PRO/EDR> COVID-19 update (79): research update

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownOnce SARS-CoV-2 is introduced in a long-term care skilled nursing facility (SNF), rapid transmission can occur.Following identification of a case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a healthcare worker, 76 of 82 residents of an SNF were tested for SARS-CoV-2; 23 (30%) had positive test results, about half of whom were asymptomatic or presymptomatic on the day of testing.Symptom-based screening of SNF residents might fail to identify all SARS-CoV-2 infections. Asymptomatic Read more [...]

PRO/ALL> New in IJID (04): April 2020

Not Yet Classified -- Worldwide/UnknownLi Wenliang, a face to the frontline healthcare worker. The first doctor to notify the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2, (COVID-19), outbreak.Eskild Petersen, David Hui, Davidson H Hamer, Lucille Blumberg, Lawrence C Madoff, Marjorie Pollack, et al.Int J Infect Dis. 2020; 93(Apr): 205-207.Is Africa prepared for tackling the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic. Lessons from past outbreaks, ongoing pan-African public health efforts, and implications for the future.Nathan Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (78): countries with high local transmission

COVID-19 -- United StatesRegarding health monitoring related to the spread of the new coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] on the national territory, there are 119 827 total cases. At the moment 85 388 people are positive for the virus; 19 758 people have recovered. There are 28 741 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 4068 are in intensive care, and 52 579 are in home isolation.There have been 14 681 reported deaths, however, this number can only be confirmed after the Istituto Superiore di Sanita has established Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (77): global, polio vacc on hold, new countries, WHO

Polio, COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 470 / 81 518 / 81 554 / 81 589 / 81 620 / 81 639 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9661 / 9786 / 9887 / 9976 / 10 062 / 10 156 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 1000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / 164 248 / 188 530 / 215 081 / 245 066 / 277 161 / USA2 Feb 2020: 2 / ... / 1694 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (38): India, poultry, wild bird, HPAI H5N1, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N1 -- IndiaInformation received on [and dated] Thu 2 Apr 2020 from Dr Atul Chaturvedi, secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, New Delhi, IndiaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 3 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Mar 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 3 Sep 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Read more [...]

The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response

Geoff Leach is a consulting partner and was the former Head of the UK CAA Dangerous Goods Office and Chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.  After 32 years at the CAA, in 2014, he set up The Dangerous Goods Office Limited offering training and consultancy around the world. By Geoff Leach One of the... The post The danger counterfeit lithium batteries pose requires a global response appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hazmat responding to chemical spill in Bethel Heights – 5newsonline.com

Hazmat responding to chemical spill in Bethel Heights  5newsonline.com

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever – Americas (06): Brazil, monkey, conservation concern

Yellow Fever -- BrazilIn April 2018, workers with the Associacao Mico-Leao-Dourado, a Brazilian non-governmental organisation [NGO] dedicated to the protection of the golden lion tamarin, found one of the endangered primates, apparently sick and unable to climb trees, lying on the forest floor in Aldeia, some 80 km (50 mi) north east of Rio de Janeiro city. The following day, field staff searched for the animal but could not find it within the sprawling tropical forest. But later that month, the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (76): China (HU) animal, cat, owned, stray, seropositive

COVID-19 -- ChinaCoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first reported in Wuhan, China, and rapidly spread worldwide. Previous studies suggested cat could be a potential susceptible animal of SARS-CoV-2. Here, we investigated the infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cats by detecting specific serum antibodies. A cohort of serum samples were collected from cats in Wuhan, including 102 sampled after COVID-19 outbreak and 39 prior to the Read more [...]

Hazmat responding to chemical spill in a Rogers – 5newsonline.com

Hazmat responding to chemical spill in a Rogers  5newsonline.com

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (75): China (Hong Kong) cat, OIE

COVID-19 -- ChinaInformation received on [and dated] 3 Apr 2020 from Dr Thomas Sit, chief veterinary officer/assistant director (inspection & quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR-PRC)SummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 30 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 31 Mar 2020Reason for notification: emerging diseaseMorbidity: 1 (scale 0 to 5)Mortality: 0 Read more [...]

