PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (31): Cambodia (TA) poultry, HPAI H5N6, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N6 -- CambodiaInformation received on [and dated] 18 Apr 2019 from Mr. Phannara Tan, Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Phnom Penh, CambodiaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 25 Mar 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 27 Mar 2019Reason for notification: New strain of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: Highly pathogenic avian influenza virusSerotype: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (30): Bangladesh (KH) crow, HPAI H5, OIE

Avian Influenza -- BangladeshInformation received on [and dated] 17 Apr 2019 from Dr. Hiresh Rajan Bhowmik, Director General, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Dhaka, BangladeshSummaryReport type: Immediate notification (final report)Date of start of the event: 15 Dec 2018Date of confirmation of the event: 11 Apr 2019Report date: 17 Apr 2019Date submitted to OIE: 17 Apr 2019Date event resolved: 15 Jan 2019Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – USA (02): fatal, deli-sliced meats and cheeses

Listeriosis -- United States- People who are at higher risk for _Listeria_ infection should avoid eating lunch meats, cold cuts, or other deli meats unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165 deg F [74 deg C] just before serving.- If you develop symptoms of a _Listeria_ infection after eating deli-sliced products, contact a healthcare provider and tell them you ate deli-sliced products. This is especially important if you are pregnant, age 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system.- Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Coccidioidomycosis – USA (02): ex Mexico, volunteer construction service, 2018

Valley Fever -- United States1. Toda M, Gonzalez FJ, Fonseca-Ford M, et al. Notes from the field: Multistate coccidioidomycosis outbreak in U.S. residents returning from community service trips to Baja California, Mexico -- July-August 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019; 68:332-333; .]--Communicated by:ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts[Coccidioidomycosis, commonly known as valley fever, is a fungal disease caused by inhalation of spores of _Coccidioides immitis_ or _C. posadasii_, dimorphic saprophytic Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (33): China, domestic, epidemiology, control policy

African Swine Fever -- ChinaChina will allow large-scale pig farms and breeding farms to test for African swine fever [ASF] in a bid to help early detection of the disease, overturning an earlier prohibition on commercial firms carrying out their own testing.The agriculture ministry has asked local husbandry bureaus to encourage large farms to obtain testing kits for the deadly virus that has swept through the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on its website on Tuesday [16 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – Comoros: (MO) cattle, st O, OIE

Foot and Mouth -- ComorosInformation received on [and dated] 17 Apr 2019 from Dr Youssouf Ousseni Moutroifi, [responsible for animal health, Directorate of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment, and Urban Planning], Moroni, ComorosSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 15 Mar 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Apr 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Foot and Read more [...]

Hazardous Materials Spill at Local School – Newport Beach News – Newport Beach Independent Newspaper

Hazardous Materials Spill at Local School – Newport Beach News  Newport Beach Independent Newspaper

Newport Beach Fire Department firefighters responded to a hazardous materials spill at a local high school this week, authorities reported.

Add your voice to the 4th annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The revealed results of the annual Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook have become a tradition at the Dangerous Goods Symposium. A few insights usually take the crowd by surprise, and you hear reactions like: I’ve always... Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (27): global (Nigeria), Pakistan sewage sampling

Polio -- NigeriaNew wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2019: 9Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 33New cVDPV cases reported this week: 1Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2019: 5Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2018: 104Headlines- Co-chairs of Immunization Management Group (IMG) announced that the global goal set out in 2013 of 126-OPV using countries to introduce one dose of IPV in their immunization programme Read more [...]

