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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340908/preparing-the-united-states-for-zika-virus-pre-emptive-vector-control-and-personal-protection
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EDITORIAL
James H Diaz
Discovered in 1947 in a monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda, Zika virus was dismissed as a cause of a mild illness that was confined to Africa and Southeast Asia and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In 2007, Zika virus appeared outside of its endemic borders in an outbreak on the South Pacific Island of Yap. In 2013, Zika virus was associated with a major neurological complication, Guillain-Barré syndrome, in a larger outbreak in the French Polynesian Islands. From the South Pacific, Zika invaded Brazil in 2015 and caused another severe neurological complication, fetal microcephaly...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316432/blood-transfusion-safety-current-status-and-challenges-in-nigeria
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REVIEW
John C Aneke, Chide E Okocha
The attainment of blood transfusion safety in Nigeria (and probably the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa) remains an uphill task due to a number of factors, ranging from shortage of blood, poor implementation of blood transfusion guidelines, infrastructural deficits to high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs), particularly hepatitis and human immune deficiency viruses. We reviewed available data on blood transfusion practices and safety in Nigeria using the PubMed, PubMed Central, Google Scholar, and African Index Medicus search engines, through a combination of word and phrases relevant to the subject...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281428/a-review-of-blood-transfusions-in-a-trauma-unit-for-young-children
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M Salverda, N Ketharanathan, M Van Dijk, E Beltchev, H Buys, A Numanoglu, A B Van As
BACKGROUND: Trauma is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Blood transfusions play an incremental role in the acute phase, yet practice varies owing to variations in transfusion thresholds and concerns about potential complications, especially in children. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate protocol adherence to blood transfusion thresholds in paediatric trauma patients and determine the degree of blood product wastage, as defined by discarded units. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive study of trauma patients (age 0 - 13 years) who received a blood transfusion in the trauma unit at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, over a 5...
February 27, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276593/association-between-sickle-cell-anemia-and-alpha-thalassemia-reveals-a-high-prevalence-of-the-%C3%AE-3-7-triplication-in-congolese-patients-than-in-worldwide-series
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Tite Minga Mikobi, Prosper Tshilobo Lukusa, Michel Ntetani Aloni, Aimé Lumaka, Pierre Zalagile Akilimali, Koenraad Devriendt, Gert Matthijs, Jean-Marie Mbuyi Muamba, Valerie Race
BACKGROUND: Information about the association with alpha thalassemia in sickle cell patients is unknown in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is very little data on the alpha thalassemia in patients suffering from sickle cell anemia in Central Africa, and their consequences on the clinical expression of the disease. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 106 sickle cell patients living in the country's capital Kinshasa. The diagnosis of sickle cell anemia was confirmed with a molecular test using PCR-RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) technique...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259182/an-unexpected-diagnosis-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-2-infection-in-an-overseas-visitor-a-case-report
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Asma Sohail, Lyndal Van Leer, Natasha Holmes
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus 2 infection is endemic in West Africa but is also found in parts of Europe, North and South America, and India where it is thought to have been introduced secondary to migration and commercial trade ties. It is less common than Human immunodeficiency virus 1, with differences in pathogenicity, lower rates of transmission, longer asymptomatic period and slower progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Human immunodeficiency virus 2 is also associated with diagnostic challenges given the lack of commercially available diagnostic tests, and management challenges given intrinsic resistance to many anti-retroviral therapies...
March 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250985/factors-associated-with-growth-retardation-in-children-suffering-from-sickle-cell-anemia-first-report-from-central-africa
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Aimé Lukusa Kazadi, René Makuala Ngiyulu, Jean Lambert Gini-Ehungu, Jean Marie Mbuyi-Muamba, Michel Ntetani Aloni
Background. The aim of this study was to investigate and determine the risk factors associated with poor growth among SCA children. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Kinshasa, the capital's country. The nutritional status was assessed using the Z scores of the anthropometric indices. Results. We gathered data on the 256 patients, 138 females (53.9%), who entered the study. The mean age at presentation was 8.4 ± 4.9 years of age. Underweight, stunting, and wasting were found, respectively, in 47...
2017: Anemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240466/liberal-transfusion-strategies-still-the-trend-in-burn-surgery
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N L Allorto, M D T Smith, D L Clarke
OBJECTIVE: Blood is a limited resource in middle-income countries such as South Africa. Transfusion is associated with complications and expense. We aimed to understand our transfusion practices in burn surgery as well as ascertain the opinion of a broader group of surgeons and anaesthetists regarding transfusion triggers in order to understand the rationale and bias that drives current transfusion practice in our setting. METHOD: Firstly, we investigated the current blood practices at our regional burn service through an audit of perioperative notes for all patients receiving packed cell transfusions in a 24-month period...
