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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527892/outbreak-of-zika-virus-infection-in-singapore-an-epidemiological-entomological-virological-and-clinical-analysis
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BACKGROUND: An outbreak of Zika virus infection was detected in Singapore in August, 2016. We report the first comprehensive analysis of a national response to an outbreak of Zika virus infection in Asia. METHODS: In the first phase of the outbreak, patients with suspected Zika virus infection were isolated in two national referral hospitals until their serum tested negative for the virus. Enhanced vector control and community engagement measures were deployed in disease clusters, including stepped-up mosquito larvicide and adulticide use, community participation in source reduction (destruction of mosquito breeding sites), and work with the local media to promote awareness of the outbreak...
May 17, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527292/-triatoma-dimidiata-in-colombia-distribution-ecology-and-epidemiological-importance
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Óscar Quirós-Gómez, Nicolás Jaramillo, Víctor Angulo, Gabriel Parra-Henao
Triatoma dimidiata is an important vector of Chagas disease in Central America and countries of northern South America. In Colombia, it has a wide geographical distribution with reported presence in 14 departments in the Andean, Caribbean, Eastern plains and Upper Magdalena regions, where it occupies different natural and artificial ecotopes. The species is considered a secondary vector in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi. Its presence in wild, peridomestic and intradomiciliary habitats in the Andean region, coupled with its ability to move between them, has allowed it to escape the control based on pyrethroids spraying, highlighting its importance in maintaining transmission of the parasite through the potential reinfestation of homes...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527286/-possible-oral-transmission-of-chagas-disease-among-hydrocarbons-sector-workers-in-casanare-colombia-2014
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Liliana Patricia Zuleta-Dueñas, Ángela Johana López-Quiroga, Fernando Torres-Torres, Oneida Castañeda-Porras
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent for Chagas disease, can be transmitted by oral intake of contaminated food or drinks. During epidemiological week 14 of 2014, two cases of acute Chagas disease were notified among hydrocarbons sector workers in Paz de Ariporo, Casanare. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the affected population, to establish control and prevention measures and to confirm the outbreak. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an outbreak investigation that included the following components: a) Search for symptomatic people compatible with Chagas disease according to the case definition for their referral to medical services; b) entomological survey (192/197 houses); c) sanitary inspection and microbiological analysis of food samples; and d) study of reservoirs...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527247/-diversity-of-triatominae-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-santander-colombia-epidemiological-implications
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Lyda Esteban, José Mauricio Montes, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Domestic and wild triatomines in the department of Santander have an epidemiological impact, as recently they have been linked to outbreaks of acute Chagas disease. The analysis of their diversity and temporal variation contributes to the understanding of their biology and ecology in one of the most endemic areas of the country. OBJECTIVES: To analyze triatominae diversity in two regions of Santander. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the triatomine records for Santander contained in the CINTROP-UIS entomology lab database...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524106/connecting-the-dots-from-an-easy-method-to-computerized-species-determination
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Senta Niederegger, Klaus-Peter Döge, Marcus Peter, Tobias Eickhölter, Gita Mall
Differences in growth rate of forensically important dipteran larvae make species determination an essential requisite for an accurate estimation of time since colonization of the body. Interspecific morphological similarities, however, complicate species determination. Muscle attachment site (MAS) patterns on the inside of the cuticula of fly larvae are species specific and grow proportionally with the animal. The patterns can therefore be used for species identification, as well as age estimation in forensically important dipteran larvae...
May 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520737/outdoor-spatial-spraying-against-dengue-a-false-sense-of-security-among-inhabitants-of-hermosillo-mexico
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Pablo A Reyes-Castro, Lucía Castro-Luque, Rolando Díaz-Caravantes, Kathleen R Walker, Mary H Hayden, Kacey C Ernst
BACKGROUND: Government-administered adulticiding is frequently conducted in response to dengue transmission worldwide. Anecdotal evidence suggests that spraying may create a "false sense of security" for residents. Our objective was to determine if there was an association between residents' reporting outdoor spatial insecticide spraying as way to prevent dengue transmission and both their reported frequency of dengue prevention practices and household entomological indices in Hermosillo, Mexico...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512294/the-potential-use-of-cuticular-hydrocarbons-and-multivariate-analysis-to-age-empty-puparial-cases-of-calliphora-vicina-and-lucilia-sericata
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Hannah E Moore, Jennifer L Pechal, M Eric Benbow, Falko P Drijfhout
Cuticular hydrocarbons (CHC) have been successfully used in the field of forensic entomology for identifying and ageing forensically important blowfly species, primarily in the larval stages. However in older scenes where all other entomological evidence is no longer present, Calliphoridae puparial cases can often be all that remains and therefore being able to establish the age could give an indication of the PMI. This paper examined the CHCs present in the lipid wax layer of insects, to determine the age of the cases over a period of nine months...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511270/laboratory-and-semi-field-evaluations-of-two-transfluthrin-spatial-repellent-devices-against-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
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Lee P McPhatter, Paula D Mischler, Meiling Z Webb, Kamal Chauhan, Erica J Lindroth, Alec G Richardson, Mustapha Debboun
Two transfluthrin-based spatial repellent products (Raid Dual Action Insect Repellent and Home Freshener and Raid Shield (currently not commercially available), SC Johnson, Racine WI) were evaluated for spatial repellent effects against female Aedes aegypti (L.) mosquitoes under laboratory (wind tunnel) and semi-field (outdoor enclosure) conditions. The placement of either product in the wind tunnel significantly reduced host-seeking behaviors. The mean baseline (control) landing counts for the Raid Dual Action and Raid Shield were reduced by 95% and 74% respectively...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507198/modern-vector-control
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Neil F Lobo, Nicole L Achee, John Greico, Frank H Collins
The rapid spread of mosquito resistance to currently available insecticides, and the current lack of an efficacious malaria vaccine are among many challenges that affect large-scale efforts for malaria control. As goals of malaria elimination and eradication are put forth, new vector-control paradigms and tools and/or further optimization of current vector-control products are required to meet public health demands. Vector control remains the most effective measure to prevent malaria transmission and present gains against malaria mortality and morbidity may be maintained as long as vector-intervention strategies are sustained and adapted to underlying vector-related transmission dynamics...
