MOUNTAIN LION behaving aggressively toward people in CALIFORNIA park ~ Follow-Up Report: MOUNTAIN LION returns to Fontana, CALIFORNIA ~ MISSOURI cautiously optimistic that efforts to check CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE are working ~ RABIES reports from GA, TX, & VA.

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Mountain lion. Bing free use license.

California 03/08/14 thereporter.com: by Catherine Mijs – Vacaville parkgoers got more than they bargained for Friday evening: Several reported hair-raising run-ins with a mountain lion that has frequented Lagoon Valley Park in the last few weeks, officials said. With four sightings between 6 and 7 p.m., including one instance where the powerful predator came within 25 feet of people and “growled,” Vacaville police began making efforts to contact California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials to help corral the cougar, said Sgt. Charlie Spruill. According to Spruill, the mountain lion was also spotted in the hills across the road from the dog park, going toward Hidden Grove — about 25 yards from the walking path. On Feb. 21, the city of Vacaville issued a warning to parkgoers, urging them to be on the lookout for the lion following several sightings by local residents on trails near Lagoon Valley and by other hikers near Cherry Glen Road. Temporary signs were posted at the park’s trailheads, advising hikers of what to do if they encountered a mountain lion. Friday’s encounters, however, were much more aggressive than the initial glimpses that were reported to authorities. – For complete article see http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_25302322/mountain-lion-growls-at-people-vacavilles-lagoon-valley?source=most_viewed

Follow-Up Report:

(See MOUNTAIN LION kills 100 lb German Shepherd in CALIFORNIA family’s backyard posted 03/08/14)

s_mountain-lion-0002 (2)California 03/10/14 nbclosangeles.com: Mountain lion sightings were reported during the weekend in the same community where a big cat attacked and killed a family’s German Sherpherd last week. The sightings in Fontana, about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, were reported Saturday within about 30 minutes. The first report came from a resident who saw the mountain lion walking north of Edmonton Street near Regina Way Saturday morning. Officers in a helicopter later found the animal under power lines northwest of Reservoir Road near Edmonton Street. “The officers in the helicopter lost sight of the mountain lion and were unable to locate after a lengthy search,” according to a statement from the Fontana Police Department. . . . California Fish and Wildlife officials described the mountain lion’s behavior as “anything but normal” and consider it a significant public safety threat. An animal is considered a public safety threat if there is “a likelihood of human injury based on the totality of the circumstances,” according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The lion’s behavior, proximity to schools and other factors are considered in making that determination. Police have asked residents to keep pets inside, especially during dusk to dawn hours. – For complete article see http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Mountain-Lion-Sighting-German-Shepherd-Dog-Attack-Fontana-249304501.html

Chronic Wasting Disease:

Whitetail buck. Courtesy MO Dept of Conservation.

Whitetail buck. Courtesy MO Dept of Conservation.

Missouri 03/11/14 mdc.mo.gov: News Release – Following the testing of 3,666 free-ranging deer harvested during and after the 2013 deer-hunting season, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has detected no additional cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Missouri free-ranging deer. The total number of confirmed cases in Missouri free-ranging deer remains limited to 10 found in 2012 and early 2013. All were from a small area of northwest Macon County near where CWD was confirmed in 10 captive deer in 2012 at a private hunting preserve. Missouri’s first case of CWD was discovered in 2010 in a captive deer at private hunting facility in southeast Linn County owned by the same private hunting preserve. “While I am cautiously optimistic that these latest test results suggest our efforts to limit the spread of CWD may be working, the threat of this infectious disease remains significant,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Kelly Straka. “Therefore, continued surveillance is important.” – For complete release see http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-testing-results-show-no-new-cases-chronic-wasting-disease

Rabies:

raccoon-mom-and-baby-0567Georgia 03/10/14 Barrow County: A raccoon found on Hidden Court off Sims Road in Winder has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid raccoon found in Winder in less than one week. The first confirmed case was on Meadowbrook Drive. – See http://www.barrowcountynews.com/section/14/article/22100/

maxresdefaultTexas 03/10/14 Brazos County: A skunk killed by two dogs in their own fenced-in yard in the vicinity of Tabor Road and Dilly Shaw Tap northeast of Bryan has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wtaw.com/2014/03/10/aggieland-humane-society-issues-rabies-advisory/

