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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219812/detection-and-molecular-diversity-of-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-sheltered-dogs-and-cats-in-northern-spain
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Horacio Gil, Lourdes Cano, Aida de Lucio, Begoña Bailo, Marta Hernández de Mingo, Guillermo A Cardona, José A Fernández-Basterra, Juan Aramburu-Aguirre, Nuria López-Molina, David Carmena
Domestic dogs and cats may act as natural reservoirs of a large number of zoonotic pathogens, including the enteric parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp., the most relevant protozoan species causing gastrointestinal disease worldwide. A cross-sectional epidemiological study aiming to assess the prevalence and molecular diversity of G. duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. was conducted in an animal rescue centre in the province of Álava (Northern Spain). A total of 194 and 65 faecal dropping samples from individual dogs and cats, respectively, were collected between November 2013 and June 2016...
February 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215875/occurrence-and-molecular-genotyping-of-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-wild-mesocarnivores-in-spain
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Marta Mateo, Marta Hernández de Mingo, Aida de Lucio, Lucía Morales, Ana Balseiro, Alberto Espí, Marta Barral, José Francisco Lima Barbero, Miguel Ángel Habela, José L Fernández-García, Rafael Calero Bernal, Pamela C Köster, Guillermo A Cardona, David Carmena
There is a surprisingly scarce amount of epidemiological and molecular data on the prevalence, frequency, and diversity of the intestinal protozoan parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. in wildlife in general and mesocarnivore species in particular. Consequently, the extent of the cyst/oocyst environmental contamination attributable to these wild host species and their potential implications for public veterinary health remain largely unknown. In this molecular epidemiological survey a total of 193 individual faecal samples from badgers (Meles meles, n=70), ferrets (Mustela putorius furo, n=2), genets (Genetta genetta, n=6), Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardinus, n=6), beech martens (Martes foina, n=8), mongooses (Herpestes ichneumon, n=2), otters (Lutra lutra, n=2), polecats (Mustela putorius, n=2), red foxes (Vulpes vulpes, n=87), wildcats (Felis silvestris, n=2), and wolves (Canis lupus, n=6) were obtained from road-killed, hunted, and accidentally found carcasses, and from camera-trap surveys or animals entering rescue shelters, during the period December 2003-April 2016...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214721/waterborne-transmission-of-protozoan-parasites-review-of-worldwide-outbreaks-an-update-2011-2016
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REVIEW
Artemis Efstratiou, Jerry E Ongerth, Panagiotis Karanis
This review provides a comprehensive update of worldwide waterborne parasitic protozoan outbreaks that occurred with reports published since previous reviews largely between January 2011 and December 2016. At least 381 outbreaks attributed to waterborne transmission of parasitic protozoa were documented during this time period. The nearly half (49%) of reports occurred in New Zealand, 41% of the outbreaks in North America and 9% in Europe. The most common etiological agent was Cryptosporidium spp., reported in 63% (239) of the outbreaks, while Giardia spp...
January 25, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212822/cryptosporidium-contaminated-water-disinfection-by-a-novel-fenton-process
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Sina Matavos-Aramyan, Mohsen Moussavi, Hedieh Matavos-Aramyan, Sara Roozkhosh
Three novel modified advanced oxidation process systems including ascorbic acid-, pro-oxidants- and ascorbic acid-pro-oxidants-modified Fenton system were utilized to study the disinfection efficiency on Cryptosporidium-contaminated drinking water samples. Different concentrations of divalent and trivalent iron ions, hydrogen peroxide, ascorbic acid and pro-oxidants at different exposure times were investigated. These novel systems were also compared to the classic Fenton system and to the control system which comprised of only hydrogen peroxide...
February 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192123/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-iid-subtype-family-of-cryptosporidium-parvum
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Yaoyu Feng, Na Li, Dawn M Roellig, Alyssa Kelley, Guangyuan Liu, Said Amer, Kevin Tang, Longxian Zhang, Lihua Xiao
Host adaptation is known to occur in Cryptosporidium parvum, with IIa and IId subtype families preferentially infecting calves and lambs, respectively. To improve our understanding of the genetic basis of host adaptation in Cryptosporidium parvum, we sequenced the genomes of two IId specimens and one IIa specimen from China and Egypt using the Illumina technique and compared them with the published IIa IOWA genome. Sequence data were obtained for >99.3% of the expected genome. Comparative genomic analysis identified differences in numbers of three subtelomeric gene families between sequenced genomes and the reference genome, including those encoding SKSR secretory proteins, the MEDLE family of secretory proteins, and insulinase-like proteases...
