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Parasite announces impressive rise in Impact Factor (June 2016)

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The latest Journal Citation Reports® recently announced by Thomson Reuters have revealed that Parasite’s Impact Factor has risen 63% to 1.781*.

This confirms Parasite’s position as an important voice in the discipline as it grows readership by publishing reviews, articles and short notes on all aspects of human and animal parasitology.

All papers in Parasite are Open-Access.

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*2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports. Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

New data on chewing lice includes discovery of new “Darth Vader” species

A new species has been discovered. It has been named Ricinus vaderi after Darth Vader the villainous character in Star Wars because of the similarity between the head of the louse and Darth Vader’s helmet.

You have just taken your first step into a larger world
OBI-WAN KENOBI, Star Wars: A New Hope

Read article: "Chewing lice of genus Ricinus (Phthiraptera, Ricinidae) deposited at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia, with description of a new species"

Read Press Release to learn more.

Altmetric data now available in all Parasite papers!

EDP Sciences has recently announced the addition of Altmetric data for Parasite.

Altmetric data gives users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with scholarly literature by tracking a variety of sources, including news, social media, bookmarking and peer-review forums, to provide data on the online activity surrounding each research article.

Readers can click on the Altmetric badge to view the original mention and explore the news stories, tweets, blogs and more for themselves.

This data is important to both authors and readers, helping them understand the wider dissemination of research, and allows them to engage in online conversations they may not have been aware of.

Altmetrics

See http://www.altmetric.com for more information.

Toxoplasmosis, the universal disease, now found also in Giant Panda

Toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, infects virtually all warm-blooded animals (mammals and birds), including humans. In February 2014, a 7-year-old female Giant Panda named Jin Yi died in Zhengzhou Zoo, China. Researchers from the Jilin Agricultural University in Changchun, the Military Veterinary Institute in Changchun and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Ya’an, China have now published their analysis, based on immunological and molecular methods. They confirmed that Jin Yi died from acute gastroenteritis and respiratory symptoms caused by toxoplasmosis. This is the first report of toxoplasmosis in the Giant Panda. This finding is an additional example of the ubiquity of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite famous for reports of its effects on the behaviour of infected mice.

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Articles on Malaria and Plasmodium in Parasite

April 25th is World Malaria Day. People all around the world will take part in a wide range of activities to mark this day.
(http://www.worldmalariaday.org/)

On this occasion, Parasite would like to promote several articles on this topic that were published in the last three years.

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New article “Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests".

This article takes a closer look at the horsemeat sold in French supermarkets.

The authors of this article, Abdelkrim Aroussi, Philippe Vignoles, François Dalmay, Laurence Wimel, Marie-Laure Dardé, Aurélien Mercier and Daniel Ajzenberg.

Abstract

“In France, some cases of severe toxoplasmosis have been linked to consumption of horse meat imported from the American continent where atypical strains of Toxoplasma gondii are more common than in Europe. Many seroprevalence studies are available in the literature but risk assessment of T. gondii infection related to horse meat consumption is not possible because of the absence of validated of serological tests and the unknown correlation between detection of antibodies against T. gondii and presence of tissue cysts.”

To be clear: to avoid any risk of toxoplasmosis, it’s recommended to cook horsemeat thoroughly.
A warning to those who like their meat rare.

Open Access

Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests
Abdelkrim Aroussi et al.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2015014

Nouvel article sur la "Détection de l’ADN de Toxoplasma gondii et évaluation des performances de deux tests sérologiques dans la viande de cheval vendue dans les supermarchés en France"

Et si on zoomait un peu sur ce qu’il y a dans nos assiettes, et plus particulièrement sur la viande de cheval vendue en supermarché ? Existe-t-il des risques à en consommer ?

Les auteurs de cet article (Abdelkrim Aroussi, Philippe Vignoles, François Dalmay, Laurence Wimel, Marie-Laure Dardé, Aurélien Mercier, Daniel Ajzenberg) se sont penchés sur la question.

