Local lawmakers hosting town hall about Greensboro chemical release – Greensboro News & Record

Local lawmakers hosting town hall about Greensboro chemical release  Greensboro News & Record

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (40): USA (MI) human, fatal

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesA Michigan farmer has died after contracting the mosquito-borne virus eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the farmer died following complications with the virus on [Sat 16 Nov 2019], local outlet WOOD-TV reported.The farmer has since been identified as an Eau Claire [Berrien County] resident, according to 16 News Now. He died at Memorial Hospital.EEE, also known as sleeping sickness, is a rare Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (25): (OR) ground beef, recall

E. coli -- United StatesWe investigated 2 outbreaks of an unusual gastrointestinal illness that affected at least 47 people in Oregon and Michigan in February through March and May through June 1982. The illness was characterized by severe crampy abdominal pain, initially watery diarrhea followed by grossly bloody diarrhea, and little or no fever. It was associated with eating at restaurants belonging to the same fast-food restaurant chain in Oregon (P less than 0.005) and Michigan (P = 0.0005) and Read more [...]

Explosions and Unknown Hazards: Medical Advice From Inside a Hazmat Suit – Medscape

Explosions and Unknown Hazards: Medical Advice From Inside a Hazmat Suit  Medscape

More than a dozen taken to hospital after hazardous materials incident in Merrimack – WMUR Manchester

More than a dozen taken to hospital after hazardous materials incident in Merrimack  WMUR Manchester

Massachusetts Red Robin Evacuated After Chemical Reaction Occurs Inside Restaurant's Kitchen – PEOPLE Great Ideas

Massachusetts Red Robin Evacuated After Chemical Reaction Occurs Inside Restaurant’s Kitchen  PEOPLE Great Ideas

PRO/PL> Virus diseases, multiple crops: global impact

Other Plant Disease -- Worldwide/UnknownViruses constitute a major cause of plant disease and have an estimated economic impact of over USD 30 billion annually. They constitute almost 50% of pathogens responsible for emerging and reemerging plant diseases worldwide. Virus disease outbreaks threaten cultivated plants not only by impairing their growth and vigor, thereby diminishing gross yields, but also by spoiling produce quality and thus decreasing marketable yields. Such crop losses occur globally. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease – India (05): (OR) cattle, 1st rep, OIE

Lumpy Skin Disease -- IndiaInformation received on [and dated] 18 Nov 2019 from Dr Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, New Delhi, IndiaSummary:Report type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 12 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Nov 2019Report date: 18 Nov 2019Date submitted to OIE: 18 Nov 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: Lumpy Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Vesicular stomatitis – USA (20): horses

Vesicular Stomatitis -- United StatesIn its [31 Oct 2019], Situation Report, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed 7 new vesicular stomatitis viruses (VSV)-affected premises: 5 confirmed positive and 2 suspected. Affected states include:Colorado: 3 new confirmed positive (1 in Eagle County and 2 in Garfield County) and 1 new suspect (Fremont County);Nebraska: 1 new confirmed positive in Garden County, which is a newly infected Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Mycoplasma bovis – New Zealand (03): (Wairarapa) livestock

Other Animal Disease -- New ZealandA mixed sheep and beef farm in South Wairarapa was identified with cases of _M. bovis_ in August [2019], the 4th and most recent property in the region to be identified with the disease.A total of $479 159 has been paid out to 14 claimants around the region impacted by biosecurity measures to stamp out the _Mycoplasma bovis_ cattle disease since the disease was 1st found in the region in June last year [2018].The latest property was still being treated as an active Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Facial eczema – New Zealand: cattle

Chronic/Non-Infectious Disease -- New ZealandDairy facial eczema (FE) is caused by a fungus growing on dead and dying matter in the pasture which releases a spore with toxins in it. It is most likely to grow and produce spores in warm and humid conditions. Zinc is currently the main way of preventing the disease.Trial work done in 2014 examining zinc concentrations in the blood of 1200 cattle from over 100 farms in the North Island showed approximately 70 per cent of cattle did not have enough zinc Read more [...]

