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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531230/identifying-artemisinin-resistance-from-parasite-clearance-half-life-data-with-a-simple-shiny-web-application
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Sai Thein Than Tun, Yoel Lubell, Arjen M Dondorp, Tom Fieldman, Kyaw Myo Tun, Olivier Celhay, Xin Hui Chan, Sompob Saralamba, Lisa J White
The emergence of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria is a major threat to malaria elimination. New tools for supporting the surveillance of artemisinin resistance are critical for current and future malaria control and elimination strategies. We have developed an open-access, user-friendly, web-based tool to analyse parasite clearance half-life data of P. falciparum infected patients after treatment with artemisinin derivatives, so that resistance to artemisinin can be identified. The tool can be accessed at bit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511273/biosurveillance-and-morphological-variations-of-larvae-and-pupae-of-common-malaria-vectors-anopheles-anopheles-hyrcanus-group-species-in-the-republic-of-korea
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Leopoldo M Rueda, Heung-Chul Kim, Sung-Tae Chong, Terry A Klein, Mustapha Debboun
A total of 4,576 Anopheles (Anopheles) Hyrcanus Group larvae belonging to 6 species (An. belenrae, An. kleini, An. sinensis, An. pullus, An. lesteri, and An. sineroides) were collected from 7 different habitat types in 3 provinces of the Republic of Korea. The occurrence and relative abundance of 6 Anopheles species were noted. The descriptions in the article of the waxy body ornamentations or patterns of An. (Ano.) Hyrcanus Group larvae and pupae may be useful for rapid field species identification when conducting larval mosquito surveillance...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510633/obesity-and-diabetes-as-risk-factors-for-severe-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-results-from-a-swedish-nationwide-study
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Katja Wyss, Andreas Wångdahl, Maria Vesterlund, Ulf Hammar, Saduddin Dashti, Pontus Naucler, Anna Färnert
Background: Noncommunicable diseases and obesity are increasing in prevalence globally, also in populations at risk of malaria. We sought to investigate if comorbidity, in terms of chronic diseases and obesity, is associated with severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational study in adults (≥18 years) diagnosed with malaria in Sweden between January 1995 and May 2015. We identified cases through the surveillance database at the Public Health Agency of Sweden and reviewed clinical data from 18 hospitals...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506038/pcr-rflp-for-rapid-subtyping-of-plasmodium-vivax-korean-isolates
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Jung-Mi Kang, Jinyoung Lee, Tae Im Kim, Eun-Ha Koh, Tong-Soo Kim, Woon-Mok Sohn, Byoung-Kuk Na
Vivax malaria reemerged in Korea in 1993 and the outbreak has been continued with fluctuating numbers of annual indigenous cases. Understanding the nature of the genetic population of Plasmodium vivax circulating in Korea is beneficial for the knowledge of the nationwide parasite heterogeneity and in the implementation of malaria control programs in the country. Previously, we analyzed polymorphic nature of merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-1) and MSP-3α in Korean P. vivax population and identified the Korean P...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498860/genetic-micro-epidemiology-of-malaria-in-papua-indonesia-extensive-p-vivax-diversity-and-a-distinct-subpopulation-of-asymptomatic-p-falciparum-infections
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Zuleima Pava, Rintis Noviyanti, Irene Handayuni, Hidayat Trimarsanto, Leily Trianty, Faustina H Burdam, Enny Kenangalem, Retno A S Utami, Yusrifar K Tirta, Farah Coutrier, Jeanne R Poespoprodjo, Ric N Price, Jutta Marfurt, Sarah Auburn
BACKGROUND: Genetic analyses of Plasmodium have potential to inform on transmission dynamics, but few studies have evaluated this on a local spatial scale. We used microsatellite genotyping to characterise the micro-epidemiology of P. vivax and P. falciparum diversity to inform malaria control strategies in Timika, Papua Indonesia. METHODS: Genotyping was undertaken on 713 sympatric P. falciparum and P. vivax isolates from a cross-sectional household survey and clinical studies conducted in Timika...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494013/modeling-spatial-variation-in-risk-of-presence-and-insecticide-resistance-for-malaria-vectors-in-laos
