- Chris Arme, Keele University
- Kathryn Taylor, University of Manchester
ResearchTo help target control and elimination efforts we conducted the first integrated mapping of podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis in Ethiopia. The approach used smartphones linked to a central database for data collection and a clinical algorithm to reliably diagnose podoconiosis by excluding other potential causes of lymphoedema of the lower limb. Integrated mapping of podoconiosis and LF is feasible and can be achieved at reduced costs. Image: A laboratory technician collecting blood for immunochromatographic card tests.
Short reportThis study reports the recent spread of Angiostrongylus vasorum, a potentially fatal cardiopulmonary canine nematode, to the southeast of Europe after finding an autochthonous infected dog from Serbia. Image: The first stage larva of A. vasorum.
ResearchA flavivirus survey of field-collected mosquitoes confirms the circulation of Usutu and Marisma mosquito viruses in Piedmont, Italy, in 2011-12. The genetic characterization of the flavivirus strains detected, based on a 937-bp fragment of the NS5 protein gene, is provided. Image: CO2-baited trap placed in a wet area in the Ticino river natural park, Novara.
ResearchLyme borreliosis is more prevalent in the northern than the southern U.S. Northern Ixodes scapularis ticks did not consistently survive longer than southern ticks in laboratory trials. Both northern and southern ticks survived longer under northern than under southern conditions. Image: Ixodes scapularis nymph (courtesy Graham J. Hickling)
ResearchThis study investigates the potential of Rhabdomys pumilio, a peri-domestic rodent, to act as a reservoir host for zoonotic helminths and compares the effect of anthropogenic habitat change on its parasite infestation patterns. Image: Heligmonina spira, the most abundant nematode of Rhabdomys pumilio under study.
ResearchShotgun mass mapping by MALDI-TOF-MS was used to discriminate Culicoides from different species collected in the field. Additionally, this approach offers the possibility to identify potentially species-specific peptides. Image: Composite showing a detail from a SMM spectrum and a micrograph of a specimen of C. obsoletus.
ResearchThis study shows that bacterial communities in Aedes aegypti larvae are less rich and significantly different from those in water from their domestic breeding containers. This is discussed in light of fecal contamination. Image: Typical water storage containers in Thailand where Aedes aegypti breed.
ResearchInsecticide resistance decreases with age while blood-feeding decreases insecticide toxicity. In this study we examine how multiple blood-feeding affects the insecticide resistant phenotype in the malaria vector Anopheles arabiensis. Image: Laboratory-reared Anopheles arabiensis feeding on a human volunteer.
ResearchThe distribution areas of the Palaearctic mosquito species of the Maculipennis Complex are undergoing a shift. Expansion of An. maculipennis s.s. to northeastern Europe as well as the changes in the species composition and proportions of Anopheles exacerbate the epidemiology of malaria infection in Eurasia. Image: Dynamics of the An. maculipennis distribution area.
ResearchThis study describes components of three major innate immune pathways in female C. sonorensis midges, along with their expression profiles after feeding on blood or sucrose. Diet alone altered the expression of immune genes, which has important implications regarding gut microbial ecology and vector competence for pathogens. Image: Blood-fed adult female Culicoides sonorensis.
Short reportThe great diversity of protease genes among Leishmania is an aspect that may be related to their adaptations to the microenvironment they inhabit, such as the gut of phlebotomines and the immune cells of vertebrate hosts. Image: Radar chart representing the analysis of protease gene organization in Leishmania.
ResearchThe geographic spread of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) is considered one of the most important public health concerns in Tunisia. The emergence of new foci with non-immune populations drives the spread of leishmaniasis outbreaks. The present study compares the leishmanin skin test patterns in ZCL foci with different long-standing Leishmania endemicity in central Tunisia (old and emerging ones). Image: A house visit interview.
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9th Symposium on Canine Vector-Borne Diseases
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Kinetoplastid Biology & Disease and Filaria Journal
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