Distilling Company Agrees To Pay $1 Million To Settle Case Over Toxic Cloud That Swept Over Atchison – KCUR

Distilling Company Agrees To Pay $1 Million To Settle Case Over Toxic Cloud That Swept Over Atchison  KCUR

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (51): Poland (LB) wild boar, OIE

African Swine Fever -- PolandInformation received on [and dated] 15 Nov 2019 from Dr Pawel Niemczuk, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, POL Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Warsaw, PolandSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 4 Nov 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 14 Nov 2019Report date: 15 Nov 2019Date submitted to OIE: 15 Nov 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (22): Americas

Dengue -- Worldwide/UnknownIn the Region of the Americas, between epidemiological week (EW) 1 and EW 42 of 2019 [1 Jan-18 Oct 2019], a total of 2 733 635 cases of dengue (280 cases per 100 000 population) have been reported, including 1206 deaths. Of the total cases, 1 217 196 (44.5%) were laboratory-confirmed and 22 127 (0.8%) were classified as severe dengue. The reported case-fatality rate was 0.044%.The number of cases reported in 2019 as of EW 42 (2 733 635) is the largest recorded in the history Read more [...]

Medical Advice From Inside a Hazmat Suit – Medscape

Medical Advice From Inside a Hazmat Suit  Medscape

UL Organized Safety Summit Examines Dangerous Cargo and Hazardous Materials in Aviation – PRNewswire

UL Organized Safety Summit Examines Dangerous Cargo and Hazardous Materials in Aviation  PRNewswire

PRO/AH/EDR> Cryptosporidiosis – Sweden (02): (multi-region) background

Cryptosporidium -- SwedenThe incidence of cryptosporidiosis in Scandinavia has increased dramatically in recent years. As shown in the graph [at the URL below], rates in Sweden per 100 000 population are approximately twice those reported in the United States -- and almost 4-fold those reported in the European Region as a whole [1-3].See graph at:References----------1. Gideon e-Gideon multi-graph tool: [tutorial]2. Berger S. Infectious Diseases of Sweden,2019. 416 pages , 143 graphs , 1,146 Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Pospiviroids, tomato – Ghana, Mali: rasta disease

Other Plant Disease -- GhanaIn Ghana, 'rasta' is a virus-like disease of unknown etiology affecting tomato (_Solanum lycopersicum_) plants. Symptoms include stunting; epinasty, crumpling, and chlorosis of leaves; and necrosis of leaf veins, petioles and stems.Leaf samples with rasta symptoms were collected from 17 commercial tomato fields in Ghana in October 2012 and were shown to be infected with _Potato spindle tuber viroid_ (_Pospiviroid_, PSTVd -- EPPO A2 List) and _Tomato apical stunt viroid_ Read more [...]

Hazardous materials in Missouri river – KOLR – OzarksFirst.com

Hazardous materials in Missouri river  KOLR – OzarksFirst.com

DG Digest: OSHA to meet on policies to help improve worker safety in December

Mid-November found regulatory activity at minimal levels.  Meanwhile, as the nation begins its transition into the holiday season, be sure that safety remains an important part of your employee population’s schedule.  Here’s the latest news: OSHA The agency announced a meeting of its National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, which, as its name... Read more [...]

Atchison chemical company facing $1M fine after chemical leak – WIBW

Atchison chemical company facing $1M fine after chemical leak  WIBW

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (24): (MD) O157, prepackaged salad

E. coli -- United StatesThe Maryland Department of Health says 7 confirmed cases of _E. coli_ infections have been linked to pre-packaged Caesar salads. According to the department of health, the infections were identified in people who'd eaten Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad purchased at Sam's Club stores in Maryland. One person was hospitalized as a result of the _E. coli_ O157 infection. No deaths have been linked to it.The department noted that these salads are sold at a number of Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Dead flower bud disease, pear – Netherlands: cause