May 15, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506254/reemergence-of-yellow-fever-in-ethiopia-after-50%C3%A2-years-2013-epidemiological-and-entomological-investigations
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Abrham Lilay, Negga Asamene, Abyot Bekele, Mesfin Mengesha, Milliyon Wendabeku, Israel Tareke, Abiy Girmay, Yonas Wuletaw, Abate Adossa, Yamar Ba, Amadou Sall, Daddi Jima, Debritu Mengesha
BACKGROUND: Yellow Fever (YF) is a viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by aedes mosquito species. Approximately, 200,000 cases and 30,000 deaths occur worldwide every year. In Ethiopia, the last outbreak was reported in 1966 with 2200 cases and 450 deaths. A number of cases with deaths from unknown febrile illness reported from South Ari district starting from November 2012. This investigation was conducted to identify the causative agent, source of the outbreak and recommend appropriate interventions...
May 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504441/vector-bionomics-and-malaria-transmission-along-the-thailand-myanmar-border-a-baseline-entomological-survey
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N Kwansomboon, V Chaumeau, P Kittiphanakun, D Cerqueira, V Corbel, T Chareonviriyaphap
Baseline entomological surveys were conducted in four sentinel sites along the Thailand-Myanmar border to address vector bionomics and malaria transmission in the context of a study on malaria elimination. Adult Anopheles mosquitoes were collected using human-landing catch and cow-bait collection in four villages during the rainy season from May-June, 2013. Mosquitoes were identified to species level by morphological characters and by AS-PCR. Sporozoite indexes were determined on head/thoraces of primary and secondary malaria vectors using real-time PCR...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504431/the-mosquito-fauna-of-the-western-region-of-spain-with-emphasis-on-ecological-factors-and-the-characterization-of-culex-pipiens-forms
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Daniel Bravo-Barriga, Bruno Gomes, Antonio P G Almeida, Francisco J Serrano-Aguilera, Juan E Pérez-Martín, Rafael Calero-Bernal, David Reina, Eva Frontera, João Pinto
This study updates the diversity, distribution, and seasonal trends of mosquitoes in a western region of Spain, assesses ecological determinants of Culex pipiens s.l., and determines form composition of Cx. pipiens s.s. POPULATIONS: A total of 1,495 mosquitoes of 16 species was collected during 2012-2013, of which Cx. pipiens s.l. and Cx. theileri were the most abundant. Five new records for An. maculipennis s.s., Orthopodomyia pulcripalpis, Aedes (Ochlerotatus) punctor, Cx. europaeus, and Cx...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500473/orchid-bee-apidae-euglossini-communities-in-atlantic-forest-remnants-and-restored-areas-in-paran%C3%A3-state-brazil
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M C F Ferronato, D C Giangarelli, D Mazzaro, N Uemura, S H Sofia
In this study, we compare orchid bee communities surveyed in four forest remnants of the Atlantic Forest and four reforested areas characterized by seasonal semi-deciduous forest vegetation in different successional stages (mature and secondary vegetation), located in southern Brazil. The sizes of forest remnants and reforested areas varied from 32.1 to 583.9 ha and from 11.3 to 33.3 ha, respectively. All reforested areas were located near one forest remnant. During samplings, totaling nine per study area, euglossine males were attracted to eight scent baits and captured with bait trap and entomological nets...
May 13, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499699/malaria-vector-control-still-matters-despite-insecticide-resistance
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Haoues Alout, Pierrick Labbé, Fabrice Chandre, Anna Cohuet
Mosquito vectors' resistance to insecticides is usually considered a major threat to the recent progresses in malaria control. However, studies measuring the impact of interventions and insecticide resistance reveal inconsistencies when using entomological versus epidemiological indices. First, evaluation tests that do not reflect the susceptibility of mosquitoes when they are infectious may underestimate insecticide efficacy. Moreover, interactions between insecticide resistance and vectorial capacity reveal nonintuitive outcomes of interventions...
