Category Archives: Viral disease

WILD RABBITS in ARIZONA dying from TULAREMIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS approaching Emergency Risk Level in Dallas-Fort Worth area of TEXAS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from GA, IL, NJ, & OH ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 21, 2012.

Wild rabbit. Photo by Matt Reinbold. Wikimedia Commons.

Arizona 07/27/12 News Release – There have been recent reports of wild rabbits in the Dewey area contracting and dying from tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever”.  The State Laboratory confirmed this in a dead rabbit sent to Phoenix for testing this week. Tularemia is a treatable, naturally occurring illness in the United States, with about 120 human cases reported each year, and most occur in the western and south-central states.  It is caused by a germ carried by animals (especially rodents, rabbits and hares), and can be passed to domestic animals and people. – For complete release see

Texas 07/30/12 by Vicki Davey – The West Nile Virus has been declared well into Risk Level 5 in Dallas, and is on the way to Risk Level 6, which is an emergency level. As of Friday July 27, there were 174 confirmed (human) cases of West Nile Virus in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton counties, with about half of them in Dallas County, WFAA news reports. – See
West Nile Virus (WNV):

Georgia 07/30/12 Cobb County: Health officials confirmed Monday the first two human cases of WNV in the state this year. The patients, a 75-year-old man and 55-year-old woman, have been hospitalized and released, officials said. – See

Illinois 07/30/12 Will County: According to the health department, positive WNV infected mosquito samples were collected Tuesday from sites in Bolingbrook, Joliet, Shorewood and Frankfort. A blue jay and a robin taken from Wilmington and Plainfield, respectively, also tested positive for the virus. – See

New Jersey 07/30/12 Warren County: Three additional samples of Culex mosquitoes collected in Franklin, Lopatcong and White townships have tested positive for WNV, according to a press release from the county’s Mosquito Commission. The mosquitoes were collected between Tuesday, July 17, and Friday, July 20, in traps specifically designed to catch Culex mosquitoes, the type of mosquito responsible for transmitting the virus, particularly from bird to bird. – See

Ohio 07/29/12 Lorain County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See

 CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 21, 2012:

Published July 27, 2012/ 61(29); ND-396-ND-409

Anaplasmosis . . . 16 . . . Maine (3), Nebraska, New Hampshire (2), New York (8), Tennessee, Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida (2),  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 11 . . . Arkansas (2), Maryland, New York (3), Virginia (5),

Giardiasis . . . 213 . . . Alabama, California (46), Florida (29), Idaho (4), Iowa (4), Louisiana (4), Maine (8), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (7), Michigan, Missouri (10), Montana (2), Nebraska (5), New Mexico, New York (19), Ohio (31), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (10), Vermont (5), Virginia (5), Washington (14), West Virginia,

Lyme Disease . . .  248. . .  Delaware (8), Florida (2), Maine (2), Maryland (30), Massachusetts (6), New York (89), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (87), Tennessee, Texas, Vermont (6), Virginia (12), Wisconsin,

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . California, Texas,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 55. . . Illinois (2), Kansas, Maine (3), Missouri (2), New York (16), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Texas (13), Virginia (11), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Florida, California

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 33 . . . Alabama, Arkansas (7), Florida (2), New York, Ohio, Tennessee (10), Virginia (11),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Washington.

GROUNDHOG in VIRGINIA tests positive for RABIES ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from MASSACHUSETTS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from LA, & NY ~ RABIES reports from AR, CT, ILx2, NJ, & SC.

Groundhog. Photo by Reinhard Kraasch. Wikimedia Commons.

Virginia 07/27/12 Newport News: A groundhog (aka woodchuck) found in the vicinity of Blunt Court and Beverly Hills Drive has tested positive for rabies. The Peninsula Health District wants to know if residents or their pets may have had direct contact with the animal. – See

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Massachusetts 07/28/12 Brewster, Barnstable County: State health officials confirm the first-ever discovery of a human-biting mosquito infected with EEE on Cape Cod. The virus was detected in a pool of 21 mosquitoes caught at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. It is unclear at this time how many mosquitoes in the pool were infected with EEE. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Louisiana 07/28/12 Vidalia, Concordia Parish: A woman who has been diagnosed with WNV is the first human case of the virus in the Vidalia/Natchez vicinity this year. Louisiana has 32 other confirmed human cases of WNV, and Mississippi has 19 confirmed human cases. – See

New York 07/27/12 Orange County: Mosquitoes collected in the villages of Greenwood Lake and Goshen have tested positive for WNV. – See


Arkansas 07/27/12 Yell County: A skunk killed by a dog has tested positive for rabies bringing the total number of rabid skunks in the county to at least four this year. – See

Connecticut 07/27/12 Cheshire, New Haven County:  by Luther Turmelle, – Police are looking for a small coyote or fox that bit a Nichole Court resident Wednesday morning as she was sitting on the deck in her backyard. The woman suffered minor injuries to her leg when she was bitten at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Animal Control Officer April Leiler said. “The woman was trying to get in her house as the animal approached and bit her as she was opening the slider (sliding door),” Leiler said. “So, for a few moments, the animal’s head was inside the house.” The animal ran off after biting the woman and has not yet been found. Leiler said that without having caught the animal and testing it for rabies, the woman was urged to be treated for the disease. Two of her dogs, who approached the animal as it bit the woman, have been given a rabies booster shot, Leiler said. Initial indications are the animal was not provoked by the woman, but it may have been startled while feeding on berries in nearby wooded area. Lt. James Fasano said the woman also had fruit trees growing in her backyard and plants growing on her deck that the animal may have been interested in. Leiler said anyone who sees a fox or coyote should not approach it, but contact police at 203-271-5500. “If it has rabies, the animal is only going to get sicker,” she said. “And, even if it doesn’t, we want to prevent people from being bitten.

