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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329282/possible-transfusion-transmitted-babesia-divergens-like-mo-1-in-an-arkansas-patient
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Mary J Burgess, Eric R Rosenbaum, Bobbi S Pritt, Dirk T Haselow, Katie M Ferren, Bashar N Alzghoul, Juan Carlos Rico, Lynne M Sloan, Poornima Ramanan, Raghunandan Purushothaman, Robert W Bradsher
A patient with asplenia and multiple red blood cell transfusions acquired babesiosis infection with Babesia divergens-like/MO-1 and not Babesia microti, the common United States species. He had no known tick exposure. This is believed to be the first transfusion-transmitted case and the fifth documented case of Babesia divergens-like/MO-1.
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316419/comparison-between-conventional-and-molecular-methods-for-diagnosis-of-bovine-babesiosis-babesia-bovis-infection-in-tick-infested-cattle-in-upper-egypt
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Amira A T Al-Hosary
Ticks and tick-borne diseases are the main problems affecting the livestock production in Egypt. Bovine babesiosis has adverse effects on the animal health and production. A comparison of Giemsa stained blood smears, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and nested PCR (nPCR) assays for detection of Babesia bovis infection in Egyptian Baladi cattle (Bos taurus) in reference to reverse line blot was carried out. The sensitivity of PCR and nested PCR (nPCR) assays were 65 and 100 % respectively. Giemsa stained blood smears showed the lowest sensitivity (30 %)...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286145/splenic-dysfunction-from-celiac-disease-resulting-in-severe-babesiosis
#3
Sarah O'Connell, Craig Lyons, Moustafa Abdou, Rittick Patowary, Salman Aslam, Nora Kinsella, Annetta Zintl, Klaus-Peter Hunfeld, Gary P Wormser, Jeremy Gray, Concepta Merry, Hussain Alizadeh
We describe a 79-year-old Irish man who, because he had hyposplenism and splenic atrophy due to adult celiac disease, became critically ill from a severe Babesia divergens infection. Greater awareness of the possible consequences of splenic dysfunction from adult celiac disease, such as serious pneumococcal infections and babesiosis, is warranted.
February 28, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285892/origins-of-recently-emerged-foci-of-the-tick-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-central-europe-inferred-from-molecular-markers
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Agnieszka Kloch, Ewa J Mierzejewska, Grzegorz Karbowiak, Kateryna Slivinska, Mohammed Alsarraf, Anna Rodo, Maciej Kowalec, Dorota Dwużnik, Yuliya M Didyk, Anna Bajer
The ornate dog tick Dermacentor reticulatus is vector of several blood parasites, including Babesia canis, a causative agent of babesiosis. The geographical range of D. reticulatus in Europe is discontinuous with a gap separating eastern and western macroregions. New foci observed in several locations in western and central Europe were considered an expansion of the western population, including foci in western Poland. In the present paper we used molecular markers to identify the origins of these foci, and we compared their genetic polymorphism to D...
February 28, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285591/black-backed-jackals-canis-mesomelas-are-natural-hosts-of-babesia-rossi-the-virulent-causative-agent-of-canine-babesiosis-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Barend L Penzhorn, Ilse Vorster, Robert F Harrison-White, Marinda C Oosthuizen
BACKGROUND: Babesia rossi, which is transmitted by Haemaphysalis spp. and is highly virulent to domestic dogs, occurs only in sub-Saharan Africa. Since dogs are not native to the region, it has been postulated that the natural host of B. rossi is an indigenous African canid. Although various attempts at artificial infection indicated that black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) could become subclinically infected with B. rossi, data on occurrence of B. rossi in free-ranging jackals was lacking...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281774/parasites-of-domestic-and-wild-animals-in-south-africa-l-ixodid-ticks-infesting-horses-and-donkeys
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Ivan G Horak, Heloise Heyne, Ali Halajian, Shalaine Booysen, Willem J Smit
The aim of the study was to determine the species spectrum of ixodid ticks that infest horses and donkeys in South Africa and to identify those species that act as vectors of disease to domestic livestock. Ticks were collected opportunistically from 391 horses countrywide by their owners or grooms, or by veterinary students and staff at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. Ticks were also collected from 76 donkeys in Limpopo Province, 2 in Gauteng Province and 1 in North West province...
February 28, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273010/post-babesiosis-warm-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia
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Ann E Woolley, Mary W Montgomery, William J Savage, Maureen O Achebe, Kathleen Dunford, Sarah Villeda, James H Maguire, Francisco M Marty
Background Babesiosis, a tickborne zoonotic disease caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus babesia, is characterized by nonimmune hemolytic anemia that resolves with antimicrobial treatment and clearance of parasitemia. The development of warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic anemia (also known as warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia [WAHA]) in patients with babesiosis has not previously been well described. Methods After the observation of sporadic cases of WAHA that occurred after treatment of patients for babesiosis, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of all the patients with babesiosis who were cared for at our center from January 2009 through June 2016...
