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PRO/AH/EDR> Chlamydia psittaci, equine abortion - Australia: (NS) research

ProMED Mail Reports - 1 hour 15 min ago
Chlamydia -- Australia
A bird-borne pathogen has been linked to a cluster of equine abortions in New South Wales, Australia.
A pathogen carried by birds has been linked by Australian researchers to a cluster of equine abortions in New South Wales.
The researchers found a smoking gun when they examined the potential role of the bacterium _Chlamydia psittaci_ in the abortions.
While birds are the major reservoir, it is capable of infecting humans, horses, and other mammals.
The strain linked to the

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Kenya (05): (WJ) WHO

ProMED Mail Reports - 1 hour 18 min ago
Rift Valley Fever -- Kenya
On 8 Jun 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Kenya confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. The 1st patient was admitted to a hospital in Wajir County in northeastern Kenya on 2 Jun [2018] with fever, body weakness, and bleeding from the gums and mouth. The patient reported having consumed meat from a sick animal; the patient died the same day. On 4 Jun [2018], 2 relatives of the index patient were admitted. Blood samples were collected and sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute,

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Mozambique: (TE, NM) bovine, st pending, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - 1 hour 22 min ago
Foot and Mouth -- Mozambique
Information received on [and dated] 18 Jun 2018 from Dr Americo Da Conceicao, national director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Maputo, Mozambique.
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Apr 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 11 May 2018
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Foot and mouth disease virus
Serotype: pending
Nature of diagnosis:

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (09): (AS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:47
Japanese Encephalitis -- India
The etiologies for at least 60 percent of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) cases in Assam are still undiagnosed, according to an ongoing research project.
According to an expert involved with the project, around 30 percent of AES cases are likely to be those suffering from Japanese encephalitis (JE).
Nearly 178 people, of the 2077 diagnosed with AES in Assam in 2017, died.
Assam has reported 60 AES cases this year till 30 Apr [2018] but no casualties so far.
The project was

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis - Taiwan (04)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:40
Japanese Encephalitis -- China
In a follow-up on the Japanese encephalitis situation in Taiwan, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced 7 new Japanese encephalitis cases confirmed in Taiwan last week.
The new cases include one each in Daya District, Taichung City, Xizhou Township, Changhua County, Puzi City, Chiayi County, District, Guiren District, Tainan City, Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City, Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City, and Linyuan District, Kaohsiung City.
The 7 new cases age between

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola virus disease: challenges for wild animal meat trade

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:35
Ebola -- DR Congo
For 25 years, [PM] has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats, and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of 5 said that for the 1st time he's worried he won't be able to support his family.
"Since Ebola was declared, business has decreased by almost half. It's really, really bad," the 47-year-old said, hanging his head.
Congo's latest

PRO/AH/EDR> Neospora caninum, canine - USA: (NC) parasite

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:34
Other Animal Disease -- United States
A lethal parasite has been discovered in area canines by a local veterinarian, and its presence is troubling for animal doctors and pet owners.
Dr. Michelle Cox, veterinarian and founder of Island Pet Veterinarian Hospital located in Cape Carteret, 1st examined [D] in November 2017, when the young canine had just celebrated its 2nd birthday. "[D's] owner came to see me with her 2-year-old dog," Cox recalls. "She was extremely distraught. Her dog had started to have grand-mal seizures 7

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola Update (38): DR Congo, cases, WHO, Oxfam

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:20
Ebola -- DR Congo
Event Description
The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with cautious optimism. On 15 Jun 2018, 5 new suspected EVD cases were reported in Bikoro Health Zone. A total of 6 laboratory specimens (from suspected cases reported previously) tested negative. No new confirmed EVD cases and no new deaths were reported on the reporting date. Since 17 May 2018, no new confirmed EVD

PRO/AH/EDR> Cowpox - UK: (Wales), human, bovine source suspected, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:53
Other Human Disease -- United Kingdom
A 15-year-old boy has surprised doctors by contracting cowpox, a historical disease now so rare it has not been seen in Wales for more than a decade.
The teenager, who lives on the Wrexham-Cheshire border, developed lesions on his hands after feeding calves.
Public Health Wales said the last reported human case in Wales was some 10 to 15 years ago. Cowpox was more common in the 18th century when milking maids often caught it. The virus, which is not contagious from person to person, has

PRO/EDR> Typhoid fever - El Salvador

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:27
Typhoid -- El Salvador
The epidemiological bulletin of the Salvador Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MINSAL) reported moderate activity of typhoid fever in 9 of the country's 262 municipalities.
From January 2018 to date, 469 suspected cases of typhoid fever have been hospitalized, of which 346 have been confirmed by blood culture. In addition to the 9 municipalities moderately affected, there are 19 municipalities mildly affected and none severely affected.
During the week of 4 Jun 2018, the

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed hemorrhagic fever - Uganda (05): (QD) comment

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:52
Hemorrhagic Fever -- Uganda
Date: Thu 14 Jun 2018
From: Katharina Kopp [edited]

