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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kyrgyzstan (02): (NA) human, livestock

healthmap - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 01:11
Anthrax -- Kyrgyzstan
Currently in the at-Bashy district of Naryn region 3 recorded cases of anthrax infection are in the hospital, and 15 under the supervision of experts. Doctors say that the locals butchered the carcass of an animal, and 10 days later the 1st symptoms of this dangerous infection appeared on the skin of the wrist areas and forearms.
People have turned to professionals with complaints of ulcers. Then on [Wed 30 Aug 2017] 3 people were hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases Department. Tests
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PRO/EDR> Measles update (44): Africa, Europe, South America, Indian Ocean

healthmap - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 00:52
Measles -- South Africa
[2] UK
Date: Thu 7 Sep 2017
Source: Penarth Times [edited]

More than 7600 children between the ages of 5 and 16 in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area have not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine and are at risk from measles, according to Public Health Wales.
The warning comes as a measles outbreak affecting the Newport and Torfaen area continues, with 17 confirmed cases of the infection.
The outbreak can be directly linked to an ongoing outbreak of measles in Europe
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PRO/AH/EDR> American foulbrood, apis - Australia: (VI)

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 23:26
Other Animal Disease -- Australia
Large scale biosecurity checks of honey bee hives has found signs of American foulbrood.
Agriculture Victoria undertook biosecurity check of bee hives from Victoria, NSW [New South Wales] and Queensland as more than 4.2 billion bees were transported to Victoria's north west to pollinate almond blossoms.
More than 1000 hives were audited and more than 100 were found to have clinical signs of American foulbrood.
Agriculture Victoria senior apiary officer Joe Riordan said there was a
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News Scan for Sep 08, 2017

cidrap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 22:56
ESBL-E in pregnant womenAntimicrobial resistance in Southeast AsiaMalaria infection trial launch
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Flu Scan for Sep 08, 2017

cidrap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 22:54
Flu vaccine not tied to embolismH7N9 case in ChinaH5N8 outbreak in Africa
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New Klebsiella strains 'worst-case scenario,' experts say

cidrap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 21:58
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsSep 08, 2017

The worrisome, deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae strains reported in China last week could be a harbinger.

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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kazakhstan (02): (QG) human, RFI

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 21:23
Anthrax -- Kazakhstan
The Kazakh authorities announced on [Mon 28 Aug 2017] that at least 3 more people from the central Karaganda region's city of Balkhash have contracted anthrax...
Communicated by:

[For a description of Karaganda Region, go to: and to locate Balkhash, go to: . This is in the heart of Kazakhstan.
Considering the numerous outbreaks in Karaganda in 2016 (see below), this is presumably a re-occurrence in relation to a severely contaminated site, or on a neighboring farm.
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PRO/EDR> Zika virus (18): Americas, research, observations

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 19:34
Zika virus -- Mexico
In mid-2015, Salvador, Brazil, reported an outbreak of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), coinciding with the introduction and spread of Zika virus (ZIKV). We found that GBS incidence during April-July 2015 among those 12 years of age and older was 5.6 cases/100 000 population/year and increased markedly with increasing age to 14.7 among those 60 years of age and older. We conducted interviews with 41 case-patients and 85 neighborhood controls and found no differences in
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Kyrgyzstan: (NA) RFI

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 19:05
Anthrax -- Kyrgyzstan
Three people were hospitalized with suspected anthrax in At-Bashy district Naryn region, central-southern Kyrgyzstan on [30 Aug 2017], chief sanitary doctor of Kyrgyzstan Oleg Gorin told AKIpress [Tue 5 Sep 2017] ...
Communicated by:
ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts

[AKIpress insists on being paid for anything over the 1st sentence of the article. Not having 190 [Kyrgyzstani] Som, I appealed to my contacts in Bishkek for any information that they might have. As yet no response.
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PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (138): Egypt, poultry, HPAI H5N8, final report, OIE

