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 [...]

Deer Park TX Chemical Plant Tank Fires Extinguished Overnight Firefighters – Firehouse.com

Deer Park TX Chemical Plant Tank Fires Extinguished Overnight Firefighters  Firehouse.comFlare-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 [...]

Shelter-in-place alert issued for Deer Park after elevated benzene levels detected – Chron

Shelter-in-place alert issued for Deer Park after elevated benzene levels detected  Chron

Emergency crews are still working to find the source of the elevated benzene levels at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. facility in Deer Park, Harris County …

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

Deer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day  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 WorthDeer Park TX Chemical Plant Tank Fires Extinguished Overnight Firefighters  Firehouse.comView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

WATCH LIVE: Chemical tanks in La Porte continue to burn; schools to re-open Tuesday – KHOU.com

WATCH LIVE: Chemical tanks in La Porte continue to burn; schools to re-open Tuesday  KHOU.com

DEER PARK, Texas — A large fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company in the Deer Park and La Porte area continues to burn and may not be out until …

Fire contained at Exxon's Baytown facility – Chron

Fire contained at Exxon’s Baytown facility  Chron

UPDATE: Eight tanks now on fire at Deer Park plant. A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon at Exxon Mobil’s Baytown refinery has been contained by …

DG Digest: USPS to require triple packaging for most liquids

The St. Patrick’s Day holiday found regulatory activity at moderate pace.  Perhaps the biggest news?  The US Post Office released its long awaited updated to the rules for shipping liquids in the mail.  See that, and all the latest news, right here: PHMSA The agency published three sets of special permit actions.  As is typically... Read more [...]

Supply Chain Moves: Week of March 18, 2019

Week of March 18, 2019 Linking technology news with Dangerous Goods compliance New technologies have a ripple effect across the supply chain, especially when these technologies are classified as “dangerous.” To help companies keep a pulse on technology trends impacting business and the movement of dangerous goods throughout the supply chain, Labelmaster has launched “Supply... Read more [...]

National Guard called into Houston after chemical fire, residents told to stay inside – NBCNews.com

National Guard called into Houston after chemical fire, residents told to stay inside  NBCNews.com

Residents were told to stay inside after elevated levels of benzene were detected near the Intercontinental Terminals Company that caught fire this week.

Officials provide updates after Texas chemical plant fire – KEYE TV CBS Austin

Officials provide updates after Texas chemical plant fire  KEYE TV CBS Austin

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will be holding a news conference at Houston TranStar to provide an update regarding air quality near the chemical plant fire.

Where should you take hazardous materials you want to toss? – WSBT-TV

Where should you take hazardous materials you want to toss?  WSBT-TV

Spring cleaning mode — engaged. But not all items you want to get rid of fall into the donate, sell or trash categories. There’s a place you should take hazardous …

6 dead after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant – South China Morning Post

6 dead after explosion at Chinese pesticide plant  South China Morning Post

Magnitude 3 earthquake detected after blast at Chenjiagang Tianjiayi chemical plant damages residential buildings, school and dozens of vehicles.

PRO/EDR> Chikungunya (03): Americas, Africa, Asia

Chikungunya — Worldwide/Unknown

PRO/AH/EDR> Lumpy skin disease – Europe: Russia (UD) bovine, OIE

Lumpy Skin Disease -- RussiaInformation received on [and dated] 18 Mar 2019 from Dr Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture, Moscou, RussiaSummary:Report type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 7 Mar 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 17 Mar 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 15 Feb 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: lumpy skin Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (23): China, Viet Nam, domestic, Cambodia, alert

African Swine Fever -- ChinaWhen pigs on the Xinda Husbandry Co. Ltd breeding farm in northern China began dying in growing numbers in early January [2019], it looked increasingly likely that the farm had been struck by the much feared African swine fever [ASF], an incurable disease that has spread rapidly across the country since last year [2018].But after taking samples from some pigs, local officials in the Xushui district of Baoding city, about an hour's drive from Beijing, said their tests came Read more [...]

Linndale scrap yard busted for harboring potentially explosive material – News 5 Cleveland

Linndale scrap yard busted for harboring potentially explosive material  News 5 Cleveland

LINNDALE, Ohio — The Cleveland, Cuyahoga Environmental Crimes Task Force reports they found potentially hazardous materials they said could have …

No hazardous materials found after Lascassas Kroger evacuated – The Daily News Journal

No hazardous materials found after Lascassas Kroger evacuated  The Daily News Journal

The Kroger on Lascassas Pike is safe to reopen for business after it was evacuated on Wednesday evening.

