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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815001/serogrouping-and-seroepidemiology-of-north-european-hantaviruses-using-a-novel-broadly-targeted-synthetic-nucleoprotein-antigen-array
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Bengt Rönnberg, Olli Vapalahti, Marco Goeijenbier, Chantal Reusken, Åke Gustafsson, Jonas Blomberg, Åke Lundkvist
Introduction: Hantaviruses are globally distributed zoonotic pathogens. Great diversity and high antigenic cross-reactivity makes diagnosis by traditional methods cumbersome. Materials and methods: 'Megapeptides', 119-120-mers from the amino terminus of the nucleoprotein of 16 hantaviruses, representing the four major branches of the hantavirus phylogenetic tree, were utilized in a novel IgG-based hantavirus suspension multiplex immunoassay (HSMIA) for detection of past hantavirus infections in 155 North European human samples...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810112/patient-and-physician-perceptions-of-genetic-testing-in-primary-care
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Samuel A Evenson, H Eugene Hoyme, Jan E Haugen-Rogers, Eric A Larson, Susan E Puumala
INTRODUCTION: The convergence of biomedical informatics and translational genomics is changing the way we practice. Primary care will play a pivotal role in this transformation. We therefore sought to assess general knowledge about genetic testing among outpatient internal medicine providers, and the patients that they serve across a five state region in the Midwest. METHODS: One thousand take-home paper surveys were created and distributed to internal medicine patients at 13 Midwestern clinics...
November 2016: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794221/revised-time-scales-of-rna-virus-evolution-based-on-spatial-information
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Moritz Saxenhofer, Vanessa Weber de Melo, Rainer G Ulrich, Gerald Heckel
The time scales of pathogen evolution are of major concern in the context of public and veterinary health, epidemiology and evolutionary biology. Dating the emergence of a pathogen often relies on estimates of evolutionary rates derived from nucleotide sequence data. For many viruses, this has yielded estimates of evolutionary origins only a few hundred years in the past. Here we demonstrate through the incorporation of geographical information from virus sampling that evolutionary age estimates of two European hantaviruses are severely underestimated because of pervasive mutational saturation of nucleotide sequences...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770071/dampening-of-population-cycles-in-voles-affects-small-mammal-community-structure-decreases-diversity-and-increases-prevalence-of-a-zoonotic-disease
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Frauke Ecke, David G Angeler, Magnus Magnusson, Hussein Khalil, Birger Hörnfeldt
Long-term decline and depression of density in cyclic small rodents is a recent widespread phenomenon. These observed changes at the population level might have cascading effects at the ecosystem level. Here, we assessed relationships between changing boreal landscapes and biodiversity changes of small mammal communities. We also inferred potential effects of observed community changes for increased transmission risk of Puumala virus (PUUV) spread, causing the zoonotic disease nephropatica epidemica in humans...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762841/haematuria-is-a-marker-for-the-severity-of-acute-kidney-injury-but-does-not-associate-with-thrombocytopenia-in-acute-puumala-hantavirus-infection
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Tuula K Outinen, Paula Mantula, Outi K Laine, Ilkka Pörsti, Antti Vaheri, Satu M Mäkelä, Jukka Mustonen
BACKGROUND: Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) causes haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome characterized by thrombocytopenia, capillary leakage and acute kidney injury (AKI) with proteinuria and haematuria. Although the typical histologic lesion is acute tubulointerstitial nephritis, the amount of glomerular proteinuria predicts the severity of upcoming AKI. Here, we studied the associations of haematuria and proteinuria with the severity of emerging AKI, thrombocytopenia and markers of coagulation and fibrinolysis in PUUV infection...
