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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092222/varied-presentations-of-leptospirosis-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-north-india
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Rama Chaudhry, Karnika Saigal, Tej Bahadur, Kamla Kant, Bishwanath Chourasia, Nitin Gupta
Leptospirosis has been recognised as an emerging global public health problem. The aim of our study was to explore the epidemiological and clinical pattern of disease occurrence in suspected cases and to search for any existing co-infections. Ours was a retrospective study in patients with acute febrile illness in north India over a period of three years (April 2011 to June 2014). Serological diagnosis of leptospirosis was made using the PanBio IgM ELISA kit. Using modified Faine's criteria, presumptive and possible diagnosis was made in 57% and 34% cases, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Tropical Doctor
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086810/genotypic-characterization-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-from-patients-in-two-geographical-locations-in-sri-lanka
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Ranjan Premaratna, Lucas S Blanton, Dilhar N Samaraweera, G Nalika N de Silva, Nilmini T G A Chandrasena, David H Walker, H J de Silva
BACKGROUND: To date more than 20 antigenically distinct strains of Orientia tsutsugamushi (OT) reported within the tsutsugamushi triangle that cause an undifferentiated acute febrile illness in humans. Genotypic characterization of OT in different geographic regions or within the same country, is important in order to establish effective diagnostics, clinical management and to develop effective vaccines. Genetic and antigenic characterization of OT causing human disease in OT-endemic regions is not known for Sri Lanka...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072887/dengue-fever-in-travellers-and-risk-of-local-spreading-case-reports-from-southern-italy-and-literature-update
#3
Claudia Fabrizio, Luciana Lepore, Maria Chironna, Gioacchino Angarano, Annalisa Saracino
Dengue fever (DF), an arbovirosis caused by Dengue viruses (DV, serotypes 1-4), is responsible for an increasing number of travel-related acute febrile illnesses due to population growth, climate changes, spreading by viremic travellers, and improved laboratory diagnosis. The presence of efficient vectors (mosquito Aedes albopictus) has also been described in temperate regions including Italy which is considered the most heavily infected European country. Normally characterized by non-specific signs and symptoms, DF incidence is probably underestimated, especially in non-endemic countries, but the risk of severe forms is substantial...
January 5, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069071/sporadic-cases-of-adult-measles-a-research-article
#4
Ranjan Premaratna, Nathasha Luke, Harsha Perera, Mahesh Gunathilake, Pubudu Amarasena, T G A Nilmini Chandrasena
BACKGROUND: Measles caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by fever, malaise, cough, coryza conjunctivitis, a maculopapular rash is known to result in pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Fatal cases of measles in Sri Lanka are rare after implementation of the National Immunization Programme in 1984. Thereafter 0.1% case fatality rate was observed during October 1999-June 2000 which is a very low figure compared to other regional countries. Immunization guidelines were further revised in 2001, 2011 and in 2012 when additional immunization was recommended to age group 4-21 years; who are likely to have inadequate immunization, in order to achieve elimination of Measles by 2020...
January 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065617/borrelia-miyamotoi-in-vectors-and-hosts-in-the-netherlands
#5
Alex Wagemakers, Seta Jahfari, Bob de Wever, Lodewijk Spanjaard, Markus V Starink, Henry J C de Vries, Hein Sprong, Joppe W Hovius
Ixodes ticks transmit Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis (LB). These tick species also transmit Borrelia miyamotoi, which was recently found to cause infections in humans. We were interested in the prevalence of B. miyamotoi infection in ticks and natural hosts in The Netherlands, and to what extent ticks are co-infected with B. burgdorferi. In addition, erythema migrans has been sporadically described in B. miyamotoi-infected patients, but these skin lesions might as well represent co-infections with B...
December 30, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051359/electron-microscopy-of-alkhumra-hemorrhagic-fever-virus
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Tariq A Madani, El-Tayb M E Abuelzein, Sawsan M Jalalah, Huda Abu-Araki, Esam I Azhar, Ahmed M Hassan, Hussein M S Al-Bar
Alkhumra hemorrhagic fever virus (AHFV) is a newly described zoonotic flavivirus that was first isolated during 1994-1995 from the Alkhumra district south of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, the virus was also isolated from Makkah city (2001-2003) and Najran (2008-2009), Saudi Arabia. The virus causes acute febrile illness with hepatitis, hemorrhagic manifestations, and encephalitis. A case fatality rate of 25% was reported among hospitalized patients. Although several biological and molecular characteristics of the virus have been published, no data are available on electron microscopic features of the virus...
January 4, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049485/the-dangers-of-accepting-a-single-diagnosis-case-report-of-concurrent-plasmodium-knowlesi-malaria-and-dengue-infection
#7
Soon Eu Chong, Rhendra Hardy Mohamad Zaini, Siti Suraiya, Kok Tong Lee, Jo Anne Lim
BACKGROUND: Dengue and malaria are two common, mosquito-borne infections, which may lead to mortality if not managed properly. Concurrent infections of dengue and malaria are rare due to the different habitats of its vectors and activities of different carrier mosquitoes. The first case reported was in 2005. Since then, several concurrent infections have been reported between the dengue virus (DENV) and the malaria protozoans, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. Symptoms of each infection may be masked by a simultaneous second infection, resulting in late treatment and severe complications...
