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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230525/inference-and-forecast-of-h7n9-influenza-in-china-2013-to-2015
#1
Ruiyun Li, Yuqi Bai, Alex Heaney, Sasikiran Kandula, Jun Cai, Xuyi Zhao, Bing Xu, Jeffrey Shaman
The recent emergence of A(H7N9) avian influenza poses a significant challenge to public health in China and around the world; however, understanding of the transmission dynamics and progression of influenza A(H7N9) infection in domestic poultry, as well as spillover transmission to humans, remains limited. Here, we develop a mathematical model-Bayesian inference system which combines a simple epidemic model and data assimilation method, and use it in conjunction with data on observed human influenza A(H7N9) cases from 19 February 2013 to 19 September 2015 to estimate key epidemiological parameters and to forecast infection in both poultry and humans...
February 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222765/new-h6-influenza-virus-reassortment-strains-isolated-from-anser-fabalis-in-anhui-province-china
#2
Ye Ge, Hongliang Chai, Zhiqiang Fan, Xianfu Wang, Qiucheng Yao, Jian Ma, Si Chen, Yuping Hua, Guohua Deng, Hualan Chen
BACKGROUND: H6 subtype avian influenza viruses are globally distributed and, in recent years, have been isolated with increasing frequency from both domestic and wild bird species as well as infected humans. Many reports have examined the viruses in the context of poultry or several wild bird species, but there is less information regarding their presence in migratory birds. METHODS: Hemagglutination and hemagglutination inhibition tests were used to measure HA activity for different HA subtypes...
February 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222368/direct-and-label-free-influenza-virus-detection-based-on-multisite-binding-to-sialic-acid-receptors
#3
Yukichi Horiguchi, Tatsuro Goda, Akira Matsumoto, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Shoji Yamaoka, Yuji Miyahara
A system to discriminate human or avian influenza A remains a highly sought-after tool for prevention of influenza pandemics in humans. Selective binding of the influenza A viral hemagglutinin (HA) to specific sialic acid (SA) receptors (Neu5Acα(2-6)Gal in humans, Neu5Acα(2-3)Gal in birds) is determined by the genotype of the HA and neuraminidase (NA) segments, making it one of the key characteristics that distinguishes human or avian influenza A virus. Here we demonstrate the direct detection of whole H1N1 influenza A virus using 6'-sialyllactose (Neu5Acα(2-6)Galβ(1-4)Glc, 6SL)-immobilized gold electrodes as biosensing surfaces...
February 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222327/diversity-evolution-and-population-dynamics-of-avian-influenza-viruses-circulating-in-the-live-poultry-markets-in-china
#4
Liang-Jun Chen, Xian-Dan Lin, Jun-Hua Tian, Yong Liao, Xu-Hua Ying, Jian-Wei Shao, Bin Yu, Jing-Jing Guo, Miao-Ruo Wang, Ying Peng, Mang Shi, Edward C Holmes, Zhan-Qiu Yang, Yong-Zhen Zhang
Live poultry markets (LPMs) are an important source of novel avian influenza viruses (AIV). During 2015-2016 we surveyed AIV diversity in ten LPMs in Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, China. A high diversity and prevalence of AIVs (totaling 12 subtypes) was observed in LPMs in these provinces. Strikingly, however, the subtypes discovered during 2015-2016 were markedly different to those reported by us in these same localities one year previously, suggesting a dynamic shift in viral genetic diversity over the course of a single year...
February 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220658/serological-evidence-for-exposure-to-avian-influenza-viruses-within-poultry-workers-in-southern-china
#5
E de Bruin, X Zhang, C Ke, R Sikkema, M Koopmans
The risk of infection with avian influenza viruses for poultry workers is relatively unknown in China, and study results are often biased by the notification of only the severe human cases. Protein microarray was used to detect binding antibodies to 13 different haemagglutinin (HA1-part) antigens of avian influenza A(H5N1), A(H7N7), A(H7N9) and A(H9N2) viruses, in serum samples from poultry workers and healthy blood donors collected in the course of 3 years in Guangdong Province, China. Significantly higher antibody titre levels were detected in poultry workers when compared to blood donors for the most recent H5 and H9 strains tested...
