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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089651/canine-tick-borne-pathogens-in-cyprus-and-a-unique-canine-case-of-multiple-co-infections
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Charalampos Attipa, Chelsea A E Hicks, Emily N Barker, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Kyriaki Neofytou, Mathios E Mylonakis, Victoria I Siarkou, Elpida I Vingopoulou, Francesca Soutter, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Anna Psaroulaki, Kostas Papasouliotis, Séverine Tasker
Canine tick-borne pathogens such as Ehrlichia canis and Hepatozoon canis are widespread in the Mediterranean basin but have never been reported or investigated in Cyprus. We describe herein the presence of canine tick-borne pathogens in three dogs with clinical signs compatible with vector-borne diseases from Paphos area of Cyprus. Molecular and phylogenetic analysis revealed the presence of E. canis, Anaplasma platys, H. canis, Babesia vogeli and Mycoplasma haemocanis in Cyprus. One dog co-infected with E...
December 26, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055326/prevalence-and-distribution-of-human-and-tick-infections-with-the-ehrlichia-muris-like-agent-and-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-in-wisconsin-2009-2015
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Darby S Murphy, Xia Lee, Scott R Larson, Diep K Hoang Johnson, Theoren Loo, Susan M Paskewitz
Ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis are important emerging tickborne zoonoses that affect both humans and animals. Knowledge of the geographic distribution and prevalence of Ehrlichia spp. and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Wisconsin is important information as a baseline for future comparisons. Reported human cases between 2009 and 2015 were identified using the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) and mapped by county of residence. Vector surveillance was established using ticks collected from animals by partners, including veterinary medical clinics, domestic animal shelters, and wildlife rehabilitation centers from 40 Wisconsin counties...
January 5, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036138/early-diagnosis-of-ehrlichia-ewingii-infection-in-a-lung-transplant-recipient-by-peripheral-blood-smear
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Hariharan Regunath, Christian Rojas-Moreno, Juan P Olano, Richard D Hammer, William Salzer
Ehrlichiosis in lung transplant (LT) recipients is associated with severe outcomes. Ehrlichia ewingii is a less frequent cause of symptomatic ehrlichiosis, characterized by cytoplasmic inclusions (morulae) within circulating neutrophils. We report a case of E. ewingii infection in a LT recipient diagnosed promptly by blood smear exam and confirmed with molecular studies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 30, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031351/evaluation-of-gulf-coast-ticks-acari-ixodidae-for-ehrlichia-and-anaplasma-species
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Michelle E J Allerdice, Joy A Hecht, Sandor E Karpathy, Christopher D Paddock
Amblyomma maculatum Koch (the Gulf Coast tick) is an aggressive, human-biting ixodid tick distributed throughout much of the southeastern United States and is the primary vector for Rickettsia parkeri, an emerging human pathogen. Amblyomma maculatum has diverse host preferences that include white-tailed deer, a known reservoir for Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species, including the human pathogens E. ewingii and E. chaffeensis To examine more closely the potential role of A. maculatum in the maintenance of various pathogenic Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species, we screened DNA samples from 493 questing adult A...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011735/occurrence-of-amblyomma-americanum-acari-ixodidae-and-human-infection-with-ehrlichia-chaffeensis-in-wisconsin-2008-2015
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Megan Christenson, Xia Lee, Scott Larson, Diep Hoang Johnson, Julia Jensen, Megan Meller, Susan Paskewitz
Because of the increasing incidence of human ehrlichiosis in Wisconsin, we assessed reports of human infections by Ehrlichia chaffeensis and the distribution of its vector, the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum (L.)). From 2008 through 2015, 158 probable and confirmed human cases of E. chaffeensis infections were reported to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Five cases without travel history outside of Wisconsin were confirmed as E. chaffeensis by polymerase chain reaction. Surveillance for the vector occurred from 2008 through 2015 and was based on active and passive methods, including examination of white-tailed deer, collections from live-trapped small mammals, submissions of ticks removed from wild and domestic animals through the Wisconsin Surveillance of Animals for Ticks (SWAT) program, digital or physical submissions by the public to the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic or Medical Entomology laboratories, and active tick dragging...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011185/novel-rickettsia-and-emergent-tick-borne-pathogens-a-molecular-survey-of-ticks-and-tick-borne-pathogens-in-shimba-hills-national-reserve-kenya
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Micky M Mwamuye, Edward Kariuki, David Omondi, James Kabii, David Odongo, Daniel Masiga, Jandouwe Villinger
Ticks are important vectors of emerging and re-emerging zoonoses, the majority of which originate from wildlife. In recent times, this has become a global public health concern that necessitates surveillance of both known and unknown tick-borne pathogens likely to be future disease threats, as well as their tick vectors. We carried out a survey of the diversity of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Kenya's Shimba Hills National Reserve (SHNR), an area with intensified human-livestock-wildlife interactions, where we collected 4297 questing ticks (209 adult ticks, 586 nymphs and 3502 larvae)...
