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TickEncounter Resource Center a website everyone should bookmark ~ CDC investigates three sudden cardiac deaths associated with LYME DISEASE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) and EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) cases in HORSES taper off ~ RABIES reports from AZ, AR, & PA.

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images488605kNorth America 12/18/13: We’ve all had questions about tick bites, tick identification, tick removal, tickborne diseases, tick habitat, seasonal information about ticks, tick-bite prevention, and the relationship between ticks, deer and rodents. These are some of the topics addressed in the FAQ section of the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center‘s web site. Dr. Thomas N Mather (a.k.a. the TickGuy) serves as director of URI’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and its TickEncounter Resource Center. There’s nothing else I need to add here, but if you ever expect to have a tick-related question, you need to bookmark this site now. It is the most valuable resource focusing on ticks that I have ever seen.

Dr. Thomas Mather

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I am so impressed with the TickEncounter Resource Center, that I have signed Natural Unseen Hazards on as a TickEncounter Prevention Partner. Please visit the center at http://www.tickencounter.org and before you leave the site, bookmark it. If you work or play in the great American outdoors, have outdoor pets, or just step outside once or twice a month to weed your garden or mow your lawn, you’ll be glad you did. Like TickEncounter on Facebook. Follow it on Twitter. Get TickSmart™ Stay TickSafe!

Lyme Disease:

tickhabitatNational 12/12/13 cdc.gov: Lyme carditis is a known but rare cause of sudden cardiac death. Lyme carditis can cause heart palpitations, chest pain, light-headedness, fainting, and shortness of breath in addition to the commonly recognized Lyme disease symptoms of fever, rash, and body aches. If you live in an area where Lyme disease is common and have these symptoms, see a healthcare provider immediately. Between November 2012 and July 2013, three young adults who lived in high-incidence Lyme disease regions suffered from sudden cardiac death associated with undiagnosed Lyme carditis.  Lyme carditis is a known, but rare cause of death in persons who have Lyme disease. – See http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6249a1.htm?s_cid=mm6249a1_w

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

TH-LEGACY-IMAGE-ID-355-vaccinationNational 12/16/13 thehorse.com: by Erica Lason – A recent update from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) indicates that the nationwide case totals of (horses with) equine West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) are beginning to steady. According to a Dec. 12 update, 338 cases of WNV and 181 EEE cases have been reported across the country since the start of the year. In early November, the agency reported 296 WNV cases and 177 EEE in the United States since Jan. 1. Horses in at least 40 states have been confirmed positive for WNV so far this year. The APHIS report indicates that Texas (57), Oklahoma (41), and Montana (27) have reported the most equine WNV cases thus far . . . (H)orses in at least 22 states have tested positive for EEE thus far in 2013, the APHIS data indicates. South Carolina (49), Florida (34), and Mississippi (12) have reported the most cases so far this year. – See more at: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/33052/nationwide-wnv-eee-totals-steady-as-winter-approaches#sthash.F2egk8rc.dpuf

Rabies:

striped_skunkArizona 12/17/13 Santa Cruz County: State officials have issued a Rabies Alert after two skunks found in Tubac on December 2nd tested positive for the virus. A skunk found in Patagonia on November 11th, and another found in Rio Rico on August 23rd were also rabid. – See http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/game-and-fish-reports-four-rapid-skunks-in-scc/article_c402e6e0-6752-11e3-8994-001a4bcf887a.html

straydogArkansas 12/16/13 Faulkner County: A stray dog that bit a person in Conway has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thv11.com/news/article/291240/2/Rabid-dog-confirmed-in-Conway

raccoon880er0rPennsylvania 12/16/13 Warren County: Officials are seeking the identity of a woman who brought an oddly behaving raccoon to the Warren Animal Hospital in Lopatcong Township on November 29th. The woman left no contact information and the raccoon has since tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2013/12/health_department_still_seekin.html

What to do if you meet up with a MOUNTAIN LION ~ NEW YORK reports first ever locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ HARVEST MOUSE trapped in CALIFORNIA tests positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CAx2, & FL ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, ME, NM, NC, & VAx2.

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Bing free use license.

North America 11/17/13 scvnews.com: If you hunt, fish, hike, camp, stroll along country lanes, birdwatch, photograph wildlife, play or work in any capacity in North America’s great outdoors, you could meet up with a mountain lion anywhere, anytime without notice. What should you do?

dianne.erskine.hellrigel8788Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel’s short but jam-packed commentary on Encountering Cougars is well worth reading. She tells us which member of our group is most likely to be singled out for an attack, and she suggests what she considers the most effective methods of keeping everyone safe from harm. She separates some of the fact from some of the fiction; tells us what prey mountain lions prefer to hunt; where and when big cats like to hunt; how far they will travel for a good meal; and she tells us what we can do if a mountain lion does decide to attack, though such incidents are few and far between. Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel is executive director of the Community Hiking Club and president of the Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy in California. – See http://scvnews.com/2013/11/17/encountering-cougars-commentary-by-dianne-erskine-hellrigel/

Dengue Fever:

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

New York 11/20/13 myfoxny.com: by Arun Kristian Das – A Long Island man came down with dengue virus back in September, according to health officials in Suffolk County. The 50-year-old man has since recovered. Dengue is a leading cause of illness and death in tropical and subtropical countries, according to the CDC. This was the first known case that someone in New York State has contracted dengue locally, health officials said. You get dengue virus from a (Aedes Aegypti) mosquito bite. That means he got the virus from a local mosquito that probably had previously bitten an infected traveler. “The exact route of transmission in this case is unknown,” Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, said in a statement released to news outlets. “However, we have determined that this individual acquired dengue virus locally, as he had not traveled outside of the local metropolitan area during the incubation period.” Indeed, other recent dengue infections (from 2011 and 2012) are thought to have happened while those patients were travelling overseas.

dengue8900sdad;9Every year, as many as 100 million people are infected around the world, according to the CDC, which notes that symptoms include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding. No vaccine exists for dengue virus. Health officials say the best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness is to use insect repellent containing DEET on your skin and clothes when spending time outside during peak insect times and to keep your property clear of standing water, which allows mosquitoes to breed. – For original article, video and photos see http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24025119/officials-li-man-likely-contracted-dengue-virus-from-local-mosquito

Hantavirus:

Harvest mice.

Harvest mice.

