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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511600/knowledge-attitude-and-practices-toward-lassa-fever-control-and-prevention-among-residents-of-ile-ife-southwest-nigeria
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S A Olowookere, C A Adegbenro, A Idowu, A G Omisore, O M Shabi, U R Ikem, G A Ekwere, I F Oderinde
Lassa fever had been reported as a cause of death especially in endemic parts of Nigeria. This study assessed the knowledge, attitude, and practices toward Lassa fever control and prevention among residents of Ile-Ife, southwest Nigeria. Descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among consenting randomly selected adults using an interviewer administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. A total of 400 questionnaires with completed data were analyzed (response rate 96%)...
January 2017: International Quarterly of Community Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508222/lassa-virus-reverse-genetics
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Luis Martínez-Sobrido, Slobodan Paessler, Juan Carlos de la Torre
The Old World (OW) arenavirus Lassa (LASV ) is estimated to infect several hundred thousand people yearly in West Africa, resulting in high numbers of Lassa fever (LF), a viral hemorrhagic fever (HF) disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. To date, no licensed vaccines are available to LASV infections, and anti-LASV drug therapy is limited to an off-label use of ribavirin (Rib) that is only partially effective. The development of reverse genetics has provided investigators with a novel and powerful approach for the investigation of the molecular, cell biology, and pathogenesis of LASV...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505171/rapid-deployment-of-a-mobile-biosafety-level-3-laboratory-in-sierra-leone-during-the-2014-ebola-virus-epidemic
#3
Yi Zhang, Yan Gong, Chengyu Wang, Wensen Liu, Zhongyi Wang, Zhiping Xia, Zhaoyang Bu, Huijun Lu, Yang Sun, Xiaoguang Zhang, Yuxi Cao, Fan Yang, Haoxiang Su, Yi Hu, Yongqiang Deng, Bo Zhou, Zongzheng Zhao, Yingying Fu, David Kargbo, Foday Dafae, Brima Kargbo, Alex Kanu, Linna Liu, Jun Qian, Zhendong Guo
BACKGROUND: Ebola virus emerged in West Africa in December 2013. The high population mobility and poor public health infrastructure in this region led to the development of the largest Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak to date. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: On September 26, 2014, China dispatched a Mobile Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory (MBSL-3 Lab) and a well-trained diagnostic team to Sierra Leone to assist in EVD diagnosis using quantitative real-time PCR, which allowed the diagnosis of suspected EVD cases in less than 4 hours from the time of sample receiving...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498311/differential-immune-responses-to-new-world-and-old-world-mammalian-arenaviruses
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REVIEW
Hinh Ly
Some New World (NW) and Old World (OW) mammalian arenaviruses are emerging, zoonotic viruses that can cause lethal hemorrhagic fever (HF) infections in humans. While these are closely related RNA viruses, the infected hosts appear to mount different types of immune responses against them. Lassa virus (LASV) infection, for example, results in suppressed immune function in progressive disease stage, whereas patients infected with Junín virus (JUNV) develop overt pro-inflammatory cytokine production. These viruses have also evolved different molecular strategies to evade host immune recognition and activation...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449693/no-measurable-adverse-effects-of-lassa-morogoro-and-gairo-arenaviruses-on-their-rodent-reservoir-host-in-natural-conditions
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Joachim Mariën, Benny Borremans, Sophie Gryseels, Barré Soropogui, Luc De Bruyn, Gédéon Ngiala Bongo, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Joëlle Goüy de Bellocq, Stephan Günther, N'Faly Magassouba, Herwig Leirs, Elisabeth Fichet-Calvet
BACKGROUND: In order to optimize net transmission success, parasites are hypothesized to evolve towards causing minimal damage to their reservoir host while obtaining high shedding rates. For many parasite species however this paradigm has not been tested, and conflicting results have been found regarding the effect of arenaviruses on their rodent host species. The rodent Mastomys natalensis is the natural reservoir host of several arenaviruses, including Lassa virus that is known to cause Lassa haemorrhagic fever in humans...
