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PLoS One ; 16(12): e0261849, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34962960


BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) and COVID-19 pandemics are both diseases of public health threat globally. Both diseases are caused by pathogens that infect mainly the respiratory system, and are involved in airborne transmission; they also share some clinical signs and symptoms. We, therefore, took advantage of collected sputum samples at the early stage of COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana to conduct differential diagnoses of long-standing endemic respiratory illness, particularly tuberculosis. METHODOLOGY: Sputum samples collected through the enhanced national surveys from suspected COVID-19 patients and contact tracing cases were analyzed for TB. The sputum samples were processed using Cepheid's GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay in pools of 4 samples to determine the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Positive pools were then decoupled and analyzed individually. Details of positive TB samples were forwarded to the NTP for appropriate case management. RESULTS: Seven-hundred and seventy-four sputum samples were analyzed for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in both suspected COVID-19 cases (679/774, 87.7%) and their contacts (95/774, 12.3%). A total of 111 (14.3%) were diagnosed with SARS CoV-2 infection and six (0.8%) out of the 774 individuals tested positive for pulmonary tuberculosis: five (83.3%) males and one female (16.7%). Drug susceptibility analysis identified 1 (16.7%) rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis case. Out of the six TB positive cases, 2 (33.3%) tested positive for COVID-19 indicating a coinfection. Stratifying by demography, three out of the six (50%) were from the Ayawaso West District. All positive cases received appropriate treatment at the respective sub-district according to the national guidelines. CONCLUSION: Our findings highlight the need for differential diagnosis among COVID-19 suspected cases and regular active TB surveillance in TB endemic settings.

COVID-19/diagnóstico , COVID-19/epidemiologia , Coinfecção/diagnóstico , Coinfecção/epidemiologia , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Tuberculose Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Tuberculose Pulmonar/epidemiologia , Antibióticos Antituberculose/farmacologia , COVID-19/prevenção & controle , COVID-19/virologia , Coinfecção/virologia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Gana/epidemiologia , Humanos , Masculino , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/efeitos dos fármacos , Rifampina/farmacologia , Escarro/microbiologia , Tuberculose Pulmonar/microbiologia
Sci Rep ; 11(1): 13945, 2021 07 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34230563


Acute gastroenteritis associated with diarrhea is considered a serious disease in Africa and South Asia. In this study, we examined the trends in the causative pathogens of diarrhea and the corresponding gut microbiota in Ghana using microbiome analysis performed on diarrheic stools via 16S rRNA sequencing. In total, 80 patients with diarrhea and 34 healthy adults as controls, from 2017 to 2018, were enrolled in the study. Among the patients with diarrhea, 39 were norovirus-positive and 18 were rotavirus-positive. The analysis of species richness (Chao1) was lower in patients with diarrhea than that in controls. Beta-diversity analysis revealed significant differences between the two groups. Several diarrhea-related pathogens (e.g., Escherichia-Shigella, Klebsiella and Campylobacter) were detected in patients with diarrhea. Furthermore, co-infection with these pathogens and enteroviruses (e.g., norovirus and rotavirus) was observed in several cases. Levels of both Erysipelotrichaceae and Staphylococcaceae family markedly differed between norovirus-positive and -negative diarrheic stools, and the 10 predicted metabolic pathways, including the carbohydrate metabolism pathway, showed significant differences between rotavirus-positive patients with diarrhea and controls. This comparative study of diarrheal pathogens in Ghana revealed specific trends in the gut microbiota signature associated with diarrhea and that pathogen-dependent dysbiosis occurred in viral gastroenteritis.

