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19 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - Asia - China
Technological Disaster - North-America - Canada
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - Europe - United Kingdom
Tornado - North-America - USA
Explosion - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - Europe - France
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Heat Wave - North-America - Canada
Forest / Wild Fire - Middle-East - Israel
Vehicle Accident - Africa - South Africa
Hailstorm - North-America - USA
Epidemic - North-America - Canada

Biological Hazard - Asia - China

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 11:25 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110718-31622-CHN
Date / time: 18/07/2011 06:23:50 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Shandong
Location: [Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Dead fish offshore from Changdao county in Shandong province has no relation to the oil leak of Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, despite its close proximity to the site, according to the latest test results released by the State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Beijing Times reported on Monday. Results from monitoring released by the State Oceanic Administration showed that 3,400 square kilometers of water had been polluted and, as of July 11, the edge of the affected area was 38 kilometers east of Changdao county. Meanwhile, test results of water and fish from Changdao county released by the Ministry of Agriculture indicated that the oil content of the water in the fish farming areas of Changdao’s Daqing and Tuoji Islands did not exceed the standard limit. In addition, after preliminary analysis, the experts thought the death of the fish in the farming areas around Daqing Island was caused by a bacterial infection, but the exact cause could not be known until further analysis. Fish stocks around Tuoji Island are unaffected.


Technological Disaster - North-America - Canada

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 11:22 PM PDT

EDIS Number: AC-20110718-31621-CAN
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:37:01 [UTC]
Event: Technological Disaster
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: Ottawa [Ottawa Bluesfest]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 10 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Thousands of people were evacuated from Ottawa’s Bluesfest on Sunday after the stage collapsed during a Cheap Trick concert. Ottawa Fire Services confirmed Sunday evening that no one was trapped underneath the stage. Although there were initial reports of injuries, the official Bluesfest statement released via Twitter just after 8 p.m. said, “There are no serious injuries on site.” Several minutes later, Ottawa fire tweeted that the area underneath the crumbled stage had been searched a second time. Concertgoer Pamela Cogan disputed the Bluesfest statement, saying a pole broke off the back of the stage and hit Cheap Trick’s driver. “I held his head until I got him into the ambulance,” said Cogan, a respiratory therapist at the Ottawa Hospital who is also trained in first aid. She said he suffered head and leg injuries and a cut on his stomach. “I can’t understand how people on the stage weren’t hurt,” said Cogan, who said she was standing about three metres away when the storm hit. The Sunday evening programming at the multi-day outdoor concert was cancelled after the violent storm. Bluesfest videographer Alex Gebethner, 24, was on top of the tower in front of the main stage with a group of people, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, when the tornado-force winds hit around 7:20 p.m. Cheap Trick was about 20 minutes into their performance, but was able to get off the stage safely. Another videographer was about to descend the steep stairs when a gust of wind nearly swept him off the 15-metre tower. Gebethner said someone, likely a mayor’s aide, grabbed him, and probably saved his life. “I haven’t been this close to death in a while,” said an obviously rattled Gebethner.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:22 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110718-31620-USA
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:21:54 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: Cohocton [Interstate 390]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 19 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A tour bus crash sent at least 19 passengers to area hospitals Sunday afternoon. According to scanner reports, a tour bus rolled into the median off Interstate 390 in Cohocton at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Details were few on the accident, which closed down the westbound lane for at least 20 miles. It was not known what caused the accident, how many people were on board or if there were any fatalities. YNN News out of Syracuse reported that a tour bus with 37 people on board rolled into the median. According to scanner reports, all available ambulances and medical helicopters in the area were called to the scene. Karin Christensen, a spokesman for Strong Memorial Hospital, said as of 8 p.m., three passengers had arrived by helicopter and one by ambulance. At press time, two were still being evaluated and two were in guarded condition, Christensen said. Eight passengers were taken to Noyes Hospital in Dansville, said Sean Fadale, vice president of business development there. He said patients had a variety of injuries. As of 8 p.m., he did not anticipate any additional patients from the bus crash being brought to his facility. A representative from Corning Hospital said seven passengers were brought there for treatment. She could not comment on the condition of any of the patients. At press time representatives of the State Police were unavailable for comment.


