Crash involving hazardous materials closes I-65 near Greenville – Alabama's News Leader

Crash involving hazardous materials closes I-65 near Greenville  Alabama’s News Leader

A stretch of an Alabama interstate has been shut down and a nearby high school has closed for the day as a precaution after a crash involving hazardous …

Crash Involving Hazardous Materials Closes Alabama Freeway – U.S. News & World Report

Crash Involving Hazardous Materials Closes Alabama Freeway  U.S. News & World Report

GREENVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A stretch of an Alabama interstate has been shut down and a nearby high school has closed for the day as a precaution after a crash …

How much do new civil penalties for hazmat violations actually cost you?

As Labelmaster Staff Regulatory Specialist Nikki Burgess reported a couple of weeks back, many federal agencies recently raised their civil penalties about 2.5% for Dangerous Goods regulatory citations. In other words, any compliance errors you make will now cost you a little more. Since most readers of this blog—and most players in the global hazmat

PRO/EDR> Botulism – Canada (03): salmon caviar, risk, recall

Botulism -- CanadaLast week [week of Mon 12 Aug 2019], Kananaskistrade grained salmon caviar was recalled from the marketplace as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) urged consumers to not eat the product because of concerns about botulism poisoning. The CFIA has posted an updated recall that includes additional product information, specifically that "all units sold up to and including 20 Aug 2019" are implicated in the recall. "This additional information was identified during the Canadian Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (32): (MO) mandatory food handler vacc

Hepatitis A -- United StatesA Missouri county has imposed mandatory hepatitis A vaccinations for food handlers. Franklin County, Missouri, joins a handful of jurisdictions across the country with mandatory hepatitis A vaccine programs aimed at preventing further cases. This development is part of a larger trend aimed at expanding vaccinations for hepatitis A and addressing future outbreaks of the disease.Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can cause symptoms ranging from fever to jaundice Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (18): Americas

Dengue -- Worldwide/UnknownCases by Country / Week updated, ending [w/e] / Serotype / Total / Confirmed / Severe / DeathsNorth AmericaUSA / 32 [week ending 9 Aug 2019] / D? / 244 / 255 / 5 / 0 Central America and MexicoBelize / 16 [w/e 19 Apr 2019] / D? / 647 / 90 / 0 / 0Cost Rica / 30 [w/e 26 Jul 2019] / D1,2 / 2849 / 0 / 0 / 0El Salvador / 31 [w/e 2 Aug 2019] / D2 / 10 800 / 0 / 0 / 5Guatemala / 30 / [w/e 26 Jul 2019] / D1,2,3,4 / 12 081 / 0 / 45 / 34Honduras / 25 [w/e 2 Aug 2019] / D1,2 / 49 326 Read more [...]

PRO/AH> Lumpy skin disease – India: (OR) cattle, susp, RFI

Lumpy Skin Disease -- IndiaLumpy skin disease (LSD) of cattle, locally known as "Go-Basant" [see comment], has triggered panic among people of Nischintakoili, Salepur, Mahanga, and Cuttack Sadar blocks. Over 2000 cattle have been affected in the 4 blocks. The highly infectious viral disease was 1st noticed in bordering areas of Nischintakoili block about a fortnight back and had affected some cows of farmers. Later it spread to other parts of the district.The disease, characterised by appearance Read more [...]

PRO/AH> African swine fever – Asia (64): Philippines (RI) domestic, not

African Swine Fever -- PhilippinesThe Department of Agriculture (DA) said on [Wed 21 Aug 2019] that there is no outbreak of African swine fever [ASF] in the country, after confirming that there have been incidents of hog mortality in some areas. In a press briefing, DA spokesperson Noel Reyes said the DA has yet to identify the real cause of death of the pigs, pending confirmatory laboratory tests. [He explained] that all pigs within the one km [about 0.62 mi] radius from the virus' ground zero were Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (31): (Las Vegas)

Hepatitis A -- United StatesHealth officials in Las Vegas are using the word "outbreak" to describe a sharp spike in hepatitis A cases reported mostly among homeless people and drug users. The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Wednesday [14 Aug 2019] that from November [2018] to June [2019] it tallied 83 cases of the virus that causes liver damage and can lead to death.That's far more than the 58 cases reported in 2016, 2017, and 2018, combined. The district says more than 80% of reported Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (18): (MN) lake swimming

