Information received on [and dated] 12 Apr 2018 from Dr Karin Schwabenbauer, ministerial [director] and chief veterinary officer, Directorate of Animal Health, Animal Welfare, [Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection] (BMELV), Bonn, Germany
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 27 Mar 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Apr 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 24 Nov
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the recorded number of people who have gotten Valley fever [coccidioidomycosis] through March of this year  is more than 1000 people higher than through March of last year.
The biggest increase when comparing this year to last came in January . There were 1055 recorded cases of Valley fever in January  compared to 529 in January 2017. In February the difference wasn't as large. There were 742 recorded cases in
More crops are impacted by Potato virus Y (PVY). PVY has been around a long time but only recently has become a serious problem for potato growers in North America.
Visual detection of infected plants is more difficult in new cultivars that show no or only mild symptoms when infected. New PVY strains that only cause minor symptoms in foliage have become more prevalent. These circumstances have allowed the amount of PVY in potato-growing regions to increase. It's a "Typhoid Mary" effect
In 2017, the NPPO [National Plant Protection Organisation] of Sweden has reported several outbreaks of _Synchytrium endobioticum_ (EPPO A2 List). Phytosanitary measures have been taken to eradicate the disease, and laboratory studies will be conducted to identify the race(s).
County of Blekinge
In September 2017 during harvest of potatoes (cv. Quadrigo) grown for starch production, symptoms of potato wart disease were noticed. The infected field (5.5 ha) [13.6 acres] is in the vicinity of
Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Lesmurdie reported that "a new or unidentified disease" had besieged magpies. "Our 1st casualty appeared in December  and by the end of March  we received 14 cases," the post read. "Affected magpies have a 50-50 chance of survival."
The [clinical signs] included progressive weakness in the legs and wings, clenched feet, inability to stand, neurological deficiency (not defensive, poor response to visual stimuli, poor swallow reflex), weak
For the past year, multiple cases of anthrax have been reported from Vishakhapatnam district. In this week alone, 4 people from Andhra Pradesh's Dumbriguda mandal in Vishakhapatnam district were suspected to have contracted anthrax. According to sources, the serum from the patients has been collected and the samples have been sent to a laboratory for analysis.
But this wasn't the 1st such case of anthrax to be reported. In September last year , there were 5 cases of anthrax reported
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has identified root-knot nematode in citrus plants for the 1st time in Tamil Nadu. A farmer had brought a wilted citrus sapling. TNAU's K Poornima said, "We found that the sapling was infected with root-knot nematodes. In the past few months, we found root-knot in citrus saplings in Coimbatore and Erode districts."
"There are also instances where there have been heavy losses in guava," said TNAU's S Subramanian [ProMED-mail post
In 2017, the number of global wild poliovirus cases sank to its lowest level, WHO and CDC researchers say.
Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.
The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) an Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria's Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on [Tue 10
Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed 3 people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in 4 other states.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has alerted doctors nationwide that patients with severe, unexplained bleeding may be additional cases.
The CDC is helping Illinois authorities investigate the outbreak in that state, which began in early March 2018. Illinois reported 7 more cases on Tuesday [10 Apr
Three recent wound botulism cases are linked to black tar heroin use, according to an alert issued Tue 10 Apr 2018 by the county Health and Human Services Agency.
In the past month, public health investigators have confirmed 2 cases and are in the process of confirming a 3rd among men aged 28, 42 and 67. Though the trio did not appear to know each other, each used black tar heroin.
They were hospitalized after experiencing a range of symptoms including double vision, drooping eyelids,
Liberian health authorities on Tuesday [10 Apr 2018] issued an alert on the possible outbreak of monkeypox, an infectious disease found mostly in central and western Africa.
Liberia's chief medical officer Francis Kateh said the disease, caused by the monkeypox virus, has already been discovered in the southern county of River Cess.
Kateh said there are currently 4 confirmed cases of the disease. A couple of suspected cases have also been sent for testing.
According to the health
A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today [9 Apr 2018] that the carcass of a crested myna found in Fanling had been confirmed as positive for the H5N6 avian influenza virus after laboratory testing.
The bird's carcass was found and collected at Kun Lung Wai, Fanling. It was suspected to be positive for the H5 virus after initial laboratory testing on [6 Apr 2018]. The crested myna is a common resident species.
The spokesman said no chicken
Infectious virus was found in 3 of 78 samples, all within 30 days of illness onset.
Six people have been hospitalized, including one with a serious kidney condition; no food source has been confirmed.
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome [WNS] in bats -- first detected in Texas last year  along the Panhandle -- has now spread into Central Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department [TPWD] said.
In a press advisory, officials said this is the 1st time the potentially lethal fungus has been detected in the area after being found at 2 sites in Blanco county, located southeast of Austin. The fungus also has been spotted in Foard county, twice in Kendall county, and once in