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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814545/metabolic-differentiation-of-early-lyme-disease-from-southern-tick-associated-rash-illness-stari
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Claudia R Molins, Laura V Ashton, Gary P Wormser, Barbara G Andre, Ann M Hess, Mark J Delorey, Mark A Pilgard, Barbara J Johnson, Kristofor Webb, M Nurul Islam, Adoracion Pegalajar-Jurado, Irida Molla, Mollie W Jewett, John T Belisle
Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, results from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi. Early clinical diagnosis of this disease is largely based on the presence of an erythematous skin lesion for individuals in high-risk regions. This, however, can be confused with other illnesses including southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), an illness that lacks a defined etiological agent or laboratory diagnostic test, and is coprevalent with Lyme disease in portions of the eastern United States...
August 16, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814513/escape-of-tick-borne-flavivirus-from-2-c-methylated-nucleoside-antivirals-is-mediated-by-a-single-conservative-mutation-in-ns5-that-has-a-dramatic-effect-on-viral-fitness
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Ludek Eyer, Hirofumi Kondo, Darina Zouharova, Minato Hirano, James J Valdés, Memi Muto, Tomas Kastl, Shintaro Kobayashi, Jan Haviernik, Manabu Igarashi, Hiroaki Kariwa, Marketa Vaculovicova, Jiri Cerny, Rene Kizek, Andrea Kröger, Stefan Lienenklaus, Milan Dejmek, Radim Nencka, Martin Palus, Jiri Salat, Erik De Clercq, Kentaro Yoshii, Daniel Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes a severe and potentially fatal neuroinfection in humans. Despite its high medical relevance, no specific antiviral therapy is currently available. Here we demonstrate that treatment with a nucleoside analog, 7-deaza-2' -C-methyladenosine (7-deaza-2' -CMA), substantially improved disease outcome, increased survival, and reduced signs of neuroinfection and viral titers in the brains of mice infected with a lethal dose of TBEV. To investigate the mechanism of action of 7-deaza-2' -CMA, two drug-resistant TBEV clones were generated and characterized...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810870/vector-borne-and-zoonotic-diseases-of-dogs-in-north-west-new-south-wales-and-the-northern-territory-australia
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Amanda J Shapiro, Graeme Brown, Jacqueline M Norris, Katrina L Bosward, Debbie J Marriot, Nandhakumar Balakrishnan, Edward B Breitschwerdt, Richard Malik
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases of dogs in Australian Aboriginal communities are relatively unexplored. These dogs represent a unique group with variable ecto- and endo-parasitic burdens, nutritional stresses and a general lack of veterinary intervention. We investigated haemoprotozoal and bacterial pathogen prevalences in relation to erythrocyte and platelet numbers in dogs from North-West New South Wales (N-W NSW) and the Northern Territory (NT; Central Australia). METHODS: Real-time PCR (qPCR) amplification of Anaplasma platys, Babesia vogeli, Mycoplasma haemocanis, Candidatus Mycoplasma haematoparvum and Bartonella spp...
August 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807289/neglected-intravascular-pathogens-babesia-vulpes-and-haemotropic-mycoplasma-spp-in-european-red-fox-vulpes-vulpes-population
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Martina Koneval, Martina Miterpáková, Zuzana Hurníková, Lucia Blaňarová, Bronislava Víchová
Wild animals, especially canids, are important reservoirs of vector-borne pathogens, that are transmitted by the ticks and other bloodsucking arthropods. In total, 300 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), shot by the hunters in eastern and northern Slovakia, were screened for the presence of vector-borne pathogens by PCR-based methods Blood samples were obtained from nine red foxes and tissue samples originated from 291 animals (the liver tissue samples from 49 foxes and spleen samples from 242 red foxes). Babesia vulpes and haemotropic Mycoplasma species were identified by amplification and sequencing of 18S rRNA and 16S rRNA gene fragments, respectively...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799685/ecological-factors-influencing-small-mammal-infection-by-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-s-l-in-agricultural-and-forest-landscapes
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Grégoire Perez, Suzanne Bastian, Amélie Chastagner, Albert Agoulon, Olivier Plantard, Gwenaël Vourc'h, Alain Butet
Small mammals are key components of numerous tick-borne disease systems, as hosts for immature ticks and pathogen reservoirs. To study the factors influencing tick-borne infection in small mammals, we trapped small mammals and collected questing ticks in spring and autumn in 2012 and 2013 at 24 sites in a 10x15 km rural landscapes (Brittany, France). Tissue samples were screened by real-time PCR for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Of the two dominant small mammal species captured, bank voles (Myodes glareolus) had higher prevalence than wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) for both infections, presumably because of specific differences in immunological defenses...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798904/tick-borne-viruses-and-biological-processes-at-the-tick-host-virus-interface
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REVIEW
Mária Kazimírová, Saravanan Thangamani, Pavlína Bartíková, Meghan Hermance, Viera Holíková, Iveta Štibrániová, Patricia A Nuttall
