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PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Turkey (02): comment

Hantavirus -- TurkeyIf one of the 4 novel hantaviruses recently found in Turkey, namely Tula Hantavirus (TULV) Palandoken indeed causes hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), as mentioned in the statement of Professor Mehmet Ali Oktem of Dokuz Eylul University's Medical Virology Department, this would be highly interesting, because the pathogenicity of TULV is still a matter of debate.The recent confirmation by RT-PCR of a TULV-induced HFRS case in France [1], confirms the pathogenicity of Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (17): (MN) lake swimming

E. coli -- United States[Minnesota] state health officials said [Tue 13 Aug 2019], 3 children are sick from _E. coli_ bacteria after swimming in a Minneapolis lake. The children have tested positive for the same strain of _E. coli_ after swimming at Lake Nokomis beaches between [26 Jul and 2 Aug 2019]. 2 beaches of the lake are closed until further notice, the Minnesota Department of Health said. The children, all under the age of 10, were not hospitalized.Minneapolis Park Board Superintendent Al Read more [...]

Serpientes venenosas: un peligro olvidado para quienes trabajan al aire libre

Las personas que trabajan al aire libre pueden afrontar varios peligros. Uno de estos peligros, frecuentemente inesperados, son las mordeduras de serpiente. Se pueden encontrar serpientes venenosas en lugares de trabajo en todos los Estados Unidos. Las áreas geográficas del país donde las personas que trabajan al aire libre tienen más probabilidades de encontrarse con una serpiente venenosa son las del sur, el sudoeste y el oeste. Entre el 2008 y el 2015, la mayor cantidad Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – Madagascar (02): (AV) bubonic

Plague -- MadagascarIn Madagascar, the plague season has started. The 1st 3 cases of bubonic plague have just been recorded 50 km west of the capital. No deaths have occurred for the moment, but the Ministry of Health is watching. As every year, awareness campaigns have started. The goal: to prevent the spread of epidemics like that of 2017, the black year, which had more than 200 victims and 2400 people infected by the bacterium throughout the Malagasy territory."Do not repeat the mistakes of the Read more [...]

PRO> Arsenic poisoning – France: children, infants

Poisoning -- France38 children in France, including babies, living near what was once Europe's largest gold mine have tested positive for arsenic poisoning.Children in the Orbiel Valley, in the southern department of Aude, were examined when families became concerned that flooding in October last year [2018] had carried arsenic and heavy metals from the nearby Salsigne mine.After testing 103 children aged under 11 years, the Occitanie Regional Health Agency confirmed on Tue [13 Aug 2019] that 38 Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Measles update (55)

Measles -- Worldwide/UnknownMonthly measles and rubella monitoring report August 2019; period covered: 1 Jul 2018-30 Jun 2019Introduction. The monitoring report is based on measles [and rubella - not reported here - Mod.LK] data from the European Surveillance System (TESSy) for 1 Jul 2018-30 Jun 2019.Since the previous monthly measles update in the Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) published on 19 Jul 2019, updates have been provided for 14 EU/EEA countries: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever – Africa (11): Nigeria (EB)

Yellow Fever -- NigeriaThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is aware of a suspected outbreak of yellow fever in Ebonyi state and has had a rapid response team supporting Ebonyi state's response since [Tue 30 Jul 2019], in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).Following a report of cases and deaths from fever of unknown origin in Izzi local government area (LGA) in Ebonyi state, the state public health team commenced an investigation. As at [Wed 31 Jul 2019], 3 cases had tested Read more [...]

