PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (412): surfaces, pregnancy, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- South KoreaBackgroundThe purpose of this study was to determine the extent of air and surface contamination of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in 4 health care facilities with hospitalized coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.MethodsWe investigated air and environmental contamination in the rooms of 8 COVID-19 patients in 4 hospitals. Some patients were in negative-pressure rooms, and others were not. None had undergone aerosol-generating procedures. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Tick-borne encephalitis – Germany (03): (BW, BY)

Tick-borne Encephalitis -- GermanyThe Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is reporting (computer translated) an increase in cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) year to date in Germany.Through 7 Sep [2020], 535 cases have been reported; which is an increase of 14 percent over the same period in 2018, a record year for TBE in Germany.Of the cases, 89 percent (477) have been reported from Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria states in southern Germany.Health officials suggest the increase may be due to the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed disease, dog – UK: (England) RFI

Undiagnosed -- United KingdomA fresh outbreak of a killer dog disease has flared a few miles from the corgi-loving Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where several pets have died in recent years. Cases of seasonal canine illness, SCI, which hits dogs walked in woodland, have been reported to Haven Vets surgery in Great Yarmouth.The outbreak has raised fears that a new epidemic is breaking out across Britain's woods, parks, and even gardens this autumn.SCI usually strikes from September to November, Read more [...]

DHS providing chemical hazard support – Homeland Preparedness News

DHS providing chemical hazard support  Homeland Preparedness News

Clear Space by Safety Disposing Hazardous Waste October 3 – Parkland Talk – Parkland Talk

Clear Space by Safety Disposing Hazardous Waste October 3 – Parkland Talk  Parkland Talk

Injuries reported in Burnsville chemical leak – RADIO.COM

Injuries reported in Burnsville chemical leak  RADIO.COM

PRO/AH/EDR> Koi herpesvirus disease – Slovakia: (TA) carp, OIE

Other Animal Disease -- SlovakiaInformation received on [and dated] 22 Sep 2020 from Dr. Jozef Bires, Director and Chief Veterinary Officer, State Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Bratislava, SlovakiaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 31 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 31 Jul 2020Report date: 22 Sep 2020Date submitted to OIE: 22 Sep 2020Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 23 Jul Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Epizootic hemorrhagic disease – USA (02): (NY) deer

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease -- United StatesWhite-tailed deer are dying in Purgatory Swamp near Goshen. They're dying in Putnam County too, near Cold Spring and Nelsonville. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is also testing remains of deer from 4 other locations in Orange, Ulster and Dutchess counties for a viral disease called epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD).It's transmitted by biting midges (also called no-see-ums or "punkies"), affects only white-tailed deer and cannot Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Kazakhstan: (SH) cattle, human

Anthrax -- KazakhstanAn anthrax outbreak is reported in Shymkent. 2 brothers were taken to the hospital in a serious condition. Both have cutaneous form of anthrax, Astana TV channel reported. The men were taking care of cattle at their farm.Epidemiologists tested the cattle and the test results for anthrax were negative.More than 20 people contacted the men. They all remain under medical observation."We assume some of kind of slaughter is the source of infection. Anthrax is transmitted from animals, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Infectious hematopoietic necrosis, trout – North Macedonia: (CA) OIE

Other Animal Disease -- Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)Information received on [and dated] 21 Sep 2020 from Dr Zoran Atanasov, Director Food and Veterinary Agency, Food and Veterinary Agency, Food and Veterinary Agency, North Macedonia, Skopje, [North Macedonia]SummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 1 Sep 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Sep 2020Report date: 21 Sep 2020Date submitted to OIE: 21 Sep 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Measles update (22): Africa, US travel alert

Measles -- Worldwide/UnknownThe World Health Organization (WHO) reported today [21 Sep 2020] that the ongoing measles outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is showing a sustained decline in new cases and deaths-reporting 245 suspected cases and 1 death during the week ending 6 Sep 2020.WHO reminds while the declining trend in this long-standing measles outbreak is to be welcomed, this is dependent on continuing vaccine program efforts, without which cases will rebound.Major infant vaccine Read more [...]

Returning to wildfire evacuation zones: What you need to know – KPTV.com

Returning to wildfire evacuation zones: What you need to know  KPTV.com

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (411): monoclonal Ab, conval. plasma, pooled saliva, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- United StatesHealthcare staff are at increased risk of COVID-19, thus putting themselves, their families, and their patients at risk. This increased risk negatively affects patient and staff mortality and morbidity (physical and mental). Furthermore, the need to isolate if either infected or exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2 (SARS-CoV-2) limits the ability of the UK NHS to deliver care when staff are absent from work. This potentially represents one of Read more [...]