February 20, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219161/-advances-on-epidemiological-research-of-human-infections-with-novel-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-virus
#6
Q M Wang, S L Liu, E F Chen
Human infections with novel avian influenza A(H7N9)virus was an emerging infectious disease discovered in March, 2013. As of June30, 2016, 770 cases of H7N9 were reported in worldwide including 315 deaths with 40.9% of high case fatality rate. Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta were the high-prevalence area. Formerly, the cases of H7N9 were concentrated on the municipalities. However, most of the case-patients were from smaller cities or rural areas nowadays. The H7N9 human infections mainly occurred in winter and spring every waves as similar as seasonal and H5N1 human infections...
February 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213653/perceived-risk-of-avian-influenza-and-urbanization-in-northern-vietnam
#7
Melissa L Finucane, Nghiem Tuyen, Sumeet Saksena, James H Spencer, Jefferson M Fox, Nguyen Lam, Trinh Dinh Thau, Tran Duc Vien, Nancy Davis Lewis
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is an important public health concern because of potential for widespread morbidity and mortality in humans and poultry and associated devastating economic losses. We examined how perceptions of the risk of HPAI in poultry vary across communes/wards in the north of Vietnam at different levels of urbanization (rural, peri-urban, urban). Analyses of questionnaire responses from 1081 poultry raisers suggested that the perceived risk of HPAI in poultry was highest in peri-urban and rural settings...
February 17, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212428/a-novel-hemagglutinin-protein-produced-in-bacteria-protects-chickens-against-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-by-inducing-h5-subtype-specific-neutralizing-antibodies
#8
Violetta Sączyńska, Agnieszka Romanik, Katarzyna Florys, Violetta Cecuda-Adamczewska, Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, Krzysztof Śmietanka, Monika Olszewska, Katarzyna Domańska-Blicharz, Zenon Minta, Bogusław Szewczyk, Grażyna Płucienniczak, Andrzej Płucienniczak
The highly pathogenic (HP) H5N1 avian influenza viruses (AIVs) cause a mortality rate of up to 100% in infected chickens and pose a permanent pandemic threat. Attempts to obtain effective vaccines against H5N1 HPAIVs have focused on hemagglutinin (HA), an immunodominant viral antigen capable of eliciting neutralizing antibodies. The vast majority of vaccine projects have been performed using eukaryotic expression systems. In contrast, we used a bacterial expression system to produce vaccine HA protein (bacterial HA) according to our own design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206909/a-highly-pathogenic-avian-derived-influenza-virus-h5n1-with-2009-pandemic-h1n1-internal-genes-demonstrates-increased-replication-and-transmission-in-pigs
#9
Eugenio J Abente, Pravina Kitikoon, Kelly M Lager, Phillip C Gauger, Tavis K Anderson, Amy L Vincent
This study investigated the pathogenicity and transmissibility of a reverse-genetics-derived highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 lineage influenza A virus that was isolated from a human, A/Iraq/755/06. We also examined surface gene reassortant viruses composed of the haemagglutinin and neuraminidase from A/Iraq/755/06 and the internal genes of a 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus, A/New York/18/2009 (2Iraq/06 : 6NY/09 H5N1), and haemagglutinin and neuraminidase from A/New York/18/2009 with the internal genes of A/Iraq/755/06 (2NY/09 : 6Iraq/06 H1N1)...
