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Burlington drill simulates hazardous materials emergency – Burlington Times News

Burlington drill simulates hazardous materials emergency  Burlington Times News

Burlington police and a dozen other agencies staged a hazardous material drill at a Burlington chemical company Tuesday, May 21.The simulated drill …

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A – USA (20): (PA)

Hepatitis A -- United StatesPennsylvania's Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine has announced that the state has declared a hepatitis A outbreak with 171 cases in 36 counties. According to the map provided by the Department of Health, Allegheny and Philadelphia counties are hit the hardest with anywhere between 31-50 cases.The counties hit hardest by this outbreak are Philadelphia and Allegheny, but we have seen an increase of cases throughout much of the state," Dr. Levine said. "We are taking Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Botulism – USA (04): (NM) wound, injection drug related

Botulism -- United StatesThe New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a case of apparent wound botulism. A 30-year-old male resident of Santa Fe County is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism. This is the 1st case of wound botulism that NMDOH has been notified of in 2019. The last in-state case of wound botulism occurred in 2018 in Dona Ana County. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin.Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Measles update (36)

Measles -- Ukraine"When universal routine immunisation in childhood improves and the virus is still in circulation, the disease will naturally move to the older age group who may be unimmunised or whose vaccine-derived immunity has begun to wane. At a time when the state is moving towards measles elimination, adult measles is a major concern," a senior health official said.Historically, measles has been a childhood disease. The epidemiological shift to older population presents new public health Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – Pakistan (02): (SD)

Amoeba -- PakistanPeople in Karachi are in the grip of deadly infectious diseases at the moment as officials in Karachi said [Fri 17 May 2019] that a 34-year old man was infected with the lethal _Naegleria fowleri_ amoeba or the brain-eating bug and was struggling for life at a private hospital in the city._N. fowleri_ is a single-celled organism that can cause a rare infection of the brain called "primary amoebic meningoencephalitis", also known as PAM, which is usually fatal, officials said adding Read more [...]

Hanwha Total's chemical leak affects 650 people in South Korea – The Straits Times

Hanwha Total’s chemical leak affects 650 people in South Korea  The Straits Times

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Two massive leaks of chemical vapour at Hanwha Total Petrochemical’s factory in Seosan in South …

HazMat situation closes downtown Fairfield street, alleyway – Fairfield Daily Republic

HazMat situation closes downtown Fairfield street, alleyway  Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — A section of Madison Street was shut down midafternoon Monday after three barrels of chemicals were found in an alley. The incident was …

Outer Loop of Capital Beltway reopens after 3 tractor-trailers jackknifed – WTOP

Outer Loop of Capital Beltway reopens after 3 tractor-trailers jackknifed  WTOP

Three jackknifed tractor trailers and a fuel spill blocked lanes of the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway after Old Georgetown Road in Montgomery County, …

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

Chemical plant that sent chlorine gas billowing across Pulaski Skyway has history of fires  NorthJersey.com

Fires in 1988 and 1993 and a chlorine leak in 2005 at Alden Leeds shut highways and forced residents indoors, much as this weekend’s incident did.

Update: Street Reopened Following Hazardous Materials Incident – SFGate

Update: Street Reopened Following Hazardous Materials Incident  SFGate

FAIRFIELD (BCN) The Fairfield Police Department says Madison Street has reopened between Texas and Missouri streets. The street was closed late Monday …

DG Digest: PHMSA seeks nominees for first ever lithium battery committee

We begin the final month of the spring with a fairly busy week.  Before too long the summer vacation and holiday season will begin; it’s easy for some employees to become a little preoccupied.  Let’s make sure we all keep focused on the safety of our workplace!  It’s been a busy week in the regulatory

Henderson County News: Landfill fire prompts warning about tossing hazardous materials in garbage – Hendersonville Lightning

Henderson County News: Landfill fire prompts warning about tossing hazardous materials in garbage  Hendersonville Lightning

Henderson County (May 20, 2019) – After a fire broke out at the Henderson County Transfer Station late Thursday night, the county’s environmental programs …

PRO/EDR> Syphilis – Thailand: increased incidence, congenital

Syphilis -- ThailandAs many as 249 babies were born with syphilis in Thailand this year [2019], according to the Public Health Ministry. "The babies were affected because their mothers were infected," the ministry's permanent secretary, Dr Sukhum Karnchanapimai, said yesterday [18 May 2019].Sukhum said that between 1 Jan and 13 May 2019, 3080 people of all ages were diagnosed with syphilis. Of them, 40.42 per cent are between 15 and 24 years old. Some 24.48 per cent of others are between 25 and 34 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Population declines, apis – Australia: native bees

Other Animal Disease -- AustraliaThe world's honey bees have been in steep decline for over a decade, with extraordinary losses in population witnessed across the globe resulting in a 30 percent loss of some honey bee colonies every year.Beekeepers across the US and Europe have reported these mass bee deaths, known as 'colony collapse' since 2006 and in the absence of any singular explanation, the disturbing decline was dubbed 'colony collapse disorder' or CCD.This was a shocking and frightening Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (47): Congo DR (NK, IT) cases, summary, situation, research

