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Biological Hazard India State of Madhya Pradesh, Meghnagar Damage level Details

 

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Biological Hazard in India on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

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The contagious disease measles, popularly known as ‘Chhoti Mata’ is spreading in the villages, which fall under the CHC (Community Health Centre) of village Madrani. Till now, the disease has claimed lives of two children in village Dhebar and of one infant girl in Vasunia Sat Falia of Madrani. After the death of two children, the health department held a check-up camp and found 29 children affected by this disease. However, as per unofficial guess, the number of affected children may be more than double of this number. As an instance, Rajia Bhuria of village Kelkua his two sons and one daughter are affected by this disease, but he did not contact doctors and went to the ‘Badwa’ (traditional faith healer), who tied a sacred thread on the hands of affected children. The tribal still believe in these sorts of faith healers and the treatment of worshipping the Mataji (deity) can heal the suffering children. Because of these superstitions, many of the tribal have not approached to the doctors and therefore, the health department does not know the right number of affected children.Superstitions and inefficient CHC together multiplying the problem Another aspect of this situation is the various drawbacks of this CHC of Madrani. The most important is of insufficient staff provided at this health centre. There is only one doctor and one ANM at this centre, who have the responsibility of more than a dozen villages around this CHC. Moreover, many villagers among the thousands of villagers living in these villages have complaint that, when they come to the CHC, they do not find the doctor or nurse here. In these circumstances, the villagers again get turned towards the ‘Badwas or Tantriks’. Many times, when the disease gets cured naturally or due to use of some herbs, their faith in these faith healers become stronger. Because of high influence of such superstitions in these areas, these people do not approach to doctors and the result is evident that even after the death of three children, people are not bringing the affected children to the doctors. During the check-up camp and visits of doctors, many malnourished children were also seen, but the doctors ignored their need for treatment and dietary recommendations or providing them the facilities of government schemes for malnourished children.What doctors said? “Symptoms of measles were found in 29 children, among them 3 died and 24 children have recovered, to whom, the dose of vitamin A were given. Two more children are recovering”. Dr. Ajnar, Madrani Community Health Centre “This is a viral disease, which spread in May-June and usually after every four years. The department is trying its best for treatment of affected children, but due to lack of awareness, the villagers are not bringing the children to the hospital”.
Biohazard name: Measles (fatal)
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed

 

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Measles spreads in villages, 3 die, over 30 affected

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Meghnagar: The contagious disease measles, popularly known as ‘Chhoti Mata’ is spreading in the villages, which fall under the CHC (Community Health Centre) of village Madrani. Till now, the disease has claimed lives of two children in village Dhebar and of one infant girl in Vasunia Sat Falia of Madrani.

After the death of two children, the health department held a check-up camp and found 29 children affected by this disease. However, as per unofficial guess, the number of affected children may be more than double of this number.

As an instance, Rajia Bhuria of village Kelkua his two sons and one daughter are affected by this disease, but he did not contact doctors and went to the ‘Badwa’ (traditional faith healer), who tied a sacred thread on the hands of affected children. The tribal still believe in these sorts of faith healers and the treatment of worshipping the Mataji (deity) can heal the suffering children.

Because of these superstitions, many of the tribal have not approached to the doctors and therefore, the health department does not know the right number of affected children.Superstitions and inefficient CHC together multiplying the problem Another aspect of this situation is the various drawbacks of this CHC of Madrani.

The most important is of insufficient staff provided at this health centre. There is only one doctor and one ANM at this centre, who have the responsibility of more than a dozen villages around this CHC. Moreover, many villagers among the thousands of villagers living in these villages have complaint that, when they come to the CHC, they do not find the doctor or nurse here.

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Radioactive dump site found in remote North Dakota town

March 11, 2014 1:08 pm  • 

Police and state health officials are investigating the illegal dumping of radioactive filter socks in an abandoned gas station in the tiny remote town of Noonan in Divide County.

“This is a vacant building filled with toxic waste,” said Divide County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Schroeder, lead investigator, who says the building’s apparent owner is a fugitive on felony larceny charges in Wyoming and so far not traceable.

The building’s contents were reported two weeks ago to Divide County Emergency Manager Jody Gunlock, who said the situation was turned over to the state Health Department and Divide County law enforcement.