January 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036394/first-identification-and-description-of-rickettsioses-and-q-fever-as-causes-of-acute-febrile-illness-in-nicaragua
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Megan E Reller, Ijeuru Chikeka, Jeremy J Miles, J Stephen Dumler, Christopher W Woods, Orlando Mayorga, Armando J Matute
BACKGROUND: Rickettsial infections and Q fever present similarly to other acute febrile illnesses, but are infrequently diagnosed because of limited diagnostic tools. Despite sporadic reports, rickettsial infections and Q fever have not been prospectively studied in Central America. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We enrolled consecutive patients presenting with undifferentiated fever in western Nicaragua and collected epidemiologic and clinical data and acute and convalescent sera...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035106/zika-virus-infection-past-and-present-of-another-emerging-vector-borne-disease
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REVIEW
Hercules Sakkas, Vangelis Economou, Chrissanthy Papadopoulou
Zika virus infection is an emerging mosquito-borne disease, first identified in Uganda in 1947. It is caused by the Zika arbovirus, and transmitted by the bites of infected mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. For almost half a century, the Zika virus was reported as the causative agent of sporadic human infections. In 2007, the Zika virus emerged outside Asia and Africa causing an epidemic on the Island of Yap in Micronesia. The manifestation of the newly acquired human infection varies from asymptomatic to self-limiting acute febrile illness with symptoms and clinical features similar to those caused by the Dengue virus ('Dengue-like syndrome')...
October 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027928/dengue-virus-non-structural-protein-1-expression-and-associated-risk-factors-among-febrile-patients-attending-university-of-abuja-teaching-hospital-nigeria
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Idris Abdullahi Nasir, Olubunmi Olajide Agbede, Amos Dangana, Marycelin Baba, Abubakar Shehu Haruna
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a mosquito-borne and neglected tropical viral disease that has been reported to be hyper-endemic in Nigeria. However, this is the first dengue study in Abuja. OBJECTIVE: This hospital-based cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of Dengue virus (DENV) non-structural protein-1 (NS1) antigenaemia, anti-Dengue virus IgG and their associated risk factors among febrile patients attending the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Nigeria...
December 24, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989728/mayaro-virus-a-forest-virus-primed-for-a-trip-to-the-city
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Ian M Mackay, Katherine E Arden
Mayaro virus (MAYV) is an emerging arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus). Infection by MAYV can produce Mayaro virus disease (MAYVD) which is usually a clinically diagnosed, acute, febrile illness associated with prolonged and painful joint inflammation and swelling. MAYVD may be clinically indistinguishable from dengue, chikungunya fever, malaria, rabies, measles or other arboviral diseases. The full spectrum of disease, sequelae, routes of infection, virus shedding and any rarer means of transmission remain undefined...
December 2016: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984415/a-cytokine-pattern-that-differentiates-pre-from-post-seroconversion-phases-of-primary-hiv-infection
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Lucia Pastor, Erica Parker, Jorge Carrillo, Victor Urrea, Laura Fuente-Soro, Durval Respeito, Chenjerai Jairoce, Inacio Mandomando, Julià Blanco, Denise Naniche
BACKGROUND: During acute HIV infection (AHI) HIV actively replicates but seroconversion has not yet occurred. Primary HIV infection (PHI) is characterized by a transient non-specific febrile illness, a massive inflammatory response and the progressive appearance of anti-HIV specific antibodies. In this study we have identified patterns of inflammatory biomarkers associated with the innate immunological reaction prior to completion of a full humoral response. METHODS: A symptom-based screening was used to identify AHI in the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique...
8, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977844/paracetamol-acetaminophen-or-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-alone-or-combined-for-pain-relief-in-acute-otitis-media-in-children
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REVIEW
Alies Sjoukes, Roderick P Venekamp, Alma C van de Pol, Alastair D Hay, Paul Little, Anne Gm Schilder, Roger Amj Damoiseaux
BACKGROUND: Acute otitis media (AOM) is one of the most common childhood infectious diseases and a significant reason for antibiotic prescriptions in children worldwide. Pain from middle ear infection and pressure behind the eardrum is the key symptom of AOM. Ear pain is central to children's and parents' experience of the illness. Because antibiotics provide only marginal benefits, analgesic treatment including paracetamol (acetaminophen) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is regarded as the cornerstone of AOM management in children...
15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955870/evaluation-of-a-pan-serotype-point-of-care-rapid-diagnostic-assay-for-accurate-detection-of-acute-dengue-infection
#14
Rosario Vivek, Syed Fazil Ahamed, Shalini Kotabagi, Anmol Chandele, Ira Khanna, Navin Khanna, Kaustuv Nayak, Mary Dias, Murali-Krishna Kaja, Anita Shet
The catastrophic rise in dengue infections in India and globally has created a need for an accurate, validated low-cost rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for dengue. We prospectively evaluated the diagnostic performance of NS1/IgM RDT (dengue day 1) using 211 samples from a pediatric dengue cohort representing all 4 serotypes in southern India. The dengue-positive panel consisted of 179 dengue real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) positive samples from symptomatic children. The dengue-negative panel consisted of 32 samples from dengue-negative febrile children and asymptomatic individuals that were negative for dengue RT-PCR/NS1 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay/IgM/IgG...
