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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514953/emergence-of-babesia-canis-in-southern-england
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Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Luis M Hernández-Triana, L Paul Phipps, Kayleigh Hansford, E Sian Mitchell, Ben Cull, Clive S Swainsbury, Anthony R Fooks, Jolyon M Medlock, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom is considered free of autochthonous transmission of canine babesiosis although cases are reported in dogs associated with recent travel abroad. During the winter months of 2015/16, a cluster of cases of disease in dogs with signs suggestive of canine babesiosis were reported in Harlow, Essex. METHODS: Babesia species were detected in dog blood samples by Giemsa staining of blood smears and by pan-piroplasm PCRs. Babesia species were also detected in extracts of tick DNA using pan-piroplasm PCRs...
May 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453188/description-of-15-dna-positive-and-antibody-negative-window-period-blood-donations-identified-during-prospective-screening-for-babesia-microti
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Erin D Moritz, Mary Ellen Hewins, Victor P Berardi, Roger Y Dodd, Susan L Stramer
BACKGROUND: Blood donation screening detecting only antibodies fails to identify donors in the earliest stage of infection, before a detectable immunologic response, that is, the "window period" (WP). We present data on WP donations identified during prospective screening for Babesia microti, a transfusion-transmissible parasite of increasing concern in the United States. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Blood donations collected in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were screened using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and arrayed fluorescence immunoassay (AFIA) to detect B...
April 28, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443086/complete-molecular-and-immunoprotective-characterization-of-babesia-microti-enolase
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Xiangye Liu, Chen Zheng, Xiaoge Gao, Jiaxu Chen, Kuiyang Zheng
The apicomplexan Babesia microti is the primary causative agent of human babesiosis, one of the most broadly distributed tick-borne diseases worldwide. B. microti undergoes a complex lifecycle within both the mammalian host and the tick vector, and employs several different specific molecular mechanisms to enter host cells. Enolase, the key glycolytic enzyme in intracellular glucose metabolism, can also be expressed on the parasite's outer surface, binds to human plasminogen, and coordinates apicomplexan parasite invasion of host cells, however, it lacks sorting sequences or lipoprotein anchor sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438201/relation-of-antioxidant-status-at-admission-and-disease-severity-and-outcome-in-dogs-naturally-infected-with-babesia-canis-canis
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Martina Crnogaj, José Joaquin Cerón, Iva Šmit, Ivana Kiš, Jelena Gotić, Mirna Brkljačić, Vesna Matijatko, Camila Peres Rubio, Nada Kučer, Vladimir Mrljak
BACKGROUND: Canine babesiosis is caused by species of the Babesia genus and has become an emerging disease worldwide. To the authors' knowledge there are no reports in which antioxidants have been analyzed in different presentations of canine babesiosis or in which the prognostic value of antioxidants has been studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether oxidative stress could be related to the severity and outcome of canine babesiosis. For this purpose a profile consisting of four antioxidant biomarkers (superoxide dismutase - SOD, glutathione peroxidase - GPx, catalase, total antioxidant status - TAS) and malondialdehyde - MDA as an oxidant biomarker (previously evaluated, here studied for comparative purposes) were evaluated in dogs with canine babesiosis of different clinical severity and outcomes...
April 24, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
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
#5
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/28427963/molecular-investigation-of-piroplasma-infection-in-white-yaks-bos-grunniens-in-gansu-province-china
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Sitong Li, Junlong Liu, Aihong Liu, Youquan Li, Shuqing Wang, Shufang Wang, Hong Yin, Jianxun Luo, Guiquan Guan
Piroplasmosis, including theileriosis and babesiosis, is a tick-borne haemoprotozoan disease responsible for huge economic losses to livestock industry. In China, the biology of piroplasms infective to cattle was well understood on the basis of pathogen isolations and molecular epidemiological surveys in the past few decades. But very limited information about the infection status of piroplasms in white yak (Bos grunniens), a semi-wild and endemic breed, has been recorded, so far. A total of 350 blood samples was collected from white yaks in 11 towns of Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County of Gansu province, China, during April to July 2015...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419493/distribution-of-the-tick-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-the-united-kingdom
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J M Medlock, K M Hansford, A G C Vaux, B Cull, S Abdullah, M E Pietzsch, R Wall, N Johnson, L P Phipps
The recent implication of Dermacentor reticulatus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) in the transmission of canine babesiosis in the U.K. has highlighted the lack of accurate published data on its distribution in this country. This paper aims to collate and appraise historical data for D. reticulatus, to supplement such data with more recent surveillance data and to report on field sampling conducted during 2009-2016. These updated data facilitate better understanding of the current distribution of this tick in the U.K., which will better inform disease risk assessments...