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Marc Souris, Sébastien Marcombe, Julie Laforet, Paul T Brey, Vincent Corbel, Hans J Overgaard
Climatic, sociological and environmental conditions are known to affect the spatial distribution of malaria vectors and disease transmission. Intensive use of insecticides in the agricultural and public health sectors exerts a strong selective pressure on resistance genes in malaria vectors. Spatio-temporal models of favorable conditions for Anopheles species' presence were developed to estimate the probability of presence of malaria vectors and insecticide resistance in Lao PDR. These models were based on environmental and meteorological conditions, and demographic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493919/genomic-variation-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-reveals-regions-under-selective-pressure
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Ernest Diez Benavente, Zoe Ward, Wilson Chan, Fady R Mohareb, Colin J Sutherland, Cally Roper, Susana Campino, Taane G Clark
BACKGROUND: Although Plasmodium vivax contributes to almost half of all malaria cases outside Africa, it has been relatively neglected compared to the more deadly P. falciparum. It is known that P. vivax populations possess high genetic diversity, differing geographically potentially due to different vector species, host genetics and environmental factors. RESULTS: We analysed the high-quality genomic data for 46 P. vivax isolates spanning 10 countries across 4 continents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492123/factors-associated-with-contracting-malaria-in-ward-29-of-shamva-district-zimbabwe-2014
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Gladwin Muchena, Notion Gombe, Lucia Takundwa, Mufuta Tshimanga, Donewell Bangure, Nyasha Masuka, Tsitsi Juru
BACKGROUND: Malaria cases at Wadzanayi Clinic in Shamva District, Zimbabwe, increased drastically, surpassing the epidemic threshold, in week four of December 2013. This rise was sustained, which necessitated an investigation of the outbreak. OBJECTIVES: To identify risk factors and system weaknesses to improve epidemic preparedness and response. METHODS: An unmatched 1:1 case-control study was conducted in Ward 29 of Shamva District in Zimbabwe...
April 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487212/mapping-the-ecoepidemiology-of-zika-virus-infection-in-urban-and-rural-areas-of-pereira-risaralda-colombia-2015-2016-implications-for-public-health-and-travel-medicine
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Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales, Pablo Ruiz, Javier Tabares, Carlos Augusto Ossa, Maria Camila Yepes-Echeverry, Valeria Ramirez-Jaramillo, Maria Leonor Galindo-Marquez, Carlos Julian García-Loaiza, Juan Alejandro Sabogal-Roman, Esteban Parra-Valencia, Guillermo J Lagos-Grisales, Carlos O Lozada-Riascos, Cornelis A de Pijper, Martin P Grobusch
OBJECTIVE: Geographical information systems (GIS) have been demonstrated earlier to be of great use to inform public health action against vector-borne infectious diseases. METHODS: Using surveillance data on the ongoing ZIKV outbreak from Pereira, Colombia (2015-2016), we estimated incidence rates (cases/100,000 population), and developed maps correlating with the ecoepidemiology of the area. RESULTS: Up to October 8, 2016, 439 cases of ZIKV were reported in Pereira (93 cases/100,000 pop...
May 6, 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478763/molecular-phylogeny-of-anopheles-hyrcanus-group-diptera-culicidae-based-on-mtdna-coi
#10
Yuan Fang, Wen-Qi Shi, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Anopheles hyrcanus group, which includes at least 25 species, is widely distributed in the Oriental and Palearctic regions. Some group members have been incriminated as vectors of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. It is difficult to identify Hyrcanus Group members by morphological features. Thus, molecular phylogeny has been proposed as an important complementary method to traditional morphological taxonomy. METHODS: Based on the GenBank database and our original study data, we used 466 mitochondrial DNA COI sequences belonging to 18 species to reconstruct the molecular phylogeny of the Hyrcanus Group across its worldwide geographic range...