September 5, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978844/detection-of-mycoplasma-haemocanis-mycoplasma-haematoparvum-mycoplasma-suis-and-other-vector-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-from-c%C3%A3-rdoba-and-santa-f%C3%A3-argentina
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Patricia E Mascarelli, Gustavo P Tartara, Norma B Pereyra, Ricardo G Maggi
BACKGROUND: In Argentina, only very few reports are available for canine tick-borne diseases where most are related to parasitic diseases. The objective of this survey was to investigate the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in 70 dogs from Santa Fé and Córdoba, Argentina. METHODS: Microscopic blood smear examination as well as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification using species-specific markers of Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia, Ehrlichia, Francisella, Mycoplasma (hemotropic group) and Rickettsia, followed by DNA sequencing were used to establish the prevalence of each infecting pathogen...
December 15, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966221/determination-of-the-microbial-community-features-of-haemaphysalis-flava-in-different-developmental-stages-by-high-throughput-sequencing
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Deyong Duan, Tianyin Cheng
In this study, we analyzed the in vivo microbial community structure and diversity differences of Haemaphysalis flava (H. flava) in four developmental stages (egg, larva, nymph, and adult) to determine which bacterial genera could be propagated through transovarial transmission and transmitted by transstadial transmission during different developmental stages of H. flava. Paired-end sequencing of the V3 region of the 16S ribosomal DNA (16S rDNA) of H. flava in four developmental stage samples was conducted using the Illumina MiSeq sequencing platform...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965644/molecular-detection-and-characterization-of-zoonotic-and-veterinary-pathogens-in-ticks-from-northeastern-china
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Feng Wei, Mingxin Song, Huanhuan Liu, Bo Wang, Shuchao Wang, Zedong Wang, Hongyu Ma, Zhongyu Li, Zheng Zeng, Jun Qian, Quan Liu
Tick-borne diseases are considered as emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals in China. In this study, Ixodes persulcatus (n = 1699), Haemaphysalis concinna (n = 412), Haemaphysalis longicornis (n = 390), Dermacentor nuttalli (n = 253), and Dermacentor silvarum (n = 204) ticks were collected by flagging from northeastern China, and detected for infection with Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Babesia, and Hepatozoon spp. by using nested polymerase chain reaction assays and sequencing analysis. Anaplasma phagocytophilum was detected in all tick species, i...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934910/extensive-genetic-diversity-of-rickettsiales-bacteria-in-multiple-mosquito-species
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Wen-Ping Guo, Jun-Hua Tian, Xian-Dan Lin, Xue-Bing Ni, Xiao-Ping Chen, Yong Liao, Si-Yuan Yang, J Stephen Dumler, Edward C Holmes, Yong-Zhen Zhang
Rickettsiales are important zoonotic pathogens, causing severe disease in humans globally. Although mosquitoes are an important vector for diverse pathogens, with the exception of members of the genus Wolbachia little is known about their role in the transmission of Rickettsiales. Herein, Rickettsiales were identified by PCR in five species of mosquitoes (Anopheles sinensis, Armigeres subalbatus, Aedes albopictus, Culex quinquefasciatus and Cu. tritaeniorhynchus) collected from three Chinese provinces during 2014-2015...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913878/piroplasms-in-brown-hyaenas-parahyaena-brunnea-and-spotted-hyaenas-crocuta-crocuta-in-namibia-and-south-africa-are-closely-related-to-babesia-lengau
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Richard E J Burroughs, Barend L Penzhorn, Ingrid Wiesel, Nancy Barker, Ilse Vorster, Marinda C Oosthuizen
The objective of our study was identification and molecular characterization of piroplasms and rickettsias occurring in brown (Parahyaena brunnea) and spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) from various localities in Namibia and South Africa. Whole blood (n = 59) and skin (n = 3) specimens from brown (n = 15) and spotted hyaenas (n = 47) were screened for the presence of Babesia, Theileria, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species using the reverse line blot (RLB) hybridization technique. PCR products of 52/62 (83...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908772/anaplasma-platys-in-dogs-from-uruguay
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Luis Carvalho, Maria Teresa Armua-Fernandez, Nicolás Sosa, María Laura Félix, José Manuel Venzal
Anaplasmataceae family members include vector-borne bacteria of veterinary importance that may also affect humans. Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma platys are the main members of this family detected in dogs worldwide. In Uruguay there are not many published studies on tick-borne pathogens affecting dogs, the only haemoparasite molecularly confirmed in dogs, is the piroplasm Rangelia vitalii. The aim of the present work was to detect the presence of A. platys and E. canis in dogs and dogs-associated ticks of two localities in Northwestern Uruguay...
