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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429824/application-of-an-embryonated-chicken-egg-model-to-assess-the-vector-competence-of-australian-culicoides-midges-for-bluetongue-viruses
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M R VAN DER Saag, M P Ward, P D Kirkland
Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are vectors of a number of globally important arboviruses that affect livestock, including bluetongue virus (BTV), African horse sickness virus and the recently emerged Schmallenberg virus. In this study, a model using embryonated chicken eggs (ECEs) was utilized to undertake vector competence studies of Australian Culicoides spp. for 13 laboratory-adapted or wild-type virus strains of BTV. A total of 7393 Culicoides brevitarsis were reared from bovine dung, and 3364 Culicoides were induced to feed from ECEs infected with different strains of BTV...
April 21, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425959/the-cost-of-arbovirus-disease-prevention-in-europe-area-wide-integrated-control-of-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-in-emilia-romagna-northern-italy
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Massimo Canali, Stefano Rivas-Morales, Philippe Beutels, Claudio Venturelli
Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquito) has become the most invasive mosquito species worldwide, in addition to being a well-known vector of diseases, with a proven capacity for the transmission of chikungunya and dengue viruses in Europe as well as the Zika virus in Africa and in laboratory settings. This research quantifies the cost that needs to be provided by public-health systems for area-wide prevention of arboviruses in Europe. This cost has been calculated by evaluating the expenditure of the plan for Aedes albopictus control set up in the Emilia-Romagna region (Northern Italy) after a chikungunya outbreak occurred in 2007...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424101/limited-impacts-of-truck-based-ultra-low-volume-applications-of-mosquito-adulticides-on-mortality-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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F D Rinkevich, J W Margotta, V Pokhrel, T W Walker, R H Vaeth, W C Hoffman, B K Fritz, R G Danka, T E Rinderer, R L Aldridge, K J Linthicum, J A Ottea, K B Healy
Adulticides applied against mosquitoes can reduce vector populations during times of high arbovirus transmission. However, impacts of these insecticides on pollinators and other non-target organisms are of concern to mosquito control professionals, beekeepers and others. We evaluated mortality of Culex quinquefasciatus and Apis mellifera when caged insects were exposed to low and high label rates of four common adulticides (Aqua-Pursuit™ [permethrin], Duet® [prallethrin + sumithrin], Fyfanon® [malathion] and Scourge® [resmethrin]) at six distances up to 91...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423140/arboviruses-emerging-in-brazil-challenges-for-clinic-and-implications-for-public-health
#4
Maria Rita Donalisio, André Ricardo Ribas Freitas, Andrea Paula Bruno Von Zuben
Arboviruses have been emerging in different parts of the world due to genetic changes in the virus, alteration of the host and vector population dynamics, or because of anthropogenic environmental factors. These viruses' capacity for adaptation is notable, as well as the likelihood of their emergence and establishment in new geographic areas. In Brazilian epidemiologic scenario, the most common arboviruses are DENV, CHIKV, and ZIKV, although others may spread in the country. Little is yet known of the impact of viral co-circulation, which would theoretically result in more intense viremia or other immunological alterations that could trigger autoimmune diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419350/epidemiology-of-meningitis-and-encephalitis-in-the-united-states-from-2011-2014
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Rodrigo Hasbun, Ning Rosenthal, J M Balada-Llasat, Jessica Chung, Steve Duff, Samuel Bozzette, Louise Zimmer, Christine C Ginocchio
Background: Large epidemiological studies evaluating the etiologies, management decisions and outcomes of adults with meningitis and encephalitis in the United States (US) are lacking. Methods: Adult patients (≥18 years) with meningitis or encephalitis by ICD-9 codes available in the Premier Healthcare Database during 2011-2014 were analyzed. Results: A total of 26,429 patients with meningitis or encephalitis were identified. The median age was 43 years; 53% were female...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419273/habitat-and-density-of-oviposition-opportunity-influences-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-flight-distance
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Heidi E Brown, Jonathan Cox, Andrew C Comrie, Roberto Barrera
Understanding the dispersal of Aedes (aegypti (L.) Diptera: Culicidae) after consuming a potentially infectious bloodmeal is an important part of controlling the spread of the arboviruses it transmits. Because of the impact on abundance, removal of oviposition sites is a key component of vector control. However, source reduction around a case may encourage dispersal of potentially infected vectors. We compare the effect of oviposition site availability on Ae. aegypti dispersal behavior within 30-m linear cages in three model ecosystems at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 research facility...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417591/effective-mosquito-and-arbovirus-surveillance-using-metabarcoding
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J Batovska, S E Lynch, N O I Cogan, K Brown, J M Darbro, E A Kho, M J Blacket
Effective vector and arbovirus surveillance requires timely and accurate screening techniques that can be easily upscaled. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a high-throughput technology that has the potential to modernise vector surveillance. When combined with DNA barcoding, it is termed 'metabarcoding'. The aim of our study was to establish a metabarcoding protocol to characterise pools of mosquitoes and screen them for virus. Pools contained 100 morphologically identified individuals, including one Ross River virus (RRV) infected mosquito, with three species present at different proportions: 1, 5, 94%...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416024/polymorphism-in-male-genitalia-of-aedes-ochlerotatus-scapularis-rondani-1848
#8
V Petersen, F Virginio, L Suesdek
Morphology of male genitalia of culicids is generally species-specific and often used as a taxonomic marker. However, some characters of the male genitalia vary intraspecifically and are not taxonomically diagnostic. This might be the case of Aedes scapularis, a Neotropical culicid with vector competence for arboviruses and filarial worms. Males of this species may or not present a retrorse process (RP) in the genitalic claspette filaments, which led authors to suspect that this variance might be indicative of population divergence or incipient speciation process...
