PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis – USA (02): peaches, possible aerosol spread, 2020

Salmonella -- United StatesIn a new report, the FDA details how airborne contamination can spread pathogens from farms and animal operations to fruit orchards. Over 100 eaters were sickened last summer in a major _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis outbreak that food safety experts linked to a rather surprising source: peaches. According to national foodborne illness records dating back 50 years, there had been only 3 other peach-associated outbreaks in the USA, and none of them involved Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis – New Zealand: possible egg source

Salmonella -- New ZealandOfficials in New Zealand are investigating a _Salmonella_ outbreak that has sickened 35 people so far in 2021. _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis sequence type 11 (ST 11) was first detected in 2019 in an outbreak traced to a restaurant in the Auckland region. Since May 2019, the number of patients associated with this strain is 101, and from 2019 it has been found in 4 other outbreaks. The majority of people sick from January to April 2021 live in the Auckland region, Read more [...]

Another hazmat-related truck crash reported on interstate – delawarebusinessnow.com

Another hazmat-related truck crash reported on interstate  delawarebusinessnow.com

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (209): blood clots, missed early cases, food packaging, Israel

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownMass vaccination has the potential to curb the current COVID-19 pandemic by protecting individuals who have been vaccinated against the disease and possibly lowering the likelihood of transmission to individuals who have not been vaccinated. The high effectiveness of the widely administered BNT162b vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech in preventing not only the disease but also infection with SARS-CoV-2 suggests a potential for a population-level effect, which is critical for Read more [...]

PRO/AH> Anthrax – Tanzania: hippopotamus movements & outbreaks

Anthrax -- TanzaniaAbstract--------Globally, anthrax outbreaks pose a serious threat to people, livestock, and wildlife. Furthermore, environmental change can exacerbate these outbreak dynamics by altering the host-pathogen relationship. However, little is known about how the quantitative spatial dynamics of host movement and environmental change may affect the spread of _Bacillus anthracis_, the causative agent of anthrax. Here, we use real-time observations and high-resolution tracking data from Read more [...]

EPA: TSCA/FIFRA/CERCLA/PHSMA, FDA: Food Safety, Nanotech & Other Regulatory Updates – The National Law Review

EPA: TSCA/FIFRA/CERCLA/PHSMA, FDA: Food Safety, Nanotech & Other Regulatory Updates  The National Law Review

PRO/AH/EDR> Campylobacteriosis – USA (02): (ID) unpasteurized milk

Campylobacter -- United States"In the context of the prevailing trend toward more natural products, there seems to be an increasing preference for raw milk consumption as raw milk is associated with several perceived health benefits that are believed to be destroyed upon heating. However, many human pathogens can be isolated from raw cow milk. The prevalence of foodborne pathogens in raw cow milk varies, but their presence has been demonstrated in many surveys and foodborne infections have been repeatedly Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever – Asia (17): Myanmar (SH) domestic, OIE

African Swine Fever -- MyanmarGeneral informationReport type: immediate notificationStarted on: 1 Jun 2021Confirmed on: 7 Jun 2021Reported on: 9 Jun 2021Reason for notification: recurrenceLast occurrence: 9 Oct 2020Causal agent: African swine fever virusNature of diagnosis: necropsy, clinical, laboratoryThis event pertains to a defined zone within the country.Outbreak location: Keng Tung, Kengtung, ShanDate of start of the outbreak: 1 Jun 2021Epidemiological unit: farmAffected animalsSpecies / Read more [...]

Gov. Whitman, Retired Generals Call on EPA to Protect Against Chemical Plant Disasters – Republic Report

Gov. Whitman, Retired Generals Call on EPA to Protect Against Chemical Plant Disasters  Republic Report

Fire at Illinois chemical plant is contained but mandatory evacuation order remains in effect – CNN

Fire at Illinois chemical plant is contained but mandatory evacuation order remains in effect  CNN Massive fire at chemical plant prompts evacuations in Rockton; No injuries reported  WGN TV ChicagoMassive Rockton chemical plant fire could burn for days, officials say  MyStateline.comChemical fire in Rockton: Evacuation ordered for residents within mile  Rockford Register StarMassive fire at Illinois chemical plant is expected to burn for several days  Chicago Read more [...]

