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Chikungunya in childrens

Pattamaporn Kittayapong, Phanthip Olanratmanee, Pongsri Maskhao, Peter Byass, James Logan, Yesim Tozan, Valérie Louis, Duane J Gubler, Annelies Wilder-Smith
BACKGROUND: Viral diseases transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes are on the rise, such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Novel tools to mitigate Aedes mosquitoes-transmitted diseases are urgently needed. We tested whether commercially insecticide-impregnated school uniforms can reduce dengue incidence in school children. METHODS: We designed a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Thailand. The primary endpoint was laboratory-confirmed dengue infections. Secondary endpoints were school absenteeism; and impregnated uniforms' 1-hour knock-down and 24 hour mosquito mortality as measured by standardised WHOPES bioassay cone tests at baseline and after repeated washing...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ranjan Premaratna, Nathasha Luke, Harsha Perera, Mahesh Gunathilake, Pubudu Amarasena, T G A Nilmini Chandrasena
BACKGROUND: Measles caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by fever, malaise, cough, coryza conjunctivitis, a maculopapular rash is known to result in pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Fatal cases of measles in Sri Lanka are rare after implementation of the National Immunization Programme in 1984. Thereafter 0.1% case fatality rate was observed during October 1999-June 2000 which is a very low figure compared to other regional countries. Immunization guidelines were further revised in 2001, 2011 and in 2012 when additional immunization was recommended to age group 4-21 years; who are likely to have inadequate immunization, in order to achieve elimination of Measles by 2020...
January 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
Narcisse Elenga, Marion Folin, Yves-Marie Vandamme, Emma Cuadro-Alvarez, Laurence Long, Falucar Njuieyon, Elise Martin, Rémi Kom-Tchameni, Antoine Defo, Sitraka Herinantenaina Razafindrakoto, Yajaira Mrsic, Pierre Couppie, Mathieu Nacher, Julie Dufour
BACKGROUND: Fever in infants younger than 3 months is generally a cause for concern because of the risk for a serious bacterial infection. The aim of this study was to describe clinical and biological features of Chikungunya infection in infants < 3 months of age hospitalized in Cayenne Hospital during the 2014-2015 outbreak. METHODS: We performed a preliminary retrospective study followed by a prospective study from March 2014 to February 2015. All infants younger than 3 months presenting with fever and hospitalized in Cayenne Hospital were included...
January 3, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Rose M Langsjoen, Rebecca J Rubinstein, Tiffany F Kautz, Albert J Auguste, Jesse H Erasmus, Liddy Kiaty-Figueroa, Renessa Gerhardt, David Lin, Kumar L Hari, Ravi Jain, Nicolas Ruiz, Antonio E Muruato, Jael Silfa, Franklin Bido, Matthew Dacso, Scott C Weaver
Since emerging in Saint Martin in 2013, chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an alphavirus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has infected approximately two million individuals in the Americas, with over 500,000 reported cases in the Dominican Republic (DR). CHIKV-infected patients typically present with a febrile syndrome including polyarthritis/polyarthralgia, and a macropapular rash, similar to those infected with dengue and Zika viruses, and malaria. Nevertheless, many Dominican cases are unconfirmed due to the unavailability and high cost of laboratory testing and the absence of specific treatment for CHIKV infection...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Claudia Marcela Muñoz, José Orlando Castillo, Daniela Salas, Milena Alexandra Valderrama, Claudia Teresa Rangel, Heiddy Patricia Vargas, Diana Carolina Silva
INTRODUCTION: Atypical clinical manifestations have been observed in newborns and infants suffering from fever caused by the chikungunya virus. Objective: To describe the cases of fever caused by the chikungunya virus in newborns and infants with atypical mucocutaneous lesions. Materials and methods: We reviewed the clinical records, as well as lab tests and histopathological results, of newborns and infants diagnosed with Chikungunya virus and atypical mucocutaneous lesions in three regional hospitals...
September 1, 2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Mathieu Jp Poirier, Delynn M Moss, Karla R Feeser, Thomas G Streit, Gwong-Jen J Chang, Matthew Whitney, Brandy J Russell, Barbara W Johnson, Alison J Basile, Christin H Goodman, Amanda K Barry, Patrick J Lammie
OBJECTIVE: To differentiate exposure to the newly introduced chikungunya virus from exposure to endemic dengue virus and other pathogens in Haiti. METHODS: We used a multiplex bead assay to detect immunoglobulin G (IgG) responses to a recombinant chikungunya virus antigen, two dengue virus-like particles and three recombinant Plasmodium falciparum antigens. Most (217) of the blood samples investigated were collected longitudinally, from each of 61 children, between 2011 and 2014 but another 127 were collected from a cross-sectional sample of children in 2014...
