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PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (16): (TN) raw milk

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:13
Foodborne Illness -- United States
East Tennessee Children's Hospital said [Tue 5 Jun 2018] it has treated "close to 10" children, all younger than 4, for a "serious outbreak" of _Escherichia coli_-caused illness over the past 10 days. The Knox County Health Department has confirmed 2 likely sources of the outbreak are unpasteurized milk and farm animals.
Most of the ill children are known to have consumed raw milk from a local cow-share dairy, French Broad Farm in Knox County, the health department said in an alert issued

PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (78): China (LN) poultry, HPAI H7N9, OIE

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:10
Avian Influenza H7N9 -- China
Information received on [and dated] 6 Jun 2018 from Dr Zhang Zhongqui, director general, China Animal Disease Control Centre, Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, China (People's Rep of)
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 22 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 30 May 2018
Reason for notification: new strain of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
Causal agent: highly pathogenic avian influenza [HPAI]

PRO/PL> Mosaic disease, cassava - Cambodia: 1st rep (RO,TB)

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:06
Other Plant Disease -- Cambodia
Ker Munthivuth, Department of Plant Protection [of Cambodia], said the ministry has acknowledged presence of the [cassava mosaic] virus in Cambodia. "We confirm that the cassava mosaic disease is present in Ratanakkiri and Tboung Khmum provinces, but there is no sign of the virus in the western provinces that share a border with Thailand," he said.
"After we found the virus in Ratanakkiri and Tboung Khmum, the ministry issued a statement to farmers with guidelines to stop its spread. The

PRO/AH> Foot & mouth disease - Israel (05): (HZ) bov, gt O/ME-SA/PanAsia-2(QOM-15)

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:04
Foot and Mouth -- Israel
WRLFMD website published the genotyping results of 4 FMD virus samples collected from grazing beef cattle in Gazit, north eastern Israel. The following results are drawn from the report addressing virus sample ISR/1/2018.
Location of origin: Kibbutz Gazit
Country of origin: Israel
Date of collection: 5 Apr 2018
Host species: cattle
Serotype: O
Topotype: ME-SA
Lineage: PanAsia-2
Sublineage: QOM-15
Sequence length: 633
Harvest date of material: 26 Apr 2018
Received for sequencing:

PRO/EDR> Dengue/DHF update (12): Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, WHO, vacc

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 13:00
Dengue -- Bangladesh
Northern hemisphere
As of 15 May 2018, a total of 694 suspected dengue cases have been reported in Cambodia. In weeks 18 and 19, there were 81 and 99 new suspected dengue cases, respectively. In weeks 18 and 19 [30 Apr-13 May 2018], the number of reported dengue cases has increased compared to the previous week, above the alert threshold level.
As of 30 Apr 2018, a total of 25 dengue cases were reported in China. The number of reported cases is

PRO/AH> Strangles, equine - Canada (03): (NB)

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 05:00
Strangles -- Canada
A preventive vaccine followed by a booster is available for about 65 USD. It doesn't work in the midst of an outbreak, but many horses north of Fredericton have been getting it, according to Wanamaker. She said it's about 60 or 70 per cent effective. "It won't stop the disease," said Wanamaker. "It will at least reduce the severity of the clinical signs, and hopefully the horse won't maybe have as high of a fever, the abscesses may not appear, things like that."
Wanamaker recommends horse

PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Australia (04): (QL) cattle, susp confused with pimelea toxicity

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:32
Anthrax -- Australia
Vets fear the recent spate of deaths [attributed to] pimelea in the south west may have actually been caused by anthrax and are warning all producers in the affected Maranoa and Balonne area to burn all carcases as a precaution.
Speaking publicly for the first time since three major anthrax incidences at St George and Dirranbandi, local vet Libby Price, who was first on the scene of each case, questioned if some deaths put down to pimelea should have been further investigated. "I've been

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (29): Americas, USA (MN) bat, human exposure

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:15
Rabies -- United States
Printed posters and social media helped state health officials get medical attention to a previously unknown woman who touched a rabid bat this week. Minnesota Department of Health public health veterinarian Dr Joni Scheftel said the woman -- who's not being identified -- picked up the bat after it fell from a tree [Wed 30 May 2018] evening near Como Lake in St Paul. Scheftel said the woman had been running near the lake and touched the animal when she saw another person trying to care for it.

PRO/AH/EDR> Myiasis, ovine - UK: blowfly strike, seasonal

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:38
Myiasis -- United Kingdom
A severe case of blowfly strike has been reported in Dorset in which 50 per cent of a lamb group have been hit by the disease, according to an interactive map chronicling the UK's 1st blowfly strikes of 2018. The interactive map, produced by Elanco Animal Health and NADIS (National Animal Disease Information Service), highlights areas hit with blowfly strike in real-time, aiming to deliver an immediate warning system for farmers, vets and industry professionals.
The 1st reported incidents

PRO/EDR> Pertussis (07): USA

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:35
Whooping Cough -- United States
The Cerro Gordo County [Iowa] Department of Public Health is investigating several cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in the county. According to a press release, the department of health has positively identified 7 cases.
Those cases were identified in the Mason City Community School District and the McDonald's south restaurant. The department of health is continuing to investigate and is working with the Mason City school district and McDonald's to protect the health of the