April 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448640/mapping-of-the-lassa-virus-lamp1-binding-site-reveals-unique-determinants-not-shared-by-other-old-world-arenaviruses
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Hadar Israeli, Hadas Cohen-Dvashi, Anastasiya Shulman, Amir Shimon, Ron Diskin
Cell entry of many enveloped viruses occurs by engagement with cellular receptors, followed by internalization into endocytic compartments and pH-induced membrane fusion. A previously unnoticed step of receptor switching was found to be critical during cell entry of two devastating human pathogens: Ebola and Lassa viruses. Our recent studies revealed the functional role of receptor switching to LAMP1 for triggering membrane fusion by Lassa virus and showed the involvement of conserved histidines in this switching, suggesting that other viruses from this family may also switch to LAMP1...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438110/temporal-progression-of-lesions-in-guinea-pigs-infected-with-lassa-virus
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T M Bell, C I Shaia, J J Bearss, M E Mattix, K A Koistinen, S P Honnold, X Zeng, C D Blancett, G C Donnelly, J D Shamblin, E R Wilkinson, K A Cashman
Lassa virus (LASV) infection causes an acute, multisystemic viral hemorrhagic fever that annually infects an estimated 100 000 to 300 000 persons in West Africa. This pathogenesis study evaluated the temporal progression of disease in guinea pigs following aerosol and subcutaneous inoculation of the Josiah strain of LASV as well as the usefulness of Strain 13 guinea pigs as an animal model for Lassa fever. After experimental infection, guinea pigs ( Cavia porcellus; n = 67) were serially sampled to evaluate the temporal progression of infection, gross and histologic lesions, and serum chemistry and hematologic changes...
May 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420391/interactive-open-source-travel-time-scenario-modelling-tools-to-facilitate-participation-in-health-service-access-analysis
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Rohan Fisher, Jonatan Lassa
BACKGROUND: Modelling travel time to services has become a common public health tool for planning service provision but the usefulness of these analyses is constrained by the availability of accurate input data and limitations inherent in the assumptions and parameterisation. This is particularly an issue in the developing world where access to basic data is limited and travel is often complex and multi-modal. Improving the accuracy and relevance in this context requires greater accessibility to, and flexibility in, travel time modelling tools to facilitate the incorporation of local knowledge and the rapid exploration of multiple travel scenarios...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404674/laboratory-diagnosis-of-lassa-fever
#9
Vanessa Raabe, Jeffrey Koehler
Lassa virus remains an important cause of illness in West Africa and among travelers returning from this region with an acute febrile illness. The symptoms of Lassa fever can be non-specific and mimic those of other endemic infections, especially early in illness, making a clinical diagnosis difficult; therefore, laboratory testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis. Early identification of Lassa fever is crucial for maximizing the benefit of available antiviral therapy as treatment efficacy rapidly decreases following clinical onset of disease...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356221/rapid-detection-of-all-known-ebolavirus-species-by-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-rt-lamp
#10
Olamide K Oloniniyi, Yohei Kurosaki, Hiroko Miyamoto, Ayato Takada, Jiro Yasuda
Ebola virus disease (EVD), a highly virulent infectious disease caused by ebolaviruses, has a fatality rate of 25-90%. Without a licensed chemotherapeutic agent or vaccine for the treatment and prevention of EVD, control of outbreaks requires accurate and rapid diagnosis of cases. In this study, five sets of six oligonucleotide primers targeting the nucleoprotein gene were designed for specific identification of each of the five ebolavirus species using reverse transcription-loop mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315708/2016-international-meeting-of-the-global-virus-network
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REVIEW
Ramesh Akkina, Heinz Ellerbrok, William Hall, Hideki Hasegawa, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Harold Kleanthous, Edward McSweegan, Natalia Mercer, Victor Romanowski, Hirofumi Sawa, Anders Vahlne
The Global Virus Network (GVN) was established in 2011 in order to strengthen research and responses to current viral causes of human disease and to prepare against new viral pandemic threats. There are now 38 GVN Centers of Excellence and 6 Affiliate laboratories in 24 countries. GVN scientists meet annually to learn about each other's current research, address collaborative priorities and plan future programs. The 2016 meeting was held from October 23-25 in Hokkaido, Japan, in partnership with the Japanese Society for Virology, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan and the Research Center for Zoonosis Control of Hokkaido University...