Health Department waste division manager Scott Radig said the building contains at least twice as much filter sock material and is more than twice as radioactive as the open trailers loaded with the socks discovered near Watford City three weeks ago.

Schroeder said six separate rooms in the old Mobil gas station contain industrial-sized black garbage bags of filter socks. He estimates at least 200 bags or more are piled into the dirt-floor structure’s warren of rooms.

Schroeder said he’s trying to track down the building owner so the state can jointly develop a cleanup plan. He said county records show Ken Ward, or his wife, own the building as of January 2012, though property taxes for the year were paid by his mother, Edie Ward, who sells real estate in Montana. He said Ken Ward, who escaped police custody, is nowhere to be found.

From records in the building, Schroeder said he has identified a filter sock supply company, Acceleration Production of Watford City, and hopes that will help identify the oil field service company that used them in oil field operations and ditched them in the building.

 

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February 22 2014 06:10 PM HAZMAT USA State of North Dakota, Watford City Damage level Details

 

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HAZMAT in USA on Saturday, 22 February, 2014 at 18:10 (06:10 PM) UTC.

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Federal and state health officials are investigating leaking trailers loaded with thousands of pounds of potentially radioactive filter socks and debris parked on rural property southwest of Watford City. A special agent with the Environmental Protection Agency criminal investigations unit is assigned to the case and a radiation control team from the state Health Department was on scene Friday. Brad Torgerson, with the state Health Department’s waste management division, said the team determined that radiation levels “do not appear to present any public health hazards.” He said the company, RP Services, of Riverton, Wyo., was told to put the waste in proper containers and submit a plan for cleanup. A formal enforcement action is possible, Torgerson said. EPA special agent Dan O’Malley contacted state health officials about the waste; when contacted by the Tribune, O’Malley said he could not confirm his agency’s investigation. The RP Services trailers are parked on property owned by Russ and Mary Williams, whose separate company was involved in an illegal filter sock disposal that led to a $27,000 fine at the McKenzie County landfill operation last summer.

The filter socks are a notorious source of radioactive material because they concentrate naturally occurring radiation from geology down the well hole. The Health Department says the filters should not be landfilled anywhere in North Dakota and instead, should be handled by certified companies for disposal at hazardous waste sites in other states. The trailers loaded with the leaking material and filter socks were reported Thursday to McKenzie County landfill director Rick Schreiber. Schreiber has adopted a tough policy and his is the first landfill in the country to install radiation detection pedestals that monitor every load coming into the landfill. The Health Department is awaiting results of a study on radioactive oil field and other waste before deciding whether to raise its allowable limit of radiation and how disposal sites would be constructed. Because landfills won’t take the socks and levy fines when haulers are caught bringing them in, they sometimes end up in community Dumpsters around towns and roadside ditches. Jerry Samuelson, McKenzie County’s emergency manager, said the JP Services incident illustrates how oil development stretches local governments.

 

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Riverton company’s trailers found leaking toxic material in N.D.

 

MCKENZIE COUNTY, N.D. — Federal and state health officials are investigating leaks from trailers loaded with thousands of pounds of potentially radioactive filter socks and debris parked on rural land in North Dakota.

The trailers are owned by a Wyoming company, RP Services. A North Dakota Health Department official said the Riverton company had been instructed to dispose of the waste in proper containers and submit a cleanup plan.

A special agent in the Environmental Protection Agency criminal investigations unit was assigned to the case, and on Friday, a radiation control team from the state Health Department showed up at the property, which is southwest of Watford City, N.D.

Brad Torgerson, of the state Health Department’s waste management division, said the team determined that radiation levels “do not appear to present any public health hazards.” Formal enforcement action is possible, Torgerson said.

 

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Published on Jan 5, 2014

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Medical marijuana may not be kind to hospitals

Health systems that participate in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to distribute medical marijuana could run afoul of federal laws—jeopardizing their government funding, drug advocates say.

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Updated: January 7, 2014 6:15 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize medical marijuana program could put hospitals in a bind. Marijuana advocates say hospitals in other states where medical pot is legal have steered clear of distributing the drug for fear of running afoul of federal laws—and possibly losing government funding.

