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PRO/AH/EDR> Canine influenza - USA (02): (FL)

ProMED Mail Reports - 5 hours 45 min ago
Canine Influenza -- United States
Veterinarians across Central Florida are warning dog owners to get their pets vaccinated because of a spike in influenza.
The dog flu spreads quickly and veterinarians told Channel 9's Jeff Deal that if owners go to someplace like a dog kennel or dog park, they recommend the vaccine.
[AJ] takes her 8-month-old dog, to the dog park every day. "She's got a whole crew she likes to hang with," AJ said. She said the dogs share everything, but she hopes the flu isn't one of them. "I'd never

PRO/AH/EDR> Canine distemper - USA: (SC)

ProMED Mail Reports - 5 hours 48 min ago
Canine distemper -- United States
[Canine distemper] is a [viral disease] looking just like rabies, and it's just as lethal for your dog. It doesn't have a cure, and there's an outbreak of it in Kershaw County.
"It's airborne," veterinarian Dr Wendy King said. "It can go from one cage to the next and they don't even have to touch each other. So what happens is if any of these pets in quarantine are in the same area, they can spread the disease."
King, who works at Elgin's Spears Creek Veterinary Clinic, says the virus

PRO/AH/EDR> Antibiotic resistance (05): China, colistin, mcr-1, hospital outbreak

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 22:32
E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae -- China
Chinese scientists are reporting a deadly outbreak of MCR-1-producing _Klebsiella pneumoniae_ among pediatric leukemia patients in China, apparently the 1st reported hospital outbreak involving the colistin-resistance gene [1].
In a letter published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers say clinical isolates--including 1 _Escherichia coli_ and 5 _K. pneumoniae_--from 6 patients with pneumonia admitted to a pediatric leukemia ward in Guangzhou, China, were found to harbor the

PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Europe (02): (France) bovine, st 8, spread susp, assessment

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:10
Bluetongue -- France
Officials raised concern for south-easterly farmers as the disease currently lies only 150km [93.20 mi] from the English south coast.
UK chief vet Nigel Gibbens said farmers should consider vaccination and be aware of symptoms, including: mouth ulcers; drooling; swelling of the mouth; head and neck; fever; lameness and breathing problems.
He said: "Our latest assessment shows the risk of outbreak in the UK is currently low, but the detection of the virus in northern France is a timely

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Americas (33): Argentina (BA)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:06
Hantavirus -- Argentina
The Secretary of Public Health Policy, Dr Monica Pusso, together with Dr Gustavo Eachavi, Associate Hospital Director, reported a case of [a] hantavirus [infection]. They reported that after [receiving] a serology report sent to the Pergamino hospital they confirmed the admission of [a] hantavirus [infection case], a 14-year-old hospitalized with pneumonia 14 days ago. Fortunately, the patient progressed favorably from an acute condition, since this aggressive virus [infection] has a high case

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (29): Qatar, animal reservoir, camels

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:27
MERS -- Qatar
Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced that a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) case has been confirmed for a 29-years-old, resident in Qatar, marking the 3rd MERS-CoV case to be confirmed in the country this year [2017] and bringing the cumulative number of confirmed MERS-CoV cases since 2012 to 21 cases among whom 7 have died.
The patient is a camel worker and had complaints of fever and dry cough for several days. He sought medical attention in Hamad

PRO/EDR> Measles update (29)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:10
Measles -- Somalia
Somali officials have announced that measles outbreak has killed several children in Middle Shabelle region in southern Somalia, Garowe Online reports.
Mandheere district was reported to be among areas where measles has spread affecting many young children, according to district official Salah Mohamed Ali.
In the last 3 days, several children have fallen ill due to the disease amid lack of proper health services and centers to treat the affected children in the district, added

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (08): global (Congo DR cVDPV)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 22:28
Polio -- Worldwide/Unknown
Poliovirus Weekly Update
24 May 2017, World Health Organization
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 5
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2016: 37
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 4
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 4
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2016: 5

- The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around

PRO/AH/EDR> Hendra virus, equine - Australia (04): (QL)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 21:51
Nipah/Hendra Virus -- Australia
Queensland has confirmed it is managing a new hendra virus case in a horse in Queensland.
A press release issued this afternoon [Fri 26 May 2017] said the positive test result from the horse in the Gold Coast Hinterland area had been received last night [Thu 25 May 2017].
Queensland Chief Biosecurity Officer Dr Jim Thompson said one horse had been euthanized on the property after rapid deterioration. "Tracing and risk assessments are being undertaken on any animals that may have had