Résumé

« En France, quelques cas de toxoplasmose sévère ont été liés à la consommation de viande de cheval qui avait été importée du continent américain où les souches atypiques de Toxoplasma gondii sont plus fréquentes qu’en Europe. De nombreuses études de séroprévalence existent dans la littérature mais l’estimation du risque d’infection par T. gondii après consommation de viande de cheval est impossible à cause de l’absence de validation des tests sérologiques et la corrélation inconnue entre la détection des anticorps anti T. gondii et la présence de kystes dans les tissus. »

En tout état de cause, pour éviter tout risque de toxoplasmose, il est recommandé de bien cuire notre viande. Annonce aux amateurs de viande bien saignante : le futur de la viande de cheval s’annonce moins rose !

Open Access

Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests
Abdelkrim Aroussi et al.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2015014

New article with videos “Mate locating and access behaviour of the parasitic pea crab, Nepinnotheres novaezelandiae, an important parasite of the mussel Perna canaliculus”

Did you ever wonder why you occasionally find small pea crabs in your mussels?

In their article, Oliver Trottier and Andrew G. Jeffs explain when, why and how the male pea crabs get into the mussel. When? At night. Why? Because they are searching for a female, of course! How? By gently stroking the mantle edge of the mussel, thus causing it to open.

This article is illustrated with 3 infrared videos, showing the different steps.

Abstract

“Pea crabs are globally ubiquitous symbionts in the marine environment that cause serious economic impact in the aquaculture production of several major bivalve species. However, little is known about their host-parasite interactions, especially the mating behaviour of these parasites that could prove useful for controlling their infestation in aquaculture. In this study, the mate location behaviour of male New Zealand pea crabs, Nepinnotheres novaezelandiae (Filhol, 1885), was observed when dwelling in its preferred host, the commercially important green-lipped mussel, Perna canaliculus.”

Discover this article and its 3 videos, and enter the world of 50 shades of green via the infrared videos…

Open Access

Mate locating and access behaviour of the parasitic pea crab, Nepinnotheres novaezelandiae, an important parasite of the mussel Perna canaliculus
Oliver Trottier and Andrew G. Jeffs
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2015013

Meet Alessandro Massolo and Stefano Liccioli, authors in Parasite, on Canadian TV

Alessandro Massolo and Stefano Liccioli are the authors of the review "Echinococcus multilocularis in North America: the great unknown", which was published in the topical volume of Parasite "Innovation for the Management of Echinococcosis".

Over the last decade, studies have begun to shed light on the distribution and genetic characterization of Echinococcus multilocularis, the causative agent of alveolar echinococcosis (AE), in North America. In their review, they present the available data on E. multilocularis infections in wild and domestic animals and humans in North America and emphasize the lack of knowledge on the distribution of the parasite in wild and domestic hosts. Recent findings indicate that the parasite is likely expanding its range in the central region of the United States and Canada and that invasions of European strains might have occurred.

Epidemiology of Echinococcus multilocularis in Canada

Their work has been featured on:

  • CTVNews.ca
    Alessandro Massolo and Stefano Liccioli interviewed as part of a report on Echinococcus multilocularis in coyotes and the possible risk to humans.
  • CBCNews Calgary
    Information on coyote infection rates, human infection routes, and prevention strategies.
  • CTV Edmonton
    Focus on transmission by pets and alveolar echinococcosis in humans.

Open Access
Review
Echinococcus multilocularis in North America: the great unknown
Alessandro Massolo, Stefano Liccioli, Christine Budke and Claudia Klein
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2014069

Parasite Now available on ePUB format! (February 2015)

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce the introduction of the ePUB digital format for all Parasite articles.

We have extended our existing suite of publication formats (PDF, HTML) to include ePUB, offering a range of formats to suit our readers varying needs.

ePUB is a format used for digital documents, it will allow scientific articles to be read on most of specialized eReaders and tablets.

The ePUB version will allow to download scientific texts and to read them very easily in an offline environment. ePUB adapts to suit different screen sizes, making for optimum text display and greater reading comfort.