20040118-RosesRaccoonSkunk(lo) - CopyVirginia  03/10/14 Pittsylvania County: A raccoon found on Tucker Road in Gretna, and a skunk found on Mapleton Road in Callands, Wednesday and Thursday of last week respectively, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/two-rabid-animals-found-in-pittsylvania-county/article_29c80f5c-a8ab-11e3-a9ef-001a4bcf6878.html

 

MOUNTAIN LION kills 100 lb German Shepherd in CALIFORNIA family’s backyard ~ RABIES reports from CA, CO, CT, GA, NJx2, NCx3, PA, & SC.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

California 03/05/14 cbsla.com: A homeowner in the 4100 block of Foxborough Drive in Fontana went to investigate distress sounds coming from his yard at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and found a large mountain lion standing over his dead dog, Princess, a 100-pound German Shepherd. When officers arrived and shot at the lion it ran into a nearby canyon but returned moments later. Again shots were fired and again the lion ran off only to reappear moments later. The scenario repeated itself four times before the lion left and did not return. There is no evidence that the lion was hit by any of the rounds fired. Police have decided the animal is an imminent threat to public safety and have secured the area. They want Fish & Wildlife officials to help them either scare the lion far enough away so it is no longer a local threat or they will probably have to shoot it. – See article and video at http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/03/05/mountain-lion-kills-large-family-dog-in-fontana/

Author’s Note: As of 03/06/14 Fontana police called off the search saying they believe the big cat has finally be scared away.

Rabies:

little_brown_bat (2)California 03/06/14 Los Angeles County: A dead bat found in a swimming pool in Agua Dulce last month has tested positive for rabies. The Santa Clarita Valley has a very high bat population. – See http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/115722/

Colorado 03/04/14 Weld County: A skunk that was shot and killed near Keenesburg on February 23rd has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2014/03/04/rabid-skunk-shot-and-skunk2sfkilled/6020405/

Connecticut 03/07/14 West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District: Officials are trying to locate a woman who brought a skunk to Veterinary Specialists at 993 North Main Street in West Hartford between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. The animal was euthanized and tested positive for rabies, according to the Hartford Courant. Anyone with information about the person who brought the skunk to the vet is asked to call West Hartford police at 860-523-5203. – See http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Authorities-Seek-Woman-Who-Brought-Rabid-Skunk-to-Vet-West-Hartford-249072001.html

cityOfCarrolltonTXGeorgia 03/06/14 Barrow County: A Rabies Alert was issued in the county on Thursday after a raccoon that fought with a pet cat on Meadowbrook Drive in Winder tested positive for the virus. The raccoon was shot and a another raccoon was found dead nearby. – See http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-03-06/rabies-alert-issued-barrow-county-after-racoon-tests-positive

skunk89940t9New Jersey 03/06/14 Atlantic County: A skunk taken from a property on Betsy Scull Road in Egg Harbor Township has tested positive for rabies. The animal was found in the backyard where a the owner’s vaccinated dog had killed it. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/egg-harbor-twp/eht-general-news/50051-skunk-found-in-eht-test-positive-for-rabies.html

New Jersey 03/05/14 Burlington County: A raccoon found behaving abnormally on Arlington Drive in the Mapleton Development in Mansfield Township last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://centraljersey.com/articles/2014/03/05/the_register_news/news/doc531779f18cd5a111384785.txt

10North Carolina 03/06/14 Orange County: A raccoon reported to be having trouble walking has tested positive for rabies. A Hillsborough resident saw the animal outside her window on March 2nd and called authorities. – See http://www.wral.com/raccoon-is-fifth-rabies-case-in-orange-county/13456300/

2048273681_e5422b11e6 - CopyNorth Carolina 03/04/14 Davidson County: A skunk that fought with and was killed by an unvaccinated dog in the Lexington area on February 24th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wxii12.com/news/local-news/piedmont/davidson-co-reports-first-rabies-case-of-14/24795446

North Carolina 03/04/14 Cumberland County: A raccoon that fought with and was killed by a dog this past Saturday on Sherrill Baggett Road in the northern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See R02byDNR_WI.govhttp://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/article_9622b18a-c358-52ed-bd9f-2c8dab18d585.html

Pennsylvania 03/04/14 Delaware County: A sick raccoon found in Radnor Township and euthanized over the weekend tested positive for rabies. A woman who was exposed to the animal has been located and will be treated for potential exposure to rabies. – See http://brynmawr.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/radnor-raccoon-did-have-rabies-tests-show-brynmawr

neverbarehandedsmSouth Carolina 03/07/14 Lexington County: A bat found in the Harbison area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wistv.com/story/24916523/bat-exposes-couple-to-rabies-in-harbison-area

FOLLOW-UP REPORT: NEVADA litter of PUPPIES exposes 25 people to RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from FL, NC, VT, & VA.

