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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213810/how-to-tackle-natural-focal-infections-from-risk-assessment-to-vaccination-strategies
#1
Luca Busani, Alexander E Platonov, Onder Ergonul, Giovanni Rezza
Natural focal diseases are caused by biological agents associated with specific landscapes. The natural focus of such diseases is defined as any natural ecosystem containing the pathogen's population as an essential component. In such context, the agent circulates independently on human presence, and humans may become accidentally infected through contact with vectors or reservoirs. Some viruses (i.e., tick-borne encephalitis and Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever virus) are paradigmatic examples of natural focal diseases...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202075/tick-borne-pathogens-induce-differential-expression-of-genes-promoting-cell-survival-and-host-resistance-in-ixodes-ricinus-cells
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196318/common-skin-conditions-in-children-skin-infections
#3
Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Skin infections account for a significant subset of dermatologic conditions of childhood. Common cutaneous viral infections in children include warts, molluscum contagiosum, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and herpes simplex. Although viral infections are self-limited and often only mildly symptomatic, they can cause anxiety, embarrassment, and health care use. Recognition of their common and atypical presentations is necessary to differentiate them from other skin conditions of similar morphology. Impetigo, cellulitis, and abscess comprise the majority of childhood bacterial skin infections and are treated with topical or systemic antibiotics that cover group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194148/animal-models-of-emerging-tick-borne-phleboviruses-determining-target-cells-in-a-lethal-model-of-sftsv-infection
#4
Keita Matsuno, Yasuko Orba, Kimberly Maede-White, Dana Scott, Friederike Feldmann, Mifang Liang, Hideki Ebihara
The pathogenesis of clinical manifestations caused by newly emerging tick-borne phleboviruses [i.e., Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) and Heartland virus (HRTV)], such as severe thrombocytopenia and lymphocytopenia, are not yet fully understood. In the present study, to establish an animal model mimicking the profile of fatal human cases, we examined the susceptibilities of adult mice from 12 strains, aged mice from two strains, and cynomolgus macaques to SFTSV and/or HRTV infections...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188085/species-of-ticks-and-carried-pathogens-in-owned-dogs-in-spain-results-of-a-one-year-national-survey
#5
Agustín Estrada-Peña, Xavier Roura, Angel Sainz, Guadalupe Miró, Laia Solano-Gallego
This study presents the results of a national survey in Spain on the distribution of ticks on owned dogs, their phenology and the associated pathogens over one year. In the study, 1628 adult ticks were collected on 660 dogs presented to 26 veterinary practices, of which 507 dogs (76.8%) carried at least one adult tick. The primary species of ticks were Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. (53%), Dermacentor reticulatus (9%), Ixodes ricinus (9%), and I. hexagonus (4%). Parasitism by two species of these ticks was rare...
February 3, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187808/diagnosis-and-management-of-acute-encephalitis
#6
J J Halperin
Encephalitis is typically viral (approximately half of diagnosed cases) or autoimmune (about a quarter) with the remainder remaining undiagnosable at this time. All require general supportive care but only a minority requires intensive care admission - in these intubation, to protect the airway or to treat status epilepticus with anesthetic drugs, may be needed. In some dysautonomia with wide blood pressure fluctuations is the principal concern. Remarkably, in addition to supportive care, specific treatment options are available for the majority - immune-modulating therapy for those with autoimmune disorders, antiviral therapy for herpes simplex 1 and 2, and varicella-zoster encephalitis...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179396/the-antigenic-structure-of-zika-virus-and-its-relation-to-other-flaviviruses-implications-for-infection-and-immunoprophylaxis
#7
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Franz X Heinz, Karin Stiasny
Zika virus was discovered ∼70 years ago in Uganda and maintained a low profile as a human disease agent in Africa and Asia. Only recently has it caused explosive outbreaks in previously unaffected regions, first in Oceania and then in the Americas since 2015. Of special concern is the newly identified link between congenital malformations (especially microcephaly) and Zika virus infections during pregnancy. At present, it is unclear whether Zika virus changed its pathogenicity or whether the huge number of infections allowed the recognition of a previously cryptic pathogenic property...
March 2017: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175945/-neuroborreliosis-diagnostics-treatment-and-course
#8
R Dersch, S Rauer
Lyme neuroborreliosis is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by the spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Clinical manifestations are classified as early and late Lyme neuroborreliosis. Early manifestations are much more common than late manifestations. Serological testing should only be performed when typical neurological symptoms are present because false positive results are common due to a high seroprevalence in the population. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis should be performed if Lyme neuroborreliosis is suspected...
