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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (09): South Korea (CN) HPAI H5N6, poultry, spread

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:24
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- South Korea
A new case of bird flu has been discovered at a duck farm in South Korea's southwestern region, the agriculture ministry said [Mon 8 Jan 2018], in the latest outbreak in the duck farming region, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said H5 avian influenza (AI) was detected at a farm in Naju, 355 km [approx. 220 mi] south of Seoul, and culled all of the farm's 16 500 ducks.
Quarantine officials plan to slaughter an additional 53

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - Brazil: (RJ) RFI

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:15
Hepatitis A -- Brazil

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Americas: Brazil (SP)

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:58
Yellow Fever -- Brazil
Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, which has closed a score of public parks as a preventive measure to avoid a yellow fever outbreak after several monkeys died, today [6 Jan 2017] confirmed the 1st 2 human deaths from the disease in the metropolitan region.
According to a bulletin issued by the Regional Health Secretariat, laboratory tests confirmed yellow fever in 3 patients who were suspected of having contracted the disease, 2 of whom died, while the 3rd remains

PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A - EU: MSM, ECDC report

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:55
Hepatitis A -- Worldwide/Unknown
Epidemiological summary
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Since the previous epidemiological update published on 29 Sep 2017, 22 EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) have reported 950 additional confirmed cases associated with this outbreak through sequencing analysis. Since June 2016 and as of 22 Dec

PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (02): Saudi Arabia

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:51
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
As of Tue 9 Jan 2018, there have been a total of:
1764 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including
713 deaths [reported case fatality rate 40.4 per cent],
1031 recoveries, and
20 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/AH/EDR> Botulism, avian - USA: (Lake Michigan) waterfowl, ecology, 2010-2013

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:52
Botulism -- United States
Environmental conditions synchronize waterbird mortality events in the Great Lakes
Authors: Princé K, Chipault JC, White CL, Zuckerberg B. Environmental conditions synchronize waterbird mortality events in the Great Lakes. J Appl Ecol. 2018; 00:1-12;
Abstract
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"Since the 1960s, periodic outbreaks of avian botulism type E have contributed to large-scale die-offs of thousands of waterbirds throughout the Great Lakes of the United States. In recent years, these events have become

PRO/EDR> Measles update (02): Europe, South America

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:12
Measles -- Latvia
For the 1st time in 3 years, Latvia has reported confirmed measles cases, according to a Delfi report (computer translated).
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) reports 4 cases of measles infection among adults have been laboratory confirmed. All the patients are hospitalized for their illness.
The report doesn't state ages or vaccination status of the ill patients.
Given the worsening situation, the SPKC encourages family doctors and hospitals to pay attention to

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed illness - Kenya: (MM) o'nyong'nyong susp, RFI

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:09
Undiagnosed -- Kenya
Tension remains high in Mombasa's Changamwe area following fears of an outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus known as o'nyong'nyong characterized by high fever, severe joint pains, and rashes, symptoms similar to chikungunya virus [infection].
This, even as health services continue to be partially affected in 13 counties where nurses are said to be on a go slow following failure by the county governments to honour the terms of the return to work formula that saw the nurses end their 5 month

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (08): Germany (BY) wild bird, HPAI H5N6, OIE, RFI

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:01
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- Germany
Information received on [and dated] 8 Jan 2018 from Dr. Karin Schwabenbauer, Ministerial Dirigentin and Chief Veterinary Officer, Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), Bonn, Germany
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 4 Jan 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 4 Jan 2018
Reason for notification: new strain of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent: Highly pathogenic

PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza, canine - Canada: ex Asia, H3N2, 1st rep

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:22
Influenza H3N2 -- Canada
H3N2 canine influenza has been identified in 2 dogs in Essex county, Ontario. The dogs were imported from Asia (via the US) in late December [2017] and were showing signs of respiratory disease the following day when they were examined by a veterinarian. A small number of dogs that had close contact with the affected dogs also have mild respiratory disease, but test results from those animals are not yet available.
This is the 1st known incursion of H3N2 canine influenza in Canada. The

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human (01): China (FJ) H5N6

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:13
Avian Influenza H5N6 -- China
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) last night [5 Jan 2018] received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Fujian from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.
The case involved a 3-year-old girl, who had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms. The patient had recovered after

