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Q fever

Elena García, Gerardo Espeso, Rocío Fernández, Ángel Gómez-Martín, José María Rodríguez-Linde, Christian De la Fe
Coxiella (C.) burnetii is the etiological agent of the zoonotic disease known a Q fever. This agent can infect multiple hosts although its pathogenic potential in wild ruminants has been poorly studied. The polymerase chain reaction and the serological test detected the presence of C. burnetii in a population of North African gazelles (n = 355), comprising dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas neglecta), dama gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr) and Cuvier's gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) which, some of them, they recently aborted...
September 19, 2016: Theriogenology
Russell J Brooke, Mirjam Ee Kretzschmar, Volker Hackert, Christian Jpa Hoebe, Peter Fm Teunis, Lance A Waller
We develop a novel approach to study an outbreak of Q fever in 2009 in the Netherlands by combining a human dose-response model with geostatistics prediction to relate probability of infection and associated probability of illness to an effective dose of Coxiella burnetii. The spatial distribution of the 220 notified cases in the at-risk population are translated into a smooth spatial field of dose. Based on these symptomatic cases, the dose-response model predicts a median of 611 asymptomatic infections (95% range 410 to 1,084) for the 220 reported symptomatic cases in the at-risk population; 2...
October 19, 2016: Epidemiology
J Y Zhao, X J Shen, B F Zhang, Z Q Wang, S L Xia, X Y Huang, B L Xu
Objective: To investigate the infection status of human rotavirus, calicivirus, astrovirus and enteric adenovirus in children aged <5 years in disease surveillance areas in Henan province from 2013 to 2015. Methods: A total of 880 stool samples were collected from four sentinel hospitals and group A rotavirus was detected by ELISA and group A rotavirus G/P genotyping was performed with nested multiplex RT-PCR, while rotavirus (group B, C), calicivirus and astrovirus were detected by two-step multiplex RT-PCR and adenovirus were detected by PCR...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
S Dehkharghani, M Bowen, D C Haussen, T Gleason, A Prater, Q Cai, J Kang, R G Nogueira
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The neuronal substrate is highly sensitive to temperature elevation; however, its impact on the fate of the ischemic penumbra has not been established. We analyzed interactions between temperature and penumbral expansion among successfully reperfused patients with acute ischemic stroke, hypothesizing infarction growth and worse outcomes among patients with fever who achieve full reperfusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from 129 successfully reperfused (modified TICI 2b/3) patients (mean age, 65 ± 15 years) presenting within 12 hours of onset were examined from a prospectively collected acute ischemic stroke registry...
October 6, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
L A Gauri, Ashok Thaned, Q Fatima, H Yadav, A Singh, H P Jaipal, A Chaudhary
OBJECTIVE: To find out clinical and laboratory profile of patients of chikungunya outbreak in 2006 in Bikaner (North-West Rajasthan) and follow up of chikungunya patients for 5 years. METHODS: Study was conducted among 50 chikungunya patients. For this study the inclusion criteria was clinical presentation consistent with chikungunya virus infection (e.g. abrupt onset of fever and/or polyarthralgia) and laboratory confirmation of chikungunya virus infection by IgM-capture ELISA...
