June 8, 2011
Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors: Since 1st May, Germany has reported a significant increase in the number of patients with haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and bloody diarrhoea caused by verocytotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC). As of Friday 3rd June, 551 cases of HUS have been reported from European Union Member States, including 520 cases in Germany. There have been at least 12 deaths (updates on the situation are available on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/escherichia_coli/Pages/index.aspx. Cases are mostly adults and women. Most cases are from, or have a history of travel to, the North of Germany (Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg). The source of the outbreak is under investigation, but contaminated food seems the most likely vehicle of infection.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has produced advice for people travelling to or returning from Germany (http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/Gastroenteric/VTEC/VTECOutbreakAdviceforTravellers/). Further details on the outbreak are available on the website of HPSC at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/Gastroenteric/VTEC.
June 5, 2011
One person has died and scores others injured after it is alleged that an
underground fuel tank exploded in a petrol station in Nairobi’s central
business district Sunday morning.
The unfortunate incident took place along the busy Kirinyaga Road in
Nairobi’s downtown, with the tank exploding at a Shell Petrol Station. The
Nairobi City Council Fire Brigade and Kenya Police Service responded quickly
to stop the spreading fire and rescue many people who were trapped in the
rubble. The blast extended to adjacent building and both private and public
service vehicles that were in the vicinity, causing damage of an unknown
value. The rescue exercise led by St. John Ambulance staff is still ongoing.
June 3, 2011
An investigation is under way after four contractors were killed in an explosion and fire at a Pembrokeshire oil
refinery. Another worker suffered serious burns in the blast at the Chevron refinery, Pembroke, at 1820 BST on Thursday. Dyfed-Powys Police said the explosion was in a 730 cubic metre storage tank, where maintenance was being carried out. The plant’s general manager called the news “utterly devastating”. Chevron confirmed that the four people who died were
contractors and said another worker was receiving treatment in hospital for serious injuries.
Chevron refinery general manager
Multi Agency Statement: http://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/news/latest-news/201106/multi-agency-statement-in-relation-incident-chevron-oil-refinery-pembroke-do
June 3, 2011
The blaze at the sullage plant on the Western Arm of the North Mole was successfully extinguished at 5am yesterday morning, after 14 hours of intense and courageous effort by Gibraltarian and Spanish fire fighting teams. A multi-agency investigation is now underway to analyse every aspect of the incident.
The fire left 14 people injured, including 12 passengers on the cruise ship Independence of the Seas and two workmen who were welding in the area.
For more information please see:
footage of fire-fighting operations:
June 3, 2011
(source: http://www.joiff.com) Fire-fighters have brought a large blaze at a chemical plant on Teesside under control. The fire broke out at the Terra Ammonia 4 plant in Billingham at about 1800 BST The fire occurred on the Synthesis Gas Compressor and at its height it was tackled by 50 fire-fighters. Cleveland Police said it was brought under control quickly and its officers were not asked to attend.for further information please see: