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PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (49): Poland (LB) wild boar

African Swine Fever -- PolandThe Polish authorities have confirmed that African swine fever (ASF) has been found in a dead wild boar at 85 km (about 53 mi) from the border with Germany. The case positive for ASF concerned a wild boar that was found on [4 Nov 2019] after having been killed in a road accident in Lubuskie voivodship. This province borders to Germany in the west.The Polish Chief Veterinary Inspection broke the news on Thursday [14 Nov 2019]. The animal had been tested at the Polish State Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (48): Moldova (HI) domestic, spread, OIE

African Swine Fever -- MoldovaInformation received on [and dated] 14 Nov 2019 from Dr. Vitalie Caraus, Head of the Animal Health and Welfare Department, Animal Health and Welfare Department, National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, MoldovaSummaryReport type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 11 Nov 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 12 Nov 2019Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: November 2019Manifestation Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Tuberculosis – USA (02): (WA) zoo elephant, latent TB in elephant handlers

Tuberculosis -- United StatesTwo elephants at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium have tested positive for tuberculosis, zoo officials announced Wednesday [13 Nov 2019].Tuberculosis is an infectious disease affecting the lungs, and there is evidence it can be passed from some animals, including elephants, to humans.That's what officials believed happened when staff members tested positive with a latent, or inactive, tuberculosis infection in September [2019]. [See ProMED-mail post Tuberculosis - USA: Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (90): global, Pakistan, summary status WPV, cVDPV

Polio -- PakistanNew wild poliovirus isolates reported this week:AFP cases: 2Environment: 3Others: 0New cVDPV isolates reported this week:AFP cases: 19Environment: 10Others: 5Headlines- Besides acute flaccid paralysis [AFP] surveillance and environmental surveillance, how else do disease surveillance officers track the poliovirus in populated cities, hard-to-reach geographical areas, and conflict zones? [See for details.]Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and ES Read more [...]

Tractor-trailer bed buckles causing collapse in Meriden, no hazardous materials spilled – Meriden Record-Journal

Tractor-trailer bed buckles causing collapse in Meriden, no hazardous materials spilled  Meriden Record-Journal

Investigation about suspicious fluid dumped on roadway continues – LocalNews8.com

Investigation about suspicious fluid dumped on roadway continues  LocalNews8.com

Hazmat team cleaning up suspicious fluid dumped on roadway – Post Register

Hazmat team cleaning up suspicious fluid dumped on roadway  Post Register

PRO/EDR> Vaping related illness – Europe: (Belgium) fatal

Respiratory Illness -- BelgiumThis debate has extra resonance in the UK, where the government has embraced e-cigarettes as a way to wean people off tobacco.There, officials say the worst thing people could do is go back to regular cigarettes out of fear vapes could land them in the hospital with a major lung malfunction. "You're terrifying people who are benefiting from vaping by not smoking," said Clive Bates, a former chief of the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and a strong defender Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (51): Europe (France) horse, OIE

West Nile Virus -- FranceWest Nile fever, FranceInformation received on [and dated] 13 Nov 2019 from Dr Loic Evain, directeur general adjoint, CVO, Direction generale de l'alimentation, Ministere de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation, Paris, FranceSummaryReport type: follow-up report no. 6Date of start of the event: 31 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 10 Sep 2019Report date: 13 Nov 2019Date submitted to OIE: 13 Nov 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of Read more [...]

Croda allowed to resume production of volatile chemical – delawarebusinessnow.com

Croda allowed to resume production of volatile chemical  delawarebusinessnow.com

Meet Jay Johnson: an enthusiastic proponent of hazmat compliance

The next time anyone suggests to you that Dangerous Goods regulations are dry and boring, introduce them to Jay Johnson, our new Senior Manager at Labelmaster Services. “I am really passionate about Dangerous Goods. I’ve been a shipper, a courier, a trainer and a UN specification packaging developer —I’ve worn all the hats,” he says.

Wearable Technologies for Improved Safety and Health on Construction Sites

Background Wearable technologies are an increasingly popular consumer electronic for a variety of applications at home and at work. In general, these devices include accessories and clothing that incorporate advanced electronic technologies, often with smartphone or ‘internet of things’ (IoT) connectivity. While wearables are increasingly being used to improve health and well-being by aiding in personal fitness, innovative applications for monitoring occupational safety and health risk Read more [...]

