1 northbound Highway 285 lane reopens near Morrison after deadly semi truck rollover – The Denver Channel

1 northbound Highway 285 lane reopens near Morrison after deadly semi truck rollover  The Denver Channel

Chemical pipeline leaks under investigation at Eco Services’ Baton Rouge plant – The Advocate

Chemical pipeline leaks under investigation at Eco Services’ Baton Rouge plant  The Advocate

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

Tularemia -- United StatesThe Department of Natural Resources recently learned from lab results that rabbit carcasses found on private land in Elkhart County near Middlebury tested positive for tularemia.Tularemia is a rare bacterial disease usually transmitted through dog tick and deer fly bites or by contact with an infected animal; however, the bacteria may also be spread by contact with contaminated soil or water, and through inhalation of contaminated dusts or aerosols. While tularemia can be Read more [...]

PRO/AH> African swine fever – Europe (09): Russia, Ukraine, domestic, wild boar, OIE

African Swine Fever -- RussiaGeneral informationReport type: immediate notificationStarted: 26 Apr 2021Confirmed: 27 Apr 2021Reported: Wed 5 May 2021Reason for notification: recurrenceLast occurrence: 22 Apr 2021Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: African swine fever virusNature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratoryThis event pertains to a defined zone within the country.Outbreak location: Poltavka, Oktyabrskiy, Primor'ye [Primorsky]Date of start of the outbreak: 26 Apr Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed neurological illness – Canada (02): (NB) RFI

Other Human Disease -- CanadaAlmost 2 years ago, RE collapsed at home with a seizure on his 40th wedding anniversary. RE, in his early 60s, was born and raised around New Brunswick's bucolic Acadian peninsula, and had been healthy until that June [2019], and was enjoying retirement after decades working as an industrial mechanic. His health rapidly declined. "He had delusions, hallucinations, weight loss, aggression, repetitive speech," his son says. "At one point he couldn't even walk. So, in the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (161): Seychelles, vaccine, Nepal, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/UnknownWHO region (no. countries/territories):Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)----------------------------------------------------------------------Western Pacific Region (19): 2 522 720 (15 506) / 38 019 (185)European Region (61): 52 275 954 (132 915) / 1 092 527 (2906)South East Asia Region (10): 23 837 189 (400 973) / 291 762 (4112)Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 9 274 240 (43 369) /185 875 (849)Region of the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (04): (WA)

E. coli -- United StatesPublic Health - Seattle & King County is investigating a cluster of toxic _Escherichia coli_ cases that left 7 children infected over a 2 week period. The children, all under 14, were infected with Shiga toxin-producing _E. coli_, also known as [enterohemorrhagic _E. coli_ (EHEC)]. The cases were reported between 22 Apr and 1 May [2021].Three of the children are under 5 years old. All the children developed symptoms consistent with EHEC including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, Read more [...]

Lifejackets for Lobstermen

  Falls overboard are the most frequent cause of death on the job for lobstermen in the U.S. The on-the-job death rate for fishermen nationwide is 31 times higher than any other industry. It is well-documented that wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) can help prevent these tragedies, but unfortunately most fishermen do not routinely wear a PFD. Staff from the Northeast Center for Occupational Safety and Health were determined to find out why and to identify promising strategies for increasing Read more [...]

Marathon Petroleum probing cause of chemical release at Texas refinery – Reuters

Marathon Petroleum probing cause of chemical release at Texas refinery  Reuters

PRO> Vector mosquito control – USA: (FL)

Other Human Disease -- United StatesAfter a decade of fighting for regulatory approval and public acceptance, a biotechnology firm has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into the open air in the United States for the first time. The experiment, launched this week in the Florida Keys (over the objections of some local critics), tests a method for suppressing populations of wild _Aedes aegypti_ mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.Oxitec, the Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (160): variants, research, India, WHO

