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  1. Research

    Prevalence of heartworm in dogs and cats of Madrid, Spain

    Dirofilaria immitis causes heartworm disease, a chronic and potentially fatal cardiopulmonary disease which mainly affects dogs and cats. It is present in most of Spain, due to favoura...

    José Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Rodrigo Morchón, Yaiza Falcón-Cordón, Soraya Falcón-Cordón, Fernando Simón and Elena Carretón

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:354

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  2. Research

    Return of chloroquine sensitivity to Africa? Surveillance of African Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance through malaria imported to China

    Chloroquine (CQ) was the cornerstone of anti-malarial treatment in Africa for almost 50 years, but has been widely withdrawn due to the emergence and spread of resistance. Recent reports have suggested that CQ...

    Feng Lu, Meihua Zhang, Richard L. Culleton, Sui Xu, Jianxia Tang, Huayun Zhou, Guoding Zhu, Yaping Gu, Chao Zhang, Yaobao Liu, Weiming Wang, Yuanyuan Cao, Julin Li, Xinlong He, Jun Cao and Qi Gao

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:355

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  3. Research

    Prevalence and seasonal transmission of Schistosoma haematobium infection among school-aged children in Kaedi town, southern Mauritania

    Mauritania is at the fringe of transmission of human schistosomiasis, which mainly occurs in the southern and southeastern parts of the country. This study aimed to assess the influence of rainfall seasonality...

    N’Guessan G C Gbalégba, Kigbafori D Silué, Ousmane Ba, Hampâté Ba, Nathan T Y Tian-Bi, Grégoire Y Yapi, Aboudramane Kaba, Brama Koné, Jürg Utzinger and Benjamin G Koudou

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:353

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  4. Research

    Spatial population dynamics and temporal analysis of the distribution of Lutzomyia longipalpis (Lutz & Neiva, 1912) (Diptera: Psychodidae: Phlebotominae) in the city of Clorinda, Formosa, Argentina

    Lutzomyia longipalpis, the vector for the causal agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL), has extended its distribution in the southern cone in the Americas. The first urban record of Lu....

    Andrea Gómez-Bravo, Alba German, Marcelo Abril, Marcelo Scavuzzo and Oscar D. Salomón

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:352

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  5. Research

    Distribution and current infection status of Biomphalaria straminea in Hong Kong

    Schistosomiasis, also generally known as snail fever, is a parasitic disease caused by trematode flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. In Hong Kong and mainland China, the freshwater snail Biomphalaria straminea ha...

    Xin Zeng, Wing Chung Yiu, Kwan Ho Cheung, Ho Yin Yip, Wenyan Nong, Ping He, Dongjuan Yuan, David Rollinson, Jian-Wen Qiu, Ming Chiu Fung, Zhongdao Wu and Jerome Ho Lam Hui

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:351

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  6. Review

    Epidemiology of taeniosis/cysticercosis in Europe, a systematic review: Western Europe

    Taenia solium and Taenia saginata are zoonotic parasites of public health importance. Data on their occurrence in humans and animals in western Europe are incomplete and fragmented. In...

    Minerva Laranjo-González, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Chiara Trevisan, Alberto Allepuz, Smaragda Sotiraki, Annette Abraham, Mariana Boaventura Afonso, Joachim Blocher, Luís Cardoso, José Manuel Correia da Costa, Pierre Dorny, Sarah Gabriël, Jacinto Gomes, María Ángeles Gómez-Morales, Pikka Jokelainen, Miriam Kaminski…

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:349

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  7. Research

    The excretory-secretory products of Echinococcus granulosus protoscoleces directly regulate the differentiation of B10, B17 and Th17 cells

    Excretory-secretory products (ESPs) released by helminths are well-known to regulate T cell responses in the host. However, their direct influence in the differentiation of naïve T cells, and especially B cell...

    Wei Pan, Wen-Ting Hao, Yu-Juan Shen, Xiang-Yang Li, Yan-Juan Wang, Fen-Fen Sun, Jian-Hai Yin, Jing Zhang, Ren-Xian Tang, Jian-Ping Cao and Kui-Yang Zheng

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:348

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  8. Research

    Zika virus transmission to mouse ear by mosquito bite: a laboratory model that replicates the natural transmission process

    Zika disease has transformed into a serious global health problem due to the rapid spread of the arbovirus and alarming severity including congenital complications, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Zi...