E. coli -- United StatesThere have now been 69 people to have fallen sick from the _Escherichia coli_ outbreak at Lake Nokomis. Health officials put out an alert earlier this month [August 2019] after 3 children became sick with the bug after swimming at the lake, prompting the closure of both its beaches.The Minnesota Department of Health said on Friday [16 Aug 2019] it had received 49 confirmed cases of _E. coli_-related illness since the outbreak, and on Tuesday [20 Aug 2019] revealed that this Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (25): Europe (Germany) wild bird, OIE

West Nile Virus -- GermanyInformation received on [and dated] 20 Aug 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: 13 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Aug 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 24 Sep Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (17): Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa

Dengue — Sri Lanka

Tribes: Septic issues suspected in hazardous materials incident at truck stop – Idaho State Journal

Tribes: Septic issues suspected in hazardous materials incident at truck stop  Idaho State Journal

FORT HALL — A septic system issue appears to have played a role in the unusual odor that prompted the evacuation and closure of a local truck stop over the.

PRO/AH/EDR> Infectious hypodermal & hematopoietic necrosis – UK: shrimp, OIE

Other Animal Disease -- United KingdomInformation received on 20 Aug 2019 from Dr Christine Middlemiss, chief veterinary officer, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) London, United KingdomSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 15 Jul 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 13 Aug 2019Report date: 19 Aug 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: infectious hypodermal and hematopoietic necrosis virus Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Aflatoxin – Tanzania: (DO,MY)

Poisoning -- TanzaniaA suspected aflatoxicosis outbreak is being reported in Tanzania. The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of the situation by the Ministry of Health in late June 2019. Since 1 Jun 2019, sporadic cases presented with symptoms and signs of abdominal distention, jaundice, vomiting, swelling of lower limbs, with a few cases of fever and headache, from Dodoma and Manyara Regions in Tanzania. As of 11 Aug 2019, a total of 53 cases and 8 deaths have been reported from Chemba, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Powassan virus encephalitis – USA (04): (MA)

Powassan virus -- United StatesTasting the salty hints of summer coming through, JS just had a few more days left of school before classes no longer disrupted her riding schedule. The 11 year old had big plans for her 2 ponies, Land's End Lady Slipper and Sparkle, that included the Vermont Summer Festival, Lake Placid (New York) and the USEF Pony Finals (Kentucky). [After school on] Mon 20 May [2019] she found her way to CK and CK's farm.On Tue 21 May [2019], JS came home from a field trip with a Read more [...]

Highway briefly closed after ‘minor’ leak at Westlake Chemical in Geismar – WAFB

Highway briefly closed after ‘minor’ leak at Westlake Chemical in Geismar  WAFB

A minor chemical leak occurred at Westlake Chemical Plant in Geismar Wednesday, Aug. 21, authorities reported.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WWBT NBC12 News

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WWBT NBC12 News

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WAFF

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WAFF

ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) – A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm …

‘Minor’ leak at Westlake Chemical in Geismar – WAFB

‘Minor’ leak at Westlake Chemical in Geismar  WAFB

A minor chemical leak occurred at Westlake Chemical Plant in Geismar Wednesday, Aug. 21, authorities reported.

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – Europe (07): (Spain) meat, recall, fatal

Listeriosis -- SpainHealth authorities in Spain are on high alert after a 90 year old woman died amid a listeria outbreak in the southern region of Andalusia that has affected more than 110 people.Jose Miguel Cisneros, director of the infectious disease department at Seville's Virgen del Rocio Hospital, on Tuesday [20 Aug 2019] announced the 1st casualty since the outbreak was declared on 15 Aug [2019]. Authorities have closed the pork meat supplier's plant and recalled all of its products. Cisneros Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America: Canada (ON), USA (LA,NY)

Encephalitis -- CanadaOn 10 Aug 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) was notified of a confirmed case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a horse located in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. The unvaccinated mare was euthanized following the sudden onset and progression of neurological signs. Laboratory diagnostic testing confirmed infection with the EEE virus (EEEv).EEE is not transmissible from horses to people. Effective equine vaccines for EEE Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Asia (15): Pakistan (SD,BA)

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- PakistanOne more case of Congo virus [has been] reported in Karachi as a young boy was diagnosed with the disease after being admitted at a hospital in Nazimabad area, ARY News reported on Sunday [18 Aug 2019]. Doctors confirmed that the 17 year old boy, named as [QS] who is [a] resident of Sohrab Goth and worked at a dairy farm, was diagnosed with Congo virus during the initial medical examination tests.It is pertinent to mention here that the 1st case of Congo Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – Australia: (AC,NS) Korean community

Hepatitis A -- AustraliaAustralian Capital Territory (ACT) health officials are investigating a cluster of hepatitis A cases in Canberra's South Korean community. There have been 8 cases of the virus in the ACT and Sydney since June 2019. The cluster of cases comes as South Korea experiences a large outbreak of the virus, with more than 11 000 cases reported in the country in 2019.ACT Health said it was working with its counterparts in New South Wales to investigate the cause of the outbreak. An Read more [...]

