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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454650/significant-under-expression-of-the-dosr-regulon-in-m-%C3%A2-tuberculosis-complex-lineage-6-in-sputum
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Boatema Ofori-Anyinam, Gregory Dolganov, Tran Van, J Lucian Davis, Nicholas D Walter, Benjamin J Garcia, Marty Voskuil, Kristina Fissette, Maren Diels, Michèle Driesen, Conor J Meehan, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu, Mireia Coscolla, Sebastien Gagneux, Martin Antonio, Gary Schoolnik, Florian Gehre, Bouke C de Jong
Mycobacterium africanum lineage (L) 6 is an important pathogen in West Africa, causing up to 40% of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). The biology underlying the clinical differences between M. africanum and M. tuberculosis sensu stricto remains poorly understood. We performed ex vivo expression of 2179 genes of the most geographically dispersed cause of human TB, M. tuberculosis L4 and the geographically restricted, M. africanum L6 directly from sputa of 11 HIV-negative TB patients from The Gambia who had not started treatment...
May 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454028/corrigendum-to-groundwater-arsenic-contamination-in-burkina-faso-west-africa-predicting-and-verifying-regions-at-risk-sci-total-environ-584-585-2017-958-970
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Anja Bretzler, Franck Lalanne, Julien Nikiema, Joel Podgorski, Numa Pfenninger, Michael Berg, Mario Schirmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453240/virological-response-and-resistances-over-12-months-among-hiv-infected-children-less-than-two-years-receiving-first-line-lopinavir-ritonavir-based-antiretroviral-therapy-in-cote-d-ivoire-and-burkina-faso-the-monod-anrs-12206-cohort
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Clarisse Amani-Bosse, Désiré Lucien Dahourou, Karen Malateste, Madeleine Amorissani-Folquet, Malik Coulibaly, Sophie Dattez, Arlette Emieme, Mamadou Barry, Christine Rouzioux, Sylvie N'gbeche, Caroline Yonaba, Marguerite Timité-Konan, Véronique Mea, Sylvie Ouédraogo, Stéphane Blanche, Nicolas Meda, Carole Seguin-Devaux, Valériane Leroy
INTRODUCTION: Lopinavir/ritonavir-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended for all HIV-infected children less than three years. However, little is known about its field implementation and effectiveness in West Africa. We assessed the 12-month response to lopinavir/ritonavir-based antiretroviral therapy in a cohort of West African children treated before the age of two years. METHODS: HIV-1-infected, ART-naive except for a prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), tuberculosis-free, and less than two years of age children with parent's consent were enrolled in a 12-month prospective therapeutic cohort with lopinavir/ritonavir ART and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis in Ouagadougou and Abidjan...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447639/frequency-of-extreme-sahelian-storms-tripled-since-1982-in-satellite-observations
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Christopher M Taylor, Danijel Belušić, Françoise Guichard, Douglas J Parker, Théo Vischel, Olivier Bock, Phil P Harris, Serge Janicot, Cornelia Klein, Gérémy Panthou
The hydrological cycle is expected to intensify under global warming, with studies reporting more frequent extreme rain events in many regions of the world, and predicting increases in future flood frequency. Such early, predominantly mid-latitude observations are essential because of shortcomings within climate models in their depiction of convective rainfall. A globally important group of intense storms-mesoscale convective systems (MCSs)-poses a particular challenge, because they organize dynamically on spatial scales that cannot be resolved by conventional climate models...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447193/ebola-and-marburg-virus-vaccines
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REVIEW
Pierce Reynolds, Andrea Marzi
The filoviruses, Ebola virus (EBOV), and Marburg virus (MARV), are among the most pathogenic viruses known to man and the causative agents of viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in Africa with case fatality rates of up to 90%. Nearly 30,000 infections were observed in the latest EBOV epidemic in West Africa; previous outbreaks were much smaller, typically only affecting less than a few hundred people. Compared to other diseases such as AIDS or Malaria with millions of cases annually, filovirus hemorrhagic fever (FHF) is one of the neglected infectious diseases...
April 26, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446173/impact-of-the-ebola-outbreak-on-routine-immunization-in-western-area-sierra-leone-a-field-survey-from-an-ebola-epidemic-area
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Xiaojin Sun, T T Samba, Jianyi Yao, Wenwu Yin, Lin Xiao, Fuqiang Liu, Xiaoqiang Liu, Jikun Zhou, Zengqiang Kou, Hongwei Fan, Hao Zhang, Aqnes Williams, Paul M Lansana, Zundong Yin
BACKGROUND: Since March 2014, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa disrupted health care systems - especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - with a consequential stress on the area's routine immunization programs. To address perceived decreased vaccination coverage, Sierra Leone conducted a catch-up vaccination campaign during 24-27 April 2015. We conducted a vaccination coverage survey and report coverage estimates surrounding the time of the EVD outbreak and the catch-up campaign...
