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Yellow fever – Brazil

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 20:10
Yellow fever in Brazil, 24 November 2017

PRO/AH> Chronic wasting disease, cervid - USA (15): (OR), carcass ex Montana

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:16
Chronic Wasting Disease -- United States
Oregon saw its 1st confirmed case of a fatal and easily spread disease that affects deer and elk earlier this month [November 2017], thanks to a Madras [city of about 6000 in Oregon] hunter.
Following a recent hunting trip to Montana, Madras resident [LR], 46, brought the carcass of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a protein disease that infects the brains and nervous systems of deer and other hoofed mammals, to Central Oregon. Tim Schwartz, division lieutenant for

PRO/AH> Mycoplasma bovis, bovine - New Zealand (08)

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:10
Mycobacteria, non-TB -- New Zealand
Farmers have mixed emotions about how the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is dealing with a cattle disease outbreak. It comes as an 8th South Island farm's tested positive for _Mycoplasma bovis_; a small cell-wall deficient bacterium, which causes arthritis and pneumonia.
Dairy farmer John Gregan attended an MPI meeting in Waimate last night [Mon 20 Nov 2017], and said there was a fair amount of concern among farmers. "The farmers said it's difficult to monitor but they're doing their

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive tick - USA: (NJ)

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:08
Pests -- United States
Adult ticks are seen mainly during early summer, larvae from late summer to early winter, and nymphs mainly in the spring. Some tick species may become less active in the winter, but officials urge residents to take steps to prevent tick bites whenever they are in areas where ticks may be found.
Protect yourself, your family and your pets from tick bites by:
- knowing where ticks are: ticks can live in or near wooded or grassy areas or on animals directly;
- using repellent on skin: use

PRO/AH> African swine fever - Europe (29): Poland (MZ) wild boar, spread, alert

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:01
African Swine Fever -- Poland
African swine fever [ASF] has been diagnosed in 2 wild boars in the Legionowski district, about 30 km [about 18.6 mi] north of Warsaw. That is what the German stakeholder organization of pig farmers, ISN, announces.
Restrictive measures have been taken in the area for the transport of pigs and manure. A buffer zone has been set around the area. The virus makes a jump in Poland towards the west.
In recent weeks, there has been a clear increase in ASF outbreaks among wild boar in the

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (160): Europe (Russia) poultry, H5, HPAI H5N8 susp

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:53
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- Russia
The press service of the regional Rosselkhoznadzor [Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance] says that an outbreak of avian influenza has been detected in the Remontnensky district of Rostovskaya oblast [Rostov region].
"The genome of the influenza A virus of the H5 subtype has been identified in samples collected on 17 Nov 2017 from carcasses of chickens found in an unauthorized landfill, located 1.5 km (1 mile) north east of the village of Remontnoye," the agency

PRO/PL> Pantoea bronzing, jackfruit - Americas: 1st rep (Mexico)

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 05:37
Other Plant Disease -- Mexico
"Jackfruit bronzing", an emerging disease caused by the bacterium _Pantoea stewartii_, had only been reported in the Philippines and Malaysia [ProMED-mail post]. It is characterized by yellow-orange to reddish discoloration of affected pulps and rags.
In autumn 2016, the disease was suspected in major growing areas in Mexico, where jackfruits with bronzing were observed and collected. Ten bacterial isolates with characteristics particular to

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed hemorrhagic illness - Sudan (02): (KA) RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 05:33
Undiagnosed -- Sudan
The [Egyptian] Ministry of Health and Population declared a state of emergency in 36 air, sea and land ports as part of efforts to guard the country against viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), a Tuesday [21 Nov 2017] press statement read.
The ministry has directed the activation of preventive and surveillance systems after news has circulated regarding cases of VHF in the eastern Sudanese city of Kassala. Sudanese press outlets reported last week that VHF cases increased among the population

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (36): Nigeria

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:25
Lassa Fever -- Nigeria
Please note that the data reflect the routine reports -- that is, all suspected cases including the laboratory positive and negative cases.
1. A total of 4 suspected cases of Lassa fever with one laboratory-confirmed were reported from 4 LGAs [local government areas] (2 states; Bauchi - 2 and Ondo - 2) in week 44 [w/e Sun 5 Nov 2017], 2017 compared with 5 suspected cases and 3 deaths (case fatality rate [CFR] 60 per cent) reported from 4 LGAs (4 states) at the same period in 2016.

