Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Reading - USA: (MN) children, raw pet food, alert, recall

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:56
Salmonella -- United States
Minnesota health officials say 2 children in the Twin Cities area got sick from salmonellosis after coming in contact with tainted pet food. The Minnesota Department of Health said Fri 9 Feb 2018 that testing found the same salmonella DNA patterns in the siblings. One of the children was hospitalized in January 2018 with a painful bone condition.
An investigation found the children's home contained Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food and that the pet food was contaminated. The contaminated raw

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease, cervid - USA (04): (MS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:15
Chronic Wasting Disease -- United States
Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has been found in a Mississippi animal for the 1st time, officials said. A 4.5-year-old white-tailed deer in Issaquena county was found [25 Jan 2018] has tested positive for the disease, officials said.
The buck died of natural causes and was reported to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP).
MDWFP immediately implemented the CWD Response Plan under the auspices of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and

PRO/AH/EDR> Meningitis - Spain (03): listeriosis, raw soft ewe cheese, Portugal, recall, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:22
Listeriosis -- Spain
On [5 Feb 2018] the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition, through the Coordinated System of Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI), learned of the existence of [a 39-year-old man; see http://promedmail.org/post/20180209.5618781] in the Community of Madrid affected by meningitis as a result of food intoxication by _Listeria monocytogenes_, presumably associated with the consumption of soft milk sheep cheese made by the company Ohian Txiki Koop located in the Basque

PRO/AH/EDR> Epizootic ulcerative syndrome, fish - UK: (England), 1st rep, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 21:20
Other Animal Disease -- United Kingdom
Information received on [and dated] 7 Feb 2018 from Dr Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LONDON, United Kingdom
Report type: immediate notification (final report)
Date of start of the event: 30 Jan 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Feb 2018
Report date: 7 Feb 2018
Date submitted to OIE: 7 Feb 2018
Date event resolved: 30 Jan 2018
Reason for notification: 1st

PRO/EDR> Measles update (10): Europe, Pacific, South America, USA

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 19:55
Measles -- Latvia
Summary of the situation
Between November 2016 and December 2017, countries of the WHO European Region reported 17 584 measles cases; 91 percent (n=15 978) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest cumulative incidence rate was reported in Romania (291.5 cases per one million population), followed by Italy (83.2 cases per one million population), and Tajikistan (77.2 cases per one million population). The WHO European Region monthly summary of

PRO> Meningitis - Spain (02): (MD) foodborne, raw cheese, recall, comment

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:12
Foodborne Illness -- Spain
Rates of listeriosis in Spain have been increasing since 2000, and are currently more than 15-fold those reported in the United States. [1] Regarding the recent case posted on ProMED, Listeria is identified in 12.1 percent to 16.5 percent of community-acquired bacterial meningitis cases among Spanish adults. [2] The following chart was produced using a multi-graph tool in Gideon. [3] (See graphs at .)
1. Berger S. Listeriosis: Global Status, 2018. 122 pages, 107 graphs, 1,039

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (09): Liberia ex Guinea

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:27
Lassa Fever -- Liberia
Lassa Fever Situation
The Health Authorities of the Ministry of Health have been informed by the Office of the WHO of the report of a case of Lassa fever in the Préfecture of Ganta (Liberia).
They had been informed that a woman from Guinea had been received by the Methodist Clinic in Ganta on [Tue 9 Jan 2018], had died on [Thu 11 Jan 2018] and had been buried in a dignified and secure mannerin the same Préfecture of Ganta (Liberia).
The results of the blood tests which were received

PRO/EDR> Melioidosis - Australia (02): (NT)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:22
Melioidosis -- Australia
Katherine residents are right to fear the potentially lethal mud bug melioidosis, says Centre for Disease Control director Vicki Krause.
"Absolutely, it is in our environment and we cannot escape it, we have to know who is at risk and how to protect ourselves," Dr Krause said. "This is a serious disease and every year there are deaths."
In 2018, 2 residents of the Katherine region have so far contracted melioidosis, a mud borne disease which thrives in wet season conditions.
Up to 26

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - Denmark: dates, alert, recall

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 15:37
Hepatitis A -- Denmark
Since the end of January 2018, the State Serum Institute has investigated a disease outbreak of hepatitis caused by hepatitis A virus infections, according to Fødevarestyrelsen (computer translated).
The outbreak thus far includes 14 patients, 7 women and 7 men aged 17-79 years. Patients have become ill from December 2017 onwards. Patients are residents throughout the country and 13 have been hospitalized.
Virus from 7 of the patients has been typed as type 3A, and for the time being,