Ebola -- DR Congo- Investigations continue around the 1st confirmed patient in the Alimbongo health zone. According to the initial results, the patient was contaminated after participating in an unsecured burial of a family member who died in Katwa.Figures of the response------------------------ 119 652 vaccinated persons- 792 people vaccinated on 18 May 2019;- of those vaccinated, 32 577 are high-risk contacts, 58 347 are contacts of contacts, and 28 728 are front-line providers;- persons Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Black spot, citrus – Italy: ex Tunisia, intercept

Other Plant Disease -- ItalyCitrus black spot was detected in some shipments of citrus fruit imported by the European Union from Tunisia. "[This] confirms all our worries about the spread of this devastating disease in the Mediterranean and we require the immediate block of imports from Africa. Over the past few years, we have asked the authorities to implement stricter checks," explains Giovanni Selvaggi, Consorzio Arancia Rossa di Sicilia IGP [Sicilian blood orange growers' association]."We require Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Influenza (15): WHO global update, Australia, seasonal activity

Influenza -- AustraliaInformation in this report is categorized by influenza transmission zones, which are geographical groups of countries, areas, or territories with similar influenza transmission patterns.SummaryIn the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, influenza activity decreased overall.- In North America and Europe, influenza activity was low overall.- In North Africa, influenza detections were low across reporting countries.- In western Asia, influenza activity decreased overall, Read more [...]

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures – WNWO NBC 24

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  WNWO NBC 24Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.comNew Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post Fire at New Jersey chlorine chemical plant forces closure of the Pulaski Skyway  New York Daily NewsNJ chlorine plant fire under control; roads reopen  PIX11 New YorkView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures – WCTI12.com

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  WCTI12.comNew Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.comFire at New Jersey chlorine chemical plant forces closure of the Pulaski Skyway  New York Daily NewsChemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  Star TribuneView full coverage on Google Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Texas cattle fever tick – USA (02): (TX) cattle

Tick-borne disease -- United StatesTexas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) livestock inspectors discovered fever ticks on cattle originating from a Webb County premises during a routine voluntary inspection at a program dipping vat on 23 Apr 2019. The premises where the cattle originated has been placed under quarantine, and all cattle on the premises have started treatment."We are thankful for cattle producers' support in voluntarily inspecting their animals for fever ticks," said Dr. Andy Schwartz, Read more [...]

3 jackknifed tractor trailers block Outer Loop of Capital Beltway – WTOP

3 jackknifed tractor trailers block Outer Loop of Capital Beltway  WTOP

Three jackknifed tractor trailers are blocking all lanes of the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway after Georgetown Road in Montgomery County, Maryland, Sunday …

Road Reopens After Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials Crashes In Napa – CBS San Francisco

Road Reopens After Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials Crashes In Napa  CBS San FranciscoUpdate: Redwood Road in Napa reopened after truck with hazardous materials overturned  Napa Valley RegisterTruck Carrying Hazardous Material Flips, Prompts Shelter-In-Place Order  SFGateHazmat Crash In Napa: Evacuation Orders Lifted  Napa Valley, CA PatchRoad reopened, shelter in place lifted after industrial vehicle crashes in Napa  KGO-TVView full coverage on Read more [...]

Amazon plans warehouses dedicated to hazardous materials – SlashGear

Amazon plans warehouses dedicated to hazardous materials  SlashGear

This summer, Amazon will launch a number of warehouses designed specifically to hold hazardous materials, such as the bear mace that caused some of its.

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (48): Saudi Arabia (RI) WHO

MERS -- Saudi ArabiaFrom [9 through 30 Apr 2019], the National International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 9 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Of the 9 cases reported, 5 were associated with ongoing clusters in 3 cities: 3 cases (including 1 death) in Alkhafji city in the Eastern region of Saudi Arabia, 1 case in Alderb city in Jazan region, and 1 case in Alkharji city in Riyadh region of Saudi Read more [...]

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures – FoxReno.com

Video: Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  FoxReno.comNew Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.comFire at New Jersey chlorine chemical plant forces closure of the Pulaski Skyway  New York Daily NewsChemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  Star TribuneView full coverage on Google Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Africa (08): Namibia, update

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- NamibiaHealth minister Kalumbi Shangula announced at a press conference in Windhoek yesterday [Wed 15 May 2019] that of the 6 reported cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), only one had tested positive for the fever, while 3 were found to be negative. The results of the remaining 2 cases are still pending.Shangula said a 54-year-old woman from Onethika B Village in the Olukonda constituency, who had since recovered and was discharged on 11 May [2019], Read more [...]

