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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145619/intranasal-immunization-with-an-attenuated-pep27-mutant-provides-protection-from-influenza-virus-and-secondary-pneumococcal-infections
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Seung Han Seon, Jung Ah Choi, Eunji Yang, Sukneung Pyo, Man Ki Song, Dong-Kwon Rhee
During influenza pandemics, secondary pneumococcal infections cause excessive mortality. However, the current pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, PCV 13, provides only limited protection against secondary infection. Therefore, a more effective pneumococcal vaccine is required to protect against secondary pneumococcal infections. Here, intranasal immunization with an attenuated pneumococcal pep27 mutant provides protection from influenza virus infection, and also from secondary pneumococcal challenge...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145498/antigenicity-of-the-2015-2016-seasonal-h1n1-human-influenza-virus-ha-and-na-proteins
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Amelia M Clark, Marta L DeDiego, Christopher S Anderson, Jiong Wang, Hongmei Yang, Aitor Nogales, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Martin S Zand, Mark Y Sangster, David J Topham
Antigenic drift of the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) influenza virus proteins contributes to reduced vaccine efficacy. To analyze antigenic drift in human seasonal H1N1 viruses derived from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus (pH1N1-like viruses) accounts for the limited effectiveness (around 40%) of vaccination against pH1N1-like viruses during the 2015-2016 season, nasal washes/swabs collected from adult subjects in the Rochester, NY area, were used to sequence and isolate the circulating viruses. The HA and NA proteins from viruses circulating during the 2015-2016 season encoded eighteen and fourteen amino acid differences, respectively, when compared to A/California/04/2009, a strain circulating at the origin of the 2009 pandemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145441/distinct-t-and-nk-cell-populations-may-serve-as-immune-correlates-of-protection-against-symptomatic-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-virus-infection-during-pregnancy
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Miloje Savic, Jennifer L Dembinski, Ida Laake, Olav Hungnes, Rebecca Cox, Fredrik Oftung, Lill Trogstad, Siri Mjaaland
Maternal influenza infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. However, the link between the anti-influenza immune responses and health-related risks during infection is not well understood. We have analyzed memory T and NK cell mediated immunity (CMI) responses in pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (pdm09) virus infected non-vaccinated pregnant women participating in the Norwegian Influenza Pregnancy Cohort (NorFlu). The cohort includes information on immunization, self-reported health and disease status, and biological samples (plasma and PBMC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144598/estimating-burden-of-influenza-associated-influenza-like-illness-and-severe-acute-respiratory-infection-at-public-health-care-facilities-in-romania-during-the-2011-12-2015-16-influenza-seasons
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Giedre Gefenaite, Adriana Pistol, Rodica Popescu, Odette Popovici, Daniel Ciurea, Christiaan Dolk, Mark Jit, Diane Gross
BACKGROUND: Influenza is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality, but there is limited information on reliable disease burden estimates, especially from middle-income countries in the WHO European Region. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the incidence of medically attended influenza-associated influenza-like illness (ILI) and hospitalizations due to severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) presenting to public health care facilities in Romania. PATIENTS/METHODS: Sentinel influenza surveillance data for ILI and SARI from 2011/12-2015/16, including virological data, was used to estimate influenza-associated ILI and SARI incidence/100000 and their 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)...
November 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144593/risk-factors-for-seasonal-influenza-virus-detection-in-stools-of-patients-consulting-in-general-practice-for-acute-respiratory-infections-in-france-2014-2016
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L Minodier, S Masse, L Capai, T Blanchon, P E Ceccaldi, S van der Werf, T Hanslik, N R Charrel, A Falchi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies reported detection of influenza RNA in stools of patients with seasonal influenza infection. While this detection may have a clinical significance, other factors may influence the stools positivity for influenza viruses. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate demographical, clinical and microbiological factors which could favour the presence of influenza viral RNA in the stools of patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza infection...
