PRO/EDR> Botulism – USA: (NM) wound, injection drug related

Botulism -- United StatesThe New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is investigating 1 confirmed case - and 1 suspected case - of wound botulism. A 28-year-old male from Eddy County is hospitalized with wound botulism. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin, and the nerve toxin that causes botulism was identified from a patient specimen. Another 29-year-old male from Eddy County with a history of injection drug use is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism.Botulism Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (09): France (LP) poultry, LPAI H5N3, OIE

Avian Influenza -- FranceInformation received on [and dated] 12 Jan 2021 from Dr. Loic Evain, [Deputy Director General, CVO, General Directorate of Food, Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry], Paris, FranceSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 7 Jan 2021Date of confirmation of the event: 8 Jan 2021Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 3 Dec 2019Manifestation of disease: sub-clinical infectionCausal agent: Low Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (03): Latvia, wild boar, OIE

African Swine Fever -- LatviaInformation received on [and dated] 12 Jan 2021 from Dr. Maris Balodis, Chief Veterinary Officer & Director General, Food and Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Riga, LatviaSummaryReport type: follow-up report No 1Date of start of the event: 1 Jan 2021 Date of confirmation of the event: 1 Jan 2021Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 30 Dec 2020Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: African swine Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (16): vaccines, tracking variants, USA, travel, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- United StatesLike Moderna's, Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, technology. In practice, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this "teaches our cells how to make a protein -- or even just a piece of a protein-- that triggers an immune response inside our bodies."The resulting immune response produces antibodies that help to protect people from becoming infected with the virus.When asked how quickly BioNTech could pivot if it turned out the existing Read more [...]

Residents evacuated due to hazardous materials incident near Chesaning – WJRT

Residents evacuated due to hazardous materials incident near Chesaning  WJRT

What does Hazmat mean? – The Sun

What does Hazmat mean?  The Sun

Toxic chemical leak at LG plant injures seven workers – Business Insurance

Toxic chemical leak at LG plant injures seven workers  Business Insurance

EPA report shows fewer toxic releases in Northeast Louisiana – The News Star

EPA report shows fewer toxic releases in Northeast Louisiana  The News Star

COVID-19 and Workplace Fatigue: Lessons Learned and Mitigation Strategies

  The declaration of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a US public health emergency on March 13, 2020, altered the way we work and live, intensified feelings of stress, and created uncertainty about the future for many people. The closure of many businesses led to financial instability and the highest unemployment rates since 1976 1. Exposure to an abundance of news coverage, some of which has been conflicting or has changed over time, has fueled feelings of mistrust and fear2-5. New routines Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease – North America (01): USA (WI) deer

Chronic Wasting Disease -- United StatesFor the 1st time, a wild deer from Shawano County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the doe was killed in the town of Germania during the recent gun deer season. DNR wildlife biologists say there are plenty of deer in the area, and a wild whitetail testing positive for CWD is not out of the question."Given the proximity to wild positives and some captive positives, we're going to continue to see Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Tomato brown rugose fruit virus – New Zealand: 1st rep

Other Plant Disease -- New ZealandEarly detection of _Tomato brown rugose fruit virus_ (ToBRFV) in a small seed lot has allowed quick action to be taken to contain and prevent any spread of the virus. In early December [2020], industry alerted Biosecurity New Zealand [BSNZ] to the presence of ToBRFV in seeds imported from Israel. Although these were imported with a phytosanitary certificate declaring them to be free of ToBRFV based on testing completed offshore, further testing identified a very Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (01): vaccine stockpile

Ebola -- Worldwide/UnknownThe World Health Organization, UNICEF, and 2 leading international health and humanitarian civil society organizations announced on Tuesday [12 Jan 2021] the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure rapid response to future outbreaks.Establishment of the stockpile was led by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, which also includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Medecins Sans Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis – Venezuela: (AN)