November 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
A E Heywood, N Zwar, B L Forssman, H Seale, N Stephens, J Musto, C Lane, B Polkinghorne, M Sheikh, M Smith, H Worth, C R Macintyre
Immigrants and their children who return to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives (VFR) are at increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases compared to other travellers. VFR travel is an important disease control issue, as one quarter of Australia's population are foreign-born and one quarter of departing Australian international travellers are visiting friends and relatives. We conducted a 1-year prospective enhanced surveillance study in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia to determine the contribution of VFR travel to notifiable diseases associated with travel, including typhoid, paratyphoid, measles, hepatitis A, hepatitis E, malaria and chikungunya...
August 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Valerie A Paz-Soldan, Josh Yukich, Amara Soonthorndhada, Maziel Giron, Charles S Apperson, Loganathan Ponnusamy, Coby Schal, Amy C Morrison, Joseph Keating, Dawn M Wesson
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (and Chikungunya and Zika viruses) is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes and causes considerable human morbidity and mortality. As there is currently no vaccine or chemoprophylaxis to protect people from dengue virus infection, vector control is the only viable option for disease prevention. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the design and placement process for an attractive lethal ovitrap to reduce vector populations and to describe lessons learned in the development of the trap...
2016: PloS One
Alok Kumar, Christine Best, Gemma Benskin
This study describes the epidemiology, the clinical features and the course of confirmed chikungunya among a cohort of children. It is a prospective audit of chikungunya cases among children registered for routine medical care at a primary care center. Children presenting with suspected chikungunya were confirmed using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. There were 203 suspected cases of chikungunya; of these, 115 samples were tested and 69 (59.0%) were confirmed. The attack rate of chikungunya was 10...
February 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Guillermina Kuan, Stephania Ramirez, Lionel Gresh, Sergio Ojeda, Marlon Melendez, Nery Sanchez, Damaris Collado, Nadezna Garcia, Juan Carlos Mercado, Aubree Gordon, Angel Balmaseda, Eva Harris
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes. In late 2013, chikungunya virus (CHIKV) was introduced into the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Since then, approximately 2 million chikungunya cases have been reported by the Pan American Health Organization, and most countries in the Americas report autochthonous transmission of CHIKV. In Nicaragua, the first imported case was described in July 2014 and the first autochthonous case in September 2014. Here, we conducted two studies to analyze the seroprevalence of anti-CHIKV antibodies after the first chikungunya epidemic in a community-based cohort study (ages 2-14 years) and in a cross-sectional survey of persons aged ≥15 years in the same area of Managua, Nicaragua...
June 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Diane Simarmata, David Chun Ern Ng, Yiu-Wing Kam, Bernett Lee, Magdline Sia Henry Sum, Zhisheng Her, Angela Chow, Yee-Sin Leo, Jane Cardosa, David Perera, Mong H Ooi, Lisa F P Ng
Chikungunya fever (CHIKF) is a global infectious disease which can affect a wide range of age groups. The pathological and immunological response upon Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection have been reported over the last few years. However, the clinical profile and immune response upon CHIKV infection in children remain largely unknown. In this study, we analyzed the clinical and immunological response, focusing on the cytokine/chemokine profile in a CHIKV-infected pediatric cohort from Sarawak, Malaysia. Unique immune mediators triggered upon CHIKV infection were identified through meta-analysis of the immune signatures between this pediatric group and cohorts from previous outbreaks...
2016: Scientific Reports
Bhagirathi Dwibedi, Jyotsnamayee Sabat, Rupenangshu K Hazra, Anu Kumar, Diwakar Singh Dinesh, Shantanu K Kar
BACKGROUND: The sudden death of 10 children in a tribal village of Kandhamal district, Odisha in eastern India led to this investigation. METHODS: We conducted a door-to-door survey to identify cases. Antibodies for Chandipura, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya and West Nile viruses were tested by ELISA in probable cases. Chandipura virus RNA was tested from both human blood samples and sand flies by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. We conducted vector surveys in domestic and peridomestic areas, and collected sand flies...
