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PRO/AH/EDR> Monkeypox - Africa (16): Nigeria (DE) conf. susp.

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:19
Monkeypox -- Nigeria
The dreaded monkey pox virus has continued to spread in Delta state, with the state government on Wed 8 Nov 2017 confirming one case of the virus among the 5 suspected cases that were earlier reported.
Results from the other samples sent to the laboratory in distant Dakar, Senegal are expected, according to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, who made this known during the debriefing session of officials of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
NCDC officials have

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (157): Japan (SM) wild bird, HPAI H5N6, OIE

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:15
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- Japan
Information received on [and dated] 10 Nov 2017 from Dr Kazuo Ito, Director, International Animal Health Affairs Office, Animal Health Division, Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tokyo, Japan
Report type: Immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 5 Nov 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 9 Nov 2017
Report date: 10 Nov 2017
Date submitted to OIE: 10 Nov 2017
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed illness, canine - UK: (Wales)

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:19
Undiagnosed -- United Kingdom
People are being warned to avoid a mystery substance that's washed up on a number of beaches on Anglesey. Deposits of white and yellow fatty substances have been washed ashore on the northwest coast of the island.
The white substance has been found on beaches, including Porth Nobla, Tyn Towyn, Cymyran, Aberffraw and Rhosneigr. A ball of yellow fatty substance has also been found on Cemaes beach. Experts say it could potentially be dangerous to dogs if they try to eat the

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis - India (02): (MH)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 21:12
Leptospirosis -- India
Two more people tested positive for leptospirosis at a state government referral laboratory this month [November 2017]. A 36-year-old man of Yerawada and another 46-year-old man, a resident of Link road in Pimpri, tested positive for the disease in the 1st week of November. "Both the patients tested positive at the referral laboratory. Hence, they are confirmed cases. We have directed the health officials of the Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations to step up surveillance in the

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis C - USA (12): (CO) injection drug use

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:59
Hepatitis C -- United States
Cases of hepatitis C have tripled over the past 4 years among 21-to 30-year-olds in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas counties, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In 2012, there were just 91 cases and in 2016, there were 255 cases. Between 2015 and 2016, cases rose by 65 percent, from 151 to 255.
Denver Public Health said the increase in hepatitis cases is linked to the increase in injection drug use. It reminds the public it provides access to free,

PRO/EDR> Varicella - Zambia, Bhutan

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 17:51
Chicken Pox -- Zambia
The Ministry of Health in Mambwe district in Eastern Province have recorded an increase in cases of Chicken Pox [Varicella] from 80 -- 349 [cases] in the 3rd quarter.
Mambwe District Acting Public Health Officer Moses Sakala said the district has also recorded an increase in the number of diarrhea cases from 136 -- 219 in the same quarter.
Mr Sakala observed that the increase in the number of patients with chicken pox is attributed to the challenges being faced by the department to

PRO/AH/EDR> Leptospirosis - Trinidad & Tobago: fatal, flooding

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:51
Leptospirosis -- Trinidad & Tobago
Agricultural economist Omardath Maharaj is calling for Government to be more proactive regarding post-flooding food safety policies after a number of leptospirosis cases were reported in South Trinidad. According to media reports, 13 cases of leptospirosis were reported at the San Fernando General Hospital.
It is thought the cases connected to unhygienic conditions due to recent flooding in parts of South Trinidad.
Newsday reported that 2 people have since died from the

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague - Madagascar (31): fatal

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:47
Plague -- Madagascar
14 Sep 2017 / 28 / 5
30 Sep 2017 / 73 / 17 / 3
3 Oct 2017 / 194 / 30 / 40
5 Oct 2017 / 258 / 36 / 32
7 Oct 2017 / 343 / 42 / 43
8 Oct 2017 / 387 / 45 / 44
9 Oct 2017 / 449 / 48 / 62
10 Oct 2017 / 500 / 54 / 51
11 Oct 2017 / 561 / 57 / 61
13 Oct 2017 / 684 / 57 / 61
16 Oct 2017 / 805 / 74 / 40
17 Oct 2017 / 878 / 80 / 44
18 Oct 2017 / 1032 / 89 / 164
19 Oct 2017 / 1153 / 94 / 121
20 Oct 2017 / 1297 / 102 / --
23 Oct 2017 / 1192 / 124 / 10
25 Oct 2017 / 1309 / 93 / 58
27 Oct

PRO/AH/EDR> Q fever - Chile (02): (LG, LR) dairy industry workers

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:43
Q Fever -- Chile
1. Lille RD, Perrin TL, Armstrong C: An institutional outbreak of pneumonitis. III. Histopathology in man and rhesus monkeys in the pneumonitis due to the virus of "Q fever." Pub Hlth Rep 1941; 56(4): 149-55; available at
2. Maurin M, Raoult D: Q fever. Clin Microbiol Rev 1999; 12(4): 518-53; available at
3. Norlander L: Q fever epidemiology and pathogenesis. Microbes Infect 2000; 2(4): 417-24.
A good recent review on Q fever can be found at:
Melgar TA, Bauler TJ, Lutwick LI. Q fever

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (21): (CA) fatal, amusement park, cooling tower susp., RFI