April 17, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416183/inhibition-of-the-in-vitro-growth-of-babesia-bigemina-babesia-caballi-and-theileria-equi-parasites-by-trifluralin-analogues
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Marta G Silva, Donald P Knowles, Sandra Antunes, Ana Domingos, Maria A Esteves, Carlos E Suarez
Bovine and equine babesiosis caused by Babesia bovis, Babesia bigemina and Babesia caballi, along with equine theileriosis caused by Theileria equi are global tick-borne hemoprotozoan diseases characterized by fever, anemia, weight losses and abortions. A common feature of these diseases are transition from acute to chronic phases, in which parasites may persist in the hosts for life. Antiprotozoal drugs are important for managing infection and disease. Previous research demonstrated that trifluralin analogues, designated (TFLAs) 1-15, which specifically bind to regions of alpha-tubulin protein in plants and protozoan parasites, have the ability to inhibit the in vitro growth of B...
April 10, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413078/evaluation-of-immunochromatographic-test-ict-strips-for-the-serological-detection-of-babesia-bovis-and-babesia-bigemina-infection-in-cattle-from-western-java-indonesia
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Azirwan Guswanto, Puttik Allamanda, Euis Siti Mariamah, Tserendorf Munkjargal, Bumduuren Tuvshintulga, Hitoshi Takemae, Thillaiampalam Sivakumar, Mahmoud AbouLaila, Mohamad Alaa Terkawi, Madoka Ichikawa-Seki, Yoshifumi Nishikawa, Naoaki Yokoyama, Ikuo Igarashi
Three types of immunochromatographic test (ICT) strips were prepared for the detection of an antibody response against spherical body protein 4 (SBP-4) of Babesia bovis (bovICT), C-terminal-truncated rhoptry-associated protein 1 (rRAP1/CT17) of B. bigemina (bigICT), and the combination of both proteins (dual-ICT). The evaluation of their performance was conducted using a confirmed positive and negative serum panel for B. bovis and B. bigemina. Together with ELISA, the ICT strips were applied to determine the seroprevalence of bovine babesiosis in Western Java, Indonesia...
April 10, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405337/autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-associated-with-babesiosis
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Roshni Narurkar, Aleksandra Mamorska-Dyga, John C Nelson, Delong Liu
BACKGROUND: Babesiosis is endemic in selected areas in North America. Babesia infection is commonly associated with anemia, thrombocytopenia, hyponatremia and elevated liver enzymes. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is known to be caused by parasitic and viral infections but has not been well characterized. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe two cases diagnosed with babesiosis triggering severe AIHA. One case had history of splenectomy, and the other was an elderly patient...
2017: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399851/babesiosis-in-long-island-review-of-62-cases-focusing-on-treatment-with-azithromycin-and-atovaquone
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Ekaterina A Kletsova, Eric D Spitzer, Bettina C Fries, Luis A Marcos
BACKGROUND: Babesiosis is a potentially life-threatening, tick-borne infection endemic in New York. The purpose of this study was to review recent trends in babesiosis management and outcomes focusing on patients, who were treated with combination of azithromycin and atovaquone. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients seen at Stony Brook University Hospital between 2008 and 2014 with peripheral blood smears positive for Babesia was performed. Clinical and epidemiological information was recorded and analyzed...
April 11, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396138/incidence-of-human-babesiosis-in-spain-obtained-from-the-diagnoses-at-hospital-discharge
#12
Antonio Guerrero Espejo, Claudia Muñoz Parada, Sofía Tomás Dols
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376903/the-prevalence-and-impact-of-babesia-canis-and-theileria-sp-in-free-ranging-grey-wolf-canis-lupus-populations-in-croatia
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Ana Beck, Doroteja Huber, Adam Polkinghorne, Andrea Gudan Kurilj, Valerija Benko, Vladimir Mrljak, Slaven Reljić, Josip Kusak, Irena Reil, Relja Beck
BACKGROUND: Babesia spp. and Theileria spp. are important emerging causes of disease in dogs. Alongside these domesticated hosts, there is increasing recognition that these piroplasms can also be found in a range of wild animals with isolated reports describing the presence of these pathogen in foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and captive grey wolves (Canis lupus). The prevalence and impact of these infections in free-ranging populations of canids are unknown. To gain a better insight into the epidemiology and pathogenesis of piroplasm infections in free-ranging grey wolves, pathological and molecular investigations into captive and free-ranging grey wolves in Croatia were performed...
