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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320169/probable-zika-virus-associated-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-challenges-with-clinico-laboratory-diagnosis
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Eliza Miller, Zoe Becker, Daniel Shalev, Christopher T Lee, Comana Cioroiu, Kiran Thakur
A 55year old woman in New York City presented in May 2016 with progressive weakness, ataxia, paresthesia, and areflexia, shortly after returning from the Dominican Republic. Lumbar puncture revealed cytoalbuminological dissociation. Due to her recent travel, Zika-associated Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS) was suspected and she underwent evaluation for recent flavivirus exposure. Zika virus RNA was not detected in serum, but Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) was detected in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294472/knowledge-and-practice-regarding-dengue-and-chikungunya-a-cross-sectional-study-among-healthcare-workers-and-community-in-northern-tanzania
#2
Debora C Kajeguka, Rachelle E Desrochers, Rose Mwangi, Maseke R Mgabo, Michael Alifrangis, Reginald A Kavishe, Franklin W Mosha, Manisha A Kulkarni
OBJECTIVE: To investigate knowledge and prevention practices regarding dengue and chikungunya amongst community members, as well as knowledge, treatment and diagnostic practices among healthcare workers. METHOD: We conducted a cross-sectional survey with 125 community members and 125 healthcare workers from 13 health facilities in six villages in the Hai district of Tanzania. A knowledge score was generated based on participant responses to a structured questionnaire, with a score of 40 or higher (out of 80 and 50 total scores for community members and healthcare workers, respectively) indicating good knowledge...
March 13, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293273/mathematical-modelling-of-immune-parameters-in-the-evolution-of-severe-dengue
#3
M K Premaratne, S S N Perera, G N Malavige, Saroj Jayasinghe
Aims. Predicting the risk of severity at an early stage in an individual patient will be invaluable in preventing morbidity and mortality caused by dengue. We hypothesized that such predictions are possible by analyzing multiple parameters using mathematical modeling. Methodology. Data from 11 adult patients with dengue fever (DF) and 25 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) were analyzed. Multivariate statistical analysis was performed to study the characteristics and interactions of parameters using dengue NS1 antigen levels, dengue IgG antibody levels, platelet counts, and lymphocyte counts...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285970/longitudinal-study-of-thai-people-media-exposure-knowledge-and-behavior-on-dengue-fever-prevention-and-control
#4
Smith Boonchutima, Kirati Kachentawa, Manasanun Limpavithayakul, Anan Prachansri
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is transmitted through a bite by a dengue -infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. It was first reported in the mid -20th century in Thailand, and since then its epidemiology has been of great concern and has spread all across the country. The alarming incidence of dengue posed a serious threat to human health in all major cities of Thailand. This study was aimed at identifying the level of awareness of dengue fever in Thai population knowledge for prevention and control, and most importantly contribution of media in educating masses for dengue control measures...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284225/how-does-the-dengue-vector-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-respond-to-global-warming
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Pengfei Jia, Xiang Chen, Jin Chen, Liang Lu, Qiyong Liu, Xiaoyue Tan
BACKGROUND: Global warming has a marked influence on the life cycle of epidemic vectors as well as their interactions with human beings. The Aedes albopictus mosquito as the vector of dengue fever surged exponentially in the last decade, raising ecological and epistemological concerns of how climate change altered its growth rate and population dynamics. As the global warming pattern is considerably uneven across four seasons, with a confirmed stronger effect in winter, an emerging need arises as to exploring how the seasonal warming effects influence the annual development of Ae...