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(See RABIES reports from NV posted 02/21/14)

Nevada 02/27/14 nevadaappeal.com: Authorities have found nine of the 10 puppies in a litter affected by rabies in Carson City, and at least 25 people faced potential exposure to the disease. One of the puppies tested positive for rabies, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. That agency, in cooperation with other agencies, is looking for the 10th puppy and awaits tests being conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The litter originated in the Minden/Gardnerville area, and the dog that tested positive is described as a boxer mix born in November. Dogs in the litter were sold or given away, according to a news release, and because there is a “lack of verified information as to where the origin of the rabies exposure occurred, CCHHS took precautionary measures by alerting the families that owned the litter mates of their risk of rabies exposure.”

585394932Initially, two people were thought to have been exposed to the disease. Taylor Radtke, CCHHS public-information officer, said that number had grown to 25.  It is the first rabies case in the state in decades, according to CCHHS, which has cautioned that rabies is a life-threatening ailment and that people exposed should get post-exposure treatment. CCHHS staffers urged anyone with information about the 10th puppy to contact the agency at 775-887-2190. The agency says one puppy and an unvaccinated cat were exposed to the litter. Both were tested, and neither has the disease. CCHHS authorities are working with the CDC, Nevada’s Department of Agriculture, Douglas County Animal Services and Nevada’s Division of Public and Behavioral Health Office of Epidemiology on the probe.

Other Rabies reports:

Florida 02/25/14 Orange County: A Rabies Alert has been issued in Orlando after a domestic dog that was bitten by a raccoon and died tested positive for the virus. The center of the alert is in Northeast Orlando. For the alert boundaries and other information see http://www.orlandosentinel.comRaccoon-SiedePreis-sm/news/local/breakingnews/os-rabies-alert-northeast-orlando-20140225,0,7392784.story

North Carolina 02/25/14 Orange County: A raccoon killed by a vaccinated dog in the Smith Level Road area of Chapel Hill on Sunday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-orange-county/13427388/

thumbnailCA6WGA0CVermont 02/26/14 Rutland County: A bobcat that attacked two domestic cats, and possibly four, on Cold River Road in Clarendon has tested positive for rabies. The bobcat was shot by a local resident after the altercation with the pet cats, but two of the cats ran off and it isn’t known if they were injured or had contact with the bobcat. – See http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20140226/THISJUSTIN/702269883

article-1277106566013-09EE76B9000005DC-717773_223x335Virginia 02/28/14 York County: A fox found near Montague Court in the Queens Lake subdivision has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wydaily.com/2014/02/28/rabid-fox-found-in-queens-lake/

NEW YORK scientists link CAMELS to spread of deadly MERS virus in MIDDLE EAST ~ RABIES reports from CO, MD, & VA.

Camel, dromedary. PD. Wikimedia Commons.

Camel, dromedary. PD. Wikimedia Commons.

Global 02/25/14 nytimes.com: by Denise Grady – A new study suggests that camels are the major source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral disease that has sickened 182 people and killed 79 of them since it was first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The animals are most likely to infect people through respiratory secretions — from coughing, sneezing, snorting or spitting — that travel through the air or cling to surfaces. People with chronic illnesses like diabetes, lung disease or kidney failure, or other conditions that weaken their immunity, seem to be most susceptible, and should avoid close contact with camels, researchers say.

487px-07._Camel_Profile,_near_Silverton,_NSW,_07.07.2007Saudi Arabia has had the most cases, other Middle Eastern countries have had a few and a handful of travelers from that region have taken the disease to Europe. There have been no cases in the United States. Although people have infected one another, the disease is not highly transmissible among humans, so researchers say that unless the virus changes to become more contagious in people, the risk of global spread does not seem high.