July 2015: National Medical Journal of India
David Olagnier, Donatella Amatore, Luciano Castiello, Matteo Ferrari, Enrico Palermo, Michael S Diamond, Anna Teresa Palamara, John Hiscott
Dengue is the leading mosquito-transmitted viral infection in the world. There are more than 390 million new infections annually; while the majority of infected individuals are asymptomatic or develop a self-limited dengue fever, up to 1 million clinical cases develop severe manifestations, including dengue hemorrhagic fever and shock syndrome, resulting in ~25,000 deaths annually, mainly in children. Gaps in our understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to dengue infection and immunopathogenesis have hampered the development of vaccines and antiviral agents...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
John Lednicky, Valery Madsen Beau De Rochars, Maha El Badry, Julia Loeb, Taina Telisma, Sonese Chavannes, Gina Anilis, Eleonora Cella, Massimo Ciccozzi, Mohammed Rashid, Bernard Okech, Marco Salemi, J Glenn Morris
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV), first isolated in Uganda in 1947, is currently spreading rapidly through South America and the Caribbean. In Brazil, infection has been linked with microcephaly and other serious complications, leading to declaration of a public health emergency of international concern; however, there currently are only limited data on the virus (and its possible sources and manifestations) in the Caribbean. METHODS: From May, 2014-February, 2015, in conjunction with studies of chikungunya (CHIKV) and dengue (DENV) virus infections, blood samples were collected from children in the Gressier/Leogane region of Haiti who presented to a school clinic with undifferentiated febrile illness...
April 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Farah T van Genderen, Ingrid Krishnadath, Rachel Sno, Meritha G Grunberg, Wilco Zijlmans, Malti R Adhin
BACKGROUND: In June 2014, Suriname faced the first Chikungunya outbreak. Since international reports mostly focus on hospitalized patients, the least affected group, a study was conducted to describe clinical characteristics of mainly outpatients including children. In addition, the cumulative incidence of this first epidemic was investigated. METHODOLOGY: During August and September 2014, clinically suspected Chikungunya cases were included in a prospective follow-up study...
April 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Francisco J Carod-Artal
INTRODUCTION: The current epidemic outbreak due to Zika virus began in 2015 and since then it has been reported in 31 countries and territories in America. The epidemiological and clinical aspects related to infection by Zika virus are reviewed. DEVELOPMENT: Since 2007, 55 countries in America, Asia, Africa and Oceania have detected local transmission of the virus. This epidemic has affected almost 1.5 million people in Brazil. 80% of the cases are asymptomatic...
April 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
Hernando Pinzón-Redondo, Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Katherine Barrios-Redondo, Andrea Zarate-Vergara, Irina Tirado-Pérez, Rossana Fortich, Nelson Alvis-Guzmán, Salim Mattar
Chikungunya appeared during the second half of 2014 in Colombia. A prospective cohort study was carried to detect differences and severity between neonates and older children. Of 54 children with chikungunya, neonates had a higher viral load and greater frequency of severe laboratory and clinical findings.
June 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ami Neuberger, Avigail Turgeman, Yaniv Lustig, Eli Schwartz
We present the data of 13 dengue cases diagnosed between 1 August and 15 September 2015 among 240 Israeli expatriates residing in Delhi. Attack rates were similar between adults (6/128, 4.7%) and children (7/112, 6.3%). dengue virus (DENV-2) was identified in two and DENV-1 in one dengue-seropositive sample. Another febrile patient was diagnosed with chikungunya virus infection. The reported incidence of dengue fever among people living in Delhi was lower than 0.1% as of September 2015. Based on our results, we hypothesize that the incidence of dengue fever in Delhi is grossly underestimated...
March 2016: Journal of Travel Medicine
Kristina Elfving, Deler Shakely, Maria Andersson, Kimberly Baltzell, Abdullah S Ali, Marc Bachelard, Kerstin I Falk, Annika Ljung, Mwinyi I Msellem, Rahila S Omar, Philippe Parola, Weiping Xu, Max Petzold, Birger Trollfors, Anders Björkman, Magnus Lindh, Andreas Mårtensson
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that a large proportion of children with fever in Africa present at primary health care facilities, few studies have been designed to specifically study the causes of uncomplicated childhood febrile illness at this level of care, especially in areas like Zanzibar that has recently undergone a dramatic change from high to low malaria transmission. METHODS: We prospectively studied the aetiology of febrile illness in 677 children aged 2-59 months with acute uncomplicated fever managed by IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) guidelines in Zanzibar, using point-of-care tests, urine culture, blood-PCR, chest X-ray (CXR) of IMCI-pneumonia classified patients, and multiple quantitative (q)PCR investigations of nasopharyngeal (NPH) (all patients) and rectal (GE) swabs (diarrhoea patients)...
2016: PloS One
Angel Balmaseda, Aubree Gordon, Lionel Gresh, Sergio Ojeda, Saira Saborio, Yolanda Tellez, Nery Sanchez, Guillermina Kuan, Eva Harris
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) was recently introduced into the Americas. In Nicaragua, the first endogenous transmission of CHIKV was recognized in September 2014. We used an ongoing dengue cohort study of children aged 2-14 years in Managua, Nicaragua, to document the attack rate of symptomatic chikungunya in a presumably naive population. From September 2014 through March 2015, the overall clinical attack rate of laboratory-confirmed CHIKV infection was 2.9% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.3%, 3.4%). The attack rate was greater in children ≥ 8 years of age (4...
February 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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