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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920810/newly-described-toxoplasma-gondii-strain-causes-high-mortality-in-red-necked-wallabies-macropus-rufogriseus-in-a-zoo
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Amanda Guthrie, Leah Rooker, Rommel Tan, Richard Gerhold, Karen Trainor, Tiantian Jiang, Chunlei Su
This manuscript describes an outbreak of fatal toxoplasmosis in wallabies. Ten adult red necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus) were imported from New Zealand to the Virginia Zoo. Agglutination testing upon admission into quarantine showed all animals to be negative for antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii. Nine of these wallabies died from acute toxoplasmosis within 59-565 (average 224) days after being moved onto exhibit. Clinical signs included lethargy, diarrhea, tachypnea, and ataxia that progressed rapidly; death without premonitory signs occurred in one case...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869231/how-a-mild-influenza-b-infection-can-kill-a-case-of-pulmonary-hemorrhage
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Nathalie Abi Hatem, Sabrina Campbell, Deepa Kuchelan, Jennifer Bowers, Edmundo Rubio
Viral influenza is a seasonal infection associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Rapidly fatal hemorrhagic pneumonia has been described in previously healthy individuals with β-hemolytic Streptococcus pneumoniae in a small series of patients, but it is not common in patients coinfected with influenza B and β-hemolytic Streptococcus, particularly since influenza B is considered less pathogenic than influenza A. However, despite being uncommon, this coinfection seems to be associated with high morbidity and mortality, particularly in healthy individuals...
September 2017: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859468/clinical-and-microbiological-factors-associated-with-early-patient-mortality-from-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
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Tark Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Ki-Ho Park, Kyung Mi Bang, Su-Jin Park, Sung-Han Kim, Jin-Yong Jeong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Jun Hee Woo, Yang Soo Kim
Background/Aims: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (MRSAB) is a major bloodstream infection with a high mortality rate. Identification of factors associated with early mortality in MRSAB patients would be useful for predicting prognosis and developing new therapeutic options. Methods: A prospective cohort of MRSAB patients was examined between August 2008 and June 2011. Early and late mortality was defined as death within 2 and 28 days of blood culture, respectively...
July 6, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858094/fatal-acute-hepatic-failure-in-a-family-infected-with-the-hepatitis-a-virus-subgenotype-ib-a-case-report
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Yuichi Yoshida, Yohei Okada, Akiko Suzuki, Keisuke Kakisaka, Yasuhiro Miyamoto, Akio Miyasaka, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Tsutomu Nishizawa, Hiroaki Okamoto
RATIONALE: Hepatitis A viral infection is a well-known cause of subclinical or acute self-limited hepatitis. Few cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV)-associated acute liver failure (ALF) have been reported in low HAV endemic countries annually. PATIENTS CONCERNS: To investigate the possible factors that affected the severity of HAV infection, a family cluster infected with the HAV subgenotype IB strain, which is not common in Japan, was described. DIAGNOSES: This family consisted of five members who all were infected with HAV...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851846/cardiolipin-synthesis-and-outer-membrane-localization-are-required-for-shigella-flexneri-virulence
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Rachael M Rossi, Lauren Yum, Hervé Agaisse, Shelley M Payne
Cardiolipin, an anionic phospholipid that resides at the poles of the inner and outer membranes, is synthesized primarily by the putative cardiolipin synthase ClsA in Shigella flexneri An S. flexneri clsA mutant had no cardiolipin detected within its membrane, grew normally in vitro, and invaded cultured epithelial cells, but it failed to form plaques in epithelial cell monolayers, indicating that cardiolipin is required for virulence. The clsA mutant was initially motile within the host cell cytoplasm but formed filaments and lost motility during replication and failed to spread efficiently to neighboring cells...