June 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278352/mobile-phone-based-interactive-voice-response-as-a-tool-for-improving-access-to-healthcare-in-remote-areas-in-ghana-an-evaluation-of-user-experiences
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J Brinkel, J May, R Krumkamp, M Lamshöft, B Kreuels, E Owusu-Dabo, A Mohammed, A Bonacic Marinovic, P Dako-Gyeke, A Krämer, J N Fobil
OBJECTIVES: To investigate and determine the factors that enhanced or constituted barriers to the acceptance of an mHealth system which was piloted in Asante-Akim North District of Ghana to support healthcare of children. METHODS: Four semi-structured focus group discussions were conducted with a total of 37 mothers. Participants were selected from a study population of mothers who subscribed to a pilot mHealth system which used an interactive voice response (IVR) for its operations...
March 9, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179007/global-research-trends-of-world-health-organization-s-top-eight-emerging-pathogens
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Waleed M Sweileh
BACKGROUND: On December 8(th), 2015, World Health Organization published a priority list of eight pathogens expected to cause severe outbreaks in the near future. To better understand global research trends and characteristics of publications on these emerging pathogens, we carried out this bibliometric study hoping to contribute to global awareness and preparedness toward this topic. METHOD: Scopus database was searched for the following pathogens/infectious diseases: Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, Rift valley, Crimean-Congo, Nipah, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Respiratory Acute Syndrome (SARS)...
February 8, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167603/at-home-with-mastomys-and-rattus-human-rodent-interactions-and-potential-for-primary-transmission-of-lassa-virus-in-domestic-spaces
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Jesse Bonwitt, Almudena Mari Sáez, Joseph Lamin, Rashid Ansumana, Michael Dawson, Jacob Buanie, Joyce Lamin, Diana Sondufu, Matthias Borchert, Foday Sahr, Elisabeth Fichet-Calvet, Hannah Brown
AbstractThe multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) is the reservoir for Lassa virus (LASV). Zoonotic transmission occurs when humans are directly or indirectly exposed to fluids of the multimammate mouse, such as urine, saliva, and blood. Housing characteristics and domestic organization affect rodent density in and around households and villages, and are likely to be a risk factor for Lassa fever in humans where the reservoir exists. We use semi-structured interviews (N = 51), a quantitative survey (N = 429), direct observations, and a rodent ecology study to provide new insights into how the organization of domestic spaces brings together humans and rodents and creates pathways for infection in rural settlements in Bo District, Sierra Leone...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111475/immunobiology-of-ebola-and-lassa-virus-infections
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REVIEW
Joseph B Prescott, Andrea Marzi, David Safronetz, Shelly J Robertson, Heinz Feldmann, Sonja M Best
Two of the most important contemporary emerging viruses that affect human health in Africa are Ebola virus (EBOV) and Lassa virus (LASV). The 2013-2016 West African outbreak of EBOV was responsible for more than 11,000 deaths, primarily in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. LASV is constantly emerging in these and surrounding West African countries, with an estimate of more than 500,000 cases of Lassa fever, and approximately 5,000 deaths, annually. Both EBOV and LASV are zoonotic, and human infection often results in a severe haemorrhagic fever in both cases...