March 9, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264705/improved-molecular-detection-of-babesia-infections-in-animals-using-a-novel-quantitative-real-time-pcr-diagnostic-assay-targeting-mitochondrial-dna
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Barbara A Qurollo, Nikole R Archer, Megan E Schreeg, Henry S Marr, Adam J Birkenheuer, Kaitlin N Haney, Brittany S Thomas, Edward B Breitschwerdt
BACKGROUND: Babesiosis is a protozoal, tick transmitted disease found worldwide in humans, wildlife and domesticated animals. Commonly used approaches to diagnose babesiosis include microscopic examination of peripheral blood smears, detection of circulating antibodies and PCR. To screen and differentiate canine Babesia infections many PCR assays amplify the 18S rRNA gene. These sequences contain hypervariable regions flanked by highly conserved regions allowing for amplification of a broad-range of Babesia spp...
March 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217703/babesiosis-associated-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Roshni Narurkar, Aleksandra Mamorska-Dyga, Anup Agarwal, John C Nelson, Delong Liu
Thrombocytopenia is a common feature of babesiosis. The mechanism for thrombocytopenia in babesiosis remains elusive. We report a case of babesiosis with severe new onset immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). In addition to antibiotics treatment for babesiosis, ITP therapy was administered. ITP in the present case was most likely triggered by the babesia infection. The severity of ITP in this case was not proportional to the severity of parasitemia. The neoantigen triggering the autoimmune response in babesiosis requires further characterization...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212848/major-vectors-and-vector-borne-diseases-in-small-ruminants-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Kassahun Asmare, Takele Abayneh, Berhanu Sibhat, Dessie Shiferaw, Barbara Szonyi, Randi I Krontveit, Eystein Skjerve, Barbara Wieland
Vector-borne diseases are among major health constraints of small ruminant in Ethiopia. While various studies on single vector-borne diseases or presence of vectors have been conducted, no summarized evidence is available on the occurrence of these diseases and the related vectors. This systematic literature review provides a comprehensive summary on major vectors and vector-borne diseases in small ruminants in Ethiopia. Search for published and unpublished literature was conducted between 8th of January and 25th of June 2015...
February 14, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207983/a-novel-flow-cytometric-application-discriminates-among-the-effects-of-chemical-inhibitors-on-various-phases-of-babesia-divergens-intraerythrocytic-cycle
#11
Jeny R Cursino-Santos, Manpreet Singh, Petra Pham, Cheryl A Lobo
Human babesiosis is a global emerging infectious disease caused by intraerythrocytic parasites of the genus Babesia. Its biology has remained largely unexplored due to a lack of critical tools and techniques required to define the various stages and phases of the parasite's cycle in its host RBC and the interplay between host and parasite. This article presents a powerful set of tools combining stage synchronization of the parasite with a platform that encompasses both a flow cytometric evaluation of the subpopulation structure of the parasite population together with a morphological assessment of the population parasites using light microscopy of conventional Giemsa stained smears...
March 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202022/hematologic-manifestations-of-babesiosis
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REVIEW
Tamer Akel, Neville Mobarakai
BACKGROUND: Babesiosis, a zoonotic parasitic infection transmitted by the Ixodes tick, has become an emerging health problem in humans that is attracting attention worldwide. Most cases of human babesiosis are reported in the United States and Europe. The disease is caused by the protozoa of the genus Babesia, which invade human erythrocytes and lyse them causing a febrile hemolytic anemia. The infection is usually asymptomatic or self-limited in the immunocompetent host, or follows a persistent, relapsing, and/or life threatening course with multi-organ failure, mainly in the splenectomized or immunosuppressed patients...
February 15, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166832/prevalence-genetic-identity-and-vertical-transmission-of-babesia-microti-in-three-naturally-infected-species-of-vole-microtus-spp-cricetidae
#13
Katarzyna Tołkacz, Małgorzata Bednarska, Mohammed Alsarraf, Dorota Dwużnik, Maciej Grzybek, Renata Welc-Falęciak, Jerzy M Behnke, Anna Bajer
BACKGROUND: Vertical transmission is one of the transmission routes for Babesia microti, the causative agent of the zoonotic disease, babesiosis. Congenital Babesia invasions have been recorded in laboratory mice, dogs and humans. The aim of our study was to determine if vertical transmission of B. microti occurs in naturally-infected reservoir hosts of the genus Microtus. METHODS: We sampled 124 common voles, Microtus arvalis; 76 root voles, M. oeconomus and 17 field voles, M...
