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Sori Teshale, Dirk Geysen, Gobena Ameni, Pierre Dorny, Dirk Berkvens
BACKGROUND: As evidence of the infection of domestic animals by Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma sp. 'Omatjenne' is presently becoming available, understanding the epidemiological and ecological significance of infection is important to quantify the clinical and socio-economic impact of the diseases they cause. METHODS: The first aim of this study was to analyse the occurrence of A. phagocytophilum and Anaplasma sp. 'Omatjenne' in cattle samples collected from selected African countries using a polymerase chain reaction and restriction enzyme fragment length polymorphism...
March 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Juntra Wattanamethanont, Morakot Kaewthamasorn, Sonthaya Tiawsirisup
Ixodid ticks are important vectors of tick-borne disease agents affecting humans and animals, with wildlife often serving as important reservoirs. This study examined protozoal and bacterial infection in questing ticks in forest habitats in Chonburi Province, Thailand in 2015, using PCR and DNA sequencing techniques. A total of 12,184 ticks were morphologically identified to species and a subset of ticks were confirmed by PCR, targeting the tick mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene. Tick species collected included Haemaphysalis lagrangei (92...
March 5, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Aurélie Morand, Emmanouil Angelakis, Mehdi Ben Chaabane, Philippe Parola, Didier Raoult, Philippe Gautret
BACKGROUND: Skin infections are among the leading causes of diseases in travelers. Diagnosing pathogens could be difficult. METHOD: We applied molecular assays for the diagnostic of a large collection of skin biopsies and swabs from travelers with suspected skin infections. All samples were tested by qPCR for Coxiella burnetti, Bartonella sp., Rickettsia sp., Borrelia sp., Ehrlichia sp., Tropheryma whipplei, Francisella tularensis, Mycobacteria sp., Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Leishmania spp...
March 2, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Jilei Zhang, Jiawei Wang, Chengming Wang
We report the complete genome sequence of Ehrlichia canis strain YZ-1, which was isolated from a beagle with fever, anorexia, depression, lethargy, weight loss, and thrombocytopenia. E. canis is the tick-borne agent of canine and human monocytic ehrlichiosis.
March 1, 2018: Genome Announcements
Gaowa, Wulantuya, Xuhong Yin, Minzhi Cao, Shengchun Guo, Chunlian Ding, Lu Yuhua, Luo Jianchang, Hiroki Kawabata, Shuji Ando, Hongru Su, Masahiko Shimada, Naoya Takamoto, Yuko Shimamura, Shuichi Masuda, Norio Ohashi
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an obligate intracellular bacterium and causes febrile illness in humans and livestock. A 49-year-old woman was suffering from feverish symptom, fatigue, arthralgia, general body pain, and anorexia for 2 weeks. Later, she visited Bayan Nur Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hospital in Inner Mongolia, China. Molecular-based diagnostic analysis of the patient's blood revealed that A. phagocytophilum p44 DNA was positive, but Brucella omp31, spotted fever group Rickettsia gltA, Orientia tsutsugamushi 16S rDNA, and Ehrlichia p28 were negative...
February 28, 2018: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
Stephen Tembo, Nicola E Collins, Kgomotso P Sibeko-Matjila, Milana Troskie, Ilse Vorster, Charles Byaruhanga, Marinda C Oosthuizen
Little is known about the occurrence of haemoparasites in cattle in communal grazing areas of Mungwi District of Northern Province, Zambia. Clinical signs and post mortem lesions are pathognomonic of mixed tick-borne infections especially babesiosis, anaplasmosis and East Coast fever. The main objective of this study was to screen selected communal herds of cattle for tick-borne haemoparasites, and identify the tick vectors associated with the high cattle mortalities due to suspected tick-borne diseases in the local breeds of cattle grazing along the banks of the Chambeshi River in Mungwi District, Northern Province, Zambia...
February 16, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Rochelle Haidee D Ybañez, Adrian P Ybañez, Lyra Lee A Arnado, Laila Monika P Belarmino, Knowlie Gay F Malingin, Paul Bien C Cabilete, Ziggy Ryan O Amores, Maxfrancis G Talle, Mingming Liu, Xuenan Xuan
Background: Ehrlichia , Anaplasma , and Babesia spp. are canine pathogens transmitted by the Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick which can cause varied clinical signs. These pathogens have been investigated in the Philippines, but coinfection has not been reported yet. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of Ehrlichia/Anaplasma and Babesia spp. in Philippine dogs. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 dogs from seven different veterinary establishments in Cebu, Philippines, were examined for Ehrlichia/Anaplasma and Babesia spp...