April 18, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413745/seven-cases-of-zika-virus-infection-in-south-florida
#9
Waqaar Khawar, Romina Bromberg, Molly Moor, Natalya Lyubynska, Hilda Mahmoudi
INTRODUCTION: Zika virus, an arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family, is a mosquito-borne virus known to cause microcephaly through vertical transmission. Infection presents with mild, self-limiting symptoms. Currently, a Zika virus outbreak has spread across most of South and Central America. Travel-related and sexually transmitted cases have been reported across the United States. However, the vector-borne transmission has been limited to Florida and Texas. We present seven cases of Zika virus infection that presented at a single institution in South Florida...
March 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404849/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-mosquito-c6-36-cells-reveals-host-proteins-involved-in-zika-virus-infection
#10
Qi-Lin Xin, Cheng-Lin Deng, Xi Chen, Jun Wang, Shao-Bo Wang, Wei Wang, Fei Deng, Bo Zhang, Gengfu Xiao, Lei-Ke Zhang
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae During replication processes, flavivirus will manipulate host cell systems to facilitate their replication, while the host cells will activate antiviral responses. Identification of host proteins involved in flavivirus replication process may lead to the discovery of antiviral targets. Mosquito Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are epidemiologically important vectors for ZIKV, and effective restrictions of ZIKV replication in mosquitoes will be vital in controlling the spread of virus...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402498/oviposition-strategies-of-florida-culex-melanoconion-mosquitoes
#11
Erik M Blosser, Nathan D Burkett-Cadena
In the genus Culex, oviposition is often generalized as laying floating egg rafts directly on the surface of the water, as reported for arbovirus vectors Culex pipiens L. and Culex tarsalis Coquillett, both members of subgenus Culex. The current work reports on investigations of exceptions to this strategy by species of Melanoconion, a diverse and mostly tropical subgenus of Culex, with many arbovirus vectors. Wild gravid females from Vero Beach, FL, were introduced into outdoor cages with open water, partially covered water, and emergent solid structures for oviposition...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399283/repellent-and-larvicidal-activity-of-the-essential-oil-from-eucalyptus-nitens-against-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae
#12
Agustín Alvarez Costa, Cecilia V Naspi, Alejandro Lucia, Héctor M Masuh
Dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are important vector-borne diseases transmitted by female mosquitoes when they feed on humans. The use of repellents based on natural products is an alternative for personal protection against these diseases. Application of chemicals with larvicidal activity is another strategy for controlling the mosquito population. The repellent and larvicidal activities of the essential oil from Eucalyptus nitens were tested against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the main vectors of these arboviruses...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399216/emergent-and-reemergent-arboviruses-in-south-america-and-the-caribbean-why-so-many-and-why-now
#13
Carlos Brisola Marcondes, Marta Contigiani, Raquel Miranda Gleiser
Several arboviruses have emerged and/or reemerged in the New World in the past decades. Zika and chikungunya viruses, formerly restricted to Africa and perhaps Asia, invaded the continent, causing great concern. Dengue virus outbreaks have continued to occur in almost all countries, with millions of cases per year. West Nile virus rapidly invaded North America, and now cases have been found in Central and South America. Other arboviruses, such as Mayaro and Eastern equine encephalitis viruses, have increased their activity and have been found in new regions...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397145/a-case-of-atypical-ophthalmoplegia-after-chikungunya-fever
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Paromita Dutta, Ankita Sharma
PURPOSE: This study aims to report an unusual case of bilateral diffuse ophthalmoplegia with levator sparing, in a patient after an episode of Chikungunya fever. METHODS: Case report of a five-year-old girl with inability to move both eyes along with decreased near vision. RESULT AND CONCLUSION: Bilateral external ophthalmoplegia has been described as a part of the spectrum of ocular manifestations of this arbovirus-associated fever. This is the first report of its kind in a pediatric patient...
April 10, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390116/an-overview-of-animal-models-for-arthropod-borne-viruses
#15
Erin S Reynolds, Charles E Hart, Meghan E Hermance, Douglas L Brining, Saravanan Thangamani
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have continued to emerge in recent years, posing a significant health threat to millions ofpeople worldwide. The majority of arboviruses that are pathogenic to humans are transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, but othertypes of arthropod vectors can also be involved in the transmission of these viruses. To alleviate the health burdens associated with arbovirus infections, it is necessary to focus today's research on disease control and therapeutic strategies. Animal models for arboviruses are valuable experimental tools that can shed light on the pathophysiology of infection and will enable the evaluation of future treatments and vaccine candidates...