November 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143492/molecular-epidemiological-survey-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bovine-influenza-d-virus-in-japan
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H Mekata, M Yamamoto, S Hamabe, H Tanaka, T Omatsu, T Mizutani, B M Hause, T Okabayashi
The influenza D virus, a new member of the Orthomyxoviridae family, is predominantly found in cattle. Although viral pathology and clinical disease in cattle appear mild, this virus plays an important role as a trigger of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). BRD is a costly illness worldwide. Thus, epidemiological surveys of the influenza D virus are necessary. Here, we conducted a molecular epidemiological survey for the influenza D virus in healthy and respiratory-diseased cattle in Japan. We found that 2.1% (8/377) of the cattle were infected with influenza D...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143465/migratory-birds-in-southern-brazil-are-a-source-of-multiple-avian-influenza-virus-subtypes
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Jansen de Araujo, Maria Virgínia Petry, Thomas Fabrizio, David Walker, Tatiana Ometto, Luciano M Thomazelli, Angelo L Scherer, Patricia P Serafini, Isaac S Neto, Scott Krauss, Robert G Webster, Richard J Webby, Edison L Durigon
BACKGROUND: There is insufficient knowledge about the relation of avian influenza virus (AIV) to migratory birds in South America. Accordingly, we studied samples obtained over a 4-year period (2009-2012) from wild birds at a major wintering site in Southern Brazil. METHODS: We obtained 1212 oropharyngeal/cloacal samples from wild birds at Lagoa do Peixe National Park and screened them for influenza A virus by RT-PCR amplification of the matrix gene. Virus isolates were subjected to genomic sequencing and antigenic characterization...
November 15, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143461/do-animal-exhibitors-support-and-follow-recommendations-to-prevent-transmission-of-variant-influenza-at-agricultural-fairs-a-survey-of-animal-exhibitor-households-after-a-variant-influenza-virus-outbreak-in-michigan
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R J Stewart, J Rossow, J T Conover, E E Lobelo, S Eckel, K Signs, M G Stobierski, S C Trock, A M Fry, S J Olsen, M Biggerstaff
Influenza A viruses circulate in swine and can spread rapidly among swine when housed in close proximity, such as at agricultural fairs. Youth who have close and prolonged contact with influenza-infected swine at agricultural fairs may be at increased risk of acquiring influenza virus infection from swine. Animal and human health officials have issued written measures to minimize influenza transmission at agricultural exhibitions; however, there is little information on the knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) of these measures among animal exhibitors...
November 16, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143374/asthma-and-lung-function-in-adulthood-after-a-viral-wheezing-episode-in-early-childhood
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Katri Backman, Hertta Ollikainen, Eija Piippo-Savolainen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Matti Korppi
BACKGROUND: Viral etiology of infection has a significant role in the long-term outcome of early-childhood wheezing. OBJECTIVE: This study examines asthma and lung function in adulthood after early-childhood wheezing induced by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus (RV). METHODS: A total of 100 children were hospitalized for a wheezing episode at less than 24 months of age from 1992 to 1993 in Kuopio University Hospital (Finland)...
November 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141777/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-oseltamivir-derivatives-as-potent-neuraminidase-inhibitors
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Zhen Wang, Li Ping Cheng, Xing Hua Zhang, Wan Pang, Liang Li, Jin Long Zhao
Neuraminidase (NA) is one of the particular potential targets for novel antiviral therapy. In this work, a series of neuraminidase inhibitors with the cyclohexene scaffold were studied based upon the combination of 3D-QSAR, molecular docking, and molecular dynamics techniques. The results indicate that the built 3D-QSAR models yield reliable statistical information: the correlation coefficient (r(2)) and cross-validation coefficient (q(2)) of CoMFA (comparative molecular field analysis) are 0.992 and 0.819; the r(2) and q(2) of CoMSIA (comparative molecular similarity analysis) are 0...