August 29, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843656/disease-outcomes-in-a-cohort-of-women-infected-by-hepatitis-c-contaminated-anti-d-immunoglobulin-during-1970s
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Patricia Garvey, Niamh Murphy, Paula Flanagan, Aline Brennan, Garry Courtney, Orla Crosbie, John Crowe, John Hegarty, John Lee, Margaret McIver, Carol McNulty, Frank Murray, Niamh Nolan, Cliona O'Farrelly, Stephen Stewart, Michele Tait, Suzanne Norris, Lelia Thornton
INTRODUCTION: In the mid 1990s, a group of Rh negative women was diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1b infection following administration of contaminated anti-D immunoglobulin in 1977-79. We describe their disease history and estimate the effect of selected host and treatment factors on disease progression. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study on the women infected with HCV. Information was collected from records at seven HCV treatment centres on demographics, treatment and health outcomes up to 31st December 2013...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807287/an-elisa-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-acute-canine-babesiosis-detecting-circulating-antigen-of-large-babesia-spp
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Ramon M Eichenberger, Saša Štefanić, Torsten J Naucke, Mindaugas Šarkūnas, Gintaras Zamokas, Felix Grimm, Peter Deplazes
Babesia canis is the predominant Babesia species in dogs in Europe and is responsible for a severe and fatal disease. An increase in global pet tourism and a widening of the geographic distribution of the tick vector has led to the emergence of infections in areas where previously only imported cases have been reported. Due to the potential for rapid and serious disease progression, direct parasite detection by stained blood smears and light microscopy or DNA-based methods have traditionally been used for the diagnosis of acute infections...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807000/necrotizing-streptococcal-myositis-of-the-upper-extremity-a-case-report
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Johannes C Reichert, Götz Habild, Paul Simon, Ulrich Nöth, Jan B Krümpelmann
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing myositis is a rare but life-threatening soft-tissue infection characterized by rapidly spreading inflammation and subsequent necrosis of the affected tissue. The myositis is often caused by toxin-producing, virulent bacteria such as group A β-hemolytic streptococcus and associated with severe systemic toxicity. It is rapidly fatal unless diagnosed promptly and treated aggressively. However, necrotizing myositis is often initially misdiagnosed as a more benign soft-tissue infection as such fulminant, invasive muscle infections are rare with no more than 30 cases reported over the last century...
August 15, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803736/an-aggressive-and-fatal-craniofacial-group-a-streptococcus-infection-resulting-from-a-minimally-displaced-orbital-floor-fracture
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R M Uhrich, M Sherban, C Valdez
While sharp, penetrating trauma is often associated with group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections and subsequent necrotizing fasciitis (NF) and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), there are scant reports in the oral and maxillofacial surgery literature regarding blunt, non-penetrating trauma in association with these conditions. With a clinical course that initially appears relatively benign following blunt trauma, NF can progress swiftly through the fascial planes and may quickly become life-threatening if the oral and maxillofacial surgeon fails to recognize some of the critical pathognomonic signs...
August 10, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798719/fulminant-acute-ascending-hemorrhagic-myelitis-treated-with-eculizumab
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Nang Boe Ohnmar Hsam, Klemens Angstwurm, Sebastian Peters, Kornelius Fuchs, Gerhard Schuierer, Ulrich Bogdahn, Robert Weissert
We describe an 18-year-old patient who developed back pain, rapidly ascending sensomotory deficits, bladder dysfunction, Lhermitte's sign, absent abdominal reflexes of all three levels, brisk tendon reflexes, and positive Babinski's sign. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord showed a long segment of cervical and thoracic intramedullary signal hyperintensity suggesting a longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis possibly within the course of a fast progressing ascending immune-mediated hemorrhagic myelopathy...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793877/subarachnoid-small-vein-occlusion-due-to-inflammatory-fibrosis-a-possible-mechanism-for-cerebellar-infarction-in-cryptococcal-meningoencephalitis-a-case-report
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Yoshiteru Shimoda, Satoru Ohtomo, Hiroaki Arai, Takashi Ohtoh, Teiji Tominaga
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis (CM) causes cerebral infarction, typically, lacunar infarction in the basal ganglia. However, massive cerebral infarction leading to death is rare and its pathophysiology is unclear. We report a case of CM causing massive cerebellar infarction, which led to cerebral herniation and death. CASE PRESENTATION: A 56-year-old man who suffered from dizziness and gait disturbance for one month was admitted to our hospital and subsequently diagnosed with a cerebellar infarction...
August 9, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792191/comparison-of-vacuum-assisted-closure-therapy-and-debridement-with-primer-surgical-closure-for-fournier-s-gangrene-treatment-10-years-experience-of-a-single-centre
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Mustafa Ozan Horsanali, Utku Eser, Burcu O Horsanali, Omer Altas, Huseyin Eren
OBJECTIVE: Fournier's gangrene is a type of necrotizing soft tissue infection of the perineal, genital and perianal region that has a rapidly progressive and potentially fatal course. In the present study, our goal was to compare the patients submitted to surgical debridement for Fournier Gangrene with Vacuum-asisted Closure (VAC) and without VAC therapy after debridement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 313 patients underwent surgical debridement for FG in our hospital...
August 8, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774941/transmission-of-mycobacterium-xenopi-to-a-pet-albino-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo-from-a-domestic-aquarium
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Natasha Davendralingam, Indran Davagnanam, Mark Frederick Stidworthy, Vicki Baldrey, Laureen Michele Peters, Nadene Stapleton
A three-year-old ferret presented with a three-month history of rapid clinical deterioration necessitating euthanasia shortly after initial veterinary assessment. Postmortem PCR testing confirmed Mycobacterium xenopi which is most commonly identified in amphibians, reptiles and aquatic life. Infection of a captive-bred domestic ferret is highly unusual. A collaborative effort involving medical doctors, clinical veterinarians and veterinary pathologists investigated the potential sources of human-animal, animal-animal and environmental-animal M xenopi transmission...
