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EDITORIAL
Robert Bergquist, Norbert W Brattig, Moses J Chimbari, Jakob Zinsstag, Jürg Utzinger
Epidemiological mapping and risk profiling build on the idea that diseases are tied to social-ecological systems that govern the distribution and abundance of transmissible pathogens, vectors and hosts. This is the heart of the emerging field of ecohealth, which examines how biological, cultural, demographic, economic, physical, political and social environments change can affect the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and ecosystems and the services they provide. This paper is an overview of a special issue of Acta Tropica, whose 15 publications reflect a geographically and epidemiologically diverse landscape of ecohealth in Africa...
July 18, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723794/thrombosis-and-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome-during-acute-q-fever-a-cross-sectional-study
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Matthieu Million, Nathalie Bardin, Simon Bessis, Nadia Nouiakh, Charlaine Douliery, Sophie Edouard, Emmanouil Angelakis, Annick Bosseray, Olivier Epaulard, Stéphanie Branger, Bernard Chaudier, Karine Blanc-Laserre, Nicole Ferreira-Maldent, Elisa Demonchy, France Roblot, Jacques Reynes, Felix Djossou, Camelia Protopopescu, Patrizia Carrieri, Laurence Camoin-Jau, Jean-Louis Mege, Didier Raoult
Q fever is a neglected and potentially fatal disease. During acute Q fever, antiphospholipid antibodies are very prevalent and have been associated with fever, thrombocytopenia, acquired heart valve disease, and progression to chronic endocarditis. However, thrombosis, the main clinical criterion of the 2006 updated classification of the antiphospholipid syndrome, has not been assessed in this context. To test whether thrombosis is associated with antiphospholipid antibodies and whether the criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome can be met in patients with acute Q fever, we conducted a cross-sectional study at the French National Referral Center for Q fever...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722568/epidemiology-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-and-acute-undifferentiated-febrile-illness-in-villeta-colombia
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Álvaro A Faccini-Martínez, Alejandro Ramírez-Hernández, Christian Barreto, Elkin Forero-Becerra, Diego Millán, Elkin Valbuena, Andrea C Sánchez-Alfonso, Wilson O Imbacuán-Pantoja, Jesús A Cortés-Vecino, Luis J Polo-Terán, Néstor Yaya-Lancheros, Jorge Jácome, Ana M Palomar, Sonia Santibáñez, Aránzazu Portillo, José A Oteo, Marylin Hidalgo
Etiology of acute undifferentiated febrile syndrome (AUFS) is often unknown, leading to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment. Villeta town has been identified as an endemic area for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses but little is known about possible amplifier hosts and other Rickettsia species different from Rickettsia rickettsii. Besides, few studies have approached other AUFS etiologies in the region. We investigated the role of dengue, leptospirosis, rickettsioses, human anaplasmosis, and Q fever as possible causes of AUFS in patients from Villeta...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720048/mesangial-proliferative-lupus-nephritis-with-podocytopathy-a-special-entity-of-lupus-nephritis
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S F Wang, Y H Chen, D Q Chen, Z Z Liu, F Xu, C H Zeng, W X Hu
Mesangial proliferative lupus nephritis may coexist with podocytopathy, but its clinical-morphological features, treatment response and outcomes have not been compared with mesangial proliferative lupus nephritis without podocytopathy. In this study, 125 biopsies of lupus nephritis patients showing mesangial proliferation with mesangial immune deposits were collected and divided into podocytopathy group (defined as podocyte foot process effacement (FPE) >50% with nephrotic syndrome (NS)) and mesangial group (FPE ≤50%, or FPE >50% without NS)...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715899/the-clinical-challenge-of-chronic-q-fever-with-isolated-liver-involvement
#5
Armando Peixoto, Pedro Pereira, Guilherme Macedo
Chronic Q fever is defined as an infection by Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii) that lasts for six months or more. It occurs in 1-5% of individuals infected with this agent and develops over a period of months to years after the acute infection. Cases of hepatic involvement are rare.
