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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208277/ultrasensitive-ebola-virus-detection-based-on-electroluminescent-nanospheres-and-immunomagnetic-separation
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Zhen Wu, Jiao Hu, Tao Zeng, Zhi-Ling Zhang, Jianjun Chen, Gary Wong, Xiangguo Qiu, Wenjun Liu, George F Gao, Yuhai Bi, Dai-Wen Pang
The 2014-16 Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak in West Africa has attracted widespread concern. Rapid and sensitive detection methods are urgently needed for diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Here, we propose a novel method for EBOV detection based on efficient amplification of electroluminescent nanospheres (ENs) coupled with immunomagnetic separation. Uniform ENs are made by embedding abundant amounts of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) into copolymer nanospheres through simple ultrasound. Compared to QDs, ENs can enhance electroluminescence (ECL) signals by approximately 85-fold, achieving a signal-to-background ratio high enough for EBOV detection...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207078/emerging-infectious-diseases-animals-and-future-epidemics
#2
Herbert L DuPont
Emerging and reemerging infections have become prevalent in the United States since the 1970s, causing illness, death, and fear among the public. The published literature was reviewed to offer a perspective on risk factors for disease acquisition and to allow a prediction of the next microbial assault after Ebola and Zika. Four well-integrated factors likely will contribute simultaneously: animals colonized or infected by pathogens capable of human transmission, microbes recurrently changing their virulence, a growing number of susceptible people, and climatic and environmental factors encouraging disease transmission...
February 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207062/impact-of-interventions-and-the-incidence-of-ebola-virus-disease-in-liberia-implications-for-future-epidemics
#3
Thomas D Kirsch, Heidi Moseson, Moses Massaquoi, Tolbert G Nyenswah, Rachel Goodermote, Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer, Justin Lessler, Derek A T Cumings, David H Peters
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202592/extinction-pathways-and-outbreak-vulnerability-in-a-stochastic-ebola-model
#4
Garrett T Nieddu, Lora Billings, James H Kaufman, Eric Forgoston, Simone Bianco
A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed from animals to humans. Zoonotic viruses may adapt to a human host eventually becoming endemic in humans, but before doing so punctuated outbreaks of the zoonotic virus may be observed. The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is an example of such a disease. The animal population in which the disease agent is able to reproduce in sufficient number to be able to transmit to a susceptible human host is called a reservoir. There is little work devoted to understanding stochastic population dynamics in the presence of a reservoir, specifically the phenomena of disease extinction and reintroduction...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197401/lack-of-cultural-competency-in-international-aid-responses-the-ebola-outbreak-in-liberia
#5
Hannah Grace Southall, Sarah E DeYoung, Curt Andrew Harris
A cornerstone of effective disaster management is that response should always begin and end at the local level (1). The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Liberia, West Africa, was a combination of independent efforts by many nations and organizations. Many of these independent efforts ignored or were not able to work with the local levels of emergency management in Liberia. This oversight occurred because of the Liberian's mistrust of both their government and foreign aid groups, as well as the lack of cultural competency demonstrated by the aid groups...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195145/the-nexus-between-forest-fragmentation-in-africa-and-ebola-virus-disease-outbreaks
#6
Maria Cristina Rulli, Monia Santini, David T S Hayman, Paolo D'Odorico
Tropical forests are undergoing land use change in many regions of the world, including the African continent. Human populations living close to forest margins fragmented and disturbed by deforestation may be particularly exposed to zoonotic infections because of the higher likelihood for humans to be in contact with disease reservoirs. Quantitative analysis of the nexus between deforestation and the emergence of Ebola virus disease (EVD), however, is still missing. Here we use land cover change data in conjunction with EVD outbreak records to investigate the association between recent (2004-2014) outbreaks in West and Central Africa, and patterns of land use change in the region...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193880/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-superspreading-events-in-the-2014-2015-west-africa-ebola-epidemic
#7
Max S Y Lau, Benjamin Douglas Dalziel, Sebastian Funk, Amanda McClelland, Amanda Tiffany, Steven Riley, C Jessica E Metcalf, Bryan T Grenfell
The unprecedented scale of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa (2014-2015) has prompted an explosion of efforts to understand the transmission dynamics of the virus and to analyze the performance of possible containment strategies. Models have focused primarily on the reproductive numbers of the disease that represent the average number of secondary infections produced by a random infectious individual. However, these population-level estimates may conflate important systematic variation in the number of cases generated by infected individuals, particularly found in spatially localized transmission and superspreading events...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192745/accepted-monitoring-or-endured-quarantine-ebola-contacts-perceptions-in-senegal
#8
Alice Desclaux, Dioumel Badji, Albert Gautier Ndione, Khoudia Sow
During the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, transmission chains were controlled through contact tracing, i.e., identification and follow-up of people exposed to Ebola cases. WHO recommendations for daily check-ups of physical symptoms with social distancing for 21 days were unevenly applied and sometimes interpreted as quarantine. Criticisms arose regarding the use of coercion and questioned contact tracing on ethical grounds. This article aims to analyze contact cases' perceptions and acceptance of contact monitoring at the field level...