Congressman Hank Johnson questions EPA, EPD on chemical release – Rockdale Newton Citizen

Congressman Hank Johnson questions EPA, EPD on chemical release  Rockdale Newton Citizen

COVINGTON – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent letters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state Environmental Protection …

PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia – Sweden (02): alert

Tularemia -- SwedenIn Sweden, mosquitoes are considered the major vectors of the bacterium _Francisella tularensis_ subsp. _holarctica_, which causes tularemia. The aim of this study was to investigate whether mosquitoes acquire the bacterium as aquatic larvae and transmit the disease as adults. Mosquitoes sampled in a Swedish area where tularemia is endemic (Orebro) were positive for the presence of _F. tularensis_ deoxyribonucleic acid throughout the summer. Presence of the clinically relevant Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (61): Myanmar (SH) domestic, 1st rep, OIE

African Swine Fever -- MyanmarInformation received on [and dated] 14 Aug 2019 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: 1 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 9 Aug 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: African swine fever virusNature of diagnosis: Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis – USA (05): (MA)

Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United StatesA man in Massachusetts has been infected with a mosquito-borne virus called eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), health officials confirmed [Sat 10 Aug 2019]. It's the 1st human case reported in the state since 2013.At least 9 towns are at "critical risk" of exposure to the rare but potentially fatal virus, which can cause brain swelling, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.It's the latest in a series of warnings from state officials Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (39): Moldova (CS) domestic, spread, OIE

African Swine Fever -- Worldwide/UnknownInformation received on [and dated] 13 Aug 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: 9 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 12 Aug 2019Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseDate of previous occurrence: 12 Nov 2017Manifestation Read more [...]

Rep. Johnson questions EPA, EPD on chemical release – Rockdale Newton Citizen

Rep. Johnson questions EPA, EPD on chemical release  Rockdale Newton Citizen

COVINGTON – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent letters to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state Environmental Protection …

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus – Americas (32): Bolivia (TR)

Hantavirus -- BoliviaSoldier LC, who completed his military service in the Bolivian Condors School (ESCONBOL) in Sanadita, died of [a] hantavirus [infection], according to laboratory results issued this [Wed 31 Jul 2019] by the National Center for Tropical Diseases (CENETROP) of the Tarija Department of Health Service (SEDES).The Chief of Epidemiology, Claudia Montenegro, confirmed that the conscript died from this disease that is transmitted by the long-tailed rat and that he had been infected in Read more [...]

30,000 gallon tank spews anhydrous ammonia in Collins – KCCI Des Moines

30,000 gallon tank spews anhydrous ammonia in Collins  KCCI Des Moines

Hazardous materials teams have been called to Collins, Iowa, where an anhydrous ammonia leak was reported Tuesday.

I-65 ramp in Clanton reopened hours after truck fire – WSFA

I-65 ramp in Clanton reopened hours after truck fire  WSFA

An overnight vehicle fire in Chilton County prompted the closure of a busy interstate on-ramp. The ramp is now open.

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine infectious anemia – North America (12): USA (MN, IN) horse

Equine Infectious Anemia -- United StatesThree rare horse diseases were recently found in Otter Tail, Pine and Swift counties, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Recent testing shows equine infectious anemia (EIA) was found in Pine County.Equine infectious anemia requires infected horses to be euthanized or quarantined for life due to lack of treatment or vaccine. It is not known to affect humans."This is also a high-risk time of year for horses to become infected with these diseases," Read more [...]

7-Eleven reaches $1.5 million settlement for improper hazardous materials training – Ventura County Star

7-Eleven reaches $1.5 million settlement for improper hazardous materials training  Ventura County Star

7-Eleven Inc. has reached a $1.5 million settlement with California prosecutors regarding illegal handling of hazardous materials.

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease – Zambia (04): (SO) cattle, st pending

Foot and Mouth -- ZambiaFoot and mouth disease [FMD] has broken out in Shamabele area in Chikankata district of Southern province. And Ministry of Livestock officials in Southern province have with immediate effect closed the famous Turn Pike Bata Co-operative Society Abattoir following the outbreak of disease.This has been confirmed by Bata Co-operative Society Chairperson for Hides and Beef Traders Association, Daniel Bweupe in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (79): Congo DR (NK, IT) therapeutics, response, research

