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2015-09-16 03:29:17 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150916-50095-USA
Date&Time: 2015-09-16 03:29:17 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Washington,
Location: Lincoln, Stevens and Pend Oreille countries,
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White-tailed deer in the Spokane region are dying, perhaps by the hundreds, in an outbreak of a drought-related viral disease called bluetongue, Washington wildlife officials say. As of Monday, Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists in Spokane had compiled 50 reports of more than 100 deer that were dead or sick, said Kevin Robinette, regional wildlife manager. Additional reports are coming in from Lincoln County and southern areas of Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties, he said. White-tailed deer are most vulnerable to the disease, which is transmitted by gnats, especially in dry conditions when the deer are concentrated near waterholes and mud. Bluetongue, as well as the similar epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) rarely affect other species found in this region. Hemorrhagic disease outbreaks have killed small to large numbers of deer in portions of Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana in past years marked by dry summers. Clearwater region whitetails in the Kamiah area required years to rebuild populations after a 2003 EHD outbreak. “We appear to be in the middle of a bluetongue outbreak in the Spokane region just at the time we felt our whitetails had rebounded enough to expand either-sex deer hunting (for youth and senior hunters),” Robinette said. “Significant precipitation or the first killing frost usually brings an end to these die-offs.” Deer in the early stages of hemorrhagic disease may appear lethargic, disoriented, lame, or unresponsive to the presence of humans, he said. Although the incubation periods is 5- to 10 days, once the disease take hold, the deer can die, often salivating excessively, within a few days. Humans are not affected by these viruses, according to Fish and Wildlife officials. However, the agency’s website recommends that hunters avoid shooting and consuming animals that are obviously sick.
The name of Hazard: Bluetongue (white-tailed deer)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
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Shellfish Alert for New Zealand and Australia ( Don’t eat the shellfish!)

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2014-12-09 04:32:10 – Biological Hazard – New Zealand

EDIS Code: BH-20141209-46261-NZL
Date&Time: 2014-12-09 04:32:10 [UTC]
Continent: Australia – New-Zealand
Country: New Zealand
State/Prov.: North Island,
Location: Bay of Plenty region,
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Number of infected people: 6

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In the past 24 hours, reports of six people suffering from toxic shellfish poisoning have been received by the Medical Officer of Health. Each person affected had eaten shellfish collected from the coastline which has a current health warning. Dr Jim Miller, Medical Officer of Health, would like to remind the public that this health warning due to shellfish toxins along part of Bay of Plenty coastline is still in place. “I’ve had reports that people have been continuing to eat shellfish and have felt unwell after doing so. The toxins can make people very ill and I strongly advise not collecting or consuming shellfish from any part of the affected area,” says Dr Miller. “These are the first cases we have had reported since the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) outbreak in the Bay of Plenty in late 2012. The PSP toxin levels in shellfish from this area are rising and I urge people to heed the warning and make sure that their visitors and friends are aware,” says Dr Miller. A health warning was issued on 28th November 2014 advising against the collection of shellfish from Mount Maunganui and along the Bay of Plenty coast to Whakatane Heads in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The warning includes all islands and estuaries along this part of the coastline. The health warning applies to all bi-valve shellfish including mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops as well as cat’s eyes, snails and kina (sea urchin). Shellfish in the affected area should not be taken or eaten. Shellfish containing the toxin don’t look or taste any different from shellfish that are safe to eat. Cooking or freezing the shellfish does not remove the toxin. Paua, crayfish and crabs can still be taken but as always, the gut should be removed before consuming. Consumption of shellfish affected by the PSP toxin can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth, face, hands and feet; difficulty swallowing or breathing; dizziness; double vision; and in severe cases, paralysis and respiratory failure. These symptoms can start as soon as 1-2 hours after eating toxic shellfish and usually within 12 hours. Anyone suffering illness after eating shellfish should seek urgent medical attention.

The name of Hazard: Toxic shellfish poisoning
Species: Human
Status: Confirmed