February 7, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192056/the-psychosocial-challenges-of-caring-for-patients-with-ebola-virus-disease
#9
Matthew W Smith, Philip W Smith, Christopher J Kratochvil, Shelly Schwedhelm
Caring for highly infectious patients in biocontainment units is a new phenomenon, and little is known about the behavioral health of workers in this setting. This is a qualitative study exploring the unique experiences of workers involved in the care of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) at Nebraska Medicine during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Twenty-one in-depth interviews were conducted focused on topics of personal memories, interpersonal experiences, stress response, and patient management. Five themes were identified: (1) positive experiences were emotional while challenges were technical; (2) a significant percentage of workers encountered interpersonal stressors, with 29% of respondents having feelings of isolation, 33% having alterations in home life, and 25% experiencing at least 1 episode of discrimination; (3) physicians and nurses had stressors primarily related to patient care; (4) mental health was an important supportive service, with 45% of respondents using behavioral health counseling; and (5) working in the biocontainment unit during activation was more stressful than everyday work for 60% of respondents...
January 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192051/strengthening-health-systems-through-international-blood-product-sharing-agreements
#10
Sanjana J Ravi
Blood products are critical to the success of both routine healthcare delivery and emergency response efforts. Ensuring the safety and availability of blood products presents nations with considerable collection, screening, and distribution challenges that are often exacerbated by public health crises, particularly mass-casualty events involving traumatic injuries. However, recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika virus disease have also illustrated the importance of securing blood product supplies during ongoing infectious disease emergencies...
January 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187911/what-kaplan-meier-survival-curves-don-t-tell-us-about-cns-disease
#11
Katelyn D Miller, Glenn F Rall
Central nervous system consequences of viral infections are rare, but when they do occur, they are often serious and clinically challenging to manage. Our awareness of the perils of neuroinvasion by viruses is growing: the recently appreciated impact of Ebola and Zika virus infections on CNS integrity, decreases in vaccination coverage for potentially neurotropic viruses such as measles, and increased neurovirulence of some influenza strains collectively highlight the need for a better understanding of the viral-neural interaction...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182538/febrile-illness-in-healthcare-workers-caring-for-ebola-virus-disease-patients-in-a-high-resource-setting
#12
Douglas Fink, Ian Cropley, Michael Jacobs, Stephen Mepham
Ebola virus disease (EVD) patients treated in high-resource facilities are cared for by large numbers of healthcare staff. Monitoring these healthcare workers (HCWs) for any illness that may represent transmission of Ebola virus is important both for the individuals and to minimise the community risk. International policies for monitoring HCWs vary considerably and their effectiveness is unknown. Here we describe the United Kingdom (UK) experience of illness in HCWs who cared for three patients who acquired EVD in West Africa...
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180136/sequencing-of-ebola-virus-genomes-using-nanopore-technology
#13
Thomas Hoenen
Sequencing of virus genomes during disease outbreaks can provide valuable information for diagnostics, epidemiology, and evaluation of potential countermeasures. However, particularly in remote areas logistical and technical challenges can be significant. Nanopore sequencing provides an alternative to classical Sanger and next-generation sequencing methods, and was successfully used under outbreak conditions (Hoenen et al., 2016; Quick et al., 2016). Here we describe a protocol used for sequencing of Ebola virus under outbreak conditions using Nanopore technology, which we successfully implemented at the CDC/NIH diagnostic laboratory (de Wit et al...
November 5, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177658/the-role-of-exosomal-vp40-in-ebola-virus-disease
#14
Michelle L Pleet, Catherine DeMarino, Benjamin Lepene, M Javad Aman, Fatah Kashanchi
Ebola virus (EBOV) can cause a devastating hemorrhagic disease, leading to death in a short period of time. After infection, the resulting EBOV disease results in high levels of circulating cytokines, endothelial dysfunction, coagulopathy, and bystander lymphocyte apoptosis in humans and nonhuman primates. The VP40 matrix protein of EBOV is essential for viral assembly and budding from the host cell. Recent data have shown that VP40 exists in the extracellular environment, including in exosomes, and exosomal VP40 can impact the viability of recipient immune cells, including myeloid and T cells, through the regulation of the RNAi and endosomal sorting complexes required for transport pathways...