Salmonella -- VenezuelaAbout 500 people have fallen ill in a _Salmonella_ outbreak in a Venezuelan state. The Anzoatiguense Institute of Health (Saludanz) reported 480 people had tested positive for _Salmonella_, mostly from the El Carmen and San Cristobal area of the Simon Bolivar municipality. In mid-December 2020, the agency revealed 240 children and adults had been affected and seen at different health centers after a significant increase in salmonellosis in November 2020.Investigations so far Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Maedi-visna – Paraguay: (CR) sheep, 1st rep, OIE

Other Animal Disease -- ParaguayInformation received on [and dated] 11 Jan 2021 from Dr Hugo Federico Idoyaga Benitez, [National Quality and Animal Health Service (SENACSA), Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Production], San Lorenzo, ParaguaySummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 9 Dec 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 29 Dec 2020Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: Maedi-visna virusNature of diagnosis: laboratory Read more [...]

NTSB says electric vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders – Pacifica Tribune

NTSB says electric vehicle battery fires pose risks to 1st responders  Pacifica Tribune

Fatal Belle plant explosion shows federal law doesn't prevent lack of knowledge about new chemicals at facilities – Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fatal Belle plant explosion shows federal law doesn’t prevent lack of knowledge about new chemicals at facilities  Charleston Gazette-Mail

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (15): variants wastewater, Canada, decr. infective time, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- SwitzerlandAbstract--------The SARS-CoV-2 lineages B.1.1.7 and 501.V2, which were first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa, respectively, are spreading rapidly in the human population. Thus, there is an increased need for genomic and epidemiological surveillance in order to detect the strains and estimate their abundances. Here, we report a genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in 48 raw wastewater samples collected from 3 wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland between [9 Jul Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Aflatoxin – North America (02): USA, Canada, pet food, recall extended

Poisoning -- United StatesWhen a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company's announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.Summary:Company Announcement Date: 11 Jan 2021FDA Publish Date: 11 Jan 2021Product Type: Animal & veterinary food & beverages, pet foodReason for Announcement: Aflatoxin levels exceed acceptable levelsCompany Name: Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.Brand Name: Sportmix, Nunn Better, ProPac, Read more [...]

Hazardous materials spilled in Hummelstown, shutting down road – PennLive

Hazardous materials spilled in Hummelstown, shutting down road  PennLive

Fire department debuts hazardous materials response unit – Foothills Sun Gazette

Fire department debuts hazardous materials response unit  Foothills Sun Gazette

7 injured by chemical leak at LG Display plant – The Korea Herald

7 injured by chemical leak at LG Display plant  The Korea Herald

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in S.Korea, says fire official – Reuters

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in S.Korea, says fire official  Reuters

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in South Korea – The Business Times

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in South Korea  The Business Times

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in S.Korea, says fire official – Yahoo Finance

Six injured by leak at LG Display plant in S.Korea, says fire official  Yahoo Finance

The Role of Organizational Design in the Future of Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted our society and economy. Every day, employers and workers find themselves encountering unforeseen challenges, finding novel ways of working, and adapting to a “new normal.” In a time when much is unknown, one thing is clear: the future of work is already here. As it unfolds, the future of work will continue to include complex changes to the workplace, work, and workforce, all of which will require sustained attention from occupational safety Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (08): Hungary, Germany, poultry, wild/captive bird, H5N8, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N8 -- HungaryInformation received on [and dated] 11 Jan 2021 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: 4 Jan 2021Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Jan 2021Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 8 Jun 2020Manifestation of disease: Clinical diseaseCausal agent: Highly Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (14): immune response, serology, dengue coinfection, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- GermanyAbstract--------We investigated immune responses against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) among a group of convalescent, potential blood donors in Germany who had PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. 60 days after onset of symptoms, 13/78 (17%) study participants had borderline or negative results to an ELISA detecting IgG against the S1 protein of SARS-CoV-2. We analyzed participants with PCR-confirmed infection who had strong antibody responses (ratio Read more [...]

