CANADA: Mineral camp worker in YUKON survives GRIZLY attack ~ Second HORSE in MASSACHUSETTS contracts EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CA, ID, IL, KS, MAx4, NE, NC, RI, SC, VT, VA, WA, WI, & WY ~ RABIES reports from AL, FL, GA, MO, NJ, & PA.

Grizzly. Photo by Rennell Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Grizzly. Photo by Rennell Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

Yukon 08/09/13 cbc.ca: A worker in a remote bush camp has walked away with fairly minor injuries after an encounter with a female grizzly bear Thursday. The incident happened at a fly-in mineral exploration camp near Wolf Lake about 60 kilometres north of Swift River in the southern Yukon. Ryan Hennings, a Yukon government conservation officer, said the two-woman crew had observed a sow and two cubs almost three weeks earlier but they’d seen nothing since until the incident late Thursday morning. Hennings said it was a surprise encounter for both the woman and the bear, which began when she heard her dog bark to alert her. The bear was about 20 metres away when it charged her, and she tried to pulled her backpack over her head to protect her neck and skull. “As she was pulling the backpack over her head, the bear swiped at her and caught her in the arm and she’s got two large claw wounds, like deep scratches, in her arm and a third one in the back of her elbow,” he said. “So she was knocked to the ground. The bear kind of hoofed and hawed for a really brief second and then turned around and left.” The bear gathered her cubs and vanished.

ca_yukon_watsonlakeHennings said the worker’s partner was on an opposite slope and witnessed the brief encounter, before running to help. They called their employer via satellite phone. Company officials and conservation officers then flew in by helicopter. The injured worker received treatment at Whitehorse General Hospital. Hennings said there’s no risk to the public and the bear will be left alone. – See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/08/09/north-grizzly-bear-attack-yukon.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

horse-vacinnation_0Massachusetts 08/07/13 Hampshire County: State health officials have confirmed that a second horse in Belchertown has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/08/07/mass-horse-found-with-eee-precautions-urged/rjLZo17SW0Bgx7DorC2DpM/story.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Orange Cty CACalifornia 08/07/13 Orange County: Health officials have confirmed that a Cypress woman in her 60s tested positive for WNV. She is the first person in the county to contract the virus this year. – See http://www.myfoxla.com/story/23070020/west-nile-virus-spreads-in-las-south-bay-first-oc-case-reported

Gem cty IDIdaho 08/07/13 Gem County: Mosquitoes collected in traps during routine surveillance within the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD) have tested positive for the WNV according to Jason Kinley, Director of GCMAD. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/West-Nile-virus-found-in-Gem-County-218749671.html

Kane cty IL (2)Illinois 08/09/13 Kane County: State public health officials have confirmed that a batch of mosquitoes collected near Algonquin have tested positive for WNV. This is t he first evidence of WNV activity in the county this year. – See http://elburnherald.com/30882/2013/08/09/west-nile-virus-activity-reported-in-kc/

KDHE-logo1Kansas 08/08/13 KS Department of Health: State health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state has been diagnosed in an adult residing in Atchison County. Also, the first mosquito in the state to test positive for WNV was trapped in Sedgwick County. – See http://www.gbtribune.com/section/1/article/57520/

bristol cty MA (2)Massachusetts 08/08/13 Bristol County: State public health officials announced today that mosquitoes collected in Easton on August 1st have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/easton/features/x1465129036/West-Nile-virus-confirmed-in-mosquitoes-in-Easton

middlesex cty MAMassachusetts 08/08/13 Middlesex County: Health officials announced Thursday that mosquitoes collected in Cambridge and Newton have tested positive for WNV. A few weeks ago, the virus was detected in mosquitoes trapped in Belmont. – See http://belmont.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/additional-west-nile-virusinfected-mosquitos-found-in-neighboring-cambridge

080722_west_nile_generic (2)Massachusetts 08/08/13 Middlesex County: A public health officials announced Thursday that a mosquito trapped in Tewksbury has tested positive for WNV. – See http://homenewshere.com/tewksbury_town_crier/news/article_a1e8dbaa-003c-11e3-b13a-001a4bcf887a.html

imagesCABASWWI-001Massachusetts 08/07/13 tauntongazette.com: by Amy Carboneau – The number of mosquito pools that have tested positive for WNV is up to 64 statewide, which include recent findings in Raynham, Easton and Lakeville. . . . In the greater Brockton area, WNV has now been found in Abington, Brockton, Easton, Hanover, Lakeville, Randolph, Raynham, Rockland, West Bridgewater, Whitman. – See http://www.tauntongazette.com/newsnow/x1676645466/West-Nile-virus-found-in-Raynham

