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27 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Extreme Weather - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Europe - Sweden
Landslide - Asia - South Korea
Explosion - Asia - China
Fire - North-America - USA
HAZMAT - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Flash Flood - Asia - Pakistan
Biological Hazard - Pacific ocean - east - Micronesia
Snow Storm - Africa - South Africa
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Morocco
Biological Hazard - Australia - Australia
Tropical Storm - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Biological Hazard - Europe - Sweden

Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 11:49 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110727-31750-USA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 06:45:58 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Massachusetts
Location: [Western and central Massachusetts]
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:

In an eerie echo of last month's deadly tornadoes, a band of powerful thunderstorms rumbled across western and central Massachusetts yesterday, lashing the still-recovering region with a dangerous mix of high winds, heavy rains, and large hail. A motorcyclist was killed when he was struck by a falling utility pole in Hinsdale, a small town outside Pittsfield, police said. In Springfield, the deafening storm raged for nearly 20 minutes, shattering windows with golf ball-sized hail and littering the streets with debris. With the devastation of early June fresh in their minds, many residents feared it was happening again. The fast-moving storms, which reportedly spawned several funnel clouds but apparently did not touch down as a tornado, uprooted trees, flooded streets, and downed power lines, leaving more than 20,000 people without electricity, authorities said. "We thought a tornado had touched down near us," said Alexa Anselmo, a store manager at Chmura's Bakery in the Indian Orchard neighborhood. "It was that loud."

Sweeping east through the Springfield area, the storms cut a similar path to the June 1 tornadoes, which killed three people and caused at least $175 million in damage. For residents of the affected towns, many of whom lost their homes and their possessions to the tornadoes, yesterday's storms brought back a rush of terrifying memories, and a disbelief that menacing weather had torn into their lives a second time. "I can't believe it hit again," said Lauren MacLellan, as she toured the athletic fields at her high school in Wilbraham, where yesterday's storm tossed the scoreboard 50 yards on the football field, tore away part of the school's roof, and turned an abutting forest into sticks and stumps. When MacLellan first heard the tornado warning yesterday, she thought it had to be a joke. Like many residents, she said it just didn't seem possible that two devastating storms could strike within such a short amount of time. But this time, she wasn't taking chances.

"The first time it happened, I thought there was no way a tornado would hit," she said. "But this time we went to the basement of my house right away. All my friends went to their basements." Towns throughout the region sustained damage from the storm, which reached Pittsfield around 3:30 p.m., then moved through the Springfield area between 4 and 5, before weakening as it moved east. In Holyoke, where winds reached 70 miles per hour, a brick warehouse partially collapsed, and two boaters were rescued from the Connecticut River when their canoe capsized. They managed to cling to some rocks under a bridge, and a rescue boat pulled them from the water, uninjured. National Weather Service officials will visit the hardest-hit areas today to determine whether any of the damage appears to be the work of a tornado, though they said they had no confirmed reports of a twister touching down. "We're not aware at this point of any significant damage like we saw associated with the tornado a month and a half ago," said Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. In the Springfield area, the storm knocked down trees and caused flash flooding in areas with poor drainage. But that appeared to be the extent of the damage, Judge said.

In Hinsdale, yards and streets were partially flooded and trees were knocked down. Half-inch hail fell for about 15 minutes before sheets of rain deluged the area, so heavy "you couldn't even see across the street when it was raining," said Kathy Cormier, chairwoman of the board of selectmen. "It was a bad storm. There is some significant damage here," she said. In Pittsfield, Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski estimated that more than 30 trees had been toppled by strong winds in his community, and large areas were without power. Tree limbs were also reported down in Easthampton, Southampton, and Holyoke. In Wilbraham, neighbors had gathered outside a home where an old maple tree had fallen just two hours before. They had already chopped up most of the 40-foot tree to wood. David Ervin, a 60-year-old landscape contractor, came over to help. He noted that the town had suffered unusually high snowfall this winter that caused water damage to roofs; the early summer brought a tornado and then yesterday's storm. "It's been a long year so far, 2011," he said.

