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PRO/AH/EDR> Colorado tick fever virus - USA: (OR)

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:32
Tick-borne disease -- United States
Yendell SJ, Fischer M, Staples JE. Colorado tick fever in the United States, 2002- 2012. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2015; 15(5): 311-6. Abstract available at: .
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Colorado tick fever virus - Canada: (SK)

PRO/AH/EDR> Mycoplasma bovis, bovine - New Zealand (12): Notice of Direction

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 19:26
Other Animal Disease -- New Zealand
Two Taranaki farms have been issued notices of direction as they are tested for the cattle disease due to _Mycoplasma bovis_. Both properties -- one a dairy farm and the other a lifestyle block -- are near Inglewood, with the 1st notice of direction issued on 28 Jun 2018 and the 2nd last week.
It was the 1st time that testing for the bacterial disease has been carried out in the region, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) told Radio New Zealand. MPI issues a notice of direction when

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (22): (WA) restaurants

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 19:20
E. coli -- United States
The King County Health Dept. announced on Friday afternoon [6 Jul 2018] that it had closed 2 Redmond restaurants: I Love Sushi and Sodexo's Cafe Mario, both located at Nintendo of America at 4600 150th Ave NE, Redmond, WA. The eateries were "Closed by a Public Health food inspector on 5 Jul 2018 at 5:30 pm due to the imminent health hazard of an ongoing suspected foodborne illness investigation," said a news release from the health dept.
The health department, in a posting on its web page,

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (37): Americas (USA) raccoon, feline, human exposure

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:18
Rabies -- United States
Health officials are warning the public about the dangers of trying to help wild animals after a woman who rescued a baby raccoon exposed 21 people in south Weld County to rabies.
According to a [Mon 2 Jul 2018] release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, the woman took the raccoon into her care after finding it on her property. Its mother had abandoned the animal.
Health officials said during its time with the unidentified Weld County woman, the raccoon was

PRO/AH/EDR> Eastern equine encephalitis - USA (08): (FL) equine

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 21:56
Eastern Equine Encephalitis -- United States
Two horses in Suwannee County, [Florida], have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as [EEE]. The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County is letting residents know that there is an increase in mosquito-borne diseases in the area. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to "Drain and Cover":
Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Europe: Germany (RP) 2017, increased incidence

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 19:57
Hantavirus -- Germany
In the last year [2017], more people in Rhineland-Palatinate [Germany], became infected with hantavirus than in 2016.
A total of 49 cases were notified (in 2017), as reported by the LUA Koblenz on [Thu 5 Jul 2018]. In 2016, there were 7 cases.
One source of infection is mouse droppings. The virus usually causes illnesses with flu-like symptoms: high fever, headaches, and abdominal and back pain. Additionally, infection can lead to kidney failure.
The virus is excreted in the saliva,

PRO/AH/EDR> Ciguatera toxin - Bahamas (2): (NW) conch, correction, Vibrio sp. laboratory confirmation

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 16:07
Vibrio parahaemolyticus -- The Bahamas
The Ministry of Health warned yesterday of a recent outbreak of conch poisoning. Health authorities yesterday [4 Jul 2018] confirmed 4 cases of conch poisoning stemming from Potter's Cay in the past 72 hours but said the outbreak of _Vibrio parahaemolyticus_ could easily be prevented by vendors washing their conch supplies in fresh water.
_V. parahaemolyticus_ is a bacterium found in brackish saltwater, which, when ingested, causes symptoms including abdominal cramps, vomiting, headache,

PRO/EDR> Scabies - Iraq: (NI)

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 14:27
Scabies -- Iraq
Mosul, Iraq's former Islamic State (IS) capital, is witnessing a growing rate of scabies infections in its western region, medical workers reported as the city struggles to overcome destruction resulting from the war against the extremist group. Moamen Shahwani, a doctor at the health department in Mosul, was quoted by the Iraqi website Sky Press in a press statement that western Mosul has recorded 150 scabies cases, warning that parasites causing the disease are spreading in the city.

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (50): Congo DR, Japanese response, CIDRAP, WHO, survey

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 23:11
Ebola -- DR Congo
In response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the government of Japan (GOJ) dispatched the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Diseases Response Team (JDR-IDRT) from [Mon 11 Jun 2018-Sat 30 Jun 2018] upon the request from the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The JDR-IDRT consists of a total of 14 members, including 7 technical experts in the areas of epidemiology, public health, and laboratory.
Prior to the JDR-IDRT deployment, an assessment team of the GOJ

PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (27): global

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 22:24
Polio -- Afghanistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
- Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 11
- Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 0
- Total number of cVDPV cases in 2018: 13
- Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 96
Summary of new positives this week:
- Afghanistan: an advance notification has been received of 1 new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case
- Pakistan: 3 new WPV1 positive environmental samples have been

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Europe (04): fatal, ST6, frozen corn, 2015-18, recall

