Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Eastern Africa (23): Uganda, animal, control

ProMED Mail Reports - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:30
Rift Valley Fever -- Uganda
Ibanda district authorities have banned livestock movement in 5 sub counties following an outbreak of rift valley fever. The affected include Keihangara and Kicence sub counties, Igorora town council and Bufunda division in Ibanda Municipality.
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans. Infection can cause severe disease in both animals and humans. One person from Keihangara Sub County succumbed to the fever at

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive tick - USA (11): (PA)

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 21:34
Pests -- United States
The presence of an invasive and dangerous species of tick has been confirmed in Pennsylvania.
Tests by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa have confirmed the presence of the Asian or longhorn tick, discovered on a wild deer in Centre County. It is known to carry several diseases that infect hogs and cattle [and humans] in Asia. So far, ticks examined in the U.S. do not carry any infectious pathogens.
Easily confused with other tick species, including the rabbit

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (23): (OK) possible recreational water exposure

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 20:02
E. coli -- United States
A Green Country family was hospitalized after _E. coli_ exposure at a campground.
"I never ever expected 2 weeks at the lake to turn into who knows how long at the hospital," said the mother of the family. But the family's summer lake vacation turned into extended medical care. Two girls, their mother, and grandmother, fell ill with a dangerous _E. coli_ bacterial infection.
The family is still trying to comprehend what happened here at Ft. Gibson Lake. "It was just a bunch of kids and

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - USA (07): live poultry, multiple serotypes

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 19:59
Salmonella -- United States
Total / 212
- Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings link these outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, which come from multiple hatcheries.
- In interviews, 100 (72%) of 138 ill people with information available reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started.
- People reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries, and from relatives.

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (13): China (GD) H9N2

ProMED Mail Reports - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 19:55
Avian Influenza -- China
A human H9N2 AIV (Avian influenza virus) case was reported in the Shenzhen city of Guangdong province on [Sun 29 Jul 2018]. The 24-year-old pregnant female patient, who lived in the Longgang district of Shenzhen city, had onset of symptoms on [Sat 21 Jul 2018] and a fever on [Thu 26 Jul 2018]; she is now in good condition. The patient had no history of live-poultry contact, and all close contacts showed no symptoms of an influenza-like illness (ILI).

Podcast: Quiet Moment around the Campfire

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July 2014 Issue Now Online

A new issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal is available on the journal website.
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