An executive order Mr. Cuomo intends to announce at his State of the State address Wednesday in Albany would use a 1980 state law to allow 20 hospitals in New York to distribute the drug to patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma or other “approved” diseases, according to the law named after Antonio Oliveri, a former city councilman and assemblyman who died from a brain tumor and advocated marijuana as a drug that could relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

The law, however, does not explicitly allow hospitals to buy the drug or to sell it to patients. Medical marijuana advocates say the “Olivieri law” only allows for the use of marijuana that comes from the federal government or local drug busts, which may not be medical grade marijuana. That could make it difficult for hospitals to make money on a pot program. It would also mean a medical marijuana program would have to be funded through the state Department of Health, health care industry experts said.

“They would presumably have to find money somewhere for testing the purity and safety of the seized marijuana and packaging it,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan). “There would be considerable staff and administrative expenses for the department.”

 

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Swine flu scare as disease hits KZN

 

 

 


 

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The Health Department has played down fears of a new outbreak of the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) virus – commonly known as swine flu – despite at least 100 cases of it across KwaZulu-Natal.

 

One woman is thought to have died as a result of the virus after spending several days in isolated care at a Durban hospital.

 

A well-placed source at the Netcare hospital in Durban, who asked not to be named, said that the woman had tested positive for the H1N1 virus while undergoing treatment for another ailment.

 

“She contracted the H1N1 strain and sadly she died while she was being treated for it. Her death has been attributed to her underlying pathology but not swine flu, despite testing positive for the virus,” the source said. The woman had cancer.

 

Netcare spokeswoman Mary Ann Nabbie said that there had been two suspected cases but only one patient had tested positive.

 

“The one and only patient with confirmed H1N1 unfortunately passed away,” she said. “This patient was, however, severely compromised because of another, pre-existing condition. We follow standard, national and international protocols in this regard.”

 

Swine flu is an airborne disease that is spread in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing, and has no connection to the consumption of pork products.

 

According to the flu surveillance report compiled by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, data generated from one clinic in Pietermaritzburg suggests that there have been more than 100 infections at that clinic alone.

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  09.05.2013 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Virginia, Tunstall [Tunstall High School] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC.

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The principal at Tunstall High School believes an outbreak of chickenpox is under control. 25 students have the disease. The Health Department spent the start of this week giving vaccinations to more than 100 students at both Tunstall High School and Tunstall Middle School. The schools are beside one another. There are only ten days left in the school year and nurses will monitor the chicken pox outbreak until then. Last week nearly two dozen students reported the sickness within three days, the highest number of cases at one time at Tunstall.
Biohazard name: Chickenpox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Epidemic Hazard in USA on Friday, 29 March, 2013 at 09:13 (09:13 AM) UTC.

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About 7,000 patients of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental practice were being notified they could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis over the past six years, health authorities said Thursday. Dentist W. Scott Harrington voluntarily stopped practicing when the joint investigation by the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health began, the Tulsa agency said in a statement. “The dentist is cooperating with investigators through his attorney,” the department said. According to the State Board of Dentistry, the investigation into Harrington’s practice found “numerous violations of health and safety laws and major violations of the State Dental Act,” the health department said. While the statement did not elaborate, the department said investigators with the state dental board “have been assisted by agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration concerning the maintenance, control and use of drugs on the premises.”

The investigation, it said, is “multifaceted and ongoing.” Patients who have seen Harrington since 2007 will be notified by letter. It is recommended they be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the health department said. Harrington worked in the Tulsa suburb of Owasso. “Hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV are serious medical conditions, and infected patients may not have outward symptoms of the disease for many years,” the health department said. “As a precaution, and in order to take appropriate steps to protect their health, it is important for these patients to get tested. It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare.” Joyce Baylor, who said she was Harrington’s patient in the past, said she heard about the health risk from a news report. Baylor said she has not yet received a letter from health officials but she was going to see her doctor next week.

“The (dental) office was clean,” Baylor said. “I had no idea, that things weren’t what they should have been.” Callers to Harrington’s office heard a recording stating the office was currently closed. CNN spoke to an emergency page representative, who said she believed the closure was temporary. The page representative said Harrington was not available unless a caller had a dental emergency. Patient information is available only from the past seven years, the department said. Those who saw Harrington before 2007 may not receive a letter. Testing will be done free of charge at the health department starting Saturday and resuming on Monday, the statement said. A hotline has been set up for people with questions about the notifications.

