Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (30): (NM) fatal

ProMED Mail Reports - 8 hours 47 min ago
Legionnaires' -- United States
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has identified 6 patients from Chaves County with confirmed legionnaires' disease since the 1st week of October 2016. 2 of the 6 cases, a 69-year-old woman and a 65-year-old woman, died. All 6 patients had other health issues that increased the risk of infection.
NMDOH is working to determine the source of the infections with the support of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. "We are working with the patients and their family members to determine

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis - Dominican Republic: fatal, susp

ProMED Mail Reports - 9 hours 52 min ago
Leptospirosis -- Dominican Republic
The Ministry of Health, in its bulletin for the 46th Epidemiological Week from the General Direction of Epidemiology (DIGEPI, according to its Spanish initials), reported 502 suspected cases of leptospirosis, including 42 deceased persons. Leptospirosis is endemic but the incidence increases during the rainy season. 41 (98 percent) of the deaths occurred in males between 14 and 79 years of age, with a median age of 29 years.
A spokesman from the Ministry pointed out that it is thought that

PRO/EDR> Mumps - USA (29): (TX, CT, WA)

ProMED Mail Reports - 11 hours 35 min ago
Mumps -- United States
A once-dormant contagious disease has sprouted up in a North Texas town, causing a school district to issue a health warning.
At least 10 cases of mumps have been confirmed by health authorities in Johnson County.
Of the cases, 7 involve students within Keene ISD.
"I think the parents have to be very careful," said MV, a parent.
Parents like MV want to know what the district and county health department are doing about mumps.
Doctors think the outbreak originated from a family

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (124): France (LP) poultry, HPAI H5N8, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - 11 hours 40 min ago
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- France
Information received on [and dated] 2 Dec 2016 from Dr Loic Evain, directeur general adjoint, CVO, Direction generale de l'alimentation, Ministere de l'Agriculture, de l'Agroalimentaire et de la Foret, Paris, France
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 25 Nov 2016
Date of confirmation of the event: 1 Dec 2016
Reason for notification: new strain of a listed disease
Causal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza [HPAI] virus
Serotype: H5N8
Nature of

PRO/EDR> Varicella - Guyana: (PT) school

ProMED Mail Reports - 11 hours 44 min ago
Chicken Pox -- Guyana
There has been a total of 104 confirmed cases of chickenpox at the Paramakatoi Secondary School's Dormitory in Region 8 [Potaro-Siparuni Region, Guyana], a health team dispatched to the area has reported.
The Ministry of Public Health announced an outbreak in the area last week and Public Health Minister Dr George Norton had said there were 160 reported cases of persons having been infected over a 1-week period.
In light of the outbreak, a team from the ministry, including Junior

PRO/AH/EDR> Cattle fever tick - USA (02): (TX) quarantine expanded

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:34
Pests -- United States
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks on a Live Oak County premises on 30 Nov 2016. The infested premises is located approximately 110 miles outside of the Permanent Fever Tick Quarantine Zone.
The fever ticks were discovered on a bull when evaluated by a local veterinarian and identified at the TAHC State-Federal Laboratory. The infested premises has been placed under quarantine and all cattle on the premises have started treatment for fever

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - North America (27): USA (CA) quarantine violation

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 20:23
Equine Herpes Virus -- United States
A horse that was stabled at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank tested positive for equine herpesvirus after its owner violated a quarantine placed on the facility by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
On 3 Nov 2016, the state agency reported that one horse that was removed from the center showed mild signs of the disease's rare neurological form, but lab tests later determined it to be the non-neuropathogenic herpesvirus, a more common and usually non-lethal form

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease, cervid - USA (19): (MN,AR)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 20:18
Chronic Wasting Disease -- United States
In response to 2 deer that have tested positive to chronic wasting disease [CWD] in Minnesota, wildlife officials said 23 Nov 2016, they plan to reduce deer numbers as much as possible in a portion of southeastern Minnesota.
That probably will mean unlimited free deer tags for landowners, additional public hunts and possibly the use of privately contracted sharpshooters, according to the Department of Natural Resources [DNR]. Additional restrictions would include a ban on feeding deer and a

PRO/EDR> Botulism - Europe: Spain (AN), Germany, imported salted fish, alert, recall

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:02
Botulism -- Spain
Two cases of botulism in the Spanish province of Alicante and another in Germany linked to a brand of dried salted fish produced in The Netherlands has led to it being withdrawn from sale in various parts of Spain.
Salted roach (_Rutilus rutilus_, known in Spanish and branded as such in supermarkets as rutilo), stocked in refrigeration cabinets and bearing the identification number NL-6114-EG, distributed by Monolith Alimentos España Sur (in Valencia) and Norte (in Catalunya) has been

