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PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (23): Ukraine (KS, DT) domestic swine, OIE

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 21:26
African Swine Fever -- Ukraine
Information received on [and dated] 22 Sep 2017 from Dr Andrii Zhuk, 1st deputy head of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Production, International Cooperation of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, UKR Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Kiev, Ukraine
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 20 Sep 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 21 Sep 2017
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed

PRO/EDR> Measles update (46): Africa, Europe, Pacific, South America

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:43
Measles -- Nigeria
The Kebbi government on Friday [22 Sep 2017] said it had recorded 656 suspected cases of measles in 21 local government areas of the state.
The Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care and Development Agency, Dr Mannir Jega, who described the figure as alarming, said it was largely due to refusal of residents to go for routine immunisation.
The executive secretary said at a news briefing in Birnin Kebbi, that the state had recorded poor coverage due to low turnout for routine

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever - Pakistan (15): (SD)

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:43
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- Pakistan
Congo fever toll mounts to 6 as another death reported Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has claimed another life in Karachi
this month [September 2017], bringing the total deaths due to the tick-borne viral disease to 6 in the country this year [2017].
A 52-year-old [SGS], a resident of Mujahid Colony in Orangi Town, was brought to the Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) on the night of [Sun 10 Sep 2017] in an unstable condition, the health facility's spokesman, Anjum Rizvi, told The

PRO/AH/EDR> Brucellosis - USA (13): (WY) elk exposure, B. abortus

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:43
Brucellosis -- United States
[Re: ProMED-mail Brucellosis - USA (12): (WY) possible elk exposure, RFI Archive Number:]
The culture isolate was confirmed to be _Brucella abortus_. Genomic identification was recently conducted at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in an attempt to link it to the most similar isolate in their database. It is believed this was from a WY exposure, not exotic (India).
Communicated by:
EpiCore Global Surveillance Project


PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - USA (35): (MI) fatal

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 12:29
Hepatitis A -- United States
Michigan health officials are continuing to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A in the southeast part of the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports from 1 Aug 2016 to 15 Sep 2017 there have been 319 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 14 deaths. Of those cases, nearly 86 percent have been hospitalized.
Health officials said those infected by the illness have ranged in age from 20 to 87-years-old. Two-3rds of those cases were men, officials

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (16): (NYC) fatal, apartment complex, RFI

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 12:28
Legionnaires' -- United States
Residents of a Forest Hills apartment complex were concerned after a Legionnaires' disease outbreak left one person dead, and made another ill.
[A resident who] lives in the Madison building at the Parker Towers complex [expressed concern]. Residents there received a letter from the city health department about 2 cases of Legionnaires' disease that were found in the Queens Boulevard building.
City officials said one person got sick, and another with existing health problems died. The

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Africa (07): Nigeria (KW)

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:40
Yellow Fever -- Nigeria
The 2 patients diagnosed with yellow fever in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun Local government area of Kwara state are now medically stable.
Dr Khadeejah Kamaldeen of the Kwara State Epidemiology Unit made the confirmation in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin. Kamaldeen said that the patients are responding to treatment and are expected to make full recovery.
The Epidemiologist said earlier confirmation of the yellow fever cases were diagnosed in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). She said

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - USA (10) : (MN) nursing home

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:39
Salmonella -- United States
A total of 2 people were hospitalized as a result of a salmonellosis outbreak at a Duluth nursing facility in August 2017, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. All told, 15 people became ill in mid-August 2017 at Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation, said Doug Schultz, a health department spokesman, but only 5 -- all residents -- tested positive for _Salmonella_. The 15 included 4 staff members and 11 residents, 2 of whom were hospitalized, Schultz said. None died.
The health

PRO/AH/EDR> Koi herpesvirus disease - Italy: (VN, LG) OIE

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:02
Other Animal Disease -- Italy
Information received on [and dated] 22 Sep 2017 from Dr Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, Ministère de la Santé, Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, Italy
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 14 Jul 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 24 Jul 2017
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 2014
Manifestation of disease: clinical

PRO/AH/EDR> Red sea bream iridoviral disease - Panama: (CL) _rachycentron canadum_, OIE

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:01
-- Panama
Information received on 22 Sep 2017 from Dr Bredio Velasco Denvers, Director Nacional, Dirección de Salud Animal, Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario, Panamá city, Panama
Report type: Immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 10 Jul 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 11 Aug 2017
Reason for notification: First occurrence of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent: Red sea bream iridovirus Ehime-1
Nature of diagnosis: Laboratory (advanced)
This event

