BLACK BEAR mauls WISCONSIN man ~ LONE STAR TICK invading northern states ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from FLORIDA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, MS, OR, & TX ~ RABIES reports from GA, NY, NC, & OR.

Black bear. Photo by Mark Dumont. Wikimedia Commons.

Black bear. Photo by Mark Dumont. Wikimedia Commons.

Wisconsin 06/18/13 therepublic.com: A man who was attacked by a black bear outside a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin is recovering at a hospital. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the man was attacked in his yard near Shell Lake on Monday night. DNR carnivore specialist David ShellLake_WIMacFarland says the man’s dog apparently initiated contact with the bear. MacFarland says the man’s brother came out of the cabin and shot and injured the bear, which ran away. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department says the man was taken to a hospital in Shell Lake. He was then airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities. MacFarland says he’s in stable condition. DNR wildlife supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says officials have set up traps for the bear in case it returns.

Lone Star Tick:

Lone Star tick. CDC.

Lone Star tick. CDC.

New England 06/18/13 telegram.com: by Mark Blazis – Deer ticks are bad news. But we may soon be faced with an expanding population of one of their even more dangerous cousins. A Tufts Vet School Lyme disease authority, Dr. Sam Telford, shared that Lone Star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) — the major infectious villains from New Jersey south to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas, and up to Illinois — are now in Massachusetts and have been recorded as far north as Maine. With global warming, should we be surprised about hosting yet another southern invader? Maybe not — but we should be very concerned. In Dr. Telford’s words, “Lone Star ticks are very bad news.”

4ec92835b5a88b8e7531e7291b83c271LST’s transmit STARI, southern tick associated rash illness, a disease that mimics Lyme disease, as well as monocytic ehrlichiosis, Ehrlichia ewingii ehrlichiosis, rickettsiosis and tularemia. They are also suspected vectors of a recently recognized phlebovirus that caused two hemorrhagic fever cases in Missouri. There’s even speculation that LST’s can cause alpha gal, an allergy to red meat. Lone Star ticks are unusually aggressive, regularly moving considerable distances in pursuit of a blood host. Because their nymphs and larvae feed mainly on deer, Dr. Telford advises that we should encourage and support deer hunting to adequately manage our herds wherever they pose a problem.

Dr. Sam Telford

Dr. Sam Telford

Lone Star ticks tend to live in very specific habitats, notably where kudzu and bittersweet, two alien invasives, proliferate. Fortunately, at least for now, Telford notes, infestations of them fizzle out. Locally, the only stable populations are on Prudence Island in Rhode Island, Cuttyhunk, and Nashawena. Telford finds it odd that they’ve been there since the 1960’s and have not spread far into the surrounding mainland, though Long Island is now loaded with them. – For complete article see http://www.telegram.com/article/20130618/COLUMN10/106189831

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Florida 06/19/13 Bradford County: Health officials have confirmed that two horses stabled in the county have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.news4jax.com/news/horses-test-positive-for-eee-in-bradford-county/-/475880/20636580/-/lfebuk/-/index.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Merced_County_CACalifornia 06/17/13 Merced County: A crow picked up May 29th on Wallis Avenue in Gustine has tested positive for WNV. http://www.westsideconnect.com/2013/06/17/gustine-bird-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/

forrest cty MSMississippi 06/19/13 Forrest County: Health officials confirm a human case of WNV has been reported in the county. This is the second human case of the virus reported in the state so far this year. The first was in Madison County in April. – See http://www.wjtv.com/story/22633957/one-new-human-case-of-west-nile-virus

malheur cty OROregon 06/19/13 Malheur County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the Harper/Little Valley area have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/06/west_nile_turns_up_in_mosquito.html

denton cty TXTexas 06/18/13 Denton County: A mosquito trapped in Flower Mound is the second in the county to test positive for WNV this year. This one was trapped in the 6600 block of Orchard Drive on the town’s south side. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Flower-Mound-Deals-with-2nd-Positive-West-Nile-Virus-Test-212053281.html

Rabies:

LittleBrownBat_USDAGeorgia 06/17/13 Hall County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat found inside a house in Gainesville tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/2ed14ad1ae3b4c729ef6249983c5988d/GA–Gainesville-Rabid-Bat/

Red_fox_USFWSNew York 06/17/13 Saratoga County: A fox that bit a 9-year-old boy’s hands and legs June 9th on Staffords Bridge Road in the town of Saratoga has tested positive for rabies.-See http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2013/06/17/news/doc51bfbf81a5745488485047.txt

Racoon15642North Carolina 06/18/13 New Hanover County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog on Greenville Avenue in Wilmington Friday has tested positive for rabies. The dog’s owner was potentially exposed to the virus after the altercation and was advised to seek medical advice. This is the fifth 5th case of animal rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130618/ARTICLES/130619622

Bat 1on sidewalkOregon 06/18/13 Grant County: A bat found crawling on a sidewalk during daylight hours last week in Canyon City has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid bat reported in the county in the past month. – See http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/free/second-rabid-bat-found-in-grant-county/article_8afffb26-d873-11e2-9ad5-001a4bcf887a.html

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