Publications 2015

1. Darko, S.N., Yar, D.D., Owusu-Dabo, E,. Afum-Adjei Awuah, A., Dapaah, W., Addofoh, N., Salifu, S.P., Awua-Boateng, NY. and Adomako-Boateng, F. (2015). Variations in levels of IL-6 and TNF-α in type 2 diabetes mellitus between rural and urban Ashanti Region of Ghana. BMC Endocrine Disorders, 15:50.doi:10.1186/s12902-015-0047-9.

2. Sondo, P., Derra, K., Diallo-Nakanabo, S., Tarnagda, Z., Zampa, O., Kazienga, A., Valea, I., Sorgho, H., Owusu-Dabo, E., Ouedraogo, J.B., Guiguemde, T.R. and Tinto, H. (2015). Effectiveness and safety of artemether-lumefantrine versus artesunate-amodiaquine for unsupervised treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria in patients of all age groups in Nanoro, Burkina Faso: a randomized open label trial. Malar J., 14(1):325. doi: 10.1186/s12936-015-0843-8.

3. Nakua, E.K., Otupiri, E., Dzomeku, V.M., Owusu-Dabo, E., Agyei-Baffour, P., Yawson, A.E., Folson, G. and Hewlett, S. (2015). Gender disparities of chronic musculoskeletal disorder burden in the elderly Ghanaian population: study on global ageing and adult health (SAGE WAVE 1). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 16:204. doi: 10.1186/s12891-015-0666-3

4. Vinnemeier, C.D., Brust, P., Owusu-Dabo, E., Sarpong, N., Sarfo, E.Y., Bio, Y., Rolling, T., Dekker, D., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Eberhardt, K.A,. May, J. and Cramer JP. (2015). Group B Streptococci Serotype Distribution in Pregnant Women in Ghana: Assessment of Potential Coverage Through Future Vaccines. Trop Med Int Health. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12589

5. Meyer, C.G., Intemann, C.D., Förster, B., Owusu-Dabo, E., Franke, A., Horstmann, R.D. and Thye, T. (2015). No significant impact of IFN-γ pathway gene variants on tuberculosis susceptibility in a West African population. Eur J Hum Genet., doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2015.172.

6. Sarpong, N., Owusu-Dabo, E., Kreuels, B., Fobil, J.N., Segbaya, S., Amoyaw, F., Hahn, A., Kruppa. T. and May, J. (2015). Prevalence of malaria parasitaemia in school children from two districts of Ghana earmarked for indoor residual spraying: a cross-sectional study. Malar J., 14:260. doi: 10.1186/s12936-015-0772-6

7. Badu, K., Gyan, B., Appawu, M., Mensah, D., Dodoo, D., Yan, G., Drakeley, C., Zhou, G., Owusu-Dabo, E. and Koram, K.A. (2015). Serological evidence of vector and parasite exposure in Southern Ghana: the dynamics of malaria transmission intensity. Parasit Vectors, 8:251. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0861-y.

8. Annan, A., Owusu, M., Marfo, K.S., Larbi, R., Sarpong, F.N., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Amankwa, J., Fiafemetsi, S., Drosten, C., Owusu-Dabo, E. and Eckerle, I. (2015). High prevalence of common respiratory viruses and no evidence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Hajj pilgrims returning to Ghana, 2013. Trop Med Int Health, 20(6): 807-812.

9. Agyemang, C., Beune, E., Meeks, K., Owusu-Dabo, E., Agyei-Baffour, P., Aikins, Ad., Dodoo, F., Smeeth, L., Addo, J., Mockenhaupt, F.P., Amoah, S.K., Schulze, M.B., Danquah, I., Spranger, J., Nicolaou, M., Klipstein-Grobusch, K., Burr, T., Henneman, P., Mannens, M.M., van Straalen, J.P., Bahendeka, S., Zwinderman, A.H., Kunst, A.E. and Stronks, K. (2015). Rationale and cross-sectional study design of the Research on Obesity and type 2 Diabetes among African Migrants: the RODAM study. BMJ Open, 4(3):e004877. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004877.

10. Gyimah, A.A., Nakua, E.K., Owusu-Dabo, E. and Otupiri, E. (2015). Fertility Preferences of Women Living with HIV in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. Afr J Reprod Health, 19 (2): 124-132.

11. Nakua, E., Otupiri, E., Owusu-Dabo, E., Dzomeku, V., Otu-Danquah, K. and Anderson, M. (2015). Prevalence of refractive errors among junior high school students in the Ejisu Juaben municipality of Ghana. Journal of Science and Technology (Ghana), 35:52-62.