Illinois 07/28/12 Centralia: A bat that a woman discovered was attached to her lip when she woke up Thursday morning has tested positive for rabies. According to the report, she received rabies vaccine shots in her mouth, shoulder and both thighs. – See

Illinois 07/28/12 McHenry County: According to a news report, a bat that came in contact with a pet dog outside a home was infected with the rabies virus. – See

New Jersey 07/28/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A black and white feral cat found in the vicinity of Atrium and Chestnut ways off Pension Road has tested positive for rabies. The cat bit three area residents before being captured. Anyone who might have been exposed to the cat, or has a pet that had direct contact with the cat, should seek immediate medical advice. – See

South Carolina 07/27/12 Mountain Rest, Oconee County: A bat that had direct contact with a person has tested positive for rabies. – See

CANADA: WOMAN from northern QUEBEC survives POLAR BEAR attack ~ FLORIDA man’s DOG killed by BLACK BEAR in backyard ~ COLORADAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ CALIFORNIA law officer shoots MOUNTAIN LION that broke through family’s back door ~ COLORADO confirms wild RABBIT tested positive for TULAREMIA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from GA, MAx3, NY, NC, & VA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AZ, FL, ILx2, MI, MS, NJx2, NY, OH, TX, & WI ~ RABIES reports from NJ, NYx2, NC, PA, & TX ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 14, 2012 ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS: CDC notice of CHOLERA outbreak in CUBA.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey


Quebec 07/27/12 An Inuk woman underwent surgery in Montreal Friday afternoon, four days after she was mauled by a polar bear near Kangiqsualujjuaq, a small Inuit community in Nunavik, in northern Quebec. Alicie Baron, 57, stepped out of her hunting cabin late Monday night, checking around for a bear as she normally would. She didn’t see anything. “I think this bear was hiding behind our cabin,” she said. Baron said she turned around after hearing a sound and found herself face to face with the bear. “I yelled twice. I tried to make a very loud yell, since my husband was inside. He only heard my last yell,” she said. Baron’s husband grabbed a hunting rifle and tried to shoot the bear. His first bullet jammed, so he got a second gun, firing two shots before the bear let go of Baron. Baron was left with a gaping head wound and a mangled hand. “I was afraid if I just stayed there doing nothing, he would….open my skull,” said Baron from her Montreal hospital bed on Friday. “I had to use my hand for protection.” “I just tried my best to be strong, to try not to have the bear chew off my head,” she said. The couple had to wait in the hunting camp overnight for help to arrive. Baron was first flown to Kuujjuaq for treatment, then on to Montreal. She underwent surgery on Tuesday to treat her head wounds. A second operation on Friday was to repair three fractures and lacerations to her right hand. A stoic Baron said she is hoping to make a full recovery.

United States:

Florida 07/27/12 Traps will be set for the bear that attacked and killed a DeLand man’s dog in his backyard, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials. The attack happened Saturday night around 11 p.m. on Oak Street near International Speedway and Kepler Road. Greg Mapp believes the bear was about 350 pounds. He said his dog, Molly, and the bear went “toe to toe” as Molly defended her home. Mapp said the bear ran into the woods behind his house, but his dog was hurt so badly she had to be put down. His neighbor, Patricia Peacock, said she believes she spotted the same bear in her front yard on Wednesday. Joy Hill, a spokesperson with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said a trap will placed in the area in the next day or two, but she added that the situation is not an emergency and the bear is not considered dangerous. Hill said the bear was likely going after the dog’s food that the owner left in the back yard. She said residents should take food inside. “This was a defensive response by the bear,” Hill said. “It was not a predatory attack. This type of thing will continue to happen as long as people provide food opportunities for bears (that) live in the woods around them.” If officials capture the bear, Hill said they will relocate it to the Ocala National Forest. Hill said the trap is being moved from Paisley in Lake County where a bear bit another dog earlier in the week. Local 6 spoke with the owner of the the other dog, Brian Pollock, who said he kept his trashcans empty and doesn’t have food on his porch. But a bear bit the neck of his dog, Spike, who is recovering.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of Hantavirus. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Colorado 07/25/12 The Tri-County Health Department says an Adams County woman has died of hantavirus in the first Colorado death from the respiratory disease this year. The department said Wednesday that the 36-year-old woman, who had no serious underlying health conditions, was admitted to a hospital July 8 with flu-like symptoms and died two days later. Health officials say she most likely was exposed to hantavirus while cleaning a rodent-infested area of her home. People can catch the virus from inhaling airborne particles of infected rodents’ excrement. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache and severe muscle pain, especially in the lower back and legs, followed by a dry cough or difficulty breathing. State health officials say a Delta County man and Garfield County woman were infected with hantavirus earlier this year. Both survived.

