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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820710/accuracy-of-a-rapid-diagnostic-test-cypress-chagas-quick-test-%C3%A2-for-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-chagas-disease-in-a-nonendemic-area-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study
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Andrea Angheben, Silvia Staffolani, Mariella Anselmi, Stefano Tais, Monica Degani, Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Maria Gobbo, Zeno Bisoffi
We analyzed the accuracy of Chagas Quick Test(®), a rapid diagnostic test, for the diagnosis of chronic Chagas disease through a retrospective study on a cohort of 669 patients consecutively examined at a single reference center in Italy, during a 7-year period. We observed high concordance with serological reference standard but low accuracy for screening purposes (sensitivity/specificity: 82.8%/98.7%) at least in our nonendemic context.
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820706/high-prevalence-of-treponema-pallidum-infection-in-brazilian-prisoners
#2
Maisa Estopa Correa, Julio Croda, Ana Rita Coimbra Motta de Castro, Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira, Maurício Antonio Pompilio, Ronaldo Omizolo de Souza, Júlio Henrique Ferreira de Sá Queiroz, Kesia Esther da Silva, Albert L Ko, Simone Simionatto
The number of new syphilis cases in Brazil has risen alarmingly in recent years. However, there is limited data regarding syphilis prevalence in the Brazilian prison population. To facilitate the development of effective interventions, a cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of Treponema pallidum infection, active syphilis, and associated risk factors among Brazilian prisoners. We administered a questionnaire to a population-based sample of prisoners from 12 prisons in Central-West Brazil and collected sera for syphilis testing, from January to December 2013...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820379/conveyance-contact-investigation-for-imported-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-cases-united-states-may-2014
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Susan A Lippold, Tina Objio, Laura Vonnahme, Faith Washburn, Nicole J Cohen, Tai-Ho Chen, Paul J Edelson, Reena Gulati, Christa Hale, Jennifer Harcourt, Lia Haynes, Amy Jewett, Robynne Jungerman, Katrin S Kohl, Congrong Miao, Nicolette Pesik, Joanna J Regan, Efrosini Roland, Chris Schembri, Eileen Schneider, Azaibi Tamin, Kathleen Tatti, Francisco Alvarado-Ramy
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted conveyance contact investigations for 2 Middle East respiratory syndrome cases imported into the United States, comprising all passengers and crew on 4 international and domestic flights and 1 bus. Of 655 contacts, 78% were interviewed; 33% had serologic testing. No secondary cases were identified.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820371/serologic-evidence-for-influenza-c-and-d-virus-among-ruminants-and-camelids-africa-1991-2015
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Elias Salem, Elizabeth A J Cook, Hicham Ait Lbacha, Justine Oliva, Félix Awoume, Gilbert L Aplogan, Emmanuel Couacy Hymann, Dishon Muloi, Sharon L Deem, Said Alali, Zaid Zouagui, Eric M Fèvre, Gilles Meyer, Mariette F Ducatez
Influenza D virus has been identified in America, Europe, and Asia. We detected influenza D virus antibodies in cattle and small ruminants from North (Morocco) and West (Togo and Benin) Africa. Dromedary camels in Kenya harbored influenza C or D virus antibodies, indicating a potential new host for these viruses.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820369/imported-infections-with-mansonella-perstans-nematodes-italy
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Federico Gobbi, Anna Beltrame, Dora Buonfrate, Silvia Staffolani, Monica Degani, Maria Gobbo, Andrea Angheben, Stefania Marocco, Zeno Bisoffi
We report 74 patients in Italy infected with Mansonella perstans nematodes, a poorly described filarial parasite. M. perstans nematodes should be included in the differential diagnosis for patients with eosinophilia from disease-endemic countries. Serologic analysis is useful for screening, and testing for microfilaremia in peripheral blood should be performed for parasite-positive patients.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820345/erythema-multiforme-triggered-by-treponema-pallidum-infection-in-an-hiv-infected-patient
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Luiz Gfab D'Elia Zanella, Érika F Sampaio, Rute F Lellis
We are currently facing a worldwide epidemic of syphilis. Clinical manifestations that are rarely seen have been encountered, leading the dermatologist to confront unusual clinical conditions in daily practice. Erythema multiforme triggered by syphilis is very rare and is also seldom reported in the literature. We report a case of secondary syphilis in an HIV-positive patient, whose clinical, pathologic and serologic features were consistent with the diagnosis of erythema multiforme triggered by syphilis.