Hall_County_NENebraska 08/06/13 Hall County: Health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped in Grand Island on Monday has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/west-nile-virus-detected-in-hall-county/article_c7709c80-fed6-11e2-bf3b-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story

alamance cty.NCNorth Carolina 08/08/13 Alamance County: Public health officials have confirmed a raccoon that fought with two unvaccinated dogs on Parker Street in Graham has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/county-s-fifth-rabies-case-reported-1.183833

providence cty RIRhode Island 08/07/13 Providence County: State officials announced Wednesday that mosquitoes trapped on July 29th in the Smith Hill area of the city of Providence have tested positive for WNV. – http://www.turnto10.com/story/23070380/west-nile-detected-in-providence-mosquitoes

Addison_County_VT (2)Vermont 08/09/13 Addison County: State health officials have confirmed that two more pools of mosquitoes collected on July 26th in Whiting and Leicester have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/West-Nile-virus-found-in-more-Vt-mosquitoes-4719914.php

fairchild_signWashington 08/09/13 Spokane County: Health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped at Fairfield Air Force Base has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.ksn.com/2013/08/09/west-nile-virus-detected-at-fairchild-afb/

Menominee_County.WIWisconsin 08/07/13 Menominee County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found on July 29th in Keshena on the Menominee Reservation has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.shawanoleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=27&ArticleID=35768

Fremont_County.WYWyoming 08/07/13 Fremont County: A female resident of the county has been diagnosed as the second human case of WNV reported in the state this year. – See http://dailyranger.com/story.php?story_id=8564

Rabies:

ala-department-of-public-healthAlabama 08/07/13 AL Department of Public Health: This year, 21 cases of rabies have been reported to the USDA Wildlife Services from Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties. Two of those cases have been from domestic animals; a dog in the Columbiana area of Shelby County and a cat in the Leeds area of Jefferson County. The virus has been reported often east of the Coosa River for years, but more rabid raccoons are being reported on the west side now.– See http://www.alabamas13.com/story/23077490/cases-of-rabies-have-risen-in-the-greater-birmingham-area

Florida-Department-of-Health-LOGO1-e1293997049361-300x115Florida 08/07/13 FL Department of Health: The counties with the most cases of rabies between 1997 and July 2013 are: Marion at 216, Polk at 184, Palm Beach at 165, Alachua at 164 and Orange at 149. The counties with the least are Wakulla, DeSoto, Liberty, Glades and Gadsden with only eight total cases. – See http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/08/07/here-are-florida-counties-with-the-most-rabies-cases-since-1997/

raccoon_lgGeorgia 08/07/13 Hall County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for the county’s northern Arbor Road area after a raccoon tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/87036/

crittersMissouri 08/07/13 Jefferson County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Warning in the county because the number of animals testing positive this year has increased. Most of these are wild, such as bats and skunks, but three dogs, one cat, and one horse have also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/391746/3/Jefferson-Co-health-officials-issue-rabies-warning

6735_Pip%20Bat%20Chris%20Shields%20(rspb-images_com)New Jersey 08/07/13 Atlantic County: Public health officials have confirmed that a bat found in the 500 block of Bainbridge Avenue in Hamilton Township has tested positive for rabies. The dog1property owner reported finding her vaccinated dog with the live bat in its mouth. This is the fifth confirmed case of rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/regional/atlantic-county/42474-atlantic-county-reports-fifth-rabies-case-in-hamilton-township-bat.html

Rabies vaccine fishmeal bait packets.

Rabies vaccine fishmeal bait packets.

Pennsylvania 08/07/13 Allegheny County: Health officials have announced that the annual raccoon rabies vaccine baiting program will be conducted August 12-16. The baits, specially made for raccoons and laced with rabies vaccine, are small plastic packets coated with fishmeal or one-square-inch blocks of compressed fishmeal. Health Department workers, wearing T-shirts and driving vehicles marked to identify them as part of the “Rabies Control Team,” will distribute about 230,000 baits by hand in all municipalities on foot and from vehicles. The public is asked to keep their pets on a leash, indoors or confined to their property as much as possible during the next two weeks, because while the baits are not harmful to pets, health officials don’t want them to find and eat the baits instead of raccoons. –For complete press release see http://www.achd.net/pr/pubs/2013release/080713_bait.html

0714Raccoon_Procyon_lotor_4South Carolina 08/08/13 Charleston County: Five adults in the Hollywood area are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after being exposed to a raccoon that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.abcnews4.com/story/23085965/five-adults-being-treated-for-rab

2531896582_b854ccc1a8Virginia 08/08/13 Russell County: Health officials confirm that a fox found in the county on July 31st has tested positive for rabies. This is the fifth rabid animal found in the county this year. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/rabies-confirmed-in-fox-in-russell-county-5th-rabid-animal-in-the-southwest-va-county-in-13/2013/08/08/9b0d57be-fff8-11e2-8294-0ee5075b840d_story.htmlies-in-charleston-co

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