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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229043/detection-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-mosquito-borne-filarial-nematode-setaria-tundra-in-danish-roe-deer-capreolus-capreolus
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Heidi Larsen Enemark, Antti Oksanen, Mariann Chriél, Jakob le Fèvre Harslund, Ian David Woolsey, Mohammad Nafi Solaiman Al-Sabi
Setaria tundra is a mosquito-borne filarial nematode of cervids in Europe. It has recently been associated with an emerging epidemic disease causing severe morbidity and mortality in reindeer and moose in Finland. Here, we present the first report of S. tundra in six roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) collected between October 2010 and March 2014 in Denmark. The deer originated from various localities across the country: the eastern part of the Jutland peninsular and four locations on the island Zealand. With the exception of one deer, with parasites residing in a transparent cyst just under the liver capsule, worms (ranging from 2 to >20/deer) were found free in the peritoneal cavity...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223462/fallacy-of-the-unique-genome-sequence-diversity-within-single-helicobacter-pylori-strains
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Jenny L Draper, Lori M Hansen, David L Bernick, Samar Abedrabbo, Jason G Underwood, Nguyet Kong, Bihua C Huang, Allison M Weis, Bart C Weimer, Arnoud H M van Vliet, Nader Pourmand, Jay V Solnick, Kevin Karplus, Karen M Ottemann
Many bacterial genomes are highly variable but nonetheless are typically published as a single assembled genome. Experiments tracking bacterial genome evolution have not looked at the variation present at a given point in time. Here, we analyzed the mouse-passaged Helicobacter pylori strain SS1 and its parent PMSS1 to assess intra- and intergenomic variability. Using high sequence coverage depth and experimental validation, we detected extensive genome plasticity within these H. pylori isolates, including movement of the transposable element IS607, large and small inversions, multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms, and variation in cagA copy number...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223175/high-fatality-rates-and-associated-factors-in-two-hospital-outbreaks-of-mers-in-daejeon-the-republic-of-korea
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Hae-Sung Nam, Jung Wan Park, Moran Ki, Mi-Yeon Yeon, Jin Kim, Seung Woo Kim
OBJECTIVES: To explore the epidemiological and clinical factors predictive of the case fatality rate (CFR) of Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in an outbreak in Daejeon, the Republic of Korea. METHODS: We reviewed the outbreak investigation reports and medical records of 1 index case and 25 additional MERS cases in hospitals A (14 cases) and B (11 cases), and conducted an in-depth interview with the index case. RESULTS: The CFR in hospital B was higher than that in hospital A (63...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222831/tracking-and-predicting-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-hfmd-epidemics-in-china-by-baidu-queries
#4
Q Y Xiao, H J Liu, M W Feldman
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is highly prevalent in China, and more efficient methods of epidemic detection and early warning need to be developed to augment traditional surveillance systems. In this paper, a method that uses Baidu search queries to track and predict HFMD epidemics is presented, and the outbreaks of HFMD in China during the 60-month period from January 2011 to December 2015 are predicted. The Pearson correlation coefficient (R) of the predictive model and the mean absolute percentage errors between observed HFMD case counts and the predicted number show that our predictive model gives excellent fit to the data...
February 22, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221970/genomic-tools-for-customized-recovery-and-detection-of-foodborne-shiga-toxigenic-escherichia-coli
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Michael Knowles, Sara Stinson, Dominic Lambert, Catherine Carrillo, Adam Koziol, Martine Gauthier, Burton Blais
Genomic antimicrobial resistance (AMR) prediction tools have the potential to support foodborne illness outbreak investigations through their application in the analysis of bacterial genomes from causative strains. The AMR marker profile of a strain of interest, initially identified in outbreak-associated clinical samples, may serve as the basis for customization of selective enrichment media, facilitating its recovery from samples in a food safety investigation. Different possibilities for AMR analyses include the use of comprehensive AMR gene databases such as the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database, which can be mined with in-house bioinformatics alignment tools (e...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221882/microbial-performance-of-food-safety-control-and-assurance-activities-in-a-fresh-produce-processing-sector-measured-using-a-microbial-assessment-scheme-and-statistical-modeling
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Patrick Murigu Kamau Njage, Chemutai Tonui Sawe, Cecilia Moraa Onyango, I Habib, Edmund Njeru Njagi, Marc Aerts, Geert Molenberghs
Current approaches such as inspections, audits, and end product testing cannot detect the distribution and dynamics of microbial contamination. Despite the implementation of current food safety management systems, foodborne outbreaks linked to fresh produce continue to be reported. A microbial assessment scheme and statistical modeling were used to systematically assess the microbial performance of core control and assurance activities in five Kenyan fresh produce processing and export companies. Generalized linear mixed models and correlated random-effects joint models for multivariate clustered data followed by empirical Bayes estimates enabled the analysis of the probability of contamination across critical sampling locations (CSLs) and factories as a random effect...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221878/prediction-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-salmonella-and-listeria-monocytogenes-growth-in-leafy-greens-without-temperature-control