November 17, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902186/multigenetic-characterization-of-candidatus-xenohaliotis-californiensis
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Francesco Cicala, James D Moore, Jorge Cáceres-Martínez, Miguel A Del Río-Portilla, Mónica Hernández-Rodríguez, Rebeca Vásquez-Yeomans, Axayácatl Rocha-Olivares
"Candidatus Xenohaliotis californiensis" (or Ca. Xc) is the etiological agent of the withering syndrome (WS), a chronic wasting disease affecting most if not all North American species of abalone, and has been described as a Rickettsiales-like prokaryote. Genetic data about this species is limited to the 16S rRNA gene. The inability to grow it axenically has hindered its genetic and genomic characterization and, in consequence, a thorough analysis of its systematics. Here, we amplified and sequenced five genes (16S rRNA, 23S rRNA, ftsZ, virD4, and virB11) of Ca...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894847/pcr-screening-of-tick-borne-agents-in-sensitive-conservation-areas-southeast-portugal
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Maria Margarida Santos-Silva, Pedro Melo, Nuno Santos, Sandra Antunes, Luís Raposo Duarte, Joana Ferrolho, Natacha Milhano, Patrícia Tavares Santos, Ana Domingos, Ana Sofia Santos
The Southeast region of Portugal, particularly the Guadiana valley, is currently the reintroduction territory of Lynx pardinus (Iberian lynx), one of the most endangered felids in the world that is only found in the Iberian Peninsula. Over the last century, populations have declined, placing L. pardinus at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild and relying on reintroduction projects. Among the aspects taken into account in the establishment of new populations is the sanitary status of the selected habitats, especially concerning infectious diseases, including tick-borne pathogens (TBPs)...
November 25, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890889/first-molecular-detection-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-from-jiangxi-china
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Weiqing Zheng, Mingming Liu, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Xiaoqing Liu, Artemis Efstratiou, Zhanbin Liu, Yangqing Liu, Huiying Tao, Huanping Guo, Guanbo Wang, Yang Gao, Zifen Li, Aaron Edmund Ringo, Charoonluk Jirapattharasate, Haiying Chen, Xuenan Xuan
In this study, blood samples obtained from 162 dogs in Jiangxi, China, were employed in molecular screening of canine tick-borne pathogens by PCR and sequencing. Babesia spp. gene fragment was detected in 12 (7.41%) dogs. All samples were negative for Hepatozoon spp., Ehrlichia canis, Coxiella spp., Borrelia spp., Rickettsia spp. and Anaplasma platys. Species-specific PCR analysis further confirmed that 8 (4.94%) and 4 (2.47%) dogs were infected by Babesia canis vogeli and Babesia gibsoni, respectively. Based on our analyses, Babesia spp...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876946/evaluation-of-clinical-biochemical-and-haematological-markers-in-natural-infection-of-canine-monocytic-ehrlichiosis
#16
Rahul Parashar, Vikrant Sudan, Amit Kumar Jaiswal, Ashish Srivastava, Daya Shanker
Caanine monocytic ehrlichiosis caused by Ehrlichia canis has gained wider significance owing to its potential to inflict significant deleterious effect on the health of companion animals. In the present study, 46 confirmed ehrlichiosis positive dogs were evaluated for the alterations in clinical, haematological and biochemical attributes. Depression, anorexia, pyrexia, anaemia, weakness, jaundice, melana, vomition and diarrhoea were the main clinical symptoms onserved. Haematological alterations included pancytopenia especially thrombocytopenia...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865263/molecular-assessment-of-the-transplacental-transmission-of-toxoplasma-gondii-neospora-caninum-brucella-canis-and-ehrlichia-canis-in-dogs