In Springfield, Jason Gagne, 36, who works in tire sales, was standing in front of the home he shares with his parents in the Indian Orchard neighborhood, clutching his left arm. He said he was on his way to the hospital with scratches on his back and no feeling in three of his fingers. "That tree fell on me," he said. Beside him was a massive uprooted tree that had taken out a 10-foot chunk of the sidewalk on its way toward destroying two vehicles parked next to the house. Neither car was visible beneath the large tree, but Gagne said they were both destroyed. "They're just smushed." Gagne had finished work in the afternoon at about 4:30 and was about to go fly fishing. But with memories of the past storm, he went to check on his parents. When he got home, the marble-sized hail turned into hail stones. "The next thing I know, I couldn't see out of my car." He decided to make a run for the house. He said he dove out of the way, onto his stomach, as he ran up the driveway and saw that the tree was falling. Despite this, he was still hit. "The tree nailed me," he said.

In the eight weeks since a tornado tore through their Wilbraham neighborhood, Jillmarie DeCarolis said her three kids have developed a new obsession: They watch the Doppler radar. Yesterday, her 9-year-old daughter, Sage, was pacing around nervously as she watched the radar with an app on her iPod. "Can we go now? Can we go now?" she kept saying to her parents, asking when they would head down to the basement. The problem was that her parents just couldn't believe they would get hit again. Then they did. Members of the DeCarolis family, who saw their back deck leveled in the last tornado and a piece of their fence blown away, emerged from their basement this time to find huge trees down all around them. In Monson, downed trees and telephone poles as well as a few flash floods were reported. A 16-year-old boy was struck by lightning as he stood in the garage of his home, but the teenager is in good shape, Monson Fire Captain Dave Martin said. The small town suffered the worst of the June tornadoes, and many in the town were feeling grateful that the storm did not provide an encore.

Biological Hazard - Europe - Sweden

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 08:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110727-31749-SWE
Date / time: 27/07/2011 03:31:15 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Sweden
State/County: Halland County
Location: Varberg
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:

The discovery of a deadly bee disease among several broods in western Sweden have prompted a warning from agriculture officials concerned about containing the contagious illness. A number of bee broods outside Varberg in Halland County have been affected by American foulbrood (AFB), considered one the most common and damaging diseases affecting bees. The disease has no known cure and can cause significant economic harm if not contained. "Beekeepers are urged to go through their hives and look for signs of the spores so to ensure the brood isn't infected," the Halland County governing board said in a statement. The disease affects new bee larvae up to three days old, which become infected by ingesting spores that are present in their food. Spores germinate inside of and eventually kill the larvae, which can contain millions of new spores. The only way to stop the disease from spreading is to burn hives in which it is discovered. "It's taken too many broods among a number of serious beekeepers and there is a risk that the disease will spread," Gert Lagerstedt, a beekeeper and head of bee supervision for the county, told Sveriges Radio (SR). If the disease is discovered, beekeepers are required to file a report with county agriculture officials and then destroy the brood, a policy which has kept the disease rare in Sweden, Eva Forsgren, a honey bee disease researcher at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), told SR. However, as AFB has already spread to so many broods in Halland County, concerns are growing that the disease could spread further.

Landslide - Asia - South Korea

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 11:51 PM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110727-31748-KOR
Date / time: 27/07/2011 03:28:50 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: Province of Gangwon
Location: Chuncheon
Number of Deads: 18 person(s)
Number of Injured: 20 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 2 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

A landslide caused by torrential rain crashed into a South Korean mountain resort east of Seoul early on Wednesday, destroying four buildings, including two small hotels, and killing at least 10 people, officials said. Wild weather has battered the peninsula since late Tuesday, causing widespread flooding and transport delays, while the share price of insurers fell on fears that damage costs would run into millions of dollars. At Chuncheon, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Seoul, rescue workers were still sifting through the muddy rubble of the wrecked hotels, restaurant and coffee shop searching for missing people. "We were asleep and suddenly I heard a big sound, and then the ceiling fell down," Lee Beon-seok, a student, told local television. A local resident reported hearing what sounded like train. "And then I heard someone shouting 'help me'. So I went out to see, and I saw a landslide had swept all over the area," she said. Officials said about 20 people were injured when the wall of mud crashed into the buildings near the Soyang River Dam just after midnight. Local media reports said 35 college students and some 40 tourists were staying at the small hotels. Over the past 24 hours 400 mm (16 inches) of rain has been dumped on the capital Seoul, causing flash floods, landslides and bridge closures. A blackout hit the south of the city, suspending train services. Subway stations in Seoul were turned into swimming pools, stranded commuters said. Emergency workers said at least four people were killed in other accidents related to the severe weather. The weather bureau said more heavy rain was forecast for the next 48 hours. There was no immediate reports of damage to crops, and flights and shipping were not affected.


