Big rig crash, fuel spill causes traffic nightmare on NB I-680 in Sunol – KGO-TV

Big rig crash, fuel spill causes traffic nightmare on NB I-680 in Sunol  KGO-TV

A big rig has spilled more than 3000 gallons of fuel on northbound I-680 in Sunol causing a traffic nightmare for the morning commute.

Transportation/Hazardous Materials: U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Interpretive Letter Addressing Materials of Trade Provisions – JD Supra

Transportation/Hazardous Materials: U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Interpretive Letter Addressing Materials of Trade Provisions  JD Supra

The United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) addressed in an August 1st interpretive letter a question regarding the …

Chandler businesses evacuated due to pool chemical leak – ABC15 Arizona

Chandler businesses evacuated due to pool chemical leak  ABC15 Arizona

Several businesses in Chandler have been evacuated after a Dichlor leak.

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (21): USA (MA) human

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesMassachusetts public health officials say laboratory testing has confirmed the state's 8th human case of eastern equine encephalitis [EEE] this season.The state Department of Public Health said on [Fri 13 Sep 2019] that the latest case of the mosquito-borne disease is in a man in his 50s from northeastern Bristol County. Of the previous 7 cases, one was in a 5-year-old girl, and another in adult woman was fatal.In addition to the 8 human cases of EEE, there Read more [...]

Chemical leak at DeKalb County asphalt company contained – FOX 5 Atlanta

Chemical leak at DeKalb County asphalt company contained  FOX 5 Atlanta

Fire crews have safely contained a hydrochloric acid leak at a DeKalb County asphalt company.

PRO/EDR> Measles update (62)

Measles -- United StatesA 2nd person with a suspected case of the measles has been confirmed in York County, according to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. The state health department [Sat 14 Sep 2019] released a list of new locations, dates and times when individuals may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease. The 1st case was reported 2 weeks ago, and affected sites in York and Hershey."WellSpan Health is in the process of notifying patients, staff and visitors who were in WellSpan Read more [...]

All Lanes Of Nb I-680 Near Fremont Closed Due To Hazmat Spill – SFGate

All Lanes Of Nb I-680 Near Fremont Closed Due To Hazmat Spill  SFGate

All lanes of northbound Interstate Highway 680 remain closed just outside of the Fremont city limits in unincorporated Alameda County due to a collision …

Flint Hills to pay $850000 for chemical release – MyWebTimes.com

Flint Hills to pay $850000 for chemical release  MyWebTimes.com

Attorney General reaches settlement with Peru facility.

Flint Hills to pay $850000 for chemical release – LaSalle News Tribune

Flint Hills to pay $850000 for chemical release  LaSalle News Tribune

Attorney General reaches settlement with Peru facility.

NB I-680 closed in Sunol due to big rig crash, fuel spill – KGO-TV

NB I-680 closed in Sunol due to big rig crash, fuel spill  KGO-TV

All northbound I-680 lanes in Sunol are closed after a big rig spilled 4000 gallons of fuel on the roadway.

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease – USA (15): new research, comments

Chronic Wasting Disease -- United StatesAs a wildlife disease ecologist, I've been asked my opinion on the scientific support for prions as the agent of chronic wasting disease (CWD). I have been studying CWD for 2 decades. The _Spiroplasma_ (bacteria) theory (1) has been around for years, but has recently resurfaced. I'll lay out the many reasons why prions are implicated in all transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases (TSE). No other infectious agent has the same amount of evidence.First Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Rubella – Japan (03): spread, travel alert

Rubella -- JapanA new report from Japan's National Institute of Infectious Disease (NIID) indicates the Rubella virus outbreak continues to spread. As of [4 Sep 2019], there have been 2156 Rubella cases reported by the NIID during 2019.This is an increase of about 260 rubella cases in Japan since July 2019. On a local basis, the city of Tokyo has reported 37% of Japan's 2019 Rubella cases.Since Rubella is very dangerous for a pregnant woman and her developing baby, the US Centers for Disease Control Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (70): Philippines (RI, ND) spread, prevention

African Swine Fever -- PhilippinesMore cases of African swine fever [ASF] have been confirmed, this time in Quezon City.Speaking to CNN Philippines Saturday [14 Sep 2019], Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte said, "I wanted to call (a meeting) today because I wanted to make decisions right away pertaining to this issue, but it's a weekend. But having said that, I did get to communicate with our city [veterinarian] ... I have been able to verify ... there are 3 pigs that have been found in a creek in Barangay* Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> West Nile Virus (33): Europe (Greece), ECDC update

West Nile Virus -- GreeceThe death toll from the West Nile virus since June this year has risen to 20, according to this week's report by the National Health Organization (EODY).Up until [12 Sep 2019], authorities had diagnosed a total of 176 cases of the mosquito-borne virus. Of these, 109 developed illnesses affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis or meningitis.EODY is urging the public to spray insect repellent on bare skin and clothing, to install mosquito nets and screens, Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – Pakistan (04) : (SD)