Firefighters injured in massive chemical plant fire – ABC News

Firefighters injured in massive chemical plant fire  ABC NewsIn Pictures: Illinois chemical plant explosion  Aljazeera.comEPA refers chemical plant owner to attorney general for violations after fire  WISN MilwaukeeFire at Illinois chemical plant has been contained but mandatory evacuation order remains in effect  WRCB-TVFoam Brings Fire at Illinois Chemical Plant 'Under Control'  U.S. News & World ReportView Full Coverage on Google News Read more [...]

DEP: Bourne Deficient In Reporting Hazardous Materials Mitigation At Community Center – CapeNews.net

DEP: Bourne Deficient In Reporting Hazardous Materials Mitigation At Community Center  CapeNews.net

Monthly Update for June 2021 – Lexology

Monthly Update for June 2021  Lexology

Hong Kong tracking chemical leak | News, Sports, Jobs – Altoona Mirror

Hong Kong tracking chemical leak | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

Eight dead in apparent methyl formate leak at Chinese chemical plant – Chemistry World

Eight dead in apparent methyl formate leak at Chinese chemical plant  Chemistry World

Solid waste agency to host Household Hazardous Materials Disposal Day on June 19 – dbrnews.com

Solid waste agency to host Household Hazardous Materials Disposal Day on June 19  dbrnews.com

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (208): USA, physician mortality, healthcare workers, Novavax, WHO

COVID-19 -- United StatesAt least 8 states are recording rising 7-day averages for infection rates over the past 2 weeks, including Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Of those states, only Hawaii has a vaccination rate of 43% or more, which matches the average across the country.The slight increase in virus activity comes as most states are reopening fully, and many states are now choosing to report new cases less frequently than they did 1 year ago.At least 24 Read more [...]

Law helps restore bird population after pollution – Daily Press

Law helps restore bird population after pollution  Daily Press

Pa. found 'forever chemicals' in Berks drinking water. Here's what you need to know – Reading Eagle

Pa. found ‘forever chemicals’ in Berks drinking water. Here’s what you need to know  Reading Eagle

The Pandemic of Pornography – Kashmir Observer

The Pandemic of Pornography  Kashmir Observer

PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (12): Africa (Nigeria)

Cholera -- NigeriaThe number of lives lost to the recent cholera outbreak in Bauchi State has risen to 37. The immediate-past Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, had on [Tue 25 May 2021], announced the outbreak in the state, with a 37-year-old housewife who reportedly had the disease at the Burra General Hospital on [Sat 24 Apr 2021]. Maigoro disclosed then that 20 people had died from the disease, while 322 people affected were being managed.Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Primary Read more [...]

PRO/AH> African swine fever – Asia (16): India (MZ) domestic, spread

African Swine Fever -- IndiaIt seems that Northeast India's tussle with African swine fever [ASF] is not over yet. After killing thousands of pigs in 2020 in Assam, it has turned towards Mizoram. The National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Bhopal has confirmed the recent deaths of pigs in Mizoram to be caused by ASF.ASF was 1st detected in Mizoram on 21 Mar 2021 at Lungsen village, prompting the creation of Rapid Response Teams Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague – USA (04): (CO) cat

Plague -- United StatesA cat living near North Foothills Highway and Plateau Road in Boulder County was examined by a veterinarian on [Wed 2 Jun 2021], tested positive for plague. The cat's owner was concerned when the cat became ill 2-3 weeks after being found with a baby rabbit.This is the 1st time plague activity has been confirmed in Boulder County this season and public health officials want to remind residents of how to protect themselves against plague. Boulder County Parks and Open Space Read more [...]

