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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920574/status-quality-and-specific-needs-of-zika-virus-zikv-diagnostic-capacity-and-capability-in-national-reference-laboratories-for-arboviruses-in-30-eu-eea-countries-may-2016
#1
Ramona Mögling, Hervé Zeller, Joana Revez, Marion Koopmans, Chantal Reusken
With international travel, Zika virus (ZIKV) is introduced to Europe regularly. A country's ability to robustly detect ZIKV introduction and local transmission is important to minimise the risk for a ZIKV outbreak. Therefore, sufficient expertise and diagnostic capacity and capability are required in European laboratories. To assess the capacity, quality, operational specifics (guidelines and algorithms), technical and interpretation issues and other possible difficulties that were related to ZIKV diagnostics in European countries, a questionnaire was conducted among national reference laboratories in 30 countries in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) in May 2016...
September 7, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902276/first-detection-of-dengue-and-chikungunya-viruses-in-natural-populations-of-aedes-aegypti-in-martinique-during-the-2013-2015-concomitant-outbreak
#2
Laurence Farraudière, Fabrice Sonor, Said Crico, Manuel Étienne, Laurence Mousson, Rodolphe Hamel, Dorothée Missé, Anna-Bella Failloux, Frédéric Simard, André Yébakima
Dengue and chikungunya viruses are transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In Martinique, an island of the French West Indies, Aedes aegypti is the suspected vector of both arboviruses; there is no Aedes albopictus on the island. During the concomitant outbreak of 2013 - 2015, the authors collected wild A. aegypti populations, and for the first time, detected dengue and chikungunya viruses in field-collected females. This paper demonstrates the mosquito's role in transmission of both dengue and chikungunya on the island, and also highlights a tool that public health authorities can use for preventing outbreaks...
August 21, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877754/association-between-suspected-zika-virus-disease-during-pregnancy-and-giving-birth-to-a-newborn-with-congenital-microcephaly-a-matched-case-control-study
#3
Ticiane Henriques Santa Rita, Renata Barcelos Barra, Gisele Pasquali Peixoto, Pedro Goes Mesquita, Gustavo Barcelos Barra
OBJECTIVE: In early 2015, an outbreak of an acute exanthematous illness with dengue-like symptoms occurred in northeastern Brazil. By the end of the same year, an unexpected increase in the number of cases of microcephaly was observed in the region. The microcephaly outbreak cause was unknown and rumors pointing to various potential causes arose. Since we were unaware at the time if this scenario would attract the interest of the broader scientific community, due to the neglected regions associated and as often happens with many others health conditions related to infectious diseases in Latin America...
September 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877682/epidemiologic-and-clinical-parameters-of-west-nile-virus-infections-in-humans-a-scoping-review
#4
Man Wah Yeung, Emily Shing, Mark Nelder, Beate Sander
BACKGROUND: Clinical syndromes associated with West Nile virus (WNV) infection range from fever to neuroinvasive disease. Understanding WNV epidemiology and disease history is important for guiding patient care and healthcare decision-making. The objective of this review was to characterize the existing body of peer-reviewed and surveillance literature on WNV syndromes and summarize epidemiologic and clinical parameters. METHODS: We followed scoping review methodology described by the Joanna Briggs Institute...
September 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855386/human-movement-cooperation-and-the-effectiveness-of-coordinated-vector-control-strategies
#5
Chris M Stone, Samantha R Schwab, Dina M Fonseca, Nina H Fefferman
Vector-borne disease transmission is often typified by highly focal transmission and influenced by movement of hosts and vectors across different scales. The ecological and environmental conditions (including those created by humans through vector control programmes) that result in metapopulation dynamics remain poorly understood. The development of control strategies that would most effectively limit outbreaks given such dynamics is particularly urgent given the recent epidemics of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses...