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820298/surveillance-for-hemorrhagic-septicemia-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-as-an-aid-to-range-expansion-of-the-javan-rhinoceros-rhinoceros-sondaicus-in-ujung-kulon-national-park-indonesia
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Kurnia Oktavia Khairani, Daryl Nydam, M Julia Felippe, Pat McDonough, Jason Barry, Rois Mahmud, M Haryono, Robin W Radcliffe
The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) is the crown jewel of Indonesia's rich natural history. The park lies on a peninsula surrounded by coastline and agriculture-dominated landscapes. The invasion of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) into the park carries a substantial health risk to the Javan rhinoceros and threatens plans to establish a new population outside of its only current range in UKNP. Hemorrhagic septicemia (HS), known locally as septicemia epizootica and caused by Pasteurella multocida B:2, could thwart Indonesia's efforts to expand the range of the Javan rhinoceros...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820139/risk-for-low-pathogenicity-avian-influenza-virus-on-poultry-farms-the-netherlands-2007-2013
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Ruth Bouwstra, Jose L Gonzales, Sjaak de Wit, Julia Stahl, Ron A M Fouchier, Armin R W Elbers
Using annual serologic surveillance data from all poultry farms in the Netherlands during 2007-2013, we quantified the risk for the introduction of low pathogenicity avian influenza virus (LPAIV) in different types of poultry production farms and putative spatial-environmental risk factors: distance from poultry farms to clay soil, waterways, and wild waterfowl areas. Outdoor-layer, turkey (meat and breeder), and duck (meat and breeder) farms had a significantly higher risk for LPAIV introduction than did indoor-layer farms...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820134/patterns-of-human-plague-in-uganda-2008-2016
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Joseph D Forrester, Titus Apangu, Kevin Griffith, Sarah Acayo, Brook Yockey, John Kaggwa, Kiersten J Kugeler, Martin Schriefer, Christopher Sexton, C Ben Beard, Gordian Candini, Janet Abaru, Bosco Candia, Jimmy Felix Okoth, Harriet Apio, Lawrence Nolex, Geoffrey Ezama, Robert Okello, Linda Atiku, Joseph Mpanga, Paul S Mead
Plague is a highly virulent fleaborne zoonosis that occurs throughout many parts of the world; most suspected human cases are reported from resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa. During 2008-2016, a combination of active surveillance and laboratory testing in the plague-endemic West Nile region of Uganda yielded 255 suspected human plague cases; approximately one third were laboratory confirmed by bacterial culture or serology. Although the mortality rate was 7% among suspected cases, it was 26% among persons with laboratory-confirmed plague...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820014/postinfectious-anti-myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein-antibody-positive-optic-neuritis-and-myelitis
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J P Vieira, J Sequeira, M J Brito
We report the case of a 9-year-old girl admitted with fever, headache, and a cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytic pleocytosis. Polymerase chain reaction was positive for human herpes virus 6. She subsequently developed ataxia and bilateral loss of vision. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed bilateral optic nerve lesions with extension to optic chiasm and a short-segment myelitis. Serologic studies were positive for Borrelia burgdorferi IgM. Anti-aquaporin 4 antibody was negative and anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody (MOG) positive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819917/polyglandular-autoimmune-syndromes
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REVIEW
G J Kahaly, L Frommer
BACKGROUND: In recent years, scientific knowledge pertaining to the rare ORPHAN polyglandular autoimmune syndrome (registered code ORPHA 282196) has accumulated. OBJECTIVE: To offer current demographic, clinical, serological and immunogenic data on PAS. METHODS: Review of the pertinent and current literature. RESULTS: Polyglandular autoimmune syndromes (PAS) are multifactorial diseases with at least two coexisting autoimmune-mediated endocrinopathies...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819912/a-case-of-q-fever-with-erythema-nodosum
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E Meriglier, L Asquier, F Roblot, P Roblot, C Landron
BACKGROUND: Acute Q fever is asymptomatic in 60% of the patients, while the reminder may present with fever, pneumoniae, and hepatitis. Skin manifestations are uncommon including transient punctiform rashes, purpuric, or maculopapular eruptions. Erythema nodosum have seldom been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old female presented with fever for 1 month and skin lesions consists of erythematous painful nodule of the legs. Serological testing for Coxiella burnetii was positive...
August 17, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819878/aspergillus-bronchitis-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Claudia Brandt, Jobst Roehmel, Volker Rickerts, Volker Melichar, Nadja Niemann, Carsten Schwarz
Aspergillus fumigatus frequently colonizes the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and may cause various severe infections, such as bronchitis. Serological data, sputum dependent markers and longitudinal data of treated cases of Aspergillus bronchitis were evaluated for further description of this infection. This study, which comprises three substudies, aimed to analyze epidemiological data of Aspergillus in CF and the entity of Aspergillus bronchitis. In a first step, data of the German Cystic Fibrosis Registry were used to evaluate the frequency of Aspergillus colonization in patients with CF (n = 2599)...
