PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (31): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summaries, opinions, research

Ebola -- DR CongoVaccination - Since the beginning of vaccination on 8 Aug 2018, 91 286 persons have been vaccinated [see URL for number of vaccinees in each location].SPECIAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTHThis Sun 24 Mar 2019, the Ebola outbreak in the provinces of North Kivu has exceeded the threshold of 1000 cases.Before being a public health emergency, an Ebola epidemic is above all a human and social tragedy. Behind these numbers are several hundred Congolese families directly Read more [...]

Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical' – ABS-CBN News

Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical'  ABS-CBN NewsMalaysia Closes More Than 100 Schools After Chemical Leak Causes Poisonings  TIMEMalaysian concerns over toxic chemical leak, over 100 schools closed  http://en.vietnamplus.vn/Pasir Gudang methane poisoning: Families move away from pollution area  Channel NewsAsiaMalaysia Education Ministry shuts down over 100 schools in Johor after poisonous chemical leak  International Read more [...]

Texas fire's chemical leak clogs shipping channel – NWAOnline

Texas fire’s chemical leak clogs shipping channel  NWAOnline

Officials have no timetable for reopening a portion of the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest commercial waterways in the country, after another setback …

Investigation Results on Possible Hazardous Materials Release at Kroger – rutherfordsource.com

Investigation Results on Possible Hazardous Materials Release at Kroger  rutherfordsource.com

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department was called to the Kroger at 2050 Lascassas Pike around 6:00 Wednesday evening for a possible hazardous materials …

PRO/AH/EDR> Psittacosis – Sweden: wild bird contact

Psittacosis -- SwedenSwedish public health authorities, Folkhalsomyndigheten, is reporting an outbreak of psittacosis, or parrot disease, since November 2018. According to officials, some 60 cases have been reported from the regions of Vastra Gotaland, Kalmar, Jonkoping, and Skane. This is the highest number of cases reported in one winter in 2 decades.Those who have now fallen ill have mainly come into contact with bird droppings from wild birds, for example through the handling of bird tables and Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease – Europe (02): EFSA epidemiology 2017-2018, EU control policy

Lumpy Skin Disease -- Worldwide/UnknownVaccination and other control measures have succeeded in halting the epidemic of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the Balkans, new data suggest.EFSA's latest report on the status of the disease in southeastern Europe shows that there were no new outbreaks in 2018. The number of outbreaks had declined dramatically in 2017, down to 385 from 7483 in 2016, and the latest data indicate that the disease is now absent from the region.More than 2.5 million cattle were vaccinated Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – Europe: Denmark, fatal, WGS, smoked fish, ex Estonia, 2016-19

Listeriosis -- DenmarkDanish officials have solved a _Listeria_ outbreak that had been ongoing for 3 years. Cold-smoked fish products imported from Estonia are the source of the long-lasting outbreak, which had made 9 people sick and linked to 2 deaths since 2016.Statens Serum Institut (SSI), the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fodevarestyrelsen), and DTU Food - National Food Institute reported that 2 of the 9 cases that became ill with the same type of _Listeria_ were in 2019. Luise Muller Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine influenza – UK (07): (England) horse, EIV H3N8 Florida clade 1, spread

Equine Influenza -- United KingdomThe 1st outbreak of equine flu in Cumbria, [England], has been confirmed by animal health officials. The Animal Health Trust says the horse affected was an unvaccinated non-Thoroughbred that had recently arrived on a private yard in the county following post-purchase movement from another part of the UK.A report on the AHT website said the horse had shown signs of mild fever, coughing, and nasal discharge shortly after arriving and tested positive for EI [equine Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Varicella update (03): Philippines, USA (NM)

Chicken Pox -- United StatesA public elementary school in Tubungan town, Iloilo has recorded a total of 36 chickenpox cases from 15 Jan to 3 Mar [2019], the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said. In an interview on Wednesday [20 Mar 2019], Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO head, said the cases were observed as patients who sought treatment at the rural health units (RHU) and private clinics in Tubungan.All the cases were recorded in Cadabdab Elementary School, with 21 male and 15 female students affected. Read more [...]

