Transportation/Hazardous Materials: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Addresses Applicability to Cryogenic Liquids – JD Supra

Transportation/Hazardous Materials: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Addresses Applicability to Cryogenic Liquids  JD Supra

US EPA Settles With Supermarket Chain Vons Over Chemical Safety Violations – PerishableNews

US EPA Settles With Supermarket Chain Vons Over Chemical Safety Violations  PerishableNews

PRO/AH/EDR> Antibiotic resistance (9): USA, MDR Salmonella, convent. vs antib.-free poultry

Salmonella -- United StatesAn analysis by researchers in Pennsylvania found that meat from conventionally raised poultry harbored nearly twice as much multidrug-resistant _Salmonella_ as meat from antibiotic-free poultry, according to a study reported today [3 Oct 2019] at IDWeek 2019.The findings come from a study conducted by scientists with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn State College of Medicine, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that examined non-typhoidal _Salmonella_ Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever – Eastern Africa (03): Kenya (GA) livestock, alert, prevention

Rift Valley Fever -- KenyaMore than 5000 livestock have been killed by heavy rains in Mandera, but Garissa executive Issa Yarrow says they are prepared for a downpour.It has not started raining heavily in Garissa county. On Wednesday [16 Oct 2019], Agriculture executive Issa Yarrow said the livestock department was fully prepared to handle any eventualities when the heavy rains start.Heavy rains are predicted in parts of Northeastern, a situation already being witnessed in Wajir and Mandera where Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (65): Saudi Arabia (QS)

MERS -- Saudi ArabiaFrom [1-30 Sep 2019], the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 4 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection and one associated death. The cases were reported from Al-Qassim (2 cases), Riyadh (1 case), and Al-Ahsaa (1 case) regions.MERS-CoV cases reported between [1-30 Sep 2019]*Please note, data corresponds to Disease Outbreak News as published on 17 Oct 2019.Case no.: Date of reporting to WHO / Region of residence Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox – Africa (04): Nigeria

Monkeypox -- NigeriaNigeria health officials reported 5 new confirmed monkeypox cases in September [2019], as the country continues to report sporadic cases for the past 2 years.In September [2019], 15 new suspected monkeypox cases were reported from 6 states -- Lagos (5), Rivers (2), Akwa Ibom (3), Zamfara (1), Delta (1), and Imo (2) -- and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT (1).Of the 15 suspected cases, 5 were confirmed positive for monkeypox in 3 states: Lagos (3), Rivers (1), and Akwa Ibom (1).Of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Trypanosomiasis, African – South Africa (04): ex Malawi (Vwaza Marsh Game Res)

African Trypanosomiasis — South Africa

PRO/AH/EDR> Jamestown Canyon virus – USA: (NH)

Other Human Disease -- United StatesAn adult from Laconia has tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus, New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says.The adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, the department said [Wed 16 Oct 2019]. It's the 2nd time a case has been identified in the state this year; it was identified in a Kingston resident in August [2019].Reports of Jamestown Canyon virus in humans are rare, but have increased Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – Congo DR (03): (IT) Guinea pig, comments

Plague — DR Congo

PRO/AH/EDR> Scombroid fish poisoning – USA: (AK)

Poisoning -- United States"Histamine poisoning results from the consumption of foods, typically certain types of fish and cheeses that contain unusually high levels of histamine. Spoiled fish of the families, Scombridae and Scomberesocidae (such as, tuna, mackerel, bonito), are commonly implicated in incidents of histamine poisoning, which leads to the common usage of the term, "scombroid fish poisoning", to describe this illness. However, certain non-scombroid fish, most notably mahi-mahi, bluefish, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (36): Canada (ON) mosquito

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- CanadaThe Windsor-Essex County Health Unit [WECHU] has detected the eastern equine encephalitis [EEE] virus in a mosquito pool in the community.The EEE virus has been linked to a number of reported cases of illness and death in southwest Michigan, but there have been no human cases in Windsor-Essex."Despite the recent cooler temperature in the region, it might not be cold enough to eliminate the risk posed by mosquitoes. This is a good reminder for everyone to continue Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Canine circovirus – USA: (CT)

Other Animal Disease -- United States1. Van Kruiningen HJ, Heishima M, Kerr KM, et al. Canine circoviral hemorrhagic enteritis in a dog in Connecticut. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2019; 31(5): 732-6; abstract available at 2. Li L, McGraw S, Zhu K, et al. Circovirus in tissues of dogs with vasculitis and hemorrhage. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013; 19(4): 534-41; available at HealthMap/ProMED-mail map of Connecticut, United States: ][See Also:[Both outbreaks below now considered not to be due to circovirus alone -- Read more [...]