February 7, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170029/a-cluster-of-fatal-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-infection-in-organ-transplant-setting
#9
Dariusz Lipowski, Marta Szablowska, Karol Perlejewski, Shota Nakamura, Iwona Bukowska-Ośko, Ewa Rzadkiewicz, Tomasz Dzieciątkowski, Anna Milecka, Wojciech Wenski, Michał Ciszek, Alicja Dębska-Ślizień, Ewa Ignacak, Kamila Caraballo Cortes, Agnieszka Pawełczyk, Andrzej Horban, Marek Radkowski, Tomasz Laskus
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February 7, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169507/predictive-factors-for-fatal-tick-borne-spotted-fever-in-brazil
#10
S V de Oliveira, M C A Willemann, G S Gazeta, R N Angerami, R Gurgel-Gonçalves
In Brazil, two pathogenic Rickettsia species have been identified causing tick-borne spotted fever (SF). The aetiological agent Rickettsia rickettsii causes serious illness, particularly in the south-eastern region of the country. Moreover, the Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic Rainforest cause milder clinical manifestations in south-eastern, south and north-east regions. This study has sought to analyse predictive factors for fatal SF. A case-control study was performed using disease notification records in Brazil...
February 7, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169172/molecular-characterisation-of-anaplasma-species-from-african-buffalo-syncerus-caffer-in-kruger-national-park-south-africa
#11
Danielle Sisson, Jasmin Hufschmid, Anna Jolles, Brianna Beechler, Abdul Jabbar
Bovine anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease, mainly caused by Anaplasma marginale and A. centrale and is distributed in tropical and sub-tropical areas. This study aimed to characterise A. marginale and A. centrale from African buffaloes in Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa, using the DNA sequences of the genes coding for major surface protein (msp1β) and heat shock protein (groEL), respectively. A total of 747 blood samples were collected from February 2014 to August 2016 from African buffaloes kept in KNP, and DNAs were tested using a molecular-phylogenetic approach...
January 17, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169171/seasonal-infestation-of-birds-with-immature-stages-of-ixodes-ricinus-and-ixodes-arboricola
#12
Elena Kocianová, Veronika Rusňáková Tarageľová, Danka Haruštiaková, Eva Špitalská
This study assessed the parasitization of cavity-nesting birds and ground-nesting/foraging birds with larvae and nymphs of two Ixodes species, Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes arboricola. Totals of 679 (52.3%) I. ricinus and 619 (47.7%) I. arboricola ticks were collected from 15 species of passerine birds which were caught during the nesting and non-nesting periods of 2003-2006, in the south-eastern part of the Czech Republic, the Drahanská Vrchovina Uplands. In the non-nesting period from October to March, 6.8% (101/1492) of birds were infested with ticks, mainly with I...
January 29, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167278/the-host-cell-response-to-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus
#13
Tea Carletti, Mohammad Khalid Zakaria, Alessandro Marcello
Tick-borne encephalitis virus is the most prevalent autochthonous arbovirus in Europe and an important travel-associated virus. Complications of the infection could lead to lethal encephalitis in susceptible individuals. However, despite its clinical relevance and expanding geographical distribution, most of our knowledge on its pathogenesis is inferred from studies on other flaviviruses. Molecular details of the host cell response to infection are scarce leading to a poor understanding of the antiviral pathways and viral countermeasures that are critical to determine the outcome of the infection...
February 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163889/ticks-and-tick-borne-diseases-in-ireland
#14
REVIEW
Annetta Zintl, Sara Moutailler, Peter Stuart, Linda Paredis, Justine Dutraive, Estelle Gonzalez, Jack O'Connor, Elodie Devillers, Barbara Good, Colm OMuireagain, Theo De Waal, Fergal Morris, Jeremy Gray
Throughout Europe interest in tick-borne agents is increasing, particularly with regard to those that can cause human disease. The reason for this is the apparent rise in the incidence of many tick-borne diseases (TBD's). While there has never been a national survey of ticks or TBD's in Ireland, the trend here appears to be the reverse with a decline in the incidence of some agents seemingly associated with decreasing tick numbers particularly on agricultural land. In the absence of robust baseline data, however, this development cannot be confirmed...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161419/control-of-infestations-by-ixodes-ricinus-tick-larvae-in-rabbits-vaccinated-with-aquaporin-recombinant-antigens
#15
Marinela Contreras, José de la Fuente
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne diseases greatly impact human and animal health worldwide, and vaccines are an environmentally friendly alternative to acaricides for their control. Recent results have suggested that aquaporin (AQP) water channels have a key function during tick feeding and development, and constitute good candidate antigens for the control of tick infestations. METHODS: Here we describe the effect of vaccination with the Ixodes ricinus AQP1 (IrAQP) and a tick AQP conserved region (CoAQP) on I...