March 11, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283286/prophylactic-platelet-transfusion-plus-supportive-care-versus-supportive-care-alone-in-adults-with-dengue-and-thrombocytopenia-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-superiority-trial
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David C Lye, Sophia Archuleta, Sharifah F Syed-Omar, Jenny G Low, Helen M Oh, Yuan Wei, Dale Fisher, Sasheela S L Ponnampalavanar, Limin Wijaya, Linda K Lee, Eng-Eong Ooi, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Lucy C Lum, Paul A Tambyah, Yee-Sin Leo
BACKGROUND: Dengue is the commonest vector-borne infection worldwide. It is often associated with thrombocytopenia, and prophylactic platelet transfusion is widely used despite the dearth of robust evidence. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of prophylactic platelet transfusion in the prevention of bleeding in adults with dengue and thrombocytopenia. METHODS: We did an open-label, randomised, superiority trial in five hospitals in Singapore and Malaysia...
March 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281864/vaccines-licensed-and-in-clinical-trials-for-the-prevention-of-dengue
#7
J Torresi, G Ebert, M Pellegrini
Dengue has become a major global public health threat with almost half of the world's population living in at-risk areas. Vaccination would likely represent an effective strategy for the management of dengue disease in endemic regions, however to date there is only one licensed preventative vaccine for dengue infection. The development of a vaccine against dengue virus (DENV) has been hampered by an incomplete understanding of protective immune responses against DENV. The most clinically advanced dengue vaccine is the chimeric yellow fever-dengue vaccine (CYD) that employs the yellow fever virus 17D strain as the replication backbone (Chimerivax-DEN; CYD-TDV)...
February 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280265/effect-of-blood-type-on-anti-%C3%AE-gal-immunity-and-the-incidence-of-infectious-diseases
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Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Lourdes Mateos-Hernández, Pilar Alberdi, Margarita Villar, Gilles Riveau, Emmanuel Hermann, Anne-Marie Schacht, Jamal Khalife, Margarida Correia-Neves, Christian Gortazar, José de la Fuente
The identification of factors affecting the susceptibility to infectious diseases is essential toward reducing their burden on the human population. The ABO blood type correlates with susceptibility to malaria and other infectious diseases. Due to the structural similarity between blood antigen B and Galα1-3Galβ1-(3)4GlcNAc-R (α-Gal), we hypothesized that self-tolerance to antigen B affects the immune response to α-Gal, which in turn affects the susceptibility to infectious diseases caused by pathogens carrying α-Gal on their surface...
March 10, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278416/arboviral-diseases-and-malaria-in-australia-2013-14-annual-report-of-the-national-arbovirus-and-malaria-advisory-committee
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Katrina E Knope, Mike Muller, Nina Kurucz, Stephen L Doggett, Rebecca Feldman, Cheryl A Johansen, Michaela Hobby, Sonya Bennett, Stacey Lynch, Angus Sly, Bart J Currie
This report describes the epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases of public health importance in Australia during the 2013-14 season (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014) and includes data from human notifications, sentinel chicken, vector and virus surveillance programs. The National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System received notifications for 8,898 cases of disease transmitted by mosquitoes during the 2013-14 season. The Australasian alphaviruses Barmah Forest virus and Ross River virus accounted for 6,372 (72%) total notifications...
