DG Digest: OSHA to submit ICR on handling of Ethylene Oxide

Welcome to fall!  Let’s all hope the new season brings progress on our nation’s efforts to cope with the pandemic, and that the cooler weather helps with the wildfires on our West Coast and brings an end to what has been a very active Atlantic hurricane season.  2020 has just kept coming!  We hope you... The post DG Digest: OSHA to submit ICR on handling of Ethylene Oxide appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Wildland Firefighter Health: Some Burning Questions

While research has not yet been conducted on all the hazards and risks associated with the wildland firefighting job, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is asked numerous questions about the hazards of fighting wildland fires. This blog is designed to answer some of those questions. What Is in Wildland Fire Smoke? Wildland fire smoke is a mixture of gases and particles such as carbon monoxide (CO) and respirable particulate matter (PM) that may cause short- and long-term Read more [...]

Hazmat team called to a tractor trailer accident on I-81 southbound – WFXRtv.com

Hazmat team called to a tractor trailer accident on I-81 southbound  WFXRtv.com

Lawsuits alleges Lockheed Martin facility mishandled hazardous materials – FOX 35 Orlando

Lawsuits alleges Lockheed Martin facility mishandled hazardous materials  FOX 35 Orlando

Shelter-In-Place Lifted Following Chemical Spill In East Rutherford – RADIO.COM

Shelter-In-Place Lifted Following Chemical Spill In East Rutherford  RADIO.COM

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – Mongolia (08): (HD) bubonic, marmot exposure

Plague -- MongoliaA suspected case of bubonic plague in western Mongolia's Khovd (or Hovd) province has been confirmed by lab test results, the country's National Center for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) said on Sun 27 Sep 2020.The 25-year-old female patient from the province and 19 people in close contact with her are now under isolation at a local hospital, the NCZD said in a statement. The center said the woman was found to have eaten marmot meat last week. While hunting marmots is illegal in Mongolia, Read more [...]

Truck carrying hazardous materials crashes on I-59 near Mississippi state line – WWLTV.com

Truck carrying hazardous materials crashes on I-59 near Mississippi state line  WWLTV.com

Lawsuits filed against Lockheed Martin's Orlando facility for dangerous handling of hazardous materials – FOX 35 Orlando

Lawsuits filed against Lockheed Martin’s Orlando facility for dangerous handling of hazardous materials  FOX 35 Orlando

PRO/EDR> Poisoning – USA: (FL) rohypnol, suspected

Poisoning -- United StatesPolice are investigating whether 3 off-duty officers were poisoned after they fell ill during a night out in Florida.The group started [suddenly] sweating and vomiting after visiting 4 downtown bars and restaurants in the city of Sanford for dinner and drinks on 16 Sep 2020, according to a police report quoted by the Orlando Sentinel.Two of the officers were taken to hospital, with one officer being put on a ventilator to assist with breathing.All 3 are members of the Orlando Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis – Fiji: (CE, NO) USA travel alert

Leptospirosis -- FijiHealth officials from the Republic of Fiji have reported an outbreak of leptospirosis in the Central and Northern divisions. In response to this bacterial disease outbreak, the Fiji Ministry of Health recently announced it 'is working to manage the situation, increasing disease surveillance, conducting clean-up and awareness campaigns.' Fiji's last leptospirosis outbreak was reported in 2016. To notify international travelers, the US CDC issued a level 1 travel alert for Fiji Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus – Nepal (04): (CH)

Scrub Typhus -- NepalThe number of people suffering from scrub typhus and dengue is increased amidst the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic. In the past 2 months, 69 people were diagnosed with scrub typhus and 24 with dengue fever, according to Bharatpur hospital [Chitwan district, Bagmati Pradesh province]. Of the sample collected for test from 345 people in the months of Saun and Bhadau, 69 were found carrying the scrub typhus virus. [Saun, aka Shrawan is the 4th month in the Nepali calendar, corresponding Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (26): Americas (USA) bat, human exp