PRO/AH/EDR> Undiagnosed hemorrhagic illness - South Sudan: (EL) fatal

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:42
Hemorrhagic Fever -- South Sudan
The World Health Organization said on [Mon 8 Jan 2018] that 3 people in South Sudan have died of a suspected viral haemorrhagic fever and 60 of their contacts are being monitored for any infection.
Ebola, Marburg, and yellow fever are among viral hemorrhagic fevers that have caused deadly outbreaks in Africa. More than 11 300 people died during the worst outbreak of Ebola, a highly contagious disease, which mainly affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone from 2013 to 2016.
The 3 people

PRO/AH/EDR> Foot & mouth disease - Mozambique: (GA) bovine, st. not typed, OIE

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:29
Foot and Mouth -- Mozambique
Information received on [and dated] 8 Jan 2018 from Dr Americo Da Conceicao, national director, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Maputo, Mozambique.
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 25 Dec 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 7 Jan 2018
Reason for notification: Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 14 Jun 2016
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: foot and mouth disease virus
Serotype:

PRO/PL> Cherry viruses - USA: spread

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:58
Other Plant Disease -- United States
Researchers at Oregon State University [OSU] have discovered that many of the viruses that have plagued the cherry growers in Washington [see ProMED-mail post http://promedmail.org/post/20140127.2233739] have moved to Oregon: viruses like cherry leaf roll virus, tomato ringspot, tobacco ringspot and little cherry disease.
OSU's Jay Pscheidt said it's important for growers to not ignore problems, look for symptoms and work with labs that can test for these diseases. "Our next step is to find

PRO/AH/EDR> Yellow fever - Africa: Nigeria

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:55
Yellow Fever -- Nigeria
Highlights
- A yellow fever outbreak is currently active in Nigeria with 7 States recording confirmed cases (Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Niger) in 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
- However, a total of 16 states have reported suspected cases (Abia, Borno, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Plateau, Zamfara, Enugu, Oyo, Anambra, Edo, Lagos, Kano, Nasarawa, Katsina and Niger States) in 62 (LGAs)
- In the reporting week, one new confirmed case from Borgu LGA Niger State was confirmed by

PRO/EDR> Ralstonia pickettii, sepsis - Colombia: (VC) fatal, hemodialysis unit, RFI

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:50
Sepsis -- Colombia
The Department of Health of Valle del Cauca temporarily closed the Davita SAS hemodialysis services following an _Ralstonia pickettii_ outbreak that has infected scores since December [2017], according to an El Pais report (computer translated).
According to the investigations carried out by the Inspection, Surveillance and Control Group of the Departmental Health Secretariat, on 11 Dec 2017, Davita SAS detected the presence of the bacteria among users of the hemodialysis service, and until

PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - South Africa: fatal, increasing incidence, ST6

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:46
Listeriosis -- South Africa
Case data and outbreak response activity summary is the best available at time of publication and are updated on an ongoing basis.
Due to recent challenges with NHLS laboratory information system data (since epidemiological week 47) and a possible lag in reporting as a result of the public holidays, case numbers for weeks 47-52 of 2017 are likely to change on a daily basis, and trends must be interpreted with caution until it has been confirmed that all cases have been

PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe: Czech Republic, wild boar, spread, alert

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:37
African Swine Fever -- Czech Republic
Slovakia is on alert due to the current outbreak of African swine fever [ASF] in the Czech Republic, Zuzana Peiger Acjakova from the Slovak Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry confirmed on Wed [3 Jan 2018].
"Slovakia is on alert. Slovakia's State Veterinary and Food Administration is carrying out extraordinary measures in regions close to the Czech Republic and Ukraine," said the official, adding that African swine fever is a very serious problem.
"The public might not realise the

PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st. Agona - France: infant formula

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 20:32
Salmonella -- France
This outbreak of _S._ Agona primarily affects infants and is associated with different brands of infant milk formula produced in one factory in France. The products have been distributed to a large number of countries around the world, including countries in the EU. Biochemical tests, and ultimately whole genome sequencing analysis, will confirm whether cases of _S._ Agona in infants are linked to the outbreak. The investigation is still ongoing. A broad recall of infant products, an export

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (07): Afghanistan wild bird HPAI H5, Iraq poultry HPAI H5N8, OIE

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:28
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- Afghanistan
Information received on [and dated] 6 Jan 2018 from Dr Jahangir Miakhail, Acting Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Kabul, Afghanistan
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 28 Dec 2017
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Jan 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 30 Apr 2007
Manifestation of disease: Clinical