Flash Flood - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:20 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110718-31619-PHL
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:19:01 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Northern Mindanao
Location: City of Cagayan de Oro
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 1 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A five-year-old went missing after being swept away by heavy current in a flashflood incident in Cagayan de Oro City. In its latest report today, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that the victim Angel Inso went missing while crossing through a wooden bridge with her mother at Sitio Bantiles, Barangy Bogo in Cagayan de Oro. The flashflood was caused by the overflowing of a creek near Bantiles Bridge due to continuous heavy rains. The Philippine Coast Guard is still conducting search and rescue operation for the missing victim.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:17 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110718-31618-USA
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:16:35 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Maine
Location: [Matinicus Airport, Matinicus Isle]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 4 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

Four people were injured, two critically, when a small private plane crashed in the water just after taking off from Matinicus Airport this evening. The plane crashed at about 6 p.m. about 150 yards off shore and all four people on board were recovered by a nearby fishing boat, said a release from the Coast Guard. They were taken to Matinicus Island, then transported to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockland. The two most seriously injured passengers were then flown by Lifeflight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The crash and its cause are under investigation.


Flash Flood - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:15 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110718-31617-GBR
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:13:56 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: Scotland
Location: Peebles
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Freak weather conditions caused by unseasonable areas of low pressure resulted in widespread disruption across Scotland over the weekend as severe flash floods brought chaotic conditions - and it's not over yet. Some parts of the country endured more than a fortnight's worth of rain in the space of just 24 hours as torrential bursts of rain ensured a busy time for emergency services. Homes were flooded and some residents had to be rescued after the latest in a series of flash flooding incidents. The extreme conditions look set to ease as the week progresses, although forecasters have warned the unsettled weather will bring further rainfall, with little chance of fine, dry conditions for the rest of the month. With many communities left reeling by flooding during the peak of summer, metereologists said low pressure and a dry spring were partly to blame for the fierce weather. Some of the worst conditions hit Perthshire on Saturday. Weather-watcher Brian Blair said up to two inches of rain fell in Dunkeld within half an hour, flooding the ground floor of his home and washing debris down the street. Tayside Fire and Rescue evacuated two elderly residents from a flooded property in the Bridgend area of Perth, while firefighters pumped water from the city's flooded streets in the early hours of yesterday.

In the Highlands, roads were flooded in Inverness, with entire streets shut off in the Culloden and Smithton areas. Severe rain in Edinburgh led the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to issue flood warnings for the Bonnington, Colinton Mains, Stockbridge and Warriston areas of the capital. The A701 was closed in both directions between Beattock and Dumfries for what was described as "severe flooding", giving drivers a 26-mile detour. The heavy rainfall and thunder and lightning across much of the country saw some regions drenched by more than half the average July rainfall in the space of just 24 hours. Strathallan in Stirlingshire suffered 41.8mm of rain from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday, making it the wettest place in the country, and the second wettest in the entire UK - only Spadeadam in Cumbria, which endured 50.4mm of rain over the same period, fared worse.


Tornado - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:13 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TO-20110718-31616-USA
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:12:17 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of North Dakota
Location: [Cooperstown, Hannaford]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A tornado touched down near Hannaford, N.D., in Griggs County about 3:16 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. It said the tornado was on the ground for about two minutes, four miles west of Hannaford, or about 14 miles southwest of Cooperstown. It was reported by a “stormchaser,” according to the weather service, and the information is preliminary. Trees and tree limbs were knocked down, but there were no reports of injuries. An F1 tornado hit four miles south-southeast of New Rockford, N.D., at 1:08 p.m. today, knocking a path though a shelter belt of trees on the east side of U.S. Highway 281, the weather service said. That would be roughly in line with the tornado reported west of Hannaford two hours later and about 45 miles southeast, pretty much following the line of a BNSF rail line. Hail as big as 2.75 inches in diameter were reported across the same region, the largest reported about 15 miles north of Valley City. Thunderstorm winds also were blamed for downed trees in several locations, including in Bemidji. Heavy wind and rains cut visibility to near zero shortly before 8 p.m. today about three miles east of Gwinner, in southeast North Dakota and laying tree branches across a highway. Wind speeds were as high as 72 mph, the weather service said.

