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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133662/a-tiny-tick-can-cause-a-big-health-problem
#2
Manuel John, M Raman, Keith Ryan
Ticks are tiny crawling bugs in the spider family that feed by sucking blood from animals. They are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, both infectious and toxic. Infected ticks spread over a hundred diseases, some of which are fatal if undetected. They spread the spirochete (which multiplies in the insect's gut) with a subsequent bite to the next host. We describe the only reported cases of peri ocular tick bite from India that presented to us within a span of 3 days and its management. Due suspicion and magnification of the lesions revealed the ticks which otherwise masqueraded as small skin tags/moles on gross examination...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050793/anaplasmosis-in-pediatric-patients-case-report-and-review
#3
Vaka K Sigurjonsdottir, Henry M Feder, Gary P Wormser
Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is a tick-borne infection, characterized as an acute and sometimes severe febrile illness which may be associated with leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. Most case reports of HGA have been in adults, with only 8 case reports of HGA in children. We add a ninth case of HGA, which occurred in a 5-year-old. The paucity of pediatric HGA case reports maybe because publication bias, or HGA in children is a mild illness and children with HGA are less likely than adults to seek medical care, or the diagnosis of HGA requires a blood draw and adults (versus children) are more likely to get diagnostic testing...
November 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993284/babesia-microti-infection-and-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#4
Shanette A Go, Vania H Phuoc, Sarah E Eichenberg, Zelalem Temesgen, Thomas J Beckman
Babesiosis is a rare and potentially severe tick-borne illness endemic to the Northeastern and upper Midwestern regions of the USA. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is an uncommon condition resulting from over-activation of the immune system. The first known case of babesiosis and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in an immunocompetent patient is reported here.
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975470/infections-of-the-central-nervous-system-in-returning-travelers-and-immigrants
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REVIEW
Haley Thompson, Kiran Thakur
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights current knowledge in travel-related neuroinfectious diseases, providing insight on approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections of the central nervous system (CNS) in travelers and immigrants. RECENT FINDINGS: Updates on travel vaccine recommendations including vaccine-specific interactions with immunosuppressive agents, advances in Zika virus and dengue virus vaccine development, new diagnostic criteria for neurocysticercosis, updates on treatment approaches for tuberculosis meningitis...
October 3, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948950/a-mini-review-of-bunyaviruses-recorded-in-india
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REVIEW
Pragya D Yadav, Gouri Y Chaubal, Anita M Shete, Devendra T Mourya
Newly emerging and re-emerging viral infections are of major public health concern. Bunyaviridae family of viruses comprises a large group of animal viruses. Clinical symptoms exhibited by persons infected by viruses belonging to this family vary from mild-to-severe diseases i.e., febrile illness, encephalitis, haemorrhagic fever and acute respiratory illness. Several arthropods-borne viruses have been discovered and classified at serological level in India in the past. Some of these are highly pathogenic as the recent emergence and spread of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus and presence of antibodies against Hantavirus in humans in India have provided evidences that it may become one of the emerging diseases in this country...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947798/metagenomic-based-surveillance-of-pacific-coast-tick-dermacentor-occidentalis-identifies-two-novel-bunyaviruses-and-an-emerging-human-ricksettsial-pathogen
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Jerome Bouquet, Michael Melgar, Andrea Swei, Eric Delwart, Robert S Lane, Charles Y Chiu
An increasing number of emerging tick-borne diseases has been reported in the United States since the 1970s. Using metagenomic next generation sequencing, we detected nucleic acid sequences from 2 novel viruses in the family Bunyaviridae and an emerging human rickettsial pathogen, Rickettsia philipii, in a population of the Pacific Coast tick, Dermacentor occidentalis in Mendocino County sampled annually from 2011 to 2014. A total of 250 adults of this human-biting, generalist tick were collected from contiguous chaparral and grassland habitats, and RNA from each individually extracted tick was deep sequenced to an average depth of 7...