November 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141723/emergence-epidemiology-and-transmission-dynamics-of-2009-pandemic-a-h1n1-influenza-in-kampala-uganda-2009-2015
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Matthew J Cummings, Barnabas Bakamutumaho, Wan Yang, Joseph F Wamala, John Kayiwa, Nicholas Owor, Barbara Namagambo, Timothy Byaruhanga, Allison Wolf, Julius J Lutwama, Jeffrey Shaman, Max R O'Donnell
In sub-Saharan Africa, little is known about the epidemiology of pandemic-prone influenza viruses in urban settings. Using data from a prospective sentinel surveillance network, we characterized the emergence, epidemiology, and transmission dynamics of 2009 pandemic A/H1N1 influenza (H1N1pdm09) in Kampala, Uganda. After virus introduction via international air travel from England in June 2009, we estimated the basic reproductive number in Kampala to be 1.06-1.13, corresponding to attack rates of 12-22%. We subsequently identified 613 cases of influenza in Kampala from 2009 to 2015, of which 191 (31...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141619/seasonal-influenza-vaccination-of-healthcare-workers-systematic-review-of-qualitative-evidence
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Theo Lorenc, David Marshall, Kath Wright, Katy Sutcliffe, Amanda Sowden
BACKGROUND: Most countries recommend that healthcare workers (HCWs) are vaccinated seasonally against influenza in order to protect themselves and patients. However, in many cases coverage remains low. A range of strategies have been implemented to increase uptake. Qualitative evidence can help in understanding the context of interventions, including why interventions may fail to achieve the desired effect. This study aimed to synthesise evidence on HCWs' perceptions and experiences of vaccination for seasonal influenza...
November 15, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141155/neutrophil-mediated-suppression-of-influenza-induced-pathology-requires-cd11b-cd18-mac-1
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Tamar Tak, Tomasz P Rygiel, Guruswamy Karnam, Okan W Bastian, Louis Boon, Marco Viveen, Frank E Coenjaerts, Linde Meyaard, Leo Koenderman, Janesh Pillay
Severe influenza virus infection can lead to life-threatening pathology through immune-mediated tissue damage. In various experimental models, this damage is dependent on T-cells. There is conflicting evidence regarding the role of neutrophils in influenza-mediated pathology. Neutrophils are often regarded as cells causing tissue damage, but in recent years it has become clear that a subset of human neutrophils is capable of suppressing T-cells, which is dependent on Mac-1 (CD11b/CD18). Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that immune suppression by neutrophils can reduce T-cell mediate pathology after influenza infection...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141023/domestic-sheep-show-average-coxiella-burnetii-seropositivity-generations-after-a-sheep-associated-human-q-fever-outbreak-and-lack-detectable-shedding-by-placental-vaginal-and-fecal-routes
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Ryan D Oliveira, Michelle R Mousel, Kristy L Pabilonia, Margaret A Highland, J Bret Taylor, Donald P Knowles, Stephen N White
Coxiella burnetii is a globally distributed zoonotic bacterial pathogen that causes abortions in ruminant livestock. In humans, an influenza-like illness results with the potential for hospitalization, chronic infection, abortion, and fatal endocarditis. Ruminant livestock, particularly small ruminants, are hypothesized to be the primary transmission source to humans. A recent Netherlands outbreak from 2007-2010 traced to dairy goats resulted in over 4,100 human cases with estimated costs of more than 300 million euros...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140938/immunity-following-childhood-vaccinations-in-perinatally-hiv-exposed-children-with-and-without-hiv-infection-in-latin-america
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Regina Cm Succi, Margot R Krauss, D Robert Harris, Daisy M Machado, Maria I de Moraes-Pinto, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Noris Pavia Ruz, Russell B Pierre, Lenka A Kolevic Roca, Esaú Joao, Irene Foradori, Marcelo C Scotta, Rohan Hazra, George K Siberry
BACKGROUND: Perinatally HIV-infected (PHIV) children are at risk for undervaccination and poor vaccine response at four years of age. Childhood vaccine coverage and immune response were compared between PHIV and HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) children in Latin America and the Caribbean. METHODS: PHIV and HEU children were enrolled prospectively at fifteen sites from 2002-2009. Full vaccination by age four years was defined as: three hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine doses; four tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine doses; three doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine by age 12 months or ≥1 dose given after age 12 months; one measles-containing vaccine dose; one rubella-containing vaccine dose...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140516/effectiveness-of-masks-and-respirators-against-respiratory-infections-in-healthcare-workers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Vittoria Offeddu, Chee Fu Yung, Mabel Sheau Fong Low, Clarence C Tam