Multiple tanks burning again after massive fire at Texas chemical plant – KGUN

Multiple tanks burning again after massive fire at Texas chemical plant  KGUNLatest fire contained at charred Deer Park plant  ChronFirefighters contain latest flare up at Deer Park, Texas, chemical plant  CNNFire reignites at Houston-area chemical plant  WWSBPotential for leaks remain after fire reignites at ITC facility  KTRK-TVView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – USA: travel alert

African Swine Fever -- United StatesThe US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, Greg Ibach, is alerting international travelers of a deadly swine disease they could unknowingly bring back into the United States on their clothes, shoes, or hands.African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs. It does not affect human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. Recent spread Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever – Africa (06): Sudan, vaccination

Yellow Fever -- SudanThe Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF, has launched a large-scale mass vaccination campaign in Sudan to vaccinate more than 8.3 million people 9 months to 60 years of age against yellow fever in the states of Blue Nile, Gezira and Sennar during 10-29 Mar 2019.The campaign represents a crucial step in protecting a large portion of the population and reducing the risk of severe and deadly Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – India (04): (OR) cattle, human

Anthrax -- IndiaFear of an anthrax and diarrhoea outbreak has triggered panic in Dasmantpur area as 3 people have died of it. The 2 diseases may take the form of an epidemic at the block, which has increased tension among the residents of the area.A medical team also visited and inspected Padabagri village of Dumba Guda panchayat [village council] under the block in Koraput district. The team of officers, comprising Dadhi Baman Tripathy, ADMO Arun Kumar Padhi, Koraput DSMO S. Patnayak and a community Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (24): China, Viet Nam, domestic, spread, control, FAO

African Swine Fever -- ChinaChina:Since the China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) confirmed its 1st African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Liaoning Province on 3 Aug 2018, a total of 114 ASF outbreaks have been detected in 28 provinces/autonomous region/municipalities. More than 950 000 pigs have been culled in an effort to halt further spread.[During the week 15-22 Mar 2019, a new ASF outbreak was reported from] Chongqing Municipality: one farm with 91 pigs in Shizhu County.Viet Read more [...]

Shelter-in-place near ITC in Deer Park when dike wall partially collapses causing chemical release – KHOU.com

Shelter-in-place near ITC in Deer Park when dike wall partially collapses causing chemical release  KHOU.com

DEER PARK, Texas — A dike wall containing a chemical or chemicals released during the ITC tank farm fire has partially collapsed, according to the Deer Park …

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis – Australia: eggs, alert, recall

Salmonella -- AustraliaAn egg recall has been announced following the discovery of a _Salmonella_ outbreak at a Victorian egg farm. The scare has prompted a recall of some brands of eggs from outlets in 4 states.To date, 5 cases of _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis have been linked to eggs produced by Victoria's Bridgewater Poultry, the state's health department said on [Thu 21 Mar 2019]. The company's free-range and barn-laid eggs are packaged as Woolworths brand, Victorian Fresh, and Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (12): Americas, USA (SC, CT) raccoon, dog, human exp

Rabies -- United States[One person] in Aiken county may have been exposed to rabies following an unfriendly encounter with a wild raccoon, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control [DHEC].According to a DHEC press release, the victim was on the North Augusta Greeneway Walking Trail on 16 Mar 2019 when they were bitten by a raccoon. The raccoon was later submitted to DHEC and tested positive for rabies. [Apparently the DHEC knows there is a victim so their earlier Read more [...]

Flare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup – San Antonio Express-News

Flare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup  San Antonio Express-NewsNo timetable for end to fire at Texas chemical facility  ABC NewsLow Water Pressure Causes Chemical Plant Fire Near Houston To Intensify  CBS Dallas / Fort WorthDeer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day | abc7chicago.com  WLS-TVView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Chemical Safety Board joins investigation to find cause of ITC facility fire in Deer Park – KTRK-TV

Chemical Safety Board joins investigation to find cause of ITC facility fire in Deer Park  KTRK-TV

The danger of another leak exists until all the chemical inside is gone.