Gulfport Fire responds to chemical leak at Armed Forces Retirement Home – WXXV News 25

Gulfport Fire responds to chemical leak at Armed Forces Retirement Home  WXXV News 25

This afternoon, Gulfport Fire Department responded to a call from the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a supposed chemical leak. Once units arrived on …

Flare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup – Chron

Flare-ups continue at Deer Park plant as emergency crews prepare for cleanup  ChronDeer Park Fire: 4 tanks still burning as smoke lifts from ITC for 3rd day  KTRK-TVLow Water Pressure Causes Chemical Plant Fire Near Houston To Intensify  CBS Dallas / Fort WorthDeer Park TX Chemical Plant Tank Fires Extinguished Overnight Firefighters  Firehouse.comNo timetable for end to fire at Texas chemical facility  ABC NewsView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Antibiotic resistance – USA: spraying streptomycin on citrus trees, EPA

Antimicrobial resistance -- United StatesConsumer Reports urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse its proposed decision to allow the use of streptomycin to treat citrus disease because of the unacceptable risk it could pose to human health and the environment.In comments submitted to the EPA, the consumer group noted that the proposal would result in a 26-fold increase in the use of streptomycin in plant agriculture and could trigger antibiotic resistance that would reduce the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Agbeni – Norway (02): dried fruit, alert, recall, 2nd serotype

Salmonella -- NorwayMore cases of salmonellosis have been reported in Norway with a link to imported dried fruit and coconut. _Salmonella_ Agbeni has been detected in several samples of the snack mixes. _Salmonella_ Gamaba was also found in 2 unopened packages from the same lot. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported 32 confirmed and 7 possible _Salmonella_ Agbeni cases in an update from the 21 confirmed and 9 possible infections earlier this month [March 2019].Bama Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed poisoning – Malaysia: (JH)

Poisoning -- MalaysiaOver 100 schools have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children, authorities said in Malaysia. Over 500 people, many of them school pupils, have received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes.A lorry [truck] is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state last week, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area.Education Minister Maszlee Malik said his Ministry has decided to close all Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis – USA (02): (CA) dogs

Leptospirosis -- United StatesA rare bacterial disease that every pet owner should know about has surfaced in a Citrus Heights pet. Leptospirosis is spread from wild animals to pets and humans.The disease is found in standing water and with all the rain lately, veterinarians are reminding people to vaccinate pets. All it takes is a puddle of water or an infected blade of grass to infect an animal, but Leptospirosis is preventable through vaccination.Alarm bells are sounding after a Citrus Heights Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Undiagnosed deaths – Cote d'Ivoire: herbal tea susp.

Undiagnosed -- Cote d'IvoireTwo people, including a 70-year-old woman, died on [Sun 17 Mar 2019] in the village of Yrouzon and 4 other people were admitted to the general hospital of Duekoue (West, region of Guemon), after having consumed a decoction of herbal tea, supposed to cure malaria.According to information collected from the victims, a decoction of herbal tea was prepared the day before by the wife of the young -30 years old- BN, that passed away instantly. [BN may have been trying to relieve Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – USA: (GA) horse

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesA horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).Public Health officials urge South Georgians to always wear mosquito spray whenever outdoors to guard against mosquito-borne illnesses no matter how early in the season it may seem."It is crucial to remember that it is never too early for mosquito bite prevention," says Kenneth Lowery, district epidemiologist. "While we generally see EEE beginning in late spring, it would Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Zika virus (02): Americas, Asia, research, observations

Zika virus -- Worldwide/UnknownJulia A. Brown, Gursewwak Singh, Joshua A. Acklin, Silviana Lee, James E. Duehr, Anupa N. Chokola et al. Dengue Virus Immunity Increases Zika Virus-Induced Damage During Pregnancy.Highlights- Dengue-specific antibodies can enhance Zika virus pathogenesis during pregnancy- Enhancement of Zika pathogenesis was observed in the placenta, not in the fetus- Placental damage was associated with an increase in infected trophoblasts- This process was found to be FcyR mediatedZika Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (11): Americas, USA (FL) raccoon, alert

Rabies -- United StatesA rabies alert has been expanded to all of Bay County. The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is expanding a rabies alert issued in March [2019]. Health officials say there were 4 confirmed rabies cases in the span of a month.Health officials say the most recent case involved a rabid raccoon killed by dogs off Oakenshaw Drive between Highway 2301 and Camp Flowers Road in Youngstown. Florida law requires pets 4 months or older to be vaccinated. If an animal is not vaccinated, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Die-off, bighorn sheep – USA: (CA) pneumonia susp.