The new study provides the first evidence that the virus is widespread in dromedary camels (the kind with one hump) in Saudi Arabia, and has been for at least 20 years. Younger animals are more likely than older ones to be infected and contagious. The virus invades the camels’ nose and respiratory tract, but does not kill them. It is not known whether it even makes them sick. “It would be very difficult to know if they were ill, since these are creatures that slobber a great deal,” said Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, the senior author of the study and a virus cropped-img_0475expert at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York. The results, by researchers from Saudi Arabia and the United States, were published last Tuesday in mBio, an online journal. – For complete article see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/health/camels-linked-to-spread-of-deadly-virus-in-people.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140225&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Rabies:

3821fefe9b4884850185047e22654718Colorado 02/24/14 Boulder County: A skunk that bit a horse stabled near Terry Lake north of Longmont on February 14th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_25216262/skunk-found-near-longmont-tests-positive-rabies

Clip-art-HelpMaryland 02/24/14 Frederick County: Authorities are looking for a female, white boxer type dog with dark spots on its skin that bit a woman on February 19th at the Ballenger Creek Dog Park in the City of Frederick. If the dog’s vaccination status is not made available in time the woman will have to receive a series of post-exposure rabies shots. Anyone with information should contact  health officials at 301-600-1717, or Animal Control at 301-600-1544. – See http://www.wfmd.com/pages/localnews2.html?feed=119935&article=12096558

havahart-skunk_120Virginia 02/21/14 Henrico County: A skunk that attacked several dogs in the 11000 block of Greenwood Road in Glen Allen on Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc12.com/story/24788744/rabies-case-confirmed-in-glen-allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD ENCEPHALITIS DAY – FEBRUARY 22, 2014

Today is the first World Encephalitis Day. For more information see http://worldencephalitisday.org/

Today is the first World Encephalitis Day. For more information see http://worldencephalitisday.org/

CALIFORNIA study finds TICKS infected with LYME DISEASE and a NEW PATHOGEN widespread in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA ~ RABIES reports from CA, FL, NV, NJ, NY, TX, & VA.

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Caifornia 02/18/14 stanford.edu: by Rob Jordan – A newly recognized human pathogen with unknown health consequences has been found to occur over a large part of the San Francisco Bay Area. A study to be published in the March issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Disease details how researchers StanfordWoodsLogoincluding Dan Salkeld, a research associate at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, found the bacterium, Borrelia miyamotoi, as well as Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, in ticks they sampled throughout the area.

The researchers were surprised to find ticks infected with one or both bacteria in nearly every park they examined. The findings raise the question of whether B. miyamotoi has gone undetected in California residents. They also represent “an logo-db970edb47cfa504eb8582e4a6dcc235important step toward dispelling the perception that you cannot acquire Lyme disease in California,” said Ana Thompson, executive director of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

Known for some time to infect ticks, the first known human case of B. miyamotoi infection in the U.S. was discovered in 2013. Beyond Lyme-like lymedisease_355pxsymptoms such as fever and headache, little is known about its potential health impacts. In the Bay Area, low awareness of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme could heighten the risk of infection with B. miyamotoi for users of the region’s extensive natural areas and trails. – For complete article and links to additional information see https://woods.stanford.edu/news-events/news/ticks-may-cause-double-trouble

 Rabies:

batPosterCalifornia 02/19/14 Orange County: A live bat found at Fullerton College in Fullerton on February 18th has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found on the ground near the science building. Anyone who might have been in contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bat-602484-rabies-contact.html

image487Florida 02/19/14 Bay County: A raccoon captured on 9th Street in Lynn Haven has tested positive for rabies. This is the third rabid raccoon found in the area so far this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/24763224/rabid-raccoon-captured-in-lynn-haven

23772683_BG1Nevada 02/19/14 Carson City: Health officials have launched an investigation after confirming that two residents were exposed to rabies when they purchased a puppy through a Facebook contact. According to a health department spokesperson, the puppy came from a litter in the Gardnerville Ranchos and five agencies are now involved in the investigation. Everyone who might have been or is in contact with the litter has to be evaluated for exposure to the virus. – See http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/10269641-113/rabies-health-carson-hhs

fa8bea28-cityofrochester.govNew Jersey 2/19/14 Salem County: A raccoon that fought with two vaccinated cats in Elmer last month has tested positive for rabies. The owner of the cats, who may have been exposed, has begun post-exposure treatment. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2014/02/raccoon_that_fought_two_cats_in_elmer_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