Firefighters are still battling a massive blaze that destroyed an Illinois chemical plant on Monday – USA TODAY

Firefighters are still battling a massive blaze that destroyed an Illinois chemical plant on Monday  USA TODAYMassive fire at chemical plant prompts evacuations in Rockton; No injuries reported  WGN TV ChicagoIllinois public health administrator urges residents near chemical fire to wear a mask and not pick up debris falling from the sky  CNN An Illinois Chemical Plant Explosion And Fires Prompt Evacuations  NPRChemical fire in Rockton: Evacuation ordered for Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthemosoma garnhami – South Africa: rodent piroplasm, HIV-infected patient

Other Human Disease -- South AfricaAbstract--------An HIV-positive man from Zimbabwe living in South Africa sought treatment for multiple clinical signs, including fever, weight loss, anemia, and splenomegaly. We identified in his blood an African rodent piroplasm, _Anthemosoma garnhami_, related to _Babesia_ species. This finding extends the known geographic and host range of _A. garnhami_.A 24-year-old man from Zimbabwe complaining of a 3-month period of generalized body pains, drenching night Read more [...]

WEBINAR: Safely Loading & Unloading Hazardous Materials: Case Study on Knowledge Automation – Oil & Gas IQ

WEBINAR: Safely Loading & Unloading Hazardous Materials: Case Study on Knowledge Automation  Oil & Gas IQ

PRO/PL> Stolbur leaf scorch, pistachio – Turkey: (KI)

Other Plant Disease -- TurkeyPhytoplasma disease in pistachios in Kilis province was high this year [2021] due to low seasonal precipitation and temperature. Samples were taken from orchards and sent to Adana Agricultural Protection and Pistachio Research Institute for analysis. The disease is increasing in pistachio orchards in Kilis, an important area for pistachio production in Turkey, and is devastating producers.The Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry said, "The disease was characterized Read more [...]

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

Other Animal Disease -- United KingdomReport type: immediate notificationStarted: 9 Jun 2021Confirmed: 9 Jun 2021Reported: 10 Jun 2021Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed diseaseLast occurrence: 6 Apr 2020Causal agent: _Taylorella equigenitalis_Nature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratoryThis event pertains to the whole country.New outbreaks (1)Outbreak location 1: West Devon, Devon, EnglandStarted: 9 Jun 2021Ended: ongoingEpidemiological unit: otherAffected animals:Species / Susceptible Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (207): animal, Spain (GA) mink, OIE

COVID-19 -- SpainSummaryReport type: immediate notificationStart on: 26 May 2021Confirmed on: 8 Jun 2021Reported on: 10 Jun 2021Event status: ongoingReason for notification: emerging diseaseEvent morbidity (%): 0.01Event mortality: -Zoonotic potential: yesDiagnostic details: laboratory testCausal agent: SARS-CoV-2This event pertains to a defined zone within the country.New outbreaks (1)Outbreak location 1: Carral, A Coruña, GaliciaStarted on: 26 May 2020Ended on: Read more [...]

A massive fire destroyed a chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois. It could burn for days, officials say. – USA TODAY

A massive fire destroyed a chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois. It could burn for days, officials say.  USA TODAYMassive fire at chemical plant prompts evacuations in Rockton; No injuries reported  WGN TV ChicagoIllinois public health administrator urges residents near chemical fire to wear a mask and not pick up debris falling from the sky  CNN An Illinois Chemical Plant Explosion And Fires Prompt Evacuations  NPRWatch now: Explosion, large fire at chemical Read more [...]

DG Digest: Biden DOE Releases National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries 2021- 2030

Believe it or not it’s nearly mid-June already. The long hours of daylight and warm weather this time of year often lead workplaces to tackle those outdoor projects that may have been lagging all winter.  If your site plans such work, be sure to do your homework first—secure necessary permits, plan your safety, especially fall protection... The post DG Digest: Biden DOE Releases National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries 2021- 2030 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Luxembourg: (LU) domestic, RHDV2, OIE

Hemorrhagic Fever -- LuxembourgSummaryReport type: immediate notificationStarted: 3 Jun 2021Confirmed: 7 Jun 2021Reported: 10 Jun 2021Reason for notification: recurrenceLast occurrence: 31 Dec 2008Causal agent: rabbit hemorrhagic disease virusGenotype: RHDV2Nature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratoryThis event pertains to the whole country.New outbreaks:Summary of outbreaksTotal outbreaks (1)Outbreak location 1: Eischen, Hobscheid, Capellen, LuxembourgStarted: 3 Jun 2021Ended: 7 Jun Read more [...]