September 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928417/tick-borne-encephalitis-in-japan-republic-of-korea-and-china
#8
REVIEW
Kentaro Yoshii, Joon Young Song, Seong-Beom Park, Junfeng Yang, Heinz-Josef Schmitt
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes mild or moderate febrile illness in humans that may progress to encephalitis, leading to severe long-term complications and sometimes death. TBEV is prevalent in the Eurasian continent and has been isolated in China, Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK). The TBEV isolates from Japan are of the Far-Eastern subtype; in ROK, the isolates are of the Western subtype; and all TBEV isolates in China are of the Far-Eastern subtype, except one strain that was identified most recently as the Siberian subtype...
September 20, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926079/oklar-feber-hos-patient-med-ms-och-rituximab%C3%A2-behandling-var-neoehrlichios-ny-f%C3%A3-stingburen-infektion-som-%C3%A3-r-sv%C3%A3-r-att-diagnostisera
#9
Arya Dadgar, Anna Grankvist, Lennart Wernbro, Christine Wennerås
Fever of unknown origin in a multiple sclerosis patient on immunomodulatory therapy was due to neoehrlichiosis The emerging tick-borne bacterium Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis is the etiologic agent of neoehrlichiosis, a febrile illness that may be accompanied by vascular complications. Severe cases of neoehrlichiosis have been described in patients with hematologic malignancies and systemic rheumatic diseases. We present the first case of neoehrlichiosis in a patient with multiple sclerosis undergoing rituximab therapy...
September 18, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859959/first-confirmed-report-of-outbreak-of-theileriosis-anaplasmosis-in-a-cattle-farm-in-henan-china
#10
Yanyan Cui, Xiaoxing Wang, Yan Zhang, Yaqun Yan, Haiju Dong, Fuchun Jian, Ke Shi, Longxian Zhang, Rongjun Wang, Changshen Ning
Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) impose a significant constraint to livestock production world widely. In this paper, we presented a case of TBD in a cattle farm in Henan, China. 35 blood samples (7 samples sent by veterinarian, 28 samples gathered by our colleagues) were collected from ill, surviving and asymptomatic cattle and microscopic observation and PCR assays were conducted to characterize the pathogens. Genus Ixodes feeding on these cattle were collected and identified. Theileria annulata-like and Anaplasma marginale-like pathogens were observed in the blood smears stained with Giemsa staining under microscope...
August 30, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814545/metabolic-differentiation-of-early-lyme-disease-from-southern-tick-associated-rash-illness-stari
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Claudia R Molins, Laura V Ashton, Gary P Wormser, Barbara G Andre, Ann M Hess, Mark J Delorey, Mark A Pilgard, Barbara J Johnson, Kristofor Webb, M Nurul Islam, Adoracion Pegalajar-Jurado, Irida Molla, Mollie W Jewett, John T Belisle
Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, results from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi. Early clinical diagnosis of this disease is largely based on the presence of an erythematous skin lesion for individuals in high-risk regions. This, however, can be confused with other illnesses including southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), an illness that lacks a defined etiological agent or laboratory diagnostic test, and is coprevalent with Lyme disease in portions of the eastern United States...
August 16, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727515/brave-new-worlds-the-expanding-universe-of-lyme-disease
#12
REVIEW
Brandee L Stone, Yvonne Tourand, Catherine A Brissette
Projections around the globe suggest an increase in tick-vectored disease incidence and distribution, and the potential for emergence of novel tick-borne pathogens. Lyme disease is the most common reported tick-borne illness in the Unites States and is prevalent throughout much of central Europe. In recent years, the worldwide burden of Lyme disease has increased and extended into regions and countries where the disease was not previously reported. In this review, we discuss the trends for increasing Lyme disease, and examine the factors driving Lyme disease expansion, including the effect of climate change on the spread of vector Ixodid ticks and reservoir hosts; and the impacts of increased awareness on disease reporting and diagnosis...
September 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681315/management-of-lyme-disease-in-european-children-a-review-for-practical-purpose
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REVIEW
Matteo D'Alessandro, Anna Loy, Elio Castagnola
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lyme disease is a tick-borne zoonosis transmitted through a bite of a tick carrying a spirochete belonging to Borrelia species. In the last 20 years, the reported incidence of Lyme disease is increased by three times in Europe. Clinically, the illness develops through a primary stage with a typical skin rash (erythema marginatum), then a secondary stage with possible neurologic or cardiac involvement. The last stage (chronic Lyme disease) is mainly represented by arthritis or late neurological complications but nowadays is rarely seen due to precocious antibiotic use...