can_you_helpNew York 02/18/14 Warren County: A 31-year-old woman from Massachusetts  who was jogging on Stone Schoolhouse Road in Lake George  on February 16th was attacked by a German Shepherd that was not on a leash. The dog was with a man who said he was not from the area and left to secure the dog promising he’d return but he did not. Sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door in the neighborhood but found no one who was familiar with the dog. It was wearing a black collar with the word “police” spelled in yellow letters. The owner was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall in his 30s with brown hair and facial hair. He was wearing a green Carhartt brand jacket. The bites required sutures and the woman returned to Massachusetts for a series of rabies exposure shots. Anyone with information in the case was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 743-2500. – See http://poststar.com/news/local/woman-mauled-by-dog-needs-rabies-shots/article_00dcc25e-98ca-11e3-bb24-0019bb2963f4.html

2195804032_bb25565f77Texas 02/20/14 Parker County: A skunk carcass brought home a few weeks ago by a dog with a litter of puppies living off FM Road 1189 in the Lipan area has tested positive for rabies. the dog and pups were euthanized and family members are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment as a precautionary measure. – See http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/local/x1783682716/Dog-puppies-put-down-after-rabies-infection

GrayFox10-11-2008Virginia 02/20/14 Henry County: A gray fox that bit a man on Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road, near Philpott Lake in Bassett, has tested positive for rabies. A health official said the man came out on his front porch and the fox ran up and bit him on the elbow. The man then killed the fox with an ax.  – See http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=40943

1000 people to be evaluated for exposure to RABIES at SOUTH CAROLINA hospital ~ MAINE newspaper reports huge increase in state’s ANAPLASMOSIS cases over a decade ~ Other RABIES reports from TX, & VA.

Big brown bat. Common in South Carolina. Bing free use license.

Big brown bat. Common in South Carolina. Bing free use license.

South Carolina 02/17/14 wistv.com: by LaDonna Beeker – Governmental agencies are asking more than 1,000 patients and employees at The Regional Medical Center to get a health assessment immediately since the hospital reported bat sightings. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control asks patients who stayed overnight in the hospital’s east wing between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16 to contact DHEC to assess their health risk for possible exposure to bats, which can sometimes transmit rabies to people. DHEC and Centers for Disease Control are currently notifying more than 800 patients and Big_brown_bat28834300 hospital staff to encourage individuals who had direct contact with a bat or who awakened to find a bat in a room to call DHEC at 1-800-868-0404 to assess their potential risk for rabies exposure and provide referrals for further medical evaluation, if needed. DHEC is working with The Regional Medical Center and the CDC to investigate reports of recent bat sightings and contact with bats. To date, the joint investigation has not identified any reports of bites from bats by The Regional Medical Center patients or employees. – For complete article see http://www.wistv.com/story/24745074/dhec

Anaplasmosis:

Deer tick, aka Blacklegged Tick.

Deer tick, aka Blacklegged Tick.

Maine 02/16/14 kjonline.com: Epidemiologists in the state are paying close attention to a steady rise in patients presenting with anaplasmosis, yet another tick-borne virus that can cause fever, chills, fatigue, a headache or muscle pain and in some cases, death, particularly if contracted by a person whose immune system has been compromised. The disease infects white blood cells and cases have increased by a factor of ten over the past decade. According to the CDC, about one in 200 people diagnosed with the disease does not survive.

ana_incid.cdcAnaplasmosis was first recognized in the U.S. in the 1990s. In  2004, the state of Maine reported one case, its first. Eight years later, in 2012, the number of cases in Maine had increased to 52. Preliminary figures for 2013 suggest that number in Maine has now risen to 94 in a single year. – For complete article, relative statistics and preventive measures see http://www.kjonline.com/news/Anaplasmosis__Maine_s_other_tick-borne_disease_.html

Other Rabies Reports:

Texas 02/17/14 Tarrant County: A skunk captured near the Oak Lake Park area of east Fort Worth in ZIP code 76103 has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02/17/5576511/rabid-skunk-caught-88e779r0ekilled-in-east.html?rh=1

Virginia 02/17/14 Gloucester County: A raccoon that wandered into a yard on Mark Pine Road in Bena last week exposed three dogs to rabies. One of the dogs was current on its vaccination, but two of the dogs were not. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/gloucester-blog/dp-raccoon-exposes-three-bena-dogs-to-rabies-20140217,0,7324709.story