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:34
Legionnaires' -- United States
Disneyland has shut down 2 bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County [in U.S. state of California] health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who had visited the Anaheim theme park, authorities said.
The 12 cases of the bacteria-caused illness were discovered about 3 weeks ago [October 2017] among people who had spent time in Anaheim and included 9 people who had visited Disneyland Park in September [2017] before developing the illness,

PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Asia: India (AD, TG), ruminants, st 4, evolutionary analysis

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:25
Bluetongue -- India
Citation: Reddy YV, Susmitha B, Patil S, et al. Isolation and evolutionary analysis of Australasian topotype of bluetongue virus serotype 4 from India.
Bluetongue (BT) is a _Culicoides_-borne disease caused by several serotypes of bluetongue virus (BTV). Similar to other insect-borne viral diseases, distribution of BT is limited to distribution of _Culicoides_ species competent to transmit BTV. In the tropics, vector activity is almost year long, and hence, the disease is endemic,

PRO/AH/EDR> Lyme disease - USA (05): (OH) increase cases

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:03
Lyme Disease -- United States
The Ohio Department of Health is reporting Lyme disease cases in the state this year are up 33 percent from 2016. The department says 241 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in 60 Ohio counties so far in 2017. There were only 160 cases in 2016.
The increase in cases coincides with the increase of the blacklegged tick in Ohio.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness, muscle pain, and

PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (36): (CA) military outbreak, O157

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:47
E. coli -- United States
No source has been determined in the _E. coli_ outbreak that has sickened dozens of U.S. Marine recruits in San Diego. Ten new cases have been reported, according to officials at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The base, located near San Diego International Airport, is the 1st stop for recruits as they begin basic training to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Approximately 79 Marine recruits were still undergoing treatment among more than 5000 recruits in training.
Up to 9 out of 17

PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - USA (20): (NYC) elder community, RFI

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 15:41
Legionnaires' -- United States
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has implemented more stringent water restrictions and testing after 5 residents contracted Legionnaires' disease. All 5 have recovered, according to Hebrew Home officials, and none required hospitalization.
"I've been here 32 years, and this is the 1st time we ever dealt with something like this," said David Pomeranz, chief operating officer of RiverSpring Health, the Hebrew Home's parent organization.
Doctors at the Hebrew Home discovered the 5 were infected

PRO/AH/EDR> Contaminated water - Argentina: (SC), RFI

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:26
Waterborne Illness -- Argentina
There are at least 150 persons affected - intoxicated - presumably by some kind of bacteria present in the water supply delivered to Antigua population [Los Antiguos, Santa Cruz Province].
Sources from the community consulted by Diario Nuevo Dia (a local newspaper) reported that classes in schools have been suspended, and that the hospital has become completely full ('collapsed') with affected persons.
Meanwhile, the local Municipality held a press conference led by Mr. Marcelo Arias,

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine herpesvirus - North America (19): USA (OR) equine

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:17
Equine Herpes Virus -- United States
Veterinarians have diagnosed a horse from the Coos Bay area with a form of equine herpes virus, the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine said [Wed 8 Nov 2017].
Equine herpes virus is "a naturally occurring virus that can cause serious illness in horses," the college said in a statement. "The horse is being treated for the neurotropic form of the virus, which is a mutated type of EHV-1 with a higher likelihood of causing neurologic disease."
The horse "became acutely

PRO/AH/EDR> Equine infectious anemia - Canada (06): (AB)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:04
Equine Infectious Anemia -- Canada
Horse owners should take precautions to protect their animals, particularly if they're purchasing or receiving animals from areas in western Canada from equine infectious anemia (EIA), officials say.
There has been one confirmed case in Red Deer County this year [2017], with other confirmed cases in Beaver County and the County of Two Hills.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, EIA is an infectious and potentially fatal viral disease, which affects horses and other members

PRO/AH/EDR> Chronic wasting disease, cervid - USA (14): (MT) 1st case deer

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:53
Chronic Wasting Disease -- United States
A mule deer buck harvested south of Billings in October [2017] has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, officials confirmed [Wed 8 Nov 2017]. CWD is deadly and contagious to deer, elk and moose.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP or MFWP) says a sample collected from the hunter-killed deer 10 miles southeast of Bridger tested positive during an initial round of testing. A 2nd, more thorough test is now being done on the sample at Colorado State University to confirm the presence

PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Americas (56): Argentina (SA)

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 21:17
Hantavirus -- Argentina
There is confirmation of 2 cases of [a] hantavirus [infection] in students in the Hugo Luna School in Oran, Salta [province]
These involve 2 girls who were hospitalized with symptoms of the virus [infection] and so the school was closed for a cleanup and classes were suspended.
Monica Carabajal, the principal of the primary school, confirmed to Cadena 3, "This past [Fri 3 Nov 2017] a 3rd grade girl was admitted [to hospital]. I directed that there was a fumigation and cleanup. Later,

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (71): Oman, Saudi Arabia (QS), WHO

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:56
MERS -- Oman
On [Wed 1 Nov 2017], the International Health Regulations (2005) national focal point of Oman reported one case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Prior to this case, the most recent case of MERS-CoV from Oman was reported on [Wed 30 Aug 2017].
Details of the case
The patient, a 27-year-old male living in Sharqiyah Region, reported contact with dromedaries prior to symptom onset. Details of the case reported to WHO can be found in a separate document (see