PRO/AH> African swine fever – Asia (44): China, Viet Nam, domestic, spread

African Swine Fever -- ChinaA man in a white protective suit parked a dump truck at the edge of a dusty pit and unloaded a pile of pink carcasses. They tumbled to the ground just as a 2nd truck arrived with another batch.The scene at a Hong Kong landfill this week was part of a government effort to kill and dispose of 6000 pigs from a slaughterhouse where one of them had been found to have African swine fever [ASF].It was the latest turn in an outbreak that has decimated pig herds in the Chinese Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Botulism – Argentina: commercial hummus, homemade preserves

Botulism -- ArgentinaA case of foodborne botulism occurred in Slovakia in 2015. _Clostridium botulinum_ type A was isolated from 3 nearly empty commercial hummus tubes. The product, which was sold in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, was withdrawn from the market, and a warning was issued immediately through the European Commission's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). Further investigation revealed the presence of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) subtype BoNT/A3, a very rare subtype implicated Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Mycobacterium bovis – UK: (England) cats, pet food origin

Bovine TB -- United KingdomA batch of raw pet food produced by the British company Natural Instinct has been identified as the probable cause of a rare outbreak of feline tuberculosis (TB) that infected 13 cats last year [2018] in the United Kingdom [see commentary regarding additional cases].The Camberley-based company confirmed to the VIN News Service today [15 May 2019] that it is working with Britain's Food Standards Agency as part of a related investigation into its now-discontinued "Wild Venison" Read more [...]

Chlorine factory fire spews dangerous fumes, closes Pulaski Skyway – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Chlorine factory fire spews dangerous fumes, closes Pulaski Skyway  New Jersey 101.5 FM RadioNew Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.comFire at New Jersey chlorine chemical plant forces closure of the Pulaski Skyway  New York Daily NewsChemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  Star TribuneView full coverage Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Mayaro virus – Americas (02): Brazil (RJ)

Other Human Disease -- BrazilA new threat to public health haunts the state of Rio de Janeiro: Scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have discovered that a virus with symptoms similar to those of the chikungunya virus [infection] may precipitate an epidemic in the Southeast.Both have similar characteristics, such as disabling intense joint pains that last for months. There is no vaccine or any specific treatment.Laboratory tests have shown that the Mayaro virus can be transmitted Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – USA (03): proactive surveillance

African Swine Fever -- United StatesThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) within weeks will begin testing sick and dead pigs for a hog virus that has killed herds across Asia in an effort to minimize devastation if the disease enters the USA, the agency said on Thursday [16 May 2019].Increased testing aims to help US officials detect cases of African swine fever quickly so they can contain the disease. African swine fever kills almost all pigs infected, though it is not harmful to people. There Read more [...]

Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures – Olean Times Herald

Chemical plant fire prompts warnings, bridge, road closures  Olean Times HeraldNew Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.comChlorine Plant Fire In New Jersey Finally Put Out, Pulaski Skyway Remains Closed  CBS New YorkView full coverage on Google News Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease – USA (10): (CA) biosecurity

Newcastle Disease -- United StatesAs agriculture officials ramp up the battle against the poultry-killing Newcastle disease outbreak in Southern California, state Veterinarian Annette Jones has issued a directive that state, county and city workers avoid poultry areas in an effort reduce spread of the highly contagious virus. When such visits are unavoidable because of a public-health threat, a strict protocol -- including biosecurity clothing -- is detailed in the guidelines issued by Jones last Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Braenderup & Montevideo – USA: live poultry

Salmonella -- United StatesCDC and public health officials in several states are investigating multistate outbreaks of _Salmonella_ Braenderup and _Salmonella_ Montevideo infections linked to contact with backyard poultry.Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of these outbreaks. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health laboratories coordinated by CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on _Salmonella_ bacteria isolated from Read more [...]

New Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway – New York Post

New Jersey chemical plant fire sends fumes over Pulaski Skyway  New York Post

A chemical plant fire in New Jersey sent noxious smoke billowing into the air near Newark — and officials urged residents to shut their windows to avoid the…

Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors – NJ.com

Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway, residents asked to remain indoors  NJ.com

A fire at a chlorine plant in Kearny Friday shut down a portion of the Pulaski Skyway in the area and caused officials to warn residents to remain indoors because …

Chlorine Plant Fire In New Jersey Sparks Warnings To Keep Windows Closed In Nearby Areas – CBS New York

Chlorine Plant Fire In New Jersey Sparks Warnings To Keep Windows Closed In Nearby Areas  CBS New York

KEARNY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A fire at a chemical plant in New Jersey is causing several nearby areas to warn residents to keep their windows closed …

A Storm of Summer Perils: The Battle for Healthy Outdoor Workers Is No Game

  In HBO’s Game of Thrones, the “House Stark” clan often loudly proclaim that “winter is coming.” Here at House NIOSH, we remind our safety and health professionals, employers, and workers that, THE DAYS ARE LONG AND FULL OF HAZARDS. When facing the opening salvos of the Battle for Healthy Outdoor Workers, be sure to know your friends and foes. Each of the Houses below can help your workers stay safe in dangerous times, or can betray workers with hidden dangers Read more [...]

Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway – NJ.com

Chemical plant fire closes portion of Pulaski Skyway  NJ.com

A fire at a chlorine plant in Kearny Friday shut down a portion of the Pulaski Skyway in the area, according to multiple reports. The highway was closed in both …