#Serological Evidence of #Exposure to #Ebolaviruses in Domestic #Pigs from #Guinea (Tranbsound Emerg Dis., abstract)

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Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 Oct 18. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13391. [Epub ahead of print]

Serological Evidence of Exposure to Ebolaviruses in Domestic Pigs from Guinea.

Fischer K1, Camara A2, Troupin C2, Fehling SK3, Strecker T3, Groschup MH1, Tordo N2, Diederich S1.

Author information: 1 Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Greifswald – Insel Riems, Germany. 2 Institut Pasteur de Guineé, Conakry, Guinea. 3 Institute of Virology, Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany.



The genus Ebolavirus comprises several virus species with zoonotic potential and varying pathogenicity for humans. Ebolaviruses are considered to circulate in wildlife with occasional spillover events into the human population which then often leads to severe disease outbreaks. Several studies indicate a significant role of bats as reservoir hosts in the ebolavirus ecology. However, pigs from the Philippines have been found to be naturally infected with Reston virus (RESTV), an ebolavirus that is thought to only cause asymptomatic infections in humans. The recent report of ebolavirus-specific antibodies in pigs from Sierra Leone further supports natural infection of pigs with ebolaviruses. However, susceptibility of pigs to highly pathogenic Ebola virus (EBOV) was only shown under experimental settings and evidence for natural infection of pigs with EBOV is currently lacking. Between October and December 2017, we collected 308 serum samples from pigs in Guinea, West Africa, and tested for the presence of ebolavirus-specific antibodies with different serological assays. Besides reactivity to EBOV nucleoproteins in ELISA and Western Blot for 19 (6.2%) and 13 (4.2%) samples respectively, four sera recognized Sudan virus (SUDV) NP in Western blot. Furthermore, four samples specifically detected EBOV or SUDV glycoprotein (GP) in an indirect immunofluorescence assay under native conditions. Virus neutralization assay based on EBOV (Mayinga isolate) revealed five weakly neutralizing sera. The finding of (cross-) reactive and weakly neutralizing antibodies suggests the exposure of pigs from Guinea to ebolaviruses or ebola-like viruses with their pathogenicity as well as their zoonotic potential remaining unknown. Future studies should investigate whether pigs can act as an amplifying host for ebolaviruses and whether there is a risk for spillover events.

© 2019 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

KEYWORDS: ELISA; Ebola; West Africa; antibodies; ebolaviruses; neutralization test; pigs; serology

PMID: 31627257 DOI: 10.1111/tbed.13391

Keywords: Ebola; Sudan Virus; Serology; Seroprevalence; Pigs; Guinea.


From #farm to #fork: identical #clones and Tn6674-like elements in #linezolid-resistant #Enterococcus faecalis from #food-producing #animals and #retail meat (J Antimicrob Chemother., abstract)

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From farm to fork: identical clones and Tn6674-like elements in linezolid-resistant Enterococcus faecalis from food-producing animals and retail meat

Houyem Elghaieb, Ana P Tedim, Mohamed S Abbassi, Carla Novais, Bárbara Duarte, Abdennaceur Hassen, Luísa Peixe, Ana R Freitas

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, dkz419, https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkz419

Published: 11 October 2019




Increasing numbers of linezolid-resistant Enterococcus carrying optrA are being reported across different niches worldwide. We aimed to characterize the first optrA-carrying Enterococcus faecalis obtained from food-producing animals and retail meat samples in Tunisia.


Seven optrA-carrying E. faecalis obtained from chicken faeces (n = 3, August 2017) and retail chicken meat (n = 4, August 2017) in Tunisia were analysed. Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by disc diffusion, broth microdilution and Etest against 13 antibiotics, linezolid and tedizolid, respectively (EUCAST/CLSI). optrA stability (∼600 bacterial generations), transfer (filter mating) and location (S1-PFGE/hybridization) were characterized. WGS (Illumina-HiSeq) was done for four representatives that were analysed through in silico and genomic mapping tools.


