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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440258/neuroretinitis-as-presenting-and-the-only-presentation-of-lyme-disease-diagnosis-and-management
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Brahm Prakash Guliani, Sandeep Kumar, Neha Chawla, Anuj Mehta
We present a case of neuroretinitis as presenting and the only presentation of Lyme disease in a 25-year-old female who visited hilly areas in the Himalayas of North India. She presented with right eye sudden and painless blurring of vision. Her vision at presentation was 20/60. She had fundus examination; fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging showed classical features of neuroretinitis. No other organ was involved. Oral steroids were prescribed and relevant investigations sent for noninfective and infective causes...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438910/lyme-disease-ecology-in-a-changing-world-consensus-uncertainty-and-critical-gaps-for-improving-control
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A Marm Kilpatrick, Andrew D M Dobson, Taal Levi, Daniel J Salkeld, Andrea Swei, Howard S Ginsberg, Anne Kjemtrup, Kerry A Padgett, Per M Jensen, Durland Fish, Nick H Ogden, Maria A Diuk-Wasser
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in temperate regions of North America, Europe and Asia, and the number of reported cases has increased in many regions as landscapes have been altered. Although there has been extensive work on the ecology and epidemiology of this disease in both Europe and North America, substantial uncertainty exists about fundamental aspects that determine spatial and temporal variation in both disease risk and human incidence, which hamper effective and efficient prevention and control...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435891/detection-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-babesia-microti-borrelia-burgdorferi-borrelia-miyamotoi-and-powassan-virus-in-ticks-by-a-multiplex-real-time-reverse-transcription-pcr-assay
#3
Rafal Tokarz, Teresa Tagliafierro, D Moses Cucura, Ilia Rochlin, Stephen Sameroff, W Ian Lipkin
Ixodes scapularis ticks are implicated in transmission of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesia microti, and Powassan virus. We describe the establishment and implementation of the first multiplex real-time PCR assay with the capability to simultaneously detect and differentiate all five pathogens in a single reaction. The application of this assay for analysis of ticks at sites in New York and Connecticut revealed a high prevalence of B. microti in ticks from Suffolk County, NY...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431520/infectious-agents-is-a-risk-factor-for-myxomatous-mitral-valve-degeneration-a-case-control-study
#4
Marcos Gradim Tiveron, Pablo Maria Alberto Pomerantzeff, Maria de Lourdes Higuchi, Marcia Martins Reis, Jaqueline de Jesus Pereira, Joyce Tieko Kawakami, Renata Nishiyama Ikegami, Carlos Manuel de Almeida Brandao, Fabio Biscegli Jatene
BACKGROUND: The etiology of myxomatous mitral valve degeneration (MVD) is not fully understood and may depend on time or environmental factors for which the interaction of infectious agents has not been documented. The purpose of the study is to analyze the effect of Mycoplasma pneumoniae (Mp), Chlamydophila pneumoniae (Cp) and Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) on myxomatous mitral valve degeneration pathogenesis and establish whether increased in inflammation and collagen degradation in myxomatous mitral valve degeneration etiopathogenesis...
April 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416425/-bilateral-facial-nerve-palsy-associated-with-epstein-barr-virus-infection-in-a-3-year-old-boy
#5
M Grassin, A Rolland, N Leboucq, A Roubertie, F Rivier, P Meyer
Bilateral facial nerve palsy is a rare and sometimes difficult diagnosis. We describe a case of bilateral simultaneous facial nerve palsy associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in a 3-year-old boy. Several symptoms led to the diagnosis of EBV infection: the clinical situation (fever, stomachache, and throat infection), white blood cell count (5300/mm(3) with 70% lymphocyte count), seroconversion with EBV-specific antibodies, lymphocytic meningitis, and a positive blood EBV polymerase chain reaction (9...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412525/liver-microbiome-of-peromyscus-leucopus-a-key-reservoir-host-species-for-emerging-infectious-diseases-in-north-america
#6
A André, A Mouton, V Millien, J Michaux
Microbiome studies generally focus on the gut microbiome, which is composed of a large proportion of commensal bacteria. Here we propose a first analysis of the liver microbiome using next generation sequencing as a tool to detect potentially pathogenic strains. We used Peromyscus leucopus, the main reservoir host species of Lyme disease in eastern North America, as a model and sequenced V5-V6 regions of the 16S gene from 18 populations in southern Quebec (Canada). The Lactobacillus genus was found to dominate the liver microbiome...
April 13, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410950/detection-of-anaplasma-spp-and-ehrlichia-spp-anibodies-and-dirofilaria-immitis-antigens-in-dogs-from-seven-locations-of-morocco
#7
Sarah Elhamiani Khatat, Khalid Khallaayoune, Nabil Errafyk, Frans Van Gool, Luc Duchateau, Sylvie Daminet, Malika Kachani, Hamid El Amri, Rahma Azrib, Hamid Sahibi
In Morocco no data has been published on canine exposure to Anaplasma spp., Borrrelia burgdorferi, and Ehrlichia spp., and only one report is available on the occurrence of Dirofilaria immitis in dogs. Therefore, the aim of this study was to collect current data on the canine exposure to these vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) in Morocco. A total of 217 urban (n=57), rural (n=110) and military (n=50) dogs from seven Moroccan locations were screened for Anaplasma spp., B. burgdorferi and Ehrlichia spp. antibodies and for D...
April 4, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405553/lyme-disease-a-case-report-with-typical-and-atypical-lesions
#8
Anuj Sharma, Sandesh Guleria, Reena Sharma, Anita Sharma
Lyme disease is a multisystem infectious disease caused by the spirochete "Borrelia burgdorferi," which is transmitted by "Ixodes" tick, with skin being the most common and earliest organ to be affected. Diagnosis of erythema chronicum migrans (ECM), which is the characteristic lesion of early disease, may help in early treatment and prevention of complications. Here, we are reporting a case of Lyme disease in a 10-year-old young boy from a non-endemic zone of Himachal Pradesh, who presented with typical as well as atypical ECM lesions...
March 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399208/acquisition-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-infection-by-larval-ixodes-scapularis-acari-ixodidae-associated-with-engorgement-measures
#9
J Couret, M C Dyer, T N Mather, S Han, J I Tsao, R A Lebrun, H S Ginsberg
Measuring rates of acquisition of the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato Johnson, Schmid, Hyde, Steigerwalt & Brenner, by the larval stage of Ixodes scapularis Say is a useful tool for xenodiagnoses of B. burgdorferi in vertebrate hosts. In the nymphal and adult stages of I. scapularis, the duration of attachment to hosts has been shown to predict both body engorgement during blood feeding and the timing of infection with B. burgdorferi. However, these relationships have not been established for the larval stage of I...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396771/plasmodium-spp-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-co-infection-associated-with-antiphospholipid-syndrome-in-a-returned-traveler-a-case-report
#10
Nélia Neves, André Silva-Pinto, Helena Rocha, Susana Silva, Edite Pereira, Antonio Sarmento, Lurdes Santos
The differential diagnosis of fever in a returned traveler is wide and challenging. We present a case of a patient working in Africa, who returned with fever, constitutional symptoms, headache, and blurred vision. An initial diagnosis of malaria was made, and additional workup revealed Borrelia burgdorferi co-infection and antiphospholipid syndrome.
April 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396443/plasma-fibronectin-stabilizes-borrelia-burgdorferi-endothelial-interactions-under-vascular-shear-stress-by-a-catch-bond-mechanism
#11
Alexandra F Niddam, Rhodaba Ebady, Anil Bansal, Anne Koehler, Boris Hinz, Tara J Moriarty
Bacterial dissemination via the cardiovascular system is the most common cause of infection mortality. A key step in dissemination is bacterial interaction with endothelia lining blood vessels, which is physically challenging because of the shear stress generated by blood flow. Association of host cells such as leukocytes and platelets with endothelia under vascular shear stress requires mechanically specialized interaction mechanisms, including force-strengthened catch bonds. However, the biomechanical mechanisms supporting vascular interactions of most bacterial pathogens are undefined...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392653/morgellons-disease
#12
Jungyoon Ohn, Seon Yong Park, Jungyoon Moon, Yun Seon Choe, Kyu Han Kim
Morgellons disease is a rare disease with unknown etiology. Herein, we report the first case of Morgellons disease in Korea. A 30-year-old woman presented with a 2-month history of pruritic erythematous patches and erosions on the arms, hands, and chin. She insisted that she had fiber-like materials under her skin, which she had observed through a magnifying device. We performed skin biopsy, and observed a fiber extruding from the dermal side of the specimen. Histopathological examination showed only mild lymphocytic infiltration, and failed to reveal evidence of any microorganism...
April 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389958/in-situ-structural-analysis-of-the-spirochetal-flagellar-motor-by-cryo-electron-tomography
#13
Shiwei Zhu, Zhuan Qin, Juyu Wang, Dustin R Morado, Jun Liu
The bacterial flagellar motor is a large multi-component molecular machine. Structural determination of such a large complex is often challenging and requires extensive structural analysis in situ. Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) has emerged as a powerful technique that enables us to visualize intact flagellar motors in cells with unprecedented details. Here, we detail the procedure beginning with sample preparation, followed by data acquisition, tomographic reconstruction, sub-tomogram analysis, and ultimately visualization of the intact spirochetal flagellar motor in Borrelia burgdorferi...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383628/interferon-%C3%AE-induced-protein-10-in-lyme-disease
#14
P Fallahi, G Elia, A Bonatti
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type, that affects about 300,000 people a year in the USA and 65,000 people a year in Europe. Borrelia infection, and Lyme disease, following occupational exposure has been frequently reported in USA, Europe and Asia. The manifestations of Lyme disease include erythema migrans (EM), arthritis, neuroborrelliosis (NB), and others. Cytokines and chemokines primarily orchestrate leukocyte recruitment to the areas of Borrelia infection, and they are critical mediators of immune and inflammatory responses, in particular of the induction of interferon (IFN)-γ and IFN-γ dependent chemokines...