California 11/20/13 San Diego County: A harvest mouse recently trapped in the southern part of Escondido has tested positive for hantavirus prompting officials to remind people of the dangers that rodents living in the wild can bring into their homes. According to the Department of Environmental Health, common house mice don’t carry the virus. – See http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/harvest-mouse-tests-positive-for-hantavirus/article_042cb3e2-5234-11e3-8ac8-001a4bcf6878.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Kern_County_CACalifornia 11/19/13 Kern County: Officials confirmed on Tuesday that a 76-year-old male has become the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/health/Kern-County-health-officials-announce-West-Nile-virus-death-232537371.html

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 11/18/13 Los Angeles County: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Long Beach in his 70s has died due to complications associated with WNV. Long Beach has reported six human cases of the virus this year, but this is the first WNV-related fatality reported for 2013. There have been 8 WNV-related fatalities in the county this year. Statewide, there have been 349 human cases reported, including 13 fatalities, as of November 12, 2013. – See http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/west-nile-claims-life-of-elderly-long-beach-man/

Bay_County_FLFlorida 11/18/13 Bay County: State officials have confirmed that another horse stabled in the county has tested positive for EEE. This is the second horse infected with the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/24002745/health-department-confirms-case-of-eee-in-horse-in-bay-county

Rabies:

skunk20noseConnecticut 11/18/13 Fairfield County: An aggressive skunk that attacked two calves and a yak at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://stamford.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/rabid-skunk-attacks-stamford-museum–nature-center-animals

by_Svdmolen_WCFlorida 11/20/13 Palm Beach County: A sick raccoon caught in the Jupiter Farms area this week is the 13th animal testing positive for rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/raccoon-caught-in-jupiter-farms-tests-positive-for/nby5G/

11583105-largeMaine 11/20/13 Penobscot County: School officials in Lincoln warned parents on Nov 20th that a small group of children might have been exposed to rabies after a Mattanawcook Academy student was bitten by a bat near Ella P. Burr Elementary School last week. The bat has tested positive for rabies and a 17-year-old girl has been advised to seek immediate medical advice. The 17-year-old was warning a group of younger children to stay away from an injured bat and might have picked it up when it bit her. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/20/news/penobscot/lincoln-schools-warn-parents-after-student-bitten-by-rabid-bat/?ref=latest

Dog_1New Mexico 11/18/13 Valencia County: A 6-month-old pet dog that was reported for harassing livestock and killing chickens has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6a5e72e5d22240d9a4f41ff734c5506c/NM–Rabies-New-Mexico

GE DIGITAL CAMERANorth Carolina 11/20/13 Durham County: A bat reported in a residence in the 4500 block of Ryan Street in the City of Durham is the 12th confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.wncn.com/story/24021581/12th-confirmed-cases-of-rabies-reported-in-durham

88e779r0eVirginia 11/20/13 Gloucester County: A raccoon that was in contact with an unvaccinated dog in the Roanes area on Nov 15th has tested positive for rabies. And on Oct 29th a skunk that was behaving abnormally in the Adner/Lee’s Neck Farm area was shot and tested positive for rabies. Two dogs exposed to the skunk were current on vaccinations. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabies-cases-11-21-20131120,0,365185.story

520bc0501588c.preview-300Virginia 11/19/13 York County: A Rabies Alert has been issued for residents in the vicinity of Middle Road and Bradley Drive in the county’s Dandy area after a raccoon found in that area tested positive for the virus. – See http://wydaily.com/2013/11/19/rabid-raccoon-found-in-dandy-area-of-york-county/

WNV & EEE EQUINE case totals on the upswing ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (HUMAN) reports from CAx2, CO, SD, & TXx2 ~ RABIES reports from FL, MDx2, NJ, NY, SCx2, TX, & VA.

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Bing free use license.

National 11/09/13 the horse.com: by Erica Larson – We’re firmly in fall and temperatures are dropping, but the number of confirmed equine West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) across the country is rising. Still, the case totals are lower than the number of cases reported last year in the United States. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported 296 WNV cases and 177 EEE cases as of Nov. 4. At the previous update (Sept. 25), the agency reported 157 WNV cases and 139 EEE cases.

BingFUL8839According to the APHIS disease maps, equine WNV has been confirmed in 38 states thus far in 2013. Texas (39), Oklahoma (30), and Montana (27) have reported the most cases this year. Meanwhile, 22 states in the eastern half of the country have reported EEE in horses so far this year. South Carolina (49), Florida (34), and Georgia (23) have reported the most cases, while the remaining states have all reported less than 15 cases, with most of them reporting six or fewer. Last year, a total of 627 equine WNV cases were confirmed in horses nationwide, while 209 EEE cases were reported. – For complete article see http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32846/wnv-eee-case-total-creeping-upwards

West Nile Virus (WNV):

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 11/09/13 Yuba County: A male resident of Marysville, age 57, has been confirmed as the county’s first WNV-related fatality this year. – See http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/local_news/article_f720a14a-4919-11e3-988b-001a4bcf6878.html

mapCAwnvCalifornia 11/05/13 CA Dept of Health: There were 20 new WNV human cases reported in California for the week preceding November 5th from the following counties: Contra Costa (1), Glenn (1), Los Angeles (8), Orange (3), Riverside (1), and Sacramento (6). 11 WNV-related fatalities have been reported in 2013 from Glenn (1), Los Angeles (7), Sacramento (1), San Bernardino (1), and San Joaquin (1) counties. 339 human cases from 29 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2013. – See http://westnile.ca.gov/

BoulderCounty_COColorado 11/04/13 Boulder County: Officials have confirmed that an 81-year-old Lafayette woman has died of WNV-related meningitis. Statewide, there have been 303 human cases of WNV reported this year, including six fatalities. – See http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_24452613/west-nile-virus-claims-lafayette-woman-81

SD-CA4MR6ELSouth Dakota 11/01/13 SD Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed that there have been 144 human cases of WNV statewide this year through October 31st. – For locations, ages, and other statistics see http://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/ID/Oct2013.pdf

Texas 11/06/13 Tarrant County: Officials have confirmed a second human case of WNV in the City of Arlington. – See http://myarlingtontx.comWest_Nile_Texas/2013/11/06/second-human-west-nile-virus-case-in-arlington-confirmed/

Texas 11/06/13 Dallas County: Officials of the City of Dallas have confirmed that the 7th human case of WNV found this year is in the 75217 ZIP code area and is the more severe neuro-invasive form of the disease. The case is also the 16th found in the county so far this season. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Confirms-7th-Human-Case-of-West-Nile-Virus-230838301.htm

Rabies:

mamaraccooninwild_14965Florida 11/08/13 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog in Jupiter Farms on Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. The dog’s owner separated the animals with a swimming pool net. There was no human 9536682-coon-hound-looking-up-isolated-on-blackcontact. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/raccoon-found-in-jupiter-farms-tests-positive-for-/nbm2X/

batPosterMaryland 11/07/13 Queen Anne’s County: Two bats have been found in an area between Sudlersville’s Middle  and Elementary schools during the past two weeks. One had deteriorated beyond testing, but the other, found Friday, tested positive for rabies. Anyone, especially children, who might have been in contact with either of these bats should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.stardem.com/easternshore/news/queen_annes_county/article_4d68974a-d93c-5ce5-add7-06880a18f851.html

Maryland 11/06/13 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found along Harness Creek Trail in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on November 5th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/281608raccoon_OH_DNR/189/Raccoon-tested-positive-for-Rabies-in-Md

New Jersey 11/08/13 Middlesex County: A raccoon killed by a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of Oak and Maple avenues in Metuchen has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131108/NJNEWS/311080035/Raccoon-tests-positive-rabies-Metuchen

5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingNew York 11/06/13 Herkimer County: A gray fox that bit two residents in the town of Frankfort has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Herkimer-County-confirms-rabid-gray-fox-in-Town-of-Frankfort-230843941.html

IMG4336e-L-001South Carolina 11/06/13 Greenville County: A woman in the City of Greenville is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a cat she came in contact with tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23893251/woman-exposed-to-rabies-by-cat-in-fountain-inn

1510832454_0c4d8e51f3_zSouth Carolina 11/04/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured in the vicinity of Cherry Hills Drive in Aiken last Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20131104/AIK0101/131109810/0/FRONTPAGE

skunk&petfood8877809Texas 11/05/13 Tarrant County: A skunk that was caught in the 400 block of Mountainview Drive in north Hurst last Friday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/11/05/5308480/rabies-confirmed-in-north-hurst.html?rh=1

17858296_BG1Virginia 11/07/13 York County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for residents in the Jennings Drive area of the county after a raccoon found in the neighborhood tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.vagazette.com/news/newsletter/va-vg-rabid-raccoon-found-in-dare-section-of-york-county-20131107,0,4168269.story

CANADA: Health officials report TRICHINOSIS outbreak in northern QUEBEC ~ CANADA: Alert issued after BOBCAT attacks two DOGS in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: COYOTES that attacked COLORADAN last week not RABID ~ EEE & WNV reports from AR, CA, IN, KY, LA, MS, & NY ~ RABIES reports from GA, IA, NJx2, NC, PA, SCx2, & VA.