August 3, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770205/fatal-mycotic-aneurysm-of-the-basilar-artery-caused-by-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-a-patient-with-pituitary-adenoma-and-meningitis
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Martin Winterholler, Roland Coras, Walter Geißdörfer, Rudolf Rammensee, Philipp Gölitz, Christian Bogdan, Roland Lang
Fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS) frequently occur in immunosuppressed patients. Here, we describe the case of an immunocompetent 64-year-old man who presented with diplopia, right-sided hemiparesis, and a mild headache after cleaning and replacing nesting boxes of wild birds during the preceding months. Lumbar puncture revealed pleocytosis, elevated protein, and lactate levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Initial imaging showed ischemia in the left thalamus and an enlargement of the sellar region...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767285/listeria-monocytogenes-in-food-processing-facilities-food-contamination-and-human-listeriosis-the-brazilian-scenario
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Anderson Carlos Camargo, Joshua John Woodward, Douglas Ruben Call, Luís Augusto Nero
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that contaminates food-processing environments and persists within biofilms on equipment, utensils, floors, and drains, ultimately reaching final products by cross-contamination. This pathogen grows even under high salt conditions or refrigeration temperatures, remaining viable in various food products until the end of their shelf life. While the estimated incidence of listeriosis is lower than other enteric illnesses, infections caused by L. monocytogenes are more likely to lead to hospitalizations and fatalities...
August 2, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760295/diagnostic-challenges-of-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
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Zaher K Otrock, Naval Daver, Hagop M Kantarjian, Charles S Eby
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a syndrome characterized by excessive activation of the immune system, resulting in overproduction of inflammatory cytokines. Patients usually present with high fever, cytopenias, hyperferritinemia, and hepatosplenomegaly, and their disease process ranges from mild to fatal multiorgan failure. HLH is a heterogeneous group of disorders that can be triggered by infections, neoplasms, or autoimmune diseases. The HLH diagnosis can be difficult to confidently confirm in critically ill patients while waiting for pathology or reference laboratory results to return, delaying the diagnosis with significantly worsened outcomes...
July 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750011/leptospira-interrogans-causes-quantitative-and-morphological-disturbances-in-adherens-junctions-and-other-biological-groups-of-proteins-in-human-endothelial-cells
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Hiromi Sato, Jenifer Coburn
Pathogenic Leptospira transmits from animals to humans, causing the zoonotic life-threatening infection called leptospirosis. This infection is reported worldwide with higher risk in tropical regions. Symptoms of leptospirosis range from mild illness to severe illness such as liver damage, kidney failure, respiratory distress, meningitis, and fatal hemorrhagic disease. Invasive species of Leptospira rapidly disseminate to multiple tissues where this bacterium damages host endothelial cells, increasing vascular permeability...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748840/cardiovascular-involvement-in-severe-malaria-a-prospective-study-in-ranchi-jharkhand
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Hemant Narayan Ray, Darshit Doshi, Appu Rajan, Amit K Singh, S B Singh, M K Das
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Malaria is considered as the most important parasitic disease of humans, causing seri- ous illness that can be fatal, if not diagnosed and treated immediately. It is a multisystem disorder affecting nearly every system of the body. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the involvement of cardiovascular system in severe malaria using non-invasive methods. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted on patients of severe malaria who were admitted between June and November 2015 in the Department of Medicine, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India...
April 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743813/curative-treatment-of-severe-gram-negative-bacterial-infections-by-a-new-class-of-antibiotics-targeting-lpxc
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Nadine Lemaître, Xiaofei Liang, Javaria Najeeb, Chul-Jin Lee, Marie Titecat, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Michel Simonet, Eric J Toone, Pei Zhou, Florent Sebbane
The infectious diseases caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria pose serious threats to humankind. It has been suggested that an antibiotic targeting LpxC of the lipid A biosynthetic pathway in Gram-negative bacteria is a promising strategy for curing Gram-negative bacterial infections. However, experimental proof of this concept is lacking. Here, we describe our discovery and characterization of a biphenylacetylene-based inhibitor of LpxC, an essential enzyme in the biosynthesis of the lipid A component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria...
July 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701847/melioidosis-an-emerging-infection-with-fatal-outcomes
#20
Isabella Princess, R Ebenezer, Nagarajan Ramakrishnan, Arun Kumar Daniel, S Nandini, M A Thirunarayan
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from being nonendemic for melioidosis, India has now become endemic for the disease since 2012. Until then, melioidosis cases were being reported sporadically from India. There have been isolated case reports from few states across the country for the past few years. Most of the times, Burkholderia pseudomallei may be misreported as Pseudomonas species, especially in resource-poor laboratories. Due to its varied clinical presentation, the specific clinical diagnosis can be difficult, thereby making laboratory diagnosis mandatory...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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