Hazmat team cleaning up suspicious fluid dumped on roadway – LocalNews8.com

Hazmat team cleaning up suspicious fluid dumped on roadway  LocalNews8.com

Controlled Detonation of Hazardous Materials at La Jolla Home: FBI – NBC 7 San Diego

Controlled Detonation of Hazardous Materials at La Jolla Home: FBI  NBC 7 San Diego

PRO/AH/EDR> E coli EHEC – USA (22): (WI) O157, possible salad source, RFI

E. coli — United States

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – Pakistan (05): (SD)

Amoeba -- Pakistan[_Naegleria fowleri_] has claimed another life in Karachi on [Mon 11 Nov 2019]. This was the 16th death reported in the ongoing year [2019] because of the disease. According to details, a 28-year-old resident of New Karachi area was brought to a private clinic 4 days ago where he died of the disease during treatment.According to the researchers, _Naegleria_ has a fatality rate of more than 98%. Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. It cannot Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – Canada: (NB) RFI

CJD -- Canada1. S-Juan P, Ward HJT De Silva R, et al. Ophthalmic surgery and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Br J Ophthalmol. 2004; 88(4): 446-9; 2. Collins S, Law MG, Fletcher A, et al. Surgical treatment and risk of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a case-control study. Lancet. 1999; 353(9154): 693-7; 3. UK National Health Service. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. 2018; 4. US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet. 2019;HealthMap/ProMED-mail map of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (51): Americas (Mexico) dog transmitted rabies eradicated

Rabies -- MexicoIn order to achieve elimination, the country has implemented a national strategy for the control and elimination of rabies. This includes free, mass vaccination campaigns for dogs, that have taken place since the 1990's with more than 80 percent coverage; continuous and effective surveillance; public awareness-raising campaigns; timely diagnosis; and the availability of post-exposure prophylaxis in the country's public health services.As a result, the country went from registering Read more [...]

DNREC approves Croda to resume making ethylene oxide, one year after chemical release – WDEL 1150AM

DNREC approves Croda to resume making ethylene oxide, one year after chemical release  WDEL 1150AM

PRO/PL> Wart disease, potato – Georgia: pathotype

Other Plant Disease -- United StatesPotato wart disease caused by _Synchytrium endobioticum_ (EPPO A2 List) was 1st detected on potato in home gardens in 2009-2013 in Khulo district. In 2016-2018, more outbreaks were detected in different home gardens in northern Georgia. Isolates of _S. endobioticum_ were tested to identify the pathotype. The pathotype found in Georgia is not known in Europe. This pathotype resembles pathotype 38, which was detected in the non‐European part of Turkey.[Original Read more [...]

Sonoma County Looking For Hazardous Materials In Kincade Fire Burn Zone – CBS San Francisco

Sonoma County Looking For Hazardous Materials In Kincade Fire Burn Zone  CBS San Francisco

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – India (10): (OR) cattle, human

Anthrax -- IndiaAnthrax outbreak has been reported in Dasmantpur block after 2 tribal [members] of S Dandabad were found to be affected by the disease. Five days back, some tribal [members] consumed beef in a function, following which abscesses were found among 2 of them.On Monday [11 Nov 2019], they were taken to Damantpur CHC, where the doctors suspected that the 2 have contracted the disease [anthrax]. When the duo [were] sent to Koraput Medical College and Hospital, the doctors there confirmed Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (69): Saudi Arabia (RI, AS, MK)

MERS -- Saudi ArabiaSince the last update [6 Nov 2019, MERS-CoV (68): Saudi Arabia (RI, QS) http://promedmail.org/post/20191106.6765455] there have been a total of 4 newly confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection reported by Saudi Arabia including 1 fatality and 1 recovery outcome reports.Information on newly confirmed cases (4)[1]Date of confirmation report: 10 Nov 2019Case no.: 19-1971A 33-year-old male in Bisha city, Bisha [Asir] regionContact with camels: UnknownCase classification: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (108): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, vaccine

Ebola — DR Congo

LIVE: Las Vegas Blvd. closed near Apex due to a hazardous materials situation – KLAS – 8 News Now

LIVE: Las Vegas Blvd. closed near Apex due to a hazardous materials situation  KLAS – 8 News Now

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – China: (NM) pneumonic

Plague -- ChinaTwo people in China have been diagnosed with plague, the latest cases of a disease more commonly associated with historical catastrophe.Plague is caused by the bacterium _Yersinia pestis_ and can arise in 3 forms -- a lung infection, known as pneumonic plague; a blood infection, known as septicemic plague; and a form that affects the lymph nodes, called bubonic plague. This infection was behind several pandemics including the Black Death of the late middle ages, which is estimated Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (50): Europe, ECDC

West Nile Virus -- ItalyBetween 31 Oct and 7 Nov 2019, EU Member States reported a total of 4 human cases: 2 in Italy and one each in Germany and Greece. No cases were reported from EU neighbouring countries. A human case was reported for the 1st time from an area in Germany. This week, 2 deaths were reported by Greece.In the same time period, one outbreak among equids was reported by Austria to the Animal Disease Notification System (ADNS).Since the beginning of the 2019 transmission season and Read more [...]