January 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202755/low-pathogenic-influenza-a-viruses-in-north-american-diving-ducks-contribute-to-the-emergence-of-a-novel-highly-pathogenic-influenza-a-h7n8-virus
#10
Yifei Xu, Andrew M Ramey, Andrew S Bowman, Thomas J DeLiberto, Mary L Killian, Scott Krauss, Jacqueline M Nolting, Mia Kim Torchetti, Andrew B Reeves, Richard J Webby, David E Stallknecht, Xiu-Feng Wan
Introductions of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses of subtypes H5 and H7 into poultry from wild birds have the potential to mutate to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), but such viruses' origins are often unclear. In January 2016, a novel H7N8 HPAI virus caused an outbreak in turkeys in Indiana, USA. To determine the virus's origin, we sequenced genomes of 441 wild bird-origin influenza A viruses (IAVs) from North America and subjected them to evolutionary analyses. Results showed that the H7N8 LPAI virus most likely circulated among diving ducks in the Mississippi flyway during autumn 2015 and was subsequently introduced to Indiana turkeys, in which it evolved high pathogenicity...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202753/mutation-of-the-2-nd-sialic-acid-binding-site-resulting-in-reduced-neuraminidase-activity-preceded-emergence-of-h7n9-influenza-a-virus
#11
Meiling Dai, Ryan McBride, Jos C F M Dortmans, Wenjie Peng, Mark J G Bakkers, Raoul J de Groot, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, James C Paulson, Erik de Vries, Cornelis A M de Haan
The emergence of novel influenza A virus (IAV) H7N9 since 2013 has caused concerns about the ability of this virus to spread between humans. Analysis of the receptor-binding properties of the H7 protein of a human isolate revealed modestly increased binding to α2,6 sialosides and reduced, but still dominant, binding to α2,3-linked sialic acids (SIAs) compared to a closely related avian H7N9 virus from 2008. Here we show that the corresponding N9 neuraminidases display equal enzymatic activity on a soluble monovalent substrate and similar substrate specificity on a glycan array...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197322/discovery-of-novel-orally-bioavailable-%C3%AE-amino-acid-azaindole-inhibitors-of-influenza-pb2
#12
Luc J Farmer, Michael P Clark, Michael J Boyd, Emanuele Perola, Steven M Jones, Alice Tsai, Marc D Jacobs, Upul K Bandarage, Mark W Ledeboer, Tiansheng Wang, Hongbo Deng, Brian Ledford, Wenxin Gu, John P Duffy, Randy S Bethiel, Dean Shannon, Randal A Byrn, Joshua R Leeman, Rene Rijnbrand, Hamilton B Bennett, Colleen O'Brien, Christine Memmott, Kwame Nti-Addae, Youssef L Bennani, Paul S Charifson
In our efforts to develop novel small-molecule inhibitors for the treatment of influenza, we utilized molecular modeling and the X-ray crystal structure of the PB2 subunit of the influenza polymerase to optimize a series of acyclic β-amino acid inhibitors, highlighted by compound 4. Compound 4 showed good oral exposure in both rat and mouse. More importantly, it showed strong potency versus multiple influenza-A strains, including pandemic 2009 H1N1 and avian H5N1 strains and showed a strong efficacy profile in a mouse influenza model even when treatment was initiated 48 h after infection...
February 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196963/genetic-predisposition-to-acquire-a-polybasic-cleavage-site-for-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin
#13
Naganori Nao, Junya Yamagishi, Hiroko Miyamoto, Manabu Igarashi, Rashid Manzoor, Aiko Ohnuma, Yoshimi Tsuda, Wakako Furuyama, Asako Shigeno, Masahiro Kajihara, Noriko Kishida, Reiko Yoshida, Ayato Takada
Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses with H5 and H7 hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes evolve from low-pathogenic precursors through the acquisition of multiple basic amino acid residues at the HA cleavage site. Although this mechanism has been observed to occur naturally only in these HA subtypes, little is known about the genetic basis for the acquisition of the polybasic HA cleavage site. Here we show that consecutive adenine residues and a stem-loop structure, which are frequently found in the viral RNA region encoding amino acids around the cleavage site of low-pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses isolated from waterfowl reservoirs, are important for nucleotide insertions into this RNA region...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196469/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-patient-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-case-report-and-short-literature-review
#14
Qi Nie, Ding-Yu Zhang, Wen-Juan Wu, Chao-Lin Huang, Zheng-Yi Ni
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is performed as an acceptable life-saving bridging procedure in patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).To patients with avian influenza A (H7N9)-associated ARDS, ECMO could be adopted as a feasible therapeutic solution. We present our successful experience with ECMO utilized in a respiratory failure patient with H7N9 infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 44 years-old female with H7N9-induced ARDS was admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) and was treated with veno-venous ECMO for six days, antiviral therapy, prolonged corticosteroid infusion and other therapies...
