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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227386/image-classification-of-unlabeled-malaria-parasites-in-red-blood-cells
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Zheng Zhang, L L Sharon Ong, Kong Fang, Athul Matthew, Justin Dauwels, Ming Dao, Harry Asada, Zheng Zhang, L L Sharon Ong, Kong Fang, Athul Matthew, Justin Dauwels, Ming Dao, Harry Asada, Justin Dauwels, Zheng Zhang, Kong Fang, Ming Dao, Harry Asada
This paper presents a method to detect unlabeled malaria parasites in red blood cells. The current "gold standard" for malaria diagnosis is microscopic examination of thick blood smear, a time consuming process requiring extensive training. Our goal is to develop an automate process to identify malaria infected red blood cells. Major issues in automated analysis of microscopy images of unstained blood smears include overlapping cells and oddly shaped cells. Our approach creates robust templates to detect infected and uninfected red cells...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217817/a-high-pct-level-correlates-with-disease-severity-in-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-children
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Novella Carannante, Marco Rossi, Fiorentino Fraganza, Grazia Coppola, Daniela Chiesa, Vittorio Attanasio, Francesco Sbrana, Antonio Corcione, Carlo Tascini
Most clinicians in developed countries have limited experience in making clinical assessments of malaria disease severity and/or monitoring high-level parasitemia in febrile patients with imported malaria. Hyperparasitemia is a risk factor for severe P. falciparum malaria, and procalcitonin (PCT) has recently been related to the severity of malaria. In developed countries, where not all hospital have skilled personnel to count parasitemia, a rapid test might be useful for the prompt diagnosis of malaria but unfortunately these tests are not able to count the number of parasites...
January 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212654/diversity-and-distribution-of-avian-malaria-and-related-haemosporidian-parasites-in-captive-birds-from-a-brazilian%C3%A2-megalopolis
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Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Gediminas Valkiūnas, Lilian de Oliveira Guimarães, Eliana Ferreira Monteiro, Fernanda Junqueira Vaz Guida, Roseli França Simões, Priscila Thihara Rodrigues, Expedito José de Albuquerque Luna, Karin Kirchgatter
BACKGROUND: The role of zoos in conservation programmes has increased significantly in last decades, and the health of captive animals is essential to guarantee success of such programmes. However, zoo birds suffer from parasitic infections, which often are caused by malaria parasites and related haemosporidians. Studies determining the occurrence and diversity of these parasites, aiming better understanding infection influence on fitness of captive birds, are limited. METHODS: In 2011-2015, the prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium spp...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202065/alternative-transmission-routes-in-the-malaria-elimination-era-an-overview-of-transfusion-transmitted-malaria-in-the-americas
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Regina M Alho, Kim Vinícius Amaral Machado, Fernando F A Val, Nelson A Fraiji, Marcia A A Alexandre, Gisely C Melo, Judith Recht, André M Siqueira, Wuelton M Monteiro, Marcus V G Lacerda
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted (TT) malaria is an alternative infection route that has gained little attention from authorities, despite representing a life-threatening condition. There has been no systematic review of this health problem in American countries. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of TT malaria in the Americas and identify factors associated with lethality based on the studies published in the literature. METHODS: Potentially relevant papers in all languages were retrieved from MEDLINE and LILACS...