Cleanup underway for oil leaks along Pensacola waterfront from storm-damaged vessels – Pensacola News Journal

Cleanup underway for oil leaks along Pensacola waterfront from storm-damaged vessels  Pensacola News Journal

Clear Space by Safety Disposing Hazardous Waste October 3 – Coral Springs Talk – Coral Springs Talk

Clear Space by Safety Disposing Hazardous Waste October 3 – Coral Springs Talk  Coral Springs Talk

An explosive finish to Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium

The final two sessions of Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 Dangerous Goods Symposium were explosive, in different ways. One session featured carriers, regulators, industry reps and top trainers squaring off on the hottest topic in hazmat transport, and other featured video of batteries actually blowing up. Here’s a brief recap. Let’s watch lithium batteries... The post An explosive finish to Lithium Battery Week at the 2020 DG Symposium appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Durangoans turn out in droves for annual hazardous waste drop-off – The Journal

Durangoans turn out in droves for annual hazardous waste drop-off  The Journal

PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease – Russia (02): (VL) poultry, OIE

Newcastle Disease -- RussiaInformation received on [and dated] 21 Sep 2020 from Dr. Nikolay Vlasov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, Ministry of Agriculture, Moscow, RussiaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 8 Sep 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Sep 2020Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 28 May 2020Manifestation of disease: Clinical diseaseCausal agent: Newcastle Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (47): Congo DR (EQ)

Ebola -- DR CongoKey figures and facts- IOM [International Organization for Migration] strengthens the system for monitoring and controlling population movements in Equateur.Statistics since the beginning of the epidemic- 124 cases reported including 118 confirmed and 6 probable- 40 affected health areas, spread over 12 health zones- 59 cured- 50 deaths including 44 confirmed and 6 probable- 31 179 people vaccinated since the start of the responseOverview of the Read more [...]

Nekoosa closes streets by Domtar paper mill as crews respond to chlorine dioxide leak – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Nekoosa closes streets by Domtar paper mill as crews respond to chlorine dioxide leak  Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Chemical safety in the era of COVID-19 – BIC Magazine

Chemical safety in the era of COVID-19  BIC Magazine

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus – India (03): (NL) fatal

Scrub Typhus -- IndiaAn outbreak of scrub typhus, a bacterial disease, has claimed the lives of 5 people in Nagaland's Noklak district bordering Myanmar, officials said. More than 600 others tested positive for the disease but recovered after treatment.Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, spreads to people through bites of larval mites. The symptoms include fever, headache, and body ache. The district's Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), C Phuniang, said Noklak has had to grapple with the disease Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (22): Germany (BB) wild boar, spread

African Swine Fever -- GermanyA further 7 cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany's federal agriculture ministry said on Monday [21 Sep 2020].The new cases follow 13 others confirmed in wild boar, not farm animals, the ministry said. The new discoveries bring the total confirmed cases to 20 since the 1st one on 10 Sep 2020.[Byline: Michael Hogan]--communicated byMary Marshall[A map showing the locations of the "outbreaks" Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (410): ACE inhibitors and ARBs, WHO COVAX plan, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownIn this 4th monthly update of our living review (1), we searched MEDLINE (Ovid) weekly from [4 to 31 Aug 2020] using the same search strategy as described in the original review. We did not limit the search by language. This search update yielded 82 results (de-duplicated), and after an independent dual-review process, we identified 24 new studies meeting our inclusion criteria -- 19 observational studies, 4 meta-analyses, and 1 systematic review (2-25).New evidence------------Findings Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Undiagnosed diseases, tea – Nepal: (eastern)

Undiagnosed -- NepalTea farmers in eastern Nepal never had a yield this low. First, diseases such as leaf curl and black tip attacked the crops. Already struggling with rising pest infestations, then heavy rainfall across much of the country swept away a portion of the crop.So far in 2020, Nepal has seen a 30-40% decline in its tea harvest compared with a year ago, according to the National Tea and Coffee Development Board (NTCDB). Short bursts of intense rainfall have become more common, water-logging Read more [...]

