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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150518/molecular-characterization-of-an-endozoicomonas-like-organism-causing-infection-in-king-scallop-pecten-maximus-l
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Irene Cano, Ronny van Aerle, Stuart Ross, David W Verner-Jeffreys, Richard K Paley, Georgina Rimmer, David Ryder, Patrick Hooper, David Stone, Stephen W Feist
One of the fastest growing fisheries in the UK is the king scallop Pecten maximus L., also currently rated as the second most valuable. Mass mortality events in scallops have been reported world-wide, often with the causative agent(s) remaining uncharacterized. In May 2013 and 2014, two mass mortality events affecting king scallops were recorded in the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA), in South West England. Histopathological examination showed gill epithelial tissues infected with intracellular microcolonies of bacteria (IMC), resembling rickettsia-like organisms (RLOs), often with bacteria released in vascular spaces...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150322/sex-ratios-of-the-tick-ixodes-arboricola-are-strongly-female-biased-but-there-are-no-indications-of-sex-distorting-bacteria
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A Raoul Van Oosten, Olivier Duron, Dieter J A Heylen
Studies on sex ratio are of fundamental importance for understanding the biology of populations and biological control of pests and pathogens. In most Ixodes tick species, only females feed in the adult stage and, hence, contribute to pathogen transmission. The tree-hole tick Ixodes arboricola infests cavity-nesting birds and has limited dispersal possibilities. It plays an important role in the maintenance of zoonotic disease cycles. Here, we quantified the sex ratio of 718 adult I. arboricola ticks obtained from a laboratory stock at nine distinct periods (cohorts) from 2008 to 2015...
November 11, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148392/acute-myopericarditis-associated-with-tickborne-rickettsia-sibirica-mongolitimonae
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Pablo Revilla-Martí, Álvaro Cecilio-Irazola, Jara Gayán-Ordás, Isabel Sanjoaquín-Conde, Jose Antonio Linares-Vicente, José A Oteo
We report an unusual case of myopericarditis caused by Rickettsia sibirica mongolitimonae. Because of increasing reports of Rickettsia spp. as etiologic agents of acute myopericarditis and the ease and success with which it was treated in the patient reported here, rickettsial infection should be included in the differential diagnosis for myopericarditis.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148376/identification-of-dermacentor-reticulatus-ticks-carrying-rickettsia-raoultii-on-migrating-jackal-denmark
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Kirstine Klitgaard, Mariann Chriél, Anastasia Isbrand, Tim K Jensen, René Bødker
From a migrating golden jackal (Canis aureus), we retrieved 21 live male Dermacentor reticulatus ticks, a species not previously reported from wildlife in Denmark. We identified Rickettsia raoultii from 18 (86%) of the ticks. This bacterium is associated with scalp eschar and neck lymphadenopathy after tick bite syndrome among humans.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145396/detection-of-relapsing-fever-borrelia-spp-bartonella-spp-and-anaplasmataceae-bacteria-in-argasid-ticks-in-algeria
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Ismail Lafri, Basma El Hamzaoui, Idir Bitam, Hamza Leulmi, Reda Lalout, Oleg Mediannikov, Mohamed Chergui, Mohamed Karakellah, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Argasid ticks (soft ticks) are blood-feeding arthropods that can parasitize rodents, birds, humans, livestock and companion animals. Ticks of the Ornithodoros genus are known to be vectors of relapsing fever borreliosis in humans. In Algeria, little is known about relapsing fever borreliosis and other bacterial pathogens transmitted by argasid ticks. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Between May 2013 and October 2015, we investigated the presence of soft ticks in 20 rodent burrows, 10 yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) nests and animal shelters in six locations in two different bioclimatic zones in Algeria...