Illinois public health administrator urges residents near chemical fire to wear a mask and not pick up debris falling from the sky – CNN

Illinois public health administrator urges residents near chemical fire to wear a mask and not pick up debris falling from the sky  CNN An Illinois Chemical Plant Explosion And Fires Prompt Evacuations  NPRMassive fire at Illinois chemical plant is expected to burn for several days  Chicago Sun-TimesWatch now: Explosion, large fire at chemical plant near Rockford, Illinois, prompts evacuation of area  Madison.comMassive Rockton chemical plant fire could burn Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza (09): Germany, swine origin, H1N1v

Influenza -- GermanyThe World Health Organization (WHO) reports on a a human case of infection with an influenza A(H1N1)v virus in Germany recently. The individual infected is a 17-year-old boy from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania who developed an influenza-like illness onset on [18 Apr 2021].The virus was confirmed with genome sequencing conducted at the National Influenza Centre (NIC) at the Robert Koch Institute in a sample collected as part of routine sentinel surveillance. Sequencing indicated Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Iran: (IL) livestock, susp, RFI

Anthrax -- IranThe Director General of Veterinary Medicine of Ilam said: the province is suspected to have anthrax in a village located in the Majin section of Darhshahr city and that all animals of this village were quarantined. In an interview with IRNA on [Sun 13 Jun 2021], Dr. Ramin Poranjef said: "according to the report of unusual losses of a number of cattle in a rural rancher, groups of veterinarians were sent to the site and began to investigate the current situation."He added: "This rural Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (10): Senegal, cVDPV2

Polio -- SenegalThe EPI announced on Wednesday [9 Jun 2021] a polio national vaccination campaign for 17-19 Jun 2021 using the inactivated poliovirus vaccine [IPV] "to capture all children up through 5 years of age who were never vaccinated." "Since 2016, we have been conducting environmental surveillance. The poliovirus was identified through environmental surveillance in the wastewater treatment station in Khourounar (Pikine) and has been circulating in the sub-region [West Africa] and in neighboring Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus – North America (10): USA (PA) horses, new variant

Equine Herpes Virus -- United StatesAn outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) at a Pennsylvania horse barn in March [2021] was caused by a new variant of the H752 genotype, researchers report.The H752 genotype has the potential to cause neurological disease. This new variant has a particular mutation in the ORF 30 gene, similar to that reported in a recent outbreak from France, the study team reported.The mutation is at a pivotal nucleotide position which has previously been shown to discriminate Read more [...]

PRO/EDR> COVID-19 update (206): Long COVID, Russia, China, T cell cytotoxicity, WHO

COVID-19 -- RussiaAt Yale School of Medicine, Connecticut, immunologist Prof Akiko Iwasaki has spent much of the past year trying to tease apart the differences between how men and women respond to the Sars-CoV-2 virus. One of her early findings was that T cells - a group of cells important to the immune system which seek out and destroy virus-infected cells - are much more active in women than men in the early stages of infection. One component of this is thought to be due to genetics."Women have Read more [...]

‘They Saved My Life’: Cleanup Crew Rallies Group To Give Folsom Senior’s Hoarder House A Makeover – CBS Sacramento

‘They Saved My Life’: Cleanup Crew Rallies Group To Give Folsom Senior’s Hoarder House A Makeover  CBS Sacramento

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (83): Iraq (WA) poultry, HPAI H5N8 susp, spread, RFI

Avian Influenza H5N8 -- Iraq[The following report, based upon the above and 4 additional Iraqi media sources in Arabic, has been translated and submitted by a reliable source who preferred to remain unnamed. ProMED-mail is very grateful to the submitter]. Media news articles [in Arabic, translated, edited] reported in [13-14 Jun 2021] that Wasit (Governorate's) Agriculture Directorate clarified that the avian influenza infection (most likely HPAI H5N8) that has been reported, was in one of the unauthorized Read more [...]