Four MDR clones carrying different virulence genes were identified in chicken faeces (ST476) and retail meat (the same ST476 clone plus ST21 and ST859) samples. MICs of linezolid and tedizolid were stably maintained at 8 and 1–2 mg/L, respectively. optrA was located in the same transferable chromosomal Tn6674-like element in ST476 and ST21 clones, similar to isolates from pigs in Malaysia and humans in China. ST859 carried a non-conjugative plasmid of ∼40 kb with an impB-fexA-optrA segment, similar to plasmids from pigs and humans in China.


The same chromosomal and transferable Tn6674-like element was identified in different E. faecalis clones from humans and animals. The finding of retail meat contaminated with the same linezolid-resistant E. faecalis strain obtained from a food-producing animal highlights the potential role of the food chain in the worrisome dissemination of optrA that can be stably maintained without selective pressure over generations.

Topic: antibiotics – enterococcus – plasmids – diffusion – chickens – china – chromosomes – clone cells – electrophoresis, gel, pulsed-field – enterococcus faecalis – feces – food – food chain – genes – genome – malaysia – meat – suidae – tunisia – virulence – linezolid – antimicrobial susceptibility – transfer technique – filters – mating – tedizolid – malnutrition-inflammation-cachexia syndrome – whole genome sequencing


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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Linezolid; Enterococci; Pigs; Poultry; Food Safety; Plasmids.


#Evidence of #exposure of domestic #pigs to Highly Pathogenic #Avian #Influenza #H5N1 in #Nigeria (Sci Rep., abstract)

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Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 12;8(1):5900. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-24371-6.

Evidence of exposure of domestic pigs to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in Nigeria.

Meseko C1,2,3, Globig A4, Ijomanta J5, Joannis T5, Nwosuh C5, Shamaki D5, Harder T6, Hoffman D6, Pohlmann A6, Beer M6, Mettenleiter T7, Starick E6.

Author information: 1 Regional Laboratory for Animal Influenza, National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Nigeria. clement.meseko@fli.de. 2 Institute of Diagnostic Virology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany. clement.meseko@fli.de. 3 Institute of Epidemiology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany. clement.meseko@fli.de. 4 Institute of Epidemiology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany. 5 Regional Laboratory for Animal Influenza, National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Nigeria. 6 Institute of Diagnostic Virology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany. 7 Institute of Molecular Virology and Cell Biology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany.



Avian influenza viruses (AIV) potentially transmit to swine as shown by experiments, where further reassortment may contribute to the generation of pandemic strains. Associated risks of AIV inter-species transmission are greater in countries like Nigeria with recurrent epidemics of highly pathogenic AI (HPAI) in poultry and significant pig population. Analysis of 129 tracheal swab specimens collected from apparently healthy pigs at slaughterhouse during presence of HPAI virus H5N1 in poultry in Nigeria for influenza A by RT-qPCR yielded 43 positive samples. Twenty-two could be determined by clade specific RT-qPCR as belonging to the H5N1 clade and confirmed by partial hemagglutinin (HA) sequence analysis. In addition, 500 swine sera were screened for antibodies against influenza A virus nucleoprotein and H5 HA using competition ELISAs and hemagglutination inhibition (HI) tests. Serologically, 222 (44.4%) and 42 (8.4%) sera were positive for influenza A virus NP and H5 antibodies, respectively. Sera reacted to H5N1 and A/H1N1pdm09 strains by HI suggesting exposure of the Nigerian domestic pig population to these viruses. We report for the first time in Nigeria, exposure of domestic pigs to H5N1 virus. This poses potential public health and pandemic risk due to interspecies transmission of avian and human influenza viruses.

PMID: 29651056 PMCID: PMC5897404 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24371-6 [Indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article

Keywords: Avian Influenza; Swine Influenza; Influenza A; H1N1pdm09; H5N1; Pigs; Serology; Nigeria.