May 9, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495404/does-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae-play-any-role-in-usutu-virus-transmission-in-northern-italy-experimental-oral-infection-and-field-evidences
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Arianna Puggioli, Paolo Bonilauri, Mattia Calzolari, Davide Lelli, Marco Carrieri, Sandra Urbanelli, Dubravka Pudar, Romeo Bellini
This study evaluated the vector competence of Aedes albopictus in transmitting USUV after oral infection under laboratory conditions. Ae. albopictus showed a low vector competence for USUV, although the positive body sample found with a very high number of viral copies at one week post infection indicates that a replication in the mosquito body can occur, and that USUV can escape the midgut barrier. Field data from an extensive entomological arboviruses surveillance program showed a relevant incidence of Ae...
May 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489935/indoor-residual-spraying-with-micro-encapsulated-pirimiphos-methyl-actellic%C3%A2-300cs-against-malaria-vectors-in-the-lake-victoria-basin-tanzania
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Fabian M Mashauri, Alphaxard Manjurano, Safari Kinung'hi, Jackline Martine, Eric Lyimo, Coleman Kishamawe, Chacha Ndege, Mahdi M Ramsan, Adeline Chan, Charles D Mwalimu, John Changalucha, Stephen Magesa
BACKGROUND: The indoor residual spraying programme for malaria vectors control was implemented in four districts of the Lake Victoria basin of Tanzania namely Ukerewe, Sengerema, Rorya andSerengeti. Entomological monitoring activities were implemented in one sentinel village in each district to evaluate the efficacy of pirimiphos-methyl 300 CS sprayed on different wall surfaces and its impact against malaria vectors post-IRS intervention. METHODS: The residual decay rate of p-methyl 300 CS applied at a target dosage of 1g a...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487212/mapping-the-ecoepidemiology-of-zika-virus-infection-in-urban-and-rural-areas-of-pereira-risaralda-colombia-2015-2016-implications-for-public-health-and-travel-medicine
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Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales, Pablo Ruiz, Javier Tabares, Carlos Augusto Ossa, Maria Camila Yepes-Echeverry, Valeria Ramirez-Jaramillo, Maria Leonor Galindo-Marquez, Carlos Julian García-Loaiza, Juan Alejandro Sabogal-Roman, Esteban Parra-Valencia, Guillermo J Lagos-Grisales, Carlos O Lozada-Riascos, Cornelis A de Pijper, Martin P Grobusch
OBJECTIVE: Geographical information systems (GIS) have been demonstrated earlier to be of great use to inform public health action against vector-borne infectious diseases. METHODS: Using surveillance data on the ongoing ZIKV outbreak from Pereira, Colombia (2015-2016), we estimated incidence rates (cases/100,000 population), and developed maps correlating with the ecoepidemiology of the area. RESULTS: Up to October 8, 2016, 439 cases of ZIKV were reported in Pereira (93 cases/100,000 pop...
May 6, 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469245/micro-doppler-measurement-of-insect-wing-beat-frequencies-with-w-band-coherent-radar
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Rui Wang, Cheng Hu, Xiaowei Fu, Teng Long, Tao Zeng
The wingbeat frequency of insect migrant is regarded potentially valuable for species identification and has long drawn widespread attention in radar entomology. Principally, the radar echo signal can be used to extract wingbeat information, because both the signal amplitude and phase could be modulated by wing-beating. With respect to existing entomological radars, signal amplitude modulation has been used for wingbeat frequency measurement of large insects for many years, but the wingbeat frequency measurement of small insects remains a challenge...
May 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456690/standardization-of-dna-extraction-from-sand-flies-application-to-genotyping-by-next-generation-sequencing
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Aline Etelvina Casaril, Liliane Prado de Oliveira, Diego Peres Alonso, Everton Falcão de Oliveira, Suellem Petilim Gomes Barrios, Jucelei de Oliveira Moura Infran, Wagner de Souza Fernandes, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Alda Maria Teixeira Ferreira, Paulo Eduardo Martins Ribolla, Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira
Standardization of the methods for extraction of DNA from sand flies is essential for obtaining high efficiency during subsequent molecular analyses, such as the new sequencing methods. Information obtained using these methods may contribute substantially to taxonomic, evolutionary, and eco-epidemiological studies. The aim of the present study was to standardize and compare two methods for the extraction of genomic DNA from sand flies for obtaining DNA in sufficient quantities for next-generation sequencing...
April 26, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454623/effects-of-different-storage-and-measuring-methods-on-larval-length-values-for-the-blow-flies-diptera-calliphoridae-lucilia-sericata-and-calliphora-vicina
#20
Valentina Bugelli, Carlo Pietro Campobasso, Marcel A Verhoff, Jens Amendt
In forensic entomology, the methods of sampling, killing, and storing entomological samples can affect larval age estimation, and, hence, the estimation of the minimum post-mortem interval. In the existing manuals, there is a certain amount of heterogeneity regarding methods and the recommendations for best practice in forensic entomology are insufficiently validated. This study evaluated three different length-measurement methods for larval stages and examined the influence of different killing and storing methods on the larval length of two forensically important blow flies, Lucilia sericata and Calliphora vicina...
May 2017: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
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