BACKGROUND Despite efforts to mitigate the impact of dengue virus (DENV) epidemics, the virus remains a public health problem in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Most DENV cases in the Americas between January and July 2019 were reported in Brazil. São Paulo State in the southeast of Brazil has reported nearly half of all DENV infections in the country. OBJECTIVES To understand the origin and dynamics of the 2019 DENV outbreak. METHODS Here using portable nanopore sequencing we generated20 new DENV genome sequences from viremic patients with suspected dengue infection residing in two of the most-affected municipalities of São Paulo State, Araraquara and São José do Rio Preto. We conducted a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis with 1,630 global DENV strains to better understand the evolutionary history of the DENV lineages that currently circulate in the region. FINDINGS The new outbreak strains were classified as DENV2 genotype III (American/Asian genotype). Our analysis shows that the 2019 outbreak is the result of a novel DENV lineage that was recently introduced to Brazil from the Caribbean region. Dating phylogeographic analysis suggests that DENV2-III BR-4 was introduced to Brazil in or around early 2014, possibly from the Caribbean region. MAIN CONCLUSIONS Our study describes the early detection of a newly introduced and rapidly-expanding DENV2 virus lineage in Brazil.
BACKGROUND Leishmaniases are a serious health problem in southeast Brazil, including the city of Belo Horizonte (BH), Minas Gerais state (MG), where there are high rates of incidence and mortality due to visceral leishmaniases. BH is divided into nine sanitary districts (SD) of which one, the Venda Nova SD, was selected for this study because it has high rates of positivity for canine leishmaniasis and high incidence of human leishmaniasis. OBJECTIVES This study aimed to survey the sand fly fauna in Venda Nova SD from August 2011 to July 2013 and perform a descriptive analysis of the vector population. METHODS The sampling was carried out using automatic HP light traps at all covered areas of the Venda Nova SD, in a total of eighteen light traps. Sampled specimens were identified following Galati (2003), and females were submitted to molecular techniques for the detection and identification of Leishmania DNA. A simple environmental description was done for it area and Kernel estimation was used to infer vector density for each study site. FINDINGS A total of 2,427 sand fly specimens belonging to eight species and five genera were collected of which 95.3% were Lutzomyia longipalpis. The seasonal variation curve was delineated by this species. Lu. longipalpis was the most abundant at all collection points and in all months of the study, and exhibited a natural infection rate of 1.01% for Leishmania infantum and 1.77% for Leishmania braziliensis. MAIN CONCLUSIONS The results show the presence and adaptation of Lu. longipalpis to the anthropic environment of BH and reinforces its role as the main vector of L. infantum in the region.
INTRODUCTION: The locomotor training with bodyweight support (LTBWS) has been used for approximately twenty years in the field of rehabilitation in patients who suffer from neurological pathologies. The LTBWS favors these improvements muscle, cardiovascular and osteo-psychological, because maximum residual potential develops the body, providing reintegration into the familial, social and professional. OBJECTIVE: Identify the main methods of assessment and their parameters LTBWS with the purpose of contributing to the establishment of reliable evidence for the rehabilitation practice of people with spinal cord. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Original articles were analyzed, published between 2000 and 2011, involving gait training after spinal cord, with or without partial body weight support, and training assistance technologies such as functional electrical stimulation and biofeedback among others. RESULTS: The majority of the participants of the studies was male; injury levels ranged from C3 to L3, ASIA had scores from A to D; injury times ranged from 0.3 months 33 years. Also it was noted that there is no consensus regarding LTBWS Protocol. CONCLUSION: The locomotor training with bodyweight support shows up, viable in the rehabilitation of patients who suffer from a neurological pathology such as the spinal cord, regardless of training protocol used the benefits relating to increases in muscular strength, maintaining or increasing bone density, decreased heart rate, increase in physical conditioning are present.
INTRODUÇÃO: O treino locomotor com suporte de peso corporal (TLSP) é utilizado há aproximadamente 20 anos no campo da reabilitação em pacientes que sofrem de patologias neurológicas. O TLSP favorece melhoras osteomusculares, cardiovasculares e psicológicas, pois desenvolve ao máximo o potencial residual do organismo, proporcionando a reintegração na convivência familiar, profissional e social. OBJETIVO: Identificar as principais modalidades de TLSP e seus parâmetros de avaliação com a finalidade de contribuir com o estabelecimento de evidências confiáveis para as práticas reabilitativas de pessoas com lesão medular. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram analisados artigos originais, publicados entre 2000 e 2011, que envolvessem treino de marcha após a lesão medular, com ou sem suporte parcial de peso corporal, e tecnologias na assistência do treino, como biofeedback e estimulação elétrica funcional, entre outras. RESULTADOS: A maioria dos participantes dos estudos era do sexo masculino; os níveis de lesão variavam de C3 a L3; ASIA teve pontuações de A a D; os tempos de lesão variaram entre 0,3 meses a 33 anos. Também se verificou que não há consenso em relação ao protocolo de TLSP. CONCLUSÃO: O treino locomotor com suporte de peso corporal mostra-se viável na reabilitação de pacientes que sofrem de uma patologia neurológica como a lesão medular. Independentemente do protocolo de treino utilizado, os benefícios referentes ao aumento da força muscular, manutenção ou aumento da densidade óssea, diminuição da frequência cardíaca e aumento do condicionamento físico estão presentes