January 2018: Veterinary World
Valentina Chisu, Cipriano Foxi, Roberto Mannu, Giuseppe Satta, Giovanna Masala
Sardinia is a hotspot for studying tick-borne diseases in the Mediterranean region, where cases of notifiable tick-borne diseases are increasing. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of tick-borne bacteria of medical and veterinary importance in ixodid ticks collected from domestic and wild animals, humans, and vegetation from different collection sites in Sardinia. Using standard PCR and sequencing techniques, the presence of Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella species, as well as Coxiella burnetii was evaluated...
February 17, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Maria do Socorro Costa de Oliveira Braga, José Gomes Pereira, Simone de Jesus Fernandes, Ingrid Carolinne Lopes Marques, Renata Passos de Jesus, Gleycianny Santos Ferreira, Daniele Rosa Xavier, Jyan Lucas Benevenute, Rosangela Zacarias Machado, Marcos Rogério André
Recently, the importance of wild-living rodents for maintenance of pathogens of the family Anaplasmataceae in the environment was investigated. These mammals play a role as reservoirs for these pathogens and act as hosts for the immature stages of tick vectors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of Ehrlichia sp. and Anaplasma sp. in 24 specimens of Azara's agouti (Dasyprocta azarae) that had been trapped in the Itapiracó Environmental Reserve, in São Luís, Maranhão, northeastern Brazil, using molecular methods...
February 19, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
Martin O Andersson, Gabriel Radbea, Dimitrios Frangoulidis, Herbert Tomaso, Franz Rubel, Santiago Nava, Lidia Chitimia-Dobler
Ixodes (Ixodes) apronophorus is a neglected tick species and its geographical distribution, host associations, and role as a disease vector are not well known. We collected I. apronophorus from several locations in Romania. Morphological identification of ticks was confirmed by analysis of 16S rDNA and 12S rDNA gene sequences. We report new host associations of I. apronophorus, which was collected from dogs, foxes, and a hare-all new hosts for this tick species in Romania. Furthermore, we report for the first time occurrence of Ehrlichia sp...
February 16, 2018: Parasitology Research
Rafal Tokarz, Nischay Mishra, Teresa Tagliafierro, Stephen Sameroff, Adrian Caciula, Lokendrasingh Chauhan, Jigar Patel, Eric Sullivan, Azad Gucwa, Brian Fallon, Marc Golightly, Claudia Molins, Martin Schriefer, Adriana Marques, Thomas Briese, W Ian Lipkin
Tick-borne diseases are the most common vector-borne diseases in the United States, with serology being the primary method of diagnosis. We developed the first multiplex, array-based assay for serodiagnosis of tick-borne diseases called the TBD-Serochip. The TBD-Serochip was designed to discriminate antibody responses to 8 major tick-borne pathogens present in the United States, including Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia microti, Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia miyamotoi, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Rickettsia rickettsii, Heartland virus and Powassan virus...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Seung-Hun Lee, Ehab Mossaad, Abdalla Mohamed Ibrahim, Ahmed Ali Ismail, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Mingming Liu, Aaron Edmond Ringo, Yang Gao, Huanping Guo, Jixu Li, Artemis Efstratiou, Peter Musinguzi, Tamador E E Angara, Keisuke Suganuma, Noboru Inoue, Xuenan Xuan
Tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) are common in livestock of sub-Saharan Africa. However, information regarding TBPs in sheep and goats in Sudan is limited. In this study, 178 blood samples of sheep and goats in Blue Nile and West Kordofan states were investigated for TBPs using PCR. Overall, 110 (61.8%) samples were found to be infected with at least one of the following pathogens: Anaplasma ovis, Theileria ovis, and Ehrlichia ruminantium. Babesia ovis and T. lestoquardi were not identified. A. ovis was the most prevalent pathogen (n = 107, 60...
February 1, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Itamar Aroch, Gad Baneth, Harold Salant, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Asaf Berkowitz, Merav Shamir, Orit Chai
An 8-year-old mixed-breed dog was presented for acute, progressive weakness and ataxia, inappetence, and weight loss. The patient was mentally normal, but nonambulatory, with a right head tilt, right positional ventral strabismus, and slight head tremors. A neurologic lesion was localized to the cerebellum and right brainstem. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis showed a markedly increased protein concentration and mixed pleocytosis, with eosinophil predominance (44%), intracytoplasmic inclusions within eosinophils, consistent with Ehrlichia canis (E canis) morulae, and Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) or Neospora caninum (N caninum) tachyzoites within eosinophils and monocytes...