California 07/27/12 by Patty Guerra – Tami Mendonca was working in the front yard of her home Sunday when she heard a crash in the back yard. She ran around to check and saw the back door hanging open. “It had just been kicked in,” she said. Using the cell phone she always keeps in her pocket, she called 911 to report the intruder. “Then she grabs the machete,” interjected her husband, Ray, as the couple recounted the story Thursday. The machete-wielding Mendonca flagged down a neighbor, and they watched the house while waiting for help to arrive. A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy got there quickly and went into the house with his K-9. “He came out and said the house was clear,” Tami Mendonca said. “Nothing had been taken.” While they were chatting, the Mendoncas’ dogs ran out to one of the eucalyptus trees in the yard and started barking. “We’re all excited and we thought we’ve got him up the tree,” she said. “Then we looked up, and we all just froze.” The suspect was a 100-pound mountain lion. The deputy told Mendonca to put her dogs in the kennel while he called the state Department of Fish and Game. “Fish and Game told them if the animal comes out of the tree, they should probably consider dispatching it,” sheriff’s deputy Royjindar Singh said Thursday. “The lion decided to come out of the tree, so (the deputy) shot it and killed it.” Authorities said the deputy had no alternative, as the mountain lion was a threat to public safety. “There are too many factors going on,” said Capt. Robert Simpson of the Department of Fish and Game. “Mountain lions have no fear; they have no predator.” – For complete article see

Colorado 07/27/12 Public Health officials announced Friday that a rabbit tested positive for an illness that “is similar to plague” in Pueblo. The rabbit was found in Pueblo West in the 1000 Block of West Saginaw Drive, and tested positive for Tularemia. Though the bacterial illness occurs naturally in the U.S., it’s a condition that can be fatal to humans. – For complete article see

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Georgia 07/26/12 Chatham County: Health officials said Thursday that preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of WNV and EEE in mosquitoes collected in the county. – See

Massachusetts 07/27/12 Pittsfield, Berkshire County: A mosquito sample collected in the Williams Street area has tested positive for EEE. – See

Massachusetts 07/26/12 Westborough, Worcester County: Public health officials announced today that EEE has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the area. – See

Massachusetts 07/27/12 Canton, Norfolk County: Health officials announced earlier this week that EEE has been found in mammal-biting mosquitoes and the town’s risk level has been raised to “high”.  – See

New York 07/26/12 Morristown, St. Lawrence County: A horse found shaking and sweating in a field earlier this week tested positive for EEE. The horse has since died. – See

North Carolina 07/25/12 New Hanover County: A third sentinel chicken has tested positive for EEE in the past three weeks. There is no vaccine and no cure for humans if exposed to this disease. Vaccines are available for horses. Recently, horses with the disease were euthanized in Robeson and Bladen counties. – See

Virginia 07/26/12 Chesapeake: Mosquito populations are way up this year, and more than ever they are testing positive for EEE, a virus that can be fatal to people, according to city officials. And the spread of the virus among mosquitoes likely will get worse over the next two months until the mosquito season peaks. Mosquitoes are especially pesky in Chesapeake and Suffolk because of the Great Dismal Swamp, which straddles city lines and is home to millions of mosquitoes, including the bird-biting mosquito that carries EEE, an official said. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Arizona 07/27/12 Pinal County: Mosquitoes trapped during routine surveillance have tested positive for WNV. – See

Florida 07/25/12 Duval County: Health officials confirmed a 62-year-old woman is the first human case of WNV diagnosed in the county this year. The woman was hospitalized but has since been released. – See

Illinois 07/26/12 Winnebago County: The county health department announced today that two crows, found in the 61104 and 61088 zip code areas, have tested positive for WNV. – See–163874226.html?ref=226

Illinois 07/25/12 Tests conducted by the Egyptian Health Department has confirmed WNV positive batches of mosquitoes in Saline, Gallatin and White Counties, including the towns of Shawneetown, Harrisburg and Carmi. – See

Michigan 07/27/12 Oakland County: A 44-year-old man was hospitalized earlier this month with the first confirmed human case of WNV in the state this year. He is now recovering at home. – See

Mississippi 07/27/12 by Karen Wilson – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first WNV death for 2012, along with eight new human cases. The death was in Smith County, and the new reported cases are in Leflore, Rankin (3), Smith, Stone (2), and Sunflower County. Today’s report brings the state total for 2012 to 19 cases and one death. – See

New Jersey 07/27/12 News Release – The first human case of WNV has been confirmed in a 19-year-old Monmouth County woman who was hospitalized but has recovered. In 2011, seven people tested positive for WNV.  In 2010, 30 cases were reported, including two deaths, one in Camden and one in Hudson. – See

New Jersey 07/25/12 Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County: A mosquito tested positive for WNV this week. Earlier, a mosquito collected in the vicinity of Duerer and 10th streets, and another at Birch Grove Park in Northfield, have tested positive for the virus. – See

New York 07/26/12 Staten Island: A man, who is over 50, was hospitalized with the first human case of WNV in New York City this year. He has since recovered. – See

Ohio 07/27/12 Clermont County: An 85-year-old man has the first human case of WNV in the state this year. The man has been hospitalized. There is no report on his condition. – See

Texas 07/26/12 Allen, Collin County: Health officials have confirmed three human cases of WNV in the city but did not say in which zip codes the infected people reside. – See

Wisconsin 07/25/12 Dane County: A bird has tested positive for WNV; the first to do so in the state this year. – See


New Jersey 07/24/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A bat found outside a local residence on July 15 has tested positive for rabies. Brown bats are commonly found in the area. – See

New York 07/26/12 Jay, Essex County: A raccoon found in the town has tested positive for rabies. – See

New York 07/26/12 Clinton County: One person is being treated for exposure to rabies after picking up a bat with bare hands. The bat tested positive for the virus. – See

North Carolina 07/25/12 Manson, Warren County: A raccoon killed by a tethered but unvaccinated dog in the Shells Lane area has tested positive for rabies. The dog had to be euthanized.– See

Pennsylvania 07/26/12 Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County: A skunk found wandering in a residential yard has tested positive for rabies. – See

Rabid cow.