February 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192081/cryptosporidium-oocysts-and-giardia-cysts-a-practical-and-sensitive-method-for-counting-and-manipulating-small-numbers
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Jerry E Ongerth, Frhat M A Saaed
A rapid and inexpensive method is described for accurate and reproducible counting and manipulating small numbers of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts. From a suspension of oocysts or cysts at concentration from 1000 to 5000/mL (1-5/μL), replicate 5μL droplets are micro pipetted onto the edge of a microscope slide. Unstained oocysts or cysts in each droplet can be counted in a few minutes and replicated for statistical strength. The concentration of the suspension can then be verified by pipetting desired volumes containing approximately desired numbers onto confined 13mm membranes for IFA staining and counting with replication as desired...
February 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179475/asparagine-linked-glycans-of-cryptosporidium-parvum-contain-a-single-long-arm-are-barely-processed-in-the-er-or-golgi-and-show-a-strong-bias-for-sites-with-threonine
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John R Haserick, Deborah R Leon, John Samuelson, Catherine E Costello
Cryptosporidium parvum causes severe diarrhea in infants in developing countries and in immunosuppressed persons, including those with AIDS. We are interested in the Asn-linked glycans (N-glycans) of C. parvum, because 1) the N-glycan precursor is predicted to contain five mannose and two glucose residues on a single long arm versus nine mannose and three glucose residues on the three-armed structure common in host N-glycans, 2) C. parvum is a rare eukaryote that lacks the machinery for N-glycan-dependent quality control of protein folding in the lumen of the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER), and 3) ER and Golgi mannosidases, as well as glycosyltransferases that build complex N-glycans, are absent from the predicted proteome...
February 8, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176615/identification-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-aichivirus-b-in-a-calf-with-enterocolitis-and-neurologic-signs
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Ana S D Moreira, Sarah M Raabis, Melissa E Graham, Jennifer M Dreyfus, Samuel D Sibley, Jennifer A Godhardt-Cooper, Kathy L Toohey-Kurth, Tony L Goldberg, Simon F Peek
An 11-d-old Holstein bull calf was presented to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because of a 4-d history of diarrhea and persistent low-grade fever. Initial diagnosis was enteritis caused by Cryptosporidium and rotavirus. During hospitalization, the calf became stuporous and was only responsive to noxious stimuli, with hypotonia of all 4 limbs, tail, head, and neck. A cerebrospinal fluid analysis revealed xanthochromia, with marked lymphocytic pleocytosis, which was suggestive of viral meningitis and/or encephalitis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170133/optimal-strategies-for-the-diagnosis-of-community-onset-diarrhea-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-less-is-more
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Sonya A Trinh, Ignacio A Echenique, Sudhir Penugonda, Michael P Angarone
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea, a common complication after solid organ transplant (SOT), is associated with allograft failure and death. No evidence-based guidelines exist for the evaluation of diarrhea in SOT recipients. We performed a cost-analysis to derive a testing algorithm for the diagnosis of community-onset diarrhea that minimizes costs without compromising diagnostic yields. DESIGN: A cost-analysis was performed on a retrospective cohort of 422 SOT admissions for community-onset diarrhea over an 18-month period...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168979/first-report-of-tunisian-coastal-water-contamination-by-protozoan-parasites-using-mollusk-bivalves-as-biological-indicators
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Khemissa Ghozzi, Marianna Marangi, Roberto Papini, Ibtissem Lahmar, Rafika Challouf, Najoua Houas, Rym Ben Dhiab, Giovanni Normanno, Hamouda Babba, Annunziata Giangaspero
In order to establish seawater contamination by emerging protozoan parasites, we used qPCR to molecularly characterize and evaluate the parasitic burden of Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii, and Cyclospora cayetanensis in 1255 wild bivalve mollusks collected along the Tunisian coasts. T. gondii, G. duodenalis and C. cayetanensis were detected in 6.9% (99% CI=1.6-12.2%) pools of Ruditapes decussatus. None of the samples were found positive to Cryptosporidium spp.; 6.6% pools of R. decussatus were positive for T...