12.  Owusu, I., Aryee, C., Owiredu, W., Osei-Yeboah, J., Owusu-Dabo, E. and Laing, E. (2015). Analysis of atherogenic and anthropometric profiles of normotensive and hypertensive Ghanaians in the Kumasi metropolis. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 7:378-397.

13.  Garms, R., Badu, K., Owusu-Dabo, E., Baffour-Awuah, S., Adjei, O., Debrah, A.Y., Nagel, M., Biritwum, N.K., Gankpala, L., Post, R.J. and Kruppa, TF. (2015). Assessments of the transmission of Onchocerca volvulus by Simulium sanctipauli in the Upper Denkyira District, Ghana, and the intermittent disappearance of the vector. Parasitol Res, 114: 1129-1137.

14.  Sothmann, P., Krumkamp, R., Kreuels, B., Sarpong, N., Frank, C., Ehlkes, L., Fobil, J., Gyau, K., Jaeger, A., Bosu, B., Marks, F., Owusu-Dabo, E., Salzberger, B. and May, J. (2015). Urbanicity and paediatric bactaraemia in Ghana- A case-control study within a rural-urban transition zone. PLos One, 10(9).  e0139433.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139433

15.  Nakua, E.K., Sevugu, J.T., Dzomeku, V.M., Otupiri, E., Lipkovich, H.R. and Owusu-Dabo, E. (2015). Home birth without skilled attendants despite millennium villages project intervention in Ghana: insight from a survey of women’s perceptions of skilled obstetric care. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 15:243. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0674-1.

16.  Japiong, K.B., Asiamah, G., Owusu-Dabo, E., Donkor, P., Stewart, B., Ebel, B.E. and Mock, C.N. (2015). Availability of resources for emergency care at a second-level hospital in Ghana: A mixed methods assessment. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, Doi:

17.  Forbi, J.C., Layden, J.E., Phillips, R.O., Mora, N., Xia, G.L., Campo, D.S., Purdy, M.A., Dimitrova, Z.E., Owusu, D.O., Punkova, L.T., Skums, P., Owusu-Ofori, S., Sarfo, F.S., Vaughan, G., Roh, H., Opare-Sem, O.K., Cooper, R.S. and Khudyakov, YE. (2015). Next-generation sequencing reveals frequent opportunities for exposure to Hepatitis C virus in Ghana. PLoS One, 10(12):e0145530. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145530.

18.  Niang, F., Sarfo, F.S., Frimpong, M., Guenin-Macé, L., Wansbrough-Jones, M., Stinear, T., Phillips, R.O. and Demangel, C. (2015).  Metabolomic profiles delineate mycolactone signature in Buruli ulcer disease. Sci Rep., 5:17693. doi: 10.1038/srep17693.

19.  Sarfo, F.S., Eberhardt, K.A., Dompreh, A., Kuffour, E.O., Soltau, M., Schachscheider, M., Drexler, J.F., Eis-Hübinger, A.M., Häussinger, D., Oteng-Seifah, E.E., Bedu-Addo, G., Phillips, R.O., Norman, B., Burchard, G. and Feldt, T. (2015). Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with higher CD4 T cell counts and lower HIV-1 viral loads in ART-naïve HIV-Positive Patients in Ghana. PLoS One, 10(11):e0143388. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143388.

20.   Beissner, M., Phillips, R.O., Battke, F., Bauer, M., Badziklou, K,, Sarfo, F.S. Maman, I., Rhomberg, A., Piten, E., Frimpong, M., Huber, K.L., Symank, D., Jansson, M., Wiedemann, F.X., Banla Kere, A., Herbinger, K.H., Löscher, T. and Bretzel, G. (2015). Loop-mediated isothermal amplification for Laboratory confirmation of Buruli ulcer disease-towards a Point-of-Care Test. PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 9(11):e0004219. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004219.

21.  de Zeeuw, J., Alferink, M., Barogui, Y.T., Sopoh, G., Phillips, R.O., van der Werf, T.S., Loth, S., Molenbuur, B., Plantinga, M., Ranchor, A.V. and Stienstra, Y. (2015). Assessment and treatment of pain during treatment of Buruli ulcer. PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 9(9):e0004076. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004076.

22.  Eberhardt, K.A., Sarfo, F.S., Dompreh, A., Kuffour, E.O., Geldmacher, C., Soltau, M., Schachscheider, M., Drexler, J.F., Eis-Hübinger, A.M., Häussinger, D., Bedu-Addo, G., Phillips, R.O., Norman, B., Burchard, G.D. and Feldt, T. (2015). Helicobacter pylori co-infection Is associated with decreased markers of immune activation in ART-naive HIV-Positive and in HIV-Negative individuals in Ghana. Clin Infect Dis., 61(10): 1615-23.