COVID-19 -- Worldwide/Unknown- Immune response differences to vaccines and COVID: A pre-peer-reviewed study compared immune responses in people infected with SARS-CoV-2 and people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. The immune response in infected people involved strong interferon activity that was absent in vaccinated people; interferon is a type of antiviral inflammation that leads to more potential cell damage. The T and B cells in vaccinated people were also more likely to be memory cells, which Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (69): Mali (KK) poultry, HPAI H5N1, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N1 -- MaliGeneral informationReport type: immediate notificationDate of start of the event: 9 Apr 2021Date of confirmation of the event: 21 Apr 2021Reason for notification: recurrenceLast occurrence: 8 Apr 2021Manifestation of disease: clinical diseaseCausal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza virusSerotype: H5N1Nature of diagnosis: laboratoryThis event pertains to the whole country.New outbreaks (1)Summary of outbreaksTotal outbreaks: 1Outbreak location 1: Marakaforo, Read more [...]

PRO/AH> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – USA (06): (CA) wild rabbit, alert

Other Animal Disease -- United StatesA highly contagious and deadly virus targeting wild and domestic rabbits has been detected in 2 rabbit carcasses found in the Cañada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve in Ramona [California]. Wildlife officials said 2 desert cottontails tested positive for the rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) infection on April 8 [2021].Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) is not related to the novel coronavirus and does not affect humans or domestic animals other Read more [...]

Dispose of Hazardous Materials Safely in Orange County – wpdh.com – wpdh.com

Dispose of Hazardous Materials Safely in Orange County – wpdh.com  wpdh.com

Hazardous materials team responds to controlled ammonia leak at Consumer’s Produce – WPXI Pittsburgh

Hazardous materials team responds to controlled ammonia leak at Consumer’s Produce  WPXI Pittsburgh

SDNG trains with firefighters on hazmat response | Article | The United States Army – United States Army

SDNG trains with firefighters on hazmat response | Article | The United States Army  United States Army

Ammonia leak spurs hazardous-materials team's response in Strip District – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ammonia leak spurs hazardous-materials team’s response in Strip District  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas issues alert over chemical leak – Reuters

Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas issues alert over chemical leak  Reuters

Texas City Lifts Shelter-In-Place Order After Marathon Oil Chemical Leak – Houston Public Media

Texas City Lifts Shelter-In-Place Order After Marathon Oil Chemical Leak  Houston Public Media

Texas City under shelter-in-place due to chemical release – Yahoo News

Texas City under shelter-in-place due to chemical release  Yahoo News

Texas City's shelter in place order lifted after reported chemical release – KTRK-TV

Texas City's shelter in place order lifted after reported chemical release  KTRK-TVShelter-in-place order issued in Texas City after alert from sensor  KHOU.comShelter-in-place lifted for Texas City residents after chemical release  Houston Chronicle Texas City Tells Residents To Shelter In Place After ‘Industrial Sector’ Alarm  Houston Public MediaView Full Coverage on Google News Read more [...]

Texas City under precautionary shelter-in-place due to reported chemical release – KTRK-TV

Texas City under precautionary shelter-in-place due to reported chemical release  KTRK-TV

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (159): India, zoo, lion

COVID-19 -- IndiaA total of 8 lions at an Indian zoo have tested positive for coronavirus in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Officials at Nehru Zoological Park reportedly decided to test the Asiatic lions for COVID-19 after veterinarians working in the zoo noticed the felines had symptoms of the virus, including loss of appetite and coughing.The Hyderabad zoo is believed to have been told by The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) that the RT-PCR tests Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza (07): Canada (Manitoba) swine origin, H1N1v, H1N2v

Influenza H1N1, Influenza -- CanadaManitoba.ca>Two separate cases of variant influenza (flu) viruses have been found in two unrelated individuals in different communities in southern Manitoba. The cases are the result of 2 different viruses and based on the case investigations; they are not linked. One is a case of human influenza A(H1N2)v and one is a case of human influenza A(H1N1)v. These cases have been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada in accordance with international health Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever – Europe: Spain (CL)