DNREC: Croda's response to release that shut down Delaware Memorial Bridge did not contaminate soil, groundwater – The Courier-Express

DNREC: Croda’s response to release that shut down Delaware Memorial Bridge did not contaminate soil, groundwater  The Courier-Express

The company responsible for a bridge shutdown at the height of Thanksgiving travel due to an unexpected chemical release was found to not have created a …

DNREC: Croda's response to release that shut down Delaware Memorial Bridge did not contaminate soil, groundwater – WDEL 1150AM

DNREC: Croda’s response to release that shut down Delaware Memorial Bridge did not contaminate soil, groundwater  WDEL 1150AM

The company responsible for a bridge shutdown at the height of Thanksgiving travel due to an unexpected chemical release was found to not have created a …

PRO/AH/EDR> Peste des petits ruminants – Libya: (BG) sheep, goats, OIE

Peste des petits ruminants -- LibyaInformation received on [and dated] 17 Apr 2019 from Dr. Zakaria Mohamed Mustafa Elkhatal, Director General, National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Wealth, Tripoli, LibyaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 27 Jan 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Apr 2019Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 7 Jun 2018Manifestation of disease: Clinical Read more [...]

PRO/ALL> New in IJID (04): April 2019

Staph -- ChinaObservational study of nasopharyngeal carriage of _Neisseria meningitidis_ in applicants to a military academy in the Russian FederationSergey Sidorenko, Sergei Zakharenko, Yuri Lobzin, Konstantin Zhdanov, Elvira Martens, Vladimir Gostev, Alexey Mokhov, Marina Volkova, Olga Kalinogorskaya, Ludmila Gelezova, Alexander Goldstein, Moe H. KyawInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 81, April 2019, Pages 12-16_Streptococcus pyogenes_ infections with limited emm-type Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (13): (KY, WV, OH)

Hepatitis A -- United StatesAge range 1-87Median age 37Male 1449 (58%)Hospitalizations 1227 (49.9%)Deaths 21Risk factors------------Co-infection with hepatitis C (information available for 1881 cases): 1053 (56%)Co-infection with hepatitis B (information available for 1881 cases): 193 (10.3%)Reports illicit drug use (information available for 2110 cases): 1478 (70%)Homeless: 235 (9.5%)--Communicated by:ProMED-mail[Date / Cases / New cases per week23 May 2018 / 106 / -29 Jun 2018 / Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed mass mortality, pig – Papua New Guinea: (SL) RFI

Undiagnosed -- Papua New GuineaThe people of Nipa in Southern Highlands are warned not to touch, eat or sell any meat from pigs that have died there mysteriously.The general public travelling to Hela has also been warned not to buy any pork sold at roadside markets.Nipa Station Department of Primary Industries officer Justin Kiap has received confirmation of the death of more than 100 pigs. "This is new and I cannot really tell what caused the deaths," Kiap said.Villagers at Nipa said the pigs died Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Classical swine fever – Japan (06): (GF) domestic

Classical Swine Fever -- JapanToday [17 Apr 2019], a suspected case of hog cholera [classical swine fever, CSF] has been confirmed at a pig farm in Ena city, Gifu prefecture.All required preventive measures against this disease have been applied. The farm stopped all movements of the breeding pigs since the disease was suspected. We expect the public's cooperation in strictly refraining from visits to the location to avoid the spread of this disease.1. Outline of outbreak farmLocation: Gifu prefecture, Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Pantoea leaf blight, rice – Malaysia: 1st rep

Other Plant Disease -- Malaysia_Pantoea_ spp. cause severe diseases [on rice]. In September 2017 and April 2018, bacterial leaf blight of rice (MR269 and CL varieties) was observed in the states of Selangor and Kedah, with 80% disease incidence. Symptoms were water-soaked stripes with yellowing color, which later turned into brown stripes on the upper part of leaves.From symptomatic leaves, 10 representative bacterial colonies were isolated. [For] all isolates, PCR amplification [for] _Pantoea_ species Read more [...]

Boise Fire training on propane leaks as part of hazardous materials week – 6 On Your Side

Boise Fire training on propane leaks as part of hazardous materials week  6 On Your Side

BOISE, Idaho — Officials are calling a recent house explosion in McCall a good reminder that injuries and even death can result from improper use of propane.