Polar bear. Photo by Ansgar Walk. Wikimedia Commons.

Polar bear. Photo by Ansgar Walk. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

220-inukjuak-mapQuebec 10/22/13 cbc.ca/news: Health officials are reporting an outbreak of trichinosis in Inukjuak. Since early October, about 15 people have exhibited symptoms of the illness caused by a parasite sometimes found in the raw meat of animals Including walrus and polar bear. No official source of the outbreak has been identified but the health department is investigating. In the meantime they are advising people to fully cook their meat to kill the parasite before consuming it. - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/trichinosis-outbreak-in-inukjuak-que-1.2187320

Canada:

bobcat3WiscDNRBritish Columbia 10/22/13 District of Squamish: Officials have confirmed that a bobcat attacked two off-leash dogs in separate incidents on October 22nd along a trail near Garibaldi Highlands. Both attacks occurred in the morning at the south end of Jack’s Trail. – See http://www.squamishchief.com/article/20131022/SQUAMISH0101/131029996/-1/squamish/update-caution-urged-after-bobcat-attacks-dogs

Follow-Up Report:

(See Three COYOTES attack COLORADAN walking to work – posted October 17, 2013)

coyote.88f7.Bing.freeuselicColorado 10/23/13 thedenverchannel.com/news: by Deb Stanley – Three coyotes that attacked a man in Niwot last week have tested negative for rabies. Andrew Dickehage said he was walking before sunrise when he heard what he thought was a bunny rustling in a bush, but when he turned his flashlight on a nearby bush, he was attacked. “I shined the flashlight and before I could finish turning and pointing it at the brush, that’s when the initial impact happened,” Dickehage said. “At that point, I felt severe agony throughout my hand and I looked down and it [the coyote] wouldn’t let go.” Dickehage said as he was fighting off the first coyote with his flashlight, the other two attacked. He managed to stay on his feet until the attack stop and the coyotes ran off. – For complete article see http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/wildlife-officials-coyotes-that-attacked-niwot-man-did-not-have-rabies

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Little_River_County.ARArkansas 10/22/13 Little River County: Hospital officials have confirmed that an Ashdown teenager being treated for what is believed to be a rare human case of EEE died on October 22nd. – See article and video at http://www.ksla.com/story/23753290/ar-teen-with-suspected-eastern-equine-encaphalitis-dies

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 10/21/13 Los Angeles County: Officials have confirmed the county’s 7th WNV-related human fatality. Three fatalities have been confirmed in the past week. All were men – two from South Los Angeles and one from the San Fernando Valley – and all had pre-existing health conditions. – See http://manhattanbeach.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/7-dead-due-to-west-nile-virus-county-confirms_8e79c5d4

Vigo-County.INIndiana 10/21/13 Vigo County: A human WNV-related fatality in the state reported earlier neglected to mention that it occurred in Vigo County. – See http://wibqfm.com/news/articles/2013/oct/21/indianas-first-west-nile-death-from-vigo-county/

Carlisle_County_KYKentucky 10/21/13 Carlisle County: A horse stabled in the county is the second to test positive for EEE in the state this year. – See http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32742/kentucky-reports-second-equine-eee-case-of-2013

LA-DHHLouisiana 10/18/13 LA Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed the state’s third WNV-related death this year. The report is from Rapides Parish, and is the second death this year from Rapides Parish. In addition, the health department is also confirming three new WNV human cases this week, bringing this year’s total number of cases to 51. This week’s new infections include two cases of neuro-invasive disease in Lafayette Parish and one case of neuro-invasive in Ouachita Parish. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2899

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 10/21/13 MS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV for 2013. The cases were reported in Forrest, Lamar, and Rankin counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 43 human cases, including two deaths. – For locations of all other cases and other information see http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14422,341.html

Oswego_County_svgNYNew York 10/21/13 Oswego County: Officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in one of the county’s senior residents.  – See http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=961428#.UmcKKBAljM1

Rabies:

raccoon - CopyGeorgia 10/17/13 Henry County: A raccoon killed by a dog on Chafin Drive in the Kelleytown area of McDonough has tested positive for rabies. – See http://neighbornewspapers.com/view/full_story/23872771/article-Rabies-warning-issued-for-McDonough?instance=all

road_sign_need_helpIowa 10/19/13 Washington County: Police in the town of Washington are searching for a dog they say bit a person late last week. Officers received a report of the incident just before 9 p.m. Friday and they’re searching for a brown dog that resembles a pit bull. Authorities need to find the dog to ensure its rabies vaccination is current otherwise the person bitten will have to undergo a series of rabies shots. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 319-653-2107. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/49d604c98fd64594b1628d8bbfdbb719/IA–Search-for-Dog

cityOfCarrolltonTXNew Jersey 10/21/13 Atlantic County: A raccoon found in the 100 block of South New Road in Absecon last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23751069/sixth-case-of-rabies-confirmed-in-atlantic-county

New Jersey 10/18/13 Mercer County: A skunk found on Temple Terrace in Lawrence Township has tested positive for rabies. The skunk was in contact with neighborhood pets. – See havahart-skunk_120http://lawrenceville.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/skunk-in-lawrence-township-tests-positive-for-rabies

North Carolina 10/17/13 Orange County: A skunk found in a Hillsborough resident’s outdoor dog kennel, has tested positive for rabies. Her dogs have been vaccinated. – See http://www.wral.com/skunk-is-11th-case-of-rabies-in-orange-county/13012716/

450px-Treed_RaccoonsPennsylvania 10/22/13 Delaware County: Two raccoons found in Radnor Township have tested positive for rabies in the past two weeks. One was in the 700 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue, and a second less than a mile away in the 600 block of S. Hunt Road. – See http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/10/22/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc5266ae9416bea044225119.txt

rabies.warningSouth Carolina 10/22/13 Fairfield County: A dog that was in contact with two people in the Winnsboro area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wltx.com/news/article/253791/2/Dog-Exposes-Two-People-to-Rabies

thumbnailCAMJ7KZ8South Carolina 10/18/13 Oconee County: A skunk that came in contact with a woman in the Westminster area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23729842/oconee-co-woman-expsed-to-rabies-from-skunk

