PRO/AH/EDR> Severe fever w/ thrombocytopenia synd – China (03): (JS, AH)

Fever -- ChinaA total of 37 people in East China's Jiangsu Province have been diagnosed with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) this year [2020], a disease caused by the novel bunyavirus which is spread by ticks. Experts have warned that the virus can be transmitted from person to person.Based on previous cases, the virus can be transmitted from infected animals or people to others via blood, respiratory tract and wounds, Sheng Jifang, an expert on the novel bunyavirus and director Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – USA (03): (NM) septicemic, fatal

Plague -- United StatesThe New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the death of a man in his 20s from Rio Arriba County of septicemic plague, the 1st human plague death in New Mexico in 2020, and the 2nd human plague case overall. The Rio Arriba County man died after being hospitalized. An environmental investigation will take place at the person's home to look for ongoing risk to immediate family members, neighbors, and others in the surrounding community.Plague is a bacterial disease of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (350): USA (TX) animal, cat

COVID-19 -- United StatesTexas A&M researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) have identified 2 cats in Brazos County [where Texas A&M University is located] that tested positive for COVID-19. The team is working to understand how pets living in "high-risk" households may be impacted by COVID-19 by sampling pets, dogs and cats, whose owners have tested positive.CVMBS associate professor of epidemiology Dr. Sarah Hamer is leading the team."We're one Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (38): Congo DR (EQ)

Ebola — DR Congo

PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue – Europe (05): Greece (EM) sheep, goat, st 4, OIE

Bluetongue -- GreeceInformation received [and dated] on 7 Aug 2020 from Mrs. Chrysoula Dile, Head, Animal Health Directorate, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens, GreeceSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 27 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 30 Jul 2020Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 29 Feb 2016Manifestation of disease: Clinical diseaseCausal agent: Bluetongue virusSerotype: 4Nature of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Alcohol poisoning – USA: hand sanitizer

Poisoning -- United StatesCitation: Yip L, Bixler D, Brooks DE, et al. Serious adverse health events, including death, associated with ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol -- Arizona and New Mexico, May-June 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. Epub 5 Aug 2020. Summary------What is already known about this topic?Alcohol-based hand sanitizers should only contain ethanol or isopropanol, but some products imported into the USA have been found to contain methanol.What is added by this Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (349): USA, Ireland MIS-C/PIMS, seafood plant, Viet Nam, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownHispanic and black patients accounted for the largest proportion (73.6%) of reported MIS-C patients. Acute COVID-19 has been reported to disproportionately affect Hispanics and blacks (10). Long-standing inequities in the social determinants of health, such as housing, economic instability, insurance status, and work circumstances of patients and their family members, have systematically placed social, racial, and ethnic minority populations at higher risk for COVID-19 Read more [...]

PRO> Announcements (03): ASTMH Innovations Pitch Competition, final call

Malaria -- United StatesThe 3rd Annual Innovations Pitch Competition will highlight tools and methods that will improve vaccine acceptance, accessibility and delivery, and diagnosis and treatment, of high impact diseases in the pediatric population living in low-resource settings.The innovations proposed should be marketable, scalable and rooted in scientific rigor. Innovations may be target at, but are not limited to:- COVID-19- Climate change and consequences to humans and animals.- The mitigation Read more [...]

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash | News | lebanon-express.com – Lebanon Express

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash | News | lebanon-express.com  Lebanon Express

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash | News – Lebanon Express

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash | News  Lebanon Express

PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease – Russia: (AL) cattle, OIE

Lumpy Skin Disease -- RussiaInformation received on 7 Aug 2020 from Dr Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance , Ministry of Agriculture, Moscou, RussiaSummary:Report type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 1 Aug 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Aug 2020Report date: 7 Aug 2020Date submitted to OIE: 7 Aug 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 23 Dec 2019Manifestation of disease: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Africa (07): Zambia (NR, NW) OIE, RFI

African Swine Fever -- ZambiaInformation received on 2 Aug 2020 from Dr Swithine Kabilika, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Lusaka, ZambiaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 13 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 13 Jul 2020Report date: 2 Aug 2020Date submitted: 2 Aug 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 20 Nov 2018Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Read more [...]