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 16:39
Avian Influenza H5N8 -- Egypt
Information received [and dated] 7 Sep 2017 from Dr Ibrahim Mahrous Saleh Mohamed, Chairman, General Organization for Veterinary Services (GOVS), Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Cairo, Egypt
Report type: follow-up report no. 5 (final report)
Date of start of the event: 24 Nov 2016
Date of confirmation of the event: 26 Nov 2016
Date event resolved: 7 Sep 2017
Reason for notification: new strain of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent: Highly pathogenic
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PRO/PL> Fusarium dieback, tea - Sri Lanka

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 16:38
Other Plant Disease -- Sri Lanka
A collar canker and dieback disease of tea has recently emerged in Sri Lanka. This study aimed at identifying the causal organisms in different tea growing regions.
Dieback incidence in affected fields ranged from 50 to 85 per cent. The affected tea bushes had fewer and smaller leaves, yellowing of leaves and premature falling. Heavy flowering and fruiting commonly followed canopy thinning. Progressive dieback of branches resulted in bare bushes. Foliar symptoms were always associated with
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PRO/AH/EDR> Panleukopenia virus, feline - USA (02): (NC) animal shelter, alert

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 16:34
Other Animal Disease -- United States
Veterinarians have a warning for pet owners about a deadly cat virus. Already, it has claimed the lives of at least 50 cats at the SPCA [Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] of Northeastern North Carolina.
It started in early July [2017] when a kitten unexpectedly died. "The kittens are just very fragile to begin with, health wise, so they're just more susceptible to it," said Ann Pitts, Executive Director of the SPCA Northeastern North Carolina.
An outbreak of panleukopenia
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PRO> Israeli spotted fever - Israel (02): comment

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 16:32
Fever -- Israel
Although Mediterranean spotted fever was commonly reported in Israel for several decades, rates have declined considerably in recent years. In fact, the disease is currently less common than its American counterpart [1]. The following chart was generated using the Gideon multi-graph tool [1] :

Communicated by:
Prof. Steve Berger
Geographic Medicine
Tel Aviv Medical Center

[ProMED thanks Dr Berger for his continued contributions. - Mod.LL
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PRO/AH/EDR> Toxic dust exposure - USA: (NY), child health impact

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 03:56
-- United States
A total of 16 years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers sent a "cloud" of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan, children living nearby who likely breathed in the ash and fumes are showing early signs of risk for future heart disease.
This is the main finding of an analysis by NYU Langone Health researchers of blood tests of 308 children, 123 of whom may have come in direct contact with the dust on 9/11. Researchers found that children with higher blood levels of the chemicals
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PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (58): Saudi Arabia (RI, SH), WHO

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 03:52
MERS -- Saudi Arabia
As of [Thu 7 Sep 2017], there have been a total of:
1715 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection, including
690 deaths [reported case fatality rate 40.2 percent],
1003 recoveries, and
22 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. One complication is the reporting of
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue, bovine - Australia: (NT), correction

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 01:09
Bluetongue -- Australia
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PRO/EDR> Mumps update (25): Hawai'i (Hawai'I Island), New Zealand (AU)

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 00:56
Mumps -- United States
The number of confirmed mumps cases on Hawaii Island has climbed to 8.
"If you are seeing cases in your community, the likelihood of seeing additional cases should be expected," said Ronald Balajadia, immunization branch chief with the state Department of Health.
He said people diagnosed with mumps on the Big Island range in age from 6--39. He declined to say where the new cases occurred.
Earlier this month [September 2017], Naalehu Elementary School notified parents that mumps had
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PRO/AH/EDR> Campylobacteriosis - Canada: (ON) pig roast

healthmap - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 00:53
Campylobacter -- Canada
"The prevalence and diversity of _Campylobacter jejuni_ was investigated in pig herds on farms with and without cattle or poultry production. A bacteriological screening of pig cecal samples from 247 finisher herds was carried out at the slaughter-house. Subsequently, a follow-up study was conducted in 24 herds (either with or without prior _C. jejuni_ isolation from pigs) in which fecal samples were collected from pigs and, if present, cattle and poultry. Samples were analyzed for presence of
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Third MMR dose shows promise in curbing mumps outbreaks

cidrap - Thu, 07/09/2017 - 23:51
Lisa Schnirring | News Editor | CIDRAP NewsSep 07, 2017

Also, waning immunity probably contributes to outbreaks, the study found.

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