1433850718_c3e303fca7Virginia 10/18/13 Peninsula Health District: A raccoon killed by a dog in the Colony and Putney roads area of Newport News has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wavy.com/news/local/newport-news/rabid-raccoon-killed-by-dog-in-nn

Scientists alarmed by MOOSE die-off across NORTH AMERICA ~ EEE & WNV reports from FL, IL, IN, KS, MA, OH, & TX ~ RABIES reports from GA, TX, VA, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

Bull moose. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

Bull moose. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

North America 10/14/13: New York Times reporter Jim Robbins has written a chilling article about a moose die-off that has swept across the continent,  but no one has been able to figure out what is causing it. Most believe climate change is playing a significant role. The winters are growing shorter, and the tick population is increasing exponentially. Kristine Rines, a biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, says “You can get 100,000 ticks on a moose”. That amounts to a huge loss of blood, not to mention the vexation. In Minnesota, brain worms and liver flukes are wreaking havoc on the moose population, which has dropped from 12,000 to about 3,100 in the past two decades. Heat stress may be a factor, as well as unregulated hunting and the loss of forestation caused by pine bark beetles. Moose don’t run in herds so they’re hard to study. – For the article, photo, and video see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/science/earth/something-is-killing-off-the-moose.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131014&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Jackson_County.FLFlorida 10/16/13 Jackson County: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the county has tested positive for WNV, and a deer has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/23712846/west-nile-virus-jackson-county

McLean_County.ILIllinois 10/18/13 McLean County: Health officials have confirmed that a male resident in his 40s is the second human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/mclean-co-reports-nd-human-case-of-west-nile-virus/article_bfc3ebb0-380e-11e3-85df-001a4bcf887a.html

IN-DH-B-W-LogoIndiana 10/18/13 IN Dept of Health: State health officials have announced the state’s first WNV-related fatality this year. Twenty human cases of the virus have been reported. – See http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=136661&information_id=189501&type=&syndicate=syndicate

reno.cty.ksKansas 10/18/13 Reno County: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Hutchinson in his 70s who died October 15th is the second WNV-related fatality in the county this year. The first was a male resident of Turon in his 60s who died October 3rd. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/e0bb99cbac9d40089b3839828c0edc80/KS–West-Nile-Virus

worcester cty MAMassachusetts 10/17/13 Worcester County: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in Charlton tested positive for WNV and was euthanized. – See http://www.telegram.com/article/20131017/NEWS/310179876/1116

Lucas-County.OHOhio 10/18/13 Lucas County: Officials have confirmed that a female resident of Toledo, age 57, is the first person in the county to die of WNV this year. A former kindergarten teacher and mother of seven, the victim died October 12th at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. – See http://www.toledoblade.com/Medical/2013/10/18/West-Nile-virus-claims-life-of-Toledo-woman.html

dallas cty TXTexas 10/18/13 Dallas County: Health officials have confirmed that a resident of ZIP code 75249 in the City of Dallas is the county’s eleventh human case of WNV this year. – See http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2013/10/dallas-county-announces-11th-human-west-nile-infection.html/?nclick_check=1

Rabies:

R02byDNR_WI.govGeorgia 10/16/13 Henry County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for a one-mile area surrounding 75 Chafin Drive in McDonough after a raccoon that was killed by a dog in that vicinity tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/23708841/rabbies-alert-issued-in-henry-county

stripedskunk_05_thumbTexas 10/15/13 Hunt County: A skunk found in the 600 block of Erica in Greenville on October 9th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://ketr.org/post/rabid-skunk-found-greenville-0

batnewscientist884909Virginia 10/16/13 Wise County: A bat found at a private home  earlier this month near the Town of Pound has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wvva.com/story/23708543/2013/10/16/bat-in-wise-county-is-found-to-have-rabies

Canada:

Big_brown_bat_(Eptesicus_fuscus)_285NPSOntario 10/16/13 Grey-Bruce Health Unit: A big brown bat found in the Tara area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2013/10/16/2nd-rabid-bat-in-grey-bruce/

Two ARIZONA bird hunters attacked by RABID BOBCAT ~ Other RABIES reports from AR, CA, CT, MD, NC, OK, & VA ~ EEE & WNV reports from ID, LA, MA, NY, TX, & WA.

Bobcat. BING free use license.

Bobcat. BING free use license.

Arizona 10/12/13 dcourier.com: Special Report – Two Prescott Valley quail hunters suffered multiple injuries when a rabid adult male bobcat attacked them on Thursday afternoon, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The two men were hunting several miles northeast of Prescott Valley when the attack occurred near the northeast corner of the Mingus Meadows subdivision, about halfway between Highway 89A and Perkinsville Road (Yavapai County). The hunters had stopped to open a gate when the bobcat ran under their vehicle. “The bobcat was spotted under some bushes and then ran under the vehicle,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer with the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. “One of the victims looked under the truck and was attacked.” The hunter suffered deep lacerations, punctures, and scratches to his back, shoulders, arms, and chest. The other hunter tried to get the bobcat off of the victim and also was attacked, Mocarski said. The second victim suffered less severe injuries to his arms and legs. One of the victims then shot and killed the bobcat, and the two transported themselves and the feline to Yavapai Regional Medical Center where both were immediately treated for post exposure to rabies. Officials announced Friday the bobcat tested positive for rabies, and warned people to be careful in the wild. – See http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=124133

Other Rabies Reports:

aa.skunk.BingFreeUseLicArkansas 10/11/13 Pulaski County: A skunk found dead in the backyard of a home off Route 10 in west Little Rock has tested positive for rabies. The skunk was likely killed by the family’s vaccinated pet dog. This is the first rabid skunk to be found south of the Arkansas River in Pulaski County in more than 30 years. – See http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2013/oct/11/rabies-case-confirmed-little-rock-health-officials/

neverbarehandedsmCalifornia 10/11/13 Los Angeles County: A bat found outside a home in Santa Clarita has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/106582/

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAConnecticut 10/11/13 Tolland County: A cow on a dairy farm in Ellington has tested positive for rabies. An officials has stated that neither the cow nor its milk have posed any danger to the general public. – See http://ellington-somers.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/ellington-cow-that-contracted-rabies-was-euthanized

rabiesAlert521d4-1Maryland 10/11/13 Washington County: A grey and black tabby cat found on Independence Road in Clear Spring has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have been in contact with this cat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.your4state.com/story/cat-in-clear-spring-tests-positive-for-rabies/d/story/ne_CPP_B20W-moc-P1BXOw

Cat-and-BatNorth Carolina 10/11/13 Guilford County: A bat found on Cobble Glen Court in Greensboro is the 17th confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. The bat was in contact with a cat. – See http://www.news-record.com/news/local_news/article_6d17445e-32ad-11e3-95c4-001a4bcf6878.html

130726034208_Rabies-Alert-graphicOklahoma 10/11/13 OK Dept of Health: Officials are looking for persons who adopted, or had direct contact with, kittens that were advertised for adoption on the Tahlequah Online Garage Sale Facebook group (TOGS), on Tuesday, October 1.  Adopting families picked up the kittens in the Walmart parking lot.  The four kittens are described as approximately 9 weeks old with black and white markings.  On Thursday, October 3, one of the adopted kittens developed symptoms consistent with rabies and  subsequently tested positive for the virus. Persons who adopted the other three kittens, or anyone who may have come in direct contact with the kittens, should contact the Epidemiologist-on-Call at (405) 271-4060 or (800) 234-5963, available 24/7/365. – For photos of kittens and complete news release see http://www.ok.gov/health/Organization/Office_of_Communications/News_Releases/2013_News_Releases/Rabid_Kitten10-11-13.html