Explosion - Asia - China

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 08:15 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EX-20110727-31747-CHN
Date / time: 27/07/2011 03:14:27 [UTC]
Event: Explosion
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Fujian
Location: Fuzhou
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 12 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 firefighters and a worker were injured in a sudden explosion last night on a cargo ship which is under repair at a port in southeastern Fujian Province. A blast suddenly occurred at the 5,000-tonne freight vessel about 8:35pm yesterday and soon led to a big fire, which trapped nine people onboard, according to the fire brigade of Fuzhou City. Firefighters immediately rushed to the site and rescued eight people out, but one man was still trapped inside the ship. When firemen were planning to conduct a new search, the cabin burst into fire, injuring four firefighters and a worker on the site, the Fuzhou fire brigade said. Among the injured, a firefighter was in critical condition while the others were stable at a local hospital, according to the report.


Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 08:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FR-20110727-31746-USA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 03:11:29 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: Fairfield [Macro Plastics Inc, Huntington Dr,]
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:

Fire crews at the scene of a large blaze at Macro Plastics on Huntington Drive in Fairfield say the fire has been contained and should be out within the next few hours. The fire department was called to the blaze in the 2200 block of Huntington Drive around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. At its height, the fire reached six-alarms and foam trucks from the base were called in to contain the flames that stretched into the sky. A large plume of smoke curled thousands of feet into the air and was visible from across the region as the fire ripped through thousands of plastic containers stored in an open area behind the facility. A website for the firm says the "macrobins" are used by major fruit packers in California and are used for harvesting, shipping and storing fruits and vegetables. No injuries were reported in the fire. However, air quality and environmental health officials were called to the scene. Officials said it was too early to say what toxic problems the blaze may cause. In the meantime, residents were advised to avoid the area and a reverse call to homes within a 2-mile radias was made advising people to shelter in place (remain indoors without air conditioning off).


HAZMAT - North-America - USA

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 08:10 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110727-31745-USA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 03:09:44 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Maryland
Location: Rockville
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:

Eleven people were sent to hospitals after a carbon monoxide leak was detected at a Rockville apartment complex early Tuesday. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the 1200 block of First Street in Rockville after receiving a call at 1:20 a.m., said fire and rescue spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. Fire and rescue crews evacuated the building and brought nine adults and two children to hospitals for non-life-threatening exposure to carbon monoxide. A malfunctioning water heater was the source of the leak, and Washington Gas arrived on the scene and isolated the heater, Nesselt said. Symptoms of moderate carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to that of the flu, Nesselt said. People experience severe headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and faintness. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and rescue officials recommend residents have a maintenance contract for appliances and a carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110726-31744-RUS
Date / time: 26/07/2011 17:03:10 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Volgogradskaya Oblast
Location: Kamenny Buerak
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: 60 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Rescuers evacuated 60 people from a village in Russia's southern Volgograd region as the residential area is threatened by an approaching forest fire, a spokesman for the local emergencies ministry's department said on Tuesday. A forest fire, some 1.5 km from the village of Kamenny Buerak, appeared at about 10:00 a.m. local time covering an area of 2.5 hectares. By late afternoon, the fire had engulfed over 20 hectares of forest. "Sixty people, including 14 children, were evacuated from the village," the spokesman said adding that all evacuees were currently accommodated in four schools in the Dzerzhinsk district of Volgograd. Russia is trying to prevent the developments of last summer, when an enormous heat wave in the country's European part caused massive wildfires, which killed 62 people and left thousands homeless.

Flash Flood - Asia - Pakistan

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 10:01 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110726-31743-PAK
Date / time: 26/07/2011 17:00:19 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Asia
Country: Pakistan
State/County: North West Frontier Province
Location: Nowshera
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:

Flash floods in Nowshera have destroyed six houses while damaging 80 others on Tuesday. The floods also damaged goods and merchandise inside shops in Jahangira Market. Flood water entered houses in Rahimabad, Jahangira Par and Jahangira Deobandi areas while drain water flooded homes and shops in Amaanabad. Twenty shops and several houses were affected in the area. Residents are trying to drain water from their homes on a self help basis. Earlier, an Oxfam report said Pakistan has failed to invest in prevention measures since last year’s floods. It warned that river embankments had not been rebuilt, leaving villages more open to flooding, and that two to five million people were likely to be affected by this year’s monsoon floods.