The weather service issued a tornado warning for northeastern Barnes County and northwestern Cass County until 5:15 p.m. today because radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes at 4:09 p.m. moving from about 19 miles northeast of Valley City, N.D., southeast at about 25 mph. The thunderstorm was expected to be near Page about 4:35 p.m., Ayr about 4:50 p.m. and Erie and Buffalo about 4:55 p.m., and Absaraka about 5:05 p.m. Earlier, the weather service said a tornado warning was in effect southeastern Griggs County, northeastern Barnes County and southwestern Steele County in east-central North Dakota until 4:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm with the potential to create tornadoes was about 38 miles northwest of Valley City was moving southeast at about 20 mph. The storm was expected to reach Pillsbury, N.D., which is 20 miles north of Valley City, about 4:15 p.m. An apparent tornado ripped the roof off the shop at the Robert Campbell farm six miles northwest of Hannaford, N.D., about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Ryan Campbell and his parents “hit the basement,” as they heard the storm approaching. It took out some trees, too, but didn’t damage any equipment or hurt anyone, Ryan Campbell said. The Campbells estimate the damage to the shop roof at about $2,500.

A neighbor, Yvonne Hetland, who lives about a mile from the Campbells, saw the funnel cloud descend to close to the ground, but didn’t see it actually touch down, she said. She took photos of it. Campbell said he, too, didn’t see the tornado, but assumes the funnel cloud came down at least far enough to wreck the shop roof. A tornado also was reported Sunday afternoon a few miles south of the Campbell farm, but he didn’t see it, Ryan Campbell said. Farmers near Northwood, N.D., reported high winds Saturday afternoon, estimated at 60 to 70 mph, that toppled trees and laid flat some corn fields, where the corn was five feet high or better.The high winds also left a mess of downed tree branches in Northwood, residents said.


Explosion - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:11 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EX-20110718-31615-USA
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:11:01 [UTC]
Event: Explosion
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Wisconsin
Location: Rome
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 11 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Two people are in stable condition at a Neenah hospital after they and nine others, including a town of Rome firefighter, were injured in a fireworks explosion. The exposion occurred about 9:30 p.m. Saturday during a professional fireworks show at Romano’s Pizzeria, 108 Highway Z, Rome Police Chief Adam Grosz said. An initial investigation indicated that a 5-inch tube malfunctioned and exploded while on the ground, causing several other fireworks to also explode and send debris into the crowd of spectators, Grosz said. Sight and Sound Fireworks of Wisconsin Rapids, in conjunction with Spielbauer Fireworks Co., was conducting the display. Derek Bodette, 28, of Wisconsin Rapids and Marlene Fuller, 77, of Janesville were flown by helicopter to Theda Clark Memorial Hospital in Neenah where both were listed in stable condition, Grosz said. Bodette was a member of the crew setting off the fireworks display. One Rome firefighter was taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center in Wisconsin Rapids, where she was treated and released. Two other people were taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No further information was available about those three victims. Six other people received medical treatment at the scene and were not taken to the hospital. The Rome Police and Fire departments and Adams County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the incident. They were assisted on the scene by Nekoosa Ambulance, Curtis Ambulance, United Ambulance, a helicopter from Theda Clark Hospital, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department and Adams County Sheriff’s Department.


Vehicle Accident - Europe - France

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:09 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110718-31614-FRA
Date / time: 18/07/2011 03:07:55 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: France
State/County: Province of Rhone-Alpes
Location: [Near the Lyon-Bron Airport]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Two persons, who were on board of a French tourist plane, have been killed Sunday when their plane crashed upon its take-off from Bron domestic airport near to the French city of Lyon, east of France, according to French media outlets. The North America T6 airplane, which absorbs two persons on board, has crashed at the end of a runway parallel to road when it was going to take off toward Dijon, 170 km away from Bron airport. An investigation has been opened into the causes of the accident, and to determine the identity of the two victims.


Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 10:32 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110717-31613-USA
Date / time: 17/07/2011 17:31:35 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Michigan
Location: Detroit
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Get ready for a scorcher -- and today is just the start of what's expected to be a hot, hot week. Today's temperatures are predicted to reach 93, and the forecast is calling for highs in the 90s through next Saturday, said meteorologist Rachel Kulik with the National Weather Service in White Lake. It's not yet known when relief from the hot temps will come, Kulik said. The hottest days will be Wednesday and Thursday, when temperatures are predicted to hit the mid-90s, Kulik said. With the heat index, Wednesday will feel like it's 101-102 degrees, and Thursday will feel like it's 100, she said. "There's definitely a chance of some records being broken," Kulik said of the heat. The forecast also calls for thunderstorms on Monday. Kulik said it's not yet known how severe those storms might be, but there's a chance of rain Monday into Monday night. Those planning to be outside, whether golfing or attending the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, are urged to take precautions and stay hydrated. Today is an Ozone Action Day in Southeast Michigan, meaning people and businesses are asked to avoid activities that lead to ozone formation. That includes refueling your car, using gas-powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid. A few ways to help on Ozone Action Days include carpooling, biking to work, delaying or combining errands and avoiding yard work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are serious concerns when it gets this hot. Especially susceptible are infants and senior citizens. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves.


Heat Wave - North-America - Canada

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 10:31 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110717-31612-CAN
Date / time: 17/07/2011 17:30:19 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Quebec
Location: Toronto
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A heat alert continues Sunday as temperatures skyrocket to sweltering daytime highs in Toronto. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health first issued the alert Saturday morning. Environment Canada predicts a mostly sunny Sunday, with winds blowing in from the southwest and a high temperature of 34 C. Sunscreen is a must, with the UV index listed as 10, or very high. Sunday night will gradually become overcast, with a 40 per cent chance of rain and the chance of a thunderstorm before morning. Normal temperature for this time of year is 27 C, the agency says. The humidex advisory issued by Environment Canada for southern Ontario also continues Sunday. Most of the region will be hit with daytime high temperatures in the 30 C to 35 C range on Sunday, with the humidex making it feel as warm as 42 C. It’ll even be hard to sleep before heading back to work Monday, with humidex values above 30 C on Sunday night. On Monday, residents will get a break as a weak cold front moves in over most of southern Ontario. However, Environment Canada warns the muggy weather will return by mid-week and continue into the next weekend. Despite the sweltering weather, the city’s cooling centres do not open for heart alerts.

The seven locations are available during extreme heat alerts, defined as days when weather conditions suggest that the likelihood of heat-related death is at least 50 per cent greater than on a typical day. A heat alert indicates weather conditions suggest the chance of death stands at 25 to 50 per cent greater than on a typical day, according to the Toronto Public Health website. Instead, Torontonians can cool off at air-conditioned public places, including community centres and libraries. The city has issued two other heat alerts this year, on May 31 and June 8. Surprisingly, hot weather isn’t the only consideration when the city issues a heat alert. George Matsumura, a spokesperson for Toronto Public Health, said Wednesday that a number of factors, including wind speed, dew point, humidity and cloud cover, and the number of consecutive hot days need to be evaluated. “It’s not a simple thing,” he said. The city advises residents to drink plenty of water, avoid going outside during peak sun hours, wear loose clothing and limit physical activities.


Forest / Wild Fire - Middle-East - Israel

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 10:33 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110717-31611-ISR
Date / time: 17/07/2011 15:03:25 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Middle-East
Country: Israel
State/County: Jerusalem District
Location: [Mt. Herzl, Yad Vashem]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Yad Vashem museum evacuated and surrounding roads closed down as firefighting crews, planes battle blaze amid strong winds. Copious amounts of smoke could be seen rising towards Jerusalem in the direction of Mt. Herzl Sunday as a fire broke out in the Jerusalem Forest near Yad Vashem. The dry heat combined with a light wind was causing the blaze to spread quickly as eight firefighting crews along with two planes attempted to gain control over the blaze. One person who was near Yad Veshem was injured lightly from smoke inhalation and evacuated by paramedics. Police closed entry roads to the forest and set up a command center to coordinate firefighting efforts. The Yad Vashem museum was evacuated as well. Yad Vashem spokesperson Estee Yaari said that no damage had been caused to the museum and the fire seemed to be under control in that area. The Jerusalem municipality, police, and firefighting crews were asking residents of Har Nof and Beit Hakerem to remain in their homes until the fire was under control. The fire has not yet caused “any danger,” but will probably take several hours to control, as it is “a big fire and there are strong winds," spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service Yoram Levy told The Jerusalem Post at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Meanwhile, IDF General Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz ordered all military branches, including home front command, the medical core, and the air force to provide any assitance needed to combat the forest fire. This latest fire follows a weekend of flames that burned approximately 10,000 dunams of land in Ein Tina, a nature reserve between the Galilee and the Golan Heights, Levy said.