23.  Alferink, M., de Zeeuw. J., Sopoh, G., Agossadou, C., Abass, K.M., Phillips, R.O., Loth, S., Jutten, E., Barogui, Y.T., Stewart, R.E., van der Werf, T.S., Stienstra, Y. and Ranchor, A.V. (2015). Pain associated with wound care treatment among Buruli ulcer patients from Ghana and Benin. PLoS One, 10(6):e0119926. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119926.

24.  Stockdale, A.J., Phillips, R.O., Beloukas, A., Appiah, L.T., Chadwick, D., Bhagani, S., Bonnett, L., Sarfo, F.S., Dusheiko, G. and Geretti, A.M.; (2015). Hepatitis B Infection in Kumasi (HEPIK) Study Group. Liver fibrosis by transient elastography and virologic outcomes after introduction of Tenofovir in Lamivudine-experienced adults with HIV and Hepatitis B Virus co-infection in Ghana. Clin Infect Dis., 61(6): 883-91.

25.  Phillips, R.O., Phanzu, D.M., Beissner, M., Badziklou, K., Luzolo, E.K., Sarfo, F.S., Halatoko, W.A., Amoako, Y., Frimpong, M., Kabiru, A.M., Piten, E., Maman, I., Bidjada, B., Koba, A., Awoussi, K.S., Kobara, B., Nitschke, J., Wiedemann, F.X., Kere, A.B., Adjei, O., Löscher, T., Fleischer, B., Bretzel, G. and Herbinger, K.H. (2015). Effectiveness of routine BCG vaccination on buruli ulcer disease: a case-control study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Togo. PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 9(1):e3457. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003457.

26.  Layden, J.E., Phillips, R.O., Owusu-Ofori, S., Sarfo, F.S., Kliethermes, S., Mora, N., Owusu, D., Nelson, K., Opare-Sem, O., Dugas, L., Luke, A., Shoham, D., Forbi, J.C., Khudyakov, Y.E. and Cooper, R.S. (2015).  High frequency of active HCV infection among seropositive cases in west Africa and evidence for multiple transmission pathways. Clin Infect Dis., 60(7): 1033-41.

27.  King, S., Adjei-Asante, K., Appiah, L., Adinku, D., Beloukas, A., Atkins, M., Sarfo, S.F., Chadwick, D., Phillips, R.O. and Geretti, A.M. (2015). Antibody screening tests variably overestimate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection among HIV-infected adults in Ghana. J Viral Hepat, 22(5): 461-8.

28.  Abass, K.M., van der Werf, T.S., Phillips, R.O., Sarfo, F.S., Abotsi, J., Mireku, S.O., Thompson, W.N., Asiedu, K., Stienstra, Y. and Klis, S.A. (2015). Buruli ulcer control in a highly endemic district in Ghana: role of community-based surveillance volunteers. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015, 92(1): 115-7.

29.  Stanton, M.C., Mkwanda, S.Z., Debrah, A.Y., Batsa, L., Biritwum, N.K., Hoerauf, A., Cliffe, M., Best, A., Molineux, A. and Kelly-Hope, L.A. (2015). Developing a community-led SMS reporting tool for the rapid assessment of lymphatic filariasis morbidity burden: case studies from Malawi and Ghana. BMC Infect Dis, 15:214. doi: 10.1186/s12879-015-0946-4.

30.  Debrah, A.Y., Specht, S., Klarmann-Schulz, U., Batsa, L., Mand, S., Marfo-Debrekyei, Y., Fimmers, R., Dubben, B., Kwarteng, A., Osei-Atweneboana, M., Boakye, D., Ricchiuto, A., Büttner, M., Adjei, O., Mackenzie, C.D. and Hoerauf, A. (2015). Doxycycline Leads to Sterility and Enhanced Killing of Female Onchocerca volvulus Worms in an Area With Persistent Microfilaridermia After Repeated Ivermectin Treatment: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Trial. Clin Infect Dis, 61(4): 517-26.

31.  Arndts, K., Klarmann-Schulz, U., Batsa, L., Debrah, A.Y., Epp, C., Fimmers, R., Specht, S., Layland, L.E. and Hoerauf, A. (2015). Reductions in microfilaridermia by repeated ivermectin treatment are associated with lower Plasmodium-specific Th17 immune responses in Onchocerca volvulus-infected individuals. Parasit Vectors, 8:184. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0786-5.