Texas 07/27/12 Grayson County: A show cow tested positive for rabies a couple weeks ago. Family members became concerned once it began choking severely and exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia. After a vet observed and assessed that the rabies virus was indeed present, the cow was euthanized three days later. – See

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 14, 2012:

Published July 20, 2012/ 61(28); ND-382-ND-395

Anaplasmosis . . . 17 . . . New York (16), Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 9 . . . California, New York (8),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 9 . . . Arkansas, Tennessee (2), Virginia (6),

Giardiasis . . . 112 . . . Alaska (2), Arkansas (2), California (23), Florida (20), Iowa (4), Maine (3), Maryland (3), Missouri (5), Nebraska (5), Nevada, New York (25), Ohio (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (2), Virginia (4), Washington (5),

Lyme Disease . . .  266. . .  California, Connecticut (6), Delaware (9), Florida (3), Maryland (33), New York (109), Oregon, Pennsylvania (79), Vermont (7), Virginia (18),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . Texas,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 43. . . Connecticut (3), Illinois (2), New York (17), Ohio, Texas (5), Vermont, Virginia (13), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 20 . . . Alabama (2), Arkansas (3), Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Tennessee (5), Virginia (6),

Tularemia . . . 3 . . . Alaska, Montana, Washington.

Travel Warnings:

Cuba 07/27/12 Outbreak Notice – The Cuban Ministry of Health has confirmed the first cholera outbreak in Cuba in more than a century. One hundred thirty-seven confirmed cases and 3 deaths have been reported in Granma province in the cities of Manzanillo, Bayamo, Yara, and Campechuela Niquero. Currently, cases are limited to Granma Province, mostly in Manzanillo. According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, control measures have been implemented including ensuring that water is safe for drinking, implementation of environmental sanitation measures and public awareness campaigns. The Pan American Health Organization is also closely monitoring this situation. Most travelers are not at high risk of getting cholera. However, travelers to an area with a known outbreak should take steps to avoid getting sick. The vaccine to prevent cholera is not available in the United States. – For complete notice see

COYOTES preying on FLORIDA PETS and SEA TURTLE nests ~ MOUNTAIN LION kills pet DOG in CALIFORNIA neighborhood ~ MOUNTAIN LION with cubs sighted near the University of CALIFORNIA-Berkeley ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from VIRGINIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AL, AZ, CT, IL, IN, NY, & TX ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 7, 2012.

Coyote. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Florida 07/23/12 by Terry O’Connor – Emboldened coyotes have seized at least one pet in the Rotonda area and routinely stalk turtle nests on Gasparilla Island sands. “Coyote predation has increased on unmarked sea turtle nests after Tropical Storm Debby,’ said Wilma Katz of the Coastal Wildlife Club. Coyotes can be heard howling at night throughout the Gasparilla Island area and sometimes during the day when emergency vehicles pass by. The scientific name of the coyote, Canis latrans, means “barking dog.” Coyotes help control rodent populations and are not all bad, says at least one naturalist. “I know that coyotes can be a potential problem but it is impressive that a mid-sized predator can persist and even thrive in the face of so many attempts to kill it,” said William Dunson, Gasparilla Gazette Nature Walk columnist. “Although it is presumably not native originally to this area, it seems to replace some of the native predators that have been eliminated, and I do enjoy having them around. We seem to have a very healthy ecosystem here with good to excellent populations of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, so the coyotes do not seem to be an adverse disturbance to natural systems.”

Photo by Ianare Sevi. Wikimedia Commons.

Unless it’s your pet a coyote targets for lunch, authorities say. Rotonda West resident Desiree Numen told animal control officials a coyote carried off her family’s Jack Russell terrier, Chester, March 27. The coyote bit into her dog’s neck as they were standing in her front yard and ran into the woods despite her screams. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or at dusk or dawn. Animal control officer John Butler said a coyote is less likely to attack if a dog is leashed and they are attracted to open garbage cans. Coyotes have become common in the Gasparilla island area yet are rarely seen despite leaving tracks and spoor as evidence of their existence. Attacks on pets are still rare as coyotes have an innate fear of humans, according to University of Florida data.