    Nagila Francinete Costa Secundino, Barbara Aparecida Chaves, Alessandra Silva Orfano, Karine Renata Dias Silveira, Nilton Barnabe Rodrigues, Thais Bonifácio Campolina, Rafael Nacif-Pimenta, Luiz Eduardo Martinez Villegas, Breno Melo Silva, Marcus Vinícius Guimarães Lacerda, Douglas Eric Norris and Paulo Filemon Paolucci Pimenta

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:346

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  9. Research

    Occurrence of strongyloidiasis in privately owned and sheltered dogs: clinical presentation and treatment outcome

    The increasing number of reports of human infections by Strongyloides stercoralis from a range of European countries over the last 20 years has spurred the interest of the scientific community towards this parasi...

    Paola Paradies, Fabrizio Iarussi, Mariateresa Sasanelli, Antonio Capogna, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Daniele Zucca, Beatrice Greco, Cinzia Cantacessi and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:345

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  10. Research

    Genetic structure and gene flow of the flea Xenopsylla cheopis in Madagascar and Mayotte

    The flea Xenopsylla cheopis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) is a vector of plague. Despite this insect’s medical importance, especially in Madagascar where plague is endemic, little is known about the organization of i...

    Mireille Harimalala, Sandra Telfer, Hélène Delatte, Phillip C. Watts, Adélaïde Miarinjara, Tojo Rindra Ramihangihajason, Soanandrasana Rahelinirina, Minoarisoa Rajerison and Sébastien Boyer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:347

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  11. Research

    A dual colour fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay for identifying the zoonotic malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi with a potential application for the specific diagnosis of knowlesi malaria in peripheral-level laboratories of Southeast Asia

    Plasmodium knowlesi is primarily responsible for zoonotic malaria in several Southeast Asian countries. Precise identification of the parasite in the blood of patients presently relies...

    Jyotsna Shah, Akhila Poruri, Olivia Mark, Urmila Khadilka, Franziska Mohring, Robert W. Moon and Ranjan Ramasamy

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:342

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  12. Research

    Variation in species composition and infection rates of Anopheles mosquitoes at different altitudinal transects, and the risk of malaria in the highland of Dirashe Woreda, south Ethiopia

    The transmission of malaria is heterogeneous, and varies due to altitude. The information on whether the transmission of malaria is indigenous or imported to highland areas is scarce. Therefore, this study aim...

    Taye Yohannes Daygena, Fekadu Massebo and Bernt Lindtjørn

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:343

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  13. Research

    Synergy between dinotefuran and fipronil against the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis): improved onset of action and residual speed of kill in adult cats

    The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (C. felis), is a cosmopolitan hematophagous ectoparasite, and is considered to be the most prevalent flea species in both Europe and the USA. Clinical signs frequently as...

    Romain Delcombel, Hamadi Karembe, Bakela Nare, Audrey Burton, Julian Liebenberg, Josephus Fourie and Marie Varloud

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:341

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  14. Research

    Systemic insecticide treatment of the canine reservoir of Trypanosoma cruzi induces high levels of lethality in Triatoma infestans, a principal vector of Chagas disease

    Despite large-scale reductions in Chagas disease prevalence across Central and South America, Trypanosoma cruzi infection remains a considerable public health problem in the Gran Chaco region where vector-borne t...

    Ariel Loza, Adrianna Talaga, Gladys Herbas, Ruben Jair Canaviri, Thalia Cahuasiri, Laura Luck, Alvaro Guibarra, Raquel Goncalves, Juan Antonio Pereira, Sonia A. Gomez, Albert Picado, Louisa Alexandra Messenger, Caryn Bern and Orin Courtenay

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:344

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  15. Research

    Molecular characterisation of protist parasites in human-habituated mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), humans and livestock, from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

    Over 60 % of human emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, and there is growing evidence of the zooanthroponotic transmission of diseases from humans to livestock and wildlife species, with major implicatio...

    Matthew J. Nolan, Melisa Unger, Yuen-Ting Yeap, Emma Rogers, Ilary Millet, Kimberley Harman, Mark Fox, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and Damer P. Blake

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:340

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  16. Research

    New insights from Gorongosa National Park and Niassa National Reserve of Mozambique increasing the genetic diversity of Trypanosoma vivax and Trypanosoma vivax-like in tsetse flies, wild ungulates and livestock from East Africa

    Trypanosoma (Duttonella) vivax is a major pathogen of livestock in Africa and South America (SA), and genetic studies limited to small sampling suggest greater diversity in East Africa...