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- SpainThe Junta de Castilla y Leon, through the General Directorate of Public Health and its Epidemiology Service, has confirmed a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the province of Salamanca.Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is caused by a virus, the main transmission mechanism of which is the bite of the tick of the genus _Hyalomma_ , although it can also be transmitted from person to person through contact with the patient's blood or fluids, which Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (158): variants Africa, Japan Olympics, Brazil, WHO

COVID-19 -- Papua New GuineaHouriiyah Tegally, a bioinformatician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, agrees that large-scale vaccine distribution should remain a top priority. She has tracked the dynamics of B.1.351 and seen how quickly new variants can spread. "We're kind of seeing Africa being left behind," Tegally says. "There needs to be higher attention paid to vaccinating the continent if we don't want worrying variants to evolve."She and her colleagues -- led by Tulio de Oliveira, Read more [...]

Dispose of Hazardous Materials Safely in Orange County – wpdh.com

Dispose of Hazardous Materials Safely in Orange County  wpdh.com

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies – Ghana: dog, human exposure

Rabies -- Ghana14 people have been diagnosed with rabies infection in Kpone, the municipal capital of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, after an infected dog bit 5 people whilst at church [I suspect, hope, and trust this means 14 people have been exposed to rabies rather than that they have been infected. - Mod.TG].Dr Emmanuel Kwao Pecku, municipal veterinary officer, told the Ghana News Agency at Kpone in an interview on 17 Apr 2021 that a rabies-infected dog followed Read more [...]

PRO/PL> Leaf rust, coffee – Colombia: new strains

Other Plant Disease -- ColombiaColombia's coffee federation has discovered 9 new, more aggressive variants of the fungus that causes coffee rust. Since 1983, when rust was first detected in the country, the National Center for Investigations of Coffee (Cenicafe) has identified 22 varieties of the rust [see, for example, ProMED posts http://promedmail.org/post/20100526.1745, http://promedmail.org/post/20091008.3490, http://promedmail.org/post/20090225.0773]. "I call on producers to build or renew Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever – Americas (10): Brazil (SC) human

Yellow Fever -- BrazilThe Blumenau City Administration, in the Valei do Itajai, confirmed on Thu 28 Apr 2021 the first positive case of yellow fever [YF] in the city in 2021 [Infected where? Sylvan? Rural? Periurban? - Mod.RNA]. The patient is a 39 year old man who is hospitalized in serious condition in the intensive care unit (ICU) [Hospitalized when? Symptoms when? - Mod.RNA].The case was registered on 27 Apr 2021. According to the Santa Catarina Office of Epidemiological Surveillance (DRIVE/SC), Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (08): Americas (Canada,USA) wild and domestic animals, raccoon; exp

Rabies -- CanadaRabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Once clinical signs appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and people. In Canada, the animals that most often transmit rabies are bats, skunks and foxes.Rabies is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act. All suspect cases must be reported to the province for follow-up. All suspect rabies cases are verified in a CFIA rabies laboratory.A table shows that 5 rabies cases Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (34): DR Congo (NK) outbreak end, research

Ebola -- DR CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo on Mon 3 May 2021 declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that infected 12 people in the eastern province of North Kivu and killed 6 of them. The outbreak was contained using Merck's (MRK.N) Ebola vaccine, which was given to more than 1600 of the patients' contacts and contacts of contacts, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said.The cases were genetically linked to the 2018-20 Ebola epidemic that killed more than 2200 people, the second Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Q fever – Spain (02): (PV) bouldering, Baltzola caves, RFI

Q Fever -- SpainAt least 5 cases of Q fever have been detected in the Baltzola caves by the Health Department of the Basque Government since last December [2020]. Climbers use the interior of these cavities to train throughout the year. The outbreak of this disease forced closure on Friday [30 Apr 2021] of this natural space located in Dima and a popular destination for families and hikers on festive days such as Easter [4 Apr 2021].The mayor of the town, Josu Gorospe, told DEIA yesterday [30 Apr Read more [...]