Rabies -- United StatesThe Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has announced a 2nd bat captured in Northeast Nebraska has tested positive for rabies.Emergency Response Coordinator Melanie Thompson says the 1st bat in the area was captured in August [2020] in Norfolk, and both of these bats bit humans.Thompson says bats are a beneficial species, but can cause some concern as well."Particularly when you wake up in the morning and there's a bat in your bed -- that's disconcerting for one thing, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Classical swine fever – Japan (02): (GM) domestic, spread

Classical Swine Fever -- JapanThe agriculture ministry said Saturday [26 Sep 2020] that classical swine fever (CSF) infections have been confirmed at a pig farm in the city of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, marking the 1st outbreak of the infectious disease among farmed pigs in the country in about half a year.It is the 1st classical swine fever case at a pig farm in Gunma since the 1st outbreak in Japan in 26 years was confirmed in 2018. The Gunma Prefectural Government will slaughter all of the roughly Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (418): Covidengue, countries, WHO, global

COVID-19, Dengue -- Mexico1. Verduyn M, Allou N, Gazaille V, et al. Co-infection of dengue and COVID-19: A case report. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020; 14(8):e0008476. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008476. PMID: 32745101; PMCID: PMC7398491; .2. Miah MA, Husna A. Coinfection, coepidemics of COVID-19, and dengue in dengue-endemic countries: A serious health concern. J Med Virol. 2020. doi: 10.1002/jmv.26269. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32633829; PMCID: PMC7361212. Coinfection, coepidemics of COVID-19, and dengue Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (417): Japan (TK) animal, dog, OIE

COVID-19 -- JapanInformation received on 25 Sep 2020 from Dr Norio Kumagai, Director, Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, JapanSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 26 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Aug 2020Report date: 25 Sep 2020Date submitted to OIE: 25 Sep 2020Reason for notification: emerging diseaseMorbidity: 1 (scale 0 to Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (18): Europe (Spain)

West Nile Virus -- SpainWest Nile virus fever has taken the life of a new person in Sevilla. The woman is the 5th fatal victim since the 1st week of August [2020] when the 1st hospitalizations occurred.The 77-year-old woman is a resident of Cora del Rio who had been for several weeks in the intensive care unit of the Virgin del Rocio Hospital and who at the end could not overcome the disease that was caused by the bite of a mosquito that had become infected from feeding on an ill bird.During the Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed cerebral disease – South Sudan: nodding disease

River Blindness -- South SudanElimination of "river epilepsy" has started in South Sudan.In November 2013, I [Robert Colebunders] visited Mvolo, in South Sudan, in an effort to identify the cause of nodding syndrome, at that time a mysterious form of epilepsy of unknown aetiology. The situation in Mvolo was catastrophic. A rapid assessment showed that one in 6 children had epilepsy, and one in 2 families had at least one child with epilepsy. I felt very uncomfortable, because I had nothing to offer Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed illness – Sudan: (NO) fatal

Undiagnosed -- SudanDoctors of Sudan expect the cause of an unknown fever to be found in contaminated floodwater, as the country continues to fight against the coronavirus. Now, 8 people have lost their lives in Sudan's Northern state due to an unknown fever, the Ministry of Health of Sudan has revealed."The ministry received a report on Sat 19 Sep 2020 concerning 41 cases of fever in Northern state, including 8 deaths," the official statement read. It also added that a medical team has been sent Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – USA: (TX) drinking water

