Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with _E. coli_ O157:H7 and could make people sick. At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
Advice to Consumers:
Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the USA
Top End residents and visitors are urged to cover up against mosquitoes following a recent case of Murray Valley encephalitis [MVE] acquired in a remote Arnhem Land community.
"February to July marks the main risk period for the potentially fatal MVE, with the carrier being the common banded mosquito, _Culex annulirostris_," Vicki Krause, director Centre for Disease Control said.
Virus testing in sentinel chickens has indicated MVE [virus] activity in Katherine in January  and
Shannon E Brent, Alexander Watts, Martin Cetron, Matthew German, Moritz UG Kraemer,et al.
International travel and the urban spread of yellow fever.
Objective: To examine the potential for international travel to spread yellow fever virus to cities around the world.
Methods: We obtained data on the international flight itineraries of travellers who departed yellow fever-endemic areas of the world in 2016 for cities either where yellow fever was endemic or which were suitable
Officials did not have specific enough data to issue an alert during the outbreak.
Some common products like turkey breasts and pork chops don't even have standards, the report says.
Rodent plague, a bacterial infection, (also called rabbit fever) is spreading among people in Switzerland. A growing number of incidents with tick bites has been recorded over the past few years. The Federal Health Office counted 130 confirmed cases of tularemia in 2017, according to Swiss public radio, SRF. This is 4 times more than usual.
The authorities called on doctors to report all such cases. A decision on coordinated campaign measures will be taken later this year . Experts
Outbreak investigators in Japan have identified contamination in a seaweed production plant as the cause of 7 foodborne illness outbreaks that sickened almost 2100 people in 2017.
The 7 foodborne norovirus outbreaks were all attributable to dried, shredded seaweed called nori, according to a report from researchers in Japan and published in recent days by the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention.
The outbreaks hit 4 remote areas as well as Tokyo. Norovirus GII.P17-GII.17
The federal government insists it is on top of Australia's biosecurity after a "very concerning" outbreak of oyster disease became the latest issue to threaten produce.
Pacific oyster mortality syndrome [POMS] was detected in South Australia last week [week of 26 Feb 2018], joining fruit fly in Tasmania as a recent issue to hit the agriculture sector.
Assistant Agriculture Minister Anne Ruston said the government had acted quickly to protect markets.
"Australia has a great reputation
The Missouri Department of Conservation [MDC] announces new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) have been found in Perry (1) and Ste Genevieve (6) counties. 4 of these samples were harvested by hunters during the 2017 fall firearms season. 3 of these positives were taken during post season efforts in Ste Genevieve county by MDC staff and partner landowners to cull additional deer within the area of recent CWD cases. These new local cases are a part of the 33 new cases identified across the
Campbell SB, et al. Evaluating the risk of tickborne relapsing fever among occupational cavers -- Austin, TX, 2017. Presented at: Epidemic Intelligence Service conference; 16-19 Apr 2018; Atlanta.
[Byline: Gerard Gallagher]
[Relapsing fever is a bacterial infection caused by certain species of the spirochete _Borrelia_. These organisms are able to periodically change their surface protein molecules to evade the host's immune response, thus causing a
Chikungunya virus caused an epidemic on Curaçao in 2014-2015. Infants are highly at risk for clinical syndromes as sepsis-like illness and central nervous system disease. Clinical recognition is important if laboratory tests, polymerase chain reaction [PCR] and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA] are not available. The World Health Organization created criteria for identification of probable chikungunya virus. None of the studied infants met these criteria. We
A contagious disease that destroyed more than half a million citrus trees in Queensland [in 2004; ProMED-mail post http://promedmail.org/post/20040712.1865] has been discovered in Darwin. Citrus canker has not been detected in the Northern Territory [NT] since the early 1990s.
The NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources said it received a report of suspected citrus canker symptoms in 2 retail nurseries, and that the plants were removed and an investigation launched.
White Garlic Rot has occurred in different plantings in Shandong province, [causing] fear that over half of new garlic crops will be affected. The weather in recent weeks has been relatively warm and humid, ideal conditions for the rot to spread.
"Consequences for this year's  harvest can be grave. Farmers could lose up to half or even more of their total garlic crop. If a plant is affected with the rot, the plant will not sprout," says Steven Zhou of export company Bestway Group.
A 17-year-old thoroughbred gelding from an Orange Country, California, facility has been diagnosed with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM, the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 [EHV-1]) after developing neurologic signs of disease, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported [Fri 13 Apr 2018]. "The gelding has been isolated and placed under quarantine," the CDFA's statement said. "Exposed horses will be monitored for clinical signs and temperatures will be
The Ministry of Health (MoH) received confirmed laboratory report from the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) of 2 cases of monkeypox from Maryland and Rivercess Counties in November . The confirmatory tests were conducted by the Center for Disease, Prevention and Control (CDC), Atlanta, USA using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in mid-2017, no death was reported.
Since January 2018, Liberia has recorded one suspected case and awaits result from CDC; no confirmed and
The controversial dengue vaccine should not be used until clinicians can confirm prior dengue infection, and such a test is at least 2 years away.