Homeless encampment at Portland City Hall shrinks, and cleanup begins – Press Herald

Homeless encampment at Portland City Hall shrinks, and cleanup begins  Press Herald

The week in images | Arts & Living | citizensvoice.com – Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

The week in images | Arts & Living | citizensvoice.com  Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash – Corvallis Gazette Times

I-5 closed for 12 hours after truck crash  Corvallis Gazette Times

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrapie, sheep – Tunisia: (TA) 1st rep, OIE

Scrapie -- TunisiaInformation received on [and dated] 4 Aug 2020 from Dr Malek Zrelli, [Director General, General Directorate of Veterinary Services], Tunis, TunisiaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 1 Sep 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Jul 2020Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: Prion PrPScNature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratory (basic and advanced)This event pertains to the whole Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (348): Japan genomics, Americas indigenous, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- JapanNote: All tables, figures, footnotes, and references are available at the source URL above. - Mod.MPP]General COVID-19 situation summary in the Americas--------------------------------------------------Since the 1st confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Region of the Americas [21 Jan 2020] and until [2 Aug 2020], a cumulative total of 9 484 066 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 359 376 deaths, have been reported.Between [2 Jul 2020] and [2 Aug 2020], there were 4 185 187 Read more [...]

Chemical leak in Williamsburg now contained, roadway back open – WKYT

Chemical leak in Williamsburg now contained, roadway back open  WKYT

Heat Stress Imposed by PPE Worn in Hot and Humid Environments

  A recent blog discussed prolonged respirator use and the potential physiological burden that could result from the buildup of CO2 within the respirator facepiece. Heat stress is another potential stress factor that healthcare workers (HCWs) who use personal protective equipment (PPE) and their employers should be aware of in order to recognize the signs and be prepared with the knowledge of how to alleviate the burden. Respirator and Other PPE Use in Warm and Potentially Humid Environments. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (52): Russia (CL) HPAI H5N8, poultry, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N8 -- RussiaInformation received on [and dated] 4 Aug 2020 from Dr Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture, Moscou, RussiaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 28 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Aug 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 24 Nov 2005Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: highly pathogenic Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ranavirus – Italy: (TT) frog, 1st rep, OIE

Other Animal Disease -- ItalyInformation received on [and dated] 30 Jul 2020 from Dr Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, Ministere de la Sante, Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, ItalySummaryReport type: immediate notification (final report)Date of start of the event: 20 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 27 Jul 2020Date event resolved: 27 Jul 2020Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Peste des petits ruminants – Israel: (JM) sheep, OIE

Peste des petits ruminants -- IsraelInformation received on [and dated] 6 Aug 2020 from Dr. Tamir Goshen, Acting Director, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Beit Dagan, IsraelSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 28 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 4 Aug 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 28 Oct 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Read more [...]

Area of Williamsburg evacuated due to chemical leak – WKYT

Area of Williamsburg evacuated due to chemical leak  WKYT

Panel Asked to Reject Class Status in Suit Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire – Courthouse News Service

Panel Asked to Reject Class Status in Suit Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire  Courthouse News Service

Arkema Tells 5th Circ. To Undo Certification In Explosion Suit – Law360

Arkema Tells 5th Circ. To Undo Certification In Explosion Suit  Law360

Semi hauling 'various hazardous materials' crashes, disrupting I-5 for 12 hours – KVAL

Semi hauling ‘various hazardous materials’ crashes, disrupting I-5 for 12 hours  KVAL

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (347): Japan, countries, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownCountries throughout the Asia-Pacific are experiencing 2nd waves, many -- like Hong Kong, Australia and Vietnam -- after being standard bearers for virus containment the 1st time around. They're providing a window into the future for places just emerging from their 1st outbreaks, or continuing to battle through them, like the U.S.A number of factors contributed to Japan's resurgence, according to public health experts. The state of emergency may have been lifted too early, Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Undiagnosed disease, rice – India (02): (AS)

Undiagnosed -- IndiaAfter flood hit, the farmers of Bongaigaon district [Assam] are facing a new disaster. This time an unknown disease of rice plants has destroyed a huge amount of rice fields. A farmer said that since last few days they have faced this new disease of rice plants. "The new leaves get affected and turn into reddish colour. After the newborn leaves, the whole plant dies."The villagers claimed that the district agricultural department has been silent in this regard. "Agriculture department Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Red rot, sugar cane – India: (UP)

Other Plant Disease -- India[In] Lakhimpur Kheri [district], the sugarcane crops are affected due to the red rot disease. As the issue was highlighted by the local media, the government officials rushed to the villages to see the impact on the crops.District sugarcane officials have asked the regional sugar mills to visit the fields and spray the essential medicines. Officials taught farmers how to identify the disease and the steps required to eliminate it. They explained in detail about the red Read more [...]

Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety

On August 4th, 2020, a massive explosion destroyed the port and devastated much of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, located on the Mediterranean Sea.  While only preliminary reports exist as of press time, indications are that the blast may have been the result of the detonation for causes yet to be determined of up to... The post Beirut explosion reinforces need for hazmat storage safety appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (346): USA (LA) animal, dog, conf

COVID-19 -- United StatesThe Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) says it has received its 1st reported case of a SARS-CoV-2-positive dog in Louisiana. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus causing COVID-19 in humans."Initially, it was believed pets could not get the disease, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now learning animals can be infected," said Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM.According to the United State Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (06): USA (NY, FL, VA) horse

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesEastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare virus found in mosquitos that can be transmitted to horses. There haven't been any cases of EEE in almost a decade in New York state; however, that status changed on Thursday [30 Jul 2020].In the town of Orleans, 3 horses had to be euthanized. One horse tested positive for the disease while 2 others in the same area also showed similar signs.Jefferson County health planner Faith Lustik says it's rare but dangerous Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (345): animal, cat, research, experimental infection

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownSevere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the cause of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and responsible for the current pandemic. Recent SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility and transmission studies in cats show that the virus can replicate in these companion animals and transmit to other cats. Here, we present an in-depth study of SARS-CoV-2 infection, associated disease and transmission dynamics in domestic cats. Six 4- to 5-month-old cats were challenged Read more [...]

Here's how to recycle hazardous materials in Jefferson County – Bham Now

Here’s how to recycle hazardous materials in Jefferson County  Bham Now

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus – China: (GD)

Scrub Typhus -- ChinaA man in Zhaoqing, neglecting precautions, developed fever, chills and weakness in both legs after being bitten by a mite, even being diagnosed with stroke before being confirmed to have scrub typhus in Guangzhou. Physicians advise that summertime is the peak season for mite bites, and residents should promptly seek medical attention if they have persistent high fever of unknown causes and discover any obvious bite marks on their body.In mid-July [2020], the retired, previously Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – New Zealand (02): (BP) fatal, RFI

Listeriosis -- New ZealandA 4th case of [listeriosis] has been confirmed in Tauranga [Bay of Plenty]. Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, Dr Phil Shoemack says the 4th case was confirmed last week [week of 27 Aug 2020].This follows on from 3 confirmed cases last month [June 2020]. Sadly, one of the people with the disease died, prompting a warning from medical professionals. All three of those who were affected last month [July 2020] were between 70 and 90 years old. The person Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (344): countries & collateral damages, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Turkey- With over 18 million cases reported today, and new cases rising by around 250 000 each day, now is not the time to be complacent. As some economies and societies open up, WHO continues to urge the public to remain vigilant and take precautions to avoid getting COVID-19; while urging countries to increase testing and contact tracing to ensure no cases are missed and ensure appropriate treatment is available.- In his regular media briefing yesterday, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Read more [...]

Chemical spill requires road cleanup along Doug Barnard Parkway – WJBF-TV

Chemical spill requires road cleanup along Doug Barnard Parkway  WJBF-TV

PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease – China (03): (JX) cattle, spread

Lumpy Skin Disease -- ChinaOn [27 Jul 2020] at about 10 a.m., the Bureau of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services under the Guangfeng District Agriculture and Rural Affairs Bureau sent a technical specialist and a veterinarian to a poor-household farm site. Upon investigation it was found that the disease suffered by cattle [at the farm] is Lumpy Skin Disease [LSD], and the condition was relatively serious.To avoid risk of transmission to other cattle, technical personnel returned to the Y.J. Read more [...]

Skin Irritation from Prolonged Use of Tight-Fitting Respirators

Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs) are typically used by workers, including first responders and healthcare professionals, for short, infrequent periods of time to protect against potential airborne transmissible diseases. However, during widespread respiratory infectious disease outbreaks, there may be a need to implement respirator extended use practices due to an inadequate supply of FFRs. Skin irritation caused by disposable FFR use for extended periods of time has been documented during Read more [...]