November 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141745/histology-and-serum-cytokine-responses-in-an-imported-rickettsia-slovaca-infection-germany
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Dennis Tappe, Nina Booken, Almut Böer-Auer, Jessica Rauch, Stefan Schmiedel, Kristian Reich
Rickettsia slovaca, a spotted fever group rickettsial pathogen, causes a syndrome consisting of scalp eschar and neck lymphadenopathy following tick bites. We analyzed the histologic skin reaction in the eschar, showing a prominent eosinophilic infiltration, as well as the presence of B lymphocytes and CD4- and CD8-positive T cells. Examination of the serum cytokine responses over time demonstrated an initial proinflammatory cytokine elevation followed by normalization.
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140237/rickettsia-typhi-and-haemophagocytic-syndrome
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Chiara Iaria, Claudia Colomba, Paola Di Carlo, Francesco Scarlata, Manlio Tolomeo, Antonio Cascio
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November 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132402/efficient-high-throughput-molecular-method-to-detect-ehrlichia-ruminantium-in-ticks
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Nídia Cangi, Valérie Pinarello, Laure Bournez, Thierry Lefrançois, Emmanuel Albina, Luís Neves, Nathalie Vachiéry
BACKGROUND: Ehrlichia ruminantium is the causal agent of heartwater, a fatal tropical disease affecting ruminants with important economic impacts. This bacterium is transmitted by Amblyomma ticks and is present in sub-Saharan Africa, islands in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, where it represents a threat to the American mainland. METHODS: An automated DNA extraction method was adapted for Amblyomma ticks and a new qPCR targeting the pCS20 region was developed to improve E...
November 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132371/survey-of-vector-borne-agents-in-feral-cats-and-first-report-of-babesia-gibsoni-in-cats-on-st-kitts-west-indies
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Patrick John Kelly, Liza Köster, Jing Li, Jilei Zhang, Ke Huang, Gillian Carmichael Branford, Silvia Marchi, Michel Vandenplas, Chengming Wang
BACKGROUND: As there is little data on vector-borne diseases of cats in the Caribbean region and even around the world, we tested feral cats from St Kitts by PCR to detect infections with Babesia, Ehrlichia and spotted fever group Rickettsia (SFGR) and surveyed them for antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii and Ehrlichia canis. RESULTS: Whole blood was collected from apparently healthy feral cats during spay/ neuter campaigns on St Kitts in 2011 (N = 68) and 2014 (N = 52)...
November 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126839/the-epidemic-typhus-and-trench-fever-are-risk-for-public-health-due-to-increased-migration-in-southeast-of-turkey
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Fadime Eroglu, Nilgün Ulutasdemir, Mustafa Tanrıverdi, Eda Icbay Dagli, Ismail Soner Koltas
Pediculus humanus capitis is a small ectoparasitic insect that has lived and feds on human beings for thousands of years. Molecular techniques have been used for Pediculus species identification and evolutionary, phylogenic, and ecological studies. A total of 23 adults of P. h. capitis were collected in Gaziantep, located in southeast Turkey, and DNA was isolated from all P. h. capitis using DNA extraction kit. All DNA samples were screened for investigate of Ricettsia prowazekii, Bartonella quintana and Borrelia recurrentis with real-time polymerase chain reaction...
November 7, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124413/assessment-of-bacterial-diversity-in-hyalomma-aegyptium-h-marginatum-and-h-excavatum-ticks-through-tag-encoded-pyrosequencing
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Adem Keskin, Ahmet Bursali, David E Snow, Scot E Dowd, Saban Tekin
Ticks are among the most significant human-biting ectoparasites and they play a major role in transmission of many pathogenic agents to humans. In the present study, three species of Hyalomma ticks, Hyalomma aegyptium, H. marginatum and H. excavatum, were examined for the presence of zoonotic bacteria, both male and female ticks alike. Examination of microbial diversity with tag-encoded pyrosequencing indicates that H. marginatum and H. excavatum were more diversity rich than H. aegyptium. Although numerous pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacterial genera were detected, including Acidovorax, Bacillus, Bacteroides, Bdellovibrio, Clostridium, Curvibacter, Escherichia, Flavobacterium, Limnohabitans, Paenibacillus, Ralstonia, Sarcina, Sediminibacterium, Segetibacter Stenotrophomonas and Variovorax, the predominant zoonotic bacteria represented in these ticks were genera Borrelia, Francisella, and Rickettsia...