32.  Quintana, J.F., Makepeace, B.L., Babayan, S.A., Ivens, A., Pfarr, K.M., Blaxter, M., Debrah, A., Wanji, S., Ngangyung, H.F., Bah, G.S., Tanya, V.N., Taylor, D.W., Hoerauf, A. and Buck, A.H. (2015). Extracellular Onchocerca-derived small RNAs in host nodules and blood. Parasit Vectors, 8:58. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0656-1.

33.  Katawa, G., Layland, L.E., Debrah, A.Y., von Horn, C., Batsa, L., Kwarteng, A., Arriens, S., Taylor, D., Specht, S., Hoerauf, A., and Adjobimey, T. (2015). Hyperreactive onchocerciasis is characterized by a combination of Th17-Th2 immune responses and reduced regulatory T cells. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 9(1):e3414. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003414.

34.  Rolling, T., Agbenyega, T., Krishna, S., Kremsner, P.G. and Cramer, J.P. (2015). Delayed haemolysis after artesunate treatment of severe malaria – review of the literature and perspective. Travel Med Infect Dis., 13(2): 143-9.

35.  Annan, A., Ebach, F., Corman, V.M., Krumkamp, R., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Eis-Hübinger, A.M., Kruppa, T., Simon, A., May, J., Evans, J., Drosten, C. and Drexler, JF. (2015). Similar Virus Spectra and Seasonality in Paediatric Patients with Acute Respiratory Disease, Ghana and Germany. Clin Microbiol Infect, pii: S1198-743X(15)00980-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.11.002.

36.  Frickmann, H., Dekker, D., Schwarz, N.G., Hahn, A., Boahen, K., Sarpong, N., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Halbgewachs, E., Marks, F., von Kalckreuth, V., Poppert, S., Loderstaedt, U., May, J. and Hagen, R.M. (2015). 16S rRNA Gene Sequence-Based Identification of Bacteria in Automatically Incubated Blood Culture Materials from Tropical Sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS One, 10(8):e0135923. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135923.

37.  Krumkamp, R., Sarpong, N., Schwarz, N.G., Adlkofer, J., Loag, W., Eibach, D., Hagen, R.M., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Tannich, E. and May, J. (2015). Correction: Gastrointestinal infections and diarrheal disease in Ghanaian infants and children: an outpatient case-control study. PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 9(4):e0003728. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003728.

38.  Nielsen, M.V., Amemasor, S., Agyekum, A., Loag, W., Marks, F., Sarpong, N., Dekker, D., Adu-Sarkodie, Y. and May, J. (2015). Clinical indicators for bacterial co-infection in Ghanaian children with P. falciparum infection. PLoS One, 10(4):e0122139. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122139.

39.  Dekker, D.M., Krumkamp, R., Sarpong, N., Frickmann, H., Boahen, K.G., Frimpong. M., Asare, R., Larbi, R., Hagen, R.M., Poppert, S., Rabsch, W., Marks, F., Adu-Sarkodie, Y. and May, J. (2015). Drinking water from dug wells in rural Ghana–salmonella contamination, environmental factors, and genotypes. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 12(4): 3535-46.

40.  Eibach D, Krumkamp R, Al-Emran HM, Sarpong N, Hagen RM, Adu-Sarkodie Y, Tannich E, May J. (2015). Molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium spp. among children in rural Ghana. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 9(3):e0003551. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003551.

41.  Krumkamp, R., Sarpong, N., Schwarz, N.G., Adlkofer, J., Loag, W., Eibach, D., Hagen, R.M., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Tannich, E. and May, J. (2015). Gastrointestinal infections and diarrheal disease in Ghanaian infants and children: an outpatient case-control study. PLoS Negl Trop Dis., 9(3):e0003568. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003568. eCollection 2015 Mar. Erratum in: PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 9(4):e0003728. Adelkofer, Julia [corrected to Adlkofer, Julia].

42.  Annan, A.A., Kruppa, T.F., Adjei, O. and Garms, R. (2015). Palp ratio as a field identification tool for two members of the Anopheles gambiae complex in Ghana (A. melas and A. gambiae). Parasit Vectors, 8:295. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0913-3.

43.  Annan, A., Ebach, F., Corman, V.M., Krumkamp, R., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Eis-Hübinger, A.M., Kruppa, T., Simon, A., May, J., Evans, J., Drosten, C. and Drexler, J.F. (2015). Similar virus spectra and seasonality in Paediatric Patients with Acute Respiratory Disease, Ghana and Germany. Clin Microbiol Infect, pii: S1198-743X(15)00980-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2015.11.002.

44.  Junglen, S., Marklewitz, M., Zirkel, F., Wollny, R., Meyer, B., Heidemann, H., Metzger, S., Annan, A., Dei, D., Leendertz, F.H., Oppong, S. and Drosten, C. (2015). No Evidence of Gouléako and Herbert Virus Infections in Pigs, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Emerg Infect Dis., 21(12): 2190-3.