February 6, 2018: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Larry M Bush, Maria T Vazquez-Pertejo
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borneillness in the United States. Thecausative spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted by 4 species of Ixodes tick species. Over 90% of US cases occur in northeasternstates from Maine to Virginia, and in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Infection also takes place in northern California and Oregon. Lyme borreliosis is also diagnosed in parts of Europe, China, and Japan. The white-footed mouse is the primary animal reservoir for B. burgdorferi in the U...
February 2, 2018: Disease-a-month: DM
Lars Eisen
The blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, is the primary vector to humans in the eastern United States of the deer tick virus lineage of Powassan virus (Powassan virus disease); the protozoan parasite Babesia microti (babesiosis); and multiple bacterial disease agents including Anaplasma phagocytophilum (anaplasmosis), Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii (Lyme disease), Borrelia miyamotoi (relapsing fever-like illness, named Borrelia miyamotoi disease), and Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis (a minor causative agent of ehrlichiosis)...
January 31, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Jizhou Lv, Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Hooman Goharriz, L Paul Phipps, Lorraine M McElhinney, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Shaoqiang Wu, Xiangmei Lin, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
Ticks host a wide range of zoonotic pathogens and are a significant source of diseases that affect humans and livestock. However, little is known about the pathogens associated with bat ticks. We have collected ectoparasites from bat carcasses over a seven year period. Nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) were extracted from 296 ticks removed from bats and the species designation was confirmed in all ticks as Argas (Carios) vespertilionis. A subset of these samples (n = 120) were tested for the presence of zoonotic pathogens by molecular methods...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
María N Saracho-Bottero, Evelina L Tarragona, Patrick S Sebastian, José M Venzal, Atilio J Mangold, Alberto A Guglielmone, Santiago Nava
This study was performed to determine the tick species that infest cattle and humans throughout an altitudinal gradient in the Yungas Biogeographic Province of Argentina. The presence of tick-borne bacteria of the genera Rickettsia, Ehrlichia and Borrelia in the collected ticks was also evaluated. Samples of ticks parasitizing cattle and humans were carried out in different seasons. Questing ticks (adults and nymphs) were collected from vegetation and analyzed to detect the presence of Rickettsia, Ehrlichia and Borrelia by a battery of different PCRs...
January 27, 2018: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Garry W Buchko, Stephen N Hewitt, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Peter J Myler
Thioredoxins are small ubiquitous proteins that participate in a diverse variety of redox reactions via the reversible oxidation of two cysteine thiol groups in a structurally conserved active site. Here, the NMR solution structures of a reduced and oxidized thioredoxin from Ehrlichia chaffeensis (Ec-Trx, ECH_0218), the etiological agent responsible for human monocytic ehrlichiosis, are described. The overall topology of the calculated structures is similar in both redox states and is similar to those of other thioredoxins: a five-stranded, mixed β-sheet (β1-β3-β2-β4-β5) surrounded by four α-helices...
January 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Shubhajit Mitra, Paige S Dunphy, Seema Das, Bing Zhu, Tian Luo, Jere W McBride
Ehrlichia chaffeensis has a group of well-characterized type I secreted tandem repeat protein (TRP) effectors that have moonlighting capabilities. TRPs modulate various cellular processes, reprogram host gene transcription as nucleomodulins, function as ubiquitin ligases, and directly activate conserved host cell signaling pathways to promote E. chaffeensis infection. One TRP interacting host target is polycomb group ring finger protein 5 (PCGF5), a member of the polycomb group (PcG) protein family, and a component of the polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1)...
January 22, 2018: Infection and Immunity
M-D Tabar, R Movilla, L Serrano, L Altet, O Francino, X Roura
OBJECTIVES: To investigate evidence for selected vector-borne pathogen infections in dogs with pericardial effusion living in a Mediterranean area in which several canine vector-borne diseases are endemic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Archived EDTA blood (n=68) and pericardial fluid samples (n=58) from dogs with pericardial effusion (n=68) were included. Dogs without pericardial effusion examined for other reasons were included as controls (n=60). Pericardial effusion was classified as neoplastic in 40 dogs, idiopathic in 23 dogs and of unknown aetiology in 5 dogs...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Small Animal Practice
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