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Q fever

Vanesa Alende-Castro, Cristina Macía-Rodríguez, Ignacio Novo-Veleiro, Xana García-Fernández, Mercedes Treviño-Castellano, Sergio Rodríguez-Fernández, Arturo González-Quintela
BACKGROUND: Forms of presentation of Q fever vary widely across Spain, with differences between the north and south. In the absence of reported case series from Galicia (north-west Spain), this study sought to describe a Q-fever case series in this region for the first time, and conduct a systematic review to analyse all available data on the disease in Spain. METHODS: Patients with positive serum antibodies to Coxiella burnetii from a single institution over a 5-year period (January 2011-December 2015) were included...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Z Jia, C J Zhang, C G Xi, Y Q Gong, K W Yang, D Peng, L B Liu, J Li, X S Li, Z S He, L Q Zhou
Objective: To study the clinical characteristics, image findings, therapeutic method and prognosis of metanephric adenoma. Method: The clinical characteristic, image findings, operation methods and prognosis of 16 metanephric adenoma patients treated at Department of Urology, Peking University First Hospital from January 2004 to March 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Results: There were 6 male and 10 female patients in the study. The mean age of patients was 33.7 years (ranging from 14 to 83 years). Two patients came to the hospital because of fever, while other 14 patients had no symptoms and found renal tumor by medical examination...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Z W Liu, W Qiu, J M Peng, Z W Wang, J L Zhao, Q J Wu
A 56-year-old female was admitted to the Department of Rheumatology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital with complaint of recurrent fever and acute lumbar pain. Fever was complicated with malaise, cough and occasional blood-streaked sputum. Lab tests showed elevated white blood cell count, increased serum creatinine, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. Other lab findings included severe anemia, hematuria, and proteinuria. Immunological examinations were positive for antinuclear antibodies, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and antiglomerular basement membrane antibody...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
L Li, Y Wang, C H Yan, X J Huang
Objective: To investigate the threshold of cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNAemia for preemptive antiviral therapy in patients with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Methods: Viral load between 1×10(3) copies/ml and 5×10(3) copies/ml was defined as low viral load by real time Q-PCR. Clinical data and outcome were collected. Results: A total of 95 allo-HSCT recipients with low viral load from September 2014 to February 2015 were recruited in this study. The control group included 37 patients who received preemptive initial antiviral therapy...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
X Huang, L Weng, L Yi, M Li, Y Y Feng, Y Tian, J G Xia, Q Y Zhan, B Du
Objective: To investigate the clinical manifestations and prognostic factors of hospital death in connective tissue disease patients with acute respiratory failure caused by pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) admitted to two medical intensive care units(MICU). Methods: A retrospective review was conducted for all connective tissue disease (CTD) patients with acute respiratory failure from PCP in MICU of 2 academic medical centers between 2010 and 2015. The patients were divided into survivors and non-survivors. Demographic and clinical data, including laboratory, radiological and microbiological findings, as well as therapy, clinical course, mortality and prognostic factors of hospital mortality were included in the analysis...
March 12, 2018: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Mark R Armstrong, Kate L McCarthy, Robert L Horvath
BACKGROUND: Coxiella burnetii endocarditis can be difficult to diagnose leading to delays in treatment. This retrospective case series study was undertaken to understand the epidemiologic trends and clinical features of Q fever endocarditis in Southeast Queensland, Australia. METHODS: Clinical records of patients from a single center with coding diagnosis of C. burnetii, or serology consistent with chronic Q fever, were reviewed from 1999 to 2015. Data from patients with probable or confirmed Q fever endocarditis was abstracted...
March 8, 2018: Infectious Diseases
D S Xin, L Zhou, C Z Li, S Q Zhang, H Q Huang, G D Qiu, L F Lin, Y Q She, J T Zheng, C Chen, L Fang, Zhe-Sheng Chen, S Y Zhang
BACKGROUND: Paclitaxel (PTX) has remarkable anti-tumor activity, but it causes severe toxicities. There is an urgent need to seek an appropriate pharmacokinetic parameter of PTX to improve treatment efficacy and reduce adverse effects. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of pharmacokinetic parameter TC>0.05 of paclitaxel (PTX) and its therapeutic efficacy and toxicity in patients with solid tumors. METHOD: A total of 295 patients with ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), who were admitted to the Tumor Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, China, were recruited for this study...
