Theerakamol Pengsakul

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We investigated chikungunya fever outbreak in the southern part of Thailand. Human plasma specimens obtained from suspected patients and adult wild-caught mosquitoes were detected for chikungunya virus employing reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction technique. Chikungunya virus was detected in about half of the blood specimens whereas a range of(More)
Head louse infestation, which is caused by Pediculus humanus capitis, occurs throughout the world. With the advent of molecular techniques, head lice have been classified into three clades. Recent reports have demonstrated that pathogenic organisms could be found in head lice. Head lice and their pathogenic bacteria in Thailand have never been investigated.(More)
Larvae of the fox tapeworm, Echinococcus multilocularis, cause alveolar echinococcosis, which is considered to be the most lethal helminthic infection in humans. Since it develops in host organs, the parasite must have evolved a stress defense system to cope with various genotoxic and cellular stresses that may cause DNA damage and genomic instability.(More)
Although female sand flies are best known as the vectors of Leishmania parasites and viruses, several previous reports have demonstrated that these insects can also act as vectors for the trypanosomes of bats, lizards, and snakes. In this report, we created an inventory of Phlebotomine sand flies from southern Thailand. A novel trypanosome was found in a(More)
Laboratory bred female Aedes aegypti (L.) was used to determine sensitivity of multiplex PCR for detecting human blood meal. Human blood DNA was detected in live fully fed mosquitoes until 3 days after blood feeding, and for 4 weeks when stored at -20 degrees C. Among 890 field caught female mosquito samples examined for vertebrate DNA by multiplex PCR,(More)
Genitourinary amoebiasis is a rare form of kidney and urinary tract infection caused by Entamoeba histolytica. Here, we describe the first case of unusual infection caused by E. histolytica in Bueng Kan province, northeast, Thailand. A 63-year-old female patient was diagnosed as acute pyelonephritis. E. histotolytica trophozoites were accidentally found in(More)
BACKGROUND Trematodes belonging to the genus Schistosoma cause schistosomiasis. The relationship between schistosomes and their intermediate hosts varies among snails. This study investigated the effects of S. japonicum on its snail host, Oncomelania hupensis, and cercarial release rythmicity of S. japonicum and the effects of light on it. METHODS Seven(More)
Apyrase encoding metal-ions activated plasma membrane protease is present in animal and plant tissues. This enzyme can hydrolyze ADP and ATP pyrophosphate bond, resulting in AMP and free phosphate groups, and plays an important role for insects and parasites to evade host immune system. However localization and function of apyrase in the canine hookworm,(More)
BACKGROUND Schistosomiasis is one of the major communicable diseases of public health and socioeconomic importance in developing countries. This study assessed the situation of schistosomiasis among villagers of the New Halfa Agricultural Scheme, Sudan. METHODS An epidemiological survey was carried out in three randomly selected residential sites: Village(More)
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