Ebola -- DR CongoTwo Ebola drugs have proven so effective in a clinical trial that researchers will make the treatments available to anyone infected with the virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where Ebola has killed nearly 1900 people over the past year.The survival rate for people who received either drug shortly after infection, when levels of the virus in their blood were low, was 90%."It's really good news," says Sabue Mulangu, an infectious-disease researcher at the National Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Ireland: wild rabbit

Other Animal Disease -- IrelandRabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) a disease which is fatal to rabbits and hares but of no risk to humans, has been confirmed in the wild in Ireland for the 1st time.RHD causes death within a few days of infection, with sick animals having swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. In the latter states close to death, animals exhibit unusual behaviour such as emerging from cover into the open and convulsing or fitting before dying.Irish Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Canada: (NT) bison, no new cases

Anthrax — Canada

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Belarus: (BR) horse, OIE

Anthrax -- BelarusInformation received on [and dated] 12 Aug 2019 from Dr. Ivan Smilhin, Deputy Minister, Director, Veterinary and Food Supervision, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Minsk, BelarusSummary:Report type: Immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 8 Aug 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 10 Aug 2019Reason for notification: First occurrence of a listed diseaseManifestation of disease: Clinical diseaseCausal agent: _Bacillus anthracis_ Nature of diagnosis: Laboratory Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Scrub typhus – India (04): (HP) fatal

Scrub Typhus -- IndiaScrub typhus has killed 4 people in Himachal Pradesh while 241 others have tested positive. Scrub typhus is an acute illness caused by a bacterium _Orientia tsutsugamushi_, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mite larva [chigger] present in the soil having scrub vegetation. Himachal Pradesh is an endemic region as it has a large scrub vegetation.Of the total deaths reported this year [2019] so far, 1 death has been reported from Mandi district, while 3 deaths have Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Nepal: (KT) buffalo, wildlife at risk

Anthrax -- NepalAnthrax spores have been detected in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a sanctuary to a huge population of protected species of wild buffaloes, raising alarm among conservationists. The finding came following the test of blood samples collected from dead cattle found in the reserve. Some 44 cattle were found dead in the grassland here on [Thu 8 Aug 2019].Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Yadav of Livestock Disease Research Laboratory, Biratnagar, confirmed the bacteria in the dead animals. "Anthrax is Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia – Spain (02): (CL)

Tularemia -- SpainThe detection of 3 new cases of tularemia in Villarramiel, Osorno and Palencia, brings to 23 the number of people affected by this disease associated with the overpopulation of voles in the province of Palencia, where they are studying 32 other possible cases.The Epidemiology Surveillance Network of the Junta de Castilla y León confirmed on [Mon 12 Aug 2019] 3 new cases of tularemia in the province of Palencia, where 23 people have been affected since 3 Jul 2019, as reported Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – USA (10): (ND) cows

Anthrax -- United StatesNorth Dakota agriculture officials say anthrax has been confirmed in a group of cows in a pasture in eastern Billings County. The case was confirmed [Fri 9 Aug 2019]. It is North Dakota's 1st reported case of anthrax this year [2019].North Dakota state veterinarian Susan Keller says producers in Billings County and surrounding areas should check with their veterinarians to see if they should start vaccinating their cattle for anthrax. Anthrax vaccines are readily available, Read more [...]

4 taken to hospital after hazardous spill between Newburgh, Evansville – Evansville Courier & Press

4 taken to hospital after hazardous spill between Newburgh, Evansville  Evansville Courier & Press

A chemical leak along Indiana 66 in Warrick County closed the eastbound lanes for nearly two hours sending four to the hospital as a precaution.

4 people treated after chemical spill on highway – The Herald

4 people treated after chemical spill on highway  The Herald

State police say a trooper and three drivers were taken to a hospital as a precaution after a chemical leak along a southwestern Indiana highway.