Experimental #H1N1pdm09 #infection in #pigs mimics #human seasonal #influenza #infections (PLoS One, abstract)

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Experimental H1N1pdm09 infection in pigs mimics human seasonal influenza infections

Theresa Schwaiger, Julia Sehl, Claudia Karte, Alexander Schäfer, Jane Hühr, Thomas C. Mettenleiter, Charlotte Schröder, Bernd Köllner, Reiner Ulrich, Ulrike Blohm

Published: September 20, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222943



Pigs are anatomically, genetically and physiologically comparable to humans and represent a natural host for influenza A virus (IAV) infections. Thus, pigs may represent a relevant biomedical model for human IAV infections. We set out to investigate the systemic as well as the local immune response in pigs upon two subsequent intranasal infections with IAV H1N1pdm09. We detected decreasing numbers of peripheral blood lymphocytes after the first infection. The simultaneous increase in the frequencies of proliferating cells correlated with an increase in infiltrating leukocytes in the lung. Enhanced perforin expression in αβ and γδ T cells in the respiratory tract indicated a cytotoxic T cell response restricted to the route of virus entry such as the nose, the lung and the bronchoalveolar lavage. Simultaneously, increasing frequencies of CD8αα expressing αβ T cells were observed rapidly after the first infection, which may have inhibited uncontrolled inflammation in the respiratory tract. Taking together, the results of this study demonstrate that experimental IAV infection in pigs mimics major characteristics of human seasonal IAV infections.


Citation: Schwaiger T, Sehl J, Karte C, Schäfer A, Hühr J, Mettenleiter TC, et al. (2019) Experimental H1N1pdm09 infection in pigs mimics human seasonal influenza infections. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0222943. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222943

Editor: Balaji Manicassamy, University of Iowa, UNITED STATES

Received: May 28, 2019; Accepted: September 10, 2019; Published: September 20, 2019

Copyright: © 2019 Schwaiger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Data Availability: All relevant data are within the manuscript and its Supporting Information files.

Funding: This study was funded by Federal Excellence Initiative of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and European Social Fund (ESF) Grant KoInfekt (ESF_14-BM-A55-00xx_16) to TCM.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Keywords: Seasonal Influenza; H1N1pdm09; Human; Pigs; Animal models.


A novel #reassortant #influenza A (#H1N1) virus #infection in #swine in #Shandong Province, eastern #China (Transbound Emerg Dis., abstract)

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Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 Sep 19. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13360. [Epub ahead of print]

A novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in swine in Shandong Province, eastern China.

Yu Z1,2,3, Cheng K4, He H5, Wu J1,2,3.

Author information: 1 Poultry Institute, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan, 250023, China. 2 Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Poultry Diseases Diagnosis and Immunology. 3 Poultry Breeding Engineering Technology Center of Shandong Province. 4 Dairy Cattle Research Center, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan, 250132, China. 5 College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, 250014, China.



Influenza A (H1N1) viruses are distributed worldwide and pose a threat to public health. Swine, as a natural host and mixing vessel of influenza A (H1N1) virus, play a critical role in the transmission of this virus to humans. Furthermore, swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses have provided all eight genes or some genes to the genomes of influenza strains that historically have caused human pandemics. Hence, persistent surveillance of influenza A (H1N1) virus in swine herds could contribute to the prevention and control of this virus. Here, we report a novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus generated by reassortment between 2009 pandemic H1N1 viruses and swine viruses. We also found that this virus is prevalent in swine herds in Shandong Province, eastern China. Our findings suggest that surveillance of the emergence of the novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus in swine is imperative.

© 2019 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

KEYWORDS: H1N1; human; influenza; reassortant; swine

PMID: 31535780 DOI: 10.1111/tbed.13360

Keywords: Seasonal Influenza; Swine Influenza; H1N1; H1N1pdm09; Pigs; Reassortant strain; Shandong; China.