March 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Felipe Rodrigues de Souza, Ana Paula Guimarães, Teobaldo Cuya, Matheus Puggina de Freitas, Arlan da Silva Gonçalves, Pat Forgione, Tanos Celmar Costa França
Coxiella burnetii is a gram-negative bacterium able to infect several eukaryotic cells, mainly monocytes and macrophages. It is found widely in nature with ticks, birds, and mammals as major hosts. C. burnetii is also the biological warfare agent that causes Q fever, a disease that has no vaccine or proven chemotherapy available. Considering the current geopolitical context, this fact reinforces the need for discovering new treatments and molecular targets for drug design against C. burnetii. Among the main molecular targets against bacterial diseases reported, the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) has been investigated for several infectious diseases...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Serap Şimşek Yavuz, Ezgi Özbek, Seniha Başaran, Bekir Çelebi, Ebru Yılmaz, Murat Başaran, Berrin Umman, Haluk Eraksoy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Nicola A Wardrop, Lian F Thomas, Elizabeth A J Cook, William A de Glanville, Peter M Atkinson, Claire N Wamae, Eric M Fèvre
Evidence suggests that the intracellular bacterial pathogen Coxiella burnetii (which causes Q fever) is widespread, with a near global distribution. While there has been increasing attention to Q fever epidemiology in high-income settings, a recent systematic review highlighted significant gaps in our understanding of the prevalence, spatial distribution and risk factors for Q fever infection across Africa. This research aimed to provide a One Health assessment of Q fever epidemiology in parts of Western and Nyanza Provinces, Western Kenya, in cattle and humans...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Thomas Weitzel, Javier López, Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, Sophie Edouard, Philippe Parola, Katia Abarca
BACKGROUND: Coxiella burnetii is an important zoonotic pathogen of global distribution. Still, in most parts of South America including Chile, systematic epidemiological data are lacking. The presented study aims to determine the seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies in healthy adults of four different regions in Chile. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed, which included healthy adults living in rural and urban areas of four cities located in different regions in northern, central, and southern Chile...
October 6, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Rita Veiga Ferraz, Marta Andrade, Filipa Silva, Paulo Andrade, Cláudia Carvalho, José Pinheiro Torres, Jorge Almeida, António Sarmento, Lurdes Santos
Chronic Coxiella burnetii endocarditis usually develops in people with underlying heart disease and accounts for 60-70% of chronic Q fever. Onset is generally insidious and manifestations are atypical. The authors report a case of Coxiella burnetii prosthetic valve endocarditis in a 53 years- old patient with recurrent mechanical valve dehiscence on mitral position. He lived in a rural area with sheep and goats on the surroundings. During a 9 year- period, he was submitted to three cardiac mitral valve surgeries two of which with no Q fever diagnosis suspicion...
2016: IDCases
Punsiri M Colonne, Caylin G Winchell, Joseph G Graham, Frances I Onyilagha, Laura J MacDonald, Heike R Doeppler, Peter Storz, Richard C Kurten, Paul A Beare, Robert A Heinzen, Daniel E Voth
Coxiella burnetii is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that causes human Q fever, an acute flu-like illness that can progress to chronic endocarditis and liver and bone infections. Humans are typically infected by aerosol-mediated transmission, and C. burnetii initially targets alveolar macrophages wherein the pathogen replicates in a phagolysosome-like niche known as the parasitophorous vacuole (PV). C. burnetii manipulates host cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) signaling to promote PV formation, cell survival, and bacterial replication...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Xiaolu Xiong, Jun Jiao, Anthony E Gregory, Pengcheng Wang, Yujing Bi, Xiaoyi Wang, Yongqiang Jiang, Bohai Wen, Daniel A Portnoy, James E Samuel, Chen Chen
Coxiella burnetii is a Gram-negative bacterium that causes acute and chronic Q fever. Due to the severe adverse effect of whole cell vaccination, identification of immunodominant antigens of C. burnetii has become a major focus of Q fever vaccine development. We hypothesized that secreted C. burnetii Type IV secretion system (T4SS) effectors may represent a major class of CD8(+) T cell antigens due to their cytosolic localization. Twenty-nine peptides were identified that elicited robust CD8(+) T cell IFN-γ recall responses from mice infected with C...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
A A Chughtai, Q Wang, T C Dung, C R Macintyre
We compared the rates of fever in adult subjects with laboratory-confirmed influenza and other respiratory viruses and examined the factors that predict fever in adults. Symptom data on 158 healthcare workers (HCWs) with a laboratory-confirmed respiratory virus infection were collected using standardized data collection forms from three separate studies. Overall, the rate of fever in confirmed viral respiratory infections in adult HCWs was 23·4% (37/158). Rates varied by virus: human rhinovirus (25·3%, 19/75), influenza A virus (30%, 3/10), coronavirus (28·6%, 2/7), human metapneumovirus (28·6%, 2/7), respiratory syncytial virus (14·3%, 4/28) and parainfluenza virus (8·3%, 1/12)...