Biological Hazard - Pacific ocean - east - Micronesia

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 07:14 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110726-31742-FSM
Date / time: 26/07/2011 14:10:45 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - east
Country: Micronesia
State/County: Marshall Islands
Location: [Enibooj Island]
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:

The mass death of chickens and ducks on a small island next to the US Army's missile testing range in the Marshall Islands is perplexing health and environment officials. The sudden and unexplained deaths of nearly 100 chickens on Enibooj Island -- which has a population of less than 200 people living a largely subsistence lifestyle -- sparked an investigation earlier this week by Ministry of Health and Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority [EPA] officials. "More than 85 chickens and ducks were found dead and buried on the island of Enibooj from 1 Jul to 18 Jul 2011," reported Ebeye Hospital's Dr Tom Jack and EPA's Ebeye chief environmental specialist Odrikawa Jatios on Wednesday - 20 Jul 2011 - after touring the island that US cartographers refer to as Carlson.

Samples of the dead bird carcasses were taken for laboratory testing. Kwajalein [Atoll] senator Tony deBrum sought an investigation of the apparent outbreak of disease among fowls on the island late last week, saying "dead chickens in a small community should be a matter of emergency health concerns." The island is located about 3 miles away from the headquarters island of the Reagan Test Site, a major missile testing facility operated by the US Army. "No person was sick during this period of time and no other animals were sick besides chickens and ducks," said Jack and Jatios. "It is not clear what caused the death of the chickens on Enibooj." The problem appears to have subsided, they said.

They have asked the Marshall Islands Quarantine Department and the Army's Animal Hospital Laboratory to assess what caused the outbreak. People on the island said the unknown sickness hit the fowls without warning earlier this month [July 2011]. The birds' eyelids swelled up, some flipped upside down with legs in the air and died, while others died of dehydration even though water was available for the animals. Mostly young chickens -- from 2 months to a year old -- died in the outbreak. Enibooj islanders say no commercial feed was used for the chickens and no pesticides are in use on the island. "All interviewees said other animals like pigs and dogs are drinking from the same water source but were never sick (and didn't) die," Jatios said. Dr Jack advised residents not to eat island chickens until further notice and showed how to properly dispose of them. He also advised against sending chickens to Ebeye, the urban center on Kwajalein Atoll that has a population of about 12 000. The 2 investigators said they witnessed one chicken in the process of dying from the mystery illness while on the island. "The chicken's eyelids were swelling and it couldn't walk," the report said. "The chicken will sit for almost 2 days and then it dies."

Snow Storm - Africa - South Africa

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 06:39 AM PDT

EDIS Number: SS-20110726-31741-ZAF
Date / time: 26/07/2011 13:38:15 [UTC]
Event: Snow Storm
Area: Africa
Country: South Africa
State/County:
Location: [Eastern region]
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:

An unusually heavy snowfall that blanketed large parts of South Africa snarled transport on Tuesday, halting trains and leaving thousands of motorists stranded after highways closed. The winter storm also brought high winds that played havoc with shipping and delayed air transport. The military dispatched a helicopter to pluck crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the east coast. Parts of South Africa usually receive a dusting about once or twice a year but the storm that hit large parts of the eastern half of the country on Monday and Tuesday dumped up to 60 cms (2 feet) in some areas. "Snow is not unheard of but it is usually not this extreme," said national weather service forecaster Karl Loots. Transport authorities shut sections of major highways, including a heavily traveled route between Johannesburg and the main east coast city of Durban. Snow is expected to fall in many parts of the country on Wednesday. The commercial centre of Johannesburg has avoided it.

