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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

The opioid overdose epidemic continues to claim lives across the country with a record 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017[i]. The crisis is taking an especially devastating toll on certain parts of the U.S. workforce. High rates of opioid overdose deaths have occurred in industries with high injury rates and physically demanding working conditions such as construction, mining, or fishing[ii],[iii]. Other job factors such as high job demands, job insecurity, and lack of control over tasks have also been Read more [...]

Emergency crews responding to possible hazardous materials release in Bristol, Va. – WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Emergency crews responding to possible hazardous materials release in Bristol, Va.  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Emergency crews have responded to a possible hazardous materials spill in Bristol, Virginia.

WANTED: Suspect allegedly sent 'hazardous materials' to a Colorado teller – KKTV 11 News

WANTED: Suspect allegedly sent ‘hazardous materials’ to a Colorado teller  KKTV 11 News

Authorities are asking for help in identifying a person who reportedly sent ‘hazardous materials’ to a teller in Colorado.

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (35): Viet Nam (HU) backyard, HPAI H5N1, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N1 -- Worldwide/UnknownInformation received on [and dated] 20 May 2019 from Dr. Dong Pham Van, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hanoi, Viet NamSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 4 May 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 13 May 2019Reason for notification: reoccurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 11 Mar 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Zimbabwe (06): (MN) wildlife, comment

Anthrax -- ZimbabweThere is confusion in media sources regarding the location of the current anthrax outbreak in Zimbabwe, with some media sources mistakenly reporting the location of the outbreak as "Hwange National Park".As noted in the [ProMED post referenced above], the outbreak is actually occurring in 2 sections of the Matetsi Safari Area (Matetsi Unit 6 and Matetsi Unit 7).These areas are situated some 100 km [62 mi] northwest of the northern border of Hwange National Park, in the area to Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Lesotho: (MS) cattle, OIE

Anthrax -- LesothoInformation received on [and dated] 21 May 2019 from Dr Gerard Relebohile Mahloane, Director General of Veterinary Services, Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Maseru, LesothoSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 12 May 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 18 May 2019Report date: 21 May 2019Date submitted to OIE: 21 May 2019Reason for notification: reoccurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 10 May Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – Libya (02): (ZW) sheep, st pending, OIE

Foot and Mouth -- LibyaInformation received on 23 May 2019 from Dr Zakaria Mohamed Mustafa Elkhatal, Director General, National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal & Marine Wealth, Tripoli, LibyaSummaryReport type: follow-up report no. 1Date of start of the event: 25 Apr 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 3 May 2019Report date: 22 May 2019Date submitted to OIE: 23 May 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 30 Dec Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Africa (09): Namibia, update

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- NamibiaThe Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia officially declared an outbreak of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) on [6 May 2019] after reporting a number of cases from different regions of the country.As of 15 May 2019, 7 suspected cases of CCHF were reported from 5 regions, including one laboratory confirmed case out of 7 samples tested and one death (case fatality ratio 14 percent).The Ministry of Health and Social Services detail the cases/locations Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Typhoid fever – Denmark: ex Pakistan, multidrug resistance

Typhoid -- PakistanIn Denmark, typhoid fever is a rare infection in returning travelers with fewer than 100 cases in our laboratory during the past 20 years. On a global level, the WHO estimates between 11 and 22 million cases with 128 000 to 161 000 deaths annually [1]. Since November 2016, an outbreak of _Salmonella enterica_ serotype Typhi resistant to ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, chloramphenicol, fluoroquinolones and ceftriaxone has been ongoing in the Sindh Province in Pakistan, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Leishmaniasis – Lebanon: ex Syria, refugees, cutaneous

Leishmaniasis — Lebanon

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (46): China (GZ) domestic, spread, OIE

African Swine Fever -- ChinaInformation received on [and dated] 21 May 2019 from Dr Zhang Zhongqui, director general, China Animal Disease Control Centre, Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, China (People's Rep of)SummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 17 May 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 18 May 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 3 Feb 2019Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal Read more [...]

Last chance to take the 2019 Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook survey!