May 8, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464959/temporal-genetic-changes-in-plasmodium-vivax-apical-membrane-antigen-1-over-19%C3%A2-years-of-transmission-in-southern-mexico
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Alejandro Flores-Alanis, Lilia González-Cerón, Frida Santillán, Cecilia Ximenez, Marco A Sandoval, René Cerritos
BACKGROUND: Mexico advanced to the pre-elimination phase in 2009 due to a significant reduction in malaria cases, and since 2000, Plasmodium vivax is the only species transmitted. During the last two decades, malaria transmission has been mostly local and isolated to a few regions. It is important to gain further insights into the impact of control measures on the parasite population structure. Hence, the aim of the current study was to determine detailed changes in P. vivax genetic diversity and population structure based on analysing the gene that encodes the apical membrane antigen 1 (pvama1)...
May 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464403/seasonal-variation-in-child-mortality-in-rural-guinea-bissau
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Bibi Uhre Nielsen, Stine Byberg, Peter Aaby, Amabelia Rodrigues, Christine Stabell Benn, Ane Baerent Fisker
OBJECTIVES: In many African countries, child mortality is higher in the rainy season than in the dry season. We investigated the effect of season on child mortality by time periods, sex, and age in rural Guinea-Bissau. METHODS: Bandim health project follows children under-five in a health and demographic surveillance system in rural Guinea-Bissau. We compared the mortality in the rainy season (June to November) between 1990 and 2013 with the mortality in the dry season (December to May) in Cox proportional hazards models providing rainy versus dry season mortality rate ratios (r/d-mrr)...
May 2, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460126/quality-of-artemisinin-based-antimalarial-drugs-marketed-in-nigeria
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Oisaemi Izevbekhai, Babatunde Adeagbo, Adeniyi Olagunju, Oluseye Bolaji
Background: Artemisinin combination therapy is first-line therapy for treatment of malaria, which is one of the most significant public health problems in Nigeria. With the increasing level of use of these drugs coupled with the emergence of resistance, there is a need for regular post-market surveillance. Method: Twenty different brands of artesunate-containing antimalarial drugs and 10 brands of artemether-lumefantrine were multi-sourced in the south western part of Nigeria and were subjected to identification, weight uniformity test, and assay using United State pharmacopoeia and International Pharmacopoeia monographs...
February 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460112/baseline-in-vivo-ex-vivo-and-molecular-responses-of-plasmodium-falciparum-to-artemether-and-lumefantrine-in-three-endemic-zones-for-malaria-in-colombia
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Samanda Aponte, Ángela Patricia Guerra, Catalina Álvarez-Larrotta, Sindy Durley Bernal, César Restrepo, Camila González, María Fernanda Yasnot, Angélica Knudson-Ospina
Background: Colombia began using artemisinin-based combination therapies for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in 2006. It is necessary to implement resistance surveillance to antimalarial drugs in order to promptly detect changes in parasite susceptibility. The aim of this study was to establish a susceptibility baseline of P. falciparum to artemether-lumefantrine using three monitoring tools. Methods: Patients with uncomplicated malaria treated with artemether-lumefantrine underwent clinical and parasitological follow-up over 28 days...
February 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454557/longitudinal-genomic-surveillance-of-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-parasites-reveals-complex-genomic-architecture-of-emerging-artemisinin-resistance
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Gustavo C Cerqueira, Ian H Cheeseman, Steve F Schaffner, Shalini Nair, Marina McDew-White, Aung Pyae Phyo, Elizabeth A Ashley, Alexandre Melnikov, Peter Rogov, Bruce W Birren, François Nosten, Timothy J C Anderson, Daniel E Neafsey
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapies are the first line of treatment for Plasmodium falciparum infections worldwide, but artemisinin resistance has risen rapidly in Southeast Asia over the past decade. Mutations in the kelch13 gene have been implicated in this resistance. We used longitudinal genomic surveillance to detect signals in kelch13 and other loci that contribute to artemisinin or partner drug resistance. We retrospectively sequenced the genomes of 194 P. falciparum isolates from five sites in Northwest Thailand, over the period of a rapid increase in the emergence of artemisinin resistance (2001-2014)...