PRO/AH/EDR> Brucellosis - USA (12): (WY) possible elk exposure, RFI

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 18:00
Brucellosis -- United States
He didn't know what hit him when the 1st attack of undulant fever came. Despite significant symptoms, doctors didn't immediately diagnose that the Wheatland, WY farmer [J] had been infected with the human form of the animal disease brucellosis. Perhaps that's because it is rare in people, and its various symptoms don't point to an obvious cause.
Undulant fever, also called Bang's disease, is marked by an irregular pattern of joint pain, fatigue, headaches, high fever, chills, drenching

PRO/AH/EDR> Q fever - Australia (02): (QL) native animal source

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:59
Q Fever -- Australia
The rate of Q fever cases is now highest in outer urban areas of north Queensland, and it is believed many patients have caught the disease from mowing the lawn.
Until now, the potentially fatal bacterial infection has only been associated with the cattle industry. But people living on small acreages in the Townsville and Mackay regions are now the group most at risk of contracting the disease in Queensland.
Townsville Hospital director of microbiology Robert Norton began investigating

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (15): (MN) elder community, RFI

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:30
Legionnaires' -- United States
State [Minnesota] and local health authorities say they're investigating 2 cases of Legionnaires' disease in residents at the Silver Creek on Main assisted living facility in Maple Grove.
The 1st resident's symptoms began on 22 Aug 2017, and the 2nd resident's symptoms began on 12 Sep 2017. Both residents were hospitalized and are recovering, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement on Thursday [21 Sep 2017].
The state is working with Silver Creek to identify possible

PRO/AH/EDR> Thelazia callipeda, canine - UK: 1st cases, imported, alert

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:29
Other Animal Disease -- United Kingdom
A potentially deadly eye infection caused by a parasitic worm is posing a significant threat to dogs in the UK.
Dog owners are being warned over _Thelazia callipaeda_, commonly referred to as oriental eye worm. The disease [appears] when a fruit fly lands on the eyes and lays infective larvae.
People, as well as cats and dogs, can catch the infection from the flies as they feed off eye secretions.
You can report dirty dog owners to your local council who aim to respond within one

PRO/AH/EDR> Crayfish plague - Ireland (04): white-clawed crayfish, conf. OIE

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:15
Other Animal Disease -- Ireland
Information received on 22 Sep 2017 from Dr Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House, Dublin, Ireland
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 25 Jul 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 21 Aug 2017
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 29 Jun 2017
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: _Aphanomyces astaci_
Nature of

PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza, swine - USA (08): (MD) H3N2V

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:51
Influenza H3N2 -- United States
Maryland authorities are investigating 5 cases of swine flu in pigs that were recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair. Seven Maryland residents have contracted a strain of swine flu from infected pigs at the Charles County fair.
The infected people had close contact with the 5 pigs recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair that tested positive for swine flu, the Maryland Department of Health said Wednesday [20 Sep 2017]. None of the infected individuals has developed serious

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever - Pakistan (14): (SD)

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:47
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- Pakistan
A 30-year-old man who died of the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever at a private hospital a day ago became the 1st citizen of Karachi to have been killed by the virus this year [2017], provincial health authorities said on Monday [18 Sep 2017].
A resident of Adam Town in Phase I, DHA, the victim, NK, was brought to a private hospital in Clifton on Thursday [14 Sep 2017?], said Dr Zafar Mehdi, Sindh health department's focal person for the viral disease's committee.

PRO/EDR> Cyclosporiasis - USA (05): nationwide increase

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:46
Foodborne Illness -- United States
A huge cyclospora outbreak in the United States has sickened 988 people as of 13 Sep 2017.
Every summer, there is a large cyclospora outbreak in the United States. The illness, caused by the _Cyclospora cayetensis_ parasite, is endemic to tropical and subtropical areas of the globe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number includes people who reported international travel as well as those who did not report travel. The reports have come from 40 states.

PRO/EDR> Malaria, autochthonous - France: (AR)

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:45
Malaria -- France
On 7 Sep 2017, France reported 2 locally-acquired cases of malaria. Both cases attended a wedding that took place between 11 and 16 Aug 2017 in Moulins, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. On 30 Aug 2017, the 1st case was hospitalised in southwest France after 4 days of fever, chills and sweats and was found positive for _P. falciparum_ malaria. The patient had not travelled abroad and had no risk factors for induced malaria. The only recent travel identified was to Moulins and its

PRO/EDR> Buruli ulcer - Australia: (VI) M. ulcerans, increasing incidence

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 09:46
Mycobacteria, non-TB -- Australia
A flesh-eating disease [_Mycobacterium ulcerans_] common in 3rd world countries is infecting parts of Victoria [Australia] at increasingly epidemic rates, and doctors have no idea why.
_Mycobacterium ulcerans_, an infection which eats away at the limbs like gangrene, has more than doubled in Victoria in the last year, with 240 new cases. In the past few months, 9 people have been diagnosed with it each week.
The disease, also known as the Bairnsdale ulcer, is strangely migrating from the