April 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444863/the-prevalence-of-type-2-diabetes-in-urban-bo-sierra-leone-and-in-the-16-countries-of-the-west-africa-region
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Abu James Sundufu, Cecil N Bockarie, Kathryn H Jacobsen
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to measure the prevalence of diabetes among adults in urban Bo, Sierra Leone, and to compare the new result to the diabetes prevalence rates reported from studies across West Africa. METHODS: A total of 694 outpatients ages 18 and older at Bo Government Hospital were tested for diabetes between January 2012 and December 2014. Diabetes was defined as a fasting blood sugar level of ≥126 mg/dl (≥7.0 mmol/l). RESULTS: The overall prevalence of diabetes was 6...
April 26, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444452/ebola-virus-disease-in-children-during-the-2014-2015-epidemic-in-guinea-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Mahamoud Sama Chérif, Nut Koonrungsesomboon, Diénaba Kassé, Sékou Ditinn Cissé, Saliou Bella Diallo, Fatoumata Chérif, Facély Camara, Alpha Koné, Eleonor Fundan Avenido, Mandiou Diakité, Mamadou Pathé Diallo, Edouard Le Gall, Mohamed Cissé, Juntra Karbwang, Kenji Hirayama
The most recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has resulted in more than 11,000 deaths in West Africa. It has threatened child health in the affected countries, including Guinea. This nationwide retrospective cohort study included all children under 20 years of age with laboratory-confirmed EVD in Guinea during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak for analysis. Of 8,448 children with probable or suspected EVD, 695 cases were laboratory-confirmed EVD. The overall case fatality rate (CFR) was 62.9%. Pediatric patients with younger age had a significantly higher rate of death (adjusted OR = 0...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443322/crassulacean-acid-metabolism-as-a-continuous-trait-variability-in-the-contribution-of-crassulacean-acid-metabolism-cam-in-populations-of-portulacaria-afra
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Lonnie J Guralnick, Kate Gladsky
Portulacaria afra L. is a dominant facultative CAM species growing in the Southeastern Cape of South Africa. P. afra is well adapted to regions of the Spekboom thicket in areas of limited and sporadic rainfall. P. afra populations occur in isolated drainages. We hypothesized the utilization of CAM would vary in the different populations in response to rainfall and temperature gradients. Carbon isotope composition can be used to determine the contribution of CAM in leaf tissue. P. afra leaves of populations were analyzed in transects running south to north and east to west in locations from the coast to elevations of 1400 m...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442605/the-toll-like-receptor-4-antagonist-eritoran-protects-mice-from-lethal-filovirus-challenge
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Patrick Younan, Palaniappan Ramanathan, Jessica Graber, Fabian Gusovsky, Alexander Bukreyev
The 2013-2016 outbreak of Ebola virus (EBOV) in West Africa, which has seen intermittent reemergence since it was officially declared over in February of 2016, has demonstrated the need for the rapid development of therapeutic intervention strategies. Indirect evidence has suggested that the EBOV infection shares several commonalities associated with the onset of bacterial sepsis, including the development of a "cytokine storm." Eritoran, a Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) antagonist, was previously shown to result in protection of mice against lethal influenza virus infection...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440550/political-drivers-of-epidemic-response-foreign-healthcare-workers-and-the-2014-ebola-outbreak
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Daniel Nohrstedt, Erik Baekkeskov
This study demonstrates that countries responded quite differently to calls for healthcare workers (HCWs) during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. Using a new dataset on the scale and timing of national pledges and the deployment of HCWs to states experiencing outbreaks of the virus disease (principally, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), it shows that few foreign nations deployed HCWs early, some made pledges but then fulfilled them slowly, and most sent no HCWs at all. To aid understanding of such national responses, the paper reviews five theoretical perspectives that offer potentially competing or complementary explanations of foreign government medical assistance for international public health emergencies...
April 25, 2017: Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440096/strategies-in-ebola-virus-disease-evd-diagnostics-at-the-point-of-care
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Chad T Coarsey, Nwadiuto Esiobu, Ramswamy Narayanan, Mirjana Pavlovic, Hadi Shafiee, Waseem Asghar
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a devastating, highly infectious illness with a high mortality rate. The disease is endemic to regions of Central and West Africa, where there is limited laboratory infrastructure and trained staff. The recent 2014 West African EVD outbreak has been unprecedented in case numbers and fatalities, and has proven that such regional outbreaks can become a potential threat to global public health, as it became the source for the subsequent transmission events in Spain and the USA. The urgent need for rapid and affordable means of detecting Ebola is crucial to control the spread of EVD and prevent devastating fatalities...