California 07/23/12  by Veronica Rocha – A mountain lion mauled a 1-year-old German-Belgian shepherd mix named Cookie to death Saturday, making it the first reported killing of its kind this year in Glendale, officials said. The attack prompted Glendale police officials to renew warnings to hillside residents to keep their pets indoors at night. “She was a great dog,” said Cookie’s owner, Karine Tatevossian. “It’s just really scary.” The shepherd mix was staying at her parents’ home in the 1800 block of Emerald Terrace for the weekend, she said. – For complete article see,0,3762330.story

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 07/24/12 Berkeley, Alameda County: by Frances Dinkelspiel – UC police are warning hikers to be on the outlook for a mountain lion and her cubs that may be living near the Greek Theater. In the past few weeks, hikers have reported several sightings of a mountain lion, including one on Thursday. “In the past few weeks there have been several sightings of a mountain lion and her cubs near the Switching Station #6 construction site on the western side of Stern Hall,” UC Police said in a safety alert sent out Tuesday. “The latest sighting was of a female mountain lion which occurred on Thursday, July 19th.” Stern Hall is located on Gayley Road right near the Greek Theater. – See

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Virginia 07/24/12 Virginia Beach: In the past four weeks, there have been five EEE-positive mosquito pools in four different locations, according to a news release from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works. Three of the locations were in Blackwater and the fourth was on West Neck Road in Pungo. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alabama 07/24/12 Mobile, Mobile County: A sentinel chicken in the 36582 ZIP Code has tested positive for WNV, officials with the Mobile County Health Department confirmed today. – See

Arizona 07/24/12 Maricopa County: An elderly man with underlying health issues has succumbed to WNV. Last month the first human case of WNV in the county was diagnosed in a 30-year-old woman who has since recovered. – See

Connecticut 07/25/12 News Release – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced mosquitoes testing positive for WNV have been identified in 13 towns so far this season. The mosquitoes were trapped by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) from June 27 to July 18 in: Bethel, Danbury, Greenwich, East Haven, New Haven, Newington, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, West Haven, Wallingford and Wilton. – See

Illinois 07/24/12 Cook County: Health officials have confirmed that a female in her 60s has become the first human case of WNV in the county. – See

Indiana 07/24/12 Martinsville, Morgan County: Health officials reported Monday that a mosquito pool on the south side of the city has tested positive for WNV. – See

New York 07/24/12 New Haven, Oswego County: WNV has been found in a mosquito trap in New Haven, town Supervisor Russell So far this season, the virus also has been found in a mosquito pool collected near the Cicero Swamp, in two traps in Central Square and in a mosquito pool on Midler Avenue in Syracuse. – See

Texas 07/24/12 Tarrant County: Sandra Parker, medical director of Tarrant County Public Health, told Fort Worth City Council members Tuesday that the county has 30 reported human cases of WNV, including five in Fort Worth. – See

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 7, 2012:

Published July 13, 2012/ 61(27); ND-367-ND-381

Anaplasmosis . . . 17 . . . New York (17),

Babesiosis . . . 8 . . . California, New York (7),

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida, Indiana,  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 17 . . . Alabama, Florida (2), Maryland (2), New York (3), Tennessee (4), Virginia (5),

Giardiasis . . . 89 . . . Alabama, California (16), Florida (19), Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada (2), New York (16), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (2), Vermont (2), Virginia (2), Washington (5), Wisconsin,

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Indiana,

Lyme Disease . . .  161. . .  Delaware (6), Florida (3), Maryland (5), New York (63), Pennsylvania (46), Rhode Island (8), Tennessee (3), Vermont (5), Virginia (22),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . Indiana,

Q Fever (Chronic) . . . 1 . . . Texas, 

Rabies (Animal) . . . 47. . . Alabama, Maine, Michigan, New York (15), Texas (11), Virginia (15), West Virginia (3),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Pennsylvania (2),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 31 . . . Alabama (3), Arizona (2), Arkansas (3), Indiana, Tennessee (5), Virginia (17),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Colorado, Nebraska.

ALASKAN hiker mauled by GRIZZLY sow with cubs ~ CALIFORNIA Western Gray SQUIRREL tests positive for WEST NILE VIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from NE, & TX ~ RABIES reports from CO, FL (2), ME, MD, MA, NJ, PA, & VT (2).

Grizzly. Courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Alaska 07/23/12 by Lisa Demer – On a private trail above Eagle River Road, high up in the brush where bears are common, a man hiking with his beagle was mauled by a grizzly Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The man suffered cuts to his head, back and leg, said police Sgt. Cameron Hokenson. Medics rushed him to the hospital but authorities said the injuries aren’t life threatening. Police Lt. Dave Parker identified the hiker as Bob Eder, 50, who lives near where the attack occurred. The sow was with three older cubs, said Jessy Coltrane, area biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game,  who toted a shotgun as she checked out the scene with police. The attack appears to have happened when the hiker startled the brown bears in the tall brush, she said. They ran off. “The vegetation on each side is at least 6 feet tall, impenetrable – you can’t see through it,” Coltrane said. She was able to talk with the hiker briefly before he was taken to the hospital. “The one thing I asked him was how close was the bear when you saw it. He said ‘oh, 5 feet.’ She was right there in the bushes essentially, with these cubs,” the biologist said. “It was incredibly unfortunate but a classic defensive attack by a sow with cubs, surprised at very close range.” – For complete article see

Western gray squirrel. Photo by state of California.

