Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - New Zealand: (CA) potting soil

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:27
Legionnaires' -- New Zealand
Gardeners are being urged to take extra care following 10 people in Christchurch [Canterbury] contracting legionnaires' disease. 10 people are in hospital with the disease, suspected to be from potting mix; 2 of those hospitalised are said to be fighting for their lives. Canterbury District Health Board has confirmed that all 10 cases were reported in the last week.
Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium [_Legionella_ species] and is a severe form of pneumonia, which can often make

PRO/EDR> Diphtheria - Yemen: fatal

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:25
Diphtheria -- Yemen
There is little that can introduce or reintroduce a infectious disease back to a country than the chaos that surrounds war and political and social instability. We see numerous examples of this today to include diphtheria, measles, and malaria reappearance in socialist Venezuela or the humanitarian crisis that continues in South Sudan. However, no country is facing more serious problems than the poorest country in the Middle East -- Yemen.
Besides the starvation and destruction brought on

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (45): Kazakhstan, canine, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:41
Rabies -- Kazakhstan
Information received on 15 Nov 2017 from Dr Zhomart Nurkenov, Chairman of Committee of veterinary control and supervision, RSE "National Reference Center for Veterinary", Ministry of Agriculture, ASTANA, Kazakhstan
Summary
Report type: immediate notification (final report)
Start date: 5 Sep 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 7 Nov 2017
Report date: 15 Nov 2017
Date submitted to OIE: 15 Nov 2017
Date event resolved: 15 Nov 2017
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (78): human-animal interface, WHO

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:26
Avian Influenza -- Worldwide/Unknown
Risk assessment: The overall public health risk from currently known influenza viruses at the human-animal interface has not changed, and the likelihood of sustained human-to-human transmission of these viruses remains low. Further human infections with viruses of animal origin are expected.
IHR compliance: All human infections caused by a new influenza subtype are required to be reported under the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). This includes any animal and non-circulating

PRO/EDR> Mumps update (33): USA (NY,DC,HI) CDC

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:21
Mumps -- United States
In Syracuse, NY, officials with SU Health Services report the number of confirmed and probable mumps cases are 39 and 77, respectively, as of 9 Nov 2017.
A 3rd dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), the "outbreak dose" was offered to students all week free of charge.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza (32): swine origin, human-animal interface, WHO

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:16
Influenza, Influenza H3N2 -- United States
New infections: since the previous update, new human infections with influenza A(H1N2)v and A(H3N2)v variant 2 viruses were reported.
Risk assessment: The overall public health risk from currently known influenza viruses at the human-animal interface has not changed, and the likelihood of sustained human-to-human transmission of these viruses remains low. Further human infections with viruses of animal origin are expected.
IHR compliance: All human infections caused by a new influenza

PRO/AH/EDR> Brucellosis - USA (15): (TX) unpasteurized milk, B. abortus vaccine strain, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:06
Brucellosis -- United States
The New Jersey Department of Health has issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk, a home delivery company that has illegally sold unpasteurized milk in New Jersey.
State and federal officials are investigating to determine from which farms Udder Milk acquired its raw milk, after a North Jersey woman became ill with a rare bacterial infection, the department said.
"It is illegal in New Jersey to sell or distribute raw milk or products made from raw milk, such as yogurt, soft cheese

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

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:01
Hemorrhagic Fever -- Sudan
In Kassala, 2 people reportedly died from haemorrhagic fever last week.
A medical source told Radio Dabanga that 2 people suffering from haemorrhagic fever died at Kassala Hospital last week. "This brings the total number of deaths to 3 in a month."
He said that 5 haemorrhagic fever patients were being treated at the hospital on Saturday [4 Nov 2017]. "Dozens of other patients are being treated at home after being seen by doctors in their private clinics."
The source criticised "the

Marburg virus disease – Uganda and Kenya

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:41
Disease Outbreak News Uganda Kenya Marburg virus disease

Plague – Madagascar

WHO Disease Outbreaks news - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:16
Plague Madagascar DON

