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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445723/mosquitoes-transmit-unique-west-nile-virus-populations-during-each-feeding-episode
#1
Nathan D Grubaugh, Joseph R Fauver, Claudia Rückert, James Weger-Lucarelli, Selene Garcia-Luna, Reyes A Murrieta, Alex Gendernalik, Darci R Smith, Doug E Brackney, Gregory D Ebel
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses), such as Zika virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus (WNV), pose continuous threats to emerge and cause large epidemics. Often, these events are associated with novel virus variants optimized for local transmission that first arise as minorities within a host. Thus, the conditions that regulate the frequency of intrahost variants are important determinants of emergence. Here, we describe the dynamics of WNV genetic diversity during its transmission cycle. By temporally sampling saliva from individual mosquitoes, we demonstrate that virus populations expectorated by mosquitoes are highly diverse and unique to each feeding episode...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438128/viral-aetiologies-of-acute-encephalitis-in-a-hospital-based-south-asian-population
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Janarthani Lohitharajah, Neelika Malavige, Carukshi Arambepola, Jithangi Wanigasinghe, Ranjanie Gamage, Padma Gunaratne, Pyara Ratnayake, Thashi Chang
BACKGROUND: The aetiological spectrum of acute encephalitis shows inter- and intra-geographical variations. We aimed to identify the viruses that cause infectious encephalitis in Sri Lanka, which represents a South Asian population. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 99 patients with encephalitis/meningoencephalitis admitted to two tertiary-care hospitals in Colombo. Cerebrospinal fluid and serum were tested for conventional and emerging encephalitogenic viruses...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437184/control-of-mosquito-borne-diseases-in-northwestern-italy-preparedness-from-one-season-to-the-next
#3
Federica Verna, Paola Modesto, Maria Cristina Radaelli, Danila Raffaella Francese, Enrico Monaci, Rosanna Desiato, Carla Grattarola, Simone Peletto, Andrea Mosca, Giovanni Savini, Rosa Chianese, Vittorio Demicheli, Marino Prearo, Laura Chiavacci, Alessandra Pautasso, Cristina Casalone
INTRODUCTION: Mosquito-borne diseases (MBDs) are spreading worldwide due to globalization and climate change, representing a threat for both humans and animals. Of great concern are the infections caused by viruses belonging to the Flavivirus genus as West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) transmitted by Culex sp. or Dengue virus and Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by Aedes sp. This work describes the surveillance protocol enforced in Piedmont (Northwestern Italy) to control MBDs spread, focusing on the activities performed on mosquitoes during the 2015 vector season...
May 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422005/blood-donor-screening-for-west-nile-virus-wnv-revealed-acute-usutu-virus-usuv-infection-germany-september-2016
#4
Daniel Cadar, Philipp Maier, Susanne Müller, Julia Kress, Michael Chudy, Alexandra Bialonski, Alexander Schlaphof, Stephanie Jansen, Hanna Jöst, Egbert Tannich, Stefan Runkel, Walter E Hitzler, Gabriele Hutschenreuter, Martina Wessiepe, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
Between 1 June and 31 December 2016, 13,023 blood donations from the University Hospital Aachen in Germany were routinely screened for West Nile virus (WNV) RNA using the cobas TaqScreen WNV Test. On 28 September 2016, one blood donor was tested positive. Subsequent analysis revealed an acute Usutu virus (USUV) infection. During the ongoing USUV epizootics in Germany, blood transfusion services, public health authorities and clinicians should be aware of increased human USUV infections.
April 6, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421042/mosquito-microbiome-dynamics-a-background-for-prevalence-and-seasonality-of-west-nile-virus
#5
Eva Novakova, Douglas C Woodhams, Sonia M Rodríguez-Ruano, Robert M Brucker, Jonathan W Leff, Amin Maharaj, Amnon Amir, Rob Knight, James Scott
Symbiotic microbial communities augment host phenotype, including defense against pathogen carriage and infection. We sampled the microbial communities in 11 adult mosquito host species from six regions in southern Ontario, Canada over 3 years. Of the factors examined, we found that mosquito species was the largest driver of the microbiota, with remarkable phylosymbiosis between host and microbiota. Seasonal shifts of the microbiome were consistently repeated over the 3-year period, while region had little impact...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411164/high-levels-of-local-inter-and-intra-host-genetic-variation-of-west-nile-virus-and-evidence-of-fine-scale-evolutionary-pressures
#6
Dylan J Ehrbar, Kiet A Ngo, Scott R Campbell, Laura D Kramer, Alexander T Ciota
West Nile virus (WNV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) has been endemic in New York State (NYS) since its 1999 introduction, yet prevalence in Culex mosquitoes varies substantially over small spatial and temporal scales. It is unclear if viral genetics plays a role in this variability, as genetic and phenotypic characterization on local scales has generally been lacking. In addition, intrahost diversity of circulating strains have not been fully characterized despite the documented role of minority variants in viral fitness and virulence...