PRO/EDR> Norovirus - USA (05): (CA)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 21:34
Norovirus -- United States
California state health officials said they are working with local public health departments across the state to help control norovirus outbreaks that have increased in the past few weeks, and are occurring in schools and other institutional settings.
"Norovirus outbreaks usually have an annual peak like we are seeing now. They can be particularly large and disruptive in schools, affecting both students and teachers," said CDPH [California Department of Public Health] Director and State

PRO/EDR> Jaundice - India: (HP)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 18:27
Hepatitis -- India
Hospitals in the capital town saw an unusual rush over the past week with several hundred people testing positive for jaundice after allegedly consuming polluted water.
People from numerous suburbs have now complained about the alleged supply of contaminated and non-chlorinated water by the municipal and IPH authorities here. "The authorities are not adding the required bleaching powder to the water sources and muddy water is coming from the taps," complained a resident who had fallen sick,

PRO/EDR> Influenza (12): India (HP), H1N1pdm09, ass. fatal cases

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:54
Influenza -- India
The number of patients who are reporting positive for Swine flu is increasing every day in the State. After the death of a Maharashtra tourist - [AP] -- last week [week of Sun 14 May 2017] some tourists in Manali also tested positive for influenza. Many patients have been admitted in the Tanda Medical College hospital in Kangra and the IGMC hospital in Shimla. An elderly person died in Dehra because of swine flu a few days ago.
As many as 35 patients have died in the last couple of years

PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (38): Asia (Yemen)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:45
Cholera -- Yemen
About 10 000 cholera cases and nearly 100 deaths have been reported in war-torn Yemen since our last report earlier this week []. According to a press release Thu 25 May 2017 the WHO reported that an aircraft carrying 67 tons of intravenous fluids and cholera kits has successfully landed at Sana'a airport, noting this is the largest planeload of medical goods WHO has brought into the country since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015.
"Flying a jumbo jet into a war zone is not

PRO/AH/EDR> Seal finger - Canada (02): (BC) comment

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:57
Other Animal Disease -- Canada
A recent case of "seal finger" in Canada complements an increasing number of zoonotic bacterial diseases associated with animal bites. The following list is extracted from Gideon (primary references available on request):
_Bacteroides pyogenes_: case of bacteremia following a cat bite.
_Bacteroides tectus_: cat bites
_Bergeyella zoohelcum_: dog-bite infection
Bisgaard's taxon 16 [_Pasteurella_-like organisms: Mod. LL]- animal bite wounds
_Canibacter oris_: dog-bite

PRO/PL> Wheat viruses - USA: (KS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:56
Other Plant Disease -- United States
Kansas Wheat has identified another significant threat to the 2017 crop -- wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV). Alerting growers, [they] said the disease is "crippling western Kansas wheat crop." Kansas State University said 6 counties are indicating widespread incidence of WSMV and related viruses -- High Plains mosaic and triticum mosaic.
"Many fields in this area are severely diseased and could experience more than 70 per cent yield loss, if not a complete loss," the Wheat Commission said.

PRO/AH/EDR> Leishmaniasis, cutaneous - Nepal

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:54
Leishmaniasis -- Nepal
[DL], 32, had gone to Dolpa [Province Six] in 2016. After staying there for about 3-4 months he was back in Kathmandu on [11 Oct 2016]. Upon his return, he noticed blisters on his nose and cheeks. Dismissing it as pimple, he bought a pimple cream from a local pharmacy in Bhaktapur but the cream didn't work. Rather the size of the blisters increased. In an attempt to treat it, he squeezed making them more reddish, and the shape changed too. So, he visited a hospital in the Capital [Kathmandu]

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Israel (03): (HZ) bovine, st A, spread, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:52
Foot and Mouth -- Israel
Date of report [submission to the OIE]: 25 May 2017
Date of start of the event: 1 May 2017
Causal Agent: Foot and mouth disease virus
Date of confirmation of the event: 8 May 2017
Serotype(s): A
Location: Qela, Golan, HaZafon
Start date [current, 2nd outbreak]: 22 May 2017
Clinical signs: yes
Species / Susceptible / Cases / Deaths / Killed and disposed of / Slaughtered
Cattle / 68 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0
Affected population: vaccinated herd. Free ranging cattle. 50 dams and 18 calves.

Zika virus infection – India

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:50
On 15 May 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India (MoHFW) reported three laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India.

PRO/AH/EDR> Bovine tuberculosis - UK (02): (England) bovine

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:37
Bovine TB -- United Kingdom
Robert Davies, of Hopes Ash Farm, in Hope Mansell, near Ross-on-Wye, has
told the Gazette that the farm is in the grip of a devastating bovine
tuberculosis (bTB) outbreak, but he feels it is important to share his
experience with the local community.
Mr Davies told the Ross Gazette that he had kept a diary where he outlined
what was happening at the farm and how the loss of the cattle, which had
been part of their herd for many years, affected the family, emotionally
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