March 5, 2018: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
Sonja E van Roeden, Eleonoor W Holsboer, Jan Jelrik Oosterheert, Jorge P van Kats, Jacqueline van Beckhoven, Boris M Hogema, Marja J van Wijk
BackgroundAfter a large Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands in the period from 2007 to 2010, the risk of Q fever transmission through tissue and cell transplantation from undiagnosed chronic Q fever cases became a potential issue. Aim: We aimed to evaluate the risk of Q fever transmission through tissue and cell transplantation. Methods: We performed a retrospective observational cohort study among 15,133 Dutch donors of tissues and stem cells from 2010 to 2015 to assess seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies, to identify factors associated with presence of C...
March 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
A Djerbib, G Czaplicki, F Grégoire, N Kirschvink, C Saegerman, F Dal Pozzo
Q fever is a cosmopolitan disease affecting both humans and many animal species. Although sheep are often implicated in human Q fever outbreaks, the disease remains largely underestimated in meat sheep flocks. In order to fulfil this gap, a preliminary study was performed aiming to investigate the serological and molecular aspects of infection with Coxiella burnetii among meat sheep flocks in Belgium. Five Belgian sheep flocks were recruited for this work. Indirect ELISA was used, and in addition, real-time PCR was performed on samples of milk, rectal and vaginal swabs, to understand the dynamics of bacterial shedding...
March 2, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Caylin G Winchell, Amanda L Dragan, Katelynn R Brann, Frances I Onyilagha, Richard C Kurten, Daniel E Voth
Coxiella burnetii is the causative agent of human Q fever, a debilitating flu-like illness that can progress to chronic disease presenting as endocarditis. Following inhalation, C. burnetii is phagocytosed by alveolar macrophages and generates a lysosome-like replication compartment termed the parasitophorous vacuole (PV). A type IV secretion system (T4SS) is required for PV generation and is one of the pathogen's few known virulence factors. We previously showed that C. burnetii actively recruits autophagosomes to the PV using the T4SS, but does not alter macroautophagy...
February 26, 2018: Infection and Immunity
Paul A Beare, Brendan M Jeffrey, Carrie M Long, Craig M Martens, Robert A Heinzen
Coxiella burnetii is an intracellular pathogen that causes human Q fever, a disease that normally presents as a severe flu-like illness. Due to high infectivity and disease severity, the pathogen is considered a risk group 3 organism. Full-length lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is required for full virulence and disease by C. burnetii and is the only virulence factor currently defined by infection of an immunocompetent animal. Transition of virulent phase I bacteria with smooth LPS, to avirulent phase II bacteria with rough LPS, occurs during in vitro passage...
February 26, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Marit M A de Lange, Laura E V Gijsen, Cornelia C H Wielders, Wim van der Hoek, Arko Scheepmaker, Peter M Schneeberger
Background: Echocardiographic screening of acute Q-fever patients and antibiotic prophylaxis for patients with cardiac valvulopathy are considered an important approach to prevent chronic Q-fever-related endocarditis. During a large Q-fever epidemic in the Netherlands, routine screening echocardiography was discontinued, raising controversy in the international literature. We followed a cohort of acute Q-fever patients to estimate the risk for developing chronic Q-fever, and we evaluated the impact of screening in patients who were not yet known to have a valvulopathy...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Gabriel Gonzalez-Escobar, Anne Marie Valadere, Rosmond Adams, Karen Polson-Edwards, Avery Q J Hinds, Akenath Misir, C James Hospedales
An emerging mosquito-borne flavivirus, Zika virus (ZIKV) is a significant public health concern because of the syndromes associated with the infection. In addition, ZIKV is considered a major problem due to large-scale spread of the disease and the possible clinical complications for the central nervous system, especially Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly. Since the introduction of ZIKV in the Caribbean, molecular detection of the viral RNA has been utilized as a more specific and sensitive approach to demonstrating acute infection...