Uganda Ministry of Health [in reply to Dr Kopp's request]:
Laboratory results were released by @UVRIug [Uganda Virus Research Institute] concerning the patient who [died] on 10 Jun 2018.
She was negative for Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, and Sosuga viruses.
Communicated by:
EpiCore Global Surveillance Project member
Dr Katharina Kopp
One Health Pathogenomics Consulting

[The comment

PRO/PL> Fusarium wilt, lettuce - UK: (England)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:48
Other Plant Disease -- United Kingdom
Symptoms of lettuce fusarium wilt have been identified at the existing outbreak sites [ProMED-mail post] in Lancashire [England] in May and June this year [2018]. No outbreaks apart from these sites have been reported so far in the UK.
As the season progresses, it is important to monitor for suspected symptoms. Growers should first check for possible infection by cutting a few plants with suspect symptoms from top to bottom and looking for

PRO/EDR> Cyclosporiasis - USA (02): (WI,MN)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:27
Other Animal Disease -- United States
A _Cyclospora_ illness outbreak tied to Kwik Trip stores has worsened, with about 50 people now having reported they were sickened from vegetable trays that contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip.
Kwik Trip has entered into an agreement with the city of Oak Creek and Milwaukee county as a partner in emergency services. The city finalized the deal on [15 Aug 2018].
Kwik Trip has removed the 6-ounce and 12-ounce trays from its stores, according to state health officials.

PRO/PL> Nut rot, sweet chestnut - Australia

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:11
Other Plant Disease -- Australia
Chestnut growers have long battled nut rot, or _Gnomoniopsis smithogilvyi_, [which] wiped out more than 40 per cent of the national crop 2 years ago [2016], costing the industry about AUD 5 million [about USD 3.72 million].
Nut rot is the real nemesis. "[It] is an absolute pain to the industry," [an organic grower] said. "[2016] was an exceptionally bad year, probably the worst we've ever had. This year [2018] there's been patches of it emerging later on. It's not varietal specific, it's

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (08): (BR)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:40
Encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis -- India
The deaths of 6 children suspected to be suffering from symptoms of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and Japanese encephalitis [JE] in a span of 48 hours has set off alarms in the [Bihar] health department.
[In Muzaffarpur], 4 deaths from the Kejriwal Maternity Clinic and 2 from SKMCH [Shri Krishna Medical College And Hospital] have been reported from the intensive care unit (ICU) of the paediatrics wards. Currently, 11 children suspected to be afflicted with AES are undergoing treatment

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis - USA (07): (FL) equine

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:39
Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United States
After 2 horses in the past 2 weeks tested positive for a mosquito-borne illness, health officials in Nassau County issued a warning to residents who could be at risk.
Since the beginning of the year [2018], 4 horses have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) infection in Nassau County, including 2 in the past 2 weeks.
One sentinel chicken also tested positive for EEEV in 2018.
Officials said the risk of transmission to humans has increased, and they're urging

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - North America (23): USA (WA) equine

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:27
Equine Herpes Virus -- United States
The Washington State Veterinarian's Office has quarantined a King County facility after a horse tested positive for non-neuropathogenic EHV-1.
The Washington State Veterinarian's Office has received a report of a case of non-neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in a King County horse, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported on 13 Jun 2018.
"The horse is in isolation, and the facility is currently under quarantine," the EDCC said. "Strict equine biosecurity is in

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine infectious anemia - USA (03): (TX)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 21:17
Equine Infectious Anemia -- United States
Equine infectious anemia (EIA) has been reported in multiple horses in Texas. EIA has been confirmed in Bastrop, Dallas, Kaufman and Wilson Counties in Texas.
On 8 Mar 2018, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported a confirmed equine infectious anemia (EIA) case in Bastrop County to the EDCC. Since that time, 2 additional horses from the quarantined premises were confirmed positive for EIA. The positive horses were euthanized, and the premises will remain under quarantine until

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis - India (02): (KL) party refreshments

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:12
Hepatitis -- India
Use of adulterated ice is rampant in juice parlours in Kozhikode district. The number of people with jaundice symptoms in Thalakkulathur grama panchayat in Kozhikode district is going up as the Health Department suspects that the "welcome drink" served at a private party had led to the outbreak. 23 more people were diagnosed with jaundice on Sat 16 Jun 2018, taking the total number of affected persons to 84. Health officials claimed that only those who had the welcome drink at the function on

PRO/EDR> Rotavirus - Australia: (NT)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:02
Rotavirus -- Australia
There have been 23 cases of rotavirus reported across the NT in the past few weeks, mostly children.
"Since late May 2018, there have been 23 cases reported, mostly in children from Central Australia, but further spread is likely," Centre for Disease Control Director Dr Vicki Krause said.
"Rotavirus can cause fever, vomiting and watery diarrhea. It is spread when objects, hands or foods contaminated with small amounts of feces from those infected find their way to the mouths of those
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