Workplace Smoke-Free Policies and Cessation Programs

Nearly half a million Americans still die prematurely from tobacco use each year despite the fact that it is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the U.S.1, 2. So what can be done to prevent the toll of smoking in the U.S.? The workplace is an important setting for implementing tobacco control interventions. 3, 4 However, data on smoke-free workplace policies and cessation programs are limited. A new study from NIOSH researchers published in the American Journal Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> MDR bacteria – UK, Israel: pets

Antimicrobial resistance -- United KingdomA gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to linezolid, an antibiotic that is used as a last resort for treating infections in humans, has been found in bacterial samples from cats and a dog at a small-animal hospital in the UK for the 1st time. The new research is being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 Apr 2019).Linezolid is licensed for the treatment Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (09): Asia, Pacific, Africa, research

Dengue -- Sri LankaResearchers in the USA have genetically modified mosquitoes to make humans less attractive to them, a discovery that could dramatically reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, and Zika fever.Female mosquitoes have been long known to use an array of sensory information to find people to bite. They can sense exhaled carbon dioxide from as far as 10 m [32.8 ft] away and are also able to detect body odour, heat, and moisture.But new research, published Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Canada (BC): rabbits

Hemorrhagic Fever -- CanadaThe reappearance on Vancouver Island of the deadly rabbit disease which swept across the Lower Mainland last spring has Richmond's rabbit community on alert.The B.C. government and the BC SPCA issued warnings last week that rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) has resurfaced in the Parksville area, with 4 rabbits dying from the highly infectious virus.Last year [2018], Richmond-based no-kill animal charity RAPS had to euthanize its entire 66-rabbit population on the orders Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Argentina: human, livestock, 2018

Anthrax -- ArgentinaSummary--------After 41 years of assessments, we insist that in order to control rural carbuncle "it is necessary to have a certificate of vaccination of susceptible categories and to efficiently eliminate the carcasses of bovines dying all of a sudden." These 2 sanitation activities would provide encouraging results for control of this endemic zoonosis in this stock-breeding country.1. Assessment area of rural carbuncle in the province of Buenos Aires (1977-2018): It was not Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (38): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summary, WHO, response, research

Ebola -- DR CongoOn Tue 16 Apr 2019, the President of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi, visited the response teams during his trip to Beni. He visited the Ebola treatment center where he witnessed the release of a cured patient to whom he gave the clearance certificate. He spoke at length with various agents of the team who explained the functioning of the response, including patient care and mobile laboratories of the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB). He commended the health workers Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African horse sickness: Cameroon, Swaziland, OIE

African Horse Sickness -- CameroonInformation received on [and dated] 17 Apr 2019 from Dr Marcel Casimir Ndongo Kounou, Directeur, Services veterinaires, Ministere de l'Elevage, des Peches & des Industries Animales, Yaounde, CameroonSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 10 Mar 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 20 Mar 2019Report date: 17 Apr 2019Date submitted to OIE: 17 Apr 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Hungary: (BE) cattle, OIE

Anthrax -- HungaryInformation received on [and dated] 16 Apr 2019 from Dr Lajos Bognar, deputy state secretary chief veterinary officer, Food Chain Safety Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest, HungarySummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 11 Apr 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 15 Apr 2019Date submitted to OIE: 16 Apr 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 2 Aug 2018Manifestation of disease: Read more [...]

Fire at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Leaves 1 Dead, At Least 2 Injured – TIME

Fire at Houston-Area Chemical Plant Leaves 1 Dead, At Least 2 Injured  TIMEHuge explosion and fire rocks Texas chemical plant  ABC NewsKMCO chemical plant fire in Crosby kills 1, injures 2  WABC-TV1 killed, 2 hurt in fire at Texas chemical plant  MarketWatch2nd Texas chemical fire in about 2 weeks kills worker  Star TribuneView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Africa (03): Uganda (JI) fatal

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- UgandaThe ministry of Health has confirmed a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and warned of a possible outbreak in the eastern district of Jinja."A 32-year-old male, who passed on at Entebbe General Hospital in Wakiso, tested positive with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. He was buried in Jinja," said ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona.The deceased was a builder and was staying in Bendegere village, Kasenyi parish-Katabi sub county in Wakiso Read more [...]