Pneumonia -- United StatesAerial and ground surveys of Southern California's Mount San Gorgonio desert bighorn sheep population conducted during early March [2019] have confirmed a severe decline in numbers. Biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and partner agencies counted 60 animals, approximately 1/3rd the number counted in the last helicopter survey conducted in March 2016.This reduction appears to be consistent with an outbreak of respiratory disease that CDFW Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Trypanosomiasis, African – South Africa: ex Zambia, South Luangwa Natl. Park

African Trypanosomiasis — South Africa

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (17): Nepal (TH) poultry, HPAI H5N1, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N1 -- NepalInformation received on [and dated] 17 Mar 2019 from Dr Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, NepalSummary:Report type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 14 Feb 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Mar 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 10 Sep 2018Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Highly pathogenic Read more [...]

Truck carrying hazardous materials rolled over near Monmouth, Illinois. – KWQC-TV6

Truck carrying hazardous materials rolled over near Monmouth, Illinois.  KWQC-TV6

MONMOUTH, Il (KWQC)- A truck carrying hazardous material rolled over near Monmouth, Illinois. The accident happened around Noon on Tuesday, March 19th …

Semi carrying 17,000 pounds of explosive materials crashes outside Monmouth – WQAD Moline

Semi carrying 17,000 pounds of explosive materials crashes outside Monmouth  WQAD Moline

The driver was taken to the local Hospital in Monmouth where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Commercial vehicle carrying hazardous materials rolls over on US 34 – newschannel20.com

Commercial vehicle carrying hazardous materials rolls over on US 34  newschannel20.com

Illinois State Police were called to a commercial vehicle roll-over on US Route 34 at US 67 Tuesday. Police say the crash occurred at 12 p. m. on the South …

Deer Park TX Chemical Plant Fire Smoke Plume Timeline Firefighters – Firehouse.com

Deer Park TX Chemical Plant Fire Smoke Plume Timeline Firefighters  Firehouse.com

Fire officials are now uncertain about how long a chemical plant fire in Deer Park will continue after the blaze at the facility worsened overnight.

Student journalists uncover issues with the way University at Buffalo stores hazardous materials – WKBW-TV

Student journalists uncover issues with the way University at Buffalo stores hazardous materials  WKBW-TV

This discovery comes three months after an audit by the New York State Comptroller found there were concerns about the way UB handled hazardous materials.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital 'Hazardous Materials' Incident Prompts Response From Firefighters – KHTS Radio

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital ‘Hazardous Materials’ Incident Prompts Response From Firefighters  KHTS Radio

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to reports of a hazmat incident at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Tuesday, officials said.

Deer Park tells city to shelter in place as plant catches fire – Chron

Deer Park tells city to shelter in place as plant catches fire  Chron

Deer Park officials are warning residents to shelter in place as the city declares a fire at a petrochemicals terminal an emergency. “City of Deer Park issuing …

LIVE STREAM: Shelter-in-Place expanded in midst of 'uncontrolled' tank fire, City of Deer Park says – KPRC Click2Houston

LIVE STREAM: Shelter-in-Place expanded in midst of ‘uncontrolled’ tank fire, City of Deer Park says  KPRC Click2Houston

DEER PARK, Texas – One day after the Exxon plant fire in Baytown, another facility in the area caught fire. A tank fire at Intercontinental Tank Company Deer …

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (29): Congo DR (NK,IT) cases, control

Ebola -- DR CongoVaccination- Since vaccination began on 8 Aug 2018, 88 533 people have been vaccinated [See URL for number of vaccinees in each location.]--communicated by:ProMED-mail rapporteur Mary Marshall- 15 Mar 2019. Epidemiological situation report, DRC Ministry of Health [in French, machine trans., abridged, edited]The epidemiological situation of the Ebola virus disease dated 14 Mar 2019:- Since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 936, 871 Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Meningitis, meningococcal – Niger: counterfeit vaccine

Meningitis - Neisseria -- NigerHealth authorities in Niger said Friday [15 Mar 2019] they had found a fake version of a meningitis vaccine after the country had launched a campaign to inoculate millions of children against the disease. In a statement, the health ministry asked doctors to be vigilant over a "counterfeit" version of a vaccine called Mencevax ACWY. The fake drug is marked as having been manufactured in December 2016, with an end-date for use by November 2021, it said.Niger launched Read more [...]