Amoeba -- PakistanOfficials with the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) report another fatality due to primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) from infection with the brain-eating amoeba, _Naegleria fowleri_. The 20-year-old, Malir man is the thirteenth death due to this parasite in Karachi to date this year [2019].According to the Pakistani news source, The News, Director General Health Sindh Dr. Masood Solangi said their teams of experts had started investigating the case and visited the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Asia (20): Pakistan (SD), India (RJ)

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- PakistanA Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) patient died in a private hospital of Karachi. The death toll from the tick-born viral disease has climbed to 17 in the megacity this year (2019). Sindh Health Department confirmed the death of a 52-year old man, [HK], a resident of Lyari area of Karachi who died in private hospital of the city due to CCHF. The patient was brought to hospital a few days ago with fever where he was diagnosed.The tick-born viral disease Read more [...]

Sunny and Mild – KCRA Sacramento

Sunny and Mild  KCRA Sacramento

Sunny skies and mild temperatures today. Highs will reach into the mid 80s in many of the valley spots. More clouds tonight. Cooler tomorrow with chance of rain …

Eagle Lake neighbors give away hazardous materials damaged during the historic flooding – WJTV

Eagle Lake neighbors give away hazardous materials damaged during the historic flooding  WJTV

EAGLE LAKE, MS- WJTV Eagle Lake neighbors got a chance to give away certain items damaged in this year’s historic flooding. The Mississippi Department of …

Eagle Lake neighbors dispose of hazardous materials – WJTV

Eagle Lake neighbors dispose of hazardous materials  WJTV

WARREN COUNTY, Miss.(WJTV) – Eagle Lake neighbors got a chance to give away certain items damaged in this year’s historic flooding. The Mississippi …

PRO/AH/EDR> Classical swine fever – Japan (09): (ST, YN) domestic, spread

Classical Swine Fever -- JapanJapan's agriculture ministry said Friday [13 Sep 2019] that [classical] swine fever [CSF] infections have occurred at a pig farm in the city of Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, part of the country's Kanto eastern region, which also includes Tokyo.It is the 1st time that a CSF fever case has been confirmed in Kanto since the 1st outbreak of the infectious disease in the country in 26 years was detected in September [2018], in the central prefecture of Gifu.The latest outbreak Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Antibiotic resistance (06): Italy (TC) fatal, NDM-1, nosocomial

Hospital-Related Infection -- ItalyA superbug outbreak has been reported in the Italian region of Tuscany. Authorities in Tuscany, home to some of Italy's most visited tourist attractions, have stepped up hospital controls after a deadly outbreak of the New Delhi superbug.The antibiotic-resistant killer has shown "significant diffusion in the northwestern area of Tuscany" since November 2018, infecting at least 75 people, local health authority ARS said. The bacterial disease is believed to have Read more [...]

Sunny and Hot Day – KCRA Sacramento

Sunny and Hot Day  KCRA Sacramento

Sunny and hot again today with temperatures into the upper 90s. Cooler and breezy tomorrow . Chance of rain by Monday.

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other – India (27): (AS)

Japanese Encephalitis -- IndiaJapanese encephalitis (JE) has killed 154 people in Assam in 2019, the highest in 5 years officials said even as they claimed that the outbreak, which peaked in July and August, was subsiding and only a few fresh cases were reported in September.A top state government official also said a state-wide adult vaccination campaign will begin in November [2019] covering all districts after the Centre agreed to provide around 57 lakh [5.7 million] vaccines."From [15 Nov 2019], Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (89): Congo (NK,IT) Tanzania case update, NOT Ebola

Ebola -- TanzaniaThe World Health Organization (WHO) said on [12 Sep 2019] that it had deployed a technical team to the country to cooperate with the health ministry [see Archive Undiagnosed illness - Tanzania: fatal, WHO team deployment, RFI http://promedmail.org/post/20190913.6672971].The government of Tanzania said on Saturday [14 Sep 2019] that there has been no confirmed case of Ebola in the country. This comes [2 days] after WHO said it was investigating "as a matter of urgency" a "rumor" of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – North America (20): USA (RI) deer

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesState officials said Wednesday [11 Sep 2019] that Eastern equine encephalitis had been detected in a deer in Richmond, the 2nd such case in Rhode Island during the current outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus. The state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reported the 1st deer infection a day earlier [10 Sep 2019] in Coventry.With deer season opening [15 Sep 2019], DEM said it was emailing about 1200 hunters who have recently purchased 2019 deer Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (88): Congo DR (NK,IT) cases, summaries, front line, response

Ebola — DR Congo

CHP: Protester arrested after throwing red liquid onto California Senate floor – KCRA Sacramento

CHP: Protester arrested after throwing red liquid onto California Senate floor  KCRA Sacramento

A woman was arrested Friday evening after throwing a red liquid in a feminine hygiene device from the California Senate public gallery onto the Senate floor, the …

Anti-vaccination protester throws red liquid onto California Senate floor – KCRA Sacramento

Anti-vaccination protester throws red liquid onto California Senate floor  KCRA Sacramento

A red liquid was thrown from the California Senate gallery and onto the Senate floor Friday evening by an anti-vaccination protester. The liquid hit at least six …

UPDATE: Metal pipe punctures big rig tank, 30 gallons of diesel spilled – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

UPDATE: Metal pipe punctures big rig tank, 30 gallons of diesel spilled  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Debris on Interstate 5 is being blamed for 30 gallons of diesel spilled onto the freeway Friday morning, after a metal pipe punctured a gas tank of a big rig.

