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  1. Research

    Searching for Lyme borreliosis in Australia: results of a canine sentinel study

    Lyme borreliosis is a common tick-borne disease of the northern hemisphere that is caused by bacterial spirochaetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) (Bbsl) complex. To date, there has been no convincing e...

    Peter J. Irwin, Ian D. Robertson, Mark E. Westman, Martine Perkins and Reinhard K. Straubinger

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:114

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  2. Research

    Profiling and validation of individual and patterns of Chlamydia trachomatis-specific antibody responses in trachomatous trichiasis

    Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infection causes trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness. A Ct D/UW3 proteome microarray and sera from Gambian adults with trachomatous trichiasis (TT) or healthy mat...

    Harry Pickering, Sarah E. Burr, Tamsyn Derrick, Pateh Makalo, Hassan Joof, Richard D. Hayward and Martin J. Holland

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:143

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  3. Research

    Efficacy, safety and tolerance of imidocarb dipropionate versus atovaquone or buparvaquone plus azithromycin used to treat sick dogs naturally infected with the Babesia microti-like piroplasm

    Piroplasmosis caused by the Babesia microti-like piroplasm (Bml) is increasingly being detected in dogs in Europe. Sick dogs show acute disease with severe anaemia associated with thrombocytopenia with a poor res...

    Rocío Checa, Ana Montoya, Nieves Ortega, José Luis González-Fraga, Adrián Bartolomé, Rosa Gálvez, Valentina Marino and Guadalupe Miró

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:145

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  4. Research

    Molecular detection of Hepatozoon spp. and Cytauxzoon sp. in domestic and stray cats from Madrid, Spain

    Different species of apicomplexan protozoans of the genera Hepatozoon and Cytauxzoon can infect domestic cats, but their epidemiology and clinical relevance are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to ...

    David Díaz-Regañón, Alejandra Villaescusa, Tania Ayllón, Fernando Rodríguez-Franco, Gad Baneth, Lydia Calleja-Bueno, Mercedes García-Sancho, Beatriz Agulla and Ángel Sainz

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:112

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  5. Research

    Prevalence study and risk factor analysis of selected bacterial, protozoal and viral, including vector-borne, pathogens in cats from Cyprus

    Feline infectious agent studies are lacking in Cyprus. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence and risk factors for various feline infectious agents, including feline vector-borne pathogens (FV...

    Charalampos Attipa, Kostas Papasouliotis, Laia Solano-Gallego, Gad Baneth, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Elpida Sarvani, Toby G. Knowles, Sena Mengi, David Morris, Chris Helps and Séverine Tasker

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:130

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  6. Short report

    Genetic diversity of Taenia saginata (Cestoda: Cyclophyllidea) from Lao People’s Democratic Republic and northeastern Thailand based on mitochondrial DNA

    Taenia saginata is a tapeworm found in cattle worldwide. Analysis of genetic diversity in different geographical populations of T. saginata not only helps to understand the origin, tra...

    Oranuch Sanpool, Rutchanee Rodpai, Pewpan M. Intapan, Lakkhana Sadaow, Tongjit Thanchomnang, Sakhone Laymanivong, Wanchai Maleewong and Hiroshi Yamasaki

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:141

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  7. Research

    A Bayesian spatio-temporal model for forecasting the prevalence of antibodies to Ehrlichia species in domestic dogs within the contiguous United States

    Dogs in the United States are hosts to a diverse range of vector-borne pathogens, several of which are important zoonoses. This paper describes factors deemed to be significantly related to the prevalence of a...

    Yan Liu, Robert B. Lund, Shila K. Nordone, Michael J. Yabsley and Christopher S. McMahan

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:138

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  8. Research

    Genetic diversity and drug sensitivity studies on Eimeria tenella field isolates from Hubei Province of China

    Avian coccidiosis is an intracellular intestinal parasitic disease, caused by intracellular intestinal parasites from the genus Eimeria, among which Eimeria tenella is one of the most pathogenic species and cause...

    Li Tan, Yalin Li, Xin Yang, Qiyun Ke, Weiqiang Lei, Mudassar Niaz Mughal, Rui Fang, Yanqin Zhou, Bang Shen and Junlong Zhao

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:137

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  9. Research

    Village-based spatio-temporal cluster analysis of the schistosomiasis risk in the Poyang Lake Region, China

    The Poyang Lake Region, one of the major epidemic sites of schistosomiasis in China, remains a severe challenge. To improve our understanding of the current endemic status of schistosomiasis and to better cont...

    Congcong Xia, Robert Bergquist, Henry Lynn, Fei Hu, Dandan Lin, Yuwan Hao, Shizhu Li, Yi Hu and Zhijie Zhang

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:136

    Published on: 8 March 2017

  10. Short report

    Isolation and molecular characterisation of Halicephalobus gingivalis in the brain of a horse in Piedmont, Italy

    A fatal case of meningoencephalitis was reported in a 13-year-old Koninklijk Warmbloed Paard Nederland stallion, suspected of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Clinical signs in...

    Maria Domenica Pintore, Francesco Cerutti, Antonio D’Angelo, Cristiano Corona, Paola Gazzuola, Loretta Masoero, Corrado Colombo, Roberto Bona, Carlo Cantile, Simone Peletto, Cristina Casalone and Barbara Iulini

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:135

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  11. Research

    Melting pot of tick-borne zoonoses: the European hedgehog contributes to the maintenance of various tick-borne diseases in natural cycles urban and suburban areas

    European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are urban dwellers and host both Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes hexagonus. These ticks transmit several zoonotic pathogens like Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato), Anaplasma pha...