45.  Corman, V.M., Baldwin, H.J., Tateno, A.F., Zerbinati, R.M., Annan, A., Owusu, M., Nkrumah, E.E., Maganga, G.D., Oppong, S., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Vallo, P., da Silva Filho, L.V., Leroy, E.M., Thiel, V., van der Hoek, L., Poon, L.L., Tschapka, M., Drosten, C. and Drexler, J.F. (2015). Evidence for an Ancestral Association of Human Coronavirus 229E with Bats. J Virol, 89(23): 11858-70.

46.  Freuling, C.M., Binger, T., Beer, M., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Schatz, J., Fischer, M., Hanke, D., Hoffmann, B., Höper, D., Mettenleiter, T.C., Oppong, S.K., Drosten, C. and Müller, T. (2015). Lagos bat virus transmission in an Eidolon helvum bat colony, Ghana. Virus Res., 210: 42-5.

47.  Anti, P., Owusu, M., Agbenyega, O., Annan, A., Badu, E.K., Nkrumah, E.E., Tschapka, M., Oppong, S., Adu-Sarkodie, Y. and Drosten, C. (2015). Human-Bat Interactions in Rural West Africa. Emerg Infect Dis., 21(8): 1418-21.

48.  Freidl, G.S., Binger, T., Müller, M.A., de Bruin, E., van Beek, J., Corman, V.M., Rasche, A., Drexler, J.F., Sylverken, A., Oppong, S.K., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Tschapka, M., Cottontail, V.M., Drosten, C. and Koopmans, M. (2015). Serological evidence of influenza A viruses in frugivorous bats from Africa. PLoS One, 10(5):e0127035. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127035.

49.  Eckerle, I., Annan, A. and Drosten, C. (2015). Response to the letter to the editor: Barasheed et al., ‘No evidence of MERS-CoV in Ghanaian Hajj pilgrims: cautious interpretation is needed’. Trop Med Int Health, 20(8): 1123-4.

50.  Corman, V.M., Grundhoff, A., Baechlein, C., Fischer, N., Gmyl, A., Wollny, R., Dei, D., Ritz, D., Binger, T., Adankwah, E., Marfo, K.S., Annison, L., Annan, A., Adu-Sarkodie, Y., Oppong, S., Becher, P., Drosten, C. and Drexler, J.F. (2015). Highly divergent hepaciviruses from African cattle. J Virol, 89(11): 5876-82.

51.  Binger, T., Annan, A., Drexler, J.F., Müller, M.A., Kallies, R., Adankwah, E., Wollny, R., Kopp, A., Heidemann, H., Dei, D., Agya-Yao, F.C., Junglen, S., Feldt, T., Kurth, A., Oppong, S., Adu-Sarkodie, Y. and Drosten, C. (2015). A novel rhabdovirus isolated from the straw-colored fruit bat Eidolon helvum, with signs of antibodies in swine and humans. J Virol, 89(8): 4588-97.

52.  Schumak, B., Klocke, K., Kuepper, J.M., Biswas, A., Djie-Maletz, A., Limmer, A., van Rooijen, N., Mack, M., Hoerauf, A. and Dunay, I.R. (2015). Specific depletion of Ly6C(hi) inflammatory monocytes prevents immunopathology in experimental cerebral malaria. PLoS One, 10(4):e0124080. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124080.

53.  Oteng, R.A., Whiteside, L.K., Rominski, S.D., Amuasi, J.H., Carter, P.M., Donkor, P. and Cunningham, R. (2015). Individual and Medical Characteristics of Adults Presenting to an Urban Emergency Department in Ghana. Ghana Med J., 49(3): 136-41.

54.  Jagoe, G. and Amuasi, J.H. (2015). Saving lives through improved use of ACTs. Lancet Glob Health, 3(12):e727-8. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00208-9.

55.  Poyer, S., Shewchuk, T., Tougher, S., Ye, Y.; ACTwatch Group, Mann, A.G., Willey, B.A., Thomson, R., Amuasi, J.H., Ren, R., Wamukoya, M., Taylor, M., Nguah, S.B., Mberu, B., Kalolella, A., Juma, E., Festo, C., Johanes, B., Diap, G., Bruxvoort, K., Ansong, D., Hanson, K., Arnold, F. and Goodman, C. (2015). Availability and price of malaria rapid diagnostic tests in the public and private health sectors in 2011: results from 10 nationally representative cross-sectional retail surveys. Trop Med Int Health, 20(6): 744-56.