September 30, 2016: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278157/societal-impact-of-dengue-outbreaks-stakeholder-perceptions-and-related-implications-a-qualitative-study-in-brazil-2015
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Joël Ladner, Mariana Rodrigues, Ben Davis, Marie-Hélène Besson, Etienne Audureau, Joseph Saba
BACKGROUND: The growing burden of dengue in many countries worldwide and the difficulty of preventing outbreaks have increased the urgency to identify alternative public health management strategies and effective approaches to control and prevent dengue outbreaks. The objectives of this study were to understand the impact of dengue outbreak on different stakeholders in Brazil, to explore their perceptions of approaches used by governmental authorities to control and prevent dengue outbreaks and to define the challenges and implications of preventing future outbreaks...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270154/pandemics-pathogenicity-and-changing-molecular-epidemiology-of-cholera-in-the-era-of-global-warming
#11
REVIEW
Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury, Zannatun Nur, Nazia Hassan, Lorenz von Seidlein, Susanna Dunachie
BACKGROUND: Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative, non-spore forming curved rod is found in diverse aquatic ecosystems around the planet. It is classified according to its major surface antigen into around 206 serogroups, of which O1 and O139 cause epidemic cholera. A recent spatial modelling technique estimated that around 2.86 million cholera cases occur globally every year, and of them approximately 95,000 die. About 1.3 billion people are currently at risk of infection from cholera. Meta-analysis and mathematical modelling have demonstrated that due to global warming the burden of vector-borne diseases like malaria, leishmaniasis, meningococcal meningitis, viral encephalitis, dengue and chikungunya will increase in the coming years in the tropics and beyond...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262571/impediments-of-reporting-dengue-cases-in-india
#12
REVIEW
Sushmita Das, Asim Sarfraz, Nitesh Jaiswal, Pradeep Das
Dengue has emerged as one of the most important mosquito-borne, fatal flaviviral disease, apparently expanding as a global health problem. An estimated 3.6 billion people are at risk for dengue, with 50 million infections per year occurring across 100 countries globally. The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is many times higher than it is officially reported. This under reporting would play a major role in the government's decision-making. Underestimating of the disease in India encumbers its people from taking preventive measures, discourages efforts to ensnare the sources of the disease and deliberates efforts for vaccine research...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256468/computational-prediction-of-immunodominant-antigenic-regions-potential-protective-epitopes-for-dengue-vaccination
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Karthikeyan Muthusamy, Krishnasamy Gopinath, Dharmalingam Nandhini
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Epitope-based vaccines (EVs) are specific, safe and easy to produce. However, vaccine failure has been frequently reported due to variation within epitopic regions. Therefore, development of vaccines based on conserved epitopes may prevent such vaccine failure. This study was undertaken to identify highly conserved antigenic regions in the four dengue serotypes to produce an epitope-based dengue vaccine. METHODS: Polyprotein sequences of all four dengue serotypes were collected and aligned using MAFFT multiple sequence alignment plugin with Geneious Pro v6...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239567/value-of-routine-dengue-diagnosis-in-endemic-countries
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REVIEW
James Ayukepi Ayukekbong, Olufunmilayo G Oyero, Samuel Ekpesu Nnukwu, Henry Nzike Mesumbe, Cajetang Nkong Fobisong
Dengue is one of the most common arthropod-borne viral diseases in humans and it is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is thought to account for 400 million cases annually among approximately 3.97 billion people at risk of infection in 128 endemic countries. Despite the global prevalence of the disease, the availability of a vaccine is limited in most countries in the endemic areas. Most endemic countries in South America, South East Asia and Africa serve as attractive touristic sites for people from non-endemic countries who become infected and export the virus to dengue-free regions...
February 12, 2017: World Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225820/analysis-of-spatial-mobility-in-subjects-from-a-dengue-endemic-urban-locality-in-morelos-state-mexico
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Jorge Abelardo Falcón-Lezama, René Santos-Luna, Susana Román-Pérez, Ruth Aralí Martínez-Vega, Marco Arieli Herrera-Valdez, Ángel Fernando Kuri-Morales, Ben Adams, Pablo Antonio Kuri-Morales, Malaquías López-Cervantes, José Ramos-Castañeda
INTRODUCTION: Mathematical models and field data suggest that human mobility is an important driver for Dengue virus transmission. Nonetheless little is known on this matter due the lack of instruments for precise mobility quantification and study design difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a cohort-nested, case-control study with 126 individuals (42 cases, 42 intradomestic controls and 42 population controls) with the goal of describing human mobility patterns of recently Dengue virus-infected subjects, and comparing them with those of non-infected subjects living in an urban endemic locality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222903/modified-mrna-vaccines-protect-against-zika-virus-infection
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Justin M Richner, Sunny Himansu, Kimberly A Dowd, Scott L Butler, Vanessa Salazar, Julie M Fox, Justin G Julander, William W Tang, Sujan Shresta, Theodore C Pierson, Giuseppe Ciaramella, Michael S Diamond
The emergence of ZIKV infection has prompted a global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines. We engineered a lipid nanoparticle (LNP) encapsulated modified mRNA vaccine encoding wild-type or variant ZIKV structural genes and tested immunogenicity and protection in mice. Two doses of modified mRNA LNPs encoding prM-E genes that produced virus-like particles resulted in high neutralizing antibody titers (∼1/100,000) that protected against ZIKV infection and conferred sterilizing immunity. To offset a theoretical concern of ZIKV vaccines inducing antibodies that cross-react with the related dengue virus (DENV), we designed modified prM-E RNA encoding mutations destroying the conserved fusion-loop epitope in the E protein...