PHIL_2186_thumb SkunkVirginia 10/10/13 City of Suffolk: A skunk found in a pen with two vaccinated dogs in the Bridgepoint Farms area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/10/skunk-found-suffolk-tests-positive-rabies

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

ID DOH&WIdaho 10/11/13 ID Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that WNV may have contributed to the recent death of a male resident of Gem County. This is the first WNV-related fatality in the state this year. WNV is concentrated in five Southwest Idaho counties in 2013, including Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington, with 25 reported cases. A total of 39 cases have been reported statewide, including one fatality. – See http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/AboutUs/Newsroom/tabid/130/ctl/ArticleView/mid/3061/articleId/1738/West-Nile-Contributes-to-Death-of-Gem-County-Resident.aspx

LA-DHHLouisiana 10/11/13 LA Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV in the state this week, bringing the total number of cases to 48. The new infections include one case of neuro-invasive disease from Lafayette and two cases of West Nile fever from Ouachita and Morehouse parishes. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2892

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 10/11/13 MA Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that a seventh human case of WNV has been identified in Plymouth County  where a female resident in her 70s is currently hospitalized with the virus. – http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/seventh-human-case-of-west-nile-virus-in-massachusetts.html

3332healthlogoNew York 10/10/13 Niagara County Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the county this year is a young male adult resident of Gasport who is at home recovering after being hospitalized. – See http://www.niagaracounty.com/health/pressreleases/tabid/715/vw/1/itemid/143/public-health-director-reports-first-case-of-west-nile-virus-in-niagara-county.aspx

dallascountysealTexas 10/11/13 Dallas County: Officials have confirmed a tenth human case of WNV has been identified in the county in the 75228 ZIP code area. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Dallas-County-Reports-10th-Human-West-Nile-Virus-Case-227428741.html

WaStateDeptAgricWashington 10/11/13 WA Dept of Agriculture: State officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the Pasco area of Franklin County tested positive for WNV and has been euthanized. This is the second horse testing positive for the virus this year. The other was a horse pastured in Outlook, Yakima County last month. – See http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/11/4546349/pasco-horse-with-west-nile-virus.html

 

MALARIA a threat to PENGUIN populations in zoos ~ Scientists report DENGUE FEVER being transmitted in HOUSTON ~ EEE& WNV reports from FL, KS, NH, & TXx2 ~ RABIES reports from MD, MI, & VA.

Humboldt penguin. Photo by Dori. Wikimedia Commons.

Humboldt penguin. Photo by Dori. Wikimedia Commons.

Global 10/06/13 nytimes.com: by Donald G. McNeil Jr. – Zoos all around the world love penguins. They’re cute, they don’t require much space, they never eat zookeepers. And children adore watching them, especially at feeding time. But as carefree as they might look, torpedoing through the water or rocketing into the air like a Poseidon missile, zoo penguins are stalked by an unrelenting killer: malaria. “It’s probably the top cause of mortality for penguins exposed outdoors,” said Dr. Allison N. Wack, a veterinarian at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, which is building a new exhibit that will double its flock to a hundred birds. If left untreated, the disease would probably kill at least half the birds it infected, though outbreaks vary widely in intensity.

King penguin. Photo by Mark Dickson. Wikimedia Commons.

King penguin. Photo by Mark Dickson. Wikimedia Commons.

The avian version is not a threat to humans because mosquitoes carrying malaria and the parasites are species-specific; mosquitoes that bite birds or reptiles tend not to bite mammals, said Dr. Paul P. Calle, chief veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs New York City’s zoos. And avian malaria is caused by strains of the Plasmodium parasite that do not infect humans. But for penguins in captivity, the threat is so great that many zoos dose their birds in summer with pills for malaria, said Dr. Richard Feachem, director of global health at the University of California, San Francisco.

Emperor penguin. Photo by Samuel Blanc. Wikimedia Commons.

 

Emperor penguin. Photo by Samuel Blanc. www.sblanc.com

Last year, six Humboldt penguins in the London Zoo died of malaria. London is also where the first case of penguin malaria was diagnosed almost a century ago; it was found in a King penguin in 1926. Since then, there have been many outbreaks of avian malaria, including at zoos in Baltimore, South Korea, Vienna and Washington, D.C. The last major American one was at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines during the hot, wet summer of 1986. From May to September of that year, 38 of the 46 Magellanic penguins the zoo had just imported from Chile succumbed. – For complete article see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/science/earth/zoos-aim-to-ward-off-a-penguin-killer.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131006&tntemail0=y

Dengue Fever:

dengue_alert548Texas 10/09/13 chron.com: by Todd Ackerman – Dengue fever, a virulent tropical disease thought to be eradicated from the United States in the 1950s, has re-emerged in Houston, according to a new study. Baylor College of Medicine scientists are reporting the mosquito-borne virus has recently been transmitted in Houston, the first evidence the disease so prevalent in the developing world has spread to a major U.S. city in large numbers. In the past decade, it has been identified in Hawaii, south Florida and along the Texas-Mexico border. “Dengue virus can cause incredibly severe disease and death,” said Dr. Kristy Murray, a professor of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the study’s principal investigator. “This study shows that Houston may be at risk of an outbreak, that people need to be on the lookout.”

baylorMurray’s team investigated the possibility that dengue might be in Houston because the area has the type of mosquitoes known to carry the virus and a dense population full of frequent travelers south of the border, where the virus is endemic. But the study, published Wednesday in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, found that most of the infections were transmitted in Houston. There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus. A pandemic outside the United States – hot spots are in India and Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico – dengue infects more than 100 million people a year, killing at least 25,000. Identified in nine tropical countries before 1970, it has spread to more than 100 today. – For complete article and precautions see http://www.chron.com/news/health/article/Dengue-virus-identified-in-Houston-4883103.php

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Jackson_County_FLFlorida 10/09/13 Jackson County: Officials have confirmed that a deer found off Firebird Lane, south of Marianna, has tested positive for EEE. A resident notified authorities after his dog was exposed to a deer that was behaving abnormally. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/23650822/deer-tests-positive-for-eee-in-jackson-county

KansasDeptHealthKansas 10/09/13 KS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed 12 additional human cases of WNV in the past week bringing the total number of human cases so far this year to 32, including two fatalities. As of Oct. 7, the case count by county in Kansas is: Sedgwick-7, Barton-6, Johnson-3, Sherman-2, Wyandotte-2, Atchison-1, Butler-1, Chautauqua-1, Decatur-1, Ellis-1, Logan-1, Marshall-1, Republic-1, Rice-1, Rush-1, and Saline-1. – See http://www.kdheks.gov/news/web_archives/2013/10092013.htm

nh-medicaidNew Hampshire 10/09/13 NH Dept of Health: Officials today confirmed that a horse stabled in the Belknap County town of Belmont has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/10-oct/10092013horse.htm

tarrant cty TXTexas 10/09/13 Tarrant County: Officials have confirmed a second county resident has died after contracting WNV. The victim was a male from Arlington in his 70s. The other fatality was a male resident of South Fort Worth in his 30s. So far this year five human cases of WNV have been identified in the county, including the two fatalities. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Arlington-Man-Dies-After-Contracting-West-Nile-Virus-227078781.html

dallascountysealTexas 10/08/13 Dallas County Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed the ninth human case of WNV in the county so far this year. The resident lives in ZIP code 75149 and is diagnosed with West Nile Neuro-invasive Disease. See http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/press/documents/PressRelease_NinthPositiveHumanCase10082013.pdf

