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Respiratory Protection During Outbreaks: Respirators versus Surgical Masks

Consistent use of respirators improves protection against respiratory illness Consistent use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important part of the strategy to protect healthcare professionals from inhaling infectious particles, preventing the spread of respiratory infection between healthcare professionals and patients. Two types of devices are most commonly used in the healthcare setting: N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) and surgical masks (commonly called facemasks). In consideration Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Virchow – Netherlands: Brazilian chicken

Salmonella -- NetherlandsChicken meat from Brazil is being investigated as the source of _Salmonella_ illnesses in the Netherlands. Between the end of 2019 and mid-February 2020, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) identified a cluster of 6 _Salmonella_ Virchow infections distributed across the country using whole genome sequencing (WGS), but no epidemiological link among them was reported.An outbreak investigation by RIVM and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Read more [...]

Petroleum Incident in Trinidad | HAZMAT – Lost Coast Outpost

Petroleum Incident in Trinidad | HAZMAT  Lost Coast Outpost

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (92): Countries with high local transmission

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownCase distribution by province: number of cases (number of new cases in past 24 hours)Lombardy: 52 414 (1089)Emilia-Romagna: 18 234 (409)Piedmont: 13 883 (540)Veneto: 12 410 (485)Tuscany: 6379 (206)Liguria: 4906 (149)Marche: 4859 (149)Lazio: 4266 (117)Campania: 3268 (120)Apulia: 2514 (70)Trento: 2602 (126)Friuli Venezia Giulia: 2218 (65)Sicily: 2097 (51)Bolzano: 1835 (24)Abruzzo: 1859 (60)Umbria: 1289 (26)Sardinia: 975 (40)Calabria: 833 (16)Aosta Valley: Read more [...]

Crash with hazardous materials leak closes part of Route 104 – Jacksonville Journal Courier

Crash with hazardous materials leak closes part of Route 104  Jacksonville Journal Courier

PRO/PL> Blast disease, rice – Viet Nam: alert

Other Plant Disease -- VietnamThe changing seasons' weather brings a high risk of disease outbreaks to the winter-spring rice crop in the northern provinces, said [the] Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. [He] requested agriculture sectors to enhance measures to prevent the outbreaks and their impacts on the rice crop. Cold weather with high humidity and prolonged drizzle was favourable for harmful insects that could spread diseases on rice.According to the Plant Protection Department, Read more [...]

Crash with hazardous materials leak closes part of Route 104 – Alton Telegraph

Crash with hazardous materials leak closes part of Route 104  Alton Telegraph

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (91): global, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 589 / ... / 81 740 / 81 802 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9976 / ... / 10 331 / 10 384 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 5000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 215 081 / ... / 367 004 / 400 412 / 406 693 / USA2 Feb 2020: 1 / ... / 84 / ... / 104 119 / ... / 136 675 / 141 942 / 146 690 / Spain2 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Severe fever w/ thrombocytopenia synd. – South Korea

Other Human Disease -- South KoreaCitation: Jae Keun Chung, Choon Mee Kim, Dong-Min Kim, Na-Ra Yun, Jung Wook Park, Jinjong Seo, and Yang Soo Kim. Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Associated with Manual De-Ticking of Domestic Dogs. 2020; Vector-Borne and Zoonotic DiseasesVol. 20(4): 285-294 DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2019.2463.AbstractBackground: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging infectious disease. SFTS is caused by the SFTS virus, a novel phlebovirus, and is spread Read more [...]

Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies.

STAY SAFE, STAY SANE AND STAY COMPLIANT! Whether you’re shipping hazmat for the first time or it’s been part of your operation for years, Labelmaster has the resources you need to keep your operation efficient and compliant. Questions? Get the answers you need from the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline. Make sure your shipments are safe and... The post Hazmat Quizmaster: An easy 2-minute quiz for Dangerous Goods newbies. appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

DEQ rejects Chemours's proposed GenX groundwater cleanup plan – ncpolicywatch.com

DEQ rejects Chemours’s proposed GenX groundwater cleanup plan  ncpolicywatch.com

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive mosquitoes – USA: (CA) control

Pests -- United StatesAbstract--------The range of the mosquito _Aedes aegypti_ continues to expand, putting more than 2 billion people at risk of arboviral infection. The sterile insect technique (SIT) has been used to successfully combat agricultural pests at large scale, but not mosquitoes, mainly because of challenges with consistent production and distribution of high-quality male mosquitoes. We describe automated processes to rear and release millions of competitive, sterile male _Wolbachia_-infected Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (90): 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 135 586 total cases. At the moment 94 067 people are positive for the virus; 24 392 people have recovered, 1550 more than yesterday [6 Apr 2020]. There are 28 718 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 3792 are in intensive care, and 61 557 are in home isolation.There have been 17 127 reported deaths, however, this number can only be confirmed after the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (89): global, cruise ships, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 589 / ... / 81 708 / 81 740 / 81 802 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9976 / ... / 10 284 / 10 331 / 10 384 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 5000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / ... / 245 066 / ... / 336 830 / 367 004 / 400 412 / USA2 Feb 2020: 1 / ... / 84 / ... / 104 119 / ... / Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever – Africa (07): Ethiopia (SN) WHO

Yellow Fever -- EthiopiaWHO: Weekly bulletin on outbreaks and other emergencies, week 14: 30 Mar-5 Apr 2020Data as reported by 5 Apr 2020 17:00Event descriptionOn 3 Mar 2020, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) reported 3 suspected yellow fever cases in Ener Enor woreda [3rd level administrative districts], Gurage zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR). These cases were reported from the same household (father, mother, and son) located in a rural kebele. Of the Read more [...]