August 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648773/the-burden-of-tick-borne-diseases-in-the-altai-region-of-russia
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V G Dedkov, E G Simonova, O V Beshlebova, M V Safonova, O A Stukolova, E V Verigina, G V Savinov, I P Karaseva, E A Blinova, V M Granitov, I V Arsenjeva, G A Shipulin
This article presents the results of a comprehensive survey of the burden of tick-borne infectious diseases (TBIDs) in the Altai region of Russia. Official data for TBID incidence were analyzed and 201 samples from patients with suspected TBID were studied. Furthermore, questing ticks and ticks recovered from humans were examined to estimate prevalence of TBID-causative agents. The Altai region was determined to have a heightened risk for TBIDs in Russia. The most epidemiologically significant tick-borne illness in this area is spotted fever group rickettsiosis, while nationally in Russia, the leading TBID is Lyme borreliosis...
August 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632298/patient-med-tbe-f%C3%A3-rb%C3%A3-ttrades-snabbt-vid-behandling-med-kortison-evidens-saknas-dock-f%C3%A3-r-v%C3%A3-rdet-av-immunmodulerande-terapi
#15
Carl Wengse, Jesper Ericsson, Susanna Hallberg, Johan Ursing
Rapid improvement of tick-borne encephalitis after treatment with corticosteroids Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral disease transmitted by ticks. The virus is divided into three subtypes named Western, Siberian and Far Eastern TBE virus (TBEV). Western TBEV is endemic in parts of Europe and Sweden and typically causes a biphasic illness with influenza-like symptoms followed by neurological symptoms ranging from mild meningitis to severe meningoencephalitis and death. Despite an effective vaccine, TBE is increasing in Sweden and Europe...
June 16, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628633/pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-are-associated-with-clinical-signs-and-symptoms-of-human-anaplasmosis
#16
Anna M Schotthoefer, Steven J Schrodi, Jennifer K Meece, Thomas R Fritsche, Sanjay K Shukla
Human anaplasmosis (HA) is an emerging tick-borne disease that may present as a mild flu-like illness or a life threatening, sepsis-like condition. Although disease severity is hypothesized to relate to immunopathology and immune dysfunction in humans, studies to directly measure immune responses in infected humans have been very limited. We quantified cytokines in 80 confirmed HA patients using a multiplex chemiluminescence immunoassay system and compared similarly measured responses in 1000 control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616477/is-there-a-lyme-like-disease-in-australia-summary-of-the-findings-to-date
#17
REVIEW
Melissa Judith Chalada, John Stenos, Richard Stewart Bradbury
Lyme Borreliosis is a common tick-borne disease of the northern hemisphere caused by the spirochaetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (B. burgdorferi s. l.) complex. It results in multi-organ disease with arthritic, cardiac, neurological and dermatological manifestations. In the last twenty-five years there have been over 500 reports of an Australian Lyme-like syndrome in the scientific literature. However, the diagnoses of Lyme Borreliosis made in these cases have been primarily by clinical presentation and laboratory results of tentative reliability and the true cause of these illnesses remains unknown...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576950/retrospective-case-reports-of-two-central-north-carolina-residents-frequency-of-tick-bites-and-associated-illnesses-2001-2014
#18
Marcia E Herman-Giddens, D Marcus Herman-Giddens
BACKGROUND Tick bites are a source of illness and disease agents that may lead to morbidity and occasional fatalities in North Carolina. Public health interest in tick-borne illness and disease has increased due to continuing discoveries of tick-borne diseases and their increasing geographic spread and disease incidence. There are no data published on lay individuals with cumulative tick bites and associated illnesses over a period of years.METHODS We learned of a married couple living on a central North Carolina property who had used reasonable bite prevention methods, kept attached ticks after removal, and recorded dates and related illness records from 2001-2014...
May 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520981/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-children-with-human-granulocytic-anaplasmosis
#19
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
#20
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' untranslated region (UTR) with high affinity. It facilitates the translation of reporter mRNA both in vivo and in vitro with the assistance of the 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...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
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