DG Digest: Transport Canada releases extensions to COVID-19-related exemptions

The last full week of the summer was a quiet one in the regulatory world, with the action centered on a set of Transport Canada extensions of COVID related regulatory exemptions.  See below for those details.  Meanwhile, let’s all keep working to help keep our employees and families safe by continuing to follow the recommendations... The post DG Digest: Transport Canada releases extensions to COVID-19-related exemptions appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Singapore (02): domestic rabbit, RHDV2 1st rep, OIE

Hemorrhagic Fever -- SingaporeInformation received on [and dated] 17 Sep 2020 from Dr Him Hoo Yap, Chief Veterinary Officer, Director General, Animal & Veterinary Service, National Parks Board, Singapore, SingaporeSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 24 Aug 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Sep 2020Reason for notification1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: rabbit hemorrhagic disease virusSerotype: RHDV2Nature of diagnosis: clinical, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ricin – USA: (Washington, DC) package

Poisoning -- United StatesRicin is a poison from the husks of castor beans, which are the seeds from the castor oil plant commonly found in nature. Castor oil, a strong laxative, is made by removing the husks and crushing the seeds, which have several other medicinal and manufacturing uses as well. Ricin is part of the waste produced when these products are made.How deadly is ricin?--------------------Weapons-grade ricin is produced in tiny particles that can be inhaled. The smaller the particles Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed deaths, elephant – Botswana (03): toxic algae

Other Animal Disease -- BotswanaToxins in water produced by cyanobacteria killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year [2020], officials said on Monday [21 Sep 2020], announcing the result of an investigation into the deaths which had baffled and alarmed conservationists.Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Not all produce toxins, but scientists say toxic ones are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.Cyril Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine influenza – Italy: (LZ) horse, st not typed, OIE

Equine Influenza -- ItalyInformation received on [and dated] 18 Sep 2020 from Dr Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, [Ministry of Health], Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, ItalySummaryReport type: immediate notification (final report)Date of start of the event: 13 Jul 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Jul 2020Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 10 May 2019Causal agent: Read more [...]

Jackson County officials warn that burned home sites are hazardous – Mail Tribune

Jackson County officials warn that burned home sites are hazardous  Mail Tribune

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (409): masks, scientist gender, USA airline travel, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- United StatesAs SARS-CoV-2 continues its global spread, it's possible that one of the pillars of COVID-19 pandemic control -- universal facial masking -- might help reduce the severity of disease and ensure that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic. If this hypothesis is borne out, universal masking could become a form of "variolation" that would generate immunity and thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere, as we await a vaccine.One Read more [...]

Hazardous Materials Search At Trabuco Road Gas Station – Mission Viejo, CA Patch

Hazardous Materials Search At Trabuco Road Gas Station  Mission Viejo, CA Patch

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Singapore: domestic rabbit, RHDV2, 1st rep

Hemorrhagic Fever -- SingaporeA highly infectious and contagious animal disease that wasn't known to be present in Singapore has been reported in local rabbits.The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) of the National Parks Board (NParks) has confirmed the 1st detection of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) in local pet rabbits on 16 Sep [2020]. The virus that causes RHD was detected in samples from pet rabbits submitted by a veterinary clinic, said AVS:"Based on investigations so far, there may be Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (408): children, Al Jazeera, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownWHO region (no. countries/territories):Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)---------------------------Western Pacific Region (19): 573 120 (4177) / 12 548 (68)European Region (61): 5 149 121 (67 200) / 229 408 (737)South East Asia Region (10): 5 973 186 (101 199) / 100 406 (1405)Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 2 199 096 (16 298) / 57 256 (372)Region of the Americas (54): 15 333 470 (118 360) / 524 527 (2655)African Read more [...]

Pocono Axe Works plan approved – Pocono Record

Pocono Axe Works plan approved  Pocono Record

Wapakoneta holds a special collection day to recycle hazardous materials – Your News Now

Wapakoneta holds a special collection day to recycle hazardous materials  Your News Now

Wapakoneta holds special collection day to recycle hazardous materials – Your News Now

Wapakoneta holds special collection day to recycle hazardous materials  Your News Now

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (62): Kazakhstan (NK) poultry, wild bird, HPAI H5, OIE

Avian Influenza -- KazakhstanInformation received on [and dated] Wed 16 Sep 2020 from Dr Tursyn Kabduldanov, Deputy Chairman, Committee for Veterinary Control and Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture, Nur-Sultan, KazakhstanSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 5 Sep 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 16 Sep 2020Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: highly pathogenic influenza A virusSerotype: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis – USA (03): (IN) grocery store, RFI

Salmonella -- United StatesA cluster of salmonellosis cases has been linked to a West Lafayette grocery store, according to the Tippecanoe County Health Department.Customers of La Aldea Grocery Store who have eaten or drunk products from the store between 7 and 17 Sep 2020 and are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis should call the Tippecanoe County Health Department at 765-423-9222, ext 1. Those symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps._Salmonella_ bacteria are typically transmitted Read more [...]