Amoeba -- United StatesResidents of Lake Jackson, Texas have been warned about using tap water after a deadly brain-eating microbe was found in the city's public water supply.Tests confirmed the presence of _Naegleria fowleri_ in the system. The amoeba can cause an infection of the brain, which is usually fatal.Infections are rare in the US, with 34 reported between 2009 and 2018.Officials in Lake Jackson said they were disinfecting the water supply but did not know how long this would take.Eight Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (416): gastrointestinal complications, antibodies, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownWHO region (no. countries/territories):Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)---------------------------Western Pacific Region (19): 598 060 (3518) / 13 031 (93)European Region (61): 5 608 280 (78 707) / 234 134 (842)South East Asia Region (10): 6 624 441 (93 568) / 109 429 (1248)Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 2 322 175 (18 054) / 59 953 (421)Region of the Americas (54): 16 106 844 (118 938) / 543 883 (3109)African Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (63): Kazakhstan (AM) poultry, HPAI H5, spread susp

Avian Influenza -- KazakhstanFive more districts in Akmola [Aqmola] region confirmed bird flu cases, namely in Astrakhan, Bulandy, Atbasar, Egendykol, and Zerendy districts. They will impose mandatory quarantine.So far, 1104 chickens have died in 11 districts.--Communicated by:ProMED-mail[Aqmola region borders, on its north, the region of north Kazakhstan where highly pathogenic avian influenza [HPAI] H5 has been identified in poultry and wild birds, reported to the OIE on 19 Sep 2020. Though the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Asia (08): India (GJ)

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- IndiaGujarat reported 4 cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) this year [2020]. Of them, 3 cases have been reported to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as part of the "weekly outbreak" reports; however, the state health department claimed there had been "no outbreak of CCHF this year [2020]".The 1st case was reported on 4 Mar 2020: a 70-year-old patient from the Paliyad village in Bota. The patient's sample was sent to the National Institute Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever – Mauritania: (BR, TG, HG) camelids, OIE

Rift Valley Fever -- MauritaniaInformation received on [and dated] 24 Sep 2020 from Dr. Baba Doumbia, Director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Rural Development, Nouakchott, MauritaniaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 17 Sep 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 23 Sep 2020Report date: 24 Sep 2020Date submitted to OIE: 24 Sep 2020Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: December 2018Manifestation of disease: Clinical Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (415): vertical transmission, Fido, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownBackground: The occurrence of transplacental transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection remains highly debated. Placental positivity for SARS-CoV-2 has been reported in selected cases, but infection or virus-associated disease of fetal tissues or newborns remains to be demonstrated.Methods: We screened for SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein expression [in] placentas from 101 women who delivered between 7 Feb 2020 and 15 May 2020, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rodenticide poisoning – South Africa: (WC) caracal

Poisoning -- South AfricaThe Urban Caracal Project was saddened to announce the death of Orion, one of the 1st caracals the organisation collared. Collars are used to monitor movements and foraging behaviours. Orion was first captured in August 2016 near Cape Point and weighed 12.2 kg (26.8 lb).He died in the same month in which he was tagged and is the 1st cat to form part of the Urban Caracal Project's "Meet the Cats" feature, which allows the organisation to introduce the cats to all those who Read more [...]

Rising to the Challenges and Opportunities Presented by the Future of Work: NIOSH introduces its Future of Work Initiative

The future of work is influenced by many changes to workplace, work, and workforce factors such as organizational design, work arrangements, technological job displacement, artificial intelligence, robotics, technologies, demographics, economic security, and skills. Advances in the future of work offer many opportunities, but they also create challenges for the workplace and work, with consequences for the safety, health, and well‐being of the workforce. Holistic workplace and work programs, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (414): animal, Netherlands (LI), Denmark (ND), farm mink, spread

COVID-19 -- NetherlandsAt a mink farm in Meijel (municipality of Peel en Maas) an infection with SARS-CoV-2 has been established. The company has approximately 10 000 parent animals. The contamination came to light from the "early warning", the monitoring system in which animals are tested for the virus every week. The company will be cleared as soon as possible.A total of 57 mink farms in the Netherlands have now been declared infected.For more information, see the last letter to the House of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Stanley – USA: wood ear mushrooms, alert, recall

Salmonella -- United StatesThe CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Stanley infections.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 the CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on _Salmonella_ bacteria isolated Read more [...]

