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Luis D Pacheco, Antonio F Saad, Gary D V Hankins, Giuseppe Chiosi, George Saade
Guillain-Barré syndrome has been reported in pregnancy and is a potentially lethal condition. It affects the nervous system with acute onset of symmetric ascending weakness and may result in frank respiratory failure and autonomic dysfunction. Most patients recall symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness in the weeks preceding the onset of weakness. Recent evidence suggests a potential role of the Zika virus as a trigger for the syndrome. The diagnosis of Guillain-Barré is clinical. Supportive measures include venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, aggressive physical therapy, pressure ulcer prevention, enteral nutrition, and respiratory support...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alyson B Goodman, Eric J Dziuban, Krista Powell, Rebecca H Bitsko, Gayle Langley, Nicole Lindsey, Jessica L Franks, Kate Russell, Sharoda Dasgupta, Wanda D Barfield, Erika Odom, Emily Kahn, Stacey Martin, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne flavivirus that typically causes an asymptomatic infection or mild illness, although infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities. Guillain-Barré syndrome and other neurologic complications can occur in adults after Zika virus infection. However, there are few published reports describing postnatally acquired Zika virus disease among children. During January 2015-July 2016, a total of 158 cases of confirmed or probable postnatally acquired Zika virus disease among children aged <18 years were reported to CDC from U...
October 7, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Stephanie Mlacker, Golsa Shafa, Adam S Aldahan, Vidhi V Shah, Sahal Samarkandy, Keyvan Nouri
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus within the Flaviviridae family, the recent spread of which has promoted public concern. METHODS: This study outlines the clinical features, potential for teratogenicity, diagnosis, and treatment of ZIKV infection. RESULTS: Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Stegomyia (= Aedes) mosquito, blood transfusion, sexual intercourse, and perinatal routes. Infection has been characterized as mildly symptomatic...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
William L Walker, Nicole P Lindsey, Jennifer A Lehman, Elisabeth R Krow-Lucal, Ingrid B Rabe, Susan L Hills, Stacey W Martin, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus primarily transmitted to humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (1). Zika virus infections have also been documented through intrauterine transmission resulting in congenital infection; intrapartum transmission from a viremic mother to her newborn; sexual transmission; blood transfusion; and laboratory exposure (1-5). Most Zika virus infections are asymptomatic (1,6). Clinical illness, when it occurs, is generally mild and characterized by acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia, or nonpurulent conjunctivitis...
September 16, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
David A Schirmer, Jennifer Fay Kawwass
Over the past year, the Zika virus, an arthropod-borne Flavivirus, has transitioned from a relatively unknown tropical disease to the cause of a public health emergency. The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes species of mosquito as well as by sexual intercourse. Although the symptoms of acute Zika virus infection are usually mild and self-limited, it causes fetal microcephaly in pregnant women, and is associated with an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome. The risk of microcephaly from Zika virus infection is estimated to be highest in women who are infected during the first trimester of pregnancy...