Hazardous materials spilled in Hummelstown, shutting down road – pennlive.com

Hazardous materials spilled in Hummelstown, shutting down road  pennlive.com

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (13): animal, USA, zoo, gorilla

COVID-19 -- United StatesMembers of the Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. On Wednesday [6 Jan 2021], 2 of the gorillas began coughing. Given current circumstances, San Diego Zoo Global initiated the process of testing fecal samples from the gorillas for SARS-CoV-2 through the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CA HFS). On [8 Jan 2020], the preliminary tests detected the presence of the virus Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Measles update (01): Pakistan (SD)

Measles -- PakistanA measles outbreak in the city of Jacobabad in Sindh province, Pakistan has left 2 children dead and many others hospitalized, according to a report in the news source, The News.As many as 20 children of village Lakhmir suffered serious complications of measles and were admitted to taluka Hospital Gharhi Hassan, Jacobabad.Two children, ages 1 and 7 died from complications due to measles.Vaccination with a measles-containing vaccine is the best way to make sure that you are Read more [...]

DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021

Despite our hopes for a smoother start, the second week of the new year found the nation facing not only the ongoing pandemic but also unprecedented political turmoil in Washington, DC.  However as Dangerous Goods/EHS Professionals, it’s our job to keep looking forward to better times and to make sure we all do our part... The post DG Digest: US DOT & Sub-agencies Publish Civil Penalties for 2021 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

NIOSH Celebrates 50 Years in 2021

In 2021 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 that created NIOSH “to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions.” NIOSH began operating on April 28, 1971. This month we begin the yearlong commemoration of our 50th anniversary which includes a blog series and an eNews and Research Rounds series Read more [...]

An alternate route for hazardous materials considered – Brighton Standard-Blade

An alternate route for hazardous materials considered  Brighton Standard-Blade

How Retailers Can Deal with Hazardous Waste – The National Law Review

How Retailers Can Deal with Hazardous Waste  The National Law Review

An alternate route for hazardous materials considered – Fort Lupton Press

An alternate route for hazardous materials considered  Fort Lupton Press

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (12): viral load, variants, Thailand, China, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- ThailandAbstract--------While several clinical and immunological parameters correlate with disease severity and mortality in SARS-CoV-2 infection, work remains in identifying unifying correlates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that can be used to guide clinical practice. Here, we examine saliva and nasopharyngeal (NP) viral load over time and correlate them with patient demographics, and cellular and immune profiling. We found that saliva viral load was significantly higher in Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (07): India (KL), poultry, HPAI H5N8, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N8 -- IndiaInformation received on [and dated] 9 Jan 2021 from Dr. Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, New Delhi, IndiaSummaryReport type: immediate notification Date of start of the event: 21 Dec 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 4 Jan 2021Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous recurrence: 30 Sep 2020Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, avian – North America: (Pacific Northwest) songbird

Salmonella -- United StatesThe Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia [Canada] is reporting a salmonella outbreak in pine siskins.They say increased reports of sick and dying birds have been noted across the Pacific Northwest, from Oregon to British Columbia.Any bird can be impacted by _Salmonella, however, pine siskins seem to be most vulnerable. This is potentially due to their social nature, flocking, and feeding in close association with each other making it easy for the disease to be Read more [...]

Retail Returns Can Be Hazardous and Subject to Fines – Practical Ecommerce

Retail Returns Can Be Hazardous and Subject to Fines  Practical Ecommerce

PRO/AH/EDR> Prion disease update: 2019, France, lab worker

CJD -- FranceA young lab technician in France developed a rare and fatal brain disease after she was accidentally exposed to prions, the infectious proteins causing "mad cow disease," according to a new report of the case.The accident happened in May 2010, when the technician was 24 years old and working in a prion research lab, according to the report, published Wed 1 Jul 2020 in The New England Journal of Medicine. She worked with samples of brain tissue from mice having been infected with a form Read more [...]