Ticks are efficient vectors of arboviruses, although less than 10% of tick species are known to be virus vectors. Most tick-borne viruses (TBV) are RNA viruses some of which cause serious diseases in humans and animals world-wide. Several TBV impacting human or domesticated animal health have been found to emerge or re-emerge recently. In order to survive in nature, TBV must infect and replicate in both vertebrate and tick cells, representing very different physiological environments. Information on molecular mechanisms that allow TBV to switch between infecting and replicating in tick and vertebrate cells is scarce...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791846/serum-carnitine-and-acyl-carnitine-in-patients-with-meningitis-due-to-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-infection
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Alina Kępka, Roman M Janas, Sławomir A Pancewicz, Renata Świerzbińska
BACKGROUND: Hard ticks are the main vectors of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). Free carnitine (FC) and acylcarnitines (AC) have the basic role in β-oxidation as well as the modulation of immune and nervous system. Homeostasis of carnitines in the TBE patients was not studied so far. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate FC and AC serum concentrations in patients with meningitis due to TBEV infection before and after 14 ± 3 days of treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was performed in 14 patients aged 48 ± 29 years that were divided a posteriori (based on their FC level before and after treatment) into 2 subgroups: 1-8 and 9-14...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780117/targeting-a-global-health-problem-vaccine-design-and-challenges-for-the-control-of-tick-borne-diseases
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REVIEW
José de la Fuente, Marinela Contreras, Agustín Estrada-Peña, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz
It has been over twenty years since the first vaccines for the control of tick infestations became commercially available. These vaccines proved their efficacy and the potential of this approach for the control of tick-borne diseases (TBDs), which represent a growing burden for human and animal health worldwide. In all these years, research in this area has produced new tick-derived and pathogen-derived candidate protective antigens. However, the potential of vaccines for the control of TBDs has been underestimated due to major challenges to reduce tick infestations, pathogen infection, multiplication and transmission, tick attachment and feeding time and/or host pathogen infection...
August 2, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769894/a-historical-overview-of-research-on-babesia-orientalis-a-protozoan-parasite-infecting-water-buffalo
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REVIEW
Lan He, Qin Liu, Baoan Yao, Yanqin Zhou, Min Hu, Rui Fang, Junlong Zhao
Babesiosis is a globally important zoonotic disease caused by tick-borne intraerythrocytic protozoan of the genus Babesia (phylum apicomplexa). In China, there are five species that infect cattle buffalo and cause great economic loss, which include Babesia bigemina, B. bovis, B. major, B. ovata, and B. orientalis. Among them, B. orientalis is the most recently identified new Babesia species epidemic in China. This review summarized the work done in the past 33 years to give an overview of what learned about this parasite...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768435/cycluridine-a-novel-antiviral-effective-against-flaviviruses
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REVIEW
Angel S Galabov, Lucia Mukova, Yuriy P Abashev, Lilia Wassilewa, Petko Tzvetkov, Vassil Minkov, Igor F Barinskiy, Charles M Rice, Sergey Ouzounov, Dorotea Sidzhakova
This review describes the contemporary state of research for antivirals effective against flaviviruses, especially focusing on inhibitors of the pestivirus causative agent of bovine viral diarrhoea virus. We highlight cycluridine, an originally synthesized Mannich's base [a tetrahydro-2(1H)-pyrimidinones derivative], as a highly effective antiviral possessing a strong inhibitory effect on bovine viral diarrhoea virus replication. Cycluridine was active against replication of a wide variety of bovine viral diarrhoea virus strains in cell cultures...
August 2017: Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764743/one-particular-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-ecotype-infects-cattle-in-the-camargue-france
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Thibaud Dugat, Agnès Leblond, Nicolas Keck, Anne-Claire Lagrée, Isabelle Desjardins, Aurélien Joulié, Sophie Pradier, Benoit Durand, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Nadia Haddad
BACKGROUND: Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a zoonotic tick-borne pathogen responsible for granulocytic anaplasmosis, a mild to a severe febrile disease that affects man and several animal species, including cows and horses. In Europe, I. ricinus is the only proven vector for this pathogen, but studies suggest that other tick genera and species could be involved in its transmission. Our objective was to assess the presence and genetic diversity of A. phagocytophilum in domestic animals and different tick species from the Camargue region, located in the south of France...
August 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762591/ean-consensus-review-on-prevention-diagnosis-and-management-of-tick-borne-encephalitis
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REVIEW
P Taba, E Schmutzhard, P Forsberg, I Lutsar, U Ljøstad, Å Mygland, I Levchenko, F Strle, I Steiner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an infection of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and transmitted by ticks, with a variety of clinical manifestations. The incidence of TBE in Europe is increasing due to an extended season of the infection and the enlargement of endemic areas. Our objectives are to provide recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and management of TBE, based on evidence or consensus decisions. METHODS: For systematic evaluation, the literature was searched from 1970 to 2015 (including early online publications of 2016), and recommendations were based on evidence or consensus decisions of the Task Force when evidence-based data were not available...