September 2016: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
Yi-Ping Li, Chi-Man Kuok, Shin-Yu Lin, Wu-Shiun Hsieh, Ming-Kwang Shyu
AIM: In this study, we collected group B streptococcus (GBS) screening data and analyzed screening rate, antimicrobial resistance rate, and neonatal observation room (NOR) admission rate due to inadequate chemoprophylaxis. METHODS: The GBS screening data for January 2006-December 2013 were retrospectively collected and analyzed. We also collected data for neonates admitted to NOR due to inadequate chemoprophylaxis during the period 1 April 2010-31 December 2013...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Christine C Akoh, Eva K Pressman, Elizabeth Cooper, Ruth Anne Queenan, Julie Pillittere, Kimberly O O'Brien
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to identify risk factors associated with maternal infections and placental inflammation in pregnant adolescents attending an urban adolescent maternity clinic. DESIGN: This cross-sectional, descriptive study used survey and medical chart data collected at entry and prospectively across gestation. The prevalence of maternal infections and placental inflammation was determined and potential risk factors were identified. SETTING: Rochester Adolescent Maternal Program (RAMP) in Rochester, NY...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Laura Adams, Melissa Bello-Pagan, Matthew Lozier, Kyle R Ryff, Carla Espinet, Jomil Torres, Janice Perez-Padilla, Mitchelle Flores Febo, Emilio Dirlikov, Alma Martinez, Jorge Munoz-Jordan, Myriam Garcia, Marangely Olivero Segarra, Graciela Malave, Aidsa Rivera, Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza, Asher Rosinger, Matthew J Kuehnert, Koo-Whang Chung, Lisa L Pate, Angela Harris, Ryan R Hemme, Audrey Lenhart, Gustavo Aquino, Sherif Zaki, Jennifer S Read, Stephen H Waterman, Luisa I Alvarado, Francisco Alvarado-Ramy, Miguel Valencia-Prado, Dana Thomas, Tyler M Sharp, Brenda Rivera-Garcia
Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, and infection can be asymptomatic or result in an acute febrile illness with rash (1). Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe birth defects (2). Infection has also been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) (3) and severe thrombocytopenia (4,5). In December 2015, the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDH) reported the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Ana Cristina Simões E Silva, Janaina Matos Moreira, Roberta Maia Castro Romanelli, Antonio Lucio Teixeira
Before 2007, Zika virus (ZIKV) was generally considered as an arbovirus of low clinical relevance, causing a mild self-limiting febrile illness in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. Currently, a large, ongoing outbreak of ZIKV that started in Brazil in 2015 is spreading across the Americas. Virus infection during pregnancy has been potentially linked to congenital malformations, including microcephaly. In addition to congenital malformations, a temporal association between ZIKV infection and an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome is currently being observed in several countries...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Britt Nakstad, Tonje Sonerud, Anne Lee Solevåg
BACKGROUND: Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection remains a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality, and GBS III is the predominant strain in early-onset GBS neonatal sepsis. To avoid both over- and undertreatment of infants with nonspecific signs of infection, early diagnostic tools are warranted. The aim of this study was to identify biomarkers with high sensitivity and specificity in an early stage of GBS infection. A secondary aim was to assess the utility of a human umbilical cord blood (HUCB) model system of early-onset neonatal sepsis...
2016: Infection and Drug Resistance
J Raignoux, M Benard, S Huo Yung Kai, O Dicky, A Berrebi, L Bibet, A-S Chetouani, N Marty, L Cavalie, C Casper, C Assouline-Azogui
INTRODUCTION: Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common infectious agent responsible for early-onset bacterial sepsis (EOS) in term newborns. French prevention of perinatal GBS disease guidelines recommend screening for maternal vaginal GBS colonization at the 9th month of pregnancy, and use of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis (IAP) in case of detected GBS vaginal colonization. Peripheral bacterial sampling (gastric aspiration, ear, or meconium) and measurement of C-reactive protein (CRP) are performed in asymptomatic newborns in case of infectious risk factors and/or incomplete IAP...
September 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Indira U Mysorekar, Michael S Diamond
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August 4, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Anthony R Mawson
A strong causal association has become evident between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy and the occurrence of fetal growth restriction, microcephaly and eye defects. Circumstantial evidence is presented in this paper in support of the hypothesis that these effects, as well as the Guillain-Barré syndrome, are due to an endogenous form of hypervitaminosis A resulting from ZIKV infection-induced damage to the liver and the spillage of stored vitamin A compounds ("retinoids") into the maternal and fetal circulation in toxic concentrations...
2016: BioResearch Open Access
Constance Visovsky, Stephen McGhee, John M Clochesy, Cheryl Zambroski
Zika virus, a mosquito-borne vector, is an emerging population health threat, and is linked to fetal microcephaly, pregnancy loss and neurologic symptoms like Guillain-Barré syndrome. Global travel and migration increase the risk of transmission significantly, and growing numbers of cases are expected internationally. This article describes transmission of the virus, early and late clinical manifestations, and emergency and supportive care. It also recommends interventions for prevention.
July 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
M Defez, F Khizar, M Maurin, F Biot, J-C Pons, F Sergent
OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to evaluate and compare the diagnostic accuracy of a rapid real-time PCR assay at the onset of labor with those of the current antenatal culture-based test at 34-38 weeks gestation for group B Streptococcus (GBS) screening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study including all pregnant women admitted for delivery after a 34-week gestation period was conducted in October 2012 at the Grenoble University Hospital Centre. A first culture-based GBS screening test was performed between 34 and 38 weeks of gestation followed by a second screening test at the onset of labor, using a real-time PCR Assay and a culture-based method (gold standard) in order to calculate the diagnostic accuracy...
