A new Borrelia on the block: Borrelia miyamotoi - a human health risk?

ConclusionsWith co-infection of tick-borne pathogens being commonplace, diagnostic improvements remain important. Developing in vivo models might allow more insight into human pathogenesis. Continued ecological and human case studies are key to better epidemiological understanding, guiding intervention strategies. PMID: 31064634 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Euro Surveill - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Euro Surveill Source Type: research

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Publication date: Available online 25 May 2019Source: Antiviral ResearchAuthor(s): R. Farrukee, J. Butler, P.C. Reading, A.C. HurtAbstract:Avian A(H7N9) infections in humans have been reported in China since 2013 and are of public health concern due to their severity and pandemic potential. Oseltamivir and peramivir are neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) routinely used for the treatment of A(H7N9) infections, but variants with reduced sensitivity to these drugs can emerge in patients during treatment. Zanamivir and laninamivir are NAIs that are used less frequently. Herein, we performed in vitro serial passaging experiments w...
Source: Antiviral Therapy - Category: Virology Source Type: research
This report describes a new lethal case of Rickettsia rickettsii infection in a child from Northwestern Colombia, after ten years of the last outbreaks in the same region. Colombian public-health authorities should consider to include this severe rickettsiosis in the compulsory-reporting diseases, with the aim of knowing its burden in the country.
Source: Ticks and Tick borne Diseases - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
LYME disease is a relatively unknown condition with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 new cases each year in England and Wales. For an unknown disease however, anyone can develop the condition as its caught by a tick. This major symptom could mean you might have Lyme disease. Do you have it?
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
This influenza season is in its final stages but influenza is not completely gone just yet, according to the CDC.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
Background: Seasonal influenza imposes a considerable burden worldwide. We aimed to evaluate impact of rapid pediatric seasonal influenza diagnosis on laboratory workflow and cost using a rapid antigen detection-based test combined with either a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or the Alere i Influenza A and B (Alere i) assay for confirmation of negative results as well as single Alere i testing on nasopharyngeal aspirates. A secondary objective was assessing performance of Alere i against RT-PCR. Methods: Effects of implementing the 3 diagnostic algorithms were assessed in the Emergency Depart...
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Background: Respiratory syncytial virus is the leading cause of acute lower respiratory infection in children. We aimed to describe the clinical-epidemiologic pattern and risk factors for mortality associated with RSV infection. Methods: This is a prospective, cross-sectional study of acute lower respiratory infection in children admitted to the Children’s Hospital during 2000 to 2017. Viral diagnosis was made by fluorescent antibody techniques or real-time-polymerase chain reaction. We compared clinical-epidemiologic characteristics of RSV infection in nonfatal versus fatal cases. Multiple logistic regression w...
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
Conclusion: Misconceptions exist regarding safety/efficacy of antenatal vaccination, and framing information towards the child’s safety may increase uptake. Education of HCPs is essential, and vaccine promotion should be incorporated into routine antenatal care, with an emphasis on women from ethnic minorities. Administration of vaccines in primary care presents logistical barriers; however, support for alternative sites appears low among HCPs.
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Maternal-Neonatal Reports Source Type: research
AbstractMolecular surveillance of influenza viruses is essential for early detection of novel variants. The aim of the present study was to analyze the hemagglutinin gene of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2) viruses circulating during the 2017 season. To investigate the genetic diversity of hemagglutinin gene of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2) viruses from 2017 season, ten samples from each subtype were sequenced and analyzed. The season was predominated by influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses. Ten samples were sequenced from each subtype and all sequenced influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2) viruses belonged to clades 6B.1 an...
Source: Virus Genes - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its last weekly influenza report Friday, and flu activity remained similarly low to last week. This caps off the longest flu season in a decade.
Source: Health News - UPI.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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