July 18, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714925/individual-and-interactive-effects-of-socio-ecological-factors-on-dengue-fever-at-fine-spatial-scale-a-geographical-detector-based-analysis
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Zheng Cao, Tao Liu, Xing Li, Jin Wang, Hualiang Lin, Lingling Chen, Zhifeng Wu, Wenjun Ma
Background: Large spatial heterogeneity was observed in the dengue fever outbreak in Guangzhou in 2014, however, the underlying reasons remain unknown. We examined whether socio-ecological factors affected the spatial distribution and their interactive effects. Methods: Moran's I was applied to first examine the spatial cluster of dengue fever in Guangzhou. Nine socio-ecological factors were chosen to represent the urbanization level, economy, accessibility, environment, and the weather of the 167 townships/streets in Guangzhou, and then the geographical detector was applied to analyze the individual and interactive effects of these factors on the dengue outbreak...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712416/biopsychosocial-risk-factors-of-persistent-fatigue-after-acute-infection-a-systematic-review-to-inform-interventions
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REVIEW
Katrin Hulme, Joanna L Hudson, Philine Rojczyk, Paul Little, Rona Moss-Morris
OBJECTIVES: Fatigue is a prevalent and debilitating symptom, preceded by an acute infectious episode in some patients. This systematic review aimed to identify risk factors for the development of persistent fatigue after an acute infection, to develop an evidence-based working model of post-infectious fatigue. METHODS: Electronic databases (Medline, PsycINFO and EMBASE) were searched, from inception to March 2016, for studies which investigated biopsychosocial risk factors of on-going fatigue after an acute infection...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709838/characteristics-of-scrub-typhus-murine-typhus-and-q-fever-among-elderly-patients-prolonged-prothrombin-time-as-a-predictor-for-severity
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Ko Chang, Nan-Yao Lee, Wen-Chien Ko, Wei-Ru Lin, Yen-Hsu Chen, Jih-Jin Tsai, Tun-Chieh Chen, Chun-Yu Lin, Ya-Ting Chang, Po-Liang Lu
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The clinical manifestations of scrub typhus, murine typhus and acute Q fever in the elderly are not clear. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study to identify the characteristics of the elderly aged ≥65 years with a comparison group aged 18-64 years among patients with scrub typhus, murine typhus, or acute Q fever who were serologically confirmed at three hospitals in Taiwan during 2002-2011. RESULTS: Among 441 cases, including 187 cases of scrub typhus, 166 acute Q fever, and 88 murine typhus, 68 (15...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706879/multiple-substrate-usage-of-coxiella-burnetii-to-feed-a-bipartite-metabolic-network
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Ina Häuslein, Franck Cantet, Sarah Reschke, Fan Chen, Matteo Bonazzi, Wolfgang Eisenreich
The human pathogen Coxiella burnetii causes Q-fever and is classified as a category B bio-weapon. Exploiting the development of the axenic growth medium ACCM-2, we have now used (13)C-labeling experiments and isotopolog profiling to investigate the highly diverse metabolic network of C. burnetii. To this aim, C. burnetii RSA 439 NMII was cultured in ACCM-2 containing 5 mM of either [U-(13)C3]serine, [U-(13)C6]glucose, or [U-(13)C3]glycerol until the late-logarithmic phase. GC/MS-based isotopolog profiling of protein-derived amino acids, methanol-soluble polar metabolites, fatty acids, and cell wall components (e...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698491/microrna-signature-of-human-microvascular-endothelium-infected-with-rickettsia-rickettsii
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Abha Sahni, Hema P Narra, Jignesh Patel, Sanjeev K Sahni
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) mediate gene silencing by destabilization and/or translational repression of target mRNA. Infection of human microvascular endothelial cells as primary targets of Rickettsiarickettsii, the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, triggers host responses appertaining to alterations in cellular gene expression. Microarray-based profiling of endothelial cells infected with R.rickettsii for 3 or 24 h revealed differential expression of 33 miRNAs, of which miRNAs129-5p, 200a-3p, 297, 200b-3p, and 595 were identified as the top five up-regulated miRNAs (5 to 20-fold, p ≤ 0...
July 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681721/dot-map-cartograms-for-detection-of-infectious-disease-outbreaks-an-application-to-q-fever-the-netherlands-and-pertussis-germany
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Loes Soetens, Susan Hahné, Jacco Wallinga
Geographical mapping of infectious diseases is an important tool for detecting and characterising outbreaks. Two common mapping methods, dot maps and incidence maps, have important shortcomings. The former does not represent population density and can compromise case privacy, and the latter relies on pre-defined administrative boundaries. We propose a method that overcomes these limitations: dot map cartograms. These create a point pattern of cases while reshaping spatial units, such that spatial area becomes proportional to population size...
June 29, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673687/-weight-loss-fever-and-arthralgia-in-a-43-year-old-man-treated-for-follicular-lymphoma
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M Vandeputte, B Couturier, F Vandergheynst, M Maerevoet, M-L Jullie, A Kolivras, Q Fontanges, L Verset, J André, E Cogan, H Boysson
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June 30, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672014/molecular-detection-of-coxiella-burnetii-from-the-formalin-fixed-tissues-of-q-fever-patients-with-acute-hepatitis
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Young-Rock Jang, Yong Shin, Choong Eun Jin, Bonhan Koo, Se Yoon Park, Min-Chul Kim, Taeeun Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sung-Han Kim, Eunsil Yu
BACKGROUND: Serologic diagnosis is one of the most widely used diagnostic methods for Q fever, but the window period in antibody response of 2 to 3 weeks after symptom onset results in significant diagnostic delay. We investigated the diagnostic utility of Q fever PCR from formalin-fixed liver tissues in Q fever patients with acute hepatitis. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical and laboratory data in patients with Q fever hepatitis who underwent liver biopsy during a 17-year period, and whose biopsied tissues were available...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666604/a-human-time-dose-response-model-for-q-fever
#14
Charles W Heppell, Joseph R Egan, Ian Hall
The causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetii, has the potential to be developed for use in biological warfare and it is classified as a bioterrorism threat agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as a category B select agent by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In this paper we focus on the in-host properties that arise when an individual inhales a dose of C. burnetii and establish a human time-dose response model. We also propagate uncertainty throughout the model allowing us to robustly estimate key properties including the infectious dose and incubation period...