Discovery of body leads to hazardous materials call – The Record-Courier

Discovery of body leads to hazardous materials call  The Record-Courier

Arlington's Drive-Thru Donation Station Collects Masks, Canned Goods, And A Hazmat Suit – DCist.com

Arlington’s Drive-Thru Donation Station Collects Masks, Canned Goods, And A Hazmat Suit  DCist.com

Truck hauling trash overturned in Polk County – KTRE

Truck hauling trash overturned in Polk County  KTRE

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (74): countries with high local transmission

COVID-19 -- United StatesRegarding health monitoring related to the spread of the new coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] on the national territory, there are 115 242 total cases. At the moment 83 049 people are positive for the virus; 18 278 people have recovered. There are 28 540 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 4035 are in intensive care, and 48 134 are in home isolation.There have been 13 915 reported deaths, however, this number can only be confirmed after the Istituto Superiore di Sanita has established Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (73): global, cruise ships, new countries, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 470 / 81 518 / 81 554 / 81 589 / 81 620 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9661 / 9786 / 9887 / 9976 / 10 062 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 1000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / 164 248 / 188 530 / 215 081 / 245 066 / USA2 Feb 2020: 2 / ... / 1694 / ... / 97 689 / 101 739 / 105 792 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever – West Africa (15): Nigeria

Lassa Fever -- NigeriaKey points----------Table 1: Summary of current week (13), cumulative from epiweeks 1-13, 2020, and comparison with previous year (2019)Current week (13) [23-29 Mar 2020) / Cumulative weeks 1-13 / Cumulative 2019 weeks 1-13Suspected cases: 182 / 4194 / 2034Confirmed cases: 19 / 951/ 526Probable cases: 0 / 14 / 15Deaths: 1 / 185 / 121Case fatality rate (CFR [%]): 5.3 / 19.5 / 23.0Number of states affected: 8 / 27 / 21Local government areas (LGAs) affected: 14 / 126 / Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (38): Hungary (CS) poultry, HPAI H5N8, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N8 -- HungaryInformation received on [and dated] 1 Apr 2020 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: 29 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 31 Mar 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 31 Jan 2020Manifestation of disease: sub-clinical infectionCausal agent: Read more [...]

Distilleries making hand sanitizer? Hooray! Here’s how to ship it safely.

Among all the dire news surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, there’s one story that’s lightened a lot of people’s moods: distillers of alcoholic beverages (including several in the Chicago area) switching over some of their production to make desperately needed hand sanitizer. We love this story because: Supplies of hand sanitizer have been running low at... The post Distilleries making hand sanitizer? Hooray! Here’s how to ship it safely. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Managing Fatigue During Times of Crisis: Guidance for Nurses, Managers, and Other Healthcare Workers

At times of crisis, healthcare workers (e.g., nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, nursing assistants, etc.) continue to provide care, despite ever challenging work demands, including higher influx of critically ill patients, increased work stress, and a frequent need for overtime. These work demands can compound already challenging work schedules (i.e. 12-hour shifts, night shifts), making it more difficult to obtain regular shift breaks and enough time off between shifts for adequate recovery. Read more [...]

SCISWA not accepting household-hazardous materials | Business – pellachronicle.com

SCISWA not accepting household-hazardous materials | Business  pellachronicle.com

Ammonia leak at R.I. food plant sends 13 to the hospital – theday.com

Ammonia leak at R.I. food plant sends 13 to the hospital  theday.com

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (12): Ukraine, domestic, wild boar, update, OIE

African Swine Fever -- UkraineZaporozhe: event started on [26 Mar 2019]. A total of 3 outbreaks (submitted) reported to date [2 Apr 2020]. The event is continuing with the last follow-up report no. 3 provided on [15 Jan 2020].Total animals affected:Species / Susceptible / Cases / Deaths / Killed and disposed of / SlaughteredSwine / 11 273 / 249 / 249 / 11 024 / 0Wild boar / - / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0--communicated by:ProMED-mail******[2] Chernigov: wild boar Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020Source: OIE, WAHIS Read more [...]

County has first COVID-19 cases – Central Kentucky News Journal

County has first COVID-19 cases  Central Kentucky News Journal

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (72): countries with high local transmission

COVID-19 -- United StatesRegarding health monitoring related to the spread of the new coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] on the national territory, there are 110 574 total cases. At the moment 80 572 people are positive for the virus; 16 847 people have recovered. There are 28 403 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 4035 are in intensive care, and 48 134 are in home isolation.There have been 13 155 reported deaths, however, this number can only be confirmed after the Istituto Superiore di Sanita has established Read more [...]