February 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212349/household-dengue-prevention-interventions-expenditures-and-barriers-to-aedes-aegypti-control-in-machala-ecuador
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Naveed Heydari, David A Larsen, Marco Neira, Efraín Beltrán Ayala, Prissila Fernandez, Jefferson Adrian, Rosemary Rochford, Anna M Stewart-Ibarra
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is an efficient vector for the transmission of Zika, chikungunya, and dengue viruses, causing major epidemics and a significant social and economic burden throughout the tropics and subtropics. The primary means of preventing these diseases is household-level mosquito control. However, relatively little is known about the economic burden of Ae. aegypti control in resource-limited communities. We surveyed residents from 40 households in a high-risk community at the urban periphery in the city of Machala, Ecuador, on dengue perceptions, vector control interventions, household expenditures, and factors influencing purchasing decisions...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210223/consumer-willingness-to-pay-for-dengue-vaccine-cyd-tdv-dengvaxia-%C3%A2-in-brazil-implications-for-future-pricing-considerations
#18
Isabella P Godói, André S Santos, Edna A Reis, Livia L P Lemos, Cristina M R Brandão, Juliana Alvares, Francisco A Acurcio, Brian Godman, Augusto A Guerra Júnior
Introduction and Objective: Dengue virus is a serious global health problem with an estimated 3.97 billion people at risk for infection worldwide. In December 2015, the first vaccine (CYD-TDV) for dengue prevention was approved in Brazil, developed by Sanofi Pasteur. However, given that the vaccine will potentially be paid via the public health system, information is need regarding consumers' willingness to pay for the dengue vaccine in the country as well as discussions related to the possible inclusion of this vaccine into the public health system...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207838/viperin-interaction-with-mitochondrial-antiviral-signaling-protein-mavs-limits-viperin-mediated-inhibition-of-the-interferon-response-in-macrophages
#19
Jia Shee Hee, Peter Cresswell
Viperin is an antiviral protein that is upregulated by interferons and by ligands for a variety of innate immune receptors. It possesses diverse capabilities and functions in an array of viral infections. Studies have shown that it appears to be particularly important in defence against RNA viruses, such as West Nile, Dengue, and Chikungunya viruses, although the specific mechanisms involved are not well understood at the molecular level. Here we identify the mitochondrial antiviral signalling protein MAVS as a novel viperin interaction partner, most likely in mitochondria associated membranes, and characterize a more central, overarching role of viperin as a negative regulator of the interferon response, an ability that can be regulated by the viperin-MAVS interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199323/a-large-scale-biorational-approach-using-bacillus-thuringiensis-israeliensis-strain-am65-52-for-managing-aedes-aegypti-populations-to-prevent-dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-transmission
#20
Catherine A Pruszynski, Lawrence J Hribar, Robert Mickle, Andrea L Leal
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti is a container-inhabiting mosquito and a vector of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. In 2009 several cases of autochthonous dengue transmission were reported in Key West, Florida, USA prompting a comprehensive response to control A. aegypti. In Key West, larvae of this mosquito develop in containers around human habitations which can be numerous and labor intensive to find and treat. Aerial applications of larvicide covering large areas in a short time can be an efficient and economical method to control A...
2017: PloS One
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