COYOTES have PET owners in CANADA’s ALBERTA Province worried ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: COYOTE that bit FLORIDA woman had RABIES ~ NOVA SCOTIANs warned that TICKS carrying LYME DISEASE are endemic ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from ID, IL, & TX ~ EEE & WNV reports from FL, LA, & NV.

Coyote. Courtesy National Park Service.

Canada:

Alberta 10/30/12 Edmonton: A coyote snatched a dog that was being walked by a woman Monday on the Highlands Golf Course just moments after another walker said a coyote had been stalking him and his dogs. The city plans to send a pest management consultant to investigate. – See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2012/10/30/edmonton-coyote-attack-highlands.html

Follow-Up Report:

(See: RABIES reports posted October 26, 2012)

Florida 10/29/12 Brevard County: Health officials have confirmed the coyote that attacked and bit a woman in Malabar last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20121029/NEWS01/121029017/Coyote-attacked-Malabar-woman-tests-positive-rabies?nclick_check=1

Lyme Disease:

Canada:

Unfed, partially fed and fully engorged nymphs of the blacklegged tick. Note the change in size and colour. Department of Public Health photo.

Nova Scotia 10/26/12 Queens County: South Shore Health Public Health Services has recently notified residents in Mersey Point and neighboring communities that blacklegged ticks and the bacteria that causes Lyme disease are endemic in the Mersey Point area.  This means that blacklegged ticks are likely to continue to be present in the area. “Although the time of year when ticks are active is coming to an end soon, it is important for people to be mindful that when working or playing in grassy, shrubby and wooded areas they should prevent tick exposure,” says Lynda Earle, medical officer of health, South Shore Health . . .

Black-legged tick.

Although there are now six established areas of increased risk within Nova Scotia (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Halifax and Pictou counties), ticks have been found throughout the province due to their travels on migrating birds. – See http://southshorehealth.ca/latest-news/presence-of-blacklegged-ticks-confirmed-in-mersey-point-area.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Idaho 10/29/12 Canyon County: Police in Nampa report that a man walking his dog in the vicinity of 11th Avenue North and the Ridgecrest Golf Course said he saw a mountain lion following them. – See http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/10/29/2746933/nampa-police-investigate-cougar.html

Illinois 10/30/12 Morgan County: State wildlife officials confirmed Monday that a trail camera photo snapped in the county is that of a mountain lion. This is only the 4th confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in the state since the 1870s. – See http://www.galesburg.com/news/x2053816422/Cougar-photographed-on-trail-in-central-Illinois

Texas 10/30/12 Kendall County: Residents in Bergheim say a mountain lion has “gone rogue” attacking four dogs recently, three of them fatally. Wildlife officials say they are assessing the situation. – See http://www.kens5.com/news/Mountain-lion-suspected-of-hunting-dogs-in-Bergheim-176500791.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 10/30/12 Wakulla County: Health officials have issued an alert after confirming that more than one horse has tested positive for EEE in the county so far this year. – See http://www.wakulla.com/Wakulla_News/Local_News/Mosquito-Borne_Illness_Advisory_for_Wakulla_County_2012103014463/

Louisiana 10/26/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – State health officials today confirmed 17 new human cases of WNV and one more death from the virus. There are five new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, with one each reported from Bossier, Calcasieu, Jefferson, Orleans and West Feliciana parishes. There are 11 new West Nile Fever cases, from Ascension (1), Beauregard (1), Caddo (2), Calcasieu (1), DeSoto (1), East Baton Rouge (4) and Lafourche (1). There was one new asymptomatic case reported this week, from Lafourche Parish. So far, there have been 338 cases and 13 deaths from the disease reported in the state this year. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2675

Nevada 10/30/12 Clark County: Health officials have confirmed that a 29-year-old man in the county has been diagnosed with WNV. This is the 7th human case of WNV in the county so far this year, including one death. The Southern Nevada Health District also reported WNV positive mosquito pools in several ZIP codes. – For details see http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/oct/30/health-district-reports-7th-west-nile-virus-case-a/

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