September 30, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955629/cerebellar-ataxia-due-to-leptospirosis-a-case-report
#15
Rajveer Singh, Dheeraj Khurana, Sahil Mehta, Aditya Choudhary, Gayathri Petluri, Vivek Lal
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis involves nervous system in around 10-15% of the cases, the commonest presentation being aseptic meningitis. Most of the clinical features of neuroleptospirosis are due to capillary endothelial damage and vasculitis. Ataxia is an extremely uncommon manifestation of Leptospirosis occuring in <5% of cases. CASE PRESENTATION: A 28 year old female from North India presented with a short febrile illness followed by an acute onset cerebellar ataxia, anemia, thrombocytopenia and transaminitis...
December 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942194/acute-undifferentiated-febrile-illness-in-patients-presenting-to-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-south-india-clinical-spectrum-and-outcome
#16
Kundavaram Paul Prabhakar Abhilash, Jonathan Arul Jeevan, Shubhanker Mitra, Nirvin Paul, Thimiri Palani Murugan, Ajay Rangaraj, Sandeep David, Samuel George Hansdak, John Antony Jude Prakash, Asha Mary Abraham, Prakash Ramasami, Sowmya Sathyendra, Thambu David Sudarsanam, George M Varghese
BACKGROUND: Acute undifferentiated febrile illness (AUFI) may have similar clinical presentation, and the etiology is varied and region specific. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in South India. All adult patients presenting with AUFI of 3-14 days duration were evaluated for etiology, and the differences in presentation and outcome were analyzed. RESULTS: The study cohort included 1258 patients...
October 2016: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928094/seroconversion-to-causes-of-febrile-illness-in-mongolian-peacekeepers-deployed-to-south-sudan
#17
Altangerel Enkhtsetseg, Rendoo Davadoorj, Stefan Fernandez, Duangrat Mongkolsirichaikul, Damdin Altantuul, Erdene Elbegdorj, Lkhagvasuren Ganchimeg, Samuel L Yingst
Immediately before deployment (Fall 2012) and after deployment (Spring 2013) in support of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Mongolian Armed Forces medical personnel obtained serum samples from the first contingent of Mongolian peacekeepers deploying to South Sudan to monitor serologic evidence of exposure to diseases that cause acute febrile illness. A total of 632 paired samples were tested for IgG antibody for the following (number of seroconversions in parentheses): Rickettsia (spotted fever and typhus groups) (25), West Nile fever virus (WNV) (23), Coxiella burnetii (causative agent of Q fever) (12), dengue virus (8), leptospirosis (6), chikungunya virus (0), Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever virus (0), Japanese encephalitis virus (0), and Rift Valley fever virus (0)...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920178/animal-models-of-chikungunya-virus-infection-and-disease
#18
Nicole N Haese, Rebecca M Broeckel, David W Hawman, Mark T Heise, Thomas E Morrison, Daniel N Streblow
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a reemerging alphavirus that causes acute febrile illness and severe joint pain in humans. Although acute symptoms often resolve within a few days, chronic joint and muscle pain can be long lasting. In the last decade, CHIKV has caused widespread outbreaks of unprecedented scale in the Americas, Asia, and the Indian Ocean island regions. Despite these outbreaks and the continued expansion of CHIKV into new areas, mechanisms of chikungunya pathogenesis and disease are not well understood...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919115/febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-clinical-review-and-hypotheses-of-epileptogenesis
#19
Andreas van Baalen, Annamaria Vezzani, Martin Häusler, Gerhard Kluger
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES, AERRPS, or DESC) is one of the most severe, mostly irreversible, and presumably immune-mediated epileptic encephalopathies affecting healthy children. Refractory status epilepticus or a cluster of seizures start a few days after the onset of an acute febrile illness; however, encephalitis cannot be proved. Sequelae of FIRES are drug-resistant epilepsy and neuropsychological impairments occurring without latency. Clinical knowledge is limited because FIRES is sporadic and extremely rare...
December 5, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917305/laboratory-diagnosis-for-outbreak-prone-infectious-diseases-after-typhoon-yolanda-haiyan-philippines
#20
Mariko Saito-Obata, Mayuko Saito, Titus C Tan, Inez Andrea P Medado, Clyde Dapat, Michiko Okamoto, Raita Tamaki, Rowena C Capistrano, Edelwisa Segubre-Mercado, Socorro P Lupisan, Hitoshi Oshitani
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. To identify possible outbreaks of communicable diseases after the typhoon, nasopharyngeal swabs, stool and blood samples were collected from patients who visited the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center due to acute respiratory infection (ARI), acute gastroenteritis (AGE) or other febrile illness (OFI) including suspected dengue fever, between November 28, 2013 and February 5, 2014.   Methods: Samples were tested on-site for selected pathogens using rapid diagnostic tests...
October 21, 2016: PLoS Currents
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