RABIES reports from Cox3, IL, MD, NJx2, NY, NCx3, SC, WA & WV ~ CANADA: SASKATCHEWAN woman second in province to die this year of HANTAVIRUS ~ What is CHRONIC LYME DISEASE? ~ WNV reports from GA, IN, NY & WI ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS for CENTRAL AMERICA, CHILE, & VENEZUELA.

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Colorado 07/06/13 Pueblo County: A bat that bit a man in the City of Pueblo has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid bat found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.chieftain.com/life/health/1402019-120/animal-wild-pueblo-contact

cow15dfColorado 07/09/13 Weld County: A bull kept in the county that was observed exhibiting markedly unusual behavior has died of rabies. Last month two horses that died also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.fowlertribune.com/article/20130709/NEWS/130709935/1001/NEWS#axzz2Yc0tDjnB

2004-158cdc.gov2Colorado 07/06/13 Larimer County: A pet kitten living on rural property north of Fort Collins that bit eight people including five children and a veterinarian has tested positive for rabies. The kitten was being tested for neurological issues when it bit the vet and was submitted for testing. Six other cats on the property were also euthanized. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130706/NEWS01/307060018/Kitten-rabies-bites-8-first-feline-case-Larimer-County-health-department?nclick_check=1

ff5Illinois 07/09/13 Will County: A bat trapped near the front door of a residence on Dan Island Drive in Plainfield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wjol.com/common/more.php?m=15&r=3&item_id=23061

Maryland 07/08/13 Worcester County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after receiving reports of aggressive 10975940 - Copyraccoons attacking people and pets in Ocean City. So far this year, 18 animals in the county have tested positive for rabies, and there have been 15 reports of other animals suspected of having rabies and being in contract with people or pets. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/18-rabid-animals-reported-in-Worcester-County-4652860.php

New Jersey 07/09/13 Burlington County: A raccoon observed staggering on Uhler Avenue in the Mehleville section of Burlington City on June 29th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/burlington/rabid-raccoon-captured-in-burlington-city/article_bec48e95-0f96-5a00-ad7b-aa5fcaa66834.html

brown-bat-house-ceiling-590jn101810New Jersey 07/05/13 Salem County: Last dog1weekend, a bat captured by a vaccinated dog in Carneys Point tested positive for rabies. Also last weekend, a woman and her grandson were scratched by a stray cat that was not caught. Both individuals were advised to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2013/07/rabid_bat_in_carneys_point_cat_in_alloway_mark_latest_rabies_cases_in_salem_county.html

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANew York 07/06/13 Westchester County: A multi-colored, feral cat that was picked up on July 2nd by a resident near James Street in Ossining has tested positive for rabies. Officials have issued a county-wide Rabies Alert. Anyone who may have been exposed to this cat should seek immediate medical advice – See http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2013/July/06/rabid_cat_Oss-06Jul13.html

1433850718_c3e303fca7North Carolina 07/09/13 Robeson County: An unvaccinated adult dog and five puppies have been euthanized after being attacked and bitten by a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. The incident took place last Friday on N.C. 41 North near Edge Equipment Company in Lumberton. – See http://www.robesonian.com/view/full_story/23081242/article-Dogs-euthanized-after-attack-by-rabid-raccoon?instance=popular

batwarningNorth Carolina 07/09/13 Cumberland County: A dead bat found at Melvin Place, an apartment complex off Rosehill Road in Fayetteville, on Monday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/09/1268616?sac=fo.local

RaccoonDEC_NY.govNorth Carolina 07/08/13 Durham County: A raccoon reported by a resident who said it appeared ill and was stumbling about in the 1200 block of Eva Street in the City of Durham has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x177810131/Another-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies

GA_Gray_Fox_6869South Carolina 07/06/13 York County: A fox that bit a woman last week while she was jogging on Silver Lane in the Silver Lakes neighborhood near Newport has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2013/07/03/1966629/dhec-fox-with-rabies-infected.html

batPosterWashington 07/05/13 Kittitas County: Health officials have confirmed that a bat found in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/Bat-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-Kittitas-County-214390311.html