Big rig leaking 20 gallons of diesel prompts cleanup response – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Big rig leaking 20 gallons of diesel prompts cleanup response  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

About 20 gallons of diesel leaking from a big rig north of Castaic on Interstate 5 prompted a quick response by firefighters and cleanup crews Friday before noon.

Man seriously burned during plant explosion, worries shift to water pollution – WSB Atlanta

Man seriously burned during plant explosion, worries shift to water pollution  WSB Atlanta

GORDON COUNTY, Ga. – An explosion at a Calhoun adhesive plant caused health concerns across that community Friday morning, to the point that school …

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed illness – Tanzania: fatal, WHO team deployment, RFI

Undiagnosed -- TanzaniaThe World Health Organization (WHO) is aware of a rumour related to the death of a person due to an unknown illness in Tanzania. We have reached out to Ministry of Health officials for further details and have offered our support.In line with our responsibility under the International Health Regulations, WHO regularly receives and investigates numerous rumours of public health events.In this regard, WHO is working with national health authorities and is deploying a technical Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Vaping-related illness – USA (02): flavoring ban

Other Human Disease -- United StatesPresident Trump announced Wednesday [11 Sep 2019] the administration will move to force e-cigarette companies to take flavored vaping products off the market, as young people's use of them continues to rise and reports emerge of deaths and illnesses tied to vaping."Vaping has become a very big business, as I understand it, but we can't allow people to get sick and allow our youth to be so affected," Trump said.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Undiagnosed disease, cocoa – Ghana: (AH)

Undiagnosed -- GhanaCocoa farmers in Ashanti region are in a quandary after a "strange disease" that is yet to be identified has destroyed their crops. They helplessly look on while their cocoa trees keep dying. Some of the farmers stated that they started witnessing the strange calamity about 3 weeks ago.This is the 1st time they are experiencing such an onslaught in the area. [They] claimed that, for apparently no reason, some of their cocoa trees started dying under mysterious circumstances. The Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease – USA (14): new research

Chronic Wasting Disease -- United StatesRapid spreading of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wildlife and captive cervid populations has exposed lack of progress in dealing with the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) of humans and animals. Since the TSE transmissible agent was resistant to extremes in environmental and chemical treatments, focus was on an unconventional agent including the prion theory. Recent breakthrough research has revealed consistent isolation of a novel _Spiroplasma_ Read more [...]

New River cleanup expands water activities – WITN

New River cleanup expands water activities  WITN

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) The New River in Jacksonville is cleaner than ever before, thanks to more than 20-years of clean up. Scientists say decades ago …

PRO/AH/EDR> Scombroid fish poisoning – USA (02): (multiple states)

Poisoning -- United StatesThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [reports] 16 people [have been] poisoned by yellowfin tuna steaks, [forcing] Kroger [grocery stores] to recall the tainted product. The scombroid poisoning stemmed from yellowfin tuna steaks sold in Kroger stores, the FDA said in an alert.The improperly stored tuna was sold in Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Mercury poisoning – USA: (CA) imported cosmetics, comatose user

Poisoning -- United StatesHealth officials in Northern California issued a warning on Tuesday [10 Sep 2019] after a tainted skin cream imported from Mexico left a Sacramento woman in a semi-comatose state.The Pond's-labeled skin cream was found to have been contaminated with methylmercury, a hazardous substance causing severe illness and is "extremely dangerous to adults and children," according to a news release on Sacramento County's website.The woman obtained the cream -- which is used to lighten Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Lasiodiplodia dieback, blueberry – Europe: 1st rep (Spain)

Other Plant Disease -- SpainHighbush blueberry plants (cultivars 'Ventura' and 'Star') in Huelva [province, Andalusia] showed red-brown canker symptoms, stem dieback, and defoliation, and 30% of the plants were nearly dead. Some of these symptoms in blueberry had been previously attributed in Huelva to _Neofusicoccum parvum_, _N. australe_, and _Pestalotiopsis clavispora_.89 affected plants were sampled. From genome sequencing and morphological characterization [it] resulted that the causal agent Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed lethal disease – Norway (03): dog

Undiagnosed -- NorwayFrom Wednesday [11 Sep 2019] to Thursday [12 Sep 2019], the Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received 8 new reports on isolated cases of dogs with similar symptoms of disease. One of the dogs has died. The cases are from Buskerud, Vestfold, Trondelag, Nordland, Troms, and Finnmark.It is important to remember that, in dogs, these symptoms often undergo a less acute course of disease. Initially, most reported cases were located in the Oslo area.So far, there is no commonality Read more [...]