Rabies:

Bing.free.use.license.d88808sjpgMaryland 10/09/13 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found Monday at the Fort Smallwood Park gate house has tested positive for rabies. The park is in Pasadena and officials are advising anyone who may have had contact with the raccoon to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/pasadena/bs-md-ar-rabid-racoon-20131009,0,1700238.story

Bat%20SketchMichigan 10/08/13 Tuscola County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat found in the county tested positive for the virus. – See video and article at http://www.wnem.com/story/23642583/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-local-community

1248930287_t4KVf-L-1Virginia 10/08/13 Accomack County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon found roaming Cropper and Church streets in Chincoteague tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20131008/ESN01/310080073/CHINCOTEAGUE-Officials-concerned-after-third-case-rabies-year-found-island

Four LYME DISEASE-related fatalities due to condition called LYME CARDITIS ~ PENNSYLVANIA physician publishes textbook focusing on LYME DISEASE ~ EEE & WNV reports from CA, FL, IL, IN, NH, & TX.

 

8033351959_bfd0bd5841_zBingFreeUseLicLyme Disease:

International 10/06/13 poughkeepsiejournal.com: by Roberto LoBianco – Four deaths have been reported in medical journals from a heart condition associated with Lyme disease called Lyme carditis. The condition is being investigated in the death of a 17-year-old Poughkeepsie High School honor student who died Aug. 5; evidence of Lyme disease was found in his blood, organs and heart. The cases, drawn from references provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:

• A 37-year old man who died in 2008 the day after visiting a doctor. The man reported a month-long series of fevers, rash and other symptoms.

dl3l4l34d9• A patient who died from cardiac arrest caused by Lyme myocarditis or heart inflammation. The patient, described in a 1993 report in the Journal of Neurology, was among patients with Lyme myositis, or muscle inflammation, between the ages of 37 and 70.

• A 31 year-old male farm worker in Great Britain — the only geographical reference in the four articles — who tested positive for Lyme disease on his first screening. An autopsy found the man suffered from an enlarged heart and an irregular heart beat; he had no telltale Lyme disease rash before becoming ill, according to a 1990 article in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

4df3ff714678c.preview-300• A 66-year old man who died of “cardiac involvement of Lyme disease.” According to a 1985 report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, he died 18 hours after being taken to the hospital with chills, muscle pain and other symptoms. – For details and complete article see http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20131006/NEWS01/310060047/Medical-researchers-report-four-deaths-due-Lyme-carditis

227757International 10/06/13 philly.com: by Ilene Raymond Rush – For Kathy Spreen, Lyme disease is a family affair. The trouble for her West Chester family started with her husband, who complained of fatigue and shoulder pain. Diagnosed with Lyme, he was treated with antibiotics and cured. About a year later, suffering with fatigue and joint pain, Spreen was treated twice for Lyme, which led to arthroscopic surgery and an eventual knee replacement. But when her 20-year old son Chris was rushed to the emergency room with a fever near 106 degrees and lapsing in and out of consciousness, she felt helpless. Despite her credentials as a physician, a tick taken from her son’s flank, and a telltale rash, she and her asset_upload_file730_103598husband could not get the medical staff to acknowledge that he might have Lyme. A doctor eventually administered a Lyme test that came back positive and Chris was treated with the antibiotic doxycycline, but his disease flared repeatedly over the next few years, inducing crippling fatigue and interfering with his aeronautical engineering studies at Purdue University.

51odrXSU6qLSpreen’s response to this sequence of events is the Compendium of Tick-Borne Disease: A Thousand Pearls, an 856-page textbook that addresses the diagnosis, treatment and care of Lyme disease. Intended for practitioners, caregivers, and patients, this self-published tome, which sells for $120 on Amazon – with discounts available through Lyme advocacy groups – proposes a new paradigm of open-mindedness about tick-borne illnesses. Julia Wagner, president of PA Lyme Resource Network, says the book “will change education, and help physicians quickly get their arms around a huge body of research.” “It’s the book that I wished I had when my son got sick,” says Spreen, 59, who has master’s degrees in biochemistry and public health and board certifications in preventive and family medicine. Until her retirement in 2006, she had worked for 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including Wyeth, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson in research and development. She hopes her book will “lay out some options for better care.” – For complete article see http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20131006_Textbook_from_West_Chester_writer_focuses_on_Lyme_disease.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Bernadino Cty CACalifornia 10/08/13 San Bernardino County: Officials confirmed today that an Upland resident is the first person to die of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.sbsun.com/health/20131008/upland-man-san-bernardino-countys-first-fatal-west-nile-virus-victim

Jackson_County_FLFlorida 10/07/13 Jackson County: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the vicinity of Bethlehem Road south of Cottondale has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/Horse-with-West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-in-Jackson-County-226811351.html

Kankakee-County.ILIllinois 10/05/13 Kankakee County: Officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the county was diagnosed in a male resident of Manteno in his 50s. – See http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=512984

Marion cty INIndiana 10/04/13 Marion County: Officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year. Statewide, 11 people have been diagnosed with the virus. – See http://www.indystar.com/article/20131004/LIFE02/310050023/Marion-County-sees-season-s-first-case-West-Nile-virus?nclick_check=1

nh-medicaidNew Hampshire 10/08/13 NH Dept of Health: Officials confirmed today that a horse stabled in Deerfield has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/10-oct/10082013EEE.htm

Floyd_County.TXTexas 10/05/13 Floyd County: State officials have confirmed a total of two human cases of WNV in the county, including one fatality. – See http://www.everythinglubbock.com/story/west-nile-death-in-floyd-county/d/story/251w1Vq-ak2wJaRUSGb4LA

COLLARED: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country, a new book about the impact of the WOLF’s return to OREGON ~ EEE & WNV reports from CA, CO, IL, IA, ME, NM, OK, TN, & TX ~ RABIES reports from AL, COx2, NJx3, NM, NY, NCx2, OH, SC, TXx2, & VA.

