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PRO/EDR> Legionellosis - New Zealand: (CA) compost, potting soil

healthmap - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 02:35
Legionnaires' -- New Zealand
Driving compost around was what likely led to one man being declared the sickest person in New Zealand. [A 41-year-old man] had just started a new job at a gardening supplies company when he was struck down by legionnaires' disease.
The Christchurch man became unwell with cold and flu-like symptoms on 16 Sep 2018, but 4 days later, he was put into an induced coma in Christchurch Hospital intensive care unit (ICU). He was moved out of the ICU to a general ward on Friday [5 Oct 2018] after 12
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PRO/AH/EDR> African swine fever - Europe (48): Hungary (BZ) wild boar, OIE

healthmap - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 02:28
African Swine Fever -- Hungary
Information received on [and dated] 5 Oct 2018 from Dr Lajos Bognar, Deputy State Secretary Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Chain Safety Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Budapest, Hungary
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 27 Sep 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 2 Oct 2018
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent: African swine fever virus
Nature of
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ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 05, 2018

cidrap - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 23:10
MRSA de-colonization of therapy dogsMultiple Candida auris introductionsEarly stewardship interventionsBacteriophage clinical trialImproper antibiotic prescribing in ChinaPoint-of-care flu tests and antibioticsNew tetracycline approvedCombo antibiotic for CRETelemedicine and antibiotic prescribingFDA approves new antibioticLinezolid resistance in food animalsWater consumption and UTIs
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PRO/AH/EDR> Murine typhus - USA (05): (CA) Pasadena, RFI

healthmap - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 19:51
Typhus -- United States
In a follow-up to the report of an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles [see ProMED-mail post Murine typhus - USA (04): (CA) homeless; Archive Number: http://promedmail.org/post/20181006.6075346], the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is reporting epidemic levels of typhus fever this year [2018].
In 2018, 20 Pasadena residents have been confirmed to have typhus fever, well above the expected 1-5 cases per year.
"Typhus fever is a disease that can cause serious
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (106): Congo DR, case update, knowledge attitudes, practices

healthmap - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 17:12
Ebola -- DR Congo
We rapidly mobilised research teams to survey Ebola-related KAP in purposively sampled groups living in Mangina (epicentre of the epidemic), Beni (30 km [18.6 mi] from the epicentre), Butembo (80 km [49.7 mi] from the epicentre), and the IDP [Internal Displaced Persons] camp of Komanda. We developed a 52-item questionnaire based on past KAP questionnaires used in Guinea and focused on several key constructs: Ebola-specific knowledge and misconceptions, effective response, prevention practices,
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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - USA (02): fatal, ham, recall

healthmap - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 16:47
Listeriosis -- United States
Johnston County Hams is recalling approximately 89 096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may contain _Listeria monocytogenes_, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall was announced after several people fell ill and one died.
The recall includes products that were produced between 3 Apr last year [2017] and 2 Oct this year [2018]. "The epidemiologic investigation identified a total of 4 listeriosis-confirmed
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PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis - UK: (Ireland) liquid egg white, alert, recall

healthmap - Sun, 07/10/2018 - 03:10
Salmonella -- United Kingdom
Authorities in the UK and Ireland are investigating _Salmonella_ illnesses linked to a brand of liquid egg whites. Seven confirmed cases of _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis have been reported in the UK, and one suspected infection is under investigation in Ireland. One batch of Dr. Zak's Barn Farmed Liquid Egg White 970 mL from France with raw material from Spain was recalled on 17 Sep 2018 followed by other batches on 21 Sep 2018.
_Salmonella_ was found in 2 batches: the 1st
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PRO/AH/EDR> Murine typhus - USA (04): (CA) homeless

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 23:33
Typhus -- United States
An outbreak of flea-borne typhus has hit downtown Los Angeles [CA], the county Department of Public Health said Thursday [4 Oct 2018]. Health officials say they are investigating several cases of flea-borne typhus, a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans.
Although the fleas can come from cats, rats, and opossums, pets and animals do not get sick from typhus. In people, however, typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache, and rash. It is not transmitted from person to person
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PRO/AH> African swine fever - Asia (15): China (LN) domestic swine, follow-up, OIE

