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Intensive trapping of blood-fed <i>Anopheles darlingi</i> in Amazonian Peru reveals…

by Marta Moreno, Marlon P. Saavedra, Sara A. Bickersmith, Catharine Prussing, Adrian Michalski, Carlos Tong Rios, Joseph M

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Global urbanization and the neglected tropical diseases

by Peter J. Hotez

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Hydrocephalus and arthrogryposis in an immunocompetent mouse model of ZIKA teratogeny: A…

by Jose Xavier-Neto, Murilo Carvalho, Bruno dos Santos Pascoalino, Alisson Campos Cardoso, Ângela Maria Sousa Costa, Ana Helena Macedo Pereira, Luana Nunes Santos, Ângela Saito, Rafael Elias Marques, Juliana Helena Costa Smetana, Silvio Roberto Consonni, Carla Bandeira, Vivian Vasconcelos Costa, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marli Tenorio Cordeiro, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales Gil, Bianca Alves Pauletti, Daniela Campos Granato, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Lucio Freitas-Junior, Carolina Borsoi Moraes Holanda de Freitas, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Estela Bevilacqua, Kleber Franchini The teratogenic mechanisms triggered by ZIKV are still obscure due to the lack of a suitable animal model. Here we present a mouse model of developmental disruption induced by ZIKV hematogenic infection. The model utilizes immunocompetent animals from wild-type FVB/NJ and C57BL/6J strains, providing a better analogy to the human condition than approaches involving immunodeficient, genetically modified animals, or direct ZIKV injection into the brain

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Predicting Ebola infection: A malaria-sensitive triage score for Ebola virus disease

by Mary-Anne Hartley, Alyssa Young, Anh-Minh Tran, Harry Henry Okoni-Williams, Mohamed Suma, Brooke Mancuso, Ahmed Al-Dikhari, Mohamed Faouzi Background The non-specific symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) pose a major problem to triage and isolation efforts at Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs). Under the current triage protocol, half the patients allocated to high-risk “probable” wards were EVD(-): a misclassification speculated to predispose nosocomial EVD infection.

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Favipiravir pharmacokinetics in Ebola-Infected patients of the JIKI trial reveals…

by Thi Huyen Tram Nguyen, Jérémie Guedj, Xavier Anglaret, Cédric Laouénan, Vincent Madelain, Anne-Marie Taburet, Sylvain Baize, Daouda Sissoko, Boris Pastorino, Anne Rodallec, Géraldine Piorkowski, Sara Carazo, Mamoudou N. Conde, Jean-Luc Gala, Joseph Akoi Bore, Caroline Carbonnelle, Frédéric Jacquot, Hervé Raoul, Denis Malvy, Xavier de Lamballerie, France Mentré, JIKI study group Background In 2014–2015, we assessed favipiravir tolerance and efficacy in patients with Ebola virus (EBOV) disease (EVD) in Guinea (JIKI trial). Because the drug had never been used before for this indication and that high concentrations of the drugs were needed to achieve antiviral efficacy against EBOV, a pharmacokinetic model had been used to propose relevant dosing regimen

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Unexpectedly high leprosy seroprevalence detected using a random surveillance strategy in…

by Marco Andrey C. Frade, Natália A.

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Cynomolgus macaques naturally infected with <i>Trypanosoma cruzi</i>-I exhibit an…

by Danielle Marquete Vitelli-Avelar, Renato Sathler-Avelar, Armanda Moreira Mattoso-Barbosa, Nicolas Gouin, Marcelo Perdigão-de-Oliveira, Leydiane Valério-dos-Reis, Ronaldo Peres Costa, Silvana Maria Elói-Santos, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Edward J. Dick Jr., Gene B. Hubbard, Jane F

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Ultrasonographic evaluation of urinary tract morbidity in school-aged and preschool-aged…

by Beatrice Barda, Jean T. Coulibaly, Christoph Hatz, Jennifer Keiser Background Schistosoma haematobium infections are responsible for significant urinary tract (UT) complications. Schistosomiasis control programs aim to reduce morbidity, yet the extent of morbidity in preschool-aged children and the impact of treatment on morbidity reduction are not well studied.

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Anti-trypanosomal activity of non-peptidic nitrile-based cysteine protease inhibitors

by Antonio C. B. Burtoloso, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Mark Furber, Juliana C.

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Leprosy reactions: The predictive value of <i>Mycobacterium leprae</i>-specific…

by Emerith Mayra Hungria, Samira Bührer-Sékula, Regiane Morillas de Oliveira, Lúcio Cartaxo Aderaldo, Araci de Andrade Pontes, Rossilene Cruz, Heitor de Sá Gonçalves, Maria Lúcia Fernandes Penna, Gerson Oliveira Penna, Mariane Martins de Araújo Stefani Background Leprosy reactions, reversal reactions/RR and erythema nodosum leprosum/ENL, can cause irreversible nerve damage, handicaps and deformities. The study of Mycobacterium leprae-specific serologic responses at diagnosis in the cohort of patients enrolled at the Clinical Trial for Uniform Multidrug Therapy Regimen for Leprosy Patients in Brazil/U-MDT/CT-BR is suitable to evaluate its prognostic value for the development of reactions. Methodology IgM and IgG antibody responses to PGL-I, LID-1, ND-O-LID were evaluated by ELISA in 452 reaction-free leprosy patients at diagnosis, enrolled and monitored for the development of leprosy reactions during a total person-time of 780,930 person-days, i.e.

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Cytotoxic effector functions of T cells are not required for protective immunity against fatal…

by Kristin Moderzynski, Liza Heine, Jessica Rauch, Stefanie Papp, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Bernhard Fleischer, Anke Osterloh Endemic typhus caused by Rickettsia (R.) typhi is an emerging febrile disease that can be fatal due to multiple organ pathology. Here we analyzed the requirements for protection against R. typhi by T cells in the CB17 SCID model of infection

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Unusual pattern of chikungunya virus epidemic in the Americas, the Panamanian experience

by Jean-Paul Carrera, Yamilka Díaz, Bernardino Denis, Itza Barahona de Mosca, Dennys Rodriguez, Israel Cedeño, Dimelza Arauz, Publio González, Lizbeth Cerezo, Lourdes Moreno, Lourdes García, Lisseth E. Sáenz, María Aneth Atencio, Eddy Rojas-Fermin, Fernando Vizcaino, Nicolas Perez, Brechla Moreno, Sandra López-Vergès, Anayansi Valderrama, Blas Armién Background Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) typically causes explosive epidemics of fever, rash and polyarthralgia after its introduction into naïve populations.

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Dengue virus antibody database: Systematically linking serotype-specificity with epitope…

by Sidhartha Chaudhury, Gregory D. Gromowski, Daniel R. Ripoll, Ilja V.

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Decline in infection-related morbidities following drug-mediated reductions in the intensity of…

by Gisele Andrade, David J. Bertsch, Andrea Gazzinelli, Charles H. King Background Since 1984, WHO has endorsed drug treatment to reduce Schistosoma infection and its consequent morbidity.

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