April 4, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363279/blood-markers-of-fibrinolysis-and-endothelial-activation-in-canine-babesiosis
#14
Josipa Kuleš, Jelena Gotić, Vladimir Mrljak, Renata Barić Rafaj
BACKGROUND: Canine babesiosis is a tick-borne disease caused by hemoprotozoan parasites of the genus Babesia. The disease can be clinically classified into uncomplicated and complicated forms. The aim of this study was to assess the level of endothelial activation and alterations in the fibrinolytic pathway during canine babesiosis. RESULTS: Blood samples were collected on the day of admission and on the 6th day after treatment with imidocarb propionate, from 30 dogs of various breeds and of both sexes with naturally occurring babesiosis caused by B...
March 31, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361802/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-and-theileria-species-in-ticks-collected-in-the-outskirt-of-monte-romano-lazio-region-central-italy
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Luciano Toma, Marco Di Luca, Fabiola Mancini, Francesco Severini, Carmela Mariano, Giancarlo Nicolai, Valentina Laghezza Masci, Alessandra Ciervo, Anna Maria Fausto, Simone Mario Cacciò
BACKGROUND: In 2012-2013, an investigation was carried out in the Viterbo province, Lazio region, on ticks and tick-borne Apicomplexan protozoa of the Babesia and Theileria genera. This followed the reporting of high density of ticks by soldiers operating in a military shooting range, and the signaling by owners and local veterinary authorities of several cases of babesiosis among cattle. METHODS: A total of 422 ticks were collected from 35 heads, whereas 96 ticks were collected by dragging...
January 2017: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352260/a-molecular-survey-of-babesia-species-and-detection-of-a-new-babesia-species-by-dna-related-to-b-venatorum-from-white-yaks-in-tianzhu-china
#16
Junlong Liu, Guiquan Guan, Youquan Li, Aihong Liu, Jianxun Luo, Hong Yin
Bovine babesiosis is a tick-transmitted disease caused by different species of Babesia. The white yak is a unique yak breed that lives only in Tianzhu in the Tibetan Autonomous County, Gansu Province, in northwestern China. Previous research using the ELISA method has confirmed that the white yak could become infected with B. bigemina. The objective of this study was the molecular detection and identification of Babesia species in white yaks. A total of 409 white yak blood samples were collected from 11 areas of the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County in Northwest China from April to August, 2015...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347760/acute-atraumatic-splenic-hemorrhage-babesiosis-or-acute-infectious-mononucleosis
#17
Nitipong Permpalung, Liza Valdivia, Pratibha Seshadri, Christopher Rowley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347209/stability-of-glomerular-and-tubular-renal-injury-biomarkers-in-canine-urine-after-4-years-of-storage
#18
Pieter Defauw, Evelyne Meyer, Luc Duchateau, Johan P Schoeman, Isabel Van de Maele, Sylvie Daminet
Urine biomarkers are sensitive indicators of early-stage renal injury, consequently, research in this area is expanding in both human and veterinary medicine. However, studies investigating the impact of preanalytical factors, such as storage conditions, on urine biomarker concentrations are largely lacking in veterinary medicine. Therefore, we evaluated the stability of several renal injury biomarkers in canine urine after storage for 4 y at -72°C. Urine samples were collected from 26 dogs: 18 dogs with babesiosis and 8 healthy dogs...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335800/a-new-method-for-in-vitro-feeding-of-rhipicephalus-australis-formerly-rhipicephalus-microplus-larvae-a-valuable-tool-for-tick-vaccine-development
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Jos J A Trentelman, Jos A G M Kleuskens, Jos van de Crommert, Theo P M Schetters
BACKGROUND: Rhipicephalus microplus is a hard tick that has a major impact on cattle health in tropical and subtropical regions because it feeds on cattle and is implicated in the transmission of pathogens that cause diseases such as bovine anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Presently, acaricides are used to control tick infestation but this is becoming increasingly less effective due to the emergence of tick strains that are resistant to one or more classes of acaricides. Anti-tick vaccines are a promising alternative to control tick infestation in cattle...
March 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329282/possible-transfusion-transmitted-babesia-divergens-like-mo-1-infection-in-an-arkansas-patient
#20
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 organisms 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 B. divergens-like/MO-1 infection.
June 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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