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The occurrence of Aichi virus, a picornavirus associated with acute gastroenteritis, has so far only been described in Asian countries. This study reports the first finding of Aichi virus in clinical specimens from Germany and Brazil. The nucleotide sequences of both a German and a Brazilian isolate were determined, analyzed, and compared to known Aichi(More)
Members of the taxonomically diverse Burkholderia cepacia complex have become a major health risk for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Although patient-to-patient transmission of B. cepacia strains has been well-documented, very little is known about possible vehicles of transmission and reservoirs for these micro-organisms. In this work, it is shown(More)
In this article, the results of investigations concerning a parasitic endocytobiont within the host amoebae (Acanthamoeba sp.) are presented. The endocytobiont was recently isolated from the contact lens and the inflamed eye of a patient with keratitis. Light microscopy and electron microscopy were performed to provide morphological details: Light(More)
Burkholderia pickettii is a facultative pathogen that has been isolated from patient sources and environmental sources including respiratory therapy solutions, deionized water and aqueous disinfectants. The organism has been associated with septicemia and respiratory tract infections. In our investigation, Burkholderia pickettii (biovar 2) was for the first(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of three different parenterally administered anticoagulants for the prevention of thrombus formation on artificial heart valves in an experimental rabbit model. Unfractionated heparin was administered intravenously in group I (n = 10), Enoxaparin subcutaneously in group II (n = 10), fondaparinux(More)
Recent studies showed that the huge diversity branching at or near the phylogenetic root of the fungal kingdom, mostly constituted by uncultured environmental clones, is actually characterized by intracellular predators/parasites of various eukaryotes. These form three related lineages: the Aphelidea, endoparasites of algae; the Rozellomycota, with Rozella(More)
BACKGROUND The Organization to Assess Strategies in Acute Ischemic Syndromes trials showed that fondaparinux (fonda) is at least as effective and safe as unfractionated heparin (UFH) and enoxaparin (enoxa) in acute coronary syndromes. Unexpectedly, there was an increase in catheter-related thrombus formation during percutaneous coronary interventions in(More)
Hepatitis E is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E is mainly a self-limiting travel-associated disease without chronic evolution. In recent years an increasing number of authochtonous HEV-infections has been described in industrialized countries. HEV-infections frequently take a mild clinical silent course of disease in(More)
Owing to its beneficial pharmacological profile, the low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) enoxaparin is increasingly being taken as an alternative to UFH in the treatment of ACS with an early invasive strategy and in elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Insufficient anticoagulation increases the risk of catheter thrombus formation during PCI.(More)
Microsporidia are widespread endoparasites of animals, including humans. They are characterized by highly modified morphological and genetic features that cause difficulties in elucidating their enigmatic origin and evolution. Recent advances, however, indicate that the Microsporidia have emerged from the Rozellomycota, forming together either the most(More)