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

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

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

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)

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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)

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)

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

PRO/EDR> Hand, foot & mouth disease update (12): China, comment

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:17
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease -- China
Reported rates of severe HFM disease and infection due to Enteroviruses (with the exception of EV-71) in Hong Kong have been increasing for the past 10 years [1,2]. See graphs and references at .
1. Gideon multi-graph tool,
2. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Hong Kong, 2017. Gideon e-books. 316 pages, 115 graphs, 718 references .
Steve Berger
Tel Aviv Medical Center

[ProMED thanks Steve Berger for submitting this information on HFMD in Hong Kong. -

PRO/AH/EDR> Newcastle disease - Bulgaria (04): (PZ) poultry

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:00
Newcastle Disease -- Bulgaria
An outbreak of Newcastle disease was found in hens on a farm in the village of Sinitevo in the region of Pazardzhik, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate Dr. Petko Mitev told Focus Radio - Pazardzhik. The outbreak is localized, all birds in the 3 km [approx.1.8 mi] protection zone are vaccinated. These are the villages of Sinitevo, Miryantsi and Ognyanovo, Dr. Mitev said.
No other outbreaks of Newcastle disease or avian influenza have been reported in the area so

PRO/EDR> Measles update (54): Asia, South America, Europe

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:58
Measles -- Bangladesh
[3] Venezuela (Bolivar State)
[4] Greece and other European countries
[1] Bangladesh (Cox's Bazaar)
Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017, 11:47 PM
Source: Prothom-alo [edited]

The government and UN partners have stepped up immunisation efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters of Rohingyas close to the border with Myanmar amid an increased number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingyas and their host communities, reports

PRO/PL> Undiagnosed disease, rice - India: (UP)

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 21:05
Undiagnosed -- India
Farmers from Banda district of Uttar Pradesh put on record the destruction of their entire paddy crop due to a disease, which broke out after Diwali [19 Oct 2017]. Many of them were small and marginal farmers. [They] demanded that the additional district magistrate (ADM) take cognisance of this and give compensation.
The farmers claim that the paddy crop was attacked by what is locally known as the papaha disease, which has been a destructive element in the area for decades. The ADM, S.L.

PRO/EDR> Foodborne illness - USA (07): (MD) oyster festival, RFI

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 20:52
Foodborne Illness -- United States
Health officials say they are investigating a "stomach flu" outbreak, after over 100 people are apparently ill after attending an oyster festival, in Worcester County.
The Maryland Department of Health said on Fri 10 Nov 2017 that their Division of Outbreak Investigation is working with the Worcester County Health Department to investigate a gastroenteritis outbreak that happened at a Beer and Oyster Festival in Ocean City. The festival was apparently held at Fager's Island Restaurant on 4

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - USA (54): (MI, CA)

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 20:45
Hepatitis A -- United States
Cases / Hospitalizations / Deaths
495 / 416 (84.0 percent) / 19 (3.8 percent)
Table does not include all reported hepatitis A cases in the SE MI outbreak region; only those cases that are identified as outbreak-related. More descriptive data on the current outbreak can be found within the Comprehensive Summary. Data are provisional and subject to change.
Total # of Cases / 495
Secondary Confirmed Cases / 39
Female, n (percent) / 182 (36.8)
Hospitalized / 416 (84.0)
Median Age

PRO/EDR> Meningitis, pneumococcal - Ghana: fatal, RFI

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 17:56
Meningitis - Strep/Pneumoccocal -- Ghana
Dreadful, life-threatening, and infectious pneumococcal meningitis has hit Ghana, taking 93 lives so far since last year [2016].
Pneumococcal meningitis is caused by _Streptococcus pneumoniae_, a bacterium that affects the lungs and is easily spread through coughing, sneezing, and prolonged body contact with an infected person. Living in a crowded setting, intimate kissing, and eating from the same bowl or drinking from the same cup as an infected person can equally help spread the

PRO/PL> Liberibacter, carrot - Greece: 1st rep (TC)

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:57
Other Plant Disease -- Greece
In July 2016, a sample of carrot plants (_Daucus carota_ cv. Dordogne) showing suspicious symptoms (formation of secondary taproots) was collected [in the district of] Boeotia in [the region of Thessaly and] Central Greece. Results of the analysis (PCR) confirmed the presence of '_Candidatus_ Liberibacter solanacearum' [Lso] (potato haplotypes are listed in the EPPO A1 List) in the symptomatic carrot sample.
In addition, [Lso] was detected in archived DNA from leaves of 3 carrot plants (cv.

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Pakistan (04): (TA) bovine

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:37
Anthrax -- Pakistan
A mysterious disease, declared by livestock officials as anthrax, has reportedly killed a number of animals in Bajaur Agency [Federally Administered Tribal Areas, FATA] over the last few days, locals told Dawn on Friday [10 Nov 2017].
They said several cattle had died of the disease during the past 2 weeks in various localities of Mamond and Khar tehsils. According to them, a number of cattle had also been infected with the disease.
The locals said the disease had panicked them, as they

PRO/AH/EDR> Crimean-Congo hem. fever - India (02): (GJ)

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:27
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever -- India
[JP], a 39-year-old resident of Khedbrahma taluka in Sabarkantha district, was tested positive for Congo fever [Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever]. JP is currently taking treatment at VS [Sheth Vadilal Sarabhai] Hospital and is likely to be discharged on [Sat 11 Nov 2017]. Top sources in the civic body-run hospital confirmed that JP had been tested positive for Congo fever.
"[JP] had been admitted on [Sat 4 Nov 2017] and was tested positive for Congo fever on [Tue 7 Nov 2017]. She had been