Labelmaster, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) and IATA invite you to participate in the world’s most comprehensive survey of hazmat professionals. The last day for responses is Friday, May 31. Usually, when you see a “last chance” email or blog headline, it’s to entice you into some sort of offer you’ll regret missing. Maybe it’s a... Read more [...]

Extramural Spotlight: Airline Pilot Mental Health

In March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people onboard. An investigation found that the copilot deliberately steered the plane into the mountainside. It also revealed that he had a history of depression. Among workers, untreated depression can affect the ability to perform tasks and—as the Germanwings incident shows—in rare instances, can result in devastating consequences. In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at the NIOSH-funded Read more [...]

EPA and FEMA cleaning up hazardous materials after Iowa flooding – KWQC-TV6

EPA and FEMA cleaning up hazardous materials after Iowa flooding  KWQC-TV6

MILLS Co., Iowa (NBC) – Federal agencies are in western Iowa, cleaning up chemicals and other hazardous materials that have been stranded in flood water for …

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (37): Pakistan, Nigeria

Polio -- NigerNew wild poliovirus reported this week:AFP cases: 2Environment: 7 [8?]New cVDPV poliovirus reported this week:AFP cases: 1Environment: 3Officially reported wild poliovirus cases as of 21 May 2019--------------------------Total global cases in 2019: 24 (compared with 8 for the same period in 2018)- Total in endemic countries in 2019: 24 (compared with 8 for the same period in 2018)- Total in non-endemic countries in 2019: 0 (compared with 0 for the same period in Read more [...]

Part of RT 865 closed after hazmat spill, officials say – WJAC Johnstown

Part of RT 865 closed after hazmat spill, officials say  WJAC Johnstown

UPDATE #1: One lane has been opened as crews continue to cleanup. Original Story: Authorities say part of Route 865 in Cambria and Blair counties is closed …

2 hospitalized after possible chemical leak at Lincolnshire community pool – Chicago Sun-Times

2 hospitalized after possible chemical leak at Lincolnshire community pool  Chicago Sun-Times

Authorities believe that carbon monoxide or chlorine leak is responsible for causing the pair to pass out.

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Myanmar: (ML) bovine, OIE

Anthrax -- MyanmarInformation received on 25 May 2018 from Dr. Ye Tun Win, Chief Veterinary Officer Director General, Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Nay Pyi Taw, MyanmarSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 4 May 2018Date of confirmation of the event: 24 May 2018Report date: 25 May 2018Date submitted to OIE: 25 May 2018Date event resolved: 14 May 2018Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate Read more [...]

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

Scrub Typhus -- IndiaStaff of the Health Department distributed preventive medicines among residents of a tribal colony at Karassery grama panchayat in Kozhikode district on [Wed 22 May 2019] after lab results confirmed that the death of one of the residents there was due to scrub typhus, a disease caused by the bacterium _Orientia tsutsugamushi_.According to sources, the patient, 65 [years of age], of Mayangal colony in the panchayat [village] had died on [4 May 2019] after undergoing treatment Read more [...]

Car traveling at 100 mph prior to fatal crash – Davie County Enterprise Record – Davie Enterprise Record

Car traveling at 100 mph prior to fatal crash – Davie County Enterprise Record  Davie Enterprise Record

Speed was likely a contributing factor to a wreck that claimed the life of an Advance man Friday night. Eric Vaughn Johnson, 46, was driving a 2003 Nissan 350Z …

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Europe: Germany

Hantavirus -- GermanyMore and more people are catching the harmful hantavirus. There have already been more than 200 registered cases in Baden-Wurttemberg in 2019, compared with only a dozen or so in the same period last year. Those infected experience flu-like symptoms, which in more severe cases can lead to kidney failure and lung disease.The number of cases in Stuttgart has risen particularly sharply. The regional council announced on 15 May [2019] that so far this year 211 cases have already Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Southern tomato virus – UK: 1st rep