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (35): (OR)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:50
Japanese Encephalitis -- India
District magistrate K Sudarshan Chakrabarty had the ailing child under medical care soon enough. It has become a part of his administration's daily battle against the unknown disease, that is now spreading among the tribals.
"The district administration is dealing with the abrupt rise in child death cases in the tribal villages of Malkangiri [district, Odisha state] for the last 3 months. Despite the administration's efforts, however, fear still persists among the people," says R Srinivasan

PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (40): Asia (Yemen)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:46
Cholera -- Yemen
As of 24 Nov 2016, a total of 103 cases of cholera have been confirmed by laboratory testing in 31 districts from 12 governorates out of the total 495 samples tested. Additionally 6018 suspected cases (excluding the confirmed cases) reported in 86 districts. The cases are reported from Abyan, Aden, Al-Bayda, Al-Dhale'e, Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, Lahj, Sana'a, and Taiz governorates. Cumulatively, 8 cholera confirmed deaths have been reported from Aden, Hajjah, Sana'a,

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - USA (05): (IN) bovine

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:43
Anthrax -- United States
_Bacillus anthracis_, commonly known as anthrax, has been diagnosed on a Southern Indiana beef cattle farm. A private practitioner collected tissue samples for laboratory testing after the animal died unexpectedly. Only a single, mixed-breed bull died; other animals in the herd have not shown clinical signs. The infected animal was incinerated on-site, and the farm was placed under a 30-day quarantine and observation order by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH). BOAH has advised

PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary - Pakistan (02): (SD) fatal

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:05
Amoeba -- Pakistan
The 3rd victim of _Naegleria fowleri_ this year [2016] was 5 months pregnant; her husband says she had visited a water park a few days ago.
A woman died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), the infection caused by the "brain-eating amoeba" _N. fowleri_, at a private hospital on late Monday night [28 Nov 2016], health officials said on [Tue 29 Nov 2016].
A 33-year old pregnant woman, who lived in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, was admitted to the Liaquat National Hospital [Karachi, Sindh]

PRO/AH/EDR> White spot disease - Australia: (QL) prawn, 1st rep, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 09:58
Other Animal Disease -- Australia
Information received on [and dated] 1 Dec 2016 from Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 22 Nov 2016
Date of confirmation of the event: 1 Dec 2016
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: White spot syndrome virus
Nature of diagnosis: laboratory

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (123): Tunisia (BZ) wild birds, HPAI H5, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 22:30
Avian Influenza -- Tunisia
Information received on [and dated] 1 Dec 2016 from Dr Malek Zrelli, Directeur General, Direction Generale des Services Veterinaires, Ministere de l'Agriculture, Tunis, Tunisia.
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Nov 2016
Date of confirmation of the event: 30 Nov 2016
Reason for notification: First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza [HPAI] virus
Serotype: H5
Nature of diagnosis:

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (117): HPAI H5N8, UK NOT, corr

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:29
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- United Kingdom
The comment in the ProMED-mail posting archive number: http://promedmail.org/post/20161129.4660667 is incorrect in that we have not detected H5N8 HPAI in the UK recently. I think you have picked up a press release from 2014, not 2016.
Please correct this immediately because we are already getting queries from trading partners who are concerned that we have not followed the correct notification procedures. I suggest deleting the whole block of text since it is old news.
I would be

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (116): Oman, additional information

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:06
MERS -- Oman
A 67-year-old male national from Dakhlia Governorate developed fever and cough on [18 Nov 2016], and was admitted to a hospital on [20 Nov 2016]. A chest X- ray performed on the same day showed lobar pneumonia. A nasopharyngeal swab was collected on [22 Nov 2016] and tested positive for MERS-CoV by RT-PCR (UpE and Orf1a genes) at Central Public Health Laboratories. The patient has type 2 Diabetes Mellitus as a comorbid condition. He has a history of exposure to animals (camels, goats and cows)

PRO/EDR> Syphilis - UK (02): (Scotland) rising incidence, MSM, 2015

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:16
Syphilis -- United Kingdom
A new sexual health clinic for bisexual and gay men was set to launch in Aberdeen today. Coinciding with World AIDS Day, the city centre drop-in service from Alcohol and Drugs Action (ADA) and NHS [National Health Service] Grampian, will provide sexual health information, advice, and testing for sexual infections, including HIV.
It follows the news sexually transmitted infections continue to increase in the North-east, with cases of infectious syphilis recorded in the region doubling over
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