Outbreak and Current Disease Status Information

PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - UK ex Nigeria

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 23:50
Monkeypox -- United Kingdom
Public Health England (PHE) can confirm an individual has been diagnosed with monkeypox in England. This is the first time this infection has been diagnosed in the United Kingdom (UK).
Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.
The infection can be spread when someone is in close contact with an infected person;

PRO/AH/EDR> Varroosis, apis - Swaziland: (SH, LU) OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 21:04
Other Animal Disease -- Swaziland
Information received on [and dated] Wed 5 Sep 2018 from Dr. Roland Xolani Dlamini, director of Veterinary and Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Mbabane, Swaziland
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 21 Aug 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 4 Sep 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 23 Jul 2011
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: _Varroa destructor_
Nature of

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (35): South Korea ex Kuwait

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 18:55
MERS -- South Korea
A South Korean man, 61, was diagnosed with the potentially deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and is being treated at a hospital in Seoul, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday [8 Sep 2018].
The patient returned to Seoul on Friday [7 Sep 2018] after a business trip to Kuwait from [Thu 16 Aug 2018 to Thu 6 Sep 2018], according to the KCDC.
This is the 1st time since July 2015 that an outbreak of MERS has been reported in South

PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (31): Americas (USA)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 18:12
West Nile Virus -- United States
West Nile virus disease cases* and presumptive viremic blood donors by state: USA, 2018 (as of Tue 4 Sep 2018)
West Nile virus disease cases by state 2018
State / Neuroinvasive* / Non-neuroinvasive** / Total cases / Deaths / Presumptive viremic blood donors***
Alabama / 7 / 6 / 13 / 0 / 2
Arizona / 6 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0
California / 17 / 13 / 30 / 0 / 13
Colorado / 8 / 8 / 16 / 0 / 1
Connecticut / 5 / 4 / 9 / 0 / 0
Delaware / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0
District of Columbia / 4 / 4 / 8 / 0 /

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed deaths, bovine - India (03): (WB) foot & mouth disease susp

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:42
Undiagnosed -- India
An outbreak of the highly infectious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has killed more than 100 cows across Sabang area in West Bengal's West Midnapore district over the past 7 days, officials said on Friday [7 Sep 2018]. The outbreak has created panic among farmers, and the state animal resource development (ARD) department has sent teams across Sabang to tackle the situation.
District administration officials said they have been informed about deaths of more than 100 cows and calves in the

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (84): Congo DR (NK) case update, risk health workers

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:38
Ebola -- DR Congo
Motorcycle taxis are the main means of transportation for people in the city of Beni, and they have agreed to get involved in raising public awareness about Ebola virus disease. The communication and mobilization committee of Beni organized information sessions for the various biker associations present in Beni to make them aware of the disease, the methods of prevention and the risks involved in transporting patients. Handwashing kits were placed in several biker parking lots in the city.

PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia - USA (08): (MA) fatal

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:18
Tularemia -- United States
The recent death of a Martha's Vineyard seasonal resident with an apparent case of tularemia has sparked renewed discussion on the island about the ongoing need for public education around tick-borne illnesses.
A woman told the Gazette in an email that her father died last week [week of 27 Aug 2018] at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, and that tularemia was confirmed as the cause. He fell ill after he had been cutting brush on his Oak Bluffs property, his daughter said. He did not

PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive tick - USA (15): (NJ)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:12
Pests -- United States
The exotic tick unknown to the United States before being discovered in Hunterdon County earlier this year [2018] has surfaced in Somerset County, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced Friday [7 Sep 2018]. The longhorned tick has also been found in Middlesex, Union and Mercer counties in central New Jersey.
The US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) on Friday [7 Sep 2018] confirmed the Asian longhorned tick, also known as _Haemaphysalis

PRO/EDR> Measles update (58): Southeast Asia, Europe, USA

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 17:10
Measles -- Philippines
North Dakota does not have its 1st case of measles since 2011 after all. After subsequent testing, the CDC found the individual believed to have measles in Burleigh County actually does not have measles. The North Dakota Department of Health has determined that the threat of measles for this specific situation to be over.
The last case of measles was in Cass County 7 years ago.
On [Thu 6, Sep 2018], the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified by the Centers for Disease