Vehicle Accident - Africa - South Africa

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 04:21 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110717-31610-ZAF
Date / time: 17/07/2011 11:19:06 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: South Africa
State/County: State of Limpopo
Location: Louis Trichardt [N1 highway]
Number of Deads: 12 person(s)
Number of Injured: 49 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Twelve Malawian nationals were killed and 49 others were injured when their bus overturned on the N1 highway near Louis Trichardt in Limpopo. The bus driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle when the brakes failed, SABC news reported on Sunday. The bus was en route from Malawi. Its destination has not yet been confirmed. The bus was not roadworthy and its licence had expired, Limpopo traffic department spokesman Sehlapelo Keshetse told the SABC.


Hailstorm - North-America - USA

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:10 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HS-20110714-31576-USA
Date / time: 14/07/2011 19:31:55 [UTC]
Event: Hailstorm
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: Denver
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

About 1,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Denver International Airport, the fifth-busiest in the country, after a hailstorm forced airlines to cancel flights. United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), which has the largest share of passengers at the airport, canceled 38 departures and 56 arrivals, Laura Coale, an airport spokeswoman, said in a recorded announcement. Three-quarter-inch hail pelted the airport just after 9 p.m., Wednesday, damaging about 40 planes, Coale said. United, the world’s biggest airline, serves more than 26 percent of Denver, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation statistics. Mike Trevino, a United spokesman, did not know how many of the stranded passengers were from the carrier’s flights. “We are currently inspecting aircraft before returning them to service,” he said. None of the stranded passengers were from Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) flights, said Marilee McInnis, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based carrier. Southwest serves more than 20 percent of passengers at Denver, the second-largest share. Three aircraft were damaged in the storm, McInnis said. Two were pulled from the fleet and the other was repaired and returned to normal operations. Additional planes were ferried to Denver to transport passengers Wednesday night and replace the aircraft undergoing repairs. No damage was reported to the Denver facilities, Coale said.


Epidemic - North-America - Canada

Posted: 17 Jul 2011 08:36 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EP-20110705-31416-CAN
Date / time: 05/07/2011 08:02:26 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: [Niagara Regional Municipality]
Number of Deads: 24 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Another patient linked to the C. difficile outbreak in Ontario's Niagara Region has died. An outbreak of C. difficile has claimed lives at three hospitals in Ontario's Niagara Region in the past two weeks. "A 10th patient related to the C. difficile outbreak at the St. Catharines General died earlier this morning," Dr. Joanna Hope, interim chief of staff for the Niagara Health System, said in a release Monday. "We truly recognize the loss that the family and friends of this patient are experiencing and on behalf of our staff and physicians we extend our sincere condolences," Hope added. The patient had serious underlying health issues and also had tested positive for C. difficile. The patient's death will be reviewed to determine what role C. difficile played or did not play. The death has also been reported to the coroner, Hope said. Clostridium difficile causes diarrhea and is one of the most common infections in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In severe cases, C. difficile can cause critical illness and death in elderly or very sick patients. Other C. difficile-related deaths in the outbreak occurred at St. Catharines General, four deaths at the Greater Niagara General site and two deaths at the Welland site.

"I don't think is so out of the ordinary compared to what we have seen in some outbreak settings, but it is definitely a concerning number," said Dr. Susy Hota, an infection disease specialist at Toronto's University Health Network, commenting on the outbreak. The movement of patients or health care workers who happen to bring the organism with them on their clothing or equipment like stethoscopes could also spread the infection, Hota said. The outbreak was declared on June 23. The Niagara Health System serves 434,000 residents across 12 municipalities in the southwestern area of the province. In Ontario, reporting of C. difficile became mandatory in 2008 after an outbreak led to the deaths of 62 patients at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. As with any infectious disease, frequent hand-washing is one of the best defences against the spread of C. difficile, the Public Health Agency of Canada's website says. C. difficile has claimed about 2,000 lives in Quebec since 2003. The bacteria produce two toxins that cause diarrhea and damage the cells lining the bowel. "It's a bacterium that produces these things called spores, and the spores are very resistant to the usual cleaning substances that we would normally use every day in a hospital setting," said Hota. "They're resistant to antibiotics, which is why people can have a really hard time getting over this infection."

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