September 2016: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170418/impact-of-prematurity-and-immigration-on-neonatal-screening-for-sickle-cell-disease
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Ernesto Cortés-Castell, Antonio Palazón-Bru, Carolina Pla, Mercedes Goicoechea, María Mercedes Rizo-Baeza, Mercedes Juste, Vicente Francisco Gil-Guillén
BACKGROUND: Others have described a relationship between hemoglobin A levels and gestational age, gender and ethnicity. However, studies are needed to determine normal cut-off points considering these factors. To address this issue we designed a study to determine the percentiles of normality of neonatal hemoglobin A levels taking these factors into account. METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved 16,025 samples for sickle cell disease screening in the province of Alicante, Spain, which has a high immigration rate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112094/retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-a-cohort-of-neonates-at-groote-schuur-hospital-cape-town-south-africa
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Q Keraan, C Tinley, A Horn, T Pollock, J Steffen, Y Joolay
BACKGROUND: Severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) can cause blindness. Before 2016, resource limitations precluded routine screening for ROP at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Cape Town, South Africa. Previous pilot studies at GSH found no patients with ROP requiring treatment; however, improved preterm infant survival may affect the prevalence. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and severity of ROP, describe potential risk factors, and assess the feasibility of ROP screening...
December 21, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032327/emerging-zika-virus-infection-a-rapidly-evolving-situation
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Bordi Licia, Avsic-Zupanc Tatjana, Lalle Eleonora, Vairo Francesco, Capobianchi Maria Rosaria, Pedro Fernando da Costa Vasconcelos
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus, firstly identified in Uganda and responsible for sporadic human cases in Africa and Asia until recently, when large outbreak occurred in Pacific Ocean and the Americas. Since the main vectors during its spread outside of Africa have been Ae. albopictus and Ae. aegypti mosquitoes, which are widely distributed all over the world, there is urgent need for a coordinated response for prevention and spread of ZIKV epidemics.Despite clinical manifestation of Zika virus infection are usually mild and self limiting, there are reports suggesting, during the recent epidemic, an association of ZIKV infection with severe consequences, including fetal/newborn microcephaly, due to vertical in utero transmission, autoimmune-neurological presentations including cranial nerve dysfunction, and Guillain-Barré Syndrome in adults...
December 29, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920394/blood-transfusion-delay-and-outcome-in-county-hospitals-in-kenya
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Julius Thomas, Philip Ayieko, Morris Ogero, Susan Gachau, Boniface Makone, Wycliffe Nyachiro, George Mbevi, Mercy Chepkirui, Lucas Malla, Jacquie Oliwa, Grace Irimu, Mike English
Severe anemia is a leading indication for blood transfusion and a major cause of hospital admission and mortality in African children. Failure to initiate blood transfusion rapidly enough contributes to anemia deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. This article examines delays in accessing blood and outcomes in transfused children in Kenyan hospitals. Children admitted with nonsurgical conditions in 10 Kenyan county hospitals participating in the Clinical Information Network who had blood transfusion ordered from September 2013 to March 2016 were studied...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902502/zika-virus-and-patient-blood-management
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Lawrence T Goodnough, Marisa B Marques
Sporadic Zika virus infections had only occurred in Africa and Asia until an outbreak in Micronesia (Oceania) in 2007. In 2013 to 2014, several outer Pacific Islands reported local outbreaks. Soon thereafter, the virus was likely introduced in Brazil from competing athletes from French Polynesia and other countries that participated in a competition there. Transmission is thought to have occurred through mosquito bites and spread to the immunologically naive population. Being also a flavivirus, the Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito that is endemic in South and Central America that is also the vector of West Nile virus, dengue, and chikungunya...
January 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901569/rare-donor-program-at-western-province-blood-transfusion-service-in-south-africa
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REVIEW
Ruwayda Soeker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Immunohematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871315/management-of-uterine-rupture-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Thomas Obinchemti Egbe, Gregory Edie Halle-Ekane, Charlotte Nguefack Tchente, Jacques Ernest Nyemb, Eugene Belley-Priso
BACKGROUND: Maternal morbidity and mortality has been a major World Health Organization concern over the years, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper reports uterine rupture with severe hypovolemic shock managed at the Douala General Hospital, Cameroon. Early clinical diagnosis is paramount to maternal survival. CASE PRESENTATION: Mrs. MM aged 25 years, G3P2012, of the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon was admitted to our Department in hypovolemic shock BP = 70/40 mmHg, pulse 120 beats per minute, with altered consciousness (Glasgow Coma Scale = 13)...