February 19, 2018: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Jessica Klemmer, John Njeru, Aya Emam, Ahmed El-Sayed, Amira A Moawad, Klaus Henning, Mohamed A Elbeskawy, Carola Sauter-Louis, Reinhard K Straubinger, Heinrich Neubauer, Mohamed M El-Diasty
Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. Clinical presentation in humans varies from asymptomatic to flu-like illness and severe sequelae may be seen. Ruminants are often sub-clinically infected or show reproductive disorders such as abortions. In Egypt, only limited data on the epidemiology of Q fever in animals are available. Using a stratified two stage random sampling approach, we evaluated the prevalence of Coxiella burnetii specific antibodies among ruminants and camels in 299 herds...
2018: PloS One
Rahşan Erturk, Ömer Poyraz, Turabi Güneş
Background & objectives: Q fever caused by Coxiella burnetii is a zoonotic infection that spreads to human beings from animals. This study was aimed to demographically examine the C. burnetii seroprevalence in the people living in villages where Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is endemic, in terms of various risk factors such as tick bites, tick contact, and occupational groups. Methods: A total of 440 serum samples from those living in rural areas of Sivas and Tokat regions in Turkey were included in the study as a risk group; 387of them were serologically CCHFV positive (as confirmed in our previous research)...
October 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
Sundos A Alhadhoud, Mariappa Thinakar Vel, Mustafa Al Qbandi
Q fever (QF) is rarely reported in children. Awareness of the disease and newer diagnostic modalities have resulted in increasing recognition of unusual manifestations. We present three cases of QF endocarditis after right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit insertion in children.
January 2018: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
D Wu, L Z Zhao, Y H Wu, H Zhang, M Zhang, Q Q Tan, H Q Zhou, F C Zhang, J F He
Objective: To investigate the sensitivity and specificity of commercial nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) testing kits for Dengue fever diagnose, and provide the evidence for diagnostic criteria revision. Methods: 300 PCR or virus isolation positive blood samples for dengue virus were collected from sentinel hospitals for dengue surveillance in Guangzhou, Dongguang and Zhongshang from May 2015 to Nov. 2016. At the same time, 308 PCR negative samples for Dengue virus were collected as control group. The information of the sample was collected using questionnaires...
February 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
Isabelle Desjardins, Aurélien Joulié, Sophie Pradier, Sylvie Lecollinet, Cécile Beck, Laurence Vial, Philippe Dufour, Patrick Gasqui, Loïc Legrand, Sophie Edouard, Karim Sidi-Boumedine, Elodie Rousset, Elsa Jourdain, Agnès Leblond
Coxiella burnetii can infect many animal species, but its circulation dynamics in and through horses is still unclear. This study evaluated horse exposure in an area known to be endemic for ruminants and humans. We assessed antibody prevalence in horse serum by ELISA, and screened by qPCR horse blood, ticks found on horses and dust from stables. Horse seroprevalence was 4% (n = 335, 37 stables) in 2015 and 12% (n = 294, 39 stables) in 2016. Of 199 horses sampled both years, 13 seroconverted, eight remained seropositive, and one seroreverted...
February 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Nicolas Mongardon, Arnaud Dubory, Amandine Dorget, Geoffroy De Wailly, Raphaël Lepeule, Frédéric Cochennec
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February 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Vincent Pommier de Santi, Sébastien Briolant, Aba Mahamat, Carole Ilcinkas, Denis Blanchet, Benoit de Thoisy, Yann Reynaud, Georges Hyvert, Jean-Lou Marié, Sophie Edouard, Bernard Davoust, Didier Raoult
A Q fever epidemic occurred in 2013 in a small military residential area in Cayenne, French Guiana. A retrospective cohort study was conducted to identify Q fever risk factors. Confirmed acute Q fever case was defined as positive serology (IgM ≥ 50 and phase II IgG ≥ 200) and/or positive qPCR on serum or blood. In addition, wild mammals were captured at the study site and tested by serology and real-time PCR performed on blood, vaginal swabs and ticks. The attack rate was 20 percent (11/54). All the cases were symptomatic with fever >38...
February 2018: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
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