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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915240/improved-reliability-of-serological-tools-for-the-diagnosis-of-west-nile-fever-in-horses-within-europe
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Cécile Beck, Steeve Lowenski, Benoit Durand, Céline Bahuon, Stéphan Zientara, Sylvie Lecollinet
West Nile Fever is a zoonotic disease caused by a mosquito-borne flavivirus, WNV. By its clinical sensitivity to the disease, the horse is a useful sentinel of infection. Because of the virus' low-level, short-term viraemia in horses, the primary tools used to diagnose WNV are serological tests. Inter-laboratory proficiency tests (ILPTs) were held in 2010 and 2013 to evaluate WNV serological diagnostic tools suited for the European network of National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for equine diseases. These ILPTs were designed to evaluate the laboratories' and methods' performances in detecting WNV infection in horses through serology...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906572/culex-torrentium-mosquitoes-from-germany-are-negative-for-wolbachia
#2
M Leggewie, R Krumkamp, M Badusche, A Heitmann, S Jansen, J Schmidt-Chanasit, E Tannich, S C Becker
Wolbachia (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae) infects a wide range of arthropods, including several mosquito species. The bacterium is known to induce a plethora of phenotypes in its host, examples being the reproductive phenotype cytoplasmic incompatibility or resistance against infection with arboviruses. The latter is especially relevant when assessing the vector competence of mosquito species for emerging arboviruses. Thus, knowledge of Wolbachia infection status is important for the assessment of vector competence...
September 14, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882664/spatial-distribution-of-west-nile-virus-in-humans-and-mosquitoes-in-israel-2000-2014
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Yaniv Lustig, Zalman Kaufman, Ella Mendelson, Laor Orshan, Emilia Anis, Yael Glazer, Daniel Cohen, Tamy Shohat, Ravit Bassal
OBJECTIVES: Israel has a long history of West Nile virus (WNV) morbidity, and the rate of detection of WNV in mosquitoes has been high since 2000. The aim of this study was to integrate several WNV datasets in order to gain an insight into the geographical distribution of WNV in Israel. METHODS: Three choropleth maps were generated showing WNV human morbidity, WNV prevalence in mosquitoes, and the results of a nationwide serological survey, based on the division of Israel into 15 sub-districts...
September 4, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878963/the-impact-of-weather-and-storm-water-management-ponds-on-the-transmission-of-west-nile-virus
#4
Yiyuan Wang, Wendy Pons, Jessica Fang, Huaiping Zhu
West Nile virus (WNV) is the most widely distributed arbovirus in the world and the spread is influenced by complex factors including weather conditions and urban environmental settings like storm water management ponds (SWMP). The purpose of this work was to develop an ordinary differential equation model to explore the impacts of SWMP, temperature and precipitation on WNV vector abundance and the transmission of WNV between mosquito and bird populations. The model was used to analyse how weather conditions and SWMP can influence the basic reproduction number...
August 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878079/minocycline-has-anti-inflammatory-effects-and-reduces-cytotoxicity-in-an-ex-vivo-spinal-cord-slice-culture-model-of-west-nile-virus-infection
#5
Eamon D Quick, Scott Seitz, Penny Clarke, Kenneth L Tyler
West Nile virus (WNV) is a neurotropic flavivirus that can cause significant neurological disease. Mouse models of WNV infection demonstrate that a pro-inflammatory environment is induced within the central nervous system (CNS) after WNV infection leading to entry of activated peripheral immune cells. We utilized ex vivo spinal cord slice cultures (SCSC) to demonstrate that anti-inflammatory mechanisms may also play a role in WNV-induced pathology and/or recovery. Microglia are a type of macrophage that function as resident CNS immune cells...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877682/epidemiologic-and-clinical-parameters-of-west-nile-virus-infections-in-humans-a-scoping-review
#6
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/28873035/potential-reservoir-and-associated-factors-for-west-nile-virus-in-three-distinct-climatological-zones
#7
Christine DeCarlo, Anwar H Omar, Mohammod I Haroun, Laura Bigler, Mohamad N Bin Rais, Jalila Abu, Abdul Rahman Omar, Hussni O Mohammed
West Nile virus (WNV) is a zoonotic single-strand RNA arbovirus (family Flaviviridae: Flavivirus), transmitted among avian hosts in enzootic cycles by a mosquito vector. The virus has a significant disease effect on humans and equines when it bridges into a cycle with various sequelae with epidemic potential. This study was carried out to identify the potential spectrum of WNV hosts in three geographic areas with climatologically distinct features: Malaysia, Qatar, and the United States of America (U.S.). Serum samples were collected from avian and mammal species suspected to be reservoirs for the virus at these areas in a cross-sectional epidemiologic study...