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 23:26
African Swine Fever -- China
Information received on [and dated] 30 Sep 2018 from Dr. Zhang Zhongqui, Director General, China Animal Disease Control Centre, Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, China (People's Rep. of)
Summary
Report type: Follow-up report no. 5
Date of start of the event: 1 Aug 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Aug 2018
Report date: 30 Sep 2018
Date submitted to OIE: 30 Sep 2018
Causal agent: African swine fever virus
Nature of diagnosis: Clinical, laboratory (basic),
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PRO/AH/EDR> Bluetongue - Europe (04): Italy (PU, SD) ovine, serotype 3, OIE

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 19:05
Bluetongue -- Italy
Information received on 5 Oct 2018 from Dr. Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, Ministry of Health, Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, Italy
Summary
Report type: Immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 19 Sep 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Oct 2018
Reason for notification: New strain of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: Clinical disease
Causal agent: Bluetongue virus
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PRO/AH/EDR> West Nile virus (51): Europe (Germany) ECDC update

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 19:00
West Nile Virus -- Germany
We have strong evidence for the 1st human case of West Nile fever acquired in Germany -- a male veterinarian from Bavaria (Germany) has been diagnosed after contact with a West Nile virus (WNV)-infected bird.
The 31-year-old veterinarian, who works at a birds' clinic, had performed necropsy of a just-deceased owl (great grey owl, _Strix nebulosa_) found in a wildlife park near Poing, Ebersberg, Bavaria. WNV was detected by PCR in tissue samples recovered during the necropsy. The owl case
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PRO/AH> African swine fever - Europe (47): Belgium (LX) wild, spread, regional impact

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 02:36
African Swine Fever -- Belgium
Rene Collin, the Walloon Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Forests, has received from the Wildlife Surveillance Network in Wallonia a new inventory of tests carried out in the framework of the management of African swine fever in the defined territory of 63 000 hectares (630 square km; 243 square miles).
To date, 106 wild boars have been collected. A total of 80 of them were found within the perimeter. Of these, there are now 44 viropositive cases. The wild boars collected outside the
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (47): global (Afghanistan, Nigeria)

healthmap - Sat, 06/10/2018 - 00:01
Polio -- Afghanistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 1
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 19
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV (circulating vaccine derived poliovirus) cases reported this week: 3
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2018: 53
Total number of cVDPV cases (all types) in 2017: 96
Headlines
Summary of newly reported viruses this week:
- Afghanistan - one case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) and 5 WPV1-positive environmental
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Study: Outpatient antibiotics widely prescribed without an infection diagnosis

cidrap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 23:12
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsOct 05, 2018

The new study sheds light on prescribing areas that other studies have missed, including that for conditions without an in-patient visit.

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CDC details summer spike in Cyclospora cases

cidrap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 21:57
Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsOct 05, 2018

The CDC said only one third of the cases were linked to two major outbreaks and that it is exploring if a change in testing practices contributed to more detections.

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News Scan for Oct 05, 2018

cidrap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 21:48
Yemen cholera vaccinationNew polio casesWHO on monkeypox in NigeriaUniversal flu vaccine contract
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Oct 05, 2018

cidrap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 21:03
MRSA de-colonization of therapy dogsMultiple Candida auris introductionsEarly stewardship intervention
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Ukraine (03): (OD,ZT) bovine, human, OIE

healthmap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 20:16
Anthrax -- Ukraine
Information received on [and dated] 5 Oct 2018 from Dr Andrii Zhuk, first 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
Summary
Report type: immediate notification
Date of start of the event: 29 Sep 2018
Date of confirmation of the event: 3 Oct 2018
Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed
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PRO/AH/EDR> Invasive mosquito - Spain (02): (EX)

healthmap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 12:13
Other Human Disease -- Spain
The mosquito that is responsible for transmitting Zika virus and yellow fever is closing in on Portugal, after Spanish authorities announced they found eggs from the mosquito in the border regions.
According to newspaper i, authorities from the Spanish province of Extremadura announced that they have detected the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito (_Aedes albopictus_) in Monesterio [in Badajoz province, part] of the Extremadura region, which borders with a thick belt of central and
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PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (105): Congo DR (NK,IT) cases, WHO, airport

healthmap - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 12:05
Ebola -- DR Congo
- On 4 Oct 2018, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, minister of health, traveled to Tchomia in Ituri province with vice provincial governor Pacifique Keta and Congolese and international experts. The purpose of the trip was to assess the status of the Ebola response in the health zone and strengthen community engagement. The delegation visited the mobile laboratory of the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB), the new Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) under construction, and the port of Tchomia,
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