grabowski, Danielle K Offerdahl, Marshall E Bloom
Each year there are more than 15 000 cases of human disease caused by infections with tick-borne viruses (TBVs). These illnesses occur worldwide and can range from very mild illness to severe encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever. Although TBVs are currently identified as neglected vector-borne pathogens and receive less attention than mosquito-borne viruses, TBVs are expanding into new regions, and infection rates are increasing. Furthermore, effective vaccines, diagnostic tools, and other countermeasures are limited...
February 23, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
Shingen Nakamura, Momoyo Azuma, Tomoko Maruhashi, Kimiko Sogabe, Ryohei Sumitani, Munenori Uemura, Masami Iwasa, Shiro Fujii, Hirokazu Miki, Kumiko Kagawa, Takashi Hiraga, Noriyasu Kondo, Hiromi Fujita, Fumihiko Mahara, Masahiro Abe
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by the SFTS virus (SFTSV). Clinical symptoms of SFTS often involve encephalopathy and other central neurological symptoms, particularly in seriously ill patients; however, pathogenesis of encephalopathy by SFTSV is largely unknown. Herein, we present case reports of three patients with SFTS, complicated by encephalopathy, admitted to Tokushima University hospital: one patient was a 63-year-old man, while the other two were 83- and 86-year-old women...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Larry M Bush, Maria T Vazquez-Pertejo
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borneillness in the United States. Thecausative spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted by 4 species of Ixodes tick species. Over 90% of US cases occur in northeasternstates from Maine to Virginia, and in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Infection also takes place in northern California and Oregon. Lyme borreliosis is also diagnosed in parts of Europe, China, and Japan. The white-footed mouse is the primary animal reservoir for B. burgdorferi in the U...
February 2, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Lars Eisen
The blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, is the primary vector to humans in the eastern United States of the deer tick virus lineage of Powassan virus (Powassan virus disease); the protozoan parasite Babesia microti (babesiosis); and multiple bacterial disease agents including Anaplasma phagocytophilum (anaplasmosis), Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii (Lyme disease), Borrelia miyamotoi (relapsing fever-like illness, named Borrelia miyamotoi disease), and Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis (a minor causative agent of ehrlichiosis)...
January 31, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Philipp Stahl, Yves Poinsignon, Pascal Pouedras, Vasilica Ciubotaru, Laurence Berry, Brinda Emu, Peter J Krause, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Emmanuel Cornillot
Background: In 2002, a previously healthy 69-year-old man travelled to France from the United States and presented to our hospital with a febrile illness that subsequently was determined to be babesiosis. The blood isolated from this patient served as a source for propagation of the Babesia microti R1 strain with subsequent sequencing and annotation of the parasite genome. Methods: Upon admission, we obtained a medical history, performed a physical examination, and examined his blood for the presence of a blood borne pathogen by microscopy, PCR and indirect immunofluorescence antibody testing...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Travel Medicine
Pamela Kelman, Chelsea Wright Thompson, Wayne Hynes, Christian Bergman, Cameron Lenahan, Joel S Brenner, Michelle G Brenner, Benjamin Goodman, Demetria Borges, Michael Filak, Holly Gaff
BACKGROUND: Infection with Rickettsia parkeri is an emerging tick-borne illness, often accompanied by fever and an eschar at the site of tick attachment. We present three cases of R. parkeri in Virginia residents. CASE PRESENTATIONS: Case 1 presented initially afebrile, failed to seroconvert to rickettsial antigens, and was diagnosed by DNA testing of the eschar. Case 2 presented febrile with eschar, no serologies were performed, and was diagnosed by DNA testing of the eschar...
January 31, 2018: Infection
Anna Nagy, Orsolya Nagy, Katalin Tarcsai, Ágnes Farkas, Mária Takács
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is one of the endemic flaviviruses in Hungary, which is responsible for human infections every year. Neurological involvement in the disease is characterized by meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis which can result in long-term neurological and neuropsychiatric sequelae. Microbiological diagnosis of acute cases is predominantly based on serological tests due to the limited duration of viremia and long incubation period, however, the application of molecular methods can also supplement the serological diagnosis and provides epidemiological data...
January 10, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Harry M Savage, Marvin S Godsey, Nicholas A Panella, Kristen L Burkhalter, Justin Manford, Ingrid C Trevino-Garrison, Anne Straily, Savannah Wilson, Jaden Bowen, Ram K Raghavan
Bourbon virus (Family Orthomyxoviridae: Genus Thogotovirus) was first isolated from a human case-patient residing in Bourbon County, Kansas, who subsequently died. Before becoming ill in late spring of 2014, the patient reported several tick bites. In response, we initiated tick surveillance in Bourbon County and adjacent southern Linn County during spring and summer of 2015. We collected 20,639 host-seeking ticks representing four species from 12 sites. Amblyomma americanum (L.) (Acari: Ixodidae) and Dermacentor variabilis (Say) (Acari: Ixodidae) accounted for nearly all ticks collected (99...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
Angela M Thomm, Anna M Schotthoefer, Alan P Dupuis, Laura D Kramer, Holly M Frost, Thomas R Fritsche, Yvette A Harrington, Konstance K Knox, Sue C Kehl
Powassan virus (POWV) is an emerging tick-borne arbovirus presenting a public health threat in North America. POWV lineage II, also known as deer tick virus, is the strain of the virus most frequently found in Ixodes scapularis ticks and is implicated in most cases of POWV encephalitis in the United States. Currently, no commercial tests are available to detect POWV exposure in tick-borne disease (TBD) patients. We describe here the development and analytical validation of a serologic test panel to detect POWV infections...