February 3, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168399/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-cryptosporidium-infection-in-farmed-pigs-in-zhejiang-guangdong-and-yunnan-provinces-china
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Yang Zou, Jian-Gang Ma, Dong-Mei Yue, Wen-Bin Zheng, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Quan Zhao, Xing-Quan Zhu
Cryptosporidiosis is caused by species of Cryptosporidium protozoa that can infect a wide range of host animals worldwide. However, data regarding Cryptosporidium infection in farmed pigs in subtropical areas in China is limited. Therefore, a total of 396 fecal samples were obtained from farmed pigs from Zhejiang (n = 124), Guangdong (n = 72), and Yunnan (n = 200) provinces, China, and were tested by PCR amplification of the small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene. The overall prevalence of Cryptosporidium in pigs was 17...
February 6, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167602/case-case-analysis-using-7-years-of-travelers-diarrhea-surveillance-data-preventive-and-travel-medicine-applications-in-cusco-peru
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Mary Carol Jennings, Drake H Tilley, Sarah-Blythe Ballard, Miguel Villanueva, Fernando Maldonado Costa, Martha Lopez, Hannah E Steinberg, C Giannina Luna, Rina Meza, Maria E Silva, Robert H Gilman, Mark P Simons, Ryan C Maves, Miguel M Cabada
In Cusco, Peru, and South America in general, there is a dearth of travelers' diarrhea (TD) data concerning the clinical features associated with enteropathogen-specific infections and destination-specific risk behaviors. Understanding these factors would allow travel medicine providers to tailor interventions to patients' risk profiles and travel destination. To characterize TD etiology, evaluate region-specific TD risk factors, and examine relationships between preventive recommendations and risk-taking behaviors among medium- to long-term travelers' from high-income countries, we conducted this case-case analysis using 7 years of prospective surveillance data from adult travelers' presenting with TD to a physician in Cusco...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166384/cryptosporidium-identification-and-genetic-typing
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Jan Šlapeta
Cryptosporidium spp. are obligate protozoan parasites of the gastrointestinal tract of vertebrates, including humans. In the majority of human cases, the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis is caused by either the human-adapted species Cryptosporidium hominis or the zoonotic Cryptosporidium parvum 'bovine genotype' (also known as Cryptosporidium pestis). The infectious stage, environmentally resilient Cryptosporidium oocysts, are shed by the infected host. Cryptosporidium parasites are transmitted by the fecal-oral route and are one of the major water-borne pathogens...
February 6, 2017: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166378/occurrence-and-genetic-characteristics-of-cryptosporidium-hominis-and-cryptosporidium-andersoni-in-horses-from-southwestern-china
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Lei Deng, Wei Li, Zhijun Zhong, Chao Gong, Xuefeng Cao, Yuan Song, Wuyou Wang, Xiangming Huang, Xuehan Liu, Yanchun Hu, Hualin Fu, Min He, Ya Wang, Yue Zhang, Kongju Wu, Guangneng Peng
A total of 333 fecal specimens from horses in southwestern China were genotyped based on analysis of the small subunit rRNA (SSU rRNA) gene. Cryptosporidium hominis and Cryptosporidium andersoni were identified in 2 and 4 stool specimens, respectively. The identification of C. hominis was confirmed by sequence analysis of the 70-kDa heat shock protein (HSP70) and oocyst wall protein (COWP) genes. Subtyping analysis of the 60-kDa glycoprotein (GP60) gene sequence of C. hominis revealed a new rare subtype Id, named IdA15; only three Id isolates have been reported in humans to date...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162900/discovery-and-structure-activity-relationship-of-the-first-potent-cryptosporidium-fikk-kinase-inhibitor
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Khan T Osman, Juntao Ye, Zhihao Shi, Christina Toker, Diogo Lovato, Rajiv S Jumani, William Zuercher, Christopher D Huston, Aled M Edwards, Mark Lautens, Vijayaratnam Santhakumar, Raymond Hui
FIKKs are parasite-specific protein kinases with distinctive sequence motifs and their biological roles have not been completely elucidated. Here, we report the first potent Cryptosporidium FIKK (CpFIKK) inhibitor. We identified 4b as a potent (IC50=0.2nM) inhibitor of CpFIKK catalytic activity. In addition, we identified both CpCDPK1 selective as well as dually acting CpFIKK-CDPK1 inhibitors from the same structural class of compounds. We evaluated these CpFIKK inhibitors for inhibition of parasite growth in vitro...
