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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636287/the-spectrum-of-aseptic-central-nervous-system-infections-in-southern-germany-demographic-clinical-and-laboratory-findings
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M Kaminski, V Grummel, D Hoffmann, A Berthele, B Hemmer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aseptic infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are frequently observed in Germany. However, no study has systematically addressed the spectrum of aseptic CNS infections in Germany. METHODS: Data on 191 adult patients diagnosed from January 2007 to December 2014 with aseptic meningitis or encephalitis/meningoencephalitis at our hospital were collected by chart review and analyzed for demographic, clinical and laboratory findings. Patients were stratified according to the causative virus and findings were compared between groups...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634526/concurrent-babesiosis-and-serological-evidence-of-lyme-disease-in-a-young-patient
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Mark Adler, Thein Swe, Akari Thein Naing
Human babesiosis co-infected with Lyme disease in a young patient is an important condition. Here, we describe a case of a 39-year-old male patient with concurrent babesiosis and Lyme disease. Co-infections of tick borne diseases are often difficult to diagnose and underreported, and resulting in significant morbidity and mortality to patients. While co-infections have been infrequently described, it is of paramount importance that clinicians should be able to diagnose early and treat them effectively according to the patient geographical area and history of tick bite...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632298/patient-med-tbe-f%C3%A3-rb%C3%A3-ttrades-snabbt-vid-behandling-med-kortison-evidens-saknas-dock-f%C3%A3-r-v%C3%A3-rdet-av-immunmodulerande-terapi
#3
Carl Wengse, Jesper Ericsson, Susanna Hallberg, Johan Ursing
Rapid improvement of tick-borne encephalitis after treatment with corticosteroids Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral disease transmitted by ticks. The virus is divided into three subtypes named Western, Siberian and Far Eastern TBE virus (TBEV). Western TBEV is endemic in parts of Europe and Sweden and typically causes a biphasic illness with influenza-like symptoms followed by neurological symptoms ranging from mild meningitis to severe meningoencephalitis and death. Despite an effective vaccine, TBE is increasing in Sweden and Europe...
June 16, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631117/multi-criteria-decision-analysis-to-model-ixodes-ricinus-habitat-suitability
#4
Raphaël Rousseau, Guy McGrath, Barry J McMahon, Sophie O Vanwambeke
Tick-borne diseases present a major threat to both human and livestock health throughout Europe. The risk of infection is directly related to the presence of its vector. Thereby it is important to know their distribution, which is strongly associated with environmental factors: the presence and availability of a suitable habitat, of a suitable climate and of hosts. The present study models the habitat suitability for Ixodes ricinus in Ireland, where data on tick distribution are scarce. Tick habitat suitability was estimated at a coarse scale (10 km) with a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) method according to four different scenarios (depending on the variables used and on the weights granted to each of them)...
June 19, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628633/pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-are-associated-with-clinical-signs-and-symptoms-of-human-anaplasmosis
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Anna M Schotthoefer, Steven J Schrodi, Jennifer K Meece, Thomas R Fritsche, Sanjay K Shukla
Human anaplasmosis (HA) is an emerging tick-borne disease that may present as a mild flu-like illness or a life threatening, sepsis-like condition. Although disease severity is hypothesized to relate to immunopathology and immune dysfunction in humans, studies to directly measure immune responses in infected humans have been very limited. We quantified cytokines in 80 confirmed HA patients using a multiplex chemiluminescence immunoassay system and compared similarly measured responses in 1000 control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620587/a-dual-luciferase-reporter-system-for-b-burgdorferi-measures-transcriptional-activity-during-tick-pathogen-interactions
#6
Philip P Adams, Carlos Flores Avile, Mollie W Jewett
Knowledge of the transcriptional responses of vector-borne pathogens at the vector-pathogen interface is critical for understanding disease transmission. Borrelia (Borreliella) burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in the United States, is transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes sp. ticks. It is known that B. burgdorferi has altered patterns of gene expression during tick acquisition, persistence and transmission. Recently, we and others have discovered in vitro expression of RNAs found internal, overlapping, and antisense to annotated open reading frames in the B...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616483/the-control-of-east-coast-fever-of-cattle-by-live-parasite-vaccination-a-science-to-impact-narrative
#7
B D Perry
There is an increasing interest in determining the impact of vaccine technologies developed using public funding targeted at international development, and understanding the factors and ingredients which contribute to the success and impacts of such vaccines. This paper chronicles the development of a live vaccine against East Coast fever, a tick-borne disease of cattle caused by Theileria parva. The paper describes the technological innovation, commonly known as infection-and-treatment, which was developed some 40 years ago, explores the institutional settings in which the vaccine was developed and refined, and discusses the political dynamics of both during the decades from first development to field deployment and impacts...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615859/molecular-identification-of-babesia-spp-in-naturally-infected-dogs-of-kerala-south-india
#8
Sneha Augustine, Lucy Sabu, Bindu Lakshmanan