DG Digest: Agencies Adjust Civil Penalties; DHS Delays REAL ID Enforcement Until May 2023

Happy May greetings!  Hopefully this new month will bring not only the traditional “May Flowers” but also mark a turning point in our nation’s ongoing battle to control the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this point the whole country is eligible to be vaccinated, so as HSE professionals, let’s make sure we’re ready to help our fellow... The post DG Digest: Agencies Adjust Civil Penalties; DHS Delays REAL ID Enforcement Until May 2023 appeared first on Labelmaster Blog. Read more [...]

Hundreds bring hazardous materials | News | hammondstar.com – Hammond Daily Star online

Hundreds bring hazardous materials | News | hammondstar.com  Hammond Daily Star online

PRO/AH> Rabbit hemorrhagic disease – Cote d'Ivoire: (AB,LN) domestic, RHDV2, OIE

Hemorrhagic Fever -- Cote d'IvoireSummary:Report type: immediate notificationStarted: 15 Dec 2020Confirmed: 18 Jan 2021Ended: 22 Apr 2021Reported: 28 Apr 2021Reason for notification: recurrenceLast occurrence: 30 Dec 2016Causal agent: rabbit hemorrhagic disease virusGenotype: RHDV2Nature of diagnosis: clinical, laboratory, necropsyThis event pertains to a defined zone within the country.New outbreaks:Summary of outbreaksTotal outbreaks (2)Outbreak location 1: Communes of Prot-Bouet, Bingerville, Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (157): India, Africa, Canada, maternal transmission, WHO

COVID-19 -- Papua New GuineaQuestion. What are the outcomes in newborn infants of mothers testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy?Findings. In this nationwide, prospective cohort study that included 88 159 infants from Sweden, SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy was significantly associated with higher risk of any neonatal respiratory disorder (2.8% vs 2.0%; odds ratio [OR] 1.42) and some other neonatal morbidities, but not neonatal mortality (0.30% vs 0.12%; OR 2.55).Meaning. Maternal SARS-CoV-2 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (68): Europe (Germany) wild bird, HPAI H5N4, H5N1, OIE

Avian Influenza H5N1 -- GermanySummaryReport type: immediate notificationStarted: 18 Feb 2021Confirmed: 23 Feb 2021Reported: 29 Apr 2021Reason for notification: new strain in a zone or a compartmentCausal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza virusSerotype: H5N4Nature of diagnosis: laboratoryThis event pertains to a defined zone within the country.New outbreaks (2)Summary of outbreaksTotal outbreaks (2)Outbreak location 1: Plon (landkreis), Schleswig-HolsteinStarted: 24 Feb 2021Ended: 24 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> COVID-19 update (156): India, Africa, spike protein, WHO, global

COVID-19 -- IndiaWHO region (no. countries/territories):Total confirmed cases (new cases in last 24 hours) / Total deaths (new deaths in last 24 hours)------------------------------------Western Pacific Region (19): 2 448 916 (19 525) / 37 260 (150)European Region (61): 51 778 296 (155 791) / 1 082 290 (3218)South East Asia Region (10): 22 266 848 (419 456) / 276 280 (3827)Eastern Mediterranean Region (22): 9 019 162 (44 641) / 182 654 (860)Region of the Americas (54): 62 073 178 (219 805) / 1 Read more [...]

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st. Enteritidis – UK, EU (02): Germany, Polish frozen chicken

Salmonella -- Worldwide/UnknownGerman officials have urged people to follow hygiene rules and take care when handling raw meat following a number of _Salmonella_ infections linked to poultry.The number of confirmed people sick stands at more than 20 in 6 federal states, which is up from the 6 mentioned in a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) assessment in February 2021. At that time, 193 cases of a certain sequence type of _Salmonella_ Enteritidis had also been reported in Read more [...]