January 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162113/a-large-outbreak-of-gastrointestinal-illness-at-an-open-water-swimming-event-in-the-river-thames-london
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V Hall, A Taye, B Walsh, H Maguire, J Dave, A Wright, C Anderson, P Crook
Open-water swimming is increasingly popular, often in water not considered safe for bathing. Limited evidence exists on the associated health risks. We investigated gastrointestinal illness in 1100 swimmers in a River Thames event in London, UK, to describe the outbreak and identify risk factors. We conducted a retrospective cohort study. Our case definition was swimmers with any: diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal cramps lasting ⩾48 h, nausea lasting ⩾48 h, with onset within 9 days after the event. We used an online survey to collect information on symptoms, demographics, pre- and post-swim behaviours and open-water experience...
February 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158186/a-high-throughput-phenotypic-screen-identifies-clofazimine-as-a-potential-treatment-for-cryptosporidiosis
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Melissa S Love, Federico C Beasley, Rajiv S Jumani, Timothy M Wright, Arnab K Chatterjee, Christopher D Huston, Peter G Schultz, Case W McNamara
Cryptosporidiosis has emerged as a leading cause of non-viral diarrhea in children under five years of age in the developing world, yet the current standard of care to treat Cryptosporidium infections, nitazoxanide, demonstrates limited and immune-dependent efficacy. Given the lack of treatments with universal efficacy, drug discovery efforts against cryptosporidiosis are necessary to find therapeutics more efficacious than the standard of care. To date, cryptosporidiosis drug discovery efforts have been limited to a few targeted mechanisms in the parasite and whole cell phenotypic screens against small, focused collections of compounds...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151442/safe-drinking-water-and-waterborne-outbreaks
#18
N A Moreira, M Bondelind
The present work compiles a review on drinking waterborne outbreaks, with the perspective of production and distribution of microbiologically safe water, during 2000-2014. The outbreaks are categorised in raw water contamination, treatment deficiencies and distribution network failure. The main causes for contamination were: for groundwater, intrusion of animal faeces or wastewater due to heavy rain; in surface water, discharge of wastewater into the water source and increased turbidity and colour; at treatment plants, malfunctioning of the disinfection equipment; and for distribution systems, cross-connections, pipe breaks and wastewater intrusion into the network...
February 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151435/limiting-swimming-pool-outbreaks-of-cryptosporidiosis-the-roles-of-regulations-staff-patrons-and-research
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Una Ryan, Sheleigh Lawler, Simon Reid
Cryptosporidium is the leading cause of swimming pool outbreaks of gastroenteritis. Transmission occurs through the ingestion of oocysts that are passed in the faeces of an infected person or animal when an accidental faecal release event occurs. Cryptosporidium parasites present specific challenges for infection control as oocysts are highly resistant to chlorine levels used for pool disinfection, infected individuals can shed large numbers of oocysts, there is a long incubation period and shedding of oocysts occurs even after symptom resolution...
February 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143543/efficacy-of-nitazoxanide-to-treat-natural-giardia-infections-in-dogs
#20
Mario Moron-Soto, Lilia Gutierrez, Héctor Sumano, Graciela Tapia, Yazmin Alcala-Canto
BACKGROUND: Giardia parasites cause gastrointestinal disease in humans, dogs, and many other animals worldwide. The treatment of dogs for giardiasis requires further investigation to ascertain levels of drug efficacy and the possibility of adverse side effects. Nitazoxanide (NTZ) has shown good clinical anti-Giardia activity in humans, yet it has not been evaluated for the treatment of giardiasis in dogs. METHODS: Thirty-five dogs, naturally infected with Giardia were divided into five groups (n = 7): dogs in group NTZ1, NTZ2, and NTZ3 were treated with a single oral dose of 37...
January 31, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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