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Abhinav Mishra, Miao Guo, Robert L Buchanan, Donald W Schaffner, Abani K Pradhan
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between 1998 and 2008, leafy greens outbreaks accounted for 22.3% of foodborne outbreaks in the United States. Several studies on the growth of bacteria at different temperatures have been conducted; however, there is a need for the prediction of bacterial growth when leafy greens are transported without temperature control. Food products, when taken out of refrigeration, undergo a temperature change, with the rate of temperature change being proportional to the difference in the temperature of food and its surroundings...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219342/effects-of-exposure-to-streptococcus-iniae-on-microrna-expression-in-the-head-kidney-of-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Jun Qiang, Fanyi Tao, Jie He, Lanyi Sun, Pao Xu, Wenjin Bao
BACKGROUND: Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are susceptible to infection by Streptococcus iniae when maintained in modern intensive culture systems. GIFT are commercially important fishes that are cultured widely in southern China. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulatory response of GIFT to S. iniae infection has been underestimated and has not yet been well studied. Head kidney has an important immune function in teleost fishes. The main aim of this study was to determine the possible function of miRNAs in head kidney of S...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217934/population-dynamics-of-wild-rodents-induce-stochastic-fadeouts-of-a-zoonotic-pathogen
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Giorgio Guzzetta, Valentina Tagliapietra, Sarah E Perkins, Heidi C Hauffe, Piero Poletti, Stefano Merler, Annapaola Rizzoli
Stochastic processes play an important role in the infectious disease dynamics of wildlife, especially in species subject to large population oscillations. Here we study the case of a free ranging population of yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) in northern Italy, where circulation of Dobrava-Belgrade hantavirus (DOBV) has been detected intermittently since 2001, until an outbreak emerged in 2010. We analyzed the transmission dynamics of the recent outbreak using a computational model that accounts for seasonal changes of the host population and territorial behavior...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203378/screening-for-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-with-xpert%C3%A2-vana-vanb-diagnostic-accuracy-and-impact-on-infection-control-decision-making
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B J Holzknecht, D S Hansen, L Nielsen, A Kailow, J O Jarløv
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are increasingly important nosocomial pathogens and screening for colonization status is a mainstay in infection control. We implemented PCR-based screening during vanA-positive Enterococcus faecium outbreaks in four university hospitals in Copenhagen, Denmark. Xpert(®)vanA/vanB was performed directly on rectal swabs and the vanA PCR result was used to guide infection control measures. Concurrently, all samples were selectively cultured including an overnight enrichment step...
March 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195419/migratory-flight-behaviour-of-the-pollen-beetle-meligethes-aeneus
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Alice L Mauchline, Sam M Cook, Wilf Powell, Jason W Chapman, Juliet L Osborne
BACKGROUND: The field ecology of the pollen beetle Meligethes aeneus and its damaging effects on oilseed rape crops are well understood. However, the flight behaviour of M. aeneus, in particular the drivers for migratory movements across the landscape, is not well studied. We combined three established methodologies; suction traps, vertical-looking radar and high-altitude aerial netting to demonstrate that M. aeneus fly at a range of altitudes at different points during its active season...
February 13, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193880/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-superspreading-events-in-the-2014-2015-west-africa-ebola-epidemic
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Max S Y Lau, Benjamin Douglas Dalziel, Sebastian Funk, Amanda McClelland, Amanda Tiffany, Steven Riley, C Jessica E Metcalf, Bryan T Grenfell
The unprecedented scale of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa (2014-2015) has prompted an explosion of efforts to understand the transmission dynamics of the virus and to analyze the performance of possible containment strategies. Models have focused primarily on the reproductive numbers of the disease that represent the average number of secondary infections produced by a random infectious individual. However, these population-level estimates may conflate important systematic variation in the number of cases generated by infected individuals, particularly found in spatially localized transmission and superspreading events...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193215/analysing-trends-and-forecasting-malaria-epidemics-in-madagascar-using-a-sentinel-surveillance-network-a-web-based-application
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Florian Girond, Laurence Randrianasolo, Lea Randriamampionona, Fanjasoa Rakotomanana, Milijaona Randrianarivelojosia, Maherisoa Ratsitorahina, Télesphore Yao Brou, Vincent Herbreteau, Morgan Mangeas, Sixte Zigiumugabe, Judith Hedje, Christophe Rogier, Patrice Piola
BACKGROUND: The use of a malaria early warning system (MEWS) to trigger prompt public health interventions is a key step in adding value to the epidemiological data routinely collected by sentinel surveillance systems. METHODS: This study describes a system using various epidemic thresholds and a forecasting component with the support of new technologies to improve the performance of a sentinel MEWS. Malaria-related data from 21 sentinel sites collected by Short Message Service are automatically analysed to detect malaria trends and malaria outbreak alerts with automated feedback reports...