California 07/24/12 by Laura Dudnick – A squirrel found in Menlo Park has tested positive for West Nile virus, becoming the first squirrel in San Mateo County to test positive for the virus this year, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control announced Monday. The Western gray squirrel, collected July 3, had a low level of West Nile virus, referred to as a “chronic”  infection, according to county officials. The low level indicates the squirrel was not likely infected recently, and possibly acquired the virus last year. Tree squirrels don’t travel long distances, meaning the infection was likely acquired in or near Menlo Park, county officials said. Along with birds including ravens, crows and jays, tree squirrels are highly susceptible to West Nile virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. – For complete article see

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Nebraska 07/19/12 Hamilton County: A man in his 70s tested positive for WNV according to the Department of Health and Human Services. He was hospitalized and released.  It’s the first positive human case seen so far this season. – See

Texas 07/22/12 McLennan County: An 80-year-old resident is dead after being infected with WNV and at least five other human cases of the virus have been confirmed, according the McLennan County Public Health District. Another three human cases of WNV are suspected, one of which is a person from Limestone County. – See


Colorado 07/19/12 Fort Collins, Larimer County: A raccoon that was killed by dogs after entering an enclosed yard near East Trilby Road and South Lemay Avenue has tested positive for rabies. It is the first rabid raccoon found on Colorado’s Front Range since 1963. – See

Florida 07/23/12 Callaway, Bay County: A raccoon found south of the intersection of Old Bicycle Road and Betty Louise Drive has tested positive for rabies. – See

Florida 07/20/12 Jacksonville, Duval County: A rabies alert has been issued for an area bordered on the north by Clapboard Swamp, on the south by Clapboard Creek, on the west by Cedar Point Road at Clapboard Creek and east by Cedar Point Road and Boney Road. – See

Maine 07/19/12 Clinton, Kennebec County: In the last three months, the animal control officer has handled five confirmed cases of rabies — three on the River Road, one on the Bush Road and one on the Canaan Road — involving a skunk, a fox and raccoons, the town said Thursday in a press release. – See

Maryland 07/20/12 Brunswick, Frederick County: Two raccoons have tested positive for rabies within the last two week. The first was a young, injured raccoon that was found on July 4 along Petersville Road between Greenwood and B Street. The second raccoon was involved in an altercation with dogs on July 18 on F Street. – See

Massachusetts 07/20/12 Spencer, Worcester County: Health officials are warning anyone who may have touched a bat found at Luther Hill Park on Tuesday to consult with their doctor immediately, as the bat had rabies. A 10-year-old child who was bitten by the bat is undergoing treatment, but Health Agent Lee Jarvis said there were reports that several other children may have touched it and could have been exposed to the deadly virus. – See

New Jersey 07/20/12 Andover, Sussex County: A fox that attacked a seven-year-old boy in the driveway of his Wilson Place home has tested positive for rabies. – See

Pennsylvania 07/20/12 West Mead Township, Crawford County: Authorities say another raccoon found in the county has tested positive for rabies. It’s the sixth one this year. – See

Vermont 07/21/12 Coventry, Orleans County: A feral cat that attacked four people and a dog at the Coventry Landfill has tested positive for rabies. One victim suffered seven puncture wounds. – See

Vermont 07/23/12 Shelburne, Chittenden County: A dead bat discovered in the David Park subdivision area has tested positive for rabies. – See|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

IOWA confirms first case of CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE in a DEER ~ KANSAS officials confirm seven DEER found with CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ CALIFORNIA mobile home park residents being terrorized by COYOTES ~ TENNESSEE BOY dies of MOSQUITO-borne LaCROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA (3), CO, GA, IL, MA, PA, RI, SD, & TX (2) ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending June 30, 2012.

Whitetailed Fawn. PD. Wikimedia Commons.

Iowa 07/20/12 A white-tail deer at a hunting preserve in Davis County has become the first positive detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa.  The positive sample was verified this week, and DNR is working closely with the State Veterinarian on this isolated incident. The Davis County facility where the animal was held has been inspected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to ensure that any remaining deer remain contained.  The facility is surrounded by an eight-foot fence.  A quarantine has also been issued for the facility. – For complete article see

Kansas 07/19/12 News Release – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has announced that nine deer from Kansas tested positive for chronic wasting disease, seven confirmed and two presumptive, for the current test year. All but three of the nine deer — one from Stafford County one from Sumner County, and one from Ford County — were animals from northwestern Kansas. The Stafford, Sumner, and Ford county cases were firsts for each county. Eight of the deer were taken by hunters during the 2011 hunting seasons, and one was euthanized by a KDWPT natural resource officer after it was reported as acting sick. Two cases were from Norton County and one each from Decatur, Ford, Rawlins, Stafford, Sumner, Trego, and Wallace counties. All cases were white-tailed deer. – For complete release see

California 07/19/12 Carson, Los Angeles County: Residents of the Carson Harbor Village mobile home park say almost two dozen of their pets have been attacked, injured, or killed by coyotes in less than a year. The coyotes are living in nearby marsh areas, but the park’s owner has refused to allow trappers on the property due to liability issues and protests from animal activists. The City Council is considering legal options that would force the park owner to allow animal control professionals on the property. – See

Tennessee 07/20/12 Six-year-old Skyler Cooper of Union County died at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital over the weekend of LaCrosse Encephalitis (LAC). According to the CDC, less than 1% of all LAC cases end fatally. The disease is spread through treehole mosquitoes and, according to the American Mosquito Control Association, 13 states east of the Mississippi River have reported LAC cases. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 07/19/12 Los Angeles County: Health officials confirm a San Gabriel Valley resident is the first confirmed human case of WNV in the county this year. – See

California 07/20/12 Ventura County: Three more birds have tested positive for WNV: two in Simi Valley and one in Camarillo, county officials said today. – See