August 1, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754151/identification-of-anaplasma-ovis-appendage-associated-protein-aaap-for-development-of-an-indirect-elisa-and-its-application
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Zhenguo Wang, Jifei Yang, Qingli Niu, Kelly A Brayton, Jianxun Luo, Guangyuan Liu, Hong Yin, Zhijie Liu
BACKGROUND: Ovine anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that is caused by Anaplasma ovis in sheep and goats. The pathogen is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. At present, diagnosis of the disease mainly depends on microscopy or nucleic acid based molecular tests, although a few serological tests have been applied for the detection of A. ovis infection. RESULTS: Here we describe the identification of an A. ovis protein that is homologous to the A...
July 28, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749289/clinical-disease-associated-with-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-infection-in-captive-przewalski-s-horses-equus-ferus-przewalskii
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Richard R Sim, Priscilla H Joyner, Luis R Padilla, Paul Anikis, Copper Aitken-Palmer
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a tick-borne pathogen of domestic horses and the causative agent of equine granulocytic anaplasmosis. This case series describes three confirmed cases of clinical anaplasmosis, and a fourth case of presumptive anaplasmosis in Przewalski's horses ( Equus ferus przewalskii) housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute from 2008 to 2014. Clinical signs varied among individuals with affected horses exhibiting lethargy, weakness, pyrexia, hypophagia, reluctance to move, or ataxia...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739301/a-new-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-and-differentiation-of-babesia-canis-and-babesia-vogeli
#15
Giada Annoscia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Cinzia Cantacessi, Emanuela Olivieri, Maria Teresa Manfredi, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto
Babesia spp. are globally distributed tick-borne protozoan parasites that infect the red blood cells of a wide range of vertebrate hosts, including humans. Diagnosis of babesiosis is often impeded by the transient presence of the parasites in peripheral blood, as well as by their pleomorphic nature. Given the reports of an expanding and, in some cases, sympatric geographical distribution of Babesia canis and Babesia vogeli in dogs and associated vectors, in Europe, the development of time-efficient and cost-effective diagnostic tools to detect and differentiate these two species is warranted...
July 8, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730326/infectious-diseases-causing-autonomic-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Francisco Javier Carod Artal
OBJECTIVES: To review infectious diseases that may cause autonomic dysfunction. METHODS: Review of published papers indexed in medline/embase. RESULTS: Autonomic dysfunction has been reported in retrovirus (human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human T-lymphotropic virus), herpes viruses, flavivirus, enterovirus 71 and lyssavirus infections. Autonomic dysfunction is relatively common in HIV-infected patients and heart rate variability is reduced even in early stages of infection...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728938/didelphis-albiventris-naturally-infected-with-hepatozoon-canis-in-southeastern-brazil
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Maria Regina Lucas da Silva, Felipe Fornazari, Larissa de Castro Demoner, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Helio Langoni, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer
Hepatozoon species are vector-borne pathogens that infect domestic and wild animals. Marsupials of the species Didelphis albiventris are adapted to urban and peri-urban areas and act as reservoir hosts for several parasites. The present study evaluated the occurrence of infection by Hepatozoon species in synantropic D. albiventris from Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil. Blood samples and ectoparasites from 19 D. albiventris were collected from urban and peri-urban areas. Hepatozoon spp. detection was performed by microscopy and molecular analysis...
July 14, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728557/the-impact-of-illegal-waste-sites-on-a-transmission-of-zoonotic-viruses
#18
Darja Duh, Sandra Hasic, Elena Buzan
BACKGROUND: Illegal waste disposal impacts public health and causes aesthetic and environmental pollution. Waste disposed in places without permitted and controlled facilities can provide a ready source of nutrition and shelter for rodents and thus promote the spread of their ecto- and endoparasites. The presence of two distinct zoonotic viruses, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), was searched at illegal waste sites. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of infection with both viruses in rodents and to discuss the virus-rodent relations in such environments...
July 20, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724731/cascading-effects-of-predator-activity-on-tick-borne-disease-risk
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Tim R Hofmeester, Patrick A Jansen, Hendrikus J Wijnen, Elena C Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Herbert H T Prins, Hein Sprong, Sipke E van Wieren
Predators and competitors of vertebrates can in theory reduce the density of infected nymphs (DIN)-an often-used measure of tick-borne disease risk-by lowering the density of reservoir-competent hosts and/or the tick burden on reservoir-competent hosts. We investigated this possible indirect effect of predators by comparing data from 20 forest plots across the Netherlands that varied in predator abundance. In each plot, we measured the density of questing Ixodes ricinus nymphs (DON), DIN for three pathogens, rodent density, the tick burden on rodents and the activity of mammalian predators...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722598/risk-factors-for-severe-infection-hospitalization-and-prolonged-antimicrobial-therapy-in-patients-with-babesiosis
#20
Neeharik Mareedu, Anna M Schotthoefer, Jason Tompkins, Matthew C Hall, Thomas R Fritsche, Holly M Frost
Babesiosis is an emerging tick-borne disease transmitted by the hard tick Ixodes scapularis, which also transmits Lyme disease. Better gradation of prognostic indicators are needed to determine which patients may develop serious complications requiring hospitalization, and to provide early guidance on appropriate therapy. In this study, we evaluated 128 patients with smear or real time polymerase chain reaction-confirmed Babesia microti infections over a period of 16 years. Patients with asplenia or immunocompromising conditions were more likely to have severe infection (P < 0...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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