August 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845206/influence-of-meteorological-variables-on-diversity-and-abundance-of-mosquito-vectors-in-two-livestock-farms-in-ibadan-nigeria-public-health-implications
#6
Opayele Adewale Victor, Adeniji Johnson Adekunle, Ibrahim Kolade Tahiru, Olaleye Olufemi David
This study was undertaken to determine mosquito vector diversity and abundance in two livestock farms with previous history of arboviral activities in Ibadan, southwestern Nigeria. The influence of weather on mosquito populations was also studied. Adult mosquitoes were collected weekly in two proximate University of Ibadan livestock farms from March 2015 to February 2016 using CO2 baited CDC light trap and human landing collection methods. Mosquitoes were identified to species using morphological keys. Relationships and interaction of temperature, relative humidity, rainfall patterns and mosquito abundance were analysed using GENSTAT 4(th) edition...
2017: J Mosq Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830714/bis-benzofuran-thiazolidinone-s-and-bis-benzofuran-thiazinanone-s-as-inhibiting-agents-for-chikungunya-virus
#7
Jih Ru Hwu, Nitesh K Gupta, Shwu-Chen Tsay, Wen-Chieh Huang, Irina C Albulescu, Kristina Kovacikova, Martijn J van Hemert
There are currently still no approved antiviral drugs to treat or prevent chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infections despite the fact that this arbovirus continues to cause outbreaks in Africa, Asia, and South- and Central-America. Thus 20 new conjugated compounds in the families of bis(benzofuran-1,3-thiazolidin-4-one)s and bis(benzofuran-1,3-thiazinan-4-one)s were designed based on the structural features of suramin. These new compounds were synthesized by chemical methods and their structures were confirmed spectroscopically...
August 19, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816628/outbreak-and-cocirculation-of-three-different-usutu-virus-strains-in-eastern-germany
#8
Michael Sieg, Volker Schmidt, Ute Ziegler, Markus Keller, Dirk Höper, Kristin Heenemann, Antje Rückner, Hermann Nieper, Aemero Muluneh, Martin H Groschup, Thomas W Vahlenkamp
Usutu virus (USUV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus accounting for large-scale deaths in resident bird populations. In this study, we show the introduction of USUV to Eastern Germany resulting in massive death of birds, particularly blackbirds (Turdus merula). We found that three diverse USUV lineages ("Europe 3," "Africa 2," and "Africa 3-like") circulated simultaneously. Moreover, we detected USUV in Culex pipiens in a region where no dead birds were reported, strengthening the need for mosquito monitoring to uncover the spread of arboviruses...
September 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793920/dengue-1-virus-and-vector-competence-of-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-populations-from-new-caledonia
#9
Elodie Calvez, Laurent Guillaumot, Dominique Girault, Vaea Richard, Olivia O'Connor, Tuterarii Paoaafaite, Magali Teurlai, Nicolas Pocquet, Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau, Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) is the arbovirus with the highest incidence in New Caledonia and in the South Pacific region. In 2012-2014, a major DENV-1 outbreak occurred in New Caledonia. The only known vector of DENV in New Caledonia is Aedes aegypti but no study has yet evaluated the competence of New Caledonia Ae. aegypti populations to transmit DENV. This study compared the ability of field-collected Ae. aegypti from different locations in New Caledonia to transmit the DENV-1 responsible for the 2012-2014 outbreak...
