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BMC Infectious Diseases

Viral diseases

Section edited by Jodie McVernon and Julian Tang

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of of the prevention, diagnosis and management of viral diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. HIV, HIV-associated infections and sexually transmitted diseases are considered in separate sections.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis C (HCV) infection causes an asymptomatic chronic hepatitis in most affected individuals, which often remains undetected until cirrhosis and cirrhosis-related complications occur. Screening of high-ri...

    Authors: H. Kileng, L. Bernfort, T. Gutteberg, O.S. Moen, M.G. Kristiansen, E.J. Paulssen, L.K. Berg, J. Florholmen and R. Goll

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:624

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Varicella or chickenpox was not a notifiable disease until 2005 in Sri Lanka and only a few studies have been conducted on the epidemiology of VZV infection in the country. The anti­VZV IgG sero-prevalence amo...

    Authors: Saluwadana Walawwe Pavithra Lakmini Daulagala, Faseeha Noordeen, Mohamed Mukthar Fathina Fara, Chathura Rathnayake and Kapila Gunawardana

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:625

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Individual-based models (IBMs) are useful to simulate events subject to stochasticity and/or heterogeneity, and have become well established to model the potential (re)emergence of pathogens (e.g., pandemic in...

    Authors: Lander Willem, Frederik Verelst, Joke Bilcke, Niel Hens and Philippe Beutels

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:612

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Clinical syndromes associated with West Nile virus (WNV) infection range from fever to neuroinvasive disease. Understanding WNV epidemiology and disease history is important for guiding patient care and health...

    Authors: Man Wah Yeung, Emily Shing, Mark Nelder and Beate Sander

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:609

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Rabies is a global fatal infectious viral disease that is characterized by a high mortality after onset of clinical symptoms. Recently, there has been an increase in the incidence of rabies in China. The aim o...

    Authors: Jian-Ming Zhang, Zhi-Shan Zhang, Yan-Qin Deng, Shou-Li Wu, Wei Wang and Yan-Sheng Yan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:599

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  6. Content type: Case report

    During the 2013–2016 West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic, some EVD patients, mostly health care workers, were evacuated to Europe and the USA.

    Authors: Emanuele Nicastri, Antonio Brucato, Nicola Petrosillo, Gianluigi Biava, Timothy M. Uyeki and Giuseppe Ippolito

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:597

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Rapid immunochromatographic tests (ICT) for dengue non-structural protein 1 (NS1) have shown good performance for diagnosing acute-phase dengue in serum in laboratory settings, but rarely have been assessed in...

    Authors: Verónica Elizabeth Mata, Sonia Regina Lambert Passos, Yara Hahr Marques Hökerberg, Guilherme Miguéis Berardinelli, Maria Angelica Borges dos Santos, Levy Vilas Boas Fukuoka, Anna Carolina Fontoura Seixas Rangel Maciel, Cintia Damasceno dos Santos Rodrigues, Aline da Silva Santos and Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:594

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:710

  8. Content type: Research article

    Respiratory diseases cause substantial morbidity and mortality worldwide, with sub-Saharan Africa bearing the greatest burden. Identifying etiologies of respiratory disease is important to inform cost effectiv...

    Authors: Henry N. Njuguna, Sandra S. Chaves, Gideon O. Emukule, Bryan Nyawanda, Victor Omballa, Bonventure Juma, Clayton O. Onyango, Joshua A. Mott and Barry Fields

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:591

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Human influenza represents a major public health concern, especially in south-east Asia where the risk of emergence and spread of novel influenza viruses is particularly high. The BaliMEI study aims to conduct...

    Authors: W. Adisasmito, S. N. Budayanti, D. N. Aisyah, T. Gallo Cassarino, J. W. Rudge, S. J. Watson, Z. Kozlakidis, G. J. D. Smith and R. Coker

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:583

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  10. Content type: Case report

    Some reported that organizing pneumonia (OP) may occur after influenza A infections including swine-origin influenza A (H1N1). However, OP associated with influenza B infection has never been reported. We repo...

    Authors: Nobuhiro Asai, Toyoharu Yokoi, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hideo Kato, Mao Hagihara, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Yuka Yamagishi and Hiroshige Mikamo

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:572

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Chickenpox is a common contagious disease that remains an important public health issue worldwide. Over 90% of unvaccinated individuals become infected, but infection occurs at different ages in different part...

    Authors: Banghua Chen, Ayako Sumi, Lei Wang, Wang Zhou and Nobumichi Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:538

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) was first reported in China in 2011. Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurred occasionally in family clusters. However, pneumonia as an onset syndrom...

    Authors: Yiyi Zhu, Huanyu Wu, Jie Gao, Xin Zhou, Renyi Zhu, Chunzhe Zhang, Hongling Bai, Abu S. Abdullah and Hao Pan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:537

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To predict the risk of infectious diseases originating in wildlife, it is important to identify habitats that allow the co-occurrence of pathogens and their hosts. Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) is a directly-trans...

    Authors: Hussein Khalil, Gert Olsson, Magnus Magnusson, Magnus Evander, Birger Hörnfeldt and Frauke Ecke

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:523

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Zika virus, an emerging serious infectious disease, is a threat to persons living or travelling to regions where it is currently endemic, and also to contacts of infected individuals. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Sohaila Cheema, Patrick Maisonneuve, Ingmar Weber, Luis Fernandez-Luque, Amit Abraham, Hekmat Alrouh, Javaid Sheikh, Albert B. Lowenfels and Ravinder Mamtani

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:524

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Mixing patterns of human populations play a crucial role in shaping the spreading paths of infectious diseases. The diffusion of mobile and wearable devices able to record close proximity interactions represen...

    Authors: Piero Poletti, Roberto Visintainer, Bruno Lepri and Stefano Merler

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:521

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Recent WHO guidelines identify virologic monitoring for diagnosing and confirming ART failure. In view of this, validation and scale up of point of care viral load technologies is essential in resource limited...

    Authors: Smita Kulkarni, Sushama Jadhav, Priyanka Khopkar, Suvarna Sane, Rajkumar Londhe, Vaishali Chimanpure, Veronica Dhilpe, Manisha Ghate, Rajendra Yelagate, Narayan Panchal, Girish Rahane, Dilip Kadam, Nitin Gaikwad, Bharat Rewari and Raman Gangakhedkar

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:506

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