July 1, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
Dawn M Dudley, Matthew T Aliota, Emma L Mohr, Andrea M Weiler, Gabrielle Lehrer-Brey, Kim L Weisgrau, Mariel S Mohns, Meghan E Breitbach, Mustafa N Rasheed, Christina M Newman, Dane D Gellerup, Louise H Moncla, Jennifer Post, Nancy Schultz-Darken, Michele L Schotzko, Jennifer M Hayes, Josh A Eudailey, M Anthony Moody, Sallie R Permar, Shelby L O'Connor, Eva G Rakasz, Heather A Simmons, Saverio Capuano, Thaddeus G Golos, Jorge E Osorio, Thomas C Friedrich, David H O'Connor
Infection with Asian-lineage Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome and fetal abnormalities, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Animal models of infection are thus urgently needed. Here we show that rhesus macaques are susceptible to infection by an Asian-lineage ZIKV closely related to strains currently circulating in the Americas. Following subcutaneous inoculation, ZIKV RNA is detected in plasma 1 day post infection (d.p.i.) in all animals (N=8, including 2 pregnant animals), and is also present in saliva, urine and cerebrospinal fluid...
June 28, 2016: Nature Communications
Christopher T Lee, Neil M Vora, Waheed Bajwa, Lorraine Boyd, Scott Harper, Daniel Kass, Aileen Langston, Emily McGibbon, Mario Merlino, Jennifer L Rakeman, Marisa Raphael, Sally Slavinski, Anthony Tran, Ricky Wong, Jay K Varma
Zika virus has rapidly spread through the World Health Organization's Region of the Americas since being identified in Brazil in early 2015. Transmitted primarily through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause spontaneous abortion and birth defects, including microcephaly (1,2). New York City (NYC) is home to a large number of persons who travel frequently to areas with active Zika virus transmission, including immigrants from these areas. In November 2015, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) began developing and implementing plans for managing Zika virus and on February 1, 2016, activated its Incident Command System...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Maria Isabel S Gouvea, Esau C Joao, Maria de Lourdes B Teixeira, Jennifer S Read, Sergio E L Fracalanzza, Claudia T V Souza, Maria José de Souza, Helio M Torres Filho, Cassiana C F Leite, Pedro E A A do Brasil
OBJECTIVE: There are limited data regarding Xpert performance to detect GBS in HIV-infected pregnant women. We evaluated the accuracy of a rapid real-time polymerase chain reaction test in a cohort of HIV-infected women. METHODS: At 35-37 weeks of pregnancy, a pair of combined rectovaginal swabs were collected for two GBS assays in a cohort of sequentially included HIV-infected women in Rio de Janeiro: 1) culture; and 2) real-time polymerase chain reaction assay [GeneXpert GBS (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, US)]...
June 22, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Fiona McQuaid, Sophie Pask, Louise Locock, Elizabeth Davis, Zoe Stevens, Jane Plumb, Matthew D Snape
INTRODUCTION: Antenatal vaccination has become a part of routine care during pregnancy in the UK and worldwide, leading to improvements in health for both pregnant women and their infants. However, uptake remains sub-optimal. Other antenatal vaccines targeting major neonatal pathogens, such as Group B streptococcus (GBS), the commonest cause of sepsis and meningitis in the neonatal period, are undergoing clinical trials but more information is needed on how to improve acceptance of such vaccines...
July 25, 2016: Vaccine
Nitwara Wikan, Duncan R Smith
Zika virus was originally identified in a sentinel rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. The virus is a member of the family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus, and is transmitted to humans by Aedes species mosquitoes. The first report of Zika virus outside Africa and Asia was in 2007 when the virus was associated with a small outbreak in Yap State, part of the Federated States of Micronesia. Since then, Zika virus infections have been reported around the world, including in southeast Asia; French Polynesia and other islands in the Pacific Ocean; and parts of South, Central, and North America...
July 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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