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Isis Indaiara Gonçalves Granjeiro Taques, Tatiane Rodrigues Barbosa, Andresa de Cássia Martini, Letícia Camara Pitchenin, Ísis Assis Braga, Andréia Lima Tomé de Melo, Luciano Nakazato, Valéria Dutra, Daniel Moura de Aguiar
Given the fact that numerous microbial species can be detected in pregnant female dogs, the objective of this study was to assess the transplacental transmission of Brucella canis, Ehrlichia canis, Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii in stillborn puppies. This study involved 41 stillborn puppies, 78.6% of which were positive for T. gondii, 52.4% for N. caninum and 59.5% for B. canis. E. canis was not detected in any of the analyzed puppies. Pregnancy is an important physiological condition for the transmission of infectious agents to puppies and transplacental transmission may be epidemiologically relevant in the spread of these opportunistic agents...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852813/initial-development-and-preliminary-evaluation-of-a-multiplex-bead-assay-to-detect-antibodies-to-ehrlichia-canis-anaplasma-platys-and-ehrlichia-chaffeensis-outer-membrane-peptides-in-naturally-infected-dogs-from-grenada-west-indies
#18
Melinda J Wilkerson, Kelley E Black, Marta Lanza-Perea, Bhumika Sharma, Kathryn Gibson, Diana M Stone, Anushka George, Arathy D S Nair, Roman R Ganta
Tick-borne bacteria, Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma platys, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis are significant pathogens of dogs worldwide, and coinfections of E. canis and A. platys are common in dogs on the Caribbean islands. We developed and evaluated the performance of a multiplex bead-based assay to detect antibodies to E. canis, A. platys, and E. chaffeensis peptides in dogs from Grenada, West Indies, where E. canis and A. platys infections are endemic. Peptides from outer membrane proteins of P30 of E. canis, OMP-1X of A...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825733/a-comparison-of-dna-extraction-protocols-from-blood-spotted-on-fta-cards-for-the-detection-of-tick-borne-pathogens-by-reverse-line-blot-hybridization
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Zerihun Hailemariam, Jabbar Sabir Ahmed, Peter-Henning Clausen, Ard Menzo Nijhof
An essential step in the molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) in blood is the extraction of DNA. When cooled storage of blood under field conditions prior to DNA extraction in a dedicated laboratory is not possible, the storage of blood on filter paper forms a promising alternative. We evaluated six DNA extraction methods from blood spotted on FTA Classic(®) cards (FTA cards), to determine the optimal protocol for the subsequent molecular detection of TBPs by PCR and the Reverse Line Blot hybridization assay (RLB)...
January 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825659/ferritin-1-silencing-effect-in-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-sensu-lato-acari-ixodidae-during-experimental-infection-with-ehrlichia-canis
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Joana Ferrolho, Sandra Antunes, Gustavo S Sanches, Joana Couto, Patrícia M Évora, Catarina Rosa, Marcos R André, Rosângela Z Machado, Gervásio H Bechara, Ana Domingos
Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (s.l.) is a very common ectoparasite of domestic dogs able to transmit several pathogens of human and veterinary importance. Tick infestations and tick-borne diseases (TBDs) remain a serious and persistent problem, due to the lack of efficient control measures. It is therefore vital that novel approaches to control are pursued. Whilst vaccination is recognised as a potential control method to reduce tick infestation, no anti-R. sanguineus vaccine is available. Ticks depend on their blood meals to obtain nutrients and to achieve sexual maturity, which exposes them to vast amounts of iron...
January 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
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