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Oregon 10/04/13 kval.com: by Mark Floyd – The reappearance of wolves in Oregon and the impact this apex predator has on people from ranchers to conservationists to attorneys is the subject of a new book by the Oregon State University Press. “Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country” was written by Aimee Lyn Eaton, a former science communicator at OSU who also has worked as a free-lance writer for the New York Times, National Geographic and other publications. Eaton describes her experience in seeing wolves first-hand, and meeting many Oregonians most affected by their return. She takes the reader to the State Capitol in Salem, to town hall meetings in rural northeastern Oregon and beyond. Tom Booth of the OSU Press said the book encourages “a deeper, multi-faceted understanding of the controversial and storied presence of wolves in Oregon.” Four events are scheduled for the author in Portland and Corvallis next week. – See http://www.kval.com/outdoors/Book-chronicles-wolfs-return-to-Oregon-226060011.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

San Bernadino Cty CACalifornia 10/05/13 San Bernardino County: Officials have confirmed the first WNV-related fatality this year. There have been six other WNV-related deaths in the state this year. = See http://www.inlandnewstoday.com/story.php?s=30639

Pueblo_County_COColorado 10/02/13 Pueblo County: Officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV in the county in the past week bringing the total to four this year. – See http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=953888#.Uk436RDnC5d

Rock_Island_County_IllinoisIllinois 10/03/13 Rock Island County: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the county has tested positive for WNV. – See http://qctimes.com/news/local/horse-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-rock-island/article_a358b383-2c71-5ae1-bccb-12862baea9f6.html

map_of_sioux_city_iaIowa 10/03/13 Plymouth and Woodbury counties: A Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City official confirmed that four human cases of neuro-invasive WNV are currently being treated. Six human cases of WNV have been treated at the center so far this year. One patient died. State officials say 26 human cases of WNV have been reported in the state this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/03/5790761/sioux-city-hospital-treating-4.html

Somerset_County.MEMaine 10/01/13 Somerset County: Town officials have confirmed that a horse testing positive for EEE died in Fairfield. So far this year, three horses and an emu have died of the virus statewide, most in the southern tier of the state. – See http://www.pressherald.com/news/EEE_kills_horse_in_Fairfield__Maine_.html

NM_image_miniNew Mexico 10/04/13 NM Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that ten new human cases of WNV have been reported in the state, bringing the statewide total to 20 cases this year. August and September are peak times for West Nile cases in New Mexico though infectious mosquitoes can be present until the first hard frost. A horse from Otero County also tested positive for West Nile Virus infection. The new cases are in Bernalillo, Curry, Lea, Quay, Roosevelt, and San Juan counties. – See http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20131004-WestNile-EN.pdf

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1Oklahoma 10/04/13 tulsaworld.com: Officials have confirmed three more fatal human cases of WNV, two in Oklahoma County and one in Ellis County, bringing the state’s total number of WNV-related deaths this year to five. Statewide, 38 people have tested positive for the virus, with 25 hospitalized, in 2013. – See http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/three-more-oklahomans-die-from-west-nile-virus/article_e3c9dc50-55e9-5a40-b0a6-90d3a57ed039.html

Rutherford_County.TNTennessee 10/03/13 Rutherford County: A Murfreesboro man, 82, has been hospitalized and is in an intensive care unit after being diagnosed with WNV. At least 12 other human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year. – See http://www.dnj.com/article/20131003/NEWS/310030004/West-Nile-virus-strikes-Boro-man?nclick_check=1

Lubbock_County_TXTexas 10/04/13 Lubbock County: Officials have confirmed a WNV-related fatality in the City of Lubbock reported recently is the first death tied to the virus this year. The victim lived in ZIP code 79424. – See http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/news/local/story/West-Nile-Virus-Lubbock/XHHDHM0ngEOuLVv6MjeiAg.cspx

Rabies:

337278_koshka_kot_rebenok_ditya_devochka_kosichka_ulybka_2990x2170_(www.GdeFon.ru)Alabama 10/03/13 Henry County: A stray cat that Abbeville residents said was “acting strangely” has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/Cat-Found-With-Rabies-in-Abbeville-226374871.html

injured.bat23300f8Colorado 10/04/13 Weld County: Two University of Northern Colorado students are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment after rescuing an injured bat in their dorm room that later tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/04/5794530/unc-students-get-rabies-shots.html

wood-farm1Colorado 10/02/13 Weld County: A stray cat that bit a man working on a backyard fence in the vicinity of the Platteville Elementary School in Platteville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://kdvr.com/2013/10/02/rabid-cat-bits-man-in-platteville-near-elementary-school/

havahart-skunk_120New Jersey 10/04/13 Cumberland County: A skunk killed by a dog last Friday in the area of Lincoln and Sherman avenues in Vineland has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23613154/second-case-of-rabies-confirmed-this-week-in-vineland

GE DIGITAL CAMERANew Jersey 10/02/13 Camden County: A bat removed from a home in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township on September 30th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/10/bat_found_in_gloucester_township_home_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

111009110345_Raccoon3 - CopyNew Jersey 10/02/13 Salem County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog in a Pittsgrove Township resident’s backyard on September 20th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2013/10/salem_county_health_department_confirms_sixth_rabies_case_of_2013.html

New Mexico 10/03/13 Bernalillo County: Six students at Polk Middle School in Albuquerque are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after they were found playing with a bat that tested positive for the virus. – See injured.bat4968fohttp://www.kasa.com/news/local/aps-students-given-rabies-vaccine

New York 10/02/13 Suffolk County: A third grade student at Nokomis Elementary School in Holbrook is being treated for potential exposure to rabies as a precaution after a bat bit her on the arm in the girls lavatory. The bat was not captured. – See http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/10/02/l-i-mother-concerned-angry-following-daughters-run-in-with-bat/

5731289-very-cute-child-with-a-cat-in-armsNorth Carolina 10/03/13 Cumberland County: A stray cat found dead on Tom Starling Road in Gray’s Creek is being treated as a case of rabies because it bit a man on Hall Park Road this past Sunday. Tests were inconclusive due to the cat’s state of decomposition. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/10/03/1287188?sac=fo.local

angry%20racNorth Carolina 10/01/13 Cumberland County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon that was killed by two stray dogs tested positive for the virus. The raccoon was found on Billy Joe Lane in Linden, off Honeybee and Colliers Chapel roads on September 28th. Two stray dogs were earlier seen fighting with the raccoon. Officials have no description of the stray dogs. – See http://www.wncn.com/story/23579541/stray-dogs-exposed-to-rabies-after-killing-raccoon-in-cumberland-co

Ohio 10/03/13 Medina County: A bat found in a Brunswick home on September 26th  has tested positive for rabies. – See http://fox8.com/2013/10bat78d65d0/03/another-rabid-bat-found-1-person-exposed/

South Carolina 10/03/13 Charleston County: Three adult residents of the City of Charleston are receiving post exposure rabies treatment as a precaution after being exposed to a bat that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20131003/PC16/131009805/1009/three-people-in-charleston-exposed-to-rabid-bat&source=RSS

Texas 10/03/13 Gray County: A dead bat found in an unoccupied barn on the southeast corner of Pampa has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thepampanews.com/news/article_0955de2a-2c73-11e3-a22f-0019bb30f31a.html

skunk245mn2Texas 10/02/13 Collin and Denton counties: A skunk killed by a Frisco resident’s vaccinated dogs in the vicinity of Panther Creek Parkway and Farm-to-Market 423 late last month has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Rabid-Skunk-Found-in-Frisco-Backyard-226207771.html

1426663Virginia 10/04/13 Newport News: Peninsula Health District officials have confirmed that a  raccoon killed by a dog in the vicinity of Colony and Marlboro roads has tested positive for rabies. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/10/dog-kills-rabid-raccoon-newport-news

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Georgia 09/24/13 Bryant County: A gray fox that attacked a female resident of the Flemington Woods subdivision in Ellabell last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/53522/