Cleaning companies grapple with business overload – Business Observer

Cleaning companies grapple with business overload  Business Observer

Hazardous Materials/FAST Act: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to PHMSA Disclosure Regulations – JD Supra

Hazardous Materials/FAST Act: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to PHMSA Disclosure Regulations  JD Supra

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (71): global, Taiwan, new countries, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 470 / 81 518 / 81 554 / 81 589 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9661 / 9786 / 9887 / 9976 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 1000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / 164 248 / 188 530 / 215 081 / USA2 Feb 2020: 2 / ... / 1694 / ... / 97 689 / 101 739 / 105 792 / 110 574 / Italy2 Feb 2020: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (10): China (Inner Mongolia) domestic, OIE

African Swine Fever -- ChinaInformation received on [and dated] 1 Apr 2020 from Dr Huang Baoxu, secretary of the Party Leadership Group, Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Qingdao, China (People's Rep of)SummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 27 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 30 Mar 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 25 May 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Silicosis – Bangladesh: (RP) stone workers, fatal

Respiratory Illness -- BangladeshThe stone-crushing workers in Patgram upazila are left to suffer, as most are too poor to afford treatment for an irreversible lung disease, silicosis, which is their occupational hazard. Silicosis is a disease caused by silicon poisoning, a common side effect of working in stone-crushing yards. The workers breathe in the silica dust while working in the yards, and the silicon settles in their lungs, slowly solidifying their respiratory systems. Patgram is dotted Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (70): China (Hong Kong) cat, pets & stock

COVID-19 -- ChinaSevere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes the infectious disease COVID-19, which was 1st reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Despite the tremendous efforts to control the disease, COVID-19 has now spread to over 100 countries and caused a global pandemic. SARS-CoV2 is thought to have originated in bats; however, the intermediate animal sources of the virus are completely unknown.Here, we investigated the susceptibility of ferrets and animals in close Read more [...]

The Need for Fit Testing During Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Proper respirator use is essential for healthcare workers who are expected to interact with patients with infectious respiratory diseases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires healthcare facilities to maintain a respiratory protection program that specifies requirements such as annual fit testing, medical clearance, and training. Initial fit testing is required before using a respirator. In addition to annual fit testing, fit testing is required when there are changes Read more [...]

Two northbound lanes of I-5 open near Lebec after hazardous spill – Bakersfield Now

Two northbound lanes of I-5 open near Lebec after hazardous spill  Bakersfield Now

Two northbound lanes of I-5 open near Lebec after hazardous spill – KMPH Fox 26

Two northbound lanes of I-5 open near Lebec after hazardous spill  KMPH Fox 26

Petroleum Incident in Eureka | HAZMAT – Lost Coast Outpost

Petroleum Incident in Eureka | HAZMAT  Lost Coast Outpost

Sewage Incident in Eureka | HAZMAT – Lost Coast Outpost

Sewage Incident in Eureka | HAZMAT  Lost Coast Outpost

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – Libya: (TR) sheep, st A, OIE

Foot and Mouth -- LibyaInformation received on [and dated] 31 Mar 2020 from Dr Zakaria Mohamed Mustafa Elkhatal, director general, National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Marine Wealth, Tripoli, LibyaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 11 Feb 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 15 Mar 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 12 Jun 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical Read more [...]

COVID-19 Cleanup: What You Need to Know – castlerockco.com

COVID-19 Cleanup: What You Need to Know  castlerockco.com

5 Freeway partially reopened in the Grapevine after tanker truck crash results in hazmat spill – KABC-TV

5 Freeway partially reopened in the Grapevine after tanker truck crash results in hazmat spill  KABC-TV

Northbound traffic on I-5 near Lebec being diverted due to hazardous spill – KMPH Fox 26

Northbound traffic on I-5 near Lebec being diverted due to hazardous spill  KMPH Fox 26CHP: I-5 Southbound lanes open, Northbound lanes still closed following chemical spill  KERO 23ABC NewsHazardous Materials Spilled after Crash on 5 Freeway near Lebec Road in Bakersfield  newsopiView Full Coverage on Google News Read more [...]