February 8, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167539/chemically-modified-human-serum-albumin-potently-blocks-entry-of-ebola-pseudoviruses-and-virus-like-particles
#15
Haoyang Li, Fei Yu, Shuai Xia, Yufeng Yu, Qian Wang, Ming Lv, Yan Wang, Shibo Jiang, Lu Lu
Ebola virus (EBOV), causative pathogen of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), can be transmitted via contact with EVD patients, including sexual contact with EVD survivors. At present, no licensed vaccine or therapeutic is available. In this study, we compared eight anhydride-modified proteins for their inhibitory activity against entry of the pseudovirus (PsV) carrying the envelope glycoprotein (GP) of EBOV Zaire or Sudan species. We found that 3-hydroxyphthalic anhydride-modified human serum albumin (HP-HSA) was most effective in inhibiting entry of both Zaire-PsV and Sudan-PsV, with EC50 at nanomolar level, more potent than EBOV-neutralizing antibody, MIL77-2 (4G7)...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166851/a-systematic-review-of-early-modelling-studies-of-ebola-virus-disease-in-west-africa
#16
Z S Y Wong, C M Bui, A A Chughtai, C R Macintyre
Phenomenological and mechanistic models are widely used to assist resource planning for pandemics and emerging infections. We conducted a systematic review, to compare methods and outputs of published phenomenological and mechanistic modelling studies pertaining to the 2013-2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemics in four West African countries - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. We searched Pubmed, Embase and Scopus databases for relevant English language publications up to December 2015. Of the 874 articles identified, 41 met our inclusion criteria...
February 7, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161420/comparison-of-platform-technologies-for-assaying-antibody-to-ebola-virus
#17
Dianna E Wilkinson, Mark Page, Giada Mattiuzzo, Mark Hassall, Thomas Dougall, Peter Rigsby, Lindsay Stone, Philip Minor
BACKGROUND: The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa led to the use of a variety of different platform technologies for assaying antibodies because of the difficulties of handling the live virus. The same types of method could be applied rapidly to other infections when they emerge. There is a need to compare quantitative results of different assays, which means that the assays must measure similar parameters and give comparable results. METHODS: A collaborative study was carried out to establish an International Reference Reagent through WHO...
February 1, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159068/knowledge-of-ebola-virus-disease-among-a-university-population-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Muhammad Salman, Naureen Shehzadi, Khalid Hussain, Fahad Saleem, Muhammad Tanveer Khan, Nauman Asif, Maria Yousaf, Maham Rafique, Rushda Bedar, Sonia Tariq, Usman AbuBakar, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman
This cross-sectional study aimed to evaluate the knowledge of a Pakistani university population (students and employees) regarding Ebola virus disease. A total of 2,200 individuals were approached and 1,647 were enrolled in the study. We observed that the vast majority of study participants (91.8%) had inadequate knowledge of Ebola virus disease (knowledge score ≤ 12). Our findings highlight the need to increase the knowledge of Ebola virus disease by using multidimensional approach involving awareness campaigns, print, electronic, and social media...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152326/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-gamevac-combi-a-heterologous-vsv-and-ad5-vectored-ebola-vaccine-an-open-phase-i-ii-trial-in-healthy-adults-in-russia
#19
I V Dolzhikova, O V Zubkova, A I Tukhvatulin, A S Dzharullaeva, N M Tukhvatulina, D V Shcheblyakov, M M Shmarov, E A Tokarskaya, Y V Simakova, D A Egorova, D N Scherbinin, I L Tutykhina, A A Lysenko, A V Kostarnoy, P G Gancheva, T A Ozharovskaya, B V Belugin, L V Kolobukhina, V B Pantyukhov, S I Syromyatnikova, I V Shatokhina, T V Sizikova, I G Rumyantseva, A F Andrus, N V Boyarskaya, A N Voytyuk, V F Babira, S V Volchikhina, D A Kutaev, A N Bel'skih, K V Zhdanov, S M Zakharenko, S V Borisevich, D Y Logunov, B S Naroditsky, A L Gintsburg
Ebola hemorrhagic fever, also known as Ebola virus disease or EVD, is one of the most dangerous viral diseases in humans and animals. In this open-label, dose-escalation clinical trial, we assessed the safety, side effects, and immunogenicity of a novel, heterologous prime-boost vaccine against Ebola, which was administered in 2 doses to 84 healthy adults of both sexes between 18 and 55 years. The vaccine consists of live-attenuated recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) and adenovirus serotype-5 (Ad5) expressing Ebola envelope glycoprotein...
February 2, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151955/predicting-ebola-severity-a-clinical-prioritization-score-for-ebola-virus-disease
#20
Mary-Anne Hartley, Alyssa Young, Anh-Minh Tran, Harry Henry Okoni-Williams, Mohamed Suma, Brooke Mancuso, Ahmed Al-Dikhari, Mohamed Faouzi
BACKGROUND: Despite the notoriety of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as one of the world's most deadly infections, EVD has a wide range of outcomes, where asymptomatic infection may be almost as common as fatality. With increasingly sensitive EVD diagnosis, there is a need for more accurate prognostic tools that objectively stratify clinical severity to better allocate limited resources and identify those most in need of intensive treatment. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This retrospective cohort study analyses the clinical characteristics of 158 EVD(+) patients at the GOAL-Mathaska Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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