RABIES in FERAL CAT COLONY prompts city in VIRGINIA to issue RABID CAT ALERT ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from FL, & NC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, CO, IL, LA, & WI ~ RABIES reports from CA, FLx3, GAx2, MA, NH, NCx3, VT, VA, & WA.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

Virginia 07/18/13 Stafford County: Health officials have issued a Rabid Cat Alert after a feral cat from a colony in the 700 block of Brooke Road in Fredericksburg tested positive for rabies. The cat bit a person on July 12th and was brought to an animal shelter where it was placed in quarantine, but it was found dead on the morning of July 15th. Eight more of the cats from that colony are now in quarantine, but at least three remain loose. Two other feral cats found in the county earlier this year also tested positive for rabies. One of these scratched a woman in Garrisonville in March. – See http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2013/07/18/rabid-cat-alert-issued-in-stafford-county-2/

41vzEGOpnhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Author’s Note: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has published a peer-reviewed guide titled “Feral Cats and Their Management” . See http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/ec1781/build/ec1781.pdf

And Stephen M. Vantassel, Wildlife Damage Project Coordinator, National Wildlife Control Operators Association board member, and co-author of the guide has also published a book titled “The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats”, which is available at Amazon.com and from other book retailers. Query: Does anyone know if a similar study has been done recently focusing on stray dogs?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Florida-Department-of-Health-LOGO1-e1293997049361-300x115Florida 07/18/13 thehorse.com: Health officials have confirmed that 16 horses in the state have tested positive for the EEE virus so far this year. Cases have been reported in Levy, Lake, Gilchrist (4), Alachua, Madison, St. Johns, Columbia, Gilchrist/Columbia (the horse had been in both counties during the two weeks prior to onset), Hamilton, Bradford (2), Putnam, and Hernando counties. All of the affected horses were euthanized. – See http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32217/more-than-a-dozen-eee-cases-reported-in-florida

Brunswick_County_NCNorth Carolina 07/18/13 Brunswick County: A horse that died in the county earlier this month was the first confirmed case of EEE in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/07/18/first-nc-case-of-eee-reported-brunswick-county

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alameda_County_CACalifornia 07/17/13 Alameda County: Two dead crows found this week in Oakland and Pleasanton have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23680127/dead-birds-found-oakland-pleasanton-test-positive-west

Garfield_County.COColorado 07/17/13 Garfield County: Mosquitoes trapped at Willow Creek in Battlement Mesa, Cottonwood Park in Parachute, and Mile Pond Road southeast of Rifle, have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.postindependent.com/news/7349916-113/county-mosquito-mosquitoes-nile

Monroe_County.ILIllinois 07/18/13 Monroe County: Health officials have confirmed that a starling found on June 27th in Waterloo has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.heraldpubs.com/articles/2013/07/18/mascoutah/doc51e80f314a270779701798.txt

Lafayette_Parish_LALouisiana 07/17/13 Lafayette Parish: Health officials have confirmed that test results obtained from dead birds, sentinel chickens, and mosquito pools all indicate a very high level of WNV is present throughout the parish. – See http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20130715/NEWS01/130715001/West-Nile-virus-confirmed-Lafayette-Parish?nclick_check=1

Fond_du_Lac_County.WIWisconsin 07/18/13 Fond du Lac County: A dead crow found in the county on July 10th has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20130717/FON0101/307170385/West-Nile-virus-found-FdL-County?nclick_check=1

Rabies:

1055_bat2BrownBatWICalifornia 07/17/13 Los Angeles County: A bat that was being carried around by an unvaccinated dog in the city of Santa Clarita’s Saugus neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The dog has been quarantined for six months. – See http://scvnews.com/2013/07/17/scv-dog-quarantined-for-capturing-rabid-bat/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlorida 07/18/13 Franklin County: A fox that bit a woman working in her yard on North Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint on Monday has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, another fox attacked a dog in the same vicinity on Wednesday but escaped. However, a dead fox found in the area on Thursday and believed to be the one that attacked the dog is now being tested for the virus. – See http://www.apalachtimes.com/news/local-news/rabid-fox-attack-reported-in-eastpoint-1.174311

images4g44g78Florida 07/18/13 Marion County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a raccoon found just north of Ocala on July 17th tested positive for the virus. – For boundaries of the alert see http://www.ocala.com/article/20130718/ARTICLES/130719687/1005/sports01?Title=Rabies-alert-north-of-Ocala

thumbnailCA96GGSLFlorida 07/17/13 Seminole County: A Rabies Alert issued on July 11th will remain in effect through September 9th after officials discovered a bobcat in Geneva that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.seminolechronicle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2013/07/17/51e6c476edde2

800px-Raccoon_femaleGeorgia 07/18/13 Columbia County: A raccoon that attacked a dog near Gay Road just north of Harlem on July 13th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrdw.com/news/health/headlines/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-Harlem-216013331.html

20731_279434686800_6409457_aGeorgia 07/17/13 Hall County: A raccoon that came in contact with a dog in the vicinity of Wellington Avenue in the northern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed Rabies Alert in the county this week. – See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/86246/

Massachusetts 07/17/13 Middlesex County: A fox that bit a man’s boot on Cypress Road in Arlington last Saturday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://arlington.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fox-in-saturdays-incident-presumed-to-have-rabies

GreyFox_decNYNew Hampshire 07/18/13 Strafford County: A grey fox that bit a man, 78, and a woman, 83, in separate incidents in Durham was shot Wednesday but was not tested for rabies. – See http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/new-hampshire/10011184956339/2-bitten-by-gray-fox-in-durham-nh/

North Carolina 07/18/13 Cumberland County: A fox that was attacked and killed by nine dogs off Crittercreek Road in the Gray’s Creek area of Fayetteville on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. The dogs were not vaccinated and an official say the dogs’ owners had not decided whether to euthanize or pay for quarantining their pets. – See http://www.wral.com/rabid-fox-found-in-cumberland-county/12677636/

North Carolina 07/16/13 Yadkin County: A raccoon that bit a stray dog in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 21 south of Arnold Road in Hamptonville on July 9th has tested positive for rabies. The dog, pictured here in captivity, was running without identification and was euthanized. It was a “boxer type” with a bobtail, 50-60 pounds, and dark brown with a white chest, four white paws, and Raccoon-SiedePreis-sma black snout. Anyone who came in contact with this dog should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.elkintribune.com/news/home_top/2308107/Dog-euthenized-after-bitten-by-rabid-raccoon

North Carolina 07/17/13 Orange County: A raccoon that was attacked by a vaccinated dog in Chapel Hill on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-orange-county/12673659/

Vermont 07/17/13 Windham County: A grey fox that attacked a young 5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingman at a residence in Jamaica on June 29th has tested positive for rabies. A second young person was potentially exposed to the virus in spattered blood and saliva. – See http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=7949&page=1#.UehDqW3DK5e

Virginia 07/18/13 Isle of Wight County: A fox that attacked a girl in the vicinity of Lee’s Mill Road has tested positive for rabies. This is the second incident involving a rabid fox in the county this month. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/rabid-fox-attacks-isle-wight-girl-her-yard

neverbarehandedsmWashington 07/18/13 King County: A sick bat found on the beach at Madison Park in Seattle on July 15th has tested positive for rabies, prompting a public health alert. Anyone who had contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. The bat was found under a tree at the south end of the park located at E. Madison and E. Howe streets. – See http://www.nwcn.com/news/216080461.html and a report in this blog posted on July 13, 2013.

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