North Carolina Environmental Dept investigates chemical release – WBTW

North Carolina Environmental Dept investigates chemical release  WBTW

Fayetteville water test reveals high levels of contaminant used in soaps and plastics – CBS17.com

Fayetteville water test reveals high levels of contaminant used in soaps and plastics  CBS17.com

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis – USA (04): (OK,UT) dog

Leptospirosis -- United StatesLeptospirosis, a disease that has recently been reported in Oklahoma and Utah, can be spread from animals to humans, particularly if you own a pet dog.Oklahoma veterinarian Sara Rowland recently treated a 7-month-old puppy showed signs of the disease, according to [KOCO-TV]. "The pet was not eating well, vomiting, and had a yellow tint that you could tell the liver was affected," said Rowland.KUTV reported September 2019 at least 13 dogs in Utah had contracted the disease. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (45): Europe (Germany) horse, OIE

West Nile Virus -- GermanyInformation received on [and dated] 16 Oct 2019 from Dr Dietrich Rassow, Director for Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health and Animal Welfare, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Berlin, GermanySummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 8 Oct 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 12 Oct 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: clinical Read more [...]

Green Bay Fire Department praises quick actions during ammonia leak – WBAY

Green Bay Fire Department praises quick actions during ammonia leak  WBAY

PRO/AH/EDR> Antibiotic resistance (08): Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Antimicrobial resistance -- Worldwide/UnknownAntimicrobials (AM) play a critical role in the treatment of human and animal (aquatic and terrestrial) diseases, which has led to their widespread application and use. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antibiotic, such as an antimicrobial, antiviral, or antimalarial, from working against them. Globally, about 700 000 deaths per year (33 000 in Europe [1]) arise from Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Bhutan: (Ha) cattle

Anthrax -- BhutanInformation received on [and dated] 17 Oct 2019 from Dr. Tashi Samdup, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, BhutanSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 3 Oct 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 10 Oct 2019Report date: 17 Oct 2019Date submitted to OIE: 17 Oct 2019Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 1 Jan 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – UK (02)

E. coli -- United KingdomPublic Health England is investigating an _E. coli_ O157 outbreak with people sick across the country. One infection is in a 4-year-old child from Hampshire who needed treatment at Southampton General Hospital after a trip to the Isle of Wight.Public Health England (PHE) South East and the Isle of Wight Council's environmental health team investigated the illness in the young child who became severely sick with a complication as a result of infection. Sometimes hemolytic Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Typhimurium, monophasic – Sweden (02): tomatoes

Salmonella -- SwedenTomatoes are the probable source of a _Salmonella_ outbreak in Sweden that affected 70 people, according to public health officials.Folkhalsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency of Sweden) identified 71 infections from 11 counties that belonged to the outbreak. This is up from 36 illnesses in 10 counties that were linked by whole genome sequencing at the end of September 2019. Vastra Gotaland, Jonkoping, Halland, and Dalarna reported the most patients.Illnesses were recorded in all Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Oranienburg – USA: pet turtles

Salmonella -- United StatesCDC and public health officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of human _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Oranienburg infections linked to contact with pet turtles.Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on _Salmonella_ bacteria Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Southern leaf blight, maize – Russia: (IK)

Other Plant Disease -- RussiaIn September 2019, for the 1st time in the Angara river area, maize crops showed symptoms of the dangerous southern leaf blight disease. The infection was detected during a survey in Irkutsk region. This was reported by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor). Further investigations determined that the infected seeds came to an Irkutsk seed supplier from the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.The Department of Quarantine and Phytosanitary Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (99): Congo DR (NK,IT) cases, WHO, summaries, response, research

Ebola -- DR Congo- A new health area has been affected by Ebola virus disease in Ituri. This is the Maroro health area in the Nyakunde health zone;- indeed, Nyakunde was already at 294 days without notifying a new confirmed case of the EVD and returned to zero following this new infection;- of all the 6 cases reported this Sun 13 Oct 2019, none of them were listed as contact, nor monitored regularly, nor vaccinated;- it is also reported that the alerts of all these cases are coming back from the Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: How well do you know the Western U.S. states?

Call 800.621.5808 or visit labelmaster.com/ship-west to learn more about our great prices and lower shipping charges for shipping out West. Make sure your shipments are safe and in complete compliance with a full line of solutions from Labelmaster—a full-service provider of goods and services for hazardous materials and Dangerous Goods professionals, shippers, transport operators and EH&S... Read more [...]

It’s National Bosses Day. Who is your dream boss?