NIOSH Encourages Worker Well-Being Research

NIOSH continues to seek new ways to promote worker well-being research through programs and new initiatives, including the Total Worker Health® and Healthy Work Design and Well-being cross-sector programs. Total Worker Health (TWH) is a holistic approach to worker well-being. By acknowledging work-related risk factors that can impact health, the TWH approach seeks to improve the well-being of the American workforce, protecting safety and enhancing health and productivity. The newest NIOSH cross-sector Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Iceland: (SU) feral rabbit, RHDV2, OIE

Hemorrhagic Fever -- IcelandInformation received on [and dated] Wed 1 Apr 2020 from Dr Sigurborg Daoadottir, Chief Veterinary Officer, Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Selfoss, Iceland.SummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 23 Mar 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 30 Mar 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 2002Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Tuberculosis – Mexico: increased cases, RFI

Tuberculosis -- MexicoThe coronavirus is not the only threat to Mexico. In the 1st 2 months of 2020, 8029 cases of respiratory tuberculosis were reported, almost double that recorded in the same period of 2019: 4448.[Byline: Rebecca Bowen]-- Communicated by: ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts[The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has noted that tuberculosis (TB) has been a concern for border areas in both Mexico and the United States. At the time (2005), both countries reported approximately Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (88): Germany, animals, research, pig, chicken, bat, ferret

COVID-19 -- GermanySARS-CoV-2 is a recently emerged zoonotic pathogen, and susceptibility of different animals that are either known virus reservoirs, might serve as animal models or are possibly in close contact with infected humans is still understudied. Here we report on SARS-CoV-2 infection experiments in fruit bats, ferrets, pigs and chickens. Animals were intranasally inoculated with 10^5 TCID50 and monitored for virus shedding by samples taken from the upper respiratory tract as well as fecal Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Contagious equine metritis – UK: (Scotland) horse, OIE

Other Animal Disease -- United KingdomInformation received on [and dated] 6 Apr 2020 from Dr. Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer, DEFRA, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs , London, United KingdomSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 1 Apr 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Apr 2020Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 11 Sep 2012Manifestation of disease: subclinical infectionCausal agent: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Kyasanur Forest disease – India (16): (KA)

Kyasanur Forest Disease -- IndiaA 55-year-old farmer from Udukere village in Tirthahalli [subdivision of a district] has died due to Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever, at a private hospital at Manipal in Udupi district [Karnataka] on Monday [6 Apr 2020].With this, the total number of persons who have succumbed to KFD in Shivamogga district since [1 Jan 2020] has risen to 5. The deceased was suffering from high fever, fatigue, and pain in joints. His blood samples tested positive Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (03): China (GD) H9N2, WHO

Avian Influenza -- ChinaBetween 27 Mar and 2 Apr 2020, one new case of human infection with avian influenza A(H9N2) virus was reported to WHO in the Western Pacific Region. The case is a 3-year-old female from Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, who had a history of environmental exposure to domestic poultry before the onset of symptoms. She had mild illness and no symptoms have been detected in her contacts.In 2020, there are 3 cases reported so far, 2 from China and one from India. A total of 30 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (09): Eurasia, Armenia (SU) dog, OIE

Rabies -- ArmeniaInformation received on [and dated] 6 Apr 2020 from Dr Georgi Avetisyan, head, Food Safety Inspection Body of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, e ARM Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, ArmeniaSummaryReport type: immediate notification (final report)Start date: 31 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 2 Apr 2020Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: rabies Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (87): countries with high local transmission, Congo DR

COVID-19 -- United StatesRegarding health monitoring related to the spread of the new coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] on the national territory, there are 132 547 total cases. At the moment 93 187 people are positive for the virus; 22 837 people have recovered. There are 28 976 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 3898 are in intensive care, and 60 313 are in home isolation.There have been 16 523 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 (86): global, economic health security, new countries, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 589 / ... / 81 708 / 81 740 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9976 / ... / 10 284 / 10 331 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 5000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / ... / 245 066 / ... / 336 830 / 367 004 / USA2 Feb 2020: 1 / ... / 84 / ... / 104 119 / ... / 131 646 / 136 675 / Spain2 Read more [...]

DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to dominate regulatory activity.  Several new actions dealing with it were promulgated during the last week and we’ll cover them below.  Labelmaster continues to serve the DG logistics chain during this time when it’s become even more important.  We’re working safe and doing everything we can to be a positive... The post DG Digest: PHMSA & Transport Canada ease transport rules on hand sanitizer appeared first on Labelmaster Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Begomoviruses, basil – Uganda: new pathogens

Other Plant Disease -- UgandaBegomoviruses are plant viruses that cause major losses to many economically important crops. Although they are poorly understood, begomoviruses infecting wild plants may have an important role as reservoirs in the epidemiology of viral diseases. This study reports the discovery and genomic characterization of three novel bipartite begomoviruses from wild and cultivated African basil (_Ocimum gratissimum_) plants collected in Uganda, East Africa. Based on the symptoms Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (85): USA (NY) tiger, OIE

COVID-19 -- United StatesInformation received on [and dated] 6 Apr 2020 from Dr. from Dr Mark Davidson, associate administrator, USDA-APHIS, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of AmericaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 27 Mar 2020Date of confirmation of the event: 4 Apr 2020Reason for notification: emerging diseaseMorbidity: 2 (scale 0 to 5)Mortality: 0 (scale 0 to 5)Zoonotic impact: zoonotic potential currently unknownCausal Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (84): USA, tigers

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Coronavirus prevention: What is “deep cleaning”? – Quartz

Coronavirus prevention: What is “deep cleaning”?  Quartz

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (83): countries with high local transmission, Turkey

COVID-19 -- United StatesRegarding health monitoring related to the spread of the new coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] on the national territory, there are 128 948 total cases. At the moment 91 246 people are positive for the virus; 21 815 people have recovered. There are 28 949 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 3977 are in intensive care, and 58 320 are in home isolation.There have been 15 887 reported deaths, however, this number can only be confirmed after the Istituto Superiore di Sanita has established Read more [...]

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl – wpde.com

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl  wpde.com

New speed restrictions for trains hauling hazardous materials in CanadaNew speed restrictions for trains hauling hazardous materials in Canada – Railway Track & Structures

New speed restrictions for trains hauling hazardous materials in CanadaNew speed restrictions for trains hauling hazardous materials in Canada  Railway Track & Structures

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (82): global, Google & Vodafone tracking, new countries, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 470 / 81 518 / 81 554 / 81 589 / 81 620 / 81 639 /81 669 / 81 708 / Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9661 / 9786 / 9887 / 9976 / 10 062 / 10 156 / 10 237 / 10 284 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 5000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 142 070 / 164 248 / 188 530 / 215 081 / 245 066 / 277 161 / Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Crown rot, fennel – Italy: (SC) new fungus

Other Plant Disease -- ItalyA new fennel fungal disease caused by a new genus and species, _Ochraceocephala foeniculi_, was observed for the 1st time in 2017 on 5% of the "Apollo" fennel cultivar grown in sampled localities in Catania province, Italy. Now it has spread to 2 more cultivars, causing crop losses of around 20-30%. The new pathogen damages the fennel with necrotic lesions on the crown, root, and stem. The fungal species obtained from symptomatic tissues was identified based on morphological Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Kyasanur Forest disease – India (15): (KA) update

Hemorrhagic Fever -- IndiaA total of 2 positive cases of Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever, have been reported in the district [Shivamogga, Karnataka] since [Fri 3 Apr 2020].On Fri 3 Apr 2020, a 24 year old woman from Gundugadde village in Tirthahalli taluk [subdivision of a district] tested positive for KFD. She was an agriculture labourer and had been suffering from fever and aches in her joints since [30 Mar 2020]. A 34 year old farmer from Sindhuwadi village in Tirthahalli Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (81): WHO, China, S Korea

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown- One new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Sab [Caribbean Netherlands].- As worldwide cases climb above 1 million and deaths over 50 000, Dr Tedros stressed that the best way for countries to end restrictions and ease their economic effects was to attack the virus with an aggressive and comprehensive package of measures.- WHO has released new technical guidance recommending universal access to public Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (80): global, countries with high transmission, vaccine

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown2 Feb 2020: 17 187 / ... / 80 024 / ... / 81 518 / 81 554 / 81 589 / 81 620 / 81 639 / 81 669 /Mainland China2 Feb 2020: 15 / ... / 3726 / ... / 9786 / 9887 / 9976 / 10 062 / 10 156 / 10 237 / South KoreaCountries with major activity (more than 5000 cases with community spread)------------------------------------------------------------------2 Feb 2020: 11 / ... / 76 / ... / 164 248 / 188 530 / 215 081 / 245 066 / 277 161 / 311 637 / USA2 Feb 2020: 1 / ... / 84 / ... Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African horse sickness – Thailand (02): (NR,CB,PK) spread, st pending

African Horse Sickness -- ThailandThe number of horses killed by a viral disease called African horse sickness [AHS] in Pak Chong district of the north eastern province [Nakhon Ratchasima] has risen to 146. Provincial livestock development office chief Pasawee Somjai said on Saturday [4 Apr 2020] that 13 other horses also had severe symptoms. There have been no reports of deaths in other districts, he added [but see commentary]. Earlier, tests confirmed that 73 horses in Pak Chong had died of AHS, Read more [...]

A Drive-Thru Donation Station In Arlington Collected Masks, Canned Goods, And A Hazmat Suit – WAMU 88.5

A Drive-Thru Donation Station In Arlington Collected Masks, Canned Goods, And A Hazmat Suit  WAMU 88.5