February 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198460/automated-detection-of-malarial-retinopathy-in-digital-fundus-images-for-improved-diagnosis-in-malawian-children-with-clinically-defined-cerebral-malaria
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Vinayak Joshi, Carla Agurto, Simon Barriga, Sheila Nemeth, Peter Soliz, Ian J MacCormick, Susan Lewallen, Terrie E Taylor, Simon P Harding
Cerebral malaria (CM), a complication of malaria infection, is the cause of the majority of malaria-associated deaths in African children. The standard clinical case definition for CM misclassifies ~25% of patients, but when malarial retinopathy (MR) is added to the clinical case definition, the specificity improves from 61% to 95%. Ocular fundoscopy requires expensive equipment and technical expertise not often available in malaria endemic settings, so we developed an automated software system to analyze retinal color images for MR lesions: retinal whitening, vessel discoloration, and white-centered hemorrhages...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193740/development-of-delayed-hemolytic-anemia-after-treatment-with-oral-artemether-lumefantrine-in-two-patients-with-severe-falciparum-malaria
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Yasuhiro Tsuchido, Fukumi Nakamura-Uchiyama, Kasumi Toyoda, Moritoshi Iwagami, Kentaro Tochitani, Koh Shinohara, Naokuni Hishiya, Taku Ogawa, Kenji Uno, Kei Kasahara, Yukiteru Ouji, Shigeyuki Kano, Keiichi Mikasa, Tsunehiro Shimizu, Masahide Yoshikawa, Haruhiko Maruyama
Recently, reports of delayed hemolytic anemia after treatment with artemisinin and its derivatives have emerged. Here we report two cases of delayed hemolytic anemia in a patient with severe falciparum malaria after treatment with oral artemether-lumefantrine (AL). The first patient, a 20-year-old Japanese male student, was diagnosed with falciparum malaria and was administered AL. As having a high parasitemia rate (20.6%) was the only severe malaria criterion met in this case and his general condition was stable, we continued with AL treatment...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187770/malaria-risk-in-young-male-travellers-but-local-transmission-persists-a-case-control-study-in-low-transmission-namibia
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Jennifer L Smith, Joyce Auala, Erastus Haindongo, Petrina Uusiku, Roly Gosling, Immo Kleinschmidt, Davis Mumbengegwi, Hugh J W Sturrock
BACKGROUND: A key component of malaria elimination campaigns is the identification and targeting of high risk populations. To characterize high risk populations in north central Namibia, a prospective health facility-based case-control study was conducted from December 2012-July 2014. Cases (n = 107) were all patients presenting to any of the 46 health clinics located in the study districts with a confirmed Plasmodium infection by multi-species rapid diagnostic test (RDT). Population controls (n = 679) for each district were RDT negative individuals residing within a household that was randomly selected from a census listing using a two-stage sampling procedure...
February 10, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187764/new-potential-plasmodium-brasilianum-hosts-tamarin-and-marmoset-monkeys-family-callitrichidae
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Denise A M Alvarenga, Anielle Pina-Costa, Cesare Bianco, Silvia B Moreira, Patricia Brasil, Alcides Pissinatti, Claudio T Daniel-Ribeiro, Cristiana F A Brito
BACKGROUND: Non-human primates (NHPs) as a source for Plasmodium infections in humans are a challenge for malaria elimination. In Brazil, two species of Plasmodium have been described infecting NHPs, Plasmodium brasilianum and Plasmodium simium. Both species are infective to man. Plasmodium brasilianum resembles morphologically, genetically and immunologically the human quartan Plasmodium malariae. Plasmodium brasilianum naturally infects species of non-human primates from all New World monkey families from a large geographic area...
February 10, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179695/a-pcr-method-based-on-18s-rrna-gene-for-detection-of-malaria-parasite-in-balochistan
#9
Zubeda Shahwani, Abdul Aleem, Nazeer Ahmed, Muhammad Mushtaq, Sarwat Afridi
OBJECTIVE: To establish a polymerase chain reaction method based on 18S ribosomal ribonucleic acid gene for the detection of plasmodium deoxyribonucleic acid in patients suffering from malaria symptoms. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted from September 2013 to October 2014 in district Quetta of Pakistan's Balochistan province. Blood samples were collected from patients suffering from general symptoms of malaria. A polymerase chain reaction-based technique was applied for the diagnosis of malaria and detection of responsible species in the patients who were suspected to carry the parasite...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179029/severe-chikungunya-infection-in-northern-mozambique-a-case-report
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Mussa Manuel Aly, Sadia Ali, Argentina Felisbela Muianga, Vanessa Monteiro, Jorge Galano Gallego, Jacqueline Weyer, Kerstin I Falk, Janusz Tadeusz Paweska, Julie Cliff, Eduardo Samo Gudo
BACKGROUND: Although Chikungunya virus has rapidly expanded to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, little attention has been paid to its control and management. Until recently, Chikungunya has been regarded as a benign and self-limiting disease. In this report we describe the first case of severe Chikungunya disease in an adult patient in Pemba, Mozambique. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 40 year old male of Makonde ethnicity with no known past medical history and resident in Pemba for the past 11 years presented with a severe febrile illness...