Having a “dream job” is an aspiration for many people, but without a good boss, a dream job can become a nightmare. Our front-line supervisor or manager plays an unparalleled role in creating and sustaining safe work environments, health supportive-policies, and psychosocial safety. The best bosses partner with workers to design healthy jobs that provide meaning and social support and are rewarding –in all senses. A great leader can positively impact our health, quality of life, Read more [...]

NC DEQ Investigates Chemical Release in Greensboro – Spectrum News

NC DEQ Investigates Chemical Release in Greensboro  Spectrum News

PRO/AH/EDR> Bat consumption – Congo DR: zoonotic risk

Other Human Disease -- DR CongoBat consumption is still a vibrant culture among Congolese despite numerous warnings by health practitioners against the practice.Several homes do serve bats, also locally known as "ngembo" in lingala language, as part of their meals.The process of preparing a bat is not hectic as elaborated by one of the consumers."We start by cutting its wings after burning the hair in the fire. It is then cleaned with warm water, then cut into 2 and everything is put into the pot Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – Congo DR (02): (IT) fatal

Plague -- DR CongoIn an update on the plague cluster in Ituri Province in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN officials report a total of 31 cases and 8 deaths since the beginning of 2019.The 1st 5 cases were reported during week 10 in the Aungba health zone, which is in an endemic area. Two other cases were reported during week 13 (Aru health zone) and 14 (Aungba health zone). The latest cluster of cases was reported between week 39 (7 cases and 3 deaths) and 40 (14 cases) Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (35): USA (MI, NH, NJ) horses

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesOn 4 Oct 2019, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) officials reported another equine case of eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) and another horse with West Nile virus (WNV).On 23 Sep 2019, the latest horse with EEE, an unvaccinated yearling Belgian mare in St. Joseph County, began showing clinical signs, including muscle twitching and leaning against objects. She was confirmed positive on 1 Oct 2019 and is reported as recovering.34 Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (22): Asia (Yemen)

Cholera -- YemenThe cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen between October 2016 and August 2019 is 2 036 960, including 3716 related deaths (fatality rate of 0.18%). The 5 governorates with the highest attack rate per 10 000 are: Amran (1602.13), Al Mahwit (1474.79), Sana'a (1295.78), Al Bayda (1027.14) and Dahamar (957.61).The national average attack rate is 713.99 per 10 000. The highest numbers of deaths are reported in the Hajjah (559), Ibb (486), Al Hudaydah (380) and Read more [...]

N Carolina Environmental Dept investigates chemical release | State & Region – Greensboro News & Record

N Carolina Environmental Dept investigates chemical release | State & Region  Greensboro News & Record

EPA Settles with Vons Chain Over Safety Violations – MyNewsLA.com

EPA Settles with Vons Chain Over Safety Violations  MyNewsLA.com

Contra Costa County Fire: ATF serves search warrant at NuStar energy facility – KGO-TV

Contra Costa County Fire: ATF serves search warrant at NuStar energy facility  KGO-TV

Hazmat spill closes Tara Blvd. southbound | | news-daily.com – News-Daily.com

Hazmat spill closes Tara Blvd. southbound | | news-daily.com  News-Daily.com

Contra Costa County Fire: ATF serves search warrant at NuStar energy facility, source says – KGO-TV

Contra Costa County Fire: ATF serves search warrant at NuStar energy facility, source says  KGO-TV

Oct 16, 2019 – Outlook India

Oct 16, 2019  Outlook India

PRO/EDR> Influenza (27): WHO global update, vaccine

Influenza -- Worldwide/UnknownInformation in this report is categorized by influenza transmission zones, which are geographical groups of countries, areas or territories with similar influenza transmission patterns.Summary----------- In the temperate zones of the southern hemisphere, influenza activity was low in most countries and appeared to decrease in Chile after a 2nd wave of influenza activity of predominately B viruses.- In the Caribbean and tropical South American countries, influenza activity Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Russia (04): (DA) human

Anthrax -- RussiaA total of 3 people were taken to hospital in the village of Novokuli, Russia's Dagestan, with suspected Siberian plague [anthrax]. The diagnosis has been confirmed in 2 cases, a spokesperson for the republic's health ministry said."Three residents of the village of Novokuli were taken to hospital with suspected anthrax. By now, the diagnosis has been confirmed in 2 cases. The 3rd patient is under [a] medic's supervision," the spokesperson said, adding that 2 patients were hospitalized Read more [...]

California Petroleum Facility Fire Declared 'Hazardous Materials Emergency' – The Daily Beast

California Petroleum Facility Fire Declared ‘Hazardous Materials Emergency’  The Daily Beast