Other Plant Disease -- United KingdomA new and previously unrecorded outbreak of '_Southern tomato virus_' (STV) has been reported in the UK. The virus has been previously reported around mainland Europe for some years.The virus (which displays symptoms akin to ToBRFV [_Tomato brown rugose fruit virus_]/PepMV [_Pepino mosaic virus_]) does not seem to be very damaging to tomato plants and is thought to be seed borne. Where outbreaks occur the virus is not easily mechanically moved so removal of affected Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis – Europe (02): Belgium (OV)

Legionnaires' -- BelgiumAn additional patient, the 19th, was admitted to the hospital in Flanders, [East Flanders province] suffering from legionellosis.This case comes in addition to the 18 others who have been exposed to _Legionella_ bacteria in the Evergem area [East Flanders], right next to Ghent, and who developed legionnaires' disease, a lung disease that is not transmitted from human to human.Of the total of 19 patients, 2 men died: one Monday night [20 May 2019] and the other [Wed 22 May Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Malaria – Algeria, Argentina: WHO certified malaria-free

Malaria -- AlgeriaAlgeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free.The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.Contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria remains one of the world's leading killers, with an estimated 219 million cases and over 400 000 malaria-related deaths in 2017.Approximately 60% of fatalities are among children aged under 5 years. Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – India: (KL) fatal

Amoeba -- India1. Sood A, Chauhan S, Chandel L, Jaryal SC. Prompt diagnosis and extraordinary survival from _Naegleria fowleri_ meningitis: A rare case report. Indian J Med Microbiol 2014; 32(2):193-6; .2. Jain R, Prabhakar S, Modi M, Bhatia R, Sehgal R. _Naegleria_ meningitis: a rare survival. Neurol India 2002; 50(4): 470-2; .There have been 5 well-documented survivors in North America: one in the US in 1978, one in Mexico in 2003, 2 additional survivors from the US in 2013, and one from the US Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Americas (23): USA (CO)

Hantavirus -- United StatesThe 1st confirmed Colorado case of hantavirus in 2019 has recently been reported, according to Northeast Colorado Health Department Public Information Officer Alicea Einspahr.Einspahr said in a press release this serves as a good reminder that the virus is found throughout the state, including in Northeast Colorado.Human cases infrequently occur however, the illness is severe and potentially life-threatening if not identified early.Hantavirus is a respiratory disease carried Read more [...]

HEARTLAND FLOOD: EPA cleans up hazardous materials in Mills County – WOWT

HEARTLAND FLOOD: EPA cleans up hazardous materials in Mills County  WOWT

At a closed rest stop in Mills County, Iowa, sits several containers washed away by flood currents months ago. Now, they are being gathered by the …

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (49): Saudi Arabia (RI) secondary case

MERS -- Saudi ArabiaIn the 4 days since the last update (see MERS-CoV (48): Saudi Arabia (RI) WHO http://promedmail.org/post/20190518.6475362), there have been 2 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported and one newly reported fatality in a previously confirmed case.Information on newly confirmed cases (2)[1]Date of confirmation report: 19 May 2019Case No: 19-1918MERS from Alkharj city: 22-year-old female from Alkharj city, Riyadh regionContact with camels: NoCase classification: Read more [...]

Local News, Large-scale hazardous materials training underway – Daily Inter Lake

Local News, Large-scale hazardous materials training underway  Daily Inter Lake

Members of the Kalispell Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team are conducting a joint training scenario tod.

PRO/EDR> Pertussis update (05): USA

Whooping Cough -- United StatesA baby in California has died after contracting whooping cough, officials said, marking the 1st such death in Orange county in more than a decade. A news release posted on [Thu 18 Apr 2019] by the county's health officials did not identify the child or list the baby's age. "We are deeply saddened by this loss of life and send our condolences to the family," Dr Nichole Quick, interim county health officer, said in the news release.The health department counted 171 cases Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis – USA (03): (WI, MN) vegetable tray