November 21, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842632/a-cross-sectional-study-of-peripartum-blood-transfusion-in-the-eastern-cape-south-africa
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K Van den Berg, E M Bloch, A S Aku, M Mabenge, D V Creel, G J Hofmeyr, E L Murphy
BACKGROUND: Obstetric haemorrhage (OH) remains a major contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. Blood transfusion is critical in OH management; yet, data on peripartum transfusion are lacking. A pilot study reported high rates of peripartum transfusion in a sample of South African (SA) hospitals, which was independently associated with HIV status. OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence of peripartum transfusion in a sample of Eastern Cape, SA hospitals to evaluate generalisability of preceding study findings...
November 2, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795962/immunity-status-of-blood-donors-regarding-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-a-low-income-district-of-abidjan-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-west-africa
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Liliane Siransy, Sery Romuald Dasse, Serge Pacôme Dou Gonat, Antoinette Legbedji, Koffi N'guessan, Patricia Ama Kouacou, Richard Yeboah, Hervé Menan
Background. Toxoplasmosis is a widespread cosmopolitan anthropozoonosis, which affects more than a third of the world population. Except the modes of transmission well known, Toxoplasma gondii can be transmitted during transplantation or blood transfusion. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of IgG and IgM Toxoplasma gondii and to estimate the potential risk by blood products. Methods. This is a cross-sectional study on the research for Toxoplasma gondii antibodies (IgG and IgM) blood donors performed by ELISA...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717603/burden-spectrum-and-impact-of-healthcare-associated-infection-at-a-south-african-children-s-hospital
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A Dramowski, A Whitelaw, M F Cotton
BACKGROUND: In most African countries the prevalence and effects of paediatric healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are unknown. AIM: To investigate the burden, spectrum, risk factors, and impact of paediatric HCAI by prospective clinical surveillance at a South African referral hospital. METHODS: Continuous prospective clinical and laboratory HCAI surveillance using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions was conducted at Tygerberg Children's Hospital, South Africa, from May 1(st) to October 31(st) in 2014 and 2015...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663172/the-contribution-of-unsafe-blood-transfusion-to-human-immunodeficiency-virus-incidence-in-sub-saharan-africa-reexamination-of-the-5-to-10-convention
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REVIEW
Malika M Morar, John P Pitman, Willi McFarland, Evan M Bloch
BACKGROUND: Historical estimates have attributed 5% to 10% of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to unsafe blood transfusions. Although frequently cited, the validity of this statistic is uncertain or outdated. Recent estimates suggest blood transfusion's contribution to new HIV infections in the region may be much lower. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We searched the peer-reviewed and gray literature for quantitative estimates of the specific contribution of unsafe blood transfusion to the proportion of new HIV infections occurring in SSA...
December 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611471/pediatric-blood-transfusion-practices-at-a-regional-referral-hospital-in-kenya
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Helen M Nabwera, Greg Fegan, Jay Shavadia, Douglas Denje, Kishor Mandaliya, Imelda Bates, Kathryn Maitland, Oliver W Hassall
BACKGROUND: Severe anemia in children is a major public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. In this study we describe clinical and operational aspects of blood transfusion in children admitted to Coast Provincial General Hospital, Kenya. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was an observational study where over a 2-year period, demographic and laboratory data were collected on all children for whom the hospital blood bank received a transfusion request. Clinical data were obtained by retrospective review of case notes over the first year...
September 9, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27539675/hiv-1-and-hijacking-of-the-host-immune-system-the-current-scenario
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REVIEW
Muhammad Imran, Sobia Manzoor, Muhammad Saalim, Saleha Resham, Javed Ashraf, Aneela Javed, Ahmed Bilal Waqar
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a major health burden across the world which leads to the development of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This review article discusses the prevalence of HIV, its major routes of transmission, natural immunity, and evasion from the host immune system. HIV is mostly prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and low income countries. It is mostly transmitted by sharing syringe needles, blood transfusion, and sexual routes. The host immune system is categorized into three main types; the innate, the adaptive, and the intrinsic immune system...
October 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
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