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - USA (58): (KY)

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:15
Hepatitis A -- United States
The Kentucky Department for Public Health [KDPH] has declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A with cases in multiple counties in Kentucky. In total, 31 cases of acute (rapid onset with symptoms of illness) hepatitis A have been reported throughout Kentucky in 2017, a 50 per cent increase above the average of 20 cases per year reported over the past 10 years. A total of 22 cases have been reported in Jefferson and surrounding counties. Jefferson County has had 19 confirmed cases, most of which

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever - Afghanistan (02): WHO

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:12
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- Afghanistan
Six new cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) were reported in the west region, bringing the total numbers of CCHF cases to 79 in 2017. 17 people lost their lives.
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[CCHF virus has been observed in over 30 countries, including in Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritania, Kenya), Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China), the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, United

PRO/AH/EDR> Foodborne illness - USA (08): (GA) salmonella susp

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:05
Foodborne Illness -- United States
According to various press reports, Angelo's New York Style Pizza and Bistro, a Cartersville-based restaurant has come forward to address the controversy surrounding a foodborne illness outbreak that the Georgia Department of Public Health is investigating after the pizza joint catered food at an employee event last week at Toyo Tire.
Angelo's New York Style Pizza and Bistro is speaking out through its attorney, John T Mroczko, who issued a statement [on Tue 21 Nov 2017], in the light of

PRO/AH> Newcastle disease - Switzerland: (TI) poultry, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:25
Newcastle Disease -- Switzerland
Information received on [and dated] 20 Nov 2017 from Mr Hans Wyss, chief veterinary officer, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Liebefeld, Berne, Switzerland
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 17 Nov 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 17 Nov 2017
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 15 Feb 2012
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Newcastle disease

PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - Africa (18): Nigeria

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:28
Monkeypox -- Nigeria
- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) continued to coordinate the response through its activated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
- 4 new positive results were recorded from previously reported cases in Cross River (2), Imo (1) and Delta (1) states
- 14 new suspected cases reported in the last one week
- NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja continued laboratory diagnosis of monkeypox
- There has been a decline in the number of new suspected cases reported over

PRO/AH/EDR> Brucellosis - USA (16): (NJ) raw milk, B. abortus vaccine strain, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:24
Foodborne Illness -- United States
Routine serologic tests for brucellosis are not effective for diagnosing or monitoring RB51 infections. So those at high risk should be monitored for the development of symptoms of brucellosis. Monitoring should include:
- for 4 weeks from last exposure, check temperature for fever
- for 6 months from last exposure, watch for broader symptoms of brucellosis
People potentially exposed to RB51 who develop symptoms should consult a health care provider.
If brucellosis occurs despite

PRO/AH> Equine piroplasmosis - Croatia: (ZA) OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:16
Other Animal Disease -- Croatia
Information received on 20 Nov 2017 from Dr Damir Agicic, assistant to minister, chief veterinary officer, Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate, CRO Ministry of Agriculture, ZAGREB, Croatia
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 2 Nov 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 14 Nov 2017
Reason for notification: reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 2001
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: _Babesia

PRO/EDR> Foodborne illness - Malaysia: mussels, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:57
Foodborne Illness -- Malaysia
1. Lloyd JK, Duchin JS, Borchert J, Quintana HF and Robertson A. Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, Washington, USA, 2011. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013;19(8):1314-6, available at .
2. Watkins SM, Reich A, Fleming LE, Hammond R. Neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. Mar Drugs. 2008;6(3):431-55, available at .
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[See Also:
Paralytic shellfish poisoning - USA: (WA) Skagit Bays
Toxic algae -

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed deaths, bovine - India: (OR) RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:06
Undiagnosed -- India
An unknown epidemic has caused the death of hundreds of cattle at Gumabirsinghur village in Ganjam district. "There have been no visible symptoms. The cattle are found dead everywhere in forest, riverside, canals, hills and farmlands in the village. This condition has been occurring for the last 3 days," locals said.
The deadly issue came to the fore after the affected farmers brought the matter to the notice of Berhampur sub-collector. Surprisingly, the veterinary department has failed to

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian Influenza, human (80): China (GX) H5N6

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 17:01
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- China
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today [Mon 20 Nov 2017] received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The case was a 33 year old man from Guiyang. He developed symptoms on [7 Nov 2017] and was hospitalised on [Sun 12 Nov 2017]. He is now

PRO/EDR> Mycoplasma genitalium - Australia: STDs, antimicrobial resistance

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:50
Antimicrobial resistance, Sexually Transmitted Infection -- Australia
A sexually transmitted disease that may be infecting up to 700 000 Australians without them knowing is becoming so resistant to treatment it may soon become as great a health risk as chlamydia, doctors have warned.
_Mycoplasma genitalium_ is developing resistance to antibiotics at what health professionals say is an alarming rate. Much like chlamydia, many people do not know when they have it, but it can increase the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, urethritis and spontaneous abortion
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