April 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439068/limited-genomic-consequences-of-hybridization-between-two-african-clawed-frogs-xenopus-gilli-and-x-laevis-anura-pipidae
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Benjamin L S Furman, Caroline M S Cauret, Graham A Colby, G John Measey, Ben J Evans
The Cape platanna, Xenopus gilli, an endangered frog, hybridizes with the African clawed frog, X. laevis, in South Africa. Estimates of the extent of gene flow between these species range from pervasive to rare. Efforts have been made in the last 30 years to minimize hybridization between these two species in the west population of X. gilli, but not the east populations. To further explore the impact of hybridization and the efforts to minimize it, we examined molecular variation in one mitochondrial and 13 nuclear genes in genetic samples collected recently (2013) and also over two decades ago (1994)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438192/chryseobacterium-gleum-in-a-man-with-prostatectomy-in-senegal-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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O Arouna, F Deluca, M Camara, B Fall, B Fall, A Ba Diallo, J D Docquier, S Mboup
BACKGROUND: Here we report a rare case of a urinary tract infection due to Chryseobacterium gleum. This widely distributed Gram-negative bacillus is an uncommon human pathogen and is typically associated with health care settings. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of urinary tract infection caused by Chryseobacterium gleum in a 68-year-old man of Wolof ethnicity (an ethnic group in Senegal, West Africa) who presented to our Department of Urology in a university teaching hospital (Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec) in Dakar, Senegal, 1 month after prostatectomy...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438110/temporal-progression-of-lesions-in-guinea-pigs-infected-with-lassa-virus
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T M Bell, C I Shaia, J J Bearss, M E Mattix, K A Koistinen, S P Honnold, X Zeng, C D Blancett, G C Donnelly, J D Shamblin, E R Wilkinson, K A Cashman
Lassa virus (LASV) infection causes an acute, multisystemic viral hemorrhagic fever that annually infects an estimated 100 000 to 300 000 persons in West Africa. This pathogenesis study evaluated the temporal progression of disease in guinea pigs following aerosol and subcutaneous inoculation of the Josiah strain of LASV as well as the usefulness of Strain 13 guinea pigs as an animal model for Lassa fever. After experimental infection, guinea pigs ( Cavia porcellus; n = 67) were serially sampled to evaluate the temporal progression of infection, gross and histologic lesions, and serum chemistry and hematologic changes...
May 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437439/landscape-and-environmental-influences-on-mycobacterium-ulcerans-distribution-among-aquatic-sites-in-ghana
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Shannon M Pileggi, Heather Jordan, Julie A Clennon, Ellen Whitney, M Eric Benbow, Richard Merritt, Mollie McIntosh, Ryan Kimbirauskas, Pamela Small, Daniel Boakye, Charles Quaye, Jiaguo Qi, Lindsay Campbell, Jenni Gronseth, Edwin Ampadu, William Opare, Lance A Waller
Buruli ulcer, caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is highly endemic in West Africa. While the mode of transmission is unknown, many studies associate Buruli ulcer with different types of water exposure. We present results from the largest study to date to test for M. ulcerans in aquatic sites and identify environmental attributes associated with its presence. Environmental samples from 98 aquatic sites in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Volta regions of Ghana were tested for the presence of M. ulcerans DNA by polymerase chain reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434852/p-%C3%A2-falciparum-malaria-prevalence-among-blood-donors-in-bamako-mali
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B Kouriba, A B Diarra, I Douyon, D T Diabaté, F Kamissoko, H Guitteye, M Baby, M A Guindo, O K Doumbo
AIM: Malaria parasite is usually transmitted to humans by Anopheles mosquitoes but it can also be transmitted through blood transfusion. Usually malaria transmission is low in African urban settings. In West Africa where the P. falciparum is the most predominant malaria species, there are limited measures to reduce the risk of blood transfusion malaria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of P. falciparum malaria carriage among blood donors in the National Blood Center of Bamako, capital city of Mali...
April 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434206/a-phylogeographic-investigation-of-the-kelp-genus-laminaria-laminariales-phaeophyceae-with-emphasis-on-the-south-atlantic-ocean
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Mark D Rothman, Lydiane Mattio, Robert J Anderson, John J Bolton
The genus Laminaria has a wide distribution range compared with other kelp genera because it is found in both the North and the South Atlantic, on both sides of the North Pacific, as well as in the Mediterranean. Hypotheses behind this biogeographical pattern have been discussed by several authors but have not yet been fully evaluated with time-calibrated phylogenies. Based on the analysis of four molecular markers (ITS2, rbcL, atp8 and trnWI), our goal was to reassess the Laminaria species diversity in South Africa, assess its relationship to the other species distributed in the South Atlantic and reconstruct the historical biogeography of the genus...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431862/application-of-the-cdc-ebolaresponse-modeling-tool-to-disease-predictions
#19
Robert H Gaffey, Cécile Viboud
Model-based predictions were critical in eliciting a vigorous international public health response to the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. Here, we describe the performances of an extension of the CDC-initiated EbolaResponse Modeling tool to the Ebola Forecasting Challenge, which offered a controlled environment for epidemiological predictions. In the EbolaResponse tool, transmission risks and proportions of population affected by interventions were fitted to data via least square fitting. Prediction performances were evaluated for 5 prediction time points of 4 synthetic outbreaks...
March 10, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429061/natural-resource-management-schemes-as-entry-points-for-integrated-landscape-approaches-evidence-from-ghana-and-burkina-faso
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Samson Foli, Mirjam A F Ros-Tonen, James Reed, Terry Sunderland
In recognition of the failures of sectoral approaches to overcome global challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change, food insecurity and poverty, scientific discourse on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development is shifting towards integrated landscape governance arrangements. Current landscape initiatives however very much depend on external actors and funding, raising the question of whether, and how, and under what conditions, locally embedded resource management schemes can serve as entry points for the implementation of integrated landscape approaches...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Management
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