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PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Enteritidis - Canada: frozen chicken products, alert

healthmap - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 23:48
Salmonella -- Canada
Why you should take note?
The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis infections in 4 provinces with cases of human illness linked to poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products. The investigation is ongoing, and this public health notice will be updated on a regular basis as the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st I 4,[5],12:b:- - USA (03): kratom, multiple serotypes

healthmap - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 23:45
Salmonella -- United States
Since the last update on [2 Mar 2018], 47 more ill people from 25 states were added to this investigation. As of [15 Mar 2018], a total of 87 people infected with outbreak strains of _Salmonella_ I 4,[5],12:b:- (50), _Salmonella_ Javiana (5), _Salmonella_ Okatie (16), or _Salmonella_ Thompson (16) have been reported from 35 states.
States / Case Count
Alaska / 1
Alabama / 1
Arizona / 4
California / 6
Colorado / 2
Delaware / 1
Florida / 3
Georgia / 2
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PRO/EDR> Diphtheria - Yemen (03): fatal, WHO, vaccination campaign, medical supplies

healthmap - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 15:26
Diphtheria -- Yemen
The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and national health authorities have completed a large-scale vaccination campaign to control the spread of diphtheria in Yemen.
The campaign targeted nearly 2.7 million children aged 6 weeks to 15 years in 11 governorates. It focused on locations reporting suspected cases of diphtheria and areas at high risk of spread of the infectious respiratory disease. More than 6000 health workers were mobilized during the campaign, including for community
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (10): Congo DR, cVDPV

healthmap - Sat, 17/03/2018 - 02:19
Polio -- DR Congo
Authors: Alleman MM, Chitale R, Burns CC, et al.
[NOTE: Due to length of article, well worth reading in entirety, Tables, Figures and References have been omitted and can be found at the original URL above. - Mod.MPP]
The last confirmed wild poliovirus (WPV) case in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had paralysis onset in December 2011 (1). DRC has had cases of vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) documented since 2004 [Table 1 - Number of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases with any
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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - Australia (03): fatal, cantaloupe, more cases

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 21:58
Listeriosis -- Australia
A Victorian man in his 80s has become the 5th person to die in a listeriosis outbreak after eating contaminated rockmelons [also known as cantaloupes]. A total of 3 Victorians and 2 people from New South Wales have died after consuming fruit linked to a farm in southern NSW.
Victoria's deputy chief health officer, Dr Brett Sutton, said the latest death had been linked to the outbreak only after test results came back. "Sadly, the investigation has also confirmed that a miscarriage has also
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PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis - South Africa (10): fatal, more cases

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 21:56
Listeriosis -- South Africa
A total of 11 more cases of listeriosis have been reported to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), but no more deaths so far. "No additional deaths have been reported since the last situation update [on 8 Mar 2018]," the NICD said on [Thu 15 Mar 2018]. So far, 183 people have died of the food-borne disease outbreak and 978 cases have been reported since January 2017.
The NICD has been able to analyse data relating to some of the patients, in an effort to form a picture
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PRO/AH/EDR> Pneumonia ovine - USA: (AK) wild ungulates, alert

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 17:44
Pneumonia -- United States
A bacterium long feared by sheep hunters and wildlife managers has been found for the 1st time among wild sheep in Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that _Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae_ -- often known as _M. ovi_ -- has been found in sheep killed last year [2017] by hunters in the Talkeetna Mountains area. The bacterium was also found in wild goats in the Kenai Peninsula.
The bacterium is not native to Alaska. In the Lower 48 [states], it is blamed for contributing to
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PRO/AH/EDR> Trichinellosis - USA: (CA) domesticated wild boar, 2017

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 17:39
Trichinosis -- United States
Heaton D, Huang S, Shiau R, et al. Trichinellosis outbreak linked to consumption of privately raised raw boar meat -- California, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67(8): 247-9. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6708a3; available at ]
[Byline: Linda Larsen]
Communicated by:

[As discussed in the text pigs or wild boars exposed to the environment can become infected with _Trichinella_ spp and pass the infection to the consumer. In a situation where veterinary control of the
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PRO/AH/EDR> Antibiotic resistance - China: colistin, mcr-4, mcr-5, pigs, poultry

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:48
Antimicrobial resistance -- China
1. Chen L, Zhang J, Wang J, et al. Newly identified colistin resistance genes, mcr-4 and mcr-5, from upper and lower alimentary tract of pigs and poultry in China. PLoS One. 2018; 13(3): e0193957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193957; available at .]
Communicated by:
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall
[The following is the abstract from the journal article referenced in the news report above:
"Antimicrobial resistance against colistin has emerged worldwide threatening the efficacy
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PRO/PL> Stewart's wilt, maize - Italy: (FV)