Chemical leak at Nestle – Trinidad News

Chemical leak at Nestle  Trinidad News

ORDERLIES at Nestle Caribbean had to contain an “interaction between spilt chemicals” which occurred twice between Tuesday and yesterday.

3,000 fish killed in Little Calumet River by cyanide leak at Indiana steel factory: state officials – WLS-TV

3,000 fish killed in Little Calumet River by cyanide leak at Indiana steel factory: state officials  WLS-TV

An Indiana steel plant dumped toxic levels of cyanide and ammonia-nitrogen in the Little Calumet River, killing fish and shutting down parts of the Indiana …

PRO/EDR> Measles update (57)

Measles -- United StatesFrom 1 Jan to 15 Aug 2019, 1203 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states (note: case count is preliminary and subject to change). This is an increase of 21 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the USA since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.- Measles can cause serious complications. As of 15 Aug 2019, 124 of the people who got measles this year (2019) were hospitalized, and 64 reported having Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (41): Ukraine, domestic, wild boar, update, OIE

African Swine Fever -- UkraineKiev: event started 16 Oct 2016. A total of 20 outbreaks (submitted) reported to date (20 Jul 2019). The event is continuing, with the last follow-up report no. 17 provided on 13 May 2019.Total animals affected:Species / Susceptible / Cases / Deaths / Killed and disposed of / SlaughteredSwine / 11 507 / 62 / 62 / 11 450 / 0--communicated by:ProMED-mail******[2] Donetsk: domestic swine and wild boarDate: Tue 20 Aug 2019Source: OIE, WAHIS (World Animal Health Read more [...]

Fire, HazMat crews respond to pickup-fuel tanker collision in Salt Lake City – Gephardt Daily

Fire, HazMat crews respond to pickup-fuel tanker collision in Salt Lake City  Gephardt Daily

Salt Lake City Fire and HazMat crews responded overnight after a pickup hit a semi pulling two fuel tankers, and the resulting rupture spilled an estimated 140 …

Diesel fuel spills into Harbor Beach Marina – Huron Daily Tribune

Diesel fuel spills into Harbor Beach Marina  Huron Daily Tribune

HARBOR BEACH — A major diesel fuel spill wound up sending around 100 gallons of fuel into the water at the Harbor Beach Marina. According to Harbor …

Longview Fire Department gets new, custom hazmat trailer – KLTV

Longview Fire Department gets new, custom hazmat trailer  KLTV

The Longview Fire Department now has a second hazmat trailer.

Three fire crews attend chemical leak at Holyhead port – North Wales Chronicle

Three fire crews attend chemical leak at Holyhead port  North Wales Chronicle

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a chemical leak at Holyhead port in the early hours of Thursday morning. North Wales Fire and Rescue *Service* said it sent three …

PRO/AH> African swine fever – Europe (40): Bulgaria (PZ) wild boar, spread

African Swine Fever -- BulgariaA 2nd outbreak of African swine fever [ASF] has been registered in Alabak State [Hunting] Enterprise, Pazardzhik regional governor Stefan Mirev said after a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission, Focus Radio - Pazardzhik reported.Mirev said a sample of a 2nd dead pig found in the Velingrad region on the territory of Alabak State [hunting] Enterprise tested positive. "It is the 2nd outbreak of ASF in the region of Velingrad. At the meeting, we made a thorough Read more [...]

66 people sent for medical attention after ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Texas – NBCNews.com

66 people sent for medical attention after ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Texas  NBCNews.comExxon fights fire at Baytown, Texas, petrochemical plant; 37 injured  CNBCFire under control at Exxon petrochemical plant; some workers suffer minor burns  ReutersThe Site of One of the Largest US Oil Refineries Is on Fire  VICEView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WSFA

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WSFA

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WKYT

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WKYT

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.

Police working chemical release in Duson – KATC Lafayette News

Police working chemical release in Duson  KATC Lafayette News

Duson Chief of Police Kip Judice is reporting that the Duson Police Department is working a “chemical release” from a tanker truck near 3002 Daulat Road.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – 13abc Action News

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  13abc Action News

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WBRC

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WBRC

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama – WDBJ7

Kittens hurt from improper hazardous materials disposal in north Alabama  WDBJ7

A mother cat and her four kittens became collateral damage when someone dumped oil-based paint and lacquer thinner down a storm drain.