California 07/21/12 Stockton, San Joaquin County: A health official confirmed Friday that a 48-year-old resident is the first human case of WNV in the county this year. The man reported no symptoms, but tested positive when donating blood. – See

Colorado 07/19/12 Fremont and Weld counties: Two equine cases of WNV have been diagnosed representing the first reported cases of WNV this year. Both horses are being treated. – See

Georgia 07/20/12 DeKalb County: Health officials said 17 of 51 collections of mosquitoes recently tested positive for WNV. All positive returns occurred inside I-285. – See

Illinois 07/19/12 DuPage and Will counties: City officials confirm WNV has been found in Arrowhead Park on Naperville’s north side, making it the fourth spot in the area where the mosquito-borne virus has been found in recent weeks. One trap at Arrowhead Park recorded a positive test both this week and last week. There also have been two consecutive positive tests this month at Seager Park on Plank Road and the area of Naper Boulevard and Bailey Road. Pioneer Park on South Washington Street tested positive once as well. – See,0,517207.story

Massachusetts 07/19/12 Newton, Middlesex County: Health officials confirm mosquito pools collected in Oak Hill and New Centre have tested positive for WNV. – See

Pennsylvania 07/21/12 Barrett Township, Monroe County: Municipal officials say several mosquitoes and five dead birds have tested positive for WNV. – See

Rhode Island 07/19/12 Westerly, Washington County: Mosquitoes collected in Chapman Swamp have tested positive for WNV. – See

South Dakota 07/20/12 sdgov: Update – One case of human WNV reported in a Lake County resident. A second WNV positive blood donor has been reported.  There have now been 2 WNV positive blood donors in Beadle and Brown counties. There have also been 19 WNV positive mosquito detections in Brown (11), Brookings (5), Codington (1), Hughes (1) and Lincoln (1) counties. – See

Texas 07/19/12 Brazos County: by Julie Blanco – Texas A&M University, College Station and Bryan have tested positive for mosquitoes that carry (WNV). Other sites that have tested positive for the virus include the area around the Jack K. Williams Administration Building, Brison Park and Sue Haswell Park. While there have been 23 human cases of the virus in Texas this year, there have yet to be any in Brazos County. Texas has highest number of reported human cases of West Nile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nation’s first West Nile related death this year occurred in Dallas earlier this month. – See

Texas 07/19/12 Plano, Collin County: Two probable human cases of WNV have been reported occurring in the 75074 and 75075 zip code areas. WNV was first detected in mosquitoes in Plano in mid-June. – See

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending June 30, 2012:

Published July 6, 2012/ 61(26); ND-353-ND-366

Anaplasmosis . . . 18 . . . Alabama, Florida, Maine (3), New York (12), Vermont,

Babesiosis . . . 2 . . . New York (2),

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Indiana,  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 12 . . . Arkansas (3), Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee (4), Virginia (3),

Giardiasis . . . 94 . . . Alaska (2), California (11), Florida (21), Iowa (2), Maine, Maryland (2), Missouri (7), Montana (2), Nebraska, New York (24), Ohio (7), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), Washington (8),

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 3 . . . Indiana, New York (2),

Lyme Disease . . .  212. . .  Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland (25), Nebraska, New Jersey (2), New York (90), Oregon, Pennsylvania (70), Vermont (4), Virginia (13), Wisconsin (2),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 32. . . Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York (10), Texas (6), Virginia (13),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . New York,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 21 . . . Alabama (3), Florida (2), New York, Oklahoma (3), Tennessee (8), Virginia (3), Wyoming.

RABID BEAVER attacks two young GIRLS swimming in VIRGINIA lake ~ Wildlife Conservancy trail camera snaps rare photo of MOUNTAIN LION roaming MICHIGAN’s UP ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: OREGONIAN may lose fingers and toes after contracting BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from MA, & NC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2 ~ RABIES reports from FL, GA, ID, KS, ME, NE, NYx2, NCx2, & PA.

American Beaver. Photo by Steve of Washington, D.C. Wikimedia Commons.

Virginia 07/17/12 Authorities say two young girls are recovering after being bitten by a rabid beaver while swimming in Lake Anna. Louisa County Sheriff’s Maj. Donald Lowe said Tuesday that the 11-year-old and eight-year-old sisters were attacked on Sunday near Sorbie Cove in Louisa. The Spotsylvania County girls have since been released from the hospital.

The Free Lance-Star reports ( ) that Lowe said somebody already had shot and killed the beaver by the time the authorities responded to the incident. Police then turned the beaver over to the health department, which confirmed the animal had rabies. Both girls are receiving shots for rabies. Virginia Department of Health officials say it’s just the fourth time in the past decade that a beaver in Virginia has been confirmed to have rabies.

Michigan 07/18/12 by Tom Greenwood – A rare daytime photograph of a cougar roaming the woods in the Upper Peninsula is bolstering arguments of wild life experts that the big cats are doing well in Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy —a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 — released a photo Wednesday of the cougar that was snapped by a trail camera on June 1 on private property in southern Marquette County.

Photo by Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.