Officials To Update Actions Taken By Chemical Plant Since 2018 Gas Leak That Temporarily Closed Delaware Memorial Bridge – CBS Philly

Officials To Update Actions Taken By Chemical Plant Since 2018 Gas Leak That Temporarily Closed Delaware Memorial Bridge  CBS PhillyNEW CASTLE, Del. (CBS/AP) – Delaware environmental officials will update residents about actions taken by a chemical plant owner since a gas leak ... Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other – India (21): (NL,AS,BR)

Japanese Encephalitis -- IndiaOut of 57 individuals, 13 have tested positive for Japanese encephalitis (JE) in [Nagaland] State, with reports of 2 dying till date due to the vector-borne disease.Stating this, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) programme officer and Health & Family Welfare deputy director, Dr Neisakho Kere told Nagaland Post over telephone on [Wed 7 Aug 2019] that out of the 13 positive JE cases, 4 hailed from Assam and 9 from Nagaland, mainly from Dimapur Read more [...]

Truck fire with hazardous materials closes I-65 ramp in Clanton – WSFA

Truck fire with hazardous materials closes I-65 ramp in Clanton  WSFA

An overnight vehicle fire in Chilton County has prompted the closure of a busy interstate on-ramp.

'Unprecedented' fires spread through the Arctic – Psuvanguard.com

‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic  Psuvanguard.com

Wildfires are spreading through parts of the Arctic, including Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and Canada at “unprecedented levels,” according to wildfire expert Mark …

DG Digest: PHMSA revisits requalification period for certain DOT 4-series cylinders, issues special permits

Summer doldrums this week as regulatory activity eases along. August is traditionally a slow month in our nation’s capital. PHMSA however stayed active and is the only player in this week’s digest. Here’s all the latest: PHMSA PHMSA is proposing to revise requirements on the requalification period for certain DOT 4-series specification cylinders in non-corrosive... Read more [...]

Four Hospitalized After Chemical Leak Along I-66 – WBIW – WBIW.com

Four Hospitalized After Chemical Leak Along I-66 – WBIW  WBIW.com

(NEWBURGH) — State police say a trooper and three drivers were taken to a hospital as a precaution after a chemical leak along a southwestern Indiana …

PRO/EDR> Infant botulism – USA (03): (TX)

Botulism -- United StatesThe Northeast Texas Public Health District is awaiting confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) about another possible case of infant botulism in East Texas.According to NET Health Public Information Officer Terrence Ates, notification of the official lab results can span 2 to 3 weeks. Right now, the department is considering this a preliminary case. Ates said if confirmed by the state, this would be the 5th case of infant botulism in East Texas.In Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Europe (38): Serbia (BG, PD) domestic, 1st rep, OIE

African Swine Fever -- SerbiaInformation received on [and dated] 11 Aug 2019 from Dr. Emina Milakara, DVM, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Belgrade, SerbiaSummaryReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 30 Jul 2019Date of confirmation of the event: 9 Aug 2019Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease in the countryCausal agent: African swine fever virusNature of diagnosis: suspicionThis event pertains to the whole Read more [...]

Hazardous material spill reported between Newburgh and Evansville; 4 taken to hospital as precaution – Evansville Courier & Press

Hazardous material spill reported between Newburgh and Evansville; 4 taken to hospital as precaution  Evansville Courier & Press

State police and crews from the Ohio Township Fire Department are on the scene of a chemical spill along Indiana 66 between Evansville and Newburgh.

PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia – USA (02): (CO) wild rabbit, alert

Tularemia -- United StatesThe Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reported Friday [9 Aug 2019] that tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever," has been found in a rabbit in northern Larimer County.Tularemia-causing bacteria from the droppings or urine of sick animals, usually rabbits, can contaminate soil and spread the disease, according to a news release from the health department.A recent die-off of rabbits suggested a possible tularemia outbreak among the animals in that area, the Read more [...]

People hospitalized after chemical leak on UK beach – https://en.crimerussia.com/

People hospitalized after chemical leak on UK beach  https://en.crimerussia.com/

Two people were sent to hospital after a chemical leak that left people feeling sick, vomiting and complaining of sore eyes in Worthing, UK. The area of the …