Biohazard name: Numerous and massive HIV and hepatitis infection
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
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7,000 warned of potential HIV, hepatitis exposure

7,000 warned of potential HIV, hepatitis exposureSome 7,000 patients of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, dental practice were being notified they could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis over the past six years, health authorities said Thursday.

Dentist W. Scott Harrington voluntarily stopped practicing when the joint investigation by the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health began, the Tulsa agency said in a statement. “The dentist is cooperating with investigators through his attorney,” the department said.

According to the State Board of Dentistry, the investigation into Harrington’s practice found “numerous violations of health and safety laws and major violations of the State Dental Act,” the health department said.

While the statement did not elaborate, the department said investigators with the state dental board “have been assisted by agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration concerning the maintenance, control and use of drugs on the premises.”

The investigation, it said, is “multifaceted and ongoing.”

Patients who have seen Harrington since 2007 will be notified by letter. It is recommended they be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, the health department said. Harrington worked in the Tulsa suburb of Owasso.

“Hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV are serious medical conditions, and infected patients may not have outward symptoms of the disease for many years,” the health department said.

“As a precaution, and in order to take appropriate steps to protect their health, it is important for these patients to get tested. It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare.”

Callers to Harrington’s office heard a recording stating the office was currently closed. CNN spoke to an emergency page representative, who said she believed the closure was temporary.

The page representative said Harrington was not available unless a caller had a dental emergency.

Patient information is available only from the past seven years, the department said. Those who saw Harrington before 2007 may not receive a letter.

Testing will be done free of charge at the health department starting Saturday and resuming on Monday, the statement said. A hotline has been set up for people with questions about the notifications.

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Published time: March 07, 2013 19:49
Dr Jonathan Schmitz examines a sample of Aspergillus fumigatus, the first fungus diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States (Reuters / Harrison McClary)

Dr Jonathan Schmitz examines a sample of Aspergillus fumigatus, the first fungus diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States (Reuters / Harrison McClary)

New York is facing a deadly meningitis outbreak that is targeting gay men, many of which are HIV-positive. The city’s health department said several gay men have been found dead in their homes, and is urging people to immediately get vaccinated.

“Since August 2010, we’ve detected 12 cases of this very specific strain but what we’re most concerned about is that in the past four weeks there have been four cases and one of those cases has died,” Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Jay Varma, told CBS affiliate 1010 WINS.

All of the recent bacterial meningitis cases have involved HIV-positive gay men who have had close contact with nose or throat discharges from an infected person. The New York Health Department initially issued a warning about the bacterial meningitis for HIV-positive men, but have since changed that warning to apply to all gay men. There have been 17 cases of bacterial meningitis in New York since 2012 and 22 cases since 2010, seven of which were fatal.

“Meningitis symptoms usually come on quickly, and the disease can be fatal if not treated right away,” Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in a press release.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Epidemic Hazards

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Published on Mar 7, 2013

A fresh outbreak of suspected cerebrospinal meningitis has killed more than 100 in north-west Nigeria and dozens more elsewhere in the country.People in the town of Jabo ave never seen anything like the past two weeks. They have just buried 60 people. The cause of the latest outbreak is unknown and health workers have treated people based on the symptoms they have shown.The government says medical teams have been deployed to carry out an immunisation and education programme and more epidemics are expected. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Jabo in Northern Nigeria.

Earth Watch Report  –  Epidemic Hazards

 

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Second bird flu patient dies in Guizhou

 

By Michael Evans

Shanghaiist.com

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A 31 year old man died Friday after having contracted H5N1 bird flu earlier this month, according to authorities in Guizhou. The website of the province’s health department said the man, who developed symptoms of the virus February 3, died of multiple organ failure.

This is the second bird flu death in Guizhou in less than two weeks, coming after a 21 year old woman died February 13. Health officials have found no connection between the two cases, and the two are reported to have come into close contact with birds.

Experts have long feared that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a strain transmissible between humans, as opposed to the current form which can only be contracted directly from birds. However there seems to be little risk that the virus has spread beyond the two cases in Guizhou, as Xinhua reports that over a hundred people who had been in contact with the patients have been released from quarantine after showing no symptoms of bird flu.