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:55
Other Plant Disease -- Italy
In Italy, _Pantoea stewartii_ (EPPO A2 List) was detected during official surveys carried out in maize (_Zea mays_) fields in Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. In June 2017, a total of 8-10 symptomatic leaves were sampled from 1-5 maize plants growing in the same field (sample size varied according to the plant size). In August 2017, the identity of the bacterium was confirmed in symptomatic leaf samples.
Further surveys are being carried out to determine the distribution of the bacterium in
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PRO/AH/EDR> MERS-CoV (10): Oman, Saudi Arabia, WHO

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 02:26
MERS -- Oman
On [4 Mar 2018], the National IRH focal point of Oman reported 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
The patient was a 74-year-old male Omani national, living in Batinah, who had symptom onset on [23 Feb 2018]. The patient had neither recently travelled nor had any contact with any person with respiratory symptoms or with a known MERS-CoV case. The patient took care of camels that were reportedly ill. The investigation of the patient's exposure in the
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PRO/PL> Silver scurf, potato - USA: increase

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 02:09
Other Plant Disease -- United States
"I'm getting more questions about silver scurf at harvest," said Andy Robinson, North Dakota State and Minnesota Universities. Potato growers see the disease as a growing threat. Amanda Gevens, University of Wisconsin, also is seeing more silver scurf, a common potato disease found in all major production areas of the United States.
Efforts to combat silver scurf are complicated by its close resemblance to black dot, another crop disease. "Sometimes you can't tell them apart," [she said].
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PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (09): Afghanistan (WPV), Congo DR (cVDPV)

healthmap - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 01:16
Polio -- Afghanistan
New wild poliovirus cases reported this week: 0
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2018: 3
Total number of wild poliovirus cases in 2017: 22
New cVDPV cases reported this week: 2
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2018: 2
Total number of cVDPV cases in 2017: 96
- The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) Polio Working Group recently met in Geneva, Switzerland, to review global progress against polio. The group reviewed and endorsed the main elements
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PRO/AH/EDR> Hantavirus - Americas (21): Panama (LS)

healthmap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:37
Hantavirus -- Panama
Authorities from the Ministry of Health (MINSA) in Los Santos province maintain a state of alert with the progressive increase in hantavirus [infection] cases.
Recently, 2 new cases from Tonosi and Las Tablas districts have detected said Carlos Muñoz, MINSA epidemiologist in the province.
So far this year [2018] there is a total of 15 cases.
Muñoz indicated that these most recent patients are progressing well and are under observation.
Communicated by:
ProMED-mail from
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PRO/EDR> Syphilis - USA (04): (AK) Anchorage, MSM, HIV, smartphone apps

healthmap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:34
HIV/AIDS -- United States
The purpose of this Public Health Advisory is to raise awareness about an increase in the number of syphilis cases reported during the first quarter of 2018. To date, there have been 20 confirmed cases and 2 probable cases of infectious syphilis reported in 2018. By comparison, annual case counts were 20, 20, and 21 for 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively.
Most (80 percent) of the cases in 2018 occurred in Anchorage; 90 percent were in males; and ages ranged from 20­63 years, with 80
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PRO/EDR> Acute flaccid myelitis - North America: USA (CO)

healthmap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:28
Other Human Disease -- United States
"Most patients will have sudden onset of limb weakness and loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Some patients, in addition to the limb weakness, will experience facial droop/weakness, difficulty moving the eyes, drooping eyelids, or difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech. Numbness or tingling is rare in patients with AFM, though some patients have pain in their arms or legs. Some patients with AFM may be unable to urinate. The most severe symptom of AFM is respiratory failure that can
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ID consults tied to lower death rates in MDR infections

cidrap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 23:03
Chris Dall | News Reporter | CIDRAP NewsMar 15, 2018

With some multidrug-resistant bacteria, having infectious disease consults cut death rates 52% to 59%.

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News Scan for Mar 15, 2018

cidrap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 21:15
Oral polio vaccine efficacyAvian flu in Netherlands, Sweden, TaiwanMonkeypox preparedness priorities
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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 15, 2018

cidrap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 20:58
MCR-4, MCR-5 in ChinaAward for blood infection testAntibiotics and Staph biofilms
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PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax - Australia (02): (QL) bovine recurrence

healthmap - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 20:58
Anthrax -- Australia
Graziers in Southern Queensland are urged to vaccinate their livestock against anthrax following another case near St George, a year since about 80 head died on a local property.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said only a small number of cattle had died in the recent case. "Our officers moved quickly to contain the disease on that individual property by immediately restricting all movement of livestock on and off that location," he said. "The owners undertook
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