    Carla MF Rodrigues, Herakles A Garcia, Adriana C Rodrigues, André G Costa-Martins, Carlos L Pereira, Dagmar L Pereira, Zakaria Bengaly, Luis Neves, Erney P Camargo, Patrick B Hamilton and Marta MG Teixeira

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:337

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  17. Short report

    IL-32γ promotes the healing of murine cutaneous lesions caused by Leishmania braziliensis infection in contrast to Leishmania amazonensis

    Interleukin 32 (IL-32) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine induced in patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) caused by Leishmania braziliensis. Here, we investigated whether IL-32 is also expressed in ...

    Rodrigo Saar Gomes, Muriel Vilela Teodoro Silva, Jéssica Cristina dos Santos, Lucas Luiz de Lima Silva, Aline Carvalho Batista, Juliana Reis Machado, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Milton Adriano Pelli de Oliveira, Charles A Dinarello, Leo A. B. Joosten and Fátima Ribeiro-Dias

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:336

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  18. Research

    Generic amplification and next generation sequencing reveal Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus AP92-like strain and distinct tick phleboviruses in Anatolia, Turkey

    Ticks are involved with the transmission of several viruses with significant health impact. As incidences of tick-borne viral infections are rising, several novel and divergent tick- associated viruses have re...

    Ender Dinçer, Annika Brinkmann, Olcay Hekimoğlu, Sabri Hacıoğlu, Katalin Földes, Zeynep Karapınar, Pelin Fatoş Polat, Bekir Oğuz, Özlem Orunç Kılınç, Peter Hagedorn, Nurdan Özer, Aykut Özkul, Andreas Nitsche and Koray Ergünay

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:335

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  19. Research

    Prevention of feline leishmaniosis with an imidacloprid 10%/flumethrin 4.5% polymer matrix collar

    Leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantum is one of the most important vector-borne diseases affecting animals and humans worldwide. Dogs are considered main reservoirs of the zoonotic forms, though in the last...

    Emanuele Brianti, Luigi Falsone, Ettore Napoli, Gabriella Gaglio, Salvatore Giannetto, Maria Grazia Pennisi, Vito Priolo, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Viviana Domenica Tarallo, Fabrizio Solari Basano, Roberto Nazzari, Katrin Deuster, Matthias Pollmeier, Laura Gulotta, Vito Colella, Filipe Dantas-Torres…

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:334

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  20. Short report

    Filarioid infections in wild carnivores: a multispecies survey in Romania

    Filarioids are vector-borne parasitic nematodes of vertebrates. In Europe, eight species of filarioids, including zoonotic species, have been reported mainly in domestic dogs, and occasionally in wild carnivor...

    Angela Monica Ionică, Ioana Adriana Matei, Gianluca D’Amico, Jana Ababii, Aikaterini Alexandra Daskalaki, Attila D. Sándor, Dorin Valter Enache, Călin Mircea Gherman and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:332

    Published on: 13 July 2017

  21. Research

    Abscisic acid induces a transient shift in signaling that enhances NF-κB-mediated parasite killing in the midgut of Anopheles stephensi without reducing lifespan or fecundity

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is naturally present in mammalian blood and circulating levels can be increased by oral supplementation. We showed previously that oral ABA supplementation in a mouse model of Plasmodium yoeli...

    Elizabeth K. K. Glennon, Brandi K. Torrevillas, Shannon F. Morrissey, Jadrian M. Ejercito and Shirley Luckhart

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:333

    Published on: 13 July 2017

  22. Research

    Angiostrongylus vasorum in Romania: an extensive survey in red foxes, Vulpes vulpes

    Angiostrongylus vasorum is the causative agent of canine angiostrongylosis, a severe snail-borne disease of dogs. Red foxes are important natural reservoirs of infection, and surveys o...

    Georgiana Deak, Călin M. Gherman, Angela M. Ionică, Alexandru D. Vezendan, Gianluca D’Amico, Ioana A. Matei, Aikaterini A. Daskalaki, Ionuț Marian, Aurel Damian, Vasile Cozma and Andrei D. Mihalca

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:330

    Published on: 12 July 2017

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