Raccoon_NPS51248West Virginia 07/08/13 Hampshire County: A 6-year-old boy is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after what was “most likely” a raccoon entered the tent where he was playing in his yard and wrapped its paws around his leg. The boy, who was not bitten, kicked the animal off and ran into the house. The animal was not captured. – See http://times-news.com/local/x881893431/Boy-6-attacked-by-raccoon-in-W-Va

Hantavirus:

Canada:

imagesCAULAVUQSaskatchewan 07/09/13 Heartland Health Region: A woman from the west-central part of the province is the second person to die of Hantavirus in the region this year. Dr. David Torr, medical health officer for the region, said there is evidence they were both sorting out enclosures that had evidence of mice. The cases occurred in Kindersley and Rosetown, which are in the same health region, but officials don’t believe they are related. – See http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Hantavirus+kills+second+person+province/8633672/story.html

Lyme Disease:

lyme_disease_hidden_epidemic_poster-p228833588305763989t5wm_400Global 07/08/13 nytimes.com: by Jane E. Brody – Chronic Lyme disease is a highly controversial catch-all term for a host of long-lasting symptoms that may or may not stem from prior infection with the bacterium that causes acute Lyme disease. Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse. – See complete article on “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, or PTLDS” at http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/when-lyme-disease-lasts-and-lasts/?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

West Nile Virus (WNV):

brantleycounty_GAGeorgia 07/08/13 Brantley County: Health officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of WNV so far this year. An adult patient was infected in May and recovered without hospitalization. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/First-Human-Case-Of-West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-In-Georgia-214672531.html

Allen cty INIndiana 07/09/13 Allen County: A sample of mosquitoes trapped in the 500 block of Elmer Avenue off North Wells Street near Franke Park in Fort Wayne has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130709/NEWS/130709654

five_boroughs_brooklyn1New York 07/08/13 Queens and Staten Island counties: Mosquitoes captured in Flushing and Staten Island have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/west-nile-detected-si-queens-article-1.1393355

west-nile-banner357Wisconsin 07/09/13 Dodge and Jefferson counties: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in Watertown has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wdtimes.com/news/article_7639abde-e8b7-11e2-8751-0019bb2963f4.html

Travel Warnings:

hotspotCentral America 07/04/13 thesundaily.my/news: Authorities have issued dengue alerts in four nations across Central America, where alarm is rising as the mosquito-borne disease has infected 30,000 people and killed 17 this year alone. Honduras, cmap1Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador have issued formal alerts. In Guatemala and Panama, officials say they are monitoring the disease, which normally spreads more easily later in the rainy season. “It is great that they are coming around to fumigate; mosquitoes seem like no big deal but they really can kill you,” said Mauricio Gonzalez, a mechanic in the Nueva Esperanza district south of Tegucigalpa. So far this year, Honduras has had 10 deaths, 8,380 cases of ordinary dengue and 1,219 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever. – For complete article see http://www.thesundaily.my/news/760533

H1N1Chile 07/06/13 mercopress.com: Eleven people have died from the H1N1 influenza virus in northern Chile in an outbreak that the health minister raised the possibility of decreeing a health alert to restrict people’s mobility. Northern Chile has registered a notably higher rate Chileof infection than the rest of the country, with 146 cases of the virus per 100,000 inhabitants reported versus the average of 24 cases per 100,000, according to an official report. Concerns are mounting that the Fiesta de la Tirana, a religious celebration scheduled for July 16 in the northern Tarapaca region, could further spread the virus as about 200,000 people are expected to converge.

bWF4Vz00MDA=_x_htpIn related news a total of 1,538 cases of infection with H1N1 influenza virus were reported across Venezuela by the end of June, the Ministry of Health said. The latest number marked an increase of 430 cases from the last official report, issued on June 12. The cases mainly concentrated in Venezuela’s coastal and western states and districts, with Merida state leading with 867 cases and followed by Tachira state, Caracas, Zulia state and Lara state.

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