According to Patrick Rusz, director of wildlife programs for the conservancy, the cougar looks healthy and checks in at about 72 inches from nose to tail and weighs between 100 and 120 pounds. “There have been other confirmations of the existence of cougars in the form of sightings, tracks and scat, but more and more of them are appearing on trail cameras,” Rusz said. “For years, the Department of Natural Resources has been denying or downplaying the existence of cougars, saying they were someone’s escaped pet or cats that drifted in from the west. “It’s time for them to take a look at this.” Rusz, along with retired DNR forester Michael Zuidema, verified the trail camera’s location on a well-used wildlife trail atop a wooded ridge. According to Rusz, the camera also has photographed wolves, coyotes, bobcats and other predators at the same site over a four-year period. – For complete article see

Follow-Up Report:

(See OREGONIAN hospitalized with illness believed to be PLAGUE Posted 06/13/12)

Photo provided by Gaylord family taken July 11, 2012.

Oregon 07/17/12 by Steven Dubois – One look at Paul Gaylord’s hands shows why the plague is referred to as “Black Death.” The welder’s once-strong hands have been withered by the cell-killing infection and darkened to the color of charcoal. Doctors are waiting to see if they can save a portion of his fingers, but the outlook is grim for the man who needs them for his livelihood. “I don’t think I can do my job,” Gaylord said in a phone interview from a Bend, Ore., hospital. “I’m going to lose all my fingers on both hands. I don’t know about my thumbs. The toes – I might lose all them, too.” Gaylord, who turns 60 next month, contracted a rare case of the plague trying to take a mouse from the jaws of a choking cat at his home in Prineville, in rural Oregon. – For complete article see

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Massachusetts 07/18/12 Massachusetts will launch an urgent campaign of aerial spraying after numerous mosquito samples collected in the southeast of the state tested positive for the killer EEE virus, health officials said on Tuesday. A bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the EEE virus, triggering a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain that can also leave survivors with significant brain damage. – See

North Carolina 07/18/12 Two North Carolina Quarter Horses were euthanized this month after contracting EEE, a mosquito-borne disease that is largely preventable in equine by vaccination. The unvaccinated horses–a 2-year-old Robeson County mare and a 7-year-old stallion from Bladen County–exhibited signs of generalized weakness, stumbling, depression, and inability to stand or eat. The Robeson County horse’s condition deteriorated so quickly that she was euthanized within 24 hours of first exhibiting clinical signs. The Bladen County stallion displayed signs for several weeks before being euthanized earlier this month; testing at Rollins Laboratory, in Raleigh, confirmed EEE this week. They are the first reported cases of EEE in North Carolina horses this year. Last week, New Hanover County officials reported that EEE was found in a sentinel chicken flock. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Stanislaus County

California 07/18/12 Stanislaus County: A 6-year-old girl has WNV, the third confirmed human case in the state this year. – See

Contra Costa County

California 07/18/12 Contra Costa County: Two crows tested positive for WNV Tuesday, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. The crows were found in the towns of Pleasant Hill and Knightsen. – See


Florida 07/18/12 Graceville, Jackson County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by two dogs on Damascus Church Road has tested positive for rabies. – See

Georgia 07/17/12 Waverly, Camden County: A resident is being treated for exposure to rabies after being exposed to a fox that tested positive for the virus. – See

Idaho 07/18/12 Caldwell, Canyon County: A bat that bit a young girl playing near the Indian Creek Bridge on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. – See

Kansas 07/18/12 Augusta, Butler County: A skunk that fought with a dog has tested positive for rabies. – See

Maine 07/18/12 Bath, Sagadahoc County: A fox that attacked a 67-year-old man on Whiskeag Road Monday has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed case of rabies in the city this year. – See

Nebraska 07/18/12 Cheyenne County: by John Roark – Two recent reports of rabid skunks in eastern Cheyenne County is creating cause for concern. The first incident occurred July 2 in the Lodgepole-Sunol area, when a skunk managed to get inside the back yard of a residence and tried to attack a small dog. That skunk was taken to White Bluffs Veterinary Hospital in Sidney, before being sent by Dr. Dave Weiderspon to laboratories at Kansas State University in Manhattan, where the animal tested positive for rabies. A week later, another skunk was discovered in the back yard of a residence along Road 109, near Sidney Airport. In that instance, a dog was playing with the dead skunk, which also tested positive for rabies at KSU. – See

New York 07/18/12 Otsego County: Four people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a cat tested positive for the virus. – See

New York 07/19/12 Mahopac, Putnam County: One person is being treated for exposure to rabies after being bitten by a stray cat that tested positive for the virus. – See

North Carolina 07/17/12 Boone, Watauga County: The Appalachian District Health Department is urging anyone to come forward who might have had contact with a striped black-and-brown cat last week in Boone — a cat later determined to have rabies. The department received a report of three females in a Ford F-150 truck, either green and tan or brown and tan, who left a thin, striped, black-and-brown cat at the Kangaroo gas station on State Farm Road around 4:30 p.m. July 12. The cat was later taken to the Watauga Humane Society and tested positive for rabies. It is critical that the three individuals and anyone else who may have come in contact with this animal between June 29 and July 15 contact the Watauga County Health Department immediately at (828) 264-4995 immediately for a rabies risk assessment.

North Carolina 07/18/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: A raccoon that was attacked by dogs near Highway 57 has tested positive for rabies. This is the eighth case of rabies confirmed in the county this year. – See

Pennsylvania 07/18/12 Oakmont, Allegheny County: Health officials have issued a rabies warning after a raccoon found staggering along a walking trail near Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue on Sunday tested positive for rabies. – See