February 1, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159412/new-tools-in-nucleoside-toolbox-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-reproduction-inhibitors
#16
Alexey A Orlov, Mikhail S Drenichev, Vladimir E Oslovsky, Nikolay N Kurochkin, Pavel N Solyev, Liubov I Kozlovskaya, Vladimir A Palyulin, Galina G Karganova, Sergey N Mikhailov, Dmitry I Osolodkin
Design and development of nucleoside analogs is an established strategy in the antiviral drug discovery field. Nevertheless, for many viruses the coverage of structure-activity relationships (SAR) in the nucleoside chemical space is not sufficient. Here we present the nucleoside SAR exploration for tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), a member of Flavivirus genus. Promising antiviral activity may be achieved by introduction of large hydrophobic substituents in the position 6 of adenosine or bulky silyl groups to the position 5'...
January 14, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155284/molecular-surveillance-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-in-wildlife-and-detection-of-i-rickettsia-sibirica-i-in-a-topi-i-damaliscus-lunatus-i-ssp-i-jimela-i-in-kenya
#17
David Ndeereh, Andrew Thaiyah, Gerald Muchemi, Antoinette A Miyunga
Spotted fever group rickettsioses are a group of tick-borne zoonotic diseases caused by intracellular bacteria of the genus Rickettsia. The diseases are widely reported amongst international travellers returning from most sub-Saharan Africa with fever, yet their importance in local populations largely remains unknown. Although this has started to change and recently there have been increasing reports of the diseases in livestock, ticks and humans in Kenya, they have not been investigated in wildlife. We examined the presence, prevalence and species of Rickettsia present in wildlife in two regions of Kenya with a unique human-wildlife-livestock interface...
January 30, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153903/toward-a-complete-north-american-borrelia-miyamotoi-genome
#18
Luke C Kingry, Adam Replogle, Dhwani Batra, Lori A Rowe, Christopher Sexton, Marc Dolan, Neeta Connally, Jeannine M Petersen, Martin E Schriefer
Borrelia miyamotoi, of the relapsing-fever spirochete group, is an emerging tick-borne pathogen causing human illness in the northern hemisphere. Here, we present the chromosome, eight extrachromosomal linear plasmids, and a draft sequence for five circular and one linear plasmid of a Borrelia miyamotoi strain isolated from an Ixodes sp. tick from Connecticut, USA.
February 2, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153803/development-of-duplex-pcr-for-simultaneous-detection-of-theileria-spp-and-anaplasma-spp-in-sheep-and-goats
#19
Yanyan Cui, Yan Zhang, Fuchun Jian, Longxian Zhang, Rongjun Wang, Shuxuan Cao, Xiaoxing Wang, Yaqun Yan, Changshen Ning
Theileria spp. and Anaplasma spp., which are important tick-borne pathogens (TBPs), impact the health of humans and animals in tropical and subtropical areas. Theileria and Anaplasma co-infections are common in sheep and goats. Following alignment of the relevant DNA sequences, two primer sets were designed to specifically target the Theileria spp. 18S rRNA and Anaplasma spp. 16S rRNA gene sequences. Genomic DNA from the two genera was serially diluted tenfold for testing the sensitivities of detection of the primer sets...
January 30, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153343/tick-borne-encephalitis-in-china-a-review-of-epidemiology-and-vaccines
#20
REVIEW
Yi Xing, Heinz-Josef Schmitt, Adriano Arguedas, Junfeng Yang
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) has been shown to be endemic in northern and western China, including the three mountain areas in Heilongjiang, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang. In addition, serology evidence shows that there is human infection in south-west provinces of China, including Xizang (Tibet) and Yunnan. TBE in China is caused by the Far Eastern TBE virus subtype and there is no biphasic course for disease presentation. The majority of TBE cases in China have occurred in people who were living or working in forests...
January 30, 2017: Vaccine
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