Other Plant Disease -- NetherlandsThe occurrence of dead dormant flower buds is a common phenomenon of economic importance in the major pear production areas of Europe. Thus far, the cause of dead flower buds disease remained unknown. Several causes have been proposed, including insufficient tree chilling, unmet dormancy requirements, incompatibility between scion and cultivar, but also various biotic stress agents such as pathogens and pests. In this study, we tested the relationship between reduction Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (109): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, WHO, summaries, response, vaccine

Ebola -- DR Congo- The General Coordinator for the Ebola Response to the Ebola Virus Disease, Prof Steve Ahuka Mundeke, accompanied by a joint team of some members of the response and the consortium (National Institute of Biomedical Research-INRB, MSF / France and the London School), met this Wed 13 Nov 2019 the Vice President of the North Kivu Provincial Assembly, the Honorable Jean-Paul Lumbulumbu, with whom they discussed the 2nd Ebola vaccine called Johnson & Johnson.- The teacher Steve Ahuka Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Powassan virus encephalitis – USA (07): (NY) with 2 other pathogens

Encephalitis -- United StatesAbstract_Ixodes scapularis_ is responsible for transmission of _Borrelia burgdorferi_, _B. miyamotoi_, _Babesia microti_, _Anaplasma phagocytophilum_ and Powassan virus to humans. We present a case of an 87-year-old man who presented with fever and altered mental status. Initial workup revealed haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia, mild hepatitis and acute kidney injury. Patient tested positive for _B. burgdorferi_ and _Babesia microti_, and was started on doxycycline, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – China (02): (NM) bubonic

Plague -- ChinaChina's Inner Mongolia reported a fresh, confirmed case of bubonic plague on Sun 17 Nov 2019, despite an earlier declaration by the country's health officials that the risk of an outbreak was minimal.The health commission of the autonomous region said a 55-year-old man was diagnosed with the disease after he ate wild rabbit meat on 5 Nov 2019. Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague globally and can advance and spread to the lungs, which is a more severe type called pneumonic Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Zimbabwe (08): (MI) cattle

Anthrax -- ZimbabweAt least 5 cattle have died in Gokwe North in the past week due to an outbreak of anthrax, the Veterinary Services Department has said. This comes barely a month after the same area was hit by the same disease which was later contained by the department.In an interview, Midlands Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Martin Sibanda said the department will be moving vaccines to the area to deal with the outbreak. "We have another focal outbreak this week in Gokwe North in areas close Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (37): CDC

Hepatitis A -- United StatesState / Case total / Hospitalizations n (%) / Deaths / Outbreak start date / Current through date / Av. weekly cases since last postTotal / 28 111 / 16 986 (60%) / 284 / -- / 8 Nov 2019 / 313States with an ongoing outbreak-------------------------------Alabama / 163 / 90 (55%) / NR / 1 Sep 2018 / 2 Oct 2019 / -- Arizona / 595 / 470 (79%) / 8 / 1 Nov 2018 / 7 Nov 2019 / 3 Arkansas / 437 / 227 (52%) / 3 / 7 Feb 2018 / 8 Nov 2019 / 2 Colorado / 238 / 173 (73%) / 2 / 1 Oct Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (50): Poland (LB) wild boar, spread

African Swine Fever -- PolandThe State Veterinary Institute in Pulawy confirmed the occurrence of the 2nd case of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in the Lubuskie province [voivodship], in the Nowa Sol county, informed the Chief Veterinary Officer."The positive result concerns the corpse of a fallen wild boar found within the contaminated zone designated by the Regulation of the Lubuskie Voivode on combating African swine fever (ASF) in pigs and wild boars in the Nowa Sol and Wschowa counties", Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Measles update (70)

Measles -- Worldwide/UnknownSamoa has closed all schools and cracked down on public gatherings as it enters a state of emergency over the deadly measles outbreak spreading across the Pacific islands.The island state of just 200 000, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, announced the state of emergency on [Sat 16 Nov 2019] after declaring a measles epidemic late in October 2019, when the 1st deaths were reported.Since then, at least 6 deaths, mostly infants under the age of 2, have been linked Read more [...]