This systematic review and meta-analysis quantified the protective effect of facemasks and respirators against respiratory infections among healthcare workers. Relevant articles were retrieved from Pubmed, EMBASE, and Web of Science. Meta-analyses were conducted to calculate pooled estimates. Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicated a protective effect of masks and respirators against clinical respiratory illness (CRI) (risk ratio [RR] = 0.59; 95% confidence interval [CI]:0.46-0.77) and influenza-like illness (ILI) (RR = 0...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139346/in-vivo-mallard-experiments-indicate-that-zanamivir-has-less-potential-for-environmental-influenza-a-virus-resistance-development-than-oseltamivir
#17
Marie Nykvist, Anna Gillman, Hanna Söderström Lindström, Chaojun Tang, Ganna Fedorova, Åke Lundkvist, Neus Latorre-Margalef, Michelle Wille, Josef D Järhult
Neuraminidase inhibitors are a cornerstone of influenza pandemic preparedness before vaccines can be mass-produced and thus a neuraminidase inhibitor-resistant pandemic is a serious threat to public health. Earlier work has demonstrated the potential for development and persistence of oseltamivir resistance in influenza A viruses exposed to environmentally relevant water concentrations of the drug when infecting mallards, the natural influenza reservoir that serves as the genetic base for human pandemics. As zanamivir is the major second-line neuraminidase inhibitor treatment, this study aimed to assess the potential for development and persistence of zanamivir resistance in an in vivo mallard model; especially important as zanamivir will probably be increasingly used...
November 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139241/porcine-respiratory-disease-complex-after-the-introduction-of-h1n1-2009-influenza-virus-in-brazil
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R R Rech, D Gava, M C Silva, L T Fernandes, V Haach, J R Ciacci-Zanella, R Schaefer
From 2009 to 2015, 74 lungs from suckling (6.8%), nursing (70.3%), fattening (20.3%) pigs and pregnant sows (2.7%) with respiratory signs from pig farms in Southern Brazil were submitted to a diagnostic laboratory for necropsy and/or histologic examination and screening for respiratory agents by RT-qPCR, immunohistochemistry (IHC), virus isolation (VI) and subtyping for influenza A virus (IAV), IHC and nested PCR for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhyo), PCR for porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), RT-qPCR for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and bacterial culture...
November 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139222/serological-evidence-for-the-co-circulation-of-two-lineages-of-influenza-d-viruses-in-equine-populations-of-the-midwest-united-states
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H Nedland, J Wollman, C Sreenivasan, M Quast, A Singrey, L Fawcett, J Christopher-Hennings, E Nelson, R S Kaushik, D Wang, F Li
Influenza D virus (IDV) is a newly described influenza type of the Orthomyxoviridae virus family that was first isolated from diseased swine in 2011 and has subsequently been detected in cattle around the world in 2014. In addition, serological evidence for IDV infection in humans has been recently established. Despite all the progress, the full range of susceptible hosts for this novel virus has yet to be determined, but includes swine, bovine, small ruminants and human. This study was designed to determine if equine is a possible host to this newly emerging influenza virus...
November 14, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139107/antenatal-influenza-and-pertussis-vaccine-uptake-among-aboriginal-mothers-in-western-australia
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Kennia Lotter, Annette K Regan, Tyra Thomas, Paul V Effler, Donna B Mak
BACKGROUND: Antenatal influenza and pertussis vaccination prevent serious disease in mothers and infants. Aboriginal individuals are at increased risk of infection yet little is known about vaccine coverage among Aboriginal mothers. AIMS: To estimate the uptake of influenza and pertussis vaccination among pregnant Aboriginal women in Western Australia and identify barriers and enablers to vaccination. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred Aboriginal women, aged ≥18 years, who gave birth to a live infant between April and October 2015, were randomly selected and invited to participate in telephone interviews...
November 14, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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