April 7, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389145/serodiagnosis-of-dengue-virus-infection-using-commercially-available-antibody-and-ns1-antigen-elisas
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D Granger, Y S Leo, L K Lee, E S Theel
Accuracy of the InBios DENV Detect IgM, IgG and NS1 antigen (Ag) ELISAs (Seattle, WA) for detection of dengue virus (DENV) infection were evaluated using 100 retrospectively selected sera from acutely febrile patients presenting to a Singapore hospital. The InBios DENV NS1, IgM and IgG ELISAs had an overall sensitivity of 83.6%, 40% and 58.2% and an overall specificity of 97.8%, 97.8% and 55.6%, respectively. Simultaneous testing for NS1 and IgM-antibodies yielded a sensitivity and specificity of 85.5% and 95...
March 30, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388682/a-low-technology-emanator-treated-with-the-volatile-pyrethroid-transfluthrin-confers-long-term-protection-against-outdoor-biting-vectors-of-lymphatic-filariasis-arboviruses-and-malaria
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Sheila B Ogoma, Arnold S Mmando, Johnson K Swai, Sebastian Horstmann, David Malone, Gerry F Killeen
BACKGROUND: The vapor phase of the volatile pyrethroid transfluthrin incapacitates mosquitoes and prevents them from feeding. Although existing emanator products for delivering volatile pyrethroids protect against outdoor mosquito bites, they are too short-lived to be practical or affordable for routine use in low-income settings. New transfluthrin emanators, comprised simply of treated hessian fabric strips, have recently proven highly protective against outdoor-biting vectors of lymphatic filariasis, arboviruses and malaria, but their full protective lifespan, minimum dose requirements, and range of protection have not previously been assessed...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386524/surveillance-of-arthropod-borne-viruses-and-their-vectors-in-the-mediterranean-and-black-sea-regions-within-the-medilabsecure-network
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Anna-Bella Failloux, Ali Bouattour, Chafika Faraj, Filiz Gunay, Nabil Haddad, Zoubir Harrat, Elizabeta Jancheska, Khalil Kanani, Mohamed Amin Kenawy, Majlinda Kota, Igor Pajovic, Lusine Paronyan, Dusan Petric, Mhammed Sarih, Samir Sawalha, Taher Shaibi, Kurtesh Sherifi, Tatiana Sulesco, Enkelejda Velo, Lobna Gaayeb, Kathleen Victoir, Vincent Robert
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arboviruses, viruses transmitted by arthropods such as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, and fleas are a significant threat to public health because of their epidemic and zoonotic potential. The geographical distribution of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile (WN), Rift Valley fever (RVF), Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika has expanded over the last decades. Countries of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions are not spared. Outbreaks of WN are repeatedly reported in the Mediterranean basin...
2017: Current Tropical Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384059/potential-sympatric-vectors-and-mammalian-hosts-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-in-southern-mexico
#19
Jesús Sotomayor-Bonilla, Carlos Antonio Abella-Medrano, Andrea Chaves, Paulina Álvarez-Mendizábal, Óscar Rico-Chávez, Sergio Ibáñez-Bernal, Melinda K Rostal, Rafael Ojeda-Flores, Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero, Gustavo Gutiérrez-Espeleta, A Alonso Aguirre, Peter Daszak, Gerardo Suzán
Arboviruses are important zoonotic agents with complex transmission cycles and are not well understood because they may involve many vectors and hosts. We studied sympatric wild mammals and hematophagous mosquitoes having the potential to act as hosts and vectors in two areas of southern Mexico. Mosquitoes, bats, and rodents were captured in Calakmul (Campeche) and Montes Azules (Chiapas), between November 2010 and August 2011. Spleen samples from 146 bats and 14 rodents were tested for molecular evidence of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), western equine encephalitis virus (WEEV), and West Nile virus (WNV) using PCR protocols...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379969/in-the-hunt-for-genomic-markers-of-metabolic-resistance-to-pyrethroids-in-the-mosquito-aedes-aegypti-an-integrated-next-generation-sequencing-approach
#20
Frederic Faucon, Thierry Gaude, Isabelle Dusfour, Vincent Navratil, Vincent Corbel, Waraporn Juntarajumnong, Romain Girod, Rodolphe Poupardin, Frederic Boyer, Stephane Reynaud, Jean-Philippe David
BACKGROUND: The capacity of Aedes mosquitoes to resist chemical insecticides threatens the control of major arbovirus diseases worldwide. Until alternative control tools are widely deployed, monitoring insecticide resistance levels and identifying resistance mechanisms in field mosquito populations is crucial for implementing appropriate management strategies. Metabolic resistance to pyrethroids is common in Aedes aegypti but the monitoring of the dynamics of resistant alleles is impeded by the lack of robust genomic markers...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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