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

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:36
Fever -- India
Even before Mysuru is recovering from the menace of dengue and chikungunya the cases of which were reported from all parts of the city between July and September [2017], its populace is now facing a new kind of viral fever. This viral fever which lasts for around 15 - 20 days has no definite symptoms and is non detectable through various diagnostic tests too.
According to the District Vector-Borne Diseases Control Office, this new viral fever has the symptoms of both dengue and chikungunya

PRO/AH/EDR> Ross River virus - Australia (06): (WA, NT)

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:19
Ross River Virus -- Australia
Mundaring Shire has received an increase in reported cases of Ross River Virus (RRV) [infection] and other mosquito-related complaints.
RRV is common in WA [Western Australia] and typical symptoms are painful and swollen joints, sore muscles, fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Senior environmental health officer Martin Shurlock said the number of reported incidents of RRV in 2017 was already much greater than previous years. "So far this year [2017] we have had 12 reported cases of Ross

PRO/AH/EDR> Bovine tuberculosis - Malta: (NA) bovine, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:53
Bovine TB -- Malta
Information received on 13 Nov 2017 from Dr Roberto Andrea Balbo, Director (Veterinary Regulation) Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Regulation Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, Marsa, Malta
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 24 Jul 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Nov 2017
Report date: 10 Nov 2017
Date submitted to OIE: 13 Nov 2017
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed

PRO/AH/EDR> Anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, babesiosis - USA: (ME) increased cases

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:50
Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Lyme Disease -- United States
Reported cases of a tick-borne disease are swelling in Maine this year [2017], but it's not Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis, an illness with flu-like symptoms that are similar to Lyme but typically more severe, have jumped from 52 a year in Maine 5 years ago to 433 this year, through [24 Oct 2017], according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of this year's 433 cases, 113 were hospitalized, according to Maine CDC statistics.
The deer tick, the same tick that's a

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - Portugal (03): (LI) fatal, nosocomial, more cases, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:34
Legionnaires' -- Portugal
The number of cases infected in the [legionellosis] outbreak in Lisbon rose to 46, one more face to the previous balance sheet, keeping the death toll at 4, the Directorate-General for Health announced [Sun 12 Nov 2017].
Preliminary data subject to validation published on the website of the Directorate-General for Health at 5:00 p.m. account for 46 confirmed cases of legionnaires' illness since [31 Oct 2017].
Of the total number of cases, 8 were clinically discharged, 26 are currently

PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Europe (08): Greece (AI) bovine, st 16, OIE, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:32
Bluetongue -- Greece
Information received on [and dated] 13 Nov 2017 from Mrs Chrysoula Dile, Head, Animal Health Directorate, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens, Greece
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 22 Sep 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 25 Sep 2017
Reason for notification: reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 29 Feb 2016
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: Bluetongue virus
Serotype: 16
Nature

PRO/PL> Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus, zucchini - Spain: (AN)

ProMED Mail Reports - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:29
Other Plant Disease -- Spain
The courgette [zucchini] season is developing in Almeria [Andalusia] with a lower production that was marked by the impact of the New Delhi virus. "The New Delhi virus has caused a delay in the harvest [and] is limiting the courgette production. This year [2017], there will be a lower production compared to previous years," says the Almeria-based company Escobi [which] handles a volume of around 20 million kilos [about 44 million lb] of courgettes. The demand for courgettes is on the

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (24): (RJ)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:22
Japanese Encephalitis -- India
Japanese encephalitis has made its way to Rajasthan with the death of a woman. This is the 1st case of Japanese encephalitis in the state.
The 30-year-old woman, from Bundi, died last month [October 2017]. Now, the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune in its report has confirmed that she was suffering from Japanese encephalitis.
The woman, a resident of Keshoraipatan region in Bundi district, was admitted to the New Government Medical College Hospital of Kota on 8 Oct [2017] with

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (72): Saudi Arabia (RI, QS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:13
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
As of Mon 13 Nov 2017, there have been a total of:
1740 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including
703 deaths [reported case fatality rate 40.4 percent],
1016 recoveries, and
21 currently active cases/infections.
[As previously mentioned, the numbers of deaths, recoveries, and currently active cases come from my spreadsheet tallies and differ from those listed on the Saudi MOH website; my spreadsheet counts asymptomatic infections as they are reported. One complication
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