January 2018: MSphere
Alexis Burakoff, Jennifer Lehman, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples, Nicole P Lindsey
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) are transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected mosquitoes and ticks. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease in the continental United States (1,2). Other arboviruses, including La Crosse, Powassan, Jamestown Canyon, St. Louis encephalitis, and eastern equine encephalitis viruses, cause sporadic cases of disease and occasional outbreaks. This report summarizes surveillance data reported to CDC for 2016 for nationally notifiable arboviruses...
January 12, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Christakis Panayiotou, Richard Lindqvist, Chaitanya Kurhade, Kirstin Vonderstein, Jenny Pasto, Karin Edlund, Arunkumar S Upadhyay, Anna K Överby
Flaviviruses are arthropod-borne viruses that constitute a major global health problem, with millions of human infections annually. Their pathogenesis ranges from mild illness to severe manifestations such as hemorrhagic fever and fatal encephalitis. Type I interferons (IFNs) are induced in response to viral infection, and stimulate the expression of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs), including that encoding viperin (virus-inhibitory protein, endoplasmic reticulum-associated, IFN-inducible), which shows antiviral activity against a broad spectrum of viruses including several flaviviruses...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
Elena V Ignatieva, Alexander V Igoshin, Nikolay S Yudin
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne encephalitis is caused by the neurotropic, positive-sense RNA virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). TBEV infection can lead to a variety of clinical manifestations ranging from slight fever to severe neurological illness. Very little is known about genetic factors predisposing to severe forms of disease caused by TBEV. The aims of the study were to compile a catalog of human genes involved in response to TBEV infection and to rank genes from the catalog based on the number of neighbors in the network of pairwise interactions involving these genes and TBEV RNA or proteins...
December 28, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Tresa Reena Mascarenhas, Randi S Silibovsky, Pooja Singh, Katherine Belden
Tick-borne infections in solid organ transplant recipients are an infrequent and difficult diagnostic challenge owing to multiple routes of acquisition and unusual presentations. A 67-year-old male recipient of a combined liver and kidney transplant presented with recurrent fevers following surgery. Standard microbiologic workup was non-diagnostic. Shortness of breath, confusion, lethargy, and hypotension developed along with progressive anemia, requiring multiple blood transfusions. Workup suggested hemolysis and review of the peripheral smear was diagnostic for Babesia microti infection...
December 26, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Petra Bogovič, Daša Stupica, Tereza Rojko, Stanka Lotrič-Furlan, Tatjana Avšič-Županc, Andrej Kastrin, Lara Lusa, Franc Strle
BACKGROUND: Information on the long-term outcome of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is limited. OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency and severity of post-encephalitic syndrome (PES) at different time points after TBE, and to determine the parameters associated with unfavourable outcome. METHODS: Adult patients diagnosed with TBE in Slovenia in the period 2007-2012 were followed-up for 12 months and also examined 2-7 years after TBE. Each patient was asked to refer a person of similar age without a history of TBE to serve as control...
December 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Jessica Lee, Soraya Azzawi, Michael J Peluso, Aaron Richterman, Haiyan Ramirez Batlle, Maria A Yialamas
We report the case of a 51-year-old woman presenting with a targetoid rash and pancytopenia after a tick bite. Initial evaluation was notable for severe neutropenia on the complete blood cell count differential, a positive Lyme IgM antibody, and a peripheral blood smear demonstrating atypical lymphocytes. While her pancytopenia was initially attributed to tick-borne illness, peripheral flow cytometry showed 7% myeloblasts, and a bone marrow biopsy confirmed 60% blasts. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, in addition to early, localized Lyme disease...
December 22, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Christine B Graham, Sarah E Maes, Andrias Hojgaard, Amy C Fleshman, Sarah W Sheldon, Rebecca J Eisen
The incidence and geographic range of tick-borne illness associated with Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus have dramatically increased in recent decades. Anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Borrelia spirochete infections, including Lyme borreliosis, account for tens of thousands of reported cases of tick-borne disease every year. Assays that reliably detect pathogens in ticks allow investigators and public health agencies to estimate the geographic distribution of human pathogens, assess geographic variation in their prevalence, and evaluate the effectiveness of prevention strategies...
December 10, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Artem Rogovskyy, Maliha Batool, David C Gillis, Patricia J Holman, Igor V Nebogatkin, Yuliya V Rogovska, Maksym S Rogovskyy
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is caused by tick-borne spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex. LB is the most prevalent vector-borne illness in Ukraine, but current data on the prevalence of LB pathogens in their tick vector, Ixodes ricinus, are lacking. I. ricinus ticks may also carry Borrelia miyamotoi, an emerging relapsing fever group spirochete that has been implicated in human illness. Despite its zoonotic potential, the prevalence of B. miyamotoi in ticks has not been examined in Ukraine. Similarly, data on the prevalence of other important tick-borne pathogens, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia spp...
December 15, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
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