September 5, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869941/identifying-attenuating-mutations-tools-for-a-new-vaccine-design-against-flaviviruses
#8
Cécile Khou, Nathalie Pardigon
Emerging Flaviviruses pose an increasing threat to global human health. To date, human vaccines against yellow fever virus (YFV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), dengue virus (DV), and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) exist. However, there is no human vaccine against other Flaviviruses such as Zika virus (ZIKV) and West Nile virus (WNV). In order to restrict their spread and to protect populations against the diseases they induce, vaccines against these emerging viruses must be designed. Obtaining new live attenuated Flavivirus vaccines using molecular biology methods is now possible...
September 5, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861067/transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-differential-gene-expression-of-immune-and-cell-death-pathways-in-the-brains-of-mice-infected-with-west-nile-virus-and-chikungunya-virus
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Stephanie M Lim, Henk-Jan van den Ham, Minoushka Oduber, Eurydice Martina, Fatiha Zaaraoui-Boutahar, Jeroen M Roose, Wilfred F J van IJcken, Albert D M E Osterhaus, Arno C Andeweg, Penelope Koraka, Byron E E Martina
West Nile virus (WNV) and chikungunya virus (CHIKV) are arboviruses that are constantly (re-)emerging and expanding their territory. Both viruses often cause a mild form of disease, but severe forms of the disease can consist of neurological symptoms, most often observed in the elderly and young children, respectively, for which the mechanisms are poorly understood. To further elucidate the mechanisms responsible for end-stage WNV and CHIKV neuroinvasive disease, we used transcriptomics to compare the induction of effector pathways in the brain during the early and late stage of disease in young mice...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846635/regulation-of-apoptosis-during-flavivirus-infection
#10
REVIEW
Toru Okamoto, Tatsuya Suzuki, Shinji Kusakabe, Makoto Tokunaga, Junki Hirano, Yuka Miyata, Yoshiharu Matsuura
Apoptosis is a type of programmed cell death that regulates cellular homeostasis by removing damaged or unnecessary cells. Its importance in host defenses is highlighted by the observation that many viruses evade, obstruct, or subvert apoptosis, thereby blunting the host immune response. Infection with Flaviviruses such as Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), Dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV) has been shown to activate several signaling pathways such as endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress and AKT/PI3K pathway, resulting in activation or suppression of apoptosis in virus-infected cells...
August 28, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835296/characterizing-environmental-risk-factors-for-west-nile-virus-in-quebec-canada-using-clinical-data-in-humans-and-serology-in-pet-dogs
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J P Rocheleau, P Michel, L R Lindsay, M Drebot, A Dibernardo, N H Ogden, A Fortin, J Arsenault
The identification of specific environments sustaining emerging arbovirus amplification and transmission to humans is a key component of public health intervention planning. This study aimed at identifying environmental factors associated with West Nile virus (WNV) infections in southern Quebec, Canada, by modelling and jointly interpreting aggregated clinical data in humans and serological data in pet dogs. Environmental risk factors were estimated in humans by negative binomial regression based on a dataset of 191 human WNV clinical cases reported in the study area between 2011 and 2014...
August 24, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832259/a-snapshot-avian-surveillance-reveals-west-nile-virus-and-evidence-of-wild-birds-participating-in-toscana-virus-circulation
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Sabri Hacioglu, Ender Dincer, Cafer Tayer Isler, Zeynep Karapinar, Veysel Soydal Ataseven, Aykut Ozkul, Koray Ergunay
INTRODUCTION: Birds are involved in the epidemiology of several vector-borne viruses, as amplification hosts for viruses, dissemination vehicles for the vectors, and sources of emerging strains in cross-species transmission. Turkey provides diverse habitats for a variety of wild birds and is located along major bird migration routes. This study was undertaken to provide a cross-sectional screening of avian specimens for a spectrum of vector-borne viruses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The specimens were collected in Hatay province, in the Mediterranean coast of the Anatolian peninsula, located in the convergence zone of the known migration routes...
August 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829827/west-nile-virus-in-ontario-canada-a-twelve-year-analysis-of-human-case-prevalence-mosquito-surveillance-and-climate-data
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Bryan V Giordano, Sukhdeep Kaur, Fiona F Hunter
West Nile Virus (WNV) first arrived in Ontario, Canada in 2001 and has since spread throughout most of the province, causing disease in humans. The provincial government established a province-wide surveillance program to monitor WNV transmission throughout the 36 regional health units. Here we have acquired records of WNV human and mosquito surveillance from 2002 to 2013 to describe seasonal and geographic trends in WNV activity in southern Ontario. Additionally, we obtained climate data from seven municipalities to investigate how temperature and precipitation affect WNV transmission dynamics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816022/assessing-human-risk-of-illness-with-west-nile-virus-mosquito-surveillance-data-to-improve-public-health-preparedness
#14
S Karki, N E Westcott, E J Muturi, W M Brown, M O Ruiz
Surveillance for West Nile virus (WNV) and other mosquito-borne pathogens involves costly and time-consuming collection and testing of mosquito samples. One difficulty faced by public health personnel is how to interpret mosquito data relative to human risk, thus leading to a failure to fully exploit the information from mosquito testing. The objective of our study was to use the information gained from historic West Nile virus mosquito testing to determine human risk relative to mosquito infection and to assess the usefulness of our mosquito infection forecasting models to give advance warning...