Ascension Parish hosting hazardous materials collection day – WAFB

Ascension Parish hosting hazardous materials collection day  WAFB

Officials in Ascension Parish are holding a collection day for household hazardous materials.

Erie Fire Department Speaks Out on Chemical Leak – erienewsnow.com

Erie Fire Department Speaks Out on Chemical Leak  erienewsnow.com

The department describes the precautions in place to handle chemical spills and elaborates on the liquid nitrogen leak that shut down part of West 12th Street …

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiag. resp. illness – Guyana (04): (BA) mine tunnel exp. histoplasmosis conf.

Histoplasmosis -- GuyanaThe mystery illness, which was erroneously assumed to be H1N1 (swine flu) and as leptospirosis in 2 cases, affecting employees working in the Guyana Manganese Inc. tunnel in Matthew's Ridge, Region One, Barima-Waini has finally been determined to be histoplasmosis, an infection by a fungus found in the droppings of birds, bats and rats in humid areas. [Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus _Histoplasma capsulatum_ that lives in soil enriched by bird or bat, not rat, droppings. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Russia (03): (YN) anthrax ecology

Anthrax -- RussiaWhen authorities in Yakutsk invited participants in a youth government initiative to brainstorm ideas for an empty lot in the centre last year [2018], it seemed like a smart way to get rid of an eyesore. But the project was held up after residents and officials raised concerns that the site could hold anthrax spores preserved in the permanently frozen soil.Although specialists eventually said it was safe to build a skate park on the lot, which once held a laboratory making an anthrax Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Newport – USA: frozen raw tuna, alert, recall

Salmonella -- United StatesCDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration External are investigating a multistate outbreak of _Salmonella_ Newport 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 CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on Salmonella bacteria Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Kenya (07): (NK) wildlife, human suspected

Anthrax -- KenyaThe State may have ignored recommendations on anthrax outbreaks at Lake Nakuru National Park, exposing animals and humans to grave danger. The disease has killed 14 buffaloes with unconfirmed reports indicating one human infection in Elburgon, Nakuru County.In August [2018], the Kenya Zoonotic Disease Unit of the ministries of agriculture and health had declared the park an anthrax hotspot and directed routine vaccination of all animals at all times. In a study to establish the cause Read more [...]

NHP: Hazardous Materials Spill on I-80 near Osino Cleared – KTVN

NHP: Hazardous Materials Spill on I-80 near Osino Cleared  KTVN

UPDATE: NHP says the scene is now clear. All lanes on I-80 eastbound in the area have been reopened.

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (18): Asia (Qatar ex Nepal) human, sylvatic exposure susp., comment

Rabies — Qatar

PRO/PL> Late blight, potato – Europe: emerging strains

Other Plant Disease -- Worldwide/Unknown_Phytophthora_ in potatoes has become more aggressive. Clone EU-13 [A2-Blue 13] was already known for being aggressive and difficult to combat. In recent years, 2 new clones have been on the rise in the northwest of Europe: Eu-36 and EU-37 [A2-Dark Green 37]. These clones are supplanting EU-13.The characteristics that caused these 2 clones to expand has now been researched by Wageningen University & Research [WUR]. Important for the development of _Phytophthora_ Read more [...]

Big rig crash, hazmat spill blocks I-10 in Waller County – mySA

Big rig crash, hazmat spill blocks I-10 in Waller County  mySA

Traffic is inching past an 18-wheeler crash along Interstate 10 West in Waller County. Two vehicles, including the big rig, crashed in the westbound lanes at …

Big rig crash, hazmat spill blocks I-10 in Waller County – Chron

Big rig crash, hazmat spill blocks I-10 in Waller County  Chron

Traffic is inching past an 18-wheeler crash along Interstate 10 West in Waller County. Two vehicles, including the big rig, crashed in the westbound lanes at …

'Nuclear material safe' after potential chemical leak at national nuclear facility – KKTV 11 News

‘Nuclear material safe’ after potential chemical leak at national nuclear facility  KKTV 11 News

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) – All nuclear material is safe and employees are going back to work as normal after authorities with the Y-12 National Security …