August 1, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747170/spatial-prediction-and-validation-of-zoonotic-hazard-through-micro-habitat-properties-where-does-puumala-hantavirus-hole-up
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Hussein Khalil, Gert Olsson, Magnus Magnusson, Magnus Evander, Birger Hörnfeldt, Frauke Ecke
BACKGROUND: To predict the risk of infectious diseases originating in wildlife, it is important to identify habitats that allow the co-occurrence of pathogens and their hosts. Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) is a directly-transmitted RNA virus that causes hemorrhagic fever in humans, and is carried and transmitted by the bank vole (Myodes glareolus). In northern Sweden, bank voles undergo 3-4 year population cycles, during which their spatial distribution varies greatly. METHODS: We used boosted regression trees; a technique inspired by machine learning, on a 10 - year time-series (fall 2003-2013) to develop a spatial predictive model assessing seasonal PUUV hazard using micro-habitat variables in a landscape heavily modified by forestry...
July 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734140/deregulation-of-levels-of-angiopoietin-1-and-angiopoietin-2-is-associated-with-severe-courses-of-hantavirus-infection
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Christian Nusshag, Anja Osberghaus, Alexandra Baumann, Paul Schnitzler, Martin Zeier, Ellen Krautkrämer
BACKGROUND: Hantavirus disease is characterized by endothelial dysfunction. Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and its antagonist angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) play a key role in the control of capillary permeability. Ang-1 is responsible for maintenance of cell-to-cell contacts whereas Ang-2 destabilizes monolayers. An imbalance of Ang-1 and Ang-2 levels results in enhanced permeability and capillary leakage. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the involvement of angiopoietins in hantavirus-induced disruption of endothelia, we measured the levels of Ang-1 and Ang-2 in hantavirus infection...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664467/phylogenetic-analysis-of-puumala-virus-strains-from-central-europe-highlights-the-need-for-a-full-genome-perspective-on-hantavirus-evolution
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Róbert Szabó, Lukáš Radosa, Martina Ličková, Monika Sláviková, Marta Heroldová, Michal Stanko, Milan Pejčoch, Anja Osterberg, Lies Laenen, Susanne Schex, Rainer G Ulrich, Sandra Essbauer, Piet Maes, Boris Klempa
Puumala virus (PUUV), carried by bank voles (Myodes glareolus), is the medically most important hantavirus in Central and Western Europe. In this study, a total of 523 bank voles (408 from Germany, 72 from Slovakia, and 43 from Czech Republic) collected between the years 2007-2012 were analyzed for the presence of hantavirus RNA. Partial PUUV genome segment sequences were obtained from 51 voles. Phylogenetic analyses of all three genome segments showed that the newfound strains cluster with other Central and Western European PUUV strains...
June 29, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640917/human-hantavirus-infection-elicits-pronounced-redistribution-of-mononuclear-phagocytes-in-peripheral-blood-and-airways
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Saskia Scholz, Faezzah Baharom, Gregory Rankin, Kimia T Maleki, Shawon Gupta, Sindhu Vangeti, Jamshid Pourazar, Andrea Discacciati, Jonas Höijer, Matteo Bottai, Niklas K Björkström, Johan Rasmuson, Magnus Evander, Anders Blomberg, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Jonas Klingström, Clas Ahlm, Anna Smed-Sörensen
Hantaviruses infect humans via inhalation of virus-contaminated rodent excreta. Infection can cause severe disease with up to 40% mortality depending on the viral strain. The virus primarily targets the vascular endothelium without direct cytopathic effects. Instead, exaggerated immune responses may inadvertently contribute to disease development. Mononuclear phagocytes (MNPs), including monocytes and dendritic cells (DCs), orchestrate the adaptive immune responses. Since hantaviruses are transmitted via inhalation, studying immunological events in the airways is of importance to understand the processes leading to immunopathogenesis...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585306/circulation-and-diagnostics-of-puumala-virus-in-norway-nephropatia-epidemica-incidence-and-rodent-population-dynamics
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Natacha Milhano, Lars Korslund, Magnus Evander, Clas Ahlm, Kirsti Vainio, Susanne G Dudman, Åshild Andreassen
Hantaviruses pose a public health concern worldwide causing haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Puumala virus (PUUV) is the most prevalent hantavirus in Central and Northern Europe, and causes a mild form of HFRS, also known as nephropathia epidemica (NE). In nature, the main host of PUUV is the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), and transmission to humans occurs through inhalation of aerosols from rodent excreta. Nephropathia epidemica is particularly prevalent in Nordic countries, however, few studies of PUUV have been performed in Norway...