August 16, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815404/neurological-presentation-of-zika-virus-infection-beyond-the-perinatal-period
#15
REVIEW
Thomas De Broucker, Alexandra Mailles, Jean-Paul Stahl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose was to summarize the current knowledge about the neurological presentation of Zika virus infection after the perinatal period. Other Flaviviruses infections, such as West Nile virus (WNV) or Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), can result in neuro-invasive disease such as myelitis, encephalitis, or meningitis. We aimed at describing the specificities of ZV neurological infection. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent outbreaks demonstrated clearly the neurotropism of ZV...
August 16, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813740/west-nile-review-15-years-of-human-disease-in-south-dakota-2002-2016
#16
Lon Kightlinger
During the past 15 years, 2002-2016, West Nile virus (WNV) has emerged in South Dakota resulting in 509 neuroinvasive disease (NID) cases, 745 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. Culex tarsalis is the state's primary mosquito vector. South Dakota's average annual incidence of WNV-NID and death rate are the highest of any state in the U.S. WNV cases have been reported from all counties in the state. All age groups have been infected with cases peaking in the 40-44 year age group, but deaths peaking in cases 70 years and older...
August 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811681/osteopontin-impacts-west-nile-virus-pathogenesis-and-resistance-by-regulating-inflammasome-components-and-cell-death-in-the-central-nervous-system-at-early-time-points
#17
Nikki Bortell, Claudia Flynn, Bruno Conti, Howard S Fox, Maria Cecilia G Marcondes
Osteopontin (OPN) is a molecule that is common in central nervous system (CNS) pathologies, which participates in the activation, migration, and survival of inflammatory cells. However, the mechanisms by which OPN modulates inflammatory pathways are not clear. To understand the role of OPN in CNS viral infections, we used a lethal mouse model of West Nile virus (WNV), characterized by the injection of high doses of the Eg101 strain of WNV, causing the increase of OPN levels in the brain since early time points...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810044/swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-west-nile-virus-chorioretinitis-and-associated-occlusive-retinal-vasculitis
#18
Moncef Khairallah, Rim Kahloun, Salma Gargouri, Bechir Jelliti, Dorra Sellami, Salim Ben Yahia, Jamel Feki
A 65-year-old man with diabetes and a history of fever of unknown origin 2 weeks earlier complained of sudden decreased vision in the left eye. The patient was diagnosed with bilateral West Nile virus (WNV) chorioretinitis associated with occlusive retinal vasculitis in the left eye. Swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA) of the left eye showed extensive, well-delineated, hypointense non-perfusion areas and perifoveal capillary arcade disruption in the superficial capillary plexus, as well as larger non-perfusion areas, capillary rarefaction, and diffuse capillary network attenuation and disorganization in the deep capillary plexus...
August 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805636/west-nile-virus-and-its-vectors
#19
REVIEW
Alexander T Ciota
West Nile virus (WNV Flaviviridae; Flavivrus) is the most geographically widespread arbovirus in the world and the leading cause of arboviral encephalitis globally. Worldwide, WNV is maintained in an enzootic cycle between primarily Culex spp. mosquitoes and birds, with human infection and disease resulting from enzootic spillover. Dynamic and complex intrinsic and extrinsic factors contribute to the temporal and spatial variability in WNV transmission. The most current information on the relative contribution of each of these factors is reviewed and a case to incorporate detailed and localized environmental and genetic data into predictive models is presented...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803560/evidence-of-exposure-of-laughing-doves-spilopelia-senegalensis-to-west-nile-and-usutu-viruses-in-southern-tunisian-oases
#20
T Ayadi, A Hammouda, A Poux, T Boulinier, S Lecollinet, S Selmi
It has previously been suggested that southern Tunisian oases may be suitable areas for the circulation of flaviviruses. In order to anticipate and prevent possible epidemiological spread of flaviviruses in humans and domestic animals, the ecology of their transmission in the oasis system needs to be better understood. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess the seroprevalence of anti-flavivirus antibodies in the laughing dove (Spilopelia senegalensis), an abundant resident bird in Tunisian oases. Anti-flavivirus antibodies were detected in 17% of sampled doves...
August 14, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
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