Disbiose/microbiologia , Disbiose/virologia , Gastroenterite/microbiologia , Gastroenterite/virologia , Microbioma Gastrointestinal , Adolescente , Adulto , Bactérias/classificação , Biodiversidade , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Diarreia/microbiologia , Diarreia/virologia , Fezes/microbiologia , Feminino , Gana , Humanos , Masculino , Filogenia , Rotavirus/fisiologia
Int J Infect Dis ; 109: 294-303, 2021 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34273514


OBJECTIVE: We conducted a cross-sectional study in the five administrative regions of Northern Ghana to determine the diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) sub/lineages and their susceptibility to isoniazid (INH) and rifampicin (RIF). METHODS: Sputum specimens were collected and cultured from 566 pulmonary tuberculosis patients reporting to 17 health facilities from 2015 to 2019. Mycobacterial isolates obtained from solid cultures were confirmed as members of the MTBC by PCR amplification of IS6110 and rpoß and assigned lineages and sub-lineages using spoligotyping. RESULTS: Of 294 mycobacterial isolates recovered, MTBC species identified were: M. tuberculosis sensu stricto (Mtbss) 241 (82.0%), M. africanum 41 (13.9%) and M. bovis four (1.4%) with eight (2.7%) unidentified. The human-adapted lineages (L) identified (N=279) were L1 (8/279, 2.9%), L2 (15/279, 5.4%), L3 (7/279, 2.5%), L4 (208/279, 74.5%), L5 (13/279, 4.7%) and L6 (28/279, 10.0%) with three unidentified lineages. Among the 208 L4, the dominant sub-lineages in the region were the Cameroon 120/208 (57.7%) and Ghana 50/208 (24.0%). We found 4.4% (13/294) and 0.7% (2/294) of the patients infected with MTBC isolates resistant to INH only and RIF only, respectively, with 2.4% (7/294) being infected with MDR strains. Whereas L6 was associated with the elderly, we identified that the Ghana sub-lineage of L4 was associated with both INH and MDR (p<0.05), making them important TB pathogens in Northern Ghana and a growing public health concern.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis , Preparações Farmacêuticas , Tuberculose Resistente a Múltiplos Medicamentos , Idoso , Antituberculosos/farmacologia , Antituberculosos/uso terapêutico , Estudos Transversais , Genótipo , Gana/epidemiologia , Humanos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Epidemiologia Molecular , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Tuberculose Resistente a Múltiplos Medicamentos/tratamento farmacológico , Tuberculose Resistente a Múltiplos Medicamentos/epidemiologia
Int J Mycobacteriol ; 7(3): 222-227, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30198500


Background: Sputum culture is limited to centralized facilities. Thus, samples require transportation from peripheral laboratories to these facilities, compromising specimen quality since it is difficult to maintain cold chain. We evaluated OMNIgene SPUTUM Reagent (OMS) for transporting sputum samples for tuberculosis (TB) testing. The study was carried out at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research using sputa from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and La General Hospital in Ghana. Methods: In a laboratory-based controlled experiment (CE), sputum contaminants were determined on blood agar before treatment with OMS and N-acetyl-L-cysteine-sodium hydroxide (NALC-NaOH). TB testing included smear microscopy, culture, and Xpert MTB/RIF. Afterward, two peripheral laboratories were trained to transport sputum samples with OMS without cold chain. Positivity, negativity, and contamination rates were compared between both methods using Chi-square and Fisher's exact tests. Cohen's Kappa was also used to determine agreements. Results: Among 104 sputum samples analyzed in the CE, 93 (89.4%) had bacterial growth on blood agar before decontamination, while 6 (5.8%) and 5 (4.8%) contaminated after NALC-NaOH and OMS treatment, respectively. Contamination was high with NALC-NaOH (12.8%) than OMS (4.3%) on Lowenstein-Jensen media (P < 0.001), but mycobacterial positivity was comparable: NALC-NaOH of 74.5% and OMS of 78.7%. Smear positivity after NALC-NaOH treatment was 89.4% and OMS was 75.9% (P = 0.491). All except one of the samples tested positive by Xpert MTB/RIF after both treatment. Sixteen samples were evaluated in the field experiment and 81.3% yielded positive culture, and no contamination on LJ was observed. Conclusion: Our findings indicate that OMS works well as a transport and decontaminating reagent of samples for TB testing.

Descontaminação/métodos , Indicadores e Reagentes/química , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/isolamento & purificação , Manejo de Espécimes/métodos , Escarro/microbiologia , Técnicas Bacteriológicas/métodos , Gana , Humanos , Laboratórios Hospitalares , Refrigeração , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Transportes , Tuberculose/diagnóstico