Other Rabies reports:

batPosterCalifornia 09/24/13 Yolo County: A dead bat that was found under a special needs child who was rolling in the grass at the Greengate School in Woodland has tested positive for rabies. The child is being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See http://www.dailydemocrat.com/ci_24167872/greengate-student-being-treated-possible-rabies-infection

Kansas 09/20/13 Ford County: A skunk found in the 2200 block of West Wyatt Earp Blvd in Dodge City on September 17th has tested positive for rabies.- See http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Rabid-Skunk-Found-skunkgoodwhenbright2.BingFreeUseLicenseIn-Dodge-City-224584381.html

Massachusetts 09/20/13 Essex County: A skunk found on Breckinridge Road in North Andover has tested positive for rabies. A resident reported it was behaving strangely and was in contact with the family dog. – See http://northandover.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/rabies-found-in-north-andover

Racoon15642North Carolina 09/24/13 Wake County: A raccoon found near Beehnon Way and Tryon Pines Drive, between Lake Wheeler Road and I-40, in southwest Raleigh has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/24/3224660/raleigh-raccoon-tests-positive.html

2195804032_bb25565f77 - CopyNorth Carolina 09/23/13 Cleveland County: A skunk found near Creekside Drive in Boiling Springs on September 19th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/officials-skunk-county-s-sixth-rabies-case-this-year-1.207319

HelpCardTexas 09/23/13 Brazos County: College Station police requested public assistance in finding a dog that bit a woman. The victim said she was bitten Saturday around midnight in the area of Texas and Dominik. She told police she was reaching down to grab a mid-sized white dog when it bit her on the face. The dog then ran off and the victim was treated at a local hospital for a bite to her nose then released. College Station Animal Control is asking for help locating the dog so rabies can be ruled out. When located, the dog will need to be observed for ten days from the time of the bite for signs of rabies infection. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 979-764-3600. – See http://wtaw.com/2013/09/23/cs-police-receive-animal-bite-report/

bat-flying.bing.free.use.licenseTexas 09/20/13 Brazoria County: A bat recently found near an apartment complex in Lake Jackson has tested positive for rabies. – See http://thefacts.com/news/article_eed8035d-3b1c-553d-a588-46a4ca48f184.html

BrunoBoxerPuppy29WeeksRaccoon2 - CopyVirginia 09/20/13 Fairfax County: A raccoon killed by a vaccinated dog in the 10100 block of Squires Trail in Great Falls on September 9th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sungazette.net/mclean-greatfalls-vienna-oakton/news/cattle-dog-quarantined-after-killing-rabid-raccoon/article_0bd4e6e8-212c-11e3-b9a4-001a4bcf887a.html

v17n2dWisconsin 09/23/13 Eau Clare County: A bat found last week in the 2200 block of Vienna Terrace in the city of Eau Claire has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wqow.com/story/23507438/2013/09/23/rabid-bat-found-in-eau-claire-health-officials-warn-to-vaccinate-pets

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Pueblo_County_COColorado 09/20/13 Pueblo County: Local health officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV. – See http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=949508#.Uj5d7z_nC5c

1184134480-mosquito2Illinois 09/23/13 Cook County: City health officials have confirmed that Chicago’s first human case of WNV has been identified in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The person is recovering at home. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/c22d9b069f3c4b3e9bb1bcce7d8b998e/IL–West-Nile-Chicago

St._Clair_County.ILIllinois 09/19/13 St. Clair County: State health officials have confirmed a male resident of the county has contracted WNV. He is the 14th human case of the virus reported in the state this year. – See http://www.bnd.com/2013/09/19/2806959/elderly-man-tests-positive-for.html

LA-DHHLouisiana 09/20/13 LA Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed five new human cases of WNV this week, bringing this year’s total number of cases to 39. This week’s new infections include three cases of neuro-invasive disease, with one case each from Caldwell, Lafayette and Rapides parishes, one case of West Nile fever from Ouchita Parish and one asymptomatic case from Lafayette Parish. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2872

essex cty MAMassachusetts 09/24/13 Essex County: Officials have confirmed that a county resident in his 60s is the state’s fourth human case of WNV this year. The man was hospitalized but has been released. – See http://www.salemnews.com/local/x934950865/Essex-County-man-treated-for-West-Nile-virus

horses-temperature-800x800Massachusetts 09/20/13 Plymouth County: State health officials have confirmed that a horse in Middleborough has tested positive for EEE. This is the fourth horse with EEE reported in the state this year. – See http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/science/article/Mass-officials-say-EEE-found-in-another-horse-4830601.php

MT_dphhs_logoMontana 09/19/13 MT Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed two WNV-related fatalities in the past week, one in Treasure County and one in Yellowstone County. – See http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/newsevents/newsreleases2013/september/westniledeaths.shtml

nh-medicaidNew Hampshire 09/24/13 NH Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the town of Ossipee has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/09-sept/09242013eee.htm

NM_image_miniNew Mexico 09/18/13 NM Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV infection in New Mexico residents. The cases include a 56-year-old woman from Doña Ana County with West Nile fever, a 52-year-old woman from Lea County with West Nile fever, and a 29-year-old man from Curry County who had the more severe West Nile neurologic disease. All three cases have recovered. See http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130918-WestNile-EN.pdf

HeadPressingInHorseWithEquineEncephalitisCourtesyDrThomasLaneNorth Carolina 09/23/13 thetimesnews.com: by Chris Lavender – Twelve horses across North Carolina have been diagnosed with the Eastern equine encephalitis virus so far this year and all but one of these horses have died from complications caused by the virus. Horses can get the virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The disease is more common in the eastern part of the state than in other geographic regions. Eight of the 12 horses were diagnosed with the EEE virus from mid-July to early August when above-average rainfall amounts created additional breeding grounds for mosquitoes. – For complete article see http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/state-warns-of-equine-virus-1.207333

 

DHHSweb6699CCNorth Carolina 09/19/13 NC Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed the WNV-related death of a Wilson County adult. This is the state’s first death and first reported confirmed human case in 2013.

Midland_County.TXTexas 09/24/13 Midland County: City health officials have confirmed that a Midland resident has been hospitalized with WNV. According to the Texas Department of Health, there have been 36 human cases of WNV in the state as of September 10th. – See http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_76703376-2484-11e3-ab38-001a4bcf887a.html

tarrant cty TXTexas 09/20/13 Tarrant County: Officials have confirmed two new human cases of WNV have been reported in Fort Worth. One is a woman in her 80s who has the milder version of the mosquito-borne illness known as West Nile fever. The other is a man in his 30s who contracted the more serious West Nile neuro-invasive disease. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 46 WNV cases statewide as of Tuesday, but that doesn’t include the two new Fort Worth cases. – See http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/20/5180262/two-new-cases-of-west-nile-virus.html

Canada:

Canada-Ontario-mapOntario 09/20/13 Eastern Ontario Health Unit: Officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the region this year. – See http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2013/09/20/west-nile-virus-case-confirmed-in-sdg-area

Saskatchewan-mapSaskatchewan 09/20/13 Five Hill Health Region: A male resident of the region has been hospitalized with WNV neurological syndrome and six others, all in southern Saskatchewan, are under investigation for WNV infections. – See http://www.leaderpost.com/health/confirmed+case+West+Nile+virus+Saskatchewan/8938536/story.html