March 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378988/serological-evidence-of-exposure-to-zoonotic-tick-borne-bacteria-in-pheasants-phasianus-colchicus
#15
Valentina Virginia Ebani, Fabrizio Bertelloni, Paolo Mani
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Previous studies on tick-borne pathogens in the avian population have focused mainly on the detection of the agents in ticks collected from birds, but data about the presence of tick-borne bacteria in these animals are scant. The aim of the presented study was to verify the exposure to some zoonotic tick-borne bacteria, in particular, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Coxiella burnetii, and the Rickettsia species of the Spotted Fever Group (SFG), in pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) living in a central Italy area, characterized by conditions favourable for the diffusion of the ticks...
March 22, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378977/prevalence-of-infections-and-co-infections-with-6-pathogens-in-dermacentor-reticulatus-ticks-collected-in-eastern-poland
#16
Violetta Zając, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla, Anna Sawczyn, Ewa Cisak, Jacek Sroka, Anna Kloc, Zbigniew Zając, Alicja Buczek, Jacek Dutkiewicz, Katarzyna Bartosik
Occurrence of co-infections with various pathogens in ixodid ticks creates a risk of increased severity of tick-borne diseases in humans and animals exposed to bite of the ticks carrying multiple pathogens. Accordingly, co-infections in ticks were subject of numerous analyses, but almost exclusively with regard to Ixodes ricinus complex whereas potential tick vectors belonging to other genera were much less studied. Taking into consideration the role of Dermacentor reticulatus in the transmission of various pathogens, we carried out for the first time the comprehensive statistical analysis of co-infections occurring in this tick species...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378969/estimation-of-cognitive-and-affective-disorders-occurrence-in-patients-with-lyme-borreliosis
#17
Barbara Oczko-Grzesik, Lucjan Kępa, Monika Puszcz-Matlińska, Robert Pudło, Anna Żurek, Teresa Badura-Głąbik
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Lyme borreliosis (LB) is a disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The most common symptoms are related to the skin, musculo-scelatal system, central and peripheral nervous system, rarely to the heart muscle and the eye, and may occur in the multistage course of the disease. LB may additionally be accompanied by psychopathological symptoms. The aim of the study is estimation of the cognitive and affective disorders occurence in patients with LB...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359751/the-influence-of-abiotic-and-biotic-factors-on-the-invasion-of-ixodes-scapularis-in-ontario-canada
#18
Katie M Clow, Nicholas H Ogden, L Robbin Lindsay, Pascal Michel, David L Pearl, Claire M Jardine
In northeastern North America, the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, is the vector of numerous tick-borne pathogens, including the agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto. Since 1990, there has been a rapid spread of I. scapularis northward into the province of Ontario, Canada. Climate change has been implicated as one of the driving factors for the spread of this vector. Other ecological factors also influence survival of I. scapularis populations and may facilitate invasion. The objective of this study was to identify local abiotic and biotic factors of significance for the invasion of I...
March 21, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331833/survey-of-spatial-distribution-of-vector-borne-disease-in-neighborhood-dogs-in-southern-brazil
#19
Caroline Constantino, Edson Ferraz Evaristo de Paula, Ana Pérola Drulla Brandão, Fernando Ferreira, Rafael Felipe da Costa Vieira, Alexander Welker Biondo
Neighborhood dogs may act as reservoirs and disseminators of vector-borne diseases in urban areas. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to ascertain the health status and the vector-borne pathogens infecting dogs living in public areas with high levels of human movement in the city of Curitiba, southern Brazil. Blood samples from 21 neighborhood dogs that were found in nine of 22 bus stations and two public parks were subjected to a complete blood cell (CBC) count, serum biochemical profiling, a commercial rapid ELISA test and a commercial real-time PCR panel of vector-borne diseases...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327498/activity-of-sulfa-drugs-and-their-combinations-against-stationary-phase-b-burgdorferi-in-vitro
#20
Jie Feng, Shuo Zhang, Wanliang Shi, Ying Zhang
Lyme disease is a most common vector-borne disease in the US. Although the majority of Lyme patients can be cured with the standard two- to four-week antibiotic treatment, at least 10%-20% of patients continue to suffer from prolonged post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). While the cause for this is unclear, one possibility is that persisting organisms are not killed by current Lyme antibiotics. In our previous studies, we screened an FDA drug library and an NCI compound library on B. burgdorferi and found some drug hits including sulfa drugs as having good activity against B...
March 22, 2017: Antibiotics
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