February 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096607/diagnosis-and-management-of-bovine-babesiosis-outbreaks-in-cattle-in-punjab-state
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Mandeep Singh Bal, Vishal Mahajan, Gursimran Filia, Paramjit Kaur, Amarjit Singh
AIM: The aim of the present study was to diagnose severe outbreaks of bovine babesiosis in Punjab state, in the year 2015 and to suggest control and preventive measures to animal owners. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mortality of animals was recorded in two cattle herd comprising a total of 465 cattle in Sangrur (n=125) and Faridkot (n=340) districts. There was a history of purchase of animals at one farm. 23 blood samples were collected from diseased (n=15) and healthy animals (n=8) for hematological analysis, parasitological, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based diagnosis...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092881/unexpected-babesiosis-in-a-patient-with-worsening-anemia-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#15
Najeebah A Bade, Jean A Yared
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088177/a-novel-quantitative-pcr-detects-babesia-infection-in-patients-not-identified-by-currently-available-non-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests
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Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Rasel Khan, Laura Alter, Albert D Rojtman, Kristine Gedroic, Purnima Bhanot, Nikhat Parveen
BACKGROUND: Ticks transmit Babesia microti, the causative agents of babesiosis in North America and Europe. Babesiosis is now endemic in Northeastern USA and affects people of all ages. Babesia species infect erythrocytes and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Whole blood and blood products, which are not tested for Babesia, can cause transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) resulting in severe consequences in the immuno-compromised patients. The purpose of this study was epidemiological evaluation of babesiosis in a tick-infested state...
January 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074976/utility-of-urinary-markers-in-the-assessment-of-renal-dysfunction-in-canine-babesiosis
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Dagmara Winiarczyk, Łukasz Adaszek, Michał Bartnicki, Beata Abramowicz, Paweł Łyp, Jacek Madany, Stanisław Winiarczyk
OBJECTIVE: Canine babesiosis is a common and clinically significant tick-borne disease caused by haemoprotozoan parasites of the genus Babesia. Acute renal failure is considered to be one of the most prevalent complications of canine babesiosis. This complication leads to a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate and in consequence causes azotemia and uremia. The objective of this study was to assess the localization and extent of renal damage in dogs infected with Babesia canis using an urinary marker for glomerular (urinary immunoglobulin G, uIgG), proximal tubular dysfunction (urinary retinol binding protein, uRBP) and distal tubular dysfunction (urinary Tamm-Horsfal protein, uTHP)...
January 11, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055573/guidelines-for-the-detection-of-babesia-and-theileria-parasites
#18
Laetitia Lempereur, Relja Beck, Isabel Fonseca, Cátia Marques, Ana Duarte, Marcos Santos, Sara Zúquete, Jacinto Gomes, Gernot Walder, Ana Domingos, Sandra Antunes, Gad Baneth, Cornelia Silaghi, Patricia Holman, Annetta Zintl
The genera Babesia and Theileria (phylum Apicomplexa, order Piroplasmida) are mainly transmitted by Ixodid ticks in which the sexual part of their life cycle followed by sporogony takes place. They include protozoan parasites that infect erythrocytes of a variety of vertebrate hosts, including domestic and wild animals, with some Babesia spp. also infecting humans. Babesia sporozoites transmitted in the tick's saliva during the bloodmeal directly infect erythrocytes, where they asexually multiply to produce pear-shaped merozoites in the process of merogony; whereas a pre-erythrocytic schizogonic life stage in leukocytes is found in Theileria and precedes merogony in the erythrocytes...
January 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054180/status-of-babesiosis-among-domestic-herbivores-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mousa Motavalli Haghi, Fariborz Etemadifar, Mahdi Fakhar, Saeed Hosseini Teshnizi, Masoud Soosaraei, Azar Shokri, Atta Hajihasani, Hamed Mashhadi
Babesiosis is a protozoal disease caused by Babesia spp. in mammals and humans worldwide. It is one of the most important tick-borne diseases, which affects livestock productions, reproductions, and accordingly failing economy. In this, systematic review and meta-analysis, study, the prevalence of babesiosis among domestic herbivores in Iran, between 1998 and 2015, was methodically reviewed. Nine databases including five English and four Persian databases were explored. A total of 49 articles, as regards the examination of 13,547 sheep, 1920 goats, 7167 cattle, and 940 horses, corresponding to prevalence of babesiosis from different regions of Iran were gathered for our qualifying criteria...
January 4, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034594/awareness-of-tick-borne-disease-and-compliance-with-using-tick-preventive-products-of-dog-owners-in-hong-kong
#20
Maureen V Boost, Choi-Yin Tung, Claudia Hoi-Ki Ip, July Fung-Oi Man, Toni Wing-Tung Hui, Candy Fung-Yee Leung, Maggie Yuen-Wa Mak, Queeny Yuen, Margaret M O'Donoghue
Tick-borne disease in dogs is common in South-east Asia and includes babesiosis and ehrlichiosis. These diseases can be largely prevented by compliant use of tick preventive products. This study investigated knowledge of ticks and tick-borne disease and use of tick preventive agents by a large sample of dog owners in Hong Kong. A total of 492 valid questionnaires were completed by owners attending veterinary practices, approached by researchers at common dog-walking areas, or targeted via local social media sites for pet owners...
December 21, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
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