Canine babesiosis is a tick borne haemoprotozoan disease caused by large and small intraerythrocytic apicomplexan piroplasms of the genus Babesia spp. The clinical manifestations of the disease vary from inapparent subclinical form to hyperacute shock related haemolytic crisis. Microscopic examination of blood smears from suspected dogs revealed Babesia canis and B. gibsoni in 3.45 and 25.86 % of samples respectively. A seminested PCR based on previously published species specific primers targeting the 18S rRNA gene was utilized to identify the Babesia species infecting dogs of Kerala at the sub species level...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607116/elimination-of-babesia-microti-is-dependent-on-intraerythrocytic-killing-and-cd4-t-cells
#9
Sini Skariah, Paul Arnaboldi, Raymond J Dattwyler, Ali A Sultan, Corey Gaylets, Odaelys Walwyn, Hannah Mulhall, Xia Wu, Soha R Dargham, Dana G Mordue
Babesiosis is a tick-borne zoonosis caused by protozoans of the genus Babesia, apicomplexan parasites that replicate within erythrocytes. However, unlike related Plasmodium species, the pathogenesis of Babesia infection remains poorly understood. The primary etiological agent of babesiosis in the United States is B. microti. In healthy individuals, tick-transmitted infection with Babesia causes no specific clinical manifestations, with many having no symptoms at all. However, even in asymptomatic people, a Babesia carriage state can be established that can last up to a year or more...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606645/detection-of-causative-agents-of-tick-borne-rickettsioses-in-western-siberia-russia-identification-of-rickettsia-raoultii-and-rickettsia-sibirica-dna-in-clinical-samples
#10
Igolkina Yana, Krasnova Elena, Rar Vera, Savelieva Mariya, Epikhina Tamara, Tikunov Artem, Khokhlova Natalya, Provorova Veronika, Tikunova Nina
OBJECTIVES: The main causative agent of tick-borne rickettsioses in Siberia is considered to be Rickettsia sibirica; however, only a few cases have been genetically confirmed. Other pathogenic species of Rickettsia have also been detected in ixodid ticks in Western Siberia. The aim of this study was to detect the etiologic agents of tick-borne rickettsioses in Western Siberia and compare their clinical manifestations. METHODS: A total of 273 blood and 44 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from 273 patients hospitalized owing to tick-transmitted infection in 2016, April-September, were examined for the presence of Rickettsia spp...
June 9, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605964/impact-of-a-freeway-on-the-dispersal-of-ticks-and-ixodes-ricinus-borne-pathogens-forested-resting-areas-may-become-lyme-disease-hotspots
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Sándor Hornok, Maria Mulvihill, Krisztina Szőke, Enikő Gönczi, Kinga M Sulyok, Miklós Gyuranecz, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann
Man-made barriers are well known for their effects on ecosystems. Habitat fragmentation, for instance, is a recognised consequence of modern-day infrastructure. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diversity and abundance of tick species, as well as the risks of acquiring tick-borne infections in habitats adjacent to a freeway. Therefore, ixodid ticks were collected from the vegetation at two-week intervals (in the main tick season, from March to June) in eight habitats of different types (forest, grove, grassland) along both sides of a freeway...
June 2017: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603688/novel-piroplasmid-and-hepatozoon-organisms-infecting-the-wildlife-of-two-regions-of-the-brazilian-amazon
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Herbert S Soares, Arlei Marcili, Amália R M Barbieri, Antonio H H Minervino, Thiago Rocha Moreira, Solange M Gennari, Marcelo B Labruna
During 2009-2012, wild animals were sampled in two areas within the Amazon biome of Brazil, in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará. Animal tissues and blood were molecularly tested for the presence of Piroplasmida (genera Babesia, Theileria, Cytauxzoon) or Hepatozoon DNA. Overall, 181 wild animals comprising 36 different species (2 reptiles, 5 birds, and 29 mammals) were sampled. The following Piroplasmida agents were detected: Cytauxzoon felis in one ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Theileria cervi in two red brocket deer (Mazama americana), Theileria spp...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600768/detection-and-differentiation-of-lyme-spirochetes-and-other-tick-borne-pathogens-from-blood-using-real-time-pcr-with-molecular-beacons
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Samantha Schlachter, Kamfai Chan, Salvatore A E Marras, Nikhat Parveen
Real-time PCR assays have recently been implemented in diagnostics for many bacterial pathogens, allowing rapid and accurate detection, which ultimately results in improved clinical intervention. Here, we describe a sensitive method of detection for three common tick-borne pathogens Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Babesia microti since coinfections with these pathogens have started occurring with increasing frequency over the last several years in both North America and Europe. A shared geographic region, the same tick vectors, and similar transmission cycle all favor simultaneous transmission of these three tick-borne pathogens...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598270/investigating-the-adult-ixodid-tick-populations-and-their-associated-anaplasma-ehrlichia-and-rickettsia-bacteria-at-a-rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-hotspot-in-western-tennessee
#14
Rebecca T Trout Fryxell, Brain M Hendricks, Kimberly Pompo, Sarah E Mays, Dave J Paulsen, Darwin J Operario, Allan E Houston
Ehrlichiosis and rickettsiosis are two common bacterial tick-borne diseases in the southeastern United States. Ehrlichiosis is caused by ehrlichiae transmitted by Amblyomma americanum and rickettsiosis is caused by rickettsiae transmitted by Amblyomma maculatum and Dermacentor variabilis. These ticks are common and have overlapping distributions in the region. The objective of this study was to identify Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia species associated with questing ticks in a Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) hotspot, and identify habitats, time periods, and collection methods for collecting questing-infected ticks...