November 9, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121976/prevalence-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks-in-urban-and-suburban-areas-of-switzerland
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Corinne P Oechslin, Daniel Heutschi, Nicole Lenz, Werner Tischhauser, Olivier Péter, Olivier Rais, Christian M Beuret, Stephen L Leib, Sergei Bankoul, Rahel Ackermann-Gäumann
BACKGROUND: Throughout Europe, Ixodes ricinus transmits numerous pathogens. Its widespread distribution is not limited to rural but also includes urbanized areas. To date, comprehensive data on pathogen carrier rates of I. ricinus ticks in urban areas of Switzerland is lacking. RESULTS: Ixodes ricinus ticks sampled at 18 (sub-) urban collection sites throughout Switzerland showed carrier rates of 0% for tick-borne encephalitis virus, 18.0% for Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato), 2...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119703/rickettsia-parkeri-in-free-ranging-wild-canids-from-brazilian-pampa
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B Dall'Agnol, U A Souza, B Weck, T C Trigo, M M A Jardim, F B Costa, M B Labruna, F B Peters, M O Favarini, F D Mazim, C A S Ferreira, J Reck
Spotted fevers are tick-borne diseases associated with various Rickettsia species. Rickettsia parkeri sensu stricto (s.s.) is the agent of an emerging eschar-associated rickettsiosis in humans from the USA and South American Pampa. Considering that R. parkeri s.s. is restricted to Americas and the potential role of dogs in the epidemiology of the disease, it is thus reasonable to hypothesize that wild canids could be involved in the enzootic cycle of this rickettsiosis. The aim of this work was to investigate the potential role of the wild canids from Pampa, Cerdocyon thous (crab-eating fox) and Lycalopex gymnocercus (Pampas fox), in the ecology of R...
November 8, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119682/molecular-identification-of-tick-borne-pathogens-infecting-cattle-in-mymensingh-district-of-bangladesh-reveals-emerging-species-of-anaplasma-and-babesia
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B C Roy, J Krücken, J S Ahmed, S Majumder, M P Baumann, P-H Clausen, A M Nijhof
Tick-borne diseases are considered a major hindrance to the health and productive performance of cattle in Bangladesh. To elucidate the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) in local cattle, a cross-sectional study was performed in the 12 subdistricts (Upazilas) of Mymensingh district in Bangladesh. Blood samples and ticks were collected from 384 clinically healthy cattle kept by 135 farmers from 96 randomly selected villages. DNA extracted from the blood samples was subsequently screened by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a Reverse Line Blot (RLB) hybridization assay using an in-house prepared chemiluminescence solution for the presence of Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Rickettsia, Babesia and Theileria spp...
November 8, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111373/rickettsia-spp-among-wild-mammals-and-their-respective-ectoparasites-in-pantanal-wetland-brazil
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Keyla Carstens Marques de Sousa, Heitor Miraglia Herrera, Fabiana Lopes Rocha, Francisco Borges Costa, Thiago Fernandes Martins, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Rosangela Zacarias Machado, Marcos Rogério André
The genus Rickettsia comprises obligatory intracellular bacteria, well known to cause zoonotic diseases around the world. The present work aimed to investigate the occurrence of Rickettsia spp. in wild animals, domestic dogs and their respective ectoparasites in southern Pantanal region, central-western Brazil, by molecular and serological techniques. Between August 2013 and March 2015, serum, whole blood and/or spleen samples were collected from 31 coatis, 78 crab-eating foxes, seven ocelots, 42 dogs, 110 wild rodents, and 30 marsupials...