October 3, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Teresa García-Seco, Marta Pérez-Sancho, Eva Martínez-Nevado, Julio Álvarez, Julián Santiago-Moreno, Joaquín Goyache, Lucas Domínguez, Nerea García
Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, can infect a wide range of host species, but limited information exists on the occurrence and implications of infection in wild species. This study describes a natural infection in a population of dorcas gazelles ( Gazella dorcas ) from a zoo. A 9-yr-old male Saharawi dorcas gazelle ( Gazella dorcas neglecta) tested positive on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and fecal polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Despite treatment with oxytetracycline, the animal did not clear the infection after 6 mo, as confirmed by a PCR test on a semen sample...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
X B Wu, G T Zhang, F Zhang, W D Gan, G X Liu, X G Li, S W Zhang, H Q Guo
Objective: To explore the safety and clinical efficacy of partial nephrectomy for solitary kidney tumor. Methods: Twenty patients with a functional or anatomic solitary kidney who underwent nephron-sparing surgery for one or more renal masses were retrospectively analyzed. There were 15 male and 5 female patients with mean age of 63 years.Patients were divided into open partial nephrectomy(OPN) group and laparoscopic partial nephrectomy(LPN) group, the two groups were followed up.Demographic and clinical characteristics were analyzed using student t-test for continuous variables, and the χ(2) test for categorical variables...
October 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
T Q Zhang, Y Y Zhang, Y K Gu, F Gao, Z M Huang, J H Huang
Objective: To explore the preliminary clinical efficacy and safety of multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller for treating large hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: A total of 20 patients with large hepatocellular carcinoma from minimally invasive Interventional department of Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center were enrolled in this retrospective study from December 2013 to December 2014.The procedures were conducted with multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller under CT guidance...
September 20, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Amit Panjwani, Shashikala Shivaprakasha, Dilip Karnad
Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii which has a worldwide distribution. Pneumonia occurs in almost half of the patients who have an acute C. burnetii infection. Less than 5-6% of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is found to be caused by this organism. Endemicity of C. burnetii infection has been recorded in various studies carried out in our country. However there is no mention about Q fever as a cause of CAP in the various studies done to identify the aetiological agent. We report a case of acute Q fever related pneumonia and this appears to be the first reported case of pneumonia due to C...
December 2015: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Monika Szymańska-Czerwińska, Krzysztof Niemczuk, Agnieszka Jodełko
Diagnosis of Q fever in cattle is not easy due to the need to test the samples by both serological and molecular methods. Aim of this study was to evaluate qPCR, and phase I and II antibodies for detection of C. burnetii infection in cattle. A total of 187 bovine blood and vaginal swabs, and 97 milk samples, were tested. Limitations of serological tests were that the available indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (iELISA) could lose positive results if antibody titres were low; or phase II antibodies were present...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Richard K Zimmerman, G K Balasubramani, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Heather Eng, Leonard Urbanski, Michael L Jackson, Lisa A Jackson, Huong Q McLean, Edward A Belongia, Arnold S Monto, Ryan E Malosh, Manjusha Gaglani, Lydia Clipper, Brendan Flannery, Stephen R Wisniewski
BACKGROUND: The use of neuraminidase-inhibiting anti-viral medication to treat influenza is relatively infrequent. Rapid, cost-effective methods for diagnosing influenza are needed to enable appropriate prescribing. Multi-viral respiratory panels using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to diagnose influenza are accurate but expensive and more time-consuming than low sensitivity rapid influenza tests. Influenza clinical decision algorithms are both rapid and inexpensive, but most are based on regression analyses that do not account for higher order interactions...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Gabriela Flores-Ramírez, Maksym Danchenko, Marco Quevedo-Díaz, Ludovit Skultety
Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii) is the etiological agent of a Q fever-the re-emerging disease with considerable economic impact. Due to many similar symptoms with commonly occurring infections, its clinical diagnosis is very difficult. Thus, a strong effort should be taken to raise the awareness and develop a robust strategy for an accurate diagnosis. The identification of specific C. burnetii biomarkers could be valuable for a sensitive and selective diagnosis of the disease. Herein, we described a workflow to identify immunoreactive proteins of C...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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