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 22:08
Listeriosis -- Worldwide/Unknown
Frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables are the likely source of an outbreak of _Listeria monocytogenes_ that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015.
Experts used whole genome sequencing to identify the food source, which initially was thought to be limited to frozen corn. As of 8 Jun 2018, 47 cases including 9 deaths had been reported.
The same strains of _L. monocytogenes_ have been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (24): Romania, domestic, spread, concern

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:40
African Swine Fever -- Romania
Given the high concentration of new cases of African swine fever [ASF] infection within a short period, located on Romania's border areas adjacent to the Ukraine region of Odessa, there is an emergency for both countries. In general, the ASF situation in the European Union has recently deteriorated, both in terms of number of new cases and the size of territories affected.
As viewed by Rosselkhoznadzor's experienced specialists, the development of such an epizootic situation and massive

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (21): (TN) O157, 2 clusters, 2 sources

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:35
Foodborne Illness -- United States
A cluster of 15 _E. coli_ infection cases in June 2018, all among children, came from 2 different sources, Knox County Health Department investigators have concluded: a somewhat unusual outcome.
The health department announced Fri 6 Jul 2018 that 2 different strains of _E. coli_ O157 sickened the children, 9 of whom were hospitalized and 7 of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a severe complication that affects the kidneys and occurs in 5-10 percent of infected people. One child

PRO/AH/EDR> Neospora caninum, bovine - UK: (Wales), spread, prevention

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:30
Other Animal Disease -- United Kingdom
Concerns over increasing reports of _Neospora_ outbreaks in cattle have been highlighted at the meeting of the National Access Forum for Wales held in Welshpool on Tuesday [3 Jul 2018]. _Neospora_ does not harm dogs, but dogs can carry the disease, which often goes undetected. The disease does, however, cause harm to cattle and sheep, and it can result in the abortion of unborn young.
NFU Cymru Rural Affairs Board chairman, Hedd Pugh, said: "In recent months, NFU Cymru has received

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kenya (04): (KR) bovine, human fatal case

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:14
Anthrax -- Kenya
One person in Kimasian village in Ainamoi Constituency died after contracting anthrax. The 24-year-old mason contracted the epidemic disease while skinning the carcass of a cow with the disease. The deceased man was infected through a wound in his hand. Medical records from the Kericho County hospital indicated that the mason died from a cutaneous form of anthrax as evidenced by his skin.
Dr. David Rotich, a veterinary department officer with the county, said laboratory testing had revealed

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

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 19:06
African Swine Fever -- Ukraine
[1] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Zaporizhia) domestic swine
[2] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Volyn) wild boar
[3] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Poltava) domestic swine
[4] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Zakarpattia) wild boar
[5] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Dnipro) domestic swine
[6] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Sumy) domestic swine
Follow-up reports:
[7] African swine fever - Ukraine: (Donetsk) domestic swine and wild boar
[8] African swine fever

PRO/AH/EDR> Rift Valley fever - Eastern Africa (11): Rwanda (SU), bovine, spread

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:47
Rift Valley Fever -- Rwanda
A Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreak has been reported in Kamonyi District, weeks after RVF wreaked havoc in livestock in Eastern Province. The disease has been detected in cows that died in the district's 4 sectors of Rukoma, Kayenzi, Ngamba and Nyarubaka.
Rwanda Agricultural Board reports, as of [30 Jun 2018], at least 11 cows died from RVF, one cow is showing signs of RVF disease, and 24 have aborted in the process. Rukoma sector has so far been hit hardest by the outbreak, with 8 cows

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis E - Namibia (09): (ER) more cases

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:19
Hepatitis E -- Namibia
The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Erongo Region, various local authorities and the governor's office are on high alert for more cases of hepatitis E, after 4 persons tested positive for the disease in Swakopmund. The cases were detected in Mondesa and DRC (Democratic Resettlement Community). The acting regional health director, Dr. Amir Shakir, yesterday indicated there are 32 other suspected cases whose results are pending. He explained that samples from the cases were sent to

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - Europe: ex Morocco

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 13:54
Hepatitis A -- Worldwide/Unknown
We report on 2 distinct hepatitis A virus strains that are causing cases in travelers returning from Morocco and autochthonous cases in several European countries between 1 Jan and 18 Jun 2018.
On 2 May 2018, Denmark reported a cluster of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections with the subgenotype IA strain DK2018_231, through the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)'s Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS) for food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses (FWD). 1 of

PRO/AH/EDR> Ciguatera toxin - Bahamas: (NW) conch, alert

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 21:54
Food-related toxin -- The Bahamas
With 4 confirmed cases of conch poisoning in New Providence, [Bahamas], the Ministry of Health cautioned Bahamians against consuming the delicacy in the wake of this latest outbreak. Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands confirmed the 4 Bahamians suffering from the illness. The earliest case, he said, dates back to [Sat 30 Jun 2018].
Dr. Sands revealed that an additional 6 persons have been hospitalized with symptoms of conch poisoning. He said even though the number of cases is considered