February 14, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195046/scientists-vigilant-over-circulating-avian-influenza-viruses
#15
Dara Mohammadi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191464/construction-of-multilevel-structure-for-avian-influenza-virus-system-based-on-granular-computing
#16
Yang Li, Qi-Hao Liang, Meng-Meng Sun, Xu-Qing Tang, Ping Zhu
Exploring the genetic structure of influenza viruses attracts the attention in the field of molecular ecology and medical genetics, whose epidemics cause morbidity and mortality worldwide. The rapid variations in RNA strand and changes of protein structure of the virus result in low-accuracy subtyping identification and make it difficult to develop effective drugs and vaccine. This paper constructs the evolutionary structure of avian influenza virus system considering both hemagglutinin and neuraminidase protein fragments...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187137/controlling-viral-outbreaks-quantitative-strategies
#17
Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss
Preparing for and responding to outbreaks of serious livestock infectious diseases are critical measures to safeguard animal health, public health, and food supply. Almost all of the current control strategies are empirical, and mass culling or "stamping out" is frequently the principal strategy for controlling epidemics. However, there are ethical, ecological, and economic reasons to consider less drastic control strategies. Here we use modeling to quantitatively study the efficacy of different control measures for viral outbreaks, where the infectiousness, transmissibility and death rate of animals commonly depends on their viral load...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179143/how-s-the-flu-getting-through-landscape-genetics-suggests-both-humans-and-birds-spread-h5n1-in-egypt
#18
Sean G Young, Margaret Carrel, Andrew Kitchen, George P Malanson, James Tamerius, Mohamad Ali, Ghazi Kayali
First introduced to Egypt in 2006, H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has resulted in the death of millions of birds and caused over 350 infections and at least 117 deaths in humans. After a decade of viral circulation, outbreaks continue to occur and diffusion mechanisms between poultry farms remain unclear. Using landscape genetics techniques, we identify the distance models most strongly correlated with the genetic relatedness of the viruses, suggesting the most likely methods of viral diffusion within Egyptian poultry...
February 4, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176609/outbreak-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-in-minnesota-in-2015
#19
Ann Fitzpatrick, Sunil K Mor, Mary Thurn, Elizabeth Wiedenman, Tracy Otterson, Robert E Porter, Devi P Patnayak, Dale C Lauer, Shauna Voss, Stephanie Rossow, James E Collins, Sagar M Goyal
The incursion of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) into the United States during 2014 resulted in an unprecedented foreign animal disease (FAD) event; 232 outbreaks were reported from 21 states. The disease affected 49.6 million birds and resulted in economic losses of $950 million. Minnesota is the largest turkey-producing state, accounting for 18% of U.S. turkey production. Areas with concentrated numbers of turkeys in Minnesota were the epicenter of the outbreak. The first case was presumptively diagnosed in the last week of February 2015 at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MVDL) and confirmed as HPAI H5N2 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories on March 4, 2015...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174661/movement-patterns-of-a-keystone-waterbird-species-are-highly-predictable-from-landscape-configuration
#20
Erik Kleyheeg, Jacintha G B van Dijk, Despina Tsopoglou-Gkina, Tara Y Woud, Dieuwertje K Boonstra, Bart A Nolet, Merel B Soons
BACKGROUND: Movement behaviour is fundamental to the ecology of animals and their interactions with other organisms, and as such contributes to ecosystem dynamics. Waterfowl are key players in ecological processes in wetlands and surrounding habitats through predator-prey interactions and their transportation of nutrients and other organisms. Understanding the drivers of their movement behaviour is crucial to predict how environmental changes affect their role in ecosystem functioning...
2017: Movement Ecology
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