#Global #trends in #antimicrobial #resistance in #animals in low- and middle-income countries (Science, abstract)

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Global trends in antimicrobial resistance in animals in low- and middle-income countries

Thomas P. Van Boeckel1,2,6,*,†,  João Pires1,6,†, Reshma Silvester2, Cheng Zhao1, Julia Song3,4, Nicola G. Criscuolo1, Marius Gilbert5, Sebastian Bonhoeffer6,‡, Ramanan Laxminarayan1,2,4,‡

1 Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 2 Center for  Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, New Delhi, India. 3 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. 4 Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. 5 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels, Belgium. 6 Institute for Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

*Corresponding author. Email: thomas.vanboeckel@env.ethz.ch

† These authors contributed equally to this work.

‡ These authors contributed equally to this work.

Science  20 Sep 2019: Vol. 365, Issue 6459, eaaw1944 / DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw1944


Livestock antibiotic resistance

Most antibiotic use is for livestock, and it is growing with the increase in global demand for meat. It is unclear what the increase in demand for antibiotics means for the occurrence of drug resistance in animals and risk to humans. Van Boeckel et al. describe the global burden of antimicrobial resistance in animals on the basis of systematic reviews over the past 20 years (see the Perspective by Moore). There is a clear increase in the number of resistant bacterial strains occurring in chickens and pigs. The current study provides a much-needed baseline model for low- and middle-income countries and provides a “one health” perspective to which future data can be added.

Science, this issue p. eaaw1944; see also p. 1251


Structured Abstract


The global scale-up in demand for animal protein is the most notable dietary trend of our time. Since 2000, meat production has plateaued in high-income countries but has grown by 68%, 64%, and 40% in Asia, Africa, and South America, respectively. The transition to high-protein diets in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been facilitated by the global expansion of intensive animal production systems in which antimicrobials are used routinely to maintain health and productivity. Globally, 73% of all antimicrobials sold on Earth are used in animals raised for food. A growing body of evidence has linked this practice with the rise of antimicrobial-resistant infections, not just in animals but also in humans. Beyond potentially serious consequences for public health, the reliance on antimicrobials to meet demand for animal protein is a likely threat to the sustainability of the livestock industry, and thus to the livelihood of farmers around the world.


In LMICs, trends in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals are poorly documented. In the absence of systematic surveillance systems, point prevalence surveys represent a largely untapped source of information to map trends in AMR in animals. We use geospatial models to produce global maps of AMR in LMICs and give policy-makers—or a future international panel—a baseline for monitoring AMR levels in animals and target interventions in the regions most affected by the rise of resistance.


We identified 901 point prevalence surveys from LMICs reporting AMR rates in animals for common indicator pathogens: Escherichia coli, Campylobacter spp., nontyphoidal Salmonella spp., and Staphylococcus aureus. From 2000 to 2018, the proportion of antimicrobial compounds with resistance higher than 50% (P50) increased from 0.15 to 0.41 in chickens and from 0.13 to 0.34 in pigs and plateaued between 0.12 and 0.23 in cattle. Global maps of AMR (available at resistancebank.org) show hotspots of resistance in northeastern India, northeastern China, northern Pakistan, Iran, eastern Turkey, the south coast of Brazil, Egypt, the Red River delta in Vietnam, and the areas surrounding Mexico City and Johannesburg. Areas where resistance is just starting to emerge are Kenya, Morocco, Uruguay, southern Brazil, central India, and southern China. Uncertainty in our predictions was greatest in the Andes, the Amazon region, West and Central Africa, the Tibetan plateau, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Dense geographical coverage of point prevalence surveys did not systematically correlate with the presence of hotspots of AMR, such as in Ethiopia, Thailand, Chhattisgarh (India), and Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). The highest resistance rates were observed with the most commonly used classes of antimicrobials in animal production: tetracyclines, sulfonamides, and penicillins.