April 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398684/studying-the-effects-of-emerging-infections-on-the-fetus-experience-with-west-nile-and-zika-viruses
#7
Sonja A Rasmussen, Dana M Meaney-Delman, Lyle R Petersen, Denise J Jamieson
Emerging infections have the potential to produce adverse effects on the pregnant woman or her fetus; however, studying these effects is often challenging. We review our experiences with investigating the prenatal effects of two mosquito-borne infections that emerged in the past 2 decades, West Nile virus (WNV) and Zika virus. Concerns regarding teratogenicity were raised about both viruses; Zika virus has been confirmed to be teratogenic, while WNV appears not to increase the risk for adverse outcomes, although teratogenicity has not been excluded...
March 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397519/emerging-vector-borne-diseases-in-dromedaries-in-tunisia-west-nile-bluetongue-epizootic-haemorrhagic-disease-and-rift-valley-fever
#8
Thameur B Hassine, Jihane Amdouni, Federica Monaco, Giovanni Savini, Soufien Sghaier, Imed B Selimen, Walid Chandoul, Khaled B Hamida, Salah Hammami
A total of 118 sera were collected during 2016 from two groups of dromedaries from Kebili and Medenine governorates in the south of Tunisia. The aim of this study was to provide the first serological investigation of four emerging vector-borne diseases in two groups of dromedaries in Tunisia. Sera were tested by ELISA and serum neutralisation test to identify West Nile virus (WNV), bluetongue virus (BTV), epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) and Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV). In the first group, the seroprevalence for BTV was 4...
March 31, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388487/characterization-of-virus-specific-vesicles-assembled-by-west-nile-virus-non-structural-proteins
#9
Li Yu, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao
Flavivirus genome encodes seven non-structural proteins (NSPs) and these NSPs are believed to be involved in their genomic RNA replication, of which the mechanism is unclear. We find that West Nile virus (WNV) NSPs were capable of self-assembling membranous vesicles in cells, which are composed of the host endoplasmic reticulum membrane integrated with viral NS1 and NS4A, and possibly NS2A. The vesicles can further organize into replication complex (RC)-associated vesicles which combine both the vesicle and predicted RC components...
June 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388317/new-distribution-records-of-mosquitoes-in-washington-state
#10
Wade H Petersen, Meghan Lyons, Marie Westlind, Anne Duffy, David Kangiser, Elizabeth A Dykstra
Routine West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance in 2016 by the Washington State Department of Health resulted in 1 new state distribution record for Aedes hendersoni, bringing the total number of mosquito species reported from Washington to 52. We also report new county records for Aedes japonicus japonicus, Aedes togoi, and Culex salinarius .
March 2017: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385094/effects-of-ns2b-ns3-protease-and-furin-inhibition-on-west-nile-and-dengue-virus-replication
#11
Jenny Kouretova, M Zouhir Hammamy, Anton Epp, Kornelia Hardes, Stephanie Kallis, Linlin Zhang, Rolf Hilgenfeld, Ralf Bartenschlager, Torsten Steinmetzer
West Nile virus (WNV) and Dengue virus (DENV) replication depends on the viral NS2B-NS3 protease and the host enzyme furin, which emerged as potential drug targets. Modification of our previously described WNV protease inhibitors by basic phenylalanine analogs provided compounds with reduced potency against the WNV and DENV protease. In a second series, their decarboxylated P1-trans-(4-guanidino)cyclohexylamide was replaced by an arginyl-amide moiety. Compound 4-(guanidinomethyl)-phenylacetyl-Lys-Lys-Arg-NH2 inhibits the NS2B-NS3 protease of WNV with an inhibition constant of 0...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384059/potential-sympatric-vectors-and-mammalian-hosts-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus-in-southern-mexico
#12
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/28380696/long-term-neuromuscular-outcomes-of-west-nile-virus-infection-a-clinical-and-electromyograph-evaluation-of-patients-with-a-history-of-infection
#13
Parveen Athar, Rodrigo Hasbun, Melissa N Garcia, Lucrecia Salazar, Steven Woods, Kazim Sheikh, Kristy O Murray
INTRODUCTION: Neuromuscular clinical manifestations during acute West Nile virus (WNV) infection are well documented; however, long-term neurological outcomes still require investigation. METHODS: We conducted a long-term follow up study in patients with history of WNV infection. Out of 117 patients who participated in neurologic and neurocognitive evaluations, 30 patients were referred for neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic evaluation based on abnormal findings...