April 28, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454546/asymptomatic-plasmodium-vivax-infections-induce-robust-igg-responses-to-multiple-blood-stage-proteins-in-a-low-transmission-region-of-western-thailand
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Rhea J Longley, Camila T França, Michael T White, Chalermpon Kumpitak, Patiwat Sa-Angchai, Jakub Gruszczyk, Jessica B Hostetler, Anjali Yadava, Christopher L King, Rick M Fairhurst, Julian C Rayner, Wai-Hong Tham, Wang Nguitragool, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Ivo Mueller
BACKGROUND: Thailand is aiming to eliminate malaria by the year 2024. Plasmodium vivax has now become the dominant species causing malaria within the country, and a high proportion of infections are asymptomatic. A better understanding of antibody dynamics to P. vivax antigens in a low-transmission setting, where acquired immune responses are poorly characterized, will be pivotal for developing new strategies for elimination, such as improved surveillance methods and vaccines. The objective of this study was to characterize total IgG antibody levels to 11 key P...
April 28, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446198/effect-of-anti-malarial-interventions-on-trends-of-malaria-cases-hospital-admissions-and-deaths-2005-2015-ghana
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Maru Aregawi, Keziah L Malm, Mohammed Wahjib, Osae Kofi, Naa-Korkor Allotey, Peprah Nana Yaw, Wilmot Abba-Baffoe, Sylvester Segbaya, Felicia Owusu-Antwi, Abderahmane T Kharchi, Ryan O Williams, Mark Saalfeld, Nibretie Workneh, Estifanos Biru Shargie, Abdisalan M Noor, Constance Bart-Plange
BACKGROUND: Since 2005, the Government of Ghana and its partners, in concerted efforts to control malaria, scaled up the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). Beginning in 2011, a mass campaign of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) was implemented, targeting all the population. The impact of these interventions on malaria cases, admissions and deaths was assessed using data from district hospitals. METHODS: Records of malaria cases and deaths and availability of ACT in 88 hospitals, as well as at district level, ITN distribution, and indoor residual spraying were reviewed...
April 26, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438929/molecular-profile-of-malaria-drug-resistance-markers-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-suriname
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Stella M Chenet, Sheila Akinyi Okoth, Julia Kelley, Naomi Lucchi, Curtis S Huber, Stephen Vreden, Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira, John W Barnwell, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Malti R Adhin
In Suriname, an artesunate monotherapy therapeutic efficacy trial was recently conducted to evaluate partial artemisinin resistance emerging in Plasmodium falciparum We genotyped the PfK13 propeller domain of P. falciparum in forty samples as well as other mutations proposed to be associated with artemisinin resistant mutants. We did not find any mutations previously associated with artemisinin resistance in Southeast Asia but we found fixed resistance mutations for chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438218/malaria-elimination-in-lao-pdr-the-challenges-associated-with-population-mobility
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Sengchanh Kounnavong, Deyer Gopinath, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Chanthalone Khamkong, Odai Sichanthongthip
Although the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is comparatively small landlocked country with patterns of both in- and out-migration, its human migration situation has been poorly studied. This is despite all of the country's 18 provinces sharing both official and unofficial border checkpoints with neighboring countries. Economic reforms in the last decade have seen a gradual increase in the promotion of foreign investment, and main towns and transportation networks have been expanding thus offering new opportunities for livelihoods and economic activities...
April 25, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438137/case-report-of-plasmodium-ovale-curtisi-malaria-in-sri-lanka-relevance-for-the-maintenance-of-elimination-status
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Sharmini Gunawardena, Rachel F Daniels, Thishan C Yahathugoda, Mirani V Weerasooriya, Katelyn Durfee, Sarah K Volkman, Dyann F Wirth, Nadira D Karunaweera
BACKGROUND: Following its recent certification as malaria-free, imported infections now pose the greatest threat for maintaining this status in Sri Lanka. Imported infections may also introduce species that are uncommon or not previously endemic to these areas. We highlight in this case report the increasing importance of less common malaria species such as Plasmodium ovale in elimination settings and discuss its relevance for the risk of malaria resurgence in the country. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old patient from southern Sri Lanka was diagnosed with malaria after 8 days of fever...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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