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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636449/zika-virus-in-ontario-evaluating-a-rapid-risk-assessment-tool-for-emerging-infectious-disease-threats
#1
Ryan Van Meer, Karin Hohenadel, Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek, Bryna Warshawsky, Doug Sider, Brian Schwartz, Mark P Nelder
To determine the Ontario-specific risk of local and travel-related Zika virus transmission in the context of a public health emergency of international concern, Public Health Ontario (PHO) completed a rapid risk assessment (RRA) on January 29, 2016, using a newly developed RRA guidance tool. The RRA concluded that risk of local mosquito-borne transmission was low, with a high risk of imported cases through travel. The RRA was updated 3 times based on predetermined triggers. An independent evaluation assessed both the application of the RRA guidance tool (process evaluation) and the usefulness of the RRA (outcome evaluation)...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#2
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633961/full-genome-amplification-and-sequencing-of-zika-viruses-using-a-targeted-amplification-approach
#3
Mariana Leguia, Cristhopher D Cruz, Vidal Felices, Armando Torre, Gilda Troncos, Victoria Espejo, Carolina Guevara, Christopher Mores
We have developed methods for full-genome sequencing of Zika viruses (ZIKVs) based on a targeted amplification approach. We used alignments of publicly available complete genome data to design a primer set that selectively amplifies ZIKVs. The approach includes amplification strategies for templates present at both high- and low-copy number, and PCR cycling conditions that have been normalized across genome fragments in order to streamline laboratory handling. Abundant templates can be amplified using a strategy that uses 6 overlapping amplicons to cover the complete viral genome, whereas scarce templates can be amplified using a strategy that uses 11 overlapping amplicons of smaller size...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633891/aids-avian-flu-sars-mers-ebola-zika%C3%A2-what-next
#4
REVIEW
Leslie A Reperant, Albert D M E Osterhaus
Emerging infections have threatened humanity since times immemorial. The dramatic anthropogenic, behavioral and social changes that have affected humanity and the environment in the past century have accelerated the intrusion of novel pathogens into the global human population, sometimes with devastating consequences. The AIDS and influenza pandemics have claimed and will continue to claim millions of lives. The recent SARS and Ebola epidemics have threatened populations across borders. The emergence of MERS may well be warning signals of a nascent pandemic threat, while the potential for geographical spread of vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, but also Dengue and Chikungunya is unprecedented...
June 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633549/an-update-on-zika-vaccine-developments
#5
Anna Durbin, Annelies Wilder-Smith
The devastating consequences of congenital Zika virus (ZIKV) infection led to a global response directed toward a better understanding of the epidemiology and pathogenesis of ZIKV and to efforts at vaccine development. As a result, there are currently 45 ZIKV vaccine candidates in development. Areas covered: Both traditional (purified inactivated, live attenuated, viral-vectored, recombinant sub-unit) and novel (DNA, self-replicating RNA, mRNA) vaccine platforms are being utilized. For emergency use, vaccines that are appropriate for women of child-bearing age (including pregnant women) are being developed...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632838/-infecci%C3%A3-n-por-el-virus-zika-en-el-embarazo-y-su-impacto
#6
Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632511/zika-virus-a-cause-of-concern-in-transplantation
#7
Marilyn E Levi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Worldwide, the number of countries reporting Zika virus (ZKV) infection continues to increase. Although 80% of cases are asymptomatic, ZKV has been identified as a neurotropic virus associated with congenital microcephaly, Guillain-Barre' syndrome, and meningoencephalitis. Until recently, infection in transplant recipients has not been identified. This study will review the existing literature on ZKV infection, laboratory testing, and management in transplant recipients...
June 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631169/zika-virus-infection-in-vietnam-current-epidemic-strain-origin-spreading-risk-and-perspective
#8
REVIEW
Dinh-Toi Chu, Vo Truong Nhu Ngoc, Yang Tao
Zika virus infection and its associated microcephaly have being receiving global concern. This infection has spread widely since the first outbreak was recorded in Africa in 1952. Now, it has been reported in over 70 countries on five continents including Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Europe. Vietnam is one of the most recent countries which had cases of Zika virus infection at the end of 2016. This country has also reported the first case of a microcephaly-born baby which was probably linked to Zika virus infection...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630989/travel-associated-zika-virus-disease
#9
Giuseppina Liuzzi, Concetta Castilletti, Francesco Vairo, Emanuele Nicastri, Giuseppe Ippolito
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630988/travel-associated-zika-virus-disease
#10
Davidson H Hamer, Lin H Chen, Michael Libman, Martin P Grobusch, Douglas H Esposito
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630444/modelling-the-effects-of-global-climate-change-on-chikungunya-transmission-in-the-21-st-century
#11
Nils B Tjaden, Jonathan E Suk, Dominik Fischer, Stephanie M Thomas, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Jan C Semenza
The arrival and rapid spread of the mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya across the Americas is one of the most significant public health developments of recent years, preceding and mirroring the subsequent spread of Zika. Globalization in trade and travel can lead to the importation of these viruses, but climatic conditions strongly affect the efficiency of transmission in local settings. In order to direct preparedness for future outbreaks, it is necessary to anticipate global regions that could become suitable for Chikungunya transmission...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630032/what-are-people-tweeting-about-zika-an-exploratory-study-concerning-its-symptoms-treatment-transmission-and-prevention
#12
Michele Miller, Tanvi Banerjee, Roopteja Muppalla, William Romine, Amit Sheth
BACKGROUND: In order to harness what people are tweeting about Zika, there needs to be a computational framework that leverages machine learning techniques to recognize relevant Zika tweets and, further, categorize these into disease-specific categories to address specific societal concerns related to the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of Zika virus. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the relevancy of the tweets and what people were tweeting about the 4 disease characteristics of Zika: symptoms, transmission, prevention, and treatment...