June 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592543/mapping-of-transcription-termination-within-the-s-segment-of-sfts-phlebovirus-facilitated-the-generation-of-nss-deletant-viruses
#15
Benjamin Brennan, Veronica V Rezelj, Richard M Elliott
SFTS phlebovirus (severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus; SFTSV) is an emerging tick-borne bunyavirus that was first reported in China in 2009. Here we report the generation of a recombinant SFTSV (rHB29NSsKO) that cannot express the viral non-structural protein (NSs) upon infection of cells in culture. We show that rHB29NSsKO replication kinetics are greater in interferon (IFN)-incompetent cells and that the virus is unable to suppress IFN induced in response to viral replication. The data confirm for the first time in the context of virus infection that NSs acts as a virally encoded IFN antagonist and that NSs is dispensable for virus replication...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583072/identification-of-candidate-transmission-blocking-antigen-genes-in-theileria-annulata-and-related-vector-borne-apicomplexan-parasites
#16
Laetitia Lempereur, Stephen D Larcombe, Zeeshan Durrani, Tulin Karagenc, Huseyin Bilgin Bilgic, Serkan Bakirci, Selin Hacilarlioglu, Jane Kinnaird, Joanne Thompson, William Weir, Brian Shiels
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne apicomplexan parasites are a major cause of mortality and morbidity to humans and livestock globally. The most important disease syndromes caused by these parasites are malaria, babesiosis and theileriosis. Strategies for control often target parasite stages in the mammalian host that cause disease, but this can result in reservoir infections that promote pathogen transmission and generate economic loss. Optimal control strategies should protect against clinical disease, block transmission and be applicable across related genera of parasites...
June 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582983/occurrence-of-i-coxiella-burnetii-i-i-ehrlichia-canis-i-i-rickettsia-i-species-and-i-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-i-like-bacterium-in-ticks-collected-from-dogs-and-cats-in-south-africa
#17
Khethiwe Mtshali, Ryo Nakao, Chihiro Sugimoto, Oriel Thekisoe
Ticks are major vectors of arthropod-borne infections and transmit a wide variety of zoonotic pathogens. This study was conducted mainly to determine the occurrence of canine tick-borne bacterial and rickettsial pathogens especially those with zoonotic potential. We examined 276 Rhipicephalus sanguineus, 38 Haemaphysalis elliptica and 4 Amblyomma hebraeum ticks from 90 dogs and 4 cats from the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. DNA of Coxiella burnetii (41%), Ehrlichia or Anaplasma (18%), Rickettsia spp...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582429/transmission-dynamics-and-control-of-rickettsia-rickettsii-in-populations-of-hydrochoerus-hydrochaeris-and-amblyomma-sculptum
#18
Gina Polo, Carlos Mera Acosta, Marcelo B Labruna, Fernando Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF), caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, is the tick-borne disease that generates the largest number of human deaths in the world. In Brazil, the current increase of BSF human cases has been associated with the presence and expansion of capybaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, which act as primary hosts for the tick Amblyomma sculptum, vector of the R. rickettsii in this area. METHODS: We proposed a semi-discrete-time stochastic model to evaluate the role of capybaras in the transmission dynamics of R...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577343/de-novo-rna-synthesis-catalyzed-by-the-zika-virus-rna-polymerase-domain
#19
Christina Calmels, Michel Ventura, Cindy Aknin, Mathieu Métifiot, Marie-Line Andreola
Mosquito- and tick-borne pathogens including Chikungunya, Dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, Yellow fever and Zika virus, represent a new economic and public health challenge. In the absence of effective vaccines and specific therapies, only supportive regimens are administrated for most of these infections. Thus, the development of a targeted therapy is mandatory to stop the rapid progression of these pathogens and preoccupant associated burdens such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, microcephaly. For this, it is essential to develop biochemical tools to help study and target key viral enzymes involved in replication such as helicase complexes, methyl-transferases and RNA-dependent RNA polymerases...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576950/retrospective-case-reports-of-two-central-north-carolina-residents-frequency-of-tick-bites-and-associated-illnesses-2001-2014
#20
Marcia E Herman-Giddens, D Marcus Herman-Giddens
BACKGROUND Tick bites are a source of illness and disease agents that may lead to morbidity and occasional fatalities in North Carolina. Public health interest in tick-borne illness and disease has increased due to continuing discoveries of tick-borne diseases and their increasing geographic spread and disease incidence. There are no data published on lay individuals with cumulative tick bites and associated illnesses over a period of years.METHODS We learned of a married couple living on a central North Carolina property who had used reasonable bite prevention methods, kept attached ticks after removal, and recorded dates and related illness records from 2001-2014...
May 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
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