February 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158188/dna-multigene-characterization-of-fasciola-hepatica-and-lymnaea-neotropica-and-its-fascioliasis-transmission-capacity-in-uruguay-with-historical-correlation-human-report-review-and-infection-risk-analysis
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María Dolores Bargues, Valeria Gayo, Jaime Sanchis, Patricio Artigas, Messaoud Khoubbane, Soledad Birriel, Santiago Mas-Coma
BACKGROUND: Fascioliasis is a pathogenic disease transmitted by lymnaeid snails and recently emerging in humans, in part due to effects of climate changes, anthropogenic environment modifications, import/export and movements of livestock. South America is the continent presenting more human fascioliasis hyperendemic areas and the highest prevalences and intensities known. These scenarios appear mainly linked to altitude areas in Andean countries, whereas lowland areas of non-Andean countries, such as Uruguay, only show sporadic human cases or outbreaks...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157141/icu-acquisition-rate-risk-factors-and-clinical-significance-of-digestive-tract-colonization-with-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Marios Detsis, Styliani Karanika, Eleftherios Mylonakis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the acquisition rate, identify risk factors, and estimate the risk for subsequent infection, associated with the colonization of the digestive tract with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae during ICU-hospitalization. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, EMBASE, and reference lists of all eligible articles. STUDY SELECTION: Included studies provided data on ICU-acquired colonization with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in previously noncolonized and noninfected patients and used the double disk synergy test for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae phenotypic confirmation...
February 2, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154817/using-machine-learning-to-predict-swine-movements-within-a-regional-program-to-improve-control-of-infectious-diseases-in-the-us
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Pablo Valdes-Donoso, Kimberly VanderWaal, Lovell S Jarvis, Spencer R Wayne, Andres M Perez
Between-farm animal movement is one of the most important factors influencing the spread of infectious diseases in food animals, including in the US swine industry. Understanding the structural network of contacts in a food animal industry is prerequisite to planning for efficient production strategies and for effective disease control measures. Unfortunately, data regarding between-farm animal movements in the US are not systematically collected and thus, such information is often unavailable. In this paper, we develop a procedure to replicate the structure of a network, making use of partial data available, and subsequently use the model developed to predict animal movements among sites in 34 Minnesota counties...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148974/modelling-growth-performance-and-feeding-behaviour-of-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-l-in-commercial-size-aquaculture-net-pens-model-details-and-validation-through-full-scale-experiments
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Martin Føre, Morten Alver, Jo Arve Alfredsen, Giancarlo Marafioti, Gunnar Senneset, Jens Birkevold, Finn Victor Willumsen, Guttorm Lange, Åsa Espmark, Bendik Fyhn Terjesen
: We have developed a mathematical model which estimates the growth performance of Atlantic salmon in aquaculture production units. The model consists of sub-models estimating the behaviour and energetics of the fish, the distribution of feed pellets, and the abiotic conditions in the water column. A field experiment where three full-scale cages stocked with 120,000 salmon each (initial mean weight 72.1  ± SD 2.8 g) were monitored over six months was used to validate the model. The model was set up to simulate fish growth for all the three cages using the feeding regimes and observed environmental data as input, and simulation results were compared with the experimental data...
November 1, 2016: Aquaculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143585/molecular-characterization-of-infectious-pancreatic-necrosis-virus-strains-isolated-from-the-three-types-of-salmonids-farmed-in-chile
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René A Manríquez, Tamara Vera, Melina V Villalba, Alejandra Mancilla, Vikram N Vakharia, Alejandro J Yañez, Juan G Cárcamo
BACKGROUND: The infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) causes significant economic losses in Chilean salmon farming. For effective sanitary management, the IPNV strains present in Chile need to be fully studied, characterized, and constantly updated at the molecular level. METHODS: In this study, 36 Chilean IPNV isolates collected over 6 years (2006-2011) from Salmo salar, Oncorhynchus mykiss, and Oncorhynchus kisutch were genotypically characterized. Salmonid samples were obtained from freshwater, estuary, and seawater sources from central, southern, and the extreme-south of Chile (35° to 53°S)...
January 31, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141961/african-horse-sickness-virus-history-transmission-and-current-status
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Simon Carpenter, Philip S Mellor, Assane G Fall, Claire Garros, Gert J Venter
African horse sickness virus (AHSV) is a lethal arbovirus of equids that is transmitted between hosts primarily by biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). AHSV affects draft, thoroughbred, and companion horses and donkeys in Africa, Asia, and Europe. In this review, we examine the impact of AHSV critically and discuss entomological studies that have been conducted to improve understanding of its epidemiology and control. The transmission of AHSV remains a major research focus and we critically review studies that have implicated both Culicoides and other blood-feeding arthropods in this process...
January 31, 2017: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130661/natural-disasters-and-cholera-outbreaks-current-understanding-and-future-outlook
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REVIEW
Antarpreet Jutla, Rakibul Khan, Rita Colwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diarrheal diseases remain a serious global public health threat, especially for those populations lacking access to safe water and sanitation infrastructure. Although association of several diarrheal diseases, e.g., cholera, shigellosis, etc., with climatic processes has been documented, the global human population remains at heightened risk of outbreak of diseases after natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, or droughts. In this review, cholera was selected as a signature diarrheal disease and the role of natural disasters in triggering and transmitting cholera was analyzed...
January 27, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
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