June 15, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660464/respiratory-tract-infection-caused-by-fonsecaea-monophora-after-kidney-transplantation
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Isabella Barbosa Cleinman, Sarah Santos Gonçalves, Marcio Nucci, Danielle Carvalho Quintella, Márcia Halpern, Tiyomi Akiti, Glória Barreiros, Arnaldo Lopes Colombo, Guilherme Santoro-Lopes
Fonsecaea spp. are melanized fungi which cause most cases of chromoblastomycosis. The taxonomy of this genus has been revised, now encompassing four species, with different pathogenic potential: F. pedrosoi, F. nubica, F. pugnacius, and F. monophora. The latter two species present wider clinical spectrum and have been associated with cases of visceral infection, most often affecting the brain. To our knowledge, this is the first report of proven case of F. monophora respiratory tract infection. A Brazilian 57-year-old-female patient underwent kidney transplantation on January 12, 2013...
June 28, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659319/laboratory-diagnosis-of-infective-endocarditis
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Rachael M Liesman, Bobbi S Pritt, Joseph J Maleszewski, Robin Patel
Infective endocarditis is life-threatening; identification of the underlying etiology informs optimized individual patient management. Changing epidemiology, advances in blood culture techniques, and new diagnostics guide the application of laboratory testing for diagnosis of endocarditis. Blood cultures remain the standard test for microbial diagnosis, with directed serological testing (i.e., Q fever serology, Bartonella serology) in culture-negative cases. Histopathology and molecular diagnostics (e.g., 16S ribosomal RNA gene PCR/sequencing, Trophyerma whipplei PCR) may be applied to resected valves to aid in diagnosis...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647977/-surveillance-data-on-typhoid-fever-and-paratyphoid-fever-in-2015-china
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F F Liu, S L Zhao, Q Chen, Z R Chang, J Zhang, Y M Zheng, L Luo, L Ran, Q H Liao
Objective: Through analyzing the surveillance data on typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever in 2015 to understand the related epidemiological features and most possible clustering areas of high incidence. Methods: Individual data was collected from the passive surveillance program and analyzed by descriptive statistic method. Characteristics on seasonal, regional and distribution of the diseases were described. Spatial-temporal clustering characteristics were estimated, under the retrospective space-time method...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646492/prenatal-perinatal-and-neonatal-risk-factors-for-perinatal-arterial-ischaemic-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
C Li, J K Miao, Y Xu, Y Y Hua, Q Ma, L L Zhou, H J Liu, Q X Chen
The aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis of published data to determine the significance of clinical factors and exposures to the risk of perinatal arterial ischaemic stroke (PAIS) and provide guidance for clinical diagnosis and treatment. A comprehensive literature search of the PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE and Cochrane Library databases for relevant observational studies (cohort/case-control) from March 1984 to March 2016 was undertaken. Two review authors independently examined the full text records to determine which studies met the inclusion criteria and evaluated risk factors for PAIS...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622620/simultaneous-uhplc-uv-analysis-of-hydroxychloroquine-minocycline-and-doxycycline-from-serum-samples-for-the-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-q-fever-and-whipple-s-disease
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Nicholas Armstrong, Magali Richez, Didier Raoult, Eric Chabriere
A fast UHPLC-UV method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of Hydroxychloroquine, Minocycline and Doxycycline drugs from 100μL of human serum samples. Serum samples were extracted by liquid-liquid extraction and injected into a phenyl hexyl reverse phase column. Compounds were separated using a mobile phase linear gradient and monitored by UV detection at 343nm. Chloroquine and Oxytetracycline were used as internal standards. Lower and upper limits of quantifications, as well as the other levels of calibration, were validated with acceptable accuracy (<15% deviation) and precision (<15% coefficient of variation) according to the European Medicines Agency guidelines...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620582/physicochemical-and-nutritional-requirements-for-axenic-replication-suggest-physiological-basis-for-coxiella-burnetii-niche-restriction
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Eduardo Vallejo Esquerra, Hong Yang, Savannah E Sanchez, Anders Omsland
Bacterial obligate intracellular parasites are clinically significant animal and human pathogens. Central to the biology of these organisms is their level of adaptation to intracellular replication niches associated with physicochemical and nutritional constraints. While most bacterial pathogens can adapt to a wide range of environments, severe niche restriction-an inability to thrive in diverse environments-is a hallmark of bacterial obligate intracellular parasites. Herein the physicochemical and nutritional factors underlying the physiological basis for niche restriction in the zoonotic bacterial obligate intracellular parasite and Q fever agent Coxiella burnetii are characterized...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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