Vehicle Accident - Africa - Morocco

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 07:18 AM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110726-31740-MAR
Date / time: 26/07/2011 13:08:28 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Morocco
State/County: Région de Guelmim-Es Smara
Location: [Near City of Guelmim ]
Number of Deads: 78 person(s)
Number of Injured: 3 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Catastrophic

Description:

A plane crash in southern Morocco has killed 78 people, the state news agency reported Tuesday. The Moroccan C-130 military plane crashed in the southern part of the country. Three people were hurt. The aircraft, belonging to Morocco's Royal Armed Forces, crashed in a mountainous area near the city of Guelmim. The plane was coming from the city of al-Oyoon. Rescue efforts were ongoing. It is not clear whether civilians were on board. The local sources told him the cause of the crash was bad weather.


Biological Hazard - Australia - Australia

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 02:15 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110726-31739-AUS
Date / time: 26/07/2011 09:14:43 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of Queensland
Location: Charleville
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 1 person(s)
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:

Australia police used pepper spray to overpower an aggressive kangaroo after it attacked a 94-year-old woman as she tended to the laundry in her backyard. Kangaroos rarely stray into urbanized areas, and Police Sergeant Stephen Perkins said on Tuesday two officers were sent to assist the woman, who was attacked by a "Big Red" in the town of Charleville in southwest Queensland earlier this week. "Upon alighting from the car the kangaroo approached one of the officers, the kangaroo was aggressive and the officer had to deploy his capsicum spray to subdue the animal," Perkins said. The kangaroo initially retreated but spotted the second police officer and bounded toward him, and was sprayed a second time. Perkins said it was common to use pepper spray to subdue aggressive dogs but unusual to be used on an angry kangaroo. "Big Red" kangaroos are one of Australia's largest kangaroo species and males can weigh more than 80 kgs (176 pounds) and stand more than 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) tall. The kangaroo's victim, Phyllis Johnson, suffered bruises and cuts and was recovering in hospital, local media reported on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 10:07 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TC-20110726-31738-PHL
Date / time: 26/07/2011 09:04:12 [UTC]
Event: Tropical Storm
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Provinces of Quezon and Albay
Location: [Eastern coastal area]
Number of Deads: 20 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 9 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Eight fishermen were confirmed missing in Samar and Catanduanes due to tropical storm “Juaning,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday. In its situation report, the NDRRMC identified the missing fishermen. Authorities are also confirming reports that three other fishermen from Barangay Sta. Barbara, Rapu-rapu, Albay, the NDRRMC. A total of 50 passengers were also stranded in the ports of Matnog, Pilar in Sorsogon and in Pioduran port in Albay due to bad weather conditions. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has directed its regional offices to undertake precautionary measures and initiate pre-emptive evacuation in low-lying and maintain areas which are prone to flashfloods and landslides. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is implementing Memorandun Circular No. 01-09 (Guidelines on the Movements of Vessels during Inclement Weather) which states “vessels of 1,000 gross tons or below shall not sail, except to take shelter, when the PSWS No.1 is hoisted within its point of origin or route or point of destination. On the other hand, movement of vessels above 1,000 gross tons is left to the discretion and responsibility of the ship owner and master when PSWS No 1 is hoisted within its point of origin or route or point of destination.” Also, PCG unit commanders in various ports nationwide have also been in close coordination with port authorities and shipping companies.


Biological Hazard - Europe - Sweden

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 11:42 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110724-31718-SWE
Date / time: 24/07/2011 12:53:49 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Sweden
State/County: Örebro Municipality
Location: Örebro
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 case of anthrax has been discovered at a cattle farm outside �rebro, in central Sweden. The diagnose was set on Sunday by the National Veterinary Institute (Statens veterin�rmedicinska anstalt - SVA). The Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has now taken measures to avoid the infection spreading. There is no threat to public safety. One cow has been found carrying the infection. But over the past week several animals have died on the affected farm. "We suspect that several have died of the same cause. But we've only tested one animal. The farm has a total of roughly 80 animals, and between 10 to 20 of them died recently," said Gunilla Hallgren, veterinary at SVA. According to SVA, there's no risk the the infection will spread to other farms. "We think this is an old infection that has resurfaced following some digging in the cow field. We've received some unconfirmed information that there were anthrax graves there. But the infection doesn't spread through the air," said Hallgren. "Only dying or dead animals are contagious, and these animals are never in the food supply chain." SVA states that the disease occurs practically worldwide. The latest Swedish case was found in 2008 - prior to that, no case had been discovered since 1981. Humans can be infected if they have close contact with animals who are dying of the disease, or have died.

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