August 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742801/tracking-the-return-of-aedes-aegypti-to-brazil-the-major-vector-of-the-dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-viruses
#10
Panayiota Kotsakiozi, Andrea Gloria-Soria, Adalgisa Caccone, Benjamin Evans, Renata Schama, Ademir Jesus Martins, Jeffrey R Powell
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti, commonly known as "the yellow fever mosquito", is of great medical concern today primarily as the major vector of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses, although yellow fever remains a serious health concern in some regions. The history of Ae. aegypti in Brazil is of particular interest because the country was subjected to a well-documented eradication program during 1940s-1950s. After cessation of the campaign, the mosquito quickly re-established in the early 1970s with several dengue outbreaks reported during the last 30 years...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719283/american-aedes-vexans-mosquitoes-are-competent-vectors-of-zika-virus
#11
Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Selene M Garcia Luna, Joseph R Fauver, Claudia Rückert, Reyes A Murrieta, Nicholas Bergren, Demitrios Samaras, Chilinh Nguyen, Rebekah C Kading, Gregory D Ebel
AbstractStarting in 2013-2014, the Americas have experienced a massive outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) which has now reached at least 49 countries. Although most cases have occurred in South America and the Caribbean, imported and autochthonous cases have occurred in the United States. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are known vectors of ZIKV. Little is known about the potential for temperate Aedes mosquitoes to transmit ZIKV. Aedes vexans has a worldwide distribution, is highly abundant in particular localities, aggressively bites humans, and is a competent vector of several arboviruses...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705958/first-genome-sequences-of-dengue-virus-denv-strains-isolated-during-the-first-denv-4-outbreak-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#12
Ayda Susana Ortiz-Baez, Danielle Ferreira Silva, Daniel Ferreira, Paolo M Zanotto
Dengue virus (DENV) is an arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae In Brazil, the reemergence and spread of DENV type 4 (DENV-4) across the country were responsible for a significant outbreak in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil. Here, we report the first genomic sequences of DENV strains circulating in Guarujá during the 2013 outbreak.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701194/characterization-and-productivity-profiles-of-aedes-aegypti-l-breeding-habitats-across-rural-and-urban-landscapes-in-western-and-coastal-kenya
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Harun N Ngugi, Francis M Mutuku, Bryson A Ndenga, Peter S Musunzaji, Joel O Mbakaya, Peter Aswani, Lucy W Irungu, Dunstan Mukoko, John Vulule, Uriel Kitron, Angelle D LaBeaud
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti, the principal vector for dengue and other emerging arboviruses, breeds preferentially in various man-made and natural container habitats. In the absence of vaccine, epidemiological surveillance and vector control remain the best practices for preventing dengue outbreaks. Effective vector control depends on a good understanding of larval and adult vector ecology of which little is known in Kenya. In the current study, we sought to characterize breeding habitats and establish container productivity profiles of Ae...
July 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686589/the-sero-epidemiology-of-rift-valley-fever-in-people-in-the-lake-victoria-basin-of-western-kenya
#14
Elizabeth Anne Jessie Cook, Elysse Noel Grossi-Soyster, William Anson de Glanville, Lian Francesca Thomas, Samuel Kariuki, Barend Mark de Clare Bronsvoort, Claire Njeri Wamae, Angelle Desiree LaBeaud, Eric Maurice Fèvre
Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) is a zoonotic arbovirus affecting livestock and people. This study was conducted in western Kenya where RVFV outbreaks have not previously been reported. The aims were to document the seroprevalence and risk factors for RVFV antibodies in a community-based sample from western Kenya and compare this with slaughterhouse workers in the same region who are considered a high-risk group for RVFV exposure. The study was conducted in western Kenya between July 2010 and November 2012. Individuals were recruited from randomly selected homesteads and a census of slaughterhouses...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650959/peridomestic-aedes-malayensis-and-aedes-albopictus-are-capable-vectors-of-arboviruses-in-cities
#15
Ian H Mendenhall, Menchie Manuel, Mahesh Moorthy, Theodore T M Lee, Dolyce H W Low, Dorothée Missé, Duane J Gubler, Brett R Ellis, Eng Eong Ooi, Julien Pompon