August 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567209/modelling-human-puumala-hantavirus-infection-in-relation-to-bank-vole-abundance-and-masting-intensity-in-the-netherlands
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Arno Swart, Dick L Bekker, Miriam Maas, Ankje de Vries, Roan Pijnacker, Chantal B E M Reusken, Joke W B van der Giessen
This paper deals with modelling the relationship between human Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) infection, the abundance and prevalence of infection of the host (the bank vole), mast, and temperature. These data were used to build and parametrise generalised regression models, and parametrise them using datasets on these factors pertaining to the Netherlands. The performance of the models was assessed by considering their predictive power. Models including mast and monthly temperature performed well, and showed that mast intensity influences vole abundance and hence human exposure for the following year...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561377/country-wide-seroprevalence-studies-on-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-and-hantavirus-infections-in-general-population-of-bulgaria
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Iva Christova, Elitsa Panayotova, Iva Trifonova, Evgenia Taseva, Teodora Hristova, Vladislava Ivanova
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and hantavirus infections are the two viral hemorrhagic fevers spread in Europe. To test actual circulation of CCHF virus (CCHFV) and hantaviruses in Bulgaria, we conducted country-wide seroepidemiological studies. Serum samples were collected prospectively from 1500 residents of all 28 districts in Bulgaria. CCHFV seroprevalence of 3.7% was revealed. Anamnesis for tick bites, contact with livestock, age over 40 years and residency in Haskovo district were found as risk factors...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396283/experimental-infections-of-wild-bank-voles-myodes-glareolus-from-nephropatia-epidemica-endemic-and-non-endemic-regions-revealed-slight-differences-in-puumala-virological-course-and-immunological-responses
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Adélaïde Dubois, Guillaume Castel, Séverine Murri, Coralie Pulido, Jean-Baptiste Pons, Laure Benoit, Anne Loiseau, Latifa Lakhdar, Maxime Galan, Nathalie Charbonnel, Philippe Marianneau
In Europe, the occurrence of nephropathia epidemica (NE), a human disease caused by Puumala virus (PUUV), exhibits considerable geographical heterogeneity despite the continuous distribution of its reservoir, the bank vole Myodes glareolus. To better understand the causes of this heterogeneity, wild voles sampled in two adjacent NE endemic and non-endemic regions of France were infected experimentally with PUUV. The responses of bank voles to PUUV infection, based on the levels of anti-PUUV IgG and viral RNA, were compared...
April 8, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368241/seoul-virus-infection-in-humans-france-2014-2016
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Jean-Marc Reynes, Damien Carli, Jean-Baptiste Bour, Samir Boudjeltia, Anny Dewilde, Guillaume Gerbier, Timothée Nussbaumer, Véronique Jacomo, Marie-Pierre Rapt, Pierre E Rollin, Alexandra Septfons
We report detection of Seoul virus in 3 patients in France over a 2-year period. These patients accounted for 3 of the 4 Seoul virus infections among 434 hantavirus infections (1.7%) reported during this time. More attention should be given to this virus in Europe where surveillance has been focused mostly on Puumala and Dobrava-Belgrade hantaviruses.
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332927/leptospira-spp-in-small-mammals-from-areas-with-low-and-high-human-hantavirus-incidences-in-south-west-germany
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Anna Obiegala, Christoph Albrecht, Maysaa Dafalla, Stephan Drewes, Carolin Oltersdorf, Hendrik Turni, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob, Christiane Wagner-Wiening, Rainer G Ulrich, Martin Pfeffer
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira spp. and is considered the most widespread zoonotic disease worldwide. It mimics nephropathia epidemica in humans, a disease mainly caused by Puumala hantavirus (PUUV). Small mammals are reservoirs for Leptospira spp. and PUUV. Seewis virus (SWSV) is a shrew-borne hantavirus with unknown pathogenicity. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence for Leptospira spp. and the frequency of Leptospira-hantavirus co-infections in small mammals collected at locations with high and low incidences in humans...