June 19, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628464/early-evidence-for-zika-virus-circulation-among-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
#13
Tania Ayllón, Renata de Mendonça Campos, Patrícia Brasil, Fernanda Cristina Morone, Daniel Cardoso Portela Câmara, Guilherme Louzada Silva Meira, Egbert Tannich, Kristie Aimi Yamamoto, Marilia Sá Carvalho, Renata Saraiva Pedro, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Daniel Cadar, Davis Fernandes Ferreira, Nildimar Alves Honório
During 2014-2016, we conducted mosquito-based Zika virus surveillance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Results suggest that Zika virus was probably introduced into the area during May-November 2013 via multiple in-country sources. Furthermore, our results strengthen the hypothesis that Zika virus in the Americas originated in Brazil during October 2012-May 2013.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628450/zika-virus-screening-among-spanish-team-members-after-2016-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-olympic-games
#14
Natalia Rodriguez-Valero, Alberto M Borobia, Mar Lago, Maria Paz Sánchez-Seco, Fernando de Ory, Ana Vázquez, Jose Luis Pérez-Arellano, Cristina Carranza Rodríguez, Miguel J Martínez, Alicia Capón, Elias Cañas, Joaquin Salas-Coronas, Arkaitz Azcune Galparsoro, Jose Muñoz
We evaluated the risk for the Spanish Olympic Team acquiring Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during 2016. We recruited 117 team members, and all tested negative for Zika virus. Lack of cases in this cohort supports the minimum risk estimates made before the Games.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627851/zika-virus-practical-guidelines
#15
Gilles Eperon, Manuel Schibler, Noémie Wagner, François Chappuis, Isabelle Eperon
Zika virus suddenly emerged in Latin America in 2015‑2016. Congenital malformations have been observed in infected pregnant women, causing a major public health impact in affected countries, particularly in Brazil. In addition, sexual transmission of Zika virus has been well documented. This led to the development of prevention strategies and recommendations for travellers visiting at risk countries. These documents are regularly amended depending on the evolution of scientific knowledge, the epidemiologic trends and the national and international guidelines...
May 3, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626536/school-based-health-education-in-yucatan-mexico-about-the-chikungunya-virus-and-mosquito-illness-prevention
#16
Monica Seungah Choo, R Alexander Blackwood
The Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has been rapidly spreading throughout Latin America, utilizing pre-existing vectors to infiltrate the immunologically naïve populations. With the current rise of the Zika Virus, there is an urgent need for more rigorous vector control efforts to prevent further Zika breakout. We designed a school-based education module on CHIKV and mosquito prevention and presented it to the local students of ages of 6-18 in a rural town called Sudzal in Yucatan, Mexico. We distributed questionnaires before and after education to test the students' knowledge of CHIKV and mosquito prevention...
May 31, 2017: Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623165/ocular-effects-of-zika-virus-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Maria Carolina Marquezan, Camila V Ventura, Jeanne S Sheffield, William Christopher Golden, Revaz Omiadze, Rubens Belfort, William May
Zika virus (ZIKV) was considered an innocent pathogen while restricted to the African and Asian population; however, after reaching the Americas in March 2015, it became a global threat. Despite usually causing mild or no symptoms in infected adults, ZIKV displays a different behavior towards fetuses. When infected during gestation, fetuses have their immature neural cells killed by the virus and consequently have devastating findings at birth. In the past year, the drastic effects of ZIKV infection in newborns include neurological, ophthalmological, audiological, and skeletal abnormalities...
June 13, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622346/flavivirus-and-filovirus-evoprinters-new-alignment-tools-for-the-comparative-analysis-of-viral-evolution
#18
Thomas Brody, Amarendra S Yavatkar, Dong Sun Park, Alexander Kuzin, Jermaine Ross, Ward F Odenwald
BACKGROUND: Flavivirus and Filovirus infections are serious epidemic threats to human populations. Multi-genome comparative analysis of these evolving pathogens affords a view of their essential, conserved sequence elements as well as progressive evolutionary changes. While phylogenetic analysis has yielded important insights, the growing number of available genomic sequences makes comparisons between hundreds of viral strains challenging. We report here a new approach for the comparative analysis of these hemorrhagic fever viruses that can superimpose an unlimited number of one-on-one alignments to identify important features within genomes of interest...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622059/author-s-reply-zika-virus-infection-and-ophthalmic-examination-in-newborn
#19
Hnin Hnin Oo, Praveen Kumar Balne, Rupesh Agrawal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 16, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622038/see-something-say-something-correction-of-global-health-misinformation-on-social-media
#20
Leticia Bode, Emily K Vraga
Social media are often criticized for being a conduit for misinformation on global health issues, but may also serve as a corrective to false information. To investigate this possibility, an experiment was conducted exposing users to a simulated Facebook News Feed featuring misinformation and different correction mechanisms (one in which news stories featuring correct information were produced by an algorithm and another where the corrective news stories were posted by other Facebook users) about the Zika virus, a current global health threat...
June 16, 2017: Health Communication
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