March 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093544/annual-incidence-of-lassa-virus-infection-in-southern-mali
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David Safronetz, Nafomon Sogoba, Sory Ibrahim Diawara, Sidy Bane, Kyle Rosenke, Ousmane Maiga, Matt Boisen, Robert F Garry, Luis M Branco, L Robbin Lindsay, Sékou F Traoré, Heinz Feldmann, Seydou Doumbia
AbstractPreviously, we reported a high seroprevalence rate of Lassa virus antibodies in inhabitants of three villages in southern Mali where infected rodents have been demonstrated. Herein, we report a 1-year follow-up study in which we were able to collect a second blood samples from 88.7% of participants of the same cohort. We identified 23 seroconversions for IgG antibodies reactive against Lassa virus, representing an incidence of 6.3% (95% confidence interval = 3.8-8.8%). Seroconversion was frequently seen in preteenage children (12/23, 51...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076397/when-viruses-don-t-go-viral-the-importance-of-host-phylogeographic-structure-in-the-spatial-spread-of-arenaviruses
#17
Sophie Gryseels, Stuart J E Baird, Benny Borremans, Rhodes Makundi, Herwig Leirs, Joëlle Goüy de Bellocq
Many emerging infections are RNA virus spillovers from animal reservoirs. Reservoir identification is necessary for predicting the geographic extent of infection risk, but rarely are taxonomic levels below the animal species considered as reservoir, and only key circumstances in nature and methodology allow intrinsic virus-host associations to be distinguished from simple geographic (co-)isolation. We sampled and genetically characterized in detail a contact zone of two subtaxa of the rodent Mastomys natalensis in Tanzania...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012899/corning-hyperflask-%C3%A2-for-viral-amplification-and-production-of-diagnostic-reagents
#18
Brian J Kearney, Matthew A Voorhees, Priscilla L Williams, Scott P Olschner, Cynthia A Rossi, Randal J Schoepp
Viral preparations are essential components in diagnostic research and development. The production of large quantities of virus traditionally is done by infecting numerous tissue culture flasks or roller bottles, which require large incubators and/or roller bottle racks. The Corning HYPERFlask(®) is a multilayer flask that uses a gas permeable film to provide gas exchange between the cells and culture medium and the atmospheric environment. This study evaluated the suitability of the HYPERFlask for production of Lassa, Ebola, Bundibugyo, Reston, and Marburg viruses and compared it to more traditional methods using tissue culture flasks and roller bottles...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999160/25-hydroxycholesterol-inhibition-of-lassa-virus-infection-through-aberrant-gp1-glycosylation
#19
Punya Shrivastava-Ranjan, Éric Bergeron, Ayan K Chakrabarti, César G Albariño, Mike Flint, Stuart T Nichol, Christina F Spiropoulou
Lassa virus (LASV) infection is a major public health concern due to high fatality rates and limited effective treatment. The interferon-stimulated gene cholesterol 25-hydroxylase (CH25H) encodes an enzyme that catalyzes the production of 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC). 25HC is involved in regulating cholesterol biosynthesis and has recently been identified as a potent antiviral targeting enveloped virus entry. Here, we show a previously unrecognized role of CH25H in inhibiting LASV glycoprotein glycosylation and the production of infectious virus...
December 20, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976464/methods-for-collecting-paired-observations-from-emergency-medical-services-and-emergency-department-providers-for-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-risk-factors
#20
Fahd A Ahmad, Hamilton Schwartz, Lorin R Browne, Sherry Lassa-Claxton, Michael Wallendorf, E Brooke Lerner, Nathan Kuppermann, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVES: Cervical spine injuries (CSIs) after blunt trauma in children are rare, but cause substantial morbidity and mortality. Emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department (ED) providers routinely use spinal precautions and cervical spine imaging, respectively, during the management of children experiencing blunt trauma. These practices lack evidence, and there is concern that they may be harmful. A pediatric CSI risk assessment tool is needed to inform EMS and ED provider decision making...
December 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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