May 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319945/glomerular-proteinuria-predicts-the-severity-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-puumala-hantavirus-induced-tubulointerstitial-nephritis
#16
Paula S Mantula, Tuula K Outinen, Jan P G Clement, Heini S A Huhtala, Ilkka H Pörsti, Antti Vaheri, Jukka T Mustonen, Satu M Mäkelä
BACKGROUND: Puumala virus (PUUV)-induced hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is common in many European countries. The typical renal histologic lesion is acute tubulointerstitial nephritis. We examined the type and kinetics of urine protein excretion and prognostic significance of proteinuria for the severity of acute kidney injury (AKI) in acute PUUV infection. METHODS: The amount of dipstick albuminuria at hospital admission was analyzed in 205 patients with acute PUUV infection...
2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276794/insufficient-efficacy-and-safety-of-intravenous-ribavirin-in-treatment-of-haemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome-caused-by-puumala-virus
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Oleg V Malinin, Alexander E Platonov
BACKGROUND: Intravenous ribavirin has been reported to be an effective treatment for haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) caused by Hantaan virus in Asia. However, its therapeutic benefits for HFRS caused by Puumala virus (PUUV) in Europe are still unknown. METHODS: A randomized, open-label study of efficacy and safety of intravenous ribavirin in the treatment of HFRS was conducted in the European part of Russia. Seventy-three patients with suspected HFRS within 4 d of the onset of the disease were randomized to receive either intravenous ribavirin (33 mg/kg, followed by 16 mg/kg given every 6 h for 4 d and by 8 mg/kg given every 8 h for 3 d) plus standard therapy (n = 37) or standard therapy alone (n = 36)...
July 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249631/expansion-of-spatial-and-host-range-of-puumala-virus-in-sweden-an-increasing-threat-for-humans
#18
O Borg, M Wille, P Kjellander, U A Bergvall, P-E Lindgren, J Chirico, Å Lundkvist
Hantaviruses are globally distributed and cause severe human disease. Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) is the most common species in Northern Europe, and the only hantavirus confirmed to circulate in Sweden, restricted to the northern regions of the country. In this study, we aimed to further add to the natural ecology of PUUV in Sweden by investigating prevalence, and spatial and host species infection patterns. Specifically, we wanted to ascertain whether PUUV was present in the natural reservoir, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus) further south than Dalälven river, in south-central Sweden, and whether PUUV can be detected in other rodent species in addition to the natural reservoir...
June 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245831/puumala-hantavirus-infections-in-bank-vole-populations-host-and-virus-dynamics-in-central-europe
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Daniela Reil, Ulrike M Rosenfeld, Christian Imholt, Sabrina Schmidt, Rainer G Ulrich, Jana A Eccard, Jens Jacob
BACKGROUND: In Europe, bank voles (Myodes glareolus) are widely distributed and can transmit Puumala virus (PUUV) to humans, which causes a mild to moderate form of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, called nephropathia epidemica. Uncovering the link between host and virus dynamics can help to prevent human PUUV infections in the future. Bank voles were live trapped three times a year in 2010-2013 in three woodland plots in each of four regions in Germany. Bank vole population density was estimated and blood samples collected to detect PUUV specific antibodies...
February 28, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229289/clinical-aspects-of-hantavirus-infections-in-bulgaria
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I Christova, M Pishmisheva, I Trifonova, N Vatev, M Stoycheva, M Tiholova, D Igova, M Baev, R Karagyaurova, U Prokopova
BACKGROUND: Hantaviruses cause two distinct human diseases: hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) in Asia and Europe and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in America. In Europe, mainly Puumala, Dobrava and Seoul viruses cause HFRS. A total of 23 cases of HFRS were detected in Bulgaria over a 2‑year period 2013-2014. The aim of the study was to present epidemiology, clinical manifestations and laboratory findings of these patients. METHODS: Patients with HFRS were diagnosed using PCR, ELISA and immunoblotting tests...
February 22, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
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