Containers, some with hazardous materials, found floating in Missouri floodwaters – KCRG

Containers, some with hazardous materials, found floating in Missouri floodwaters  KCRG

PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (21): Asia, Pacific, Africa, Europe, vaccine

Dengue -- Sri LankaNearly 50 percent of the world's population is considered at risk of infection with dengue virus (DENV), a mosquito-borne RNA virus that can potentially cause lethal disease. The efficacy of currently approved vaccines is poor in people who have not previously encountered DENV. Afroz et al. found that pretreatment of mice with the amino acid starvation mimetic halofuginone (HF) increased the adaptive immune response to a DENV vaccine. Known to activate the nutrient-sensing kinase Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Cryptosporidiosis – Sweden: (multi-region)

Cryptosporidium -- SwedenThe Public Health Agency of Sweden is investigating an increase in notified cases of infection with _Cryptosporidium_.During the autumn and in particular during weeks 44 and 45 [28 Oct-8 Nov 2019], an increase in the number of reported cases of cryptosporidiosis, infected in Sweden, was noted. Half of the regions in Sweden have reported cases in all age groups but mostly in adults. Most cases have been seen in the Stockholm region.The Agency has initiated an outbreak investigation Read more [...]

Hazmat crews called to Barrington home for mercury spill – WPRI.com

Hazmat crews called to Barrington home for mercury spill  WPRI.com

PRO/EDR> Botulism, cosmetic use – Taiwan

Botulism -- ChinaYang Chen-chang, director of clinical toxicology and occupational medicine at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, spoke at a forum in Taipei yesterday, 16 Nov 2019, about intoxication caused by Botox injections. The nation's 1st case of poisoning caused by a botulinum toxin injection was reported by toxicologist Yang Chen-chang at a conference at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH).Yang, TVGH clinical toxicology and occupational medicine department director, disclosed the case Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Gastroenteritis – USA: (CO) schools, norovirus susp.

Norovirus -- United StatesA 2nd school in Palisade is getting cleaned over the weekend after several students were sick at home on Fri 15 Nov 2019, the Daily Sentinel reports.Eight percent of Mount Garfield Middle School students were home with flu-like symptoms, District 51 spokeswoman Emily Shockley said. Some had acute-onset vomiting, which lasted between 12 and 24 hours. The health department does not know what the illness is but said it is behaving like a virus.Palisade High School closed early Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (23): (WI)

E. coli -- United StatesBetween 13 and 15 Nov 2019, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) Communicable Diseases Epidemiology Section has observed a significant increase in the number of reported cases of _Escherichia coli_ (_E. coli_) O157 infection. We are treating this as an outbreak. Cases have been reported from numerous jurisdictions within Wisconsin and have not been isolated to a single region. One associated case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) has also been reported. The investigation Read more [...]

Hazardous materials found at site Carson City School District may buy – Nevada Appeal

Hazardous materials found at site Carson City School District may buy  Nevada Appeal

PRO/AH/EDR> Psittacosis – USA: (VA, GA) chicken slaughter plants, 2018

Psittacosis -- United StatesPsittacosis results from inhalation of aerosolized droppings or respiratory secretions of birds infected with _Chlamydia psittaci_. During 2008-2017, a total of 60 cases of psittacosis, a nationally notifiable disease in the United States, were reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System ().The most common source of psittacosis in the USA is believed to be pet psittacine birds (e.g., parrots, cockatoos). The most recent large poultry-associated outbreaks Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (91): domestic, wild, spread, control, FAO

African Swine Fever -- Worldwide/UnknownThe following information includes data on African swine fever (ASF) in Asia, selectively extracted from the above, recent weekly FAO update.1. Affected Provinces:- China: Anhui, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Yunnan, Hunan and Guizhou, Hubei, Jiangxi, Fujian, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Guangdong, Gansu, Shandong and Hainan Provinces, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing Municipalities, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui, Guangxi Read more [...]