Texans Worry About Chemical Plant Fire Despite Assurances – JEMS.com

Texans Worry About Chemical Plant Fire Despite Assurances  JEMS.comHow it happened: A timeline of the Deer Park chemical fire  KPRC Click2HoustonResidents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances  WTNH.comDeer Park, Galena Park lift shelter-in-place after detecting lower benzene levels  ChronView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Explosion at China Chemical Plant Kills 47; Employees Detained – The New York Times

Explosion at China Chemical Plant Kills 47; Employees Detained  The New York Times

HONG KONG — The police on Friday detained personnel from a chemical plant in eastern China after an explosion killed at least 47 people, setting off an …

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day | abc7chicago.com – WLS-TV

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day | abc7chicago.com  WLS-TVFlare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup  ChronResidents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances  Washington PostPlant fire intensifies after drop in water pressure  ABC NewsLow Water Pressure Causes Chemical Plant Fire Near Houston To Intensify  CBS Dallas / Fort WorthView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day – WLS-TV

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day  WLS-TVFlare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup  ChronResidents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances  Washington PostPlant fire intensifies after drop in water pressure  ABC NewsLow Water Pressure Causes Chemical Plant Fire Near Houston To Intensify  CBS Dallas / Fort WorthView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Even though a massive fire at a Texas chemical plant is out, residents can't leave their homes – WXYZ

Even though a massive fire at a Texas chemical plant is out, residents can't leave their homes  WXYZHow it happened: A timeline of the Deer Park chemical fire  KPRC Click2HoustonDeer Park, Galena Park lift shelter-in-place after detecting lower benzene levels  ChronDeer Park fire: Residents must shelter in place Thursday, Texas officials say  CNNView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640 – Reuters

Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640  Reuters

An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said on Friday, the latest casualties in a series of …

Video: Fire at chemical plant near Houston is extinquished – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Video: Fire at chemical plant near Houston is extinquished  Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A fire at a chemical plant near Houston was extinguished on March 20 after burning for three days, the Deer Park Emergency Services said. The fire caused a …

Benzene leak limited to one tank at ITC facility – KTRK-TV

Benzene leak limited to one tank at ITC facility  KTRK-TV

ITC says the roof of the tank collapsed during the fire leaving the ‘pygas’ exposed to the elements. Early Thursday morning, long after the fire was out, there as at …

PRO/AH/EDR> Zearalenone – India: (UP) cereal grain

-- IndiaResearchers from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) have detected the presence of a toxin -- zearalenone -- in 84% of the cereals tested in Uttar Pradesh. The toxin, which is produced by soil fungi, behaves like an endocrine disruptor in humans, meaning this fungus can possibly lead to hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Various studies have also indicated signs of early puberty in girls on exposure to a high intake of this toxin.The Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Foodborne illness – India: (OR) mushrooms susp.

Foodborne Illness -- IndiaThree members of a family, including 2 minor girls, fell sick after consuming toxic wild mushrooms in Mirigikhoji village under Patana block in Keonjhar district.According to sources, some members of the family complained of vomiting and nausea after consuming the wild mushroom. They were rushed to the Keonjhar district headquarters hospital where their health condition is stated to be critical.Although the actual reason behind the illness has not been ascertained, the doctor Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus – North America: USA (05): USA (NV) horse

Equine Herpes Virus -- United StatesThe state of Nevada is recommending all equine events scheduled for this weekend [23-24 Mar 2019] in the Silver State be canceled due to 3 horses in southern Nevada recently testing positive for herpes.In a Tuesday morning [19 Mar 2019] statement from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, state veterinarian JJ Goicoechea "strongly urges" equine events, especially in southern Nevada, be shut down in efforts to slow the spread of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed poisoning – Malaysia (02): (JH) toxic waste