February 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176239/-rapid-diagnostic-test-for-malaria
#11
S Houzé
The rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) whose main interest lies in their implementation without special equipment by unskilled personnel have grown significantly over the past fifteen years to diagnose malaria. They rely on the detection of specific Plasmodium proteins, PfHRP2, pLDH and aldolase. If the detection of PfHRP2 has very good sensitivity for the diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the detection of pLDH or aldolase is less efficient for other species, leaving its place to the reference microscopic diagnosis...
February 7, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167769/multifunctional-inexpensive-and-reusable-nanoparticle-printed-biochip-for-cell-manipulation-and-diagnosis
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Rahim Esfandyarpour, Matthew J DiDonato, Yuxin Yang, Naside Gozde Durmus, James S Harris, Ronald W Davis
Isolation and characterization of rare cells and molecules from a heterogeneous population is of critical importance in diagnosis of common lethal diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and cancer. For the developing world, point-of-care (POC) diagnostics design must account for limited funds, modest public health infrastructure, and low power availability. To address these challenges, here we integrate microfluidics, electronics, and inkjet printing to build an ultra-low-cost, rapid, and miniaturized lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platform...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166794/an-epidemiological-study-to-assess-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-prevalence-and-malaria-control-measures-in-burkina-faso-and-senegal
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Aldiouma Diallo, Ali Sié, Sodiomon Sirima, Khadime Sylla, Mahmadou Ndiaye, Mamadou Bountogo, Espérance Ouedraogo, Roger Tine, Assane Ndiaye, Boubacar Coulibaly, Alphonse Ouedraogo, Babacar Faye, El Hadji Ba, Guillaume Compaore, Alfred Tiono, Cheikh Sokhna, Maurice Yé, Amidou Diarra, Edith Roset Bahmanyar, Melanie De Boer, Jean-Yves Pirçon, Effua Abigail Usuf
BACKGROUND: Malariometric information is needed to decide how to introduce malaria vaccines and evaluate their impact in sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: This cross-sectional study (NCT01954264) was conducted between October and November, 2013, corresponding to the high malaria transmission season, in four sites with Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (DSS) [two sites with moderate-to-high malaria endemicity in Burkina Faso (Nouna and Saponé) and two sites with low malaria endemicity in Senegal (Keur Socé and Niakhar)]...
February 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162961/undifferentiated-tropical-febrile-illness-in-cordoba-colombia-not-everything-is-dengue
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Salim Mattar, Vaneza Tique, Jorge Miranda, Eney Montes, Denisses Garzon
In Colombia, undifferentiated tropical febrile illness (UTFI) are frequent and of considerable concern. They also share many clinical features. Between 2012 and 2013 in an endemic tropical area of Cordoba, Colombia, we conducted a prospective study to establish an etiological diagnosis of UTFI. Using diagnostic tests for dengue, leptospirosis, hantavirus, malaria, rickettsia, brucellosis, hepatitis A and B on 100 patients recruited for the study. We identified 69 patients with presumed UTFI: leptospirosis (n=27), dengue (n=26), hantavirus infection (n=4), malaria (n=4), rickettsial infection (n=2), hepatitis A (n=1), and brucellosis (n=1); no hepatitis B cases were detected...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155648/fast-processing-of-microscopic-images-using-object-based-extended-depth-of-field
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Apichart Intarapanich, Saowaluck Kaewkamnerd, Montri Pannarut, Philip J Shaw, Sissades Tongsima
BACKGROUND: Microscopic analysis requires that foreground objects of interest, e.g. cells, are in focus. In a typical microscopic specimen, the foreground objects may lie on different depths of field necessitating capture of multiple images taken at different focal planes. The extended depth of field (EDoF) technique is a computational method for merging images from different depths of field into a composite image with all foreground objects in focus. Composite images generated by EDoF can be applied in automated image processing and pattern recognition systems...