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Americas (52): Argentina (Buenos Aires)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 16:07
Hantavirus -- Argentina
A positive case of [a] hantavirus [infection] was reported in recent days in a neighbor of Laprida [province], who was from Azul city. According to information from the Municipal Hospital given to Oh Laprida, the case originated in a rural areas of our district. However, to calm the neighbors, they were informed that more information will be given this Friday [7 Sep 2018].
As for the patient, they said that he is a man who is currently hospitalized in the Pinto de Azul Hospital and that

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Africa (14): Republic of Congo, WHO

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 15:55
Yellow Fever -- Republic of Congo
On 5 Jul 2018, a 20-year-old male living in Bissongo, Republic of the Congo, visited Bissongo health centre in the Loandjili District of Pointe-Noire City, with a fever he had developed the previous day. On 9 Jul [2018], due to the onset of jaundice and persistent fever, he returned to the same health facility. The patient did not have a history of yellow fever vaccination or haemorrhagic symptoms. The patient had previously travelled to Ngoyo and Tchiamba Nzassi districts 2 weeks prior to

PRO/AH/EDR> Bovine ephemeral fever - Israel: (HZ)

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 14:46
Other Animal Disease -- Israel
Bovine ephemeral fever (BEF): Clinical cases have been reported from dairy farms throughout the Jordan Valley, the Northern Galilee Valley ("Hula Valley") and the Golan Heights. A suspected outbreak has been reported from one location in southwest Israel.
Mortality is low; morbidity varies between sporadic cases and more than 50% per herd.
Communicated by:

[According to the 2 previous weekly reports from the head veterinarian at "Hachaklait" (Mutual Society for

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (37): Moldova (SV) domestic, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 14:27
African Swine Fever -- Moldova
Information received on [and dated] 5 Sep 2018 from Dr. Vitalie Caraus, head of the Sanitary Veterinary Surveillance Department, Sanitary and Veterinary Surveillance Division, National Food Safety Agency, National Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
Report type: Immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 21 Aug 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 27 Aug 2018
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Eastern Africa (31): Uganda, bovine, OIE

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 19:27
Rift Valley Fever -- Uganda
Information received on [and dated] Fri 7 Sep 2018 from Dr Anna Rose Ademun Okurut, acting commissioner, Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Entebbe, Uganda
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 8 Aug 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 10 Aug 2018
Report date: 7 Sep 2018
Date submitted to OIE: 7 Sep 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: December

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - Cuba: (HO) hotel guests

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 15:02
Salmonella -- Cuba
The UK newspaper the Daily Mail reported yesterday [3 Sep 2018] that at least 60 British tourists have had to undergo intravenous antibiotic treatment during the current year [2018] after suffering from _Salmonella_ infections while in Cuba. All these tourists became infected after staying in hotel facilities on the island and reported that hygiene conditions around food were not the best. "There were always flies flying over the food; the meat and fish were on the buffet tables raw and

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Turkey (05): (BT) bovine

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 14:10
Anthrax -- Turkey
Turkey has been hit by a new anthrax outbreak in the southeast, as a district in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis has been quarantined after 81 cows died over a week because of anthrax, Cumhuriyet newspaper said on Thursday [6 Sep 2018], citing a Milli Gazete [Turkish newspaper] report. All cattle in the Gunkiri district in Bitlis have been vaccinated, and local authorities have said the animals in surrounding areas will also be vaccinated as a precaution against an outbreak. Security

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Uganda (07): (AX) livestock, human

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:08
Anthrax -- Uganda
Anthrax has hit Arua district again, with one person admitted to Pawor Health Center III in Palabok parish, Pawor subcounty in Arua district after being diagnosed with anthrax. The disease has also reportedly claimed 18 animals in the same area. Dr. Willy Nguma, the Arua District Veterinary Officer, says the disease has engulfed the entire Nile belt from Pakwach district. Dr. Nguma says the outbreak has also been reported in Rhino Camp, Rigbo, Uriama and Odupi subcounties. He attributes the

PRO/EDR> Diphtheria - Ukraine (02): low vaccination rate

ProMED Mail Reports - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:11
Diphtheria -- Ukraine
[...] 4 cases of diphtheria have already been reported in Ukraine [in 2018]. Experts say this might be the beginning of a new outbreak, TSN reports.
Epidemiologists say measles is a smaller disaster, whereas the major one will begin with an outbreak of diphtheria: "Imagine we have only 19% of children of those born in 2016 protected from diphtheria. If there are cases, how [easily do] you think the disease will spread? It's only one year, and we have such 10 years."
The last time the

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