Deal Being Worked Out To Let DEQ Dispose Of Hazardous Materials From Burned Homes – KLCC FM Public Radio

Deal Being Worked Out To Let DEQ Dispose Of Hazardous Materials From Burned Homes  KLCC FM Public Radio

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (413): interferon type I, Saudi Arabia Umrah, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- United StatesNew findings by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and their collaborators help explain why some people with COVID-19 develop severe disease. The findings also may provide the 1st molecular explanation for why more men than women die from COVID-19.The researchers found that more than 10% of people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies -- autoantibodies -- that attack the immune system rather than the virus that causes the disease. Another 3.5% Read more [...]

Hazmat Regulations What Life Sciences Companies Need To Know – Med Device Online

Hazmat Regulations What Life Sciences Companies Need To Know  Med Device Online

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine grass sickness – UK: (Scotland) horse

Other Animal Disease -- United KingdomThe diagnosis of EGS can be complex and is normally confirmed by a clinical examination of the horse by the vet. Further tests may be used to support the diagnosis of EGS, or help rule out other conditions, such as taking blood samples or an ultrasound of the abdomen.Treatment---------Due to the hopeless prognosis for survival, horses diagnosed with acute, sub-acute, or severe chronic EGS usually have to be euthanised to prevent further suffering. Around 50% Read more [...]

Operator discovers hazardous chemical leak at Salisbury water plant – Delmarva Daily Times

Operator discovers hazardous chemical leak at Salisbury water plant  Delmarva Daily Times

Protecting Machine Operators from Silica Dust: Enclosed Cabs

  Construction workers who operate heavy equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, cranes, and backhoes frequently generate large quantities of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust. Exposure to even small amounts of RCS over time can cause silicosis, lung cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other serious diseases. A recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that 79% of the 100,000 workers exposed to RCS above the recommended exposure Read more [...]

First responders partake in rainy hazardous materials drill – Maryville Daily Times

First responders partake in rainy hazardous materials drill  Maryville Daily Times

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive mosquito – USA (07): (CA)

Pests -- United StatesFor the 1st time in Butte County, the mosquito commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito has been found. The invasive species was discovered 17 Sep [2020] in northeast Chico in the area of East Avenue and Mariposa Avenue.The _Aedes aegypti_ mosquito has been detected previously in other areas of California, but never in Butte County. _Ae. aegypti_ have the potential to transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, which are not known to be transmitted Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (23): Germany (BB) wild boar, spread

African Swine Fever -- GermanyThe National Reference Laboratory FLI has officially confirmed today [24 Sep 2020] African swine fever [ASF] in 3 additional wild boars. All 3 have been found in the core zone, near Neuzelle, district Oder-Spree. Total number of ASF cases now is 32.--Communicated by:Sabine ZentisCastleview English LonghornsGut Laach, D-52385 Nideggen, Germany[African swine fever [ASF] in wild boars took Belgium (Luxembourg province) by surprise in September 2018; the disease had not Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Circular leaf spot, persimmon – Spain: (VC)

Other Plant Disease -- SpainIt was recently announced that this year's [2020] Spanish kaki [persimmon] harvest will be significantly reduced compared to last year [2019] (by around 30%), both due to the lower yields and the impact of pests. In recent days, Valencian producers have been surprised by the abundant presence of the _Mycosphaerella_ fungus, which is causing a huge amount of fruit to fall from the trees. Therefore, the drop in this season's kaki production could actually be much greater."It Read more [...]

Harwich crews extinguish fire near fuel spill cleanup site – Cape Cod Times

Harwich crews extinguish fire near fuel spill cleanup site  Cape Cod Times

Marion County officials warn about residents hazardous materials at Beachie Creek Fire areas – Statesman Journal

Marion County officials warn about residents hazardous materials at Beachie Creek Fire areas  Statesman Journal