April 5, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367364/a-comparison-of-least-squares-regression-and-geographically-weighted-regression-modeling-of-west-nile-virus-risk-based-on-environmental-parameters
#14
Abhishek K Kala, Chetan Tiwari, Armin R Mikler, Samuel F Atkinson
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of the study reported here was to determine the effectiveness of utilizing local spatial variations in environmental data to uncover the statistical relationships between West Nile Virus (WNV) risk and environmental factors. Because least squares regression methods do not account for spatial autocorrelation and non-stationarity of the type of spatial data analyzed for studies that explore the relationship between WNV and environmental determinants, we hypothesized that a geographically weighted regression model would help us better understand how environmental factors are related to WNV risk patterns without the confounding effects of spatial non-stationarity...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366204/ripk3-restricts-viral-pathogenesis-via-cell-death-independent-neuroinflammation
#15
Brian P Daniels, Annelise G Snyder, Tayla M Olsen, Susana Orozco, Thomas H Oguin, Stephen W G Tait, Jennifer Martinez, Michael Gale, Yueh-Ming Loo, Andrew Oberst
Receptor-interacting protein kinase-3 (RIPK3) is an activator of necroptotic cell death, but recent work has implicated additional roles for RIPK3 in inflammatory signaling independent of cell death. However, while necroptosis has been shown to contribute to antiviral immunity, death-independent roles for RIPK3 in host defense have not been demonstrated. Using a mouse model of West Nile virus (WNV) encephalitis, we show that RIPK3 restricts WNV pathogenesis independently of cell death. Ripk3(-/-) mice exhibited enhanced mortality compared to wild-type (WT) controls, while mice lacking the necroptotic effector MLKL, or both MLKL and caspase-8, were unaffected...
April 6, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360135/enhancement-of-zika-virus-pathogenesis-by-preexisting-antiflavivirus-immunity
#16
Susana V Bardina, Paul Bunduc, Shashank Tripathi, James Duehr, Justin J Frere, Julia A Brown, Raffael Nachbagauer, Gregory A Foster, David Krysztof, Domenico Tortorella, Susan L Stramer, Adolfo García-Sastre, Florian Krammer, Jean K Lim
Zika virus (ZIKV) is spreading rapidly into regions around the world where other flaviviruses, such as dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic. Antibody-dependent enhancement has been implicated in more severe forms of flavivirus disease, but whether this also applies to ZIKV infection is unclear. Using convalescent plasma from DENV- and WNV-infected individuals, we found substantial enhancement of ZIKV infection in vitro that was mediated through immunoglobulin G engagement of Fcγ receptors...
April 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356527/chemokine-receptor-ccr7-restricts-fatal-west-nile-virus-encephalitis
#17
Susana V Bardina, Julia A Brown, Daniela Michlmayr, Kevin W Hoffman, Janet Sum, Alexander G Pletnev, Sergio A Lira, Jean K Lim
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus that can cause debilitating encephalitis. To delineate the mechanisms behind this pathology, we studied Ccr7-deficient mice, which afforded us the capacity to study infection in mice with disrupted peripheral cellular trafficking events. The loss of Ccr7 resulted in an immediate pan-leukocytosis that remained elevated throughout the infection. This leukocytosis resulted in a significant enhancement of leukocyte accumulation within the CNS. Despite an excess of virus-specific T cells in the CNS, Ccr7-deficient mice had significantly higher CNS viral loads and mortality rates compared to wild-type animals...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346868/circulation-of-zoonotic-arboviruses-in-equine-populations-of-mallorca-island-spain
#18
Jessica Vanhomwegen, Cécile Beck, Philippe Desprès, Amanda Figuerola, Ramón García, Sylvie Lecollinet, Marc López-Roig, Jean-Claude Manuguerra, Jordi Serra-Cobo
The presence of major arbovirus vector species, climate change that promotes the expansion and increase of their populations, and potential animal reservoirs mean that vector-borne diseases represent a significant health risk for Mallorca's inhabitants. Microbiological monitoring of circulating arboviruses, particularly flaviviruses causing encephalitis, was initiated using domestic horses from localities near wetlands as "sentinel" hosts. A total of 291 blood samples were taken from 172 horses between 2011 and 2012, using paired samples to highlight seroconversion events...
May 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332648/west-nile-virus-epizootics-in-the-camargue-france-in-2015-and-reinforcement-of-surveillance-and-control-networks
#19
C Bahuon, C Marcillaud-Pitel, L Bournez, A Leblond, C Beck, J Hars, I Leparc-Goffart, G L'Ambert, M-C Paty, L Cavalerie, C Daix, P Tritz, B Durand, S Zientara, S Lecollinet
West Nile virus (WNV) infection is a non-contagious disease mainly transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes from the genus Culex. The virus is maintained in a mosquito-bird-mosquito cycle, and can accidentally be transmitted to mammalian hosts. Among mammalian hosts, equines and humans are the most sensitive to WNV infection and can develop severe meningoencephalitis. As WNV infections are zoonotic and can be severe in humans and equines, West Nile fever is considered to be a public and animal health concern...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322715/west-nile-virus-seroprevalence-connecticut-usa-2000-2014
#20
Megan E Cahill, Yi Yao, David Nock, Philip M Armstrong, Theodore G Andreadis, Maria A Diuk-Wasser, Ruth R Montgomery
West Nile virus (WNV) infection is mainly asymptomatic but can be severe in elderly persons. As part of studies on immunity and aging in Connecticut, USA, we detected WNV seroconversion in 8.5% of nonimmunosuppressed and 16.8% of immunosuppressed persons. Age was not a significant seroconversion factor. Our findings suggest that immune factors affect seroconversion.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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