PRO> Avian influenza (28): Ireland (TY) HPAI H5N6, wild birds

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:24
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- Ireland
A white-tailed sea eagle found dead in Co Tipperary was carrying the only case detected in Ireland so far of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, it has been confirmed.
The Department of Agriculture said on [Fri 9 Feb 2018] that tests had shown the type of avian flu found in the dead bird was a "highly pathogenic" strain previously confirmed in Britain and mainland Europe.
Farmers were warned to take precautions after the eagle was found dead on [Wed 31 Jan 2018] but health

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (08): Liberia ex Guinea

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 21:10
Lassa Fever -- Guinea
Authorities in Guinea announced the 1st death from Lassa fever in more than 2 decades [Thu 8 Feb 2018], heightening anxiety about another hemorrhagic fever in the West African country where an Ebola epidemic 1st emerged.
The Ebola outbreak in late 2013 went on to kill more than 11 000 people in part because local authorities and the international community were slow to act when cases 1st popped up in a rural part of the deeply impoverished nation.
In a government statement, health

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Americas (10): Chile, (LI)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:53
Hantavirus -- Chile
The O'Higgins Health SEREMI [Secretaría Regional Ministerial de Salud; local health ministerial unit] Epidemiological Unit confirmed the 2nd case of [a] hantavirus [infection], that is a 22-year-old youth who currently is in the intensive care unit of the San Fernando Hospital.
As for the patient's health status, Hector Muñoz, advisor to the Epidemiological Unit, stated that "he is in good condition and progressing well." As for the locality where he was infected, he added that, "possibly

PRO/AH/EDR> Meningitis - Spain: (MD) foodborne, raw cheese, recall, alert, RFI

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:36
Foodborne Illness -- Spain
A total of 3 different cheeses manufactured in Spain have been withdrawn from store shelves after a reported case of meningitis in Madrid. The warning follows a case of a 39-year-old man being diagnosed with the disease after consuming raw sheep's cheese.
The Beltza, Txuria and Gutizia raw sheep's milk cheeses are made by the Oihan Txiki Koop group in San Sebastian. The General Directorate of Public Health has recommended that if you have bought any of the products to get rid of them. In

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine parvovirus-hepatitis, vaccine associated - USA

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:31
Vaccine Complication -- United States
Equine serum hepatitis, also known as Theiler's disease, has a serious and often fatal clinical course.
Previous studies have reported the development of Theiler's disease after administration of equine serum products, with tetanus antitoxin currently having the most common association with the disease.
A recent report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal detailed the discovery, genetic characterization, and transmissibility of equine

PRO/AH/EDR> Botulism, bovine - Australia: (NS)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:27
Botulism -- Australia
Contaminated silage is being blamed for a recent case of botulism in which a number dairy cows died in the Shoalhaven.
The South East Local Land Services said the cause of the infection at the commercial dairy had been diagnosed by the NSW Chief Veterinary Officer.
Botulism is a relatively rare condition cropping up from time to time, particularly on dairies and in feedlots, with Local Land Services South Coast manager Paul Lyddiard, saying there was no public health risk from the

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease, cervid - USA (03): (IA)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:24
Chronic Wasting Disease -- United States
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports the 1st confirmed case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a county outside of northeast Iowa.
Widlife biologist Terry Haindfield says a doe taken in the 1st shotgun season tested positive for the disease. "In the southeast corner of Wayne County, Iowa. It's about 5 miles from the Missouri border," Haindfield says. He says Missouri has had positive tests for CWD that were about 50 miles from where the deer tested positive in Wayne

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - Guatemala: (GU) bakery

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:22
Salmonella -- Guatemala
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare of Guatemala reported [Tue 6 Feb 2018], that the number of people intoxicated by an outbreak of salmonellosis detected in a bakery in the country's capital has risen to 115. A source from the portfolio confirmed that, although initially reported of 54 affected, the number has risen to 115 and added that no further details of this case can be given as it is under investigation.
Health Minister Carlos Soto had previously indicated that the 1st

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - North America (07): USA (WA, VA, ID, WY, KY) equine

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 19:16
Equine Herpes Virus -- United States
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reported [Tue 6 Feb 2018] that a King County facility has been quarantined after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).
In an Ag Brief on the department's website, State Veterinarian Brian Joseph, DVM, said this case is unrelated to another recent EHV case in King County.
"This is a different strain of EHV-1 than the virus strain that lead to an earlier quarantine at a separate horse facility in Woodinville this

PRO/AH/EDR> Mycoplasma bovis, bovine - New Zealand (02)

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:27
Other Animal Disease -- New Zealand
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed another farm has tested positive for the cattle disease _Mycoplasma bovis_ bringing the total number of infected properties to 21.
The ministry said 13 of them are in Canterbury, 6 are in Southland, one is in Hawke's Bay and one - the latest - in Middlemarch, in Otago.
The disease, which can cause lameness, mastitis and abortions in cows, is spread through nose-to-nose contact.
South Island cattle breeders had to withdraw their entries
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