PRO/AH> African swine fever - Europe (15): Ukraine, domestic, OIE

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:31
African Swine Fever -- Ukraine
Information received on [and dated] 22 May 2018 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: 21 May 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 21 May 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed

PRO/EDR> Measles update (34): Europe, Asia, Pacific

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:29
Measles -- Germany
Measles outbreaks continue to occur in a number of EU/EEA countries, with a risk of spread and sustained transmission in areas with susceptible populations. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provided the latest situation update in its weekly Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) published on 18 May 2018 [].
Since the previous monthly report published on [13 Apr 2018], updates are provided for 17 EU/EFTA countries. In 2018 and as of 17 May, most of the cases

PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (27): Congo DR, cases, travel screening, children

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:17
Ebola -- DR Congo
Effective exit screening helps prevent the exportation and spread of disease to other areas. During exit screening at international airports and points of entry, travellers will be assessed for signs and symptoms of an illness consistent with Ebola virus disease, or identified as contacts potentially exposed to Ebola virus disease.
- travellers with a possible exposure to Ebola virus and who are sick should postpone international travel and seek immediate medical assistance if there is a

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis - Taiwan (03)

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:23
Japanese Encephalitis -- China
In Taiwan, 2 people were recently diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis, bringing the number of cases in the country so far this year [2018] to 5, the [Taiwan] Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Tuesday [5 Jun 2018].
The 2 recent cases of the mosquitoborne disease were in Kaohsiung and Chiayi and were confirmed after the patients sought medical attention on 27 and 28 May [2018], respectively, said CDC deputy director-general Philip Lo.
It was found that the man in Kaohsiung, in his

PRO/AH> Potomac horse fever, equine - USA: (KY)

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:55
Fever -- United States
Kentucky animal health officials have reported the commonwealth's 1st case of Potomac horse fever (PHF) in a 4 year old thoroughbred filly from Bourbon County.
E S Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Kentucky state veterinarian's office, said in a statement that the filly presented on 1 Jun 2018 with profuse watery diarrhea, lethargy, and a fever of about 104 F [40 C]. The filly was isolated at a hospital, and PCR testing (fecal swab/feces) confirmed the PHF diagnosis.

PRO/AH/EDR> Leishmaniasis - Pakistan: (NW)

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:23
Leishmaniasis -- Pakistan
The Mohmand Agency political administration has launched the 3rd phase of the campaign against leishmaniasis with help of Frontier Corps North Headquarters [HQ/FC]. After receiving 400 injections from the HQ/FC, the 3rd phase of leishmaniasis treatment campaign was launched in selected health facilities in the Mohmand Agency.
A total of 282 patients, predominantly children, were treated on [Mon 28 May 2018] on the 1st day of the campaign. Moreover, as a preventive measure, LLIN (long

PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever - West Africa (31): Nigeria

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:20
Lassa Fever -- Nigeria
- In the reporting Week 22 (28 May 28 - 3 Jun 2018) one new confirmed case was reported from Edo state.
- From 1 Jan to 3 Jun 2018, a total of 1982 suspected cases have been reported from 21 states. Of these, 432 were confirmed positive, 10 are probable, 1540 negative (not a case).
- Since the onset of the 2018 outbreak, there have been 108 deaths in confirmed cases and 10 in probable cases. The case fatality rate in confirmed cases is 25 per cent.
- 21 states have recorded at

PRO/AH/EDR> Japanese encephalitis & other - India (05): (KL)

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:16
Japanese Encephalitis -- India
As the entire health machinery is engaged in containing the dreadful Nipah virus, monsoon related fever has begun to rise. Japan encephalitis (JE), malaria and dengue have started reporting and JE has already claimed a life. Of the 3 JE cases reported An Azhiyoor native (age 62) died on [30 May 2018].
"Japanese encephalitis is a mosquitoborne viral infection developing the symptoms of fever, headache and seizures causing inflammation to the brain; people should be cautious against this,"

PRO/AH> Largemouth bass virus - USA: (PA) smallmouth bass

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:08
Other Animal Disease -- United States
A college laboratory has solved what has been a maddening 13-year mystery: what killed so many of the prized smallmouth bass in the lower Susquehanna and Juniata rivers [Pennsylvania], beginning in 2005? The answer -- a shocker to Pennsylvania and federal investigators -- is largemouth bass virus. It's a disease that was known to be present in Susquehanna smallmouths but had been ruled out early on because it was thought it couldn't harm them.
Turns out it can be lethal when the shallow

PRO/PL> Asparagus virus 1 - Germany: survey & resistance breeding

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:22
Other Plant Disease -- Germany
The potyvirus _Asparagus virus 1_ (AV-1) is the most important virus attacking garden asparagus worldwide. While the damage caused by AV-1 is often underestimated because of no visible symptoms on shoots or cladophylls, yield losses between 30 to 70 per cent have been reported. Furthermore, influence of virus infection on spear quality and susceptibility to other pathogens such as _Fusarium_ spp. was discussed intensively. It is currently estimated that European asparagus plantations have an