BACKGROUND: Dengue and chikungunya are global re-emerging mosquito-borne diseases. In Singapore, sustained vector control coupled with household improvements reduced domestic mosquito populations for the past 45 years, particularly the primary vector Aedes aegypti. However, while disease incidence was low for the first 30 years following vector control implementation, outbreaks have re-emerged in the past 15 years. Epidemiological observations point to the importance of peridomestic infection in areas not targeted by control programs...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648861/preparing-clinicians-for-re-emerging-arbovirus-infectious-diseases-in-europe
#16
REVIEW
L Sigfrid, C Reusken, I Eckerle, V Nussenblatt, S Lipworth, J Messina, M Kraemer, O Ergonul, A Papa, M Koopmans, P Horby
BACKGROUND: Arthropod-borne virus (Arbovirus) infections are considered an emerging threat for Europe, with an increase in cases in recent decades. The increase in global travel and trade has contributed to the introduction of vectors and viruses into new geographical areas. Tropical arboviruses such as dengue and chikungunya have re-emerged causing local, sporadic outbreaks ignited by travel-imported cases. The recent Zika virus outbreak in the Americas highlighted a need to strengthen preparedness for (re-)emerging arbovirus infections globally...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638845/detection-of-the-northeastern-african-rift-valley-fever-virus-lineage-during-the-2015-outbreak-in-mauritania
#17
Ndeye Sakha Bob, Hampâté Bâ, Gamou Fall, Elkhalil Ishagh, Mamadou Y Diallo, Abdourahmane Sow, Pape Mbacké Sembene, Ousmane Faye, Brahim El Kouri, Mohamed Lemine Sidi, Amadou Alpha Sall
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute viral anthropozoonosis that causes epizootics and epidemics among livestock population and humans. Multiple emergences and reemergences of the virus have occurred in Mauritania over the last decade. This article describes the outbreak that occurred in 2015 in Mauritania and reports the results of serological and molecular investigations of blood samples collected from suspected RVF patients. METHODS: An RVF outbreak was reported from 14 September to 26 November 2015 in Mauritania...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617719/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-and-zika-virus-outbreaks
#18
Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Ivan R F da Silva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arboviruses have been associated with central and peripheral nervous system injuries, in special the flaviviruses. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, meningoencephalitis, ophthalmological manifestations, and other neurological complications have been recently associated to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. In this review, we aim to analyze the epidemiological aspects, possible pathophysiology, and what we have learned about the clinical and laboratory findings, as well as treatment of patients with ZIKV-associated neurological complications...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614394/first-report-of-naturally-infected-aedes-aegypti-with-chikungunya-virus-genotype-ecsa-in-the-americas
#19
André Luis Costa-da-Silva, Rafaella Sayuri Ioshino, Vivian Petersen, Antonio Fernando Lima, Marielton Dos Passos Cunha, Michael R Wiley, Jason T Ladner, Karla Prieto, Gustavo Palacios, Danuza Duarte Costa, Lincoln Suesdek, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Zanotto, Margareth Lara Capurro
BACKGROUND: The worldwide expansion of new emergent arboviruses such as Chikungunya and Zika reinforces the importance in understanding the role of mosquito species in spreading these pathogens in affected regions. This knowledge is essential for developing effective programs based on species specificity to avoid the establishment of endemic transmission cycles sustained by the identified local vectors. Although the first autochthonous transmission of Chikungunya virus was described in 2014 in the north of Brazil, the main outbreaks were reported in 2015 and 2016 in the northeast of Brazil...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606643/diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-rapid-e1-antigen-test-for-chikungunya-virus-infection-in-a-reference-setting
#20
Ralph Huits, Tamaki Okabayashi, Lieselotte Cnops, Barbara Barbé, Riemsdijk Van Den Berg, Koen Bartholomeeusen, Kevin K Ariën, Jan Jacobs, Emmanuel Bottieau, Emi E Nakayama, Tatsuo Shioda, Marjan Van Esbroeck
OBJECTIVES: Rapid diagnostic tests targeting virus-specific antigen could significantly enhance the diagnostic capacity for chikungunya virus infections. We evaluated the accuracy of an immunochromatographic antigen test for the diagnosis of chikungunya in a reference laboratory for arboviruses. METHODS: an immunochromatographic rapid test that uses mouse monoclonal antibodies as a tracer against the E1-envelope protein of chikungunya (ARKRAY, Inc. Kyoto, Japan) was evaluated...
June 9, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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