    Setareh Jahfari, Sanne C. Ruyts, Ewa Frazer-Mendelewska, Ryanne Jaarsma, Kris Verheyen and Hein Sprong

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:134

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  12. Research

    Improved molecular detection of Babesia infections in animals using a novel quantitative real-time PCR diagnostic assay targeting mitochondrial DNA

    Babesiosis is a protozoal, tick transmitted disease found worldwide in humans, wildlife and domesticated animals. Commonly used approaches to diagnose babesiosis include microscopic examination of peripheral b...

    Barbara A. Qurollo, Nikole R. Archer, Megan E. Schreeg, Henry S. Marr, Adam J. Birkenheuer, Kaitlin N. Haney, Brittany S. Thomas and Edward B. Breitschwerdt

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:128

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  13. Research

    Recent range expansion of an intermediate host for animal schistosome parasites in the Indo-Australian Archipelago: phylogeography of the freshwater gastropod Indoplanorbis exustus in South and Southeast Asia

    The planorbid snail Indoplanorbis exustus is the sole intermediate host for the Schistosoma indicum species group, trematode parasites responsible for cattle schistosomiasis and human cercarial dermatitis. This f...

    Pauline Gauffre-Autelin, Thomas von Rintelen, Björn Stelbrink and Christian Albrecht

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:126

    Published on: 6 March 2017

  14. Short report

    Molecular and serological evidence of flea-associated typhus group and spotted fever group rickettsial infections in Madagascar

    Rickettsiae are obligate intracellular bacteria responsible for many febrile syndromes around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Vectors of these pathogens include ticks, lice, mites and fleas. In ord...

    Rado J. L. Rakotonanahary, Alan Harrison, Alice N. Maina, Ju Jiang, Allen L. Richards, Minoarisoa Rajerison and Sandra Telfer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:125

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  15. Research

    Phylogenetic analysis of the Australasian paralysis ticks and their relatives (Ixodidae: Ixodes: Sternalixodes)

    The Australasian paralysis ticks and their relatives, Ixodes Latrielle, subgenus Sternalixodes Schulze, are some of the most important ticks in the region. However, very little is known about their phylogenetic r...

    Mackenzie L. Kwak, Ian Beveridge, Anson V. Koehler, Mallik Malipatil, Robin B. Gasser and Abdul Jabbar

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:122

    Published on: 2 March 2017

  16. Research

    Controlled release of artemisone for the treatment of experimental cerebral malaria

    Cerebral malaria (CM) is a leading cause of malarial mortality resulting from infection by Plasmodium falciparum. Treatment commonly involves adjunctive care and injections or transfusion of artemisinins. All art...

    Jacob Golenser, Viola Buchholz, Amir Bagheri, Abed Nasereddin, Ron Dzikowski, Jintao Guo, Nicholas H. Hunt, Sara Eyal, Natalia Vakruk and Andreas Greiner

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:117

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  17. Research

    Heat shock proteins 70 and 90 from Clonorchis sinensis induce Th1 response and stimulate antibody production

    Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are found in all prokaryotes and most compartments of eukaryotic cells. Members of the HSP family mediate immune responses to tissue damage or cellular stress. However, little is kno...

    Eun Joo Chung, Young-Il Jeong, Myoung-Ro Lee, Yu Jung Kim, Sang-Eun Lee, Shin-Hyeong Cho, Won-Ja Lee, Mi-Yeoun Park and Jung-Won Ju

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:118

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  18. Short report

    Mitochondrial gene heterogeneity of the bat soft tick Argas vespertilionis (Ixodida: Argasidae) in the Palaearctic

    Recently, a high degree of mitochondrial gene heterogeneity was demonstrated between conspecific ixodid ticks of bats in Eurasia. Argas vespertilionis is a soft tick species of mainly vespertilionid bats, also wi...

    Sándor Hornok, Krisztina Szőke, Vuong Tan Tu, Jenő Kontschán, Nóra Takács, Attila D. Sándor, Ali Halajian, Gábor Földvári, Péter Estók, Olivier Plantard, Sara Epis and Tamás Görföl

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:109

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  19. Research

    Evaluation of pulmonary hypertension and clinical status in dogs with heartworm by Right Pulmonary Artery Distensibility Index and other echocardiographic parameters

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a frequent and severe phenomenon in heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis, mainly caused by intimal proliferation of the arteries and pulmonary thromboembolisms. Transthor...

    B. Serrano-Parreño, E. Carretón, A. Caro-Vadillo, Y. Falcón-Cordón, S. Falcón-Cordón and J. A. Montoya-Alonso

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:106

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  20. Letter to the Editor

    Trichinellosis outbreak due to wild boar meat consumption in southern Italy

    We report a Trichinella britovi outbreak investigated during February-March 2016 in southern Italy. The source of infection was meat from infected wild boars that were illegally hunted and, hence, not submitted t...

    Iulia Adelina Turiac, Maria Giovanna Cappelli, Rita Olivieri, Raffaele Angelillis, Domenico Martinelli, Rosa Prato and Francesca Fortunato

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:107

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  21. Research

    Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens show circadian co-periodicity in naturally co-infected dogs

    Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens are mosquito-borne zoonotic filarioids typically infecting dogs, causing a potentially fatal cardiopulmonary disease and dermatological condi...

    Angela Monica Ionică, Ioana Adriana Matei, Gianluca D’Amico, Lucia Victoria Bel, Mirabela Oana Dumitrache, David Modrý and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:116

    Published on: 28 February 2017

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