Sarasota, Manatee County Hazmat crews working to contain chemical leak in Sarasota WFTS Digital Staff 8 – ABC Action News

Sarasota, Manatee County Hazmat crews working to contain chemical leak in Sarasota WFTS Digital Staff 8  ABC Action News

Delaware regulators say chemical plant Croda can restart making toxic gas again – The News Journal

Delaware regulators say chemical plant Croda can restart making toxic gas again  The News Journal

PRO/EDR> Botulism – USA (07): (NJ) fermented, salt cured fish

Botulism -- United StatesOn 25 Oct 2018, at 2:15 a.m., a woman aged 30 years and her mother, aged 55 years, both of Egyptian descent, arrived at an emergency department in New Jersey in hypotensive shock after 16 hours of abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The daughter also reported blurry vision and double vision (diplopia), shortness of breath, chest pain, and difficulty speaking. She appeared lethargic and had ophthalmoplegia and bilateral ptosis. Both women were admitted to the hospital. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever – Eastern Africa (05): Kenya (LK) alert, comment

Rift Valley Fever -- KenyaFAO's Early Warning Bulletin, "Forecasting threats to the food chain affecting food security in countries and regions" no. 33, October-December 2019, includes the following forecast for Central and Eastern Africa, in relation to Rift Valley fever (, pages 7-8):"During the past 3 months, above-average and heavy rainfall and flash floods occurred in the region particularly during the end of August and early September as well as in early October 2019. The precipitation forecasts Read more [...]

DNREC announces that Croda, Inc. can resume ethylene oxide production at company's Atlas Point facility – news.delaware.gov

DNREC announces that Croda, Inc. can resume ethylene oxide production at company’s Atlas Point facility  news.delaware.gov

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Asia (24): Pakistan (SD)

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- PakistanThe deadly Congo [Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic] virus has 'attacked' Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan, killing at least 20 people so far this year [2019].Health authorities in Karachi say the latest to die because of the Congo virus on [Mon 11 Nov 2019] was a man who had been admitted to a hospital. "It is not an outbreak, but the situation is very alarming," said a health official.On [25 Jul 2019], a Congo virus alert was issued for the metropolis, stipulating Read more [...]

Hazmat crews working to contain chemical leak in Sarasota – ABC Action News

Hazmat crews working to contain chemical leak in Sarasota  ABC Action News

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever – Eastern Africa (04): Kenya (LK) alert

Rift Valley Fever -- KenyaWhile addressing a County Steering Group (CSG) meeting on Friday [8 Nov 2019], the [Laikipia] County Livestock Production Officer (CLPO), Pius Butich, said that "the current meteorological reports have created alerts for Rift Valley fever [RVF], which is the most dangerous zoonotic disease."He proposed the need to put in place an early warning system on high alert as part of measures to protect both livestock and humans against the disease.Butich said all field staff, public Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Botulism, avian – USA): (CA) gulls, type A

Botulism -- United StatesSeveral Western gulls which were found dead on Huntington Beach last month [Oct 2019] have unexpectedly tested positive for a type of botulism which is more commonly detected in humans.The nonprofit Wetland and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) initially reported that 8 Western gulls were discovered dead, and 4 more in critical condition, on [10 Oct 2019] at high tide on Huntington Beach. The 4 gulls found alive were unable to move or close their eyes. One of them died and the Read more [...]

Concomly, Runcorn roads closed near Gervais; crews respond to hazardous materials incident – Statesman Journal

Concomly, Runcorn roads closed near Gervais; crews respond to hazardous materials incident  Statesman Journal

PRO/AH/EDR> Chikungunya (08): Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, comment

Chikungunya -- Honduras[Editorial]-----------"Doctor, I will never normally work and live again; joint pain prevents me that." This was expressed by a patient in La Virginia, Colombia 3 years after having been infected with chikungunya virus (CHIKV).After more than 5 decades of obscurity, probably due to lack of studies, many clinical consequences of CHIKV began to be reported, particularly rheumatic ones, after the outbreaks in Réunion Island and India (Javelle et al, 2015) during the epidemic Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus – India (06): (MH) fatal, corr

Scrub Typhus — India
The ProMED-mail post erroneously identified this report as being dated Fri 8 Nov 2019. However, this news report actually was dated Sat 8 Sep 2018. We apologize for this error.

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PRO/EDR> Legionellosis – USA (27): (TX) state fair

Legionnaires' -- United StatesThe Tyler Morning Telegraph has learned [a man] died [Fri 8 Nov 2019] around 9:45 p.m. His family told reporter Cory McCoy he was fighting for his life after complications from legionnaires' disease and had been in and out of the hospital. They confirmed late Friday he passed away.The family said they believe he contracted the disease at East Texas State Fair more than a month and a half ago.[The man], a well-known volunteer, community leader and the precinct chair for Read more [...]