The portfolio of antimicrobials used to raise animals for food is rapidly getting depleted, with important consequences for animal health, farmers’ livelihoods, and potentially for human health. Regions affected by the highest levels of AMR should take immediate actions to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials that are essential in human medicine by restricting their use in animal production. In some middle-income countries, particularly in South America, surveillance must be scaled up to match that of low-income African countries that are currently outperforming them despite more limited resources. Policy-makers coordinating the international response to AMR may consider sparing African countries from the most aggressive measures to restrict access to veterinary drugs, which may undermine livestock-based economic development and rightfully be perceived as unfair. However, in regions where resistance is starting to emerge, there is a window of opportunity to limit the rise of resistance by encouraging a transition to sustainable animal farming practices. High-income countries, where antimicrobials have been used on farms since the 1950s, should support this transition—for example, through a global fund to subsidize improvement in farm-level biosafety and biosecurity.



The global scale-up in demand for animal protein is the most notable dietary trend of our time. Antimicrobial consumption in animals is threefold that of humans and has enabled large-scale animal protein production. The consequences for the development of antimicrobial resistance in animals have received comparatively less attention than in humans. We analyzed 901 point prevalence surveys of pathogens in developing countries to map resistance in animals. China and India represented the largest hotspots of resistance, with new hotspots emerging in Brazil and Kenya. From 2000 to 2018, the proportion of antimicrobials showing resistance above 50% increased from 0.15 to 0.41 in chickens and from 0.13 to 0.34 in pigs. Escalating resistance in animals is anticipated to have important consequences for animal health and, eventually, for human health.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Worldwide; Cattle; Poultry; Pigs.


#MRSA in #swine, #farmers and #abattoir #workers in Southern #Italy (Food Microbiol., abstract)

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Food Microbiol. 2019 Sep;82:287-293. doi: 10.1016/j.fm.2019.03.003. Epub 2019 Mar 6.

MRSA in swine, farmers and abattoir workers in Southern Italy.

Parisi A1, Caruso M1, Normanno G2, Latorre L1, Miccolupo A1, Fraccalvieri R1, Intini F3, Manginelli T3, Santagada G1.

Author information: 1 Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Apulia and Basilicata, Via Manfredonia 20, 71121, Foggia, Italy. 2 Department of Science of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (SAFE), Via Napoli 25, University of Foggia, 7121, Foggia, Italy. Electronic address: giovanni.normanno@unifg.it. 3 Azienda Sanitaria Locale Bari, Lungomare Starita 6, 70123, Bari, Italy.



Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important medical issue, since it causes serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans. Intensively reared swine may serve as reservoirs for MRSA that can infect swine workers, and also consumers (via contaminated meat). In this study, MRSA strains were isolated from 55 of the 85 (64.7%) intensive pig farms surveyed, and prevalence was greater on pig fattening farms than on breeding farms. In addition, we included in the study 63 foreign pigs imported for slaughter. Overall, the prevalence of MRSA in the 418 sampled swine was 59.1%; 12 genotypes were identified among the isolates; ST398 (96.4%) was most prevalent, followed by ST97 (2%), ST9 (0.8%) and ST1 (0.8%). MRSA isolates were also detected in 26 (17.3%) of the 150 operators included in the study; the genotypes detected were ST398 (85%), ST9 (7.6%), ST5 (3.8%) and ST1 (3.8%). All the strains were pvl negative and pia positive. Both swine and human strains displayed a multi-resistance pattern, and almost all were resistant to tetracycline. The results obtained in this study confirm the high prevalence of MRSA in swine reared and slaughtered in Italy, and underline the public health risk linked to the spread of antimicrobial-resistant Staphylococcus aureus among intensively reared pigs.

Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS: Antimicrobial resistance; Food safety; MRSA; Professional risk; Public health; Swine

PMID: 31027785 DOI: 10.1016/j.fm.2019.03.003 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Tetracycline; MRSA; Staphylococcus aureus; Italy; Apulia; Pigs; Human.