Poisoning -- MalaysiaOne suspect in the illegal chemical dumping activities in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang here last Thursday [7 Mar 2019] is expected to be charged tomorrow [Thu 14 Mar 2019].Energy, science, technology, environment and climate change minister Yeo Bee Yin said the Department of Environment (DoE) had completed the investigation paper on the case and submitted it to the public prosecutor's office today [Wed 13 Mar 2019]."The suspect, one of the 3 arrested earlier this week, is the Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (21): global (Nigeria), Pakistan

Polio -- NigeriaNew wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2019: 6Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 33New cVDPV cases reported this week: 1Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2019: 2Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2018: 104Headlines- Following cyclone Idai's landfall in Mozambique, accessibility in many areas remains a challenge, particularly Beira city. However, outside of Beira, polio outbreak response is ongoing Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (08): Americas (USA) hawk, alert

West Nile Virus -- United StatesA dead Cooper's hawk found in Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus [WNV], making it the 1st sign this year [2019] of the potentially deadly disease in San Diego County.County Vector Control officials said people should remember to follow the County's "Prevent, Protect, Report" guidelines -- particularly to dump out standing water and to wear insect repellent -- to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit WNV and other diseases, such as chikungunya, Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Mumps update (04): USA (PA) outbreak

Mumps -- United StatesSt. Joe's Student Health Center and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health have advised students on campus to take precautionary measures after an outbreak of mumps at nearby Temple University.At the end of last month [February 2019], right before the school's spring break, Temple released a statement that there were 4 confirmed cases of mumps on campus. As of [18 Mar 2019], there have been 54 cases of mumps at Temple -- 12 confirmed and 42 probable --, according to the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (36): Saudi Arabia (NJ, AS, RI)

MERS -- Saudi ArabiaIn the period from 13-21 Mar 2019, there have been a total of 3 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported with the most recent case being reported on 16 Mar 2019. In addition there have been 13 outcomes reported -- 2 deaths and 11 recoveries.Information on newly confirmed cases (3):[1]Date of confirmation report: 15 Mar 2019Case No: 19-1879MERS in Abha city: 41-year-old male in Abha city, Aseer [`Asīr] regionContact with camels: NoCase classification: Under Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal – Africa Mn belt: emergence of new sg post-mass vaccn.

Meningitis - Neisseria -- Worldwide/UnknownThe major cause of meningitis in Africa has changed in recent years, a study published in EBioMedicine and funded by Meningitis Research Foundation has confirmed. A type of bacterial meningitis called MenA (meningococcal group A) has seen huge declines, but now meningococcal groups W, X, and C have risen as major causes of meningitis in the African region known as the meningitis belt [Ref. 1].The meningitis belt countries of sub-Saharan Africa have been Read more [...]

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day | abc13.com – KTRK-TV

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day | abc13.com  KTRK-TVFlare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup  ChronPlant fire intensifies after drop in water pressure  ABC NewsLow Water Pressure Causes Chemical Plant Fire Near Houston To Intensify  CBS Dallas / Fort WorthView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

People Near Burned Texas Chemical Plant Told to Stay Indoors – U.S. News & World Report

People Near Burned Texas Chemical Plant Told to Stay Indoors  U.S. News & World ReportDeer Park lifts shelter-in-place after detecting lower benzene levels  ChronDeer Park, Texas, chemicals facility fire: Shelter-in-place order lifted over Deer Park, Texas, benzene levels  CBS NewsAfter Houston Fire, Danger Grows as Benzene Clouds Shut Suburb  BloombergResidents must stay inside after Texas chemical fire put out  KEYTView full coverage on Google Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (30): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summaries, WHO, preparedness

Ebola -- DR Congo- In the last 21 days, 97 new cases have been reported. The 3 main households for this period are Katwa (33 cases, or 34%), Masereka (18 cases, or 18.6%), and Mandima (15 cases, or 15.5%).- This increase in cases was expected, given the paralysis of the response in the town of Butembo after the armed attacks against the 2 CTEs. In addition, the community dialogue is starting to bear fruit. We are seeing an increase in alerts reported by the community, which makes it possible to detect Read more [...]