August 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818623/leptospira-species-molecular-epidemiology-in-the-genomic-era
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K Caimi, S Repetto, V Varni, P Ruybal
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which global burden is increasing often related to climatic change. Hundreds of whole genome sequences from worldwide isolates of Leptospira spp. are available nowadays, together with online tools that permit to assign MLST sequence types (STs) directly from raw sequence data. In this work we have applied R7L-MLST to near 500 genomes and strains collection globally distributed. All 10 pathogenic species as well as intermediate were typed using this MLST scheme. The correlation observed between STs and serogroups in our previous work, is still satisfied with this higher dataset sustaining the implementation of MLST to assist serological classification as a complementary approach...
August 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818085/a-rare-case-of-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-a-stray-dog-due-to-infection-of-t-gondii-clonal-type-i-public-health-concern-in-urban-settings-with-stray-animals
#15
Sergio Migliore, Salvatore La Marca, Cristian Stabile, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Maria Vitale
BACKGROUND: Typing of Toxoplasma gondii strains is important in epidemiological surveys, to understand the distribution and virulence of different clones of the parasite among human and animal populations. Stray dogs can be consider sentinel animals for contaminated environments playing an important but probably under- evaluated role in the epidemiology of T. gondii. We reported a rare case of acute toxoplasmosis in a stray dog due to clonal type I infection. The clonal type I, sporadic in Europe, is frequently associated with severe toxoplasmosis in humans and the control of its circulation is particularly relevant for public health...
August 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817462/fecal-calprotectin-more-accurately-predicts-endoscopic-remission-of-crohn-s-disease-than-serological-biomarkers-evaluated-using-balloon-assisted-enteroscopy
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Kousaku Kawashima, Shunji Ishihara, Takafumi Yuki, Nobuhiko Fukuba, Hiroki Sonoyama, Hideaki Kazumori, Noritsugu Yamashita, Yasumasa Tada, Ryusaku Kusunoki, Akihiko Oka, Naoki Oshima, Yoshiyuki Mishima, Ichiro Moriyama, Yoshikazu Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: Fecal calprotectin (FC) has emerged as a reliable surrogate marker of endoscopic remission in Crohn's disease (CD), which has been mainly evaluated using ileocolonoscopy. We conducted this study to clarify the predictability of FC level for predicting endoscopic remission using balloon-assisted enteroscopy (BAE) findings in patients with CD and compare with that of conventional serological biomarkers. METHODS: Patients with CD scheduled to undergo BAE were prospectively enrolled, and fecal and blood samples collected before the procedures...
August 16, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817198/valuable-antibody-detection-method-for-classifying-hepatitis-e-virus-genotypes
#17
Chenyan Zhao, Yansheng Geng, Weijing Huang, Hongxia Ma, Youchun Wang
Nucleotide-based methods are conventionally used to classify the hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotypes. A serological enzyme immunoassay (EIA) using open reading frame 3 (ORF3) C-terminal peptides was developed to conveniently and accurately classify and evaluate the genotypes of HEV. The sera of mice immunized with HEV genotype 1, 3 and 4 reacted highly specifically to the peptides of the corresponding genotypes. Most (84.2%) clinical sera infected with HEV genotype 4 were positive for anti-HEV antibodies when tested with the ORF3 peptides of genotype 4, but were negative for genotypes 1 and 3...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817113/clinical-and-histologic-mimickers-of-celiac-disease
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REVIEW
Amrit K Kamboj, Amy S Oxentenko
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel, classically associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, and malabsorption. The diagnosis of celiac disease is made when there are compatible clinical features, supportive serologic markers, representative histology from the small bowel, and response to a gluten-free diet. Histologic findings associated with celiac disease include intraepithelial lymphocytosis, crypt hyperplasia, villous atrophy, and a chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate in the lamina propria...
August 17, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816932/postmenopausal-choriocarcinoma-a-rare-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Na Guo, Rutie Yin, Qingli Li, Liang Song, Danqing Wang
OBJECTIVE: Choriocarcinoma is rare in postmenopausal women, and an early diagnosis contributes to a potential cure. METHODS: We report a rare case of a postmenopausal woman with choriocarcinoma. The 61-year-old patient presented with irregular vaginal bleeding, 11 years after menopause and 30 years after the birth of the last child. RESULTS: Radiological investigation found a 3-cm mass on the lower left part of the vaginal wall, and also bilateral lung nodules...
August 14, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816862/unilateral-optic-neuritis-and-central-retinal-vasculitis-due-to-ocular-syphilis
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Murtaza S Khan, Dulanji K Kuruppu, Tanav A Popli, Ramana S Moorthy, Devin D Mackay
PURPOSE: Report a case of concurrent unilateral optic neuritis and central retinal artery occlusion as the presenting signs of syphilis. METHODS: A case report of a 22-year-old man with progressive unilateral vision loss. RESULTS: With no known previous history of syphilis, genital lesions, or other extraocular manifestations, the patient presented with pain with eye movements and decreased color vision. His vision dramatically worsened after a course of oral steroids...
August 14, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
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