December 22, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151955/predicting-ebola-severity-a-clinical-prioritization-score-for-ebola-virus-disease
#16
Mary-Anne Hartley, Alyssa Young, Anh-Minh Tran, Harry Henry Okoni-Williams, Mohamed Suma, Brooke Mancuso, Ahmed Al-Dikhari, Mohamed Faouzi
BACKGROUND: Despite the notoriety of Ebola virus disease (EVD) as one of the world's most deadly infections, EVD has a wide range of outcomes, where asymptomatic infection may be almost as common as fatality. With increasingly sensitive EVD diagnosis, there is a need for more accurate prognostic tools that objectively stratify clinical severity to better allocate limited resources and identify those most in need of intensive treatment. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This retrospective cohort study analyses the clinical characteristics of 158 EVD(+) patients at the GOAL-Mathaska Ebola Treatment Centre, Sierra Leone...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148260/individuals-living-in-a-malaria-endemic-area-of-cameroon-do-not-have-an-acquired-antibody-response-to-plasmodium-falciparum-histidine-rich-protein-2
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Diane Wallace Taylor, Naveen Bobbili, Vedbar S Khadka, Isabella A Quakyi, Rose G F Leke
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum is often based on detection of histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2) in blood. Most HRP2-based assays have high sensitivity and specificity; however, authors have suggested that antibodies (Ab) to HRP2 could reduce assay sensitivity. This study sought to characterize the antibody response to HRP2 with respect to prevalence, class, subclass, affinity, and age distribution in Cameroonian children and adults residing in an area with high P. falciparum transmission...
February 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139780/specific-and-sensitive-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-lactate-dehydrogenase-by-dna-scaffolded-silver-nanoclusters-combined-with-an-aptamer
#18
Wei-Xian Wang, Yee-Wai Cheung, Roderick M Dirkzwager, Wai-Chung Wong, Julian A Tanner, Hong-Wei Li, Yuqing Wu
Innovative nanomaterials offer significant potential for diagnosis of severe diseases of the developing world such as malaria. Small sized silver nanoclusters have shown promise for diagnostics due to their intense fluorescence emission and photo-stabilities. Here, double-stranded DNA-scaffolded silver nanoclusters (AgNCs-dsDNA) were prepared to detect the established malaria biomarker, Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase (PfLDH). Significant luminescence enhancement over a wide concentration range of PfLDH was demonstrated...
January 31, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127357/simplified-pan-species-real-time-pcr-based-detection-of-plasmodium-spp-in-blood-smear
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Gholamreza Hassanpour, Hossein Mirhendi, Mehdi Mohebali, Ahmad Raeisi, Hojjat Zeraati, Hossein Keshavarz
BACKGROUND: We aimed to quicken and simplify the detection of Plasmodium in blood samples by developing and testing a pan-Plasmodium real-time PCR for accurate screening of individuals suspected of malaria. METHODS: A single primer/probe set for pan-species Plasmodium-specific real time PCR targeting a conserved region of the small subunit 18S ribosomal DNA was designed and evaluated for rapid diagnosis and screening of malaria infections using dried blood smears...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119046/concurrent-plasmodium-infection-anemia-and-their-correlates-among-newly-diagnosed-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-northern-ethiopia
#20
Habtamu Bedimo Beyene, Mulualem Tadesse, Haimanot Disassa, Melkamu B Beyene
The magnitude of concurrent malaria infection and the impact it has on hematological abnormalities, such as anemia in people living with HIV/AIDS, is not well studied in Ethiopian set up. In this cross sectional study, therefore, we assessed the prevalence of concurrent malaria infection and anemia among highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) naive people living with HIV/AIDS between October, 2012 to May, 2013 in Northern Ethiopia. After obtaining consent, socio demographic, clinical, immunological and behavioural data was obtained...
January 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
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