October 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107656/molecular-prevalence-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsiae-in-ticks-from-qinghai-province-northwestern-china
#16
Rong Han, Jifei Yang, Qingli Niu, Zhijie Liu, Ze Chen, Wei Kan, Guangwei Hu, Guangyuan Liu, Jianxun Luo, Hong Yin
Tick-borne rickettsioses is one of the oldest known vector-borne diseases and has been viewed as emerging or re-emerging disease in China. The causative agents have been increasingly recognized and exhibited a high degree of genetic diversity and widespread distribution. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks from Qinghai Province, northwestern China. In total, 860 questing adult ticks representing six species were collected. The SFG rickettsiae were detected in Haemaphysalis qinghaiensis (19...
October 28, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103949/association-of-borrelia-and-rickettsia-spp-and-bacterial-loads-in-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
#17
Marie-Kristin Raulf, Daniela Jordan, Volker Fingerle, Christina Strube
In recent years, awareness of coinfections has increased as synergistic or antagonistic effects on interacting bacteria have been observed. To date, several reports on coinfections of ticks with Rickettsia and Borrelia spp. are available. However, associations are rarely described and studies are based on rather low sample sizes. In the present study, coinfections of Ixodes ricinus with these pathogens were investigated by determining their association in a meta-analysis. A total of 5079 tick samples examined for Rickettsia and Borrelia spp...
October 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102467/experimental-infection-of-rickettsia-parkeri-in-the-rhipicephalus-microplus-tick
#18
Matheus Dias Cordeiro, Bruna de Azevedo Baêta, Patricia Barizon Cepeda, Rafaella Câmara Teixeira, Carla Carolina Dias Uzedo Ribeiro, Jaqueline Rodrigues de Almeida Valim, Adriano Pinter, Adivaldo Henrique da Fonseca
This study aimed to evaluate, by means of artificial feeding, the interaction between a pathogenic rickettsia and the hard tick R. microplus. We used partially engorged females fed on calves free of Rickettsia spp. Group 1 (G1), containing 20 ticks, was fed bovine blood only. Group 2 (G2), containing 20 ticks, was fed blood containing uninfected VERO cells, and group 3 (G3), containing 40 ticks, was fed blood containing VERO cells infected with Rickettsia parkeri. Biological parameters of the non-parasitic phase and a possible bacterial transmission to the tick eggs and to guinea pigs were evaluated...
October 7, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089507/microbes-affected-the-tylccnv-transmission-rate-by-the-q-biotype-whitefly-under-high-o3
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Yanyun Hong, Tuyong Yi, Xiaoling Tan, Jianwei Su, Feng Ge
Ozone (O3) is a major air pollutant that has a profound effect on whole ecosystems. In this study we studied how hO3 affected the transmission of the Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus (TYLCCNV), a begomovirus, by the Q biotype Bemisia tabaci in a persistent, circulative manner. We found hO3 affected the transmission of TYLCCNV via the effect of it on the microbial community of the transmitting insect, such as Candidatus Hamiltonella, Ralstonia, Diaphorobacter, Caldilineaceae, Deinococcus, Rickettsia, Thysanophora penicillioides and Wallemia ichthyophaga...
October 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079185/potential-exposure-of-humans-to-rickettsia-felis-in-greece
#20
Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Antonios Germanakis, Georgios Chaliotis, Stefania Kapetanaki, Loukia Kalogeraki, Elliona Gkika, Nikolaos Partalis, Georgia Polymili, Yannis Tselentis, Anna Psaroulaki
Rickettsia felis is a flea-transmitted pathogen however, in Greece, much work has been done on another flea-borne pathogen, R. typhi; human cases have been described and high-risk areas have been characterized. Nevertheless, little is known about human infections caused by R. felis in the country since human cases are not routinely tested for antibodies against this pathogen. During the past seven years, we have set up a protocol at the National Reference Centre in order to improve the testing of tick-borne diseases in Greece...
October 24, 2017: Acta Tropica
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