Salmonella -- United StatesPublic health officials are investigating an ongoing multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis linked to consumption of certain Del Monte vegetable trays. To date, 3 people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota, have reported becoming sick after consuming a Del Monte vegetable tray purchased from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip, according to a news release.Patients reported becoming ill between 13 and 27 Apr 2019. It is possible additional illnesses will be reported due to the Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Typhoid fever – USA (02): (MA) food worker, imported

Fever -- United StatesA cook at Kelly's Roast Beef in Saugus, Massachusetts is sick with _Salmonella_ Typhi, a bacteria which causes typhoid fever. The restaurant confirmed the information Tue 21 May 2019. The illness is rare in the United States, but more common in some developing nations. Kelly's says the employee had just returned from out of the country."We were coming to have clams, roast beef, the usual," said a customer, one of the many regulars showing up unaware that the restaurant temporarily Read more [...]

International Paper Chemical Release Class Action Certified – Bloomberg Law

International Paper Chemical Release Class Action Certified  Bloomberg Law

International Paper Co. will face a class action by Louisiana residents who were allegedly injured by the release of a pulp mill byproduct, a federal court in …

PRO/AH/EDR> Diphyllobothrium latum – France: (BT)

Other Human Disease -- FranceLovers of sushi, maki, sashimi, and other raw fish, beware of your stomach! 7 cases of fish tapeworm, better known as tapeworm [ProMED presumes it is _Diphyllobothrium latum_], have been reported in 2 years by the Rennes hospital in Ille-et-Vilaine [Brittany].An exceptional number of cases was counted between July 2016 and September 2018, especially since no case had been detected for at least 20 years.The infection is acquired by "eating raw or marinated fish which contains Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Americas (22): Bolivia (TR)

Hantavirus -- BoliviaTarija Departmental Health Services (SEDES) reported a new case of hantavirus [infection] in Padcaya municipality. The number of patients with this illness is within what is expected, because this season is when more people acquire the disease. Epidemiological surveillance is continuing in Arce province. The person who acquired this illness is male and is under medical care until his recuperation.The head of the Epidemiological Unit of SEDES, Claudia Montenegro, stated that the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine piroplasmosis – USA: (TN) horses

Other Animal Disease -- United StatesThe state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of equine piroplasmosis [EP] in a group of racing quarter horses in the midstate [Tennessee, USA].22 horses have tested positive for EP in 5 locations within Bedford, Rutherford, and Williamson counties. The horses are all under quarantine and being treated.EP is a blood parasite affecting equines. The disease is not contagious to humans. Although it can be transmitted through infected ticks, it is more Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Zimbabwe (05): (MN) wildlife, under control

Anthrax -- ZimbabweAnthrax - Zimbabwe (07): (MN) human, wildlife, contained http://promedmail.org/post/20170906.5298609Anthrax - Zimbabwe (06): (MN) human, wildlife http://promedmail.org/post/20170511.5028820Anthrax - Zimbabwe (05): (MN) wildlife http://promedmail.org/post/20170505.5015961Anthrax - Zimbabwe (04): (MN) wildlife http://promedmail.org/post/20170504.5013992Anthrax - Zimbabwe (03): (MN) wildlife, human death http://promedmail.org/post/20170421.4985924Anthrax - Zimbabwe (02): (MN) wildlife, Read more [...]

Chemical plant that sent chlorine gas billowing across North Jersey has history of fires – NorthJersey.com

Chemical plant that sent chlorine gas billowing across North Jersey has history of fires  NorthJersey.com

The chemical plant where a fire spewed enough chlorine into the air to shut nearby highways and force residents indoors over the past weekend has a history of …

Unknown liquid dumped in Fairfield prompts street closure – SFBay

Unknown liquid dumped in Fairfield prompts street closure  SFBay

The Fairfield Police Department says Madison Street is closed between Texas and Missouri streets for a hazardous materials incident involving the apparent …

FBI to investigate hazardous materials incident at Clearwater bank – Tampa Bay Newspapers

FBI to investigate hazardous materials incident at Clearwater bank  Tampa Bay Newspapers

CLEARWATER — Police say an envelope with a suspicious substance found at a Clearwater bank May 20 will be turned over to the FBI for investigation.