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NEW YORK woman attacked and bitten by COYOTE while walking DOG ~ CHIKUNGUNYA cases in CARIBBEAN now approaching 16,000 ~ TENNESSEE firm develops oral bait LYME DISEASE vaccine for RODENTS ~ CALIFORNIA officials confirm two cases of TYPHUS in L.A. County ~ RABIES reports from CAx2, GA, MA, NJ, NY, NC, SC, TXx3 & VA.

Coyote. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

Coyote. Courtesy U.S. National Park Service.

New York 03/25/14 lohud.com: by Steve Lieberman – A woman who was attacked and bitten by a coyote while walking her dog in Orangeburg early Tuesday said she “took one for the team” after police shot and killed the possibly rabid animal. Mary Lou Gardner was walking Jasmine, her 18-pound shih tzu, near Greywood Drive about 6:30 a.m. when the coyote began to stalk them. “I saw it walking between two houses and coming at us,” the 52-year-old said. “I didn’t want to let my dog off the leash.” Gardner held her dog tight and threw her coat on the coyote as it approached. “It went after Jasmine (and) I started kicking the coyote, so (it) turned on me and started biting my leg,” she said.
Neighbors heard the attack and rushed outside, yelling and banging on things to distract the animal, which finally retreated into a back yard as Gardner ran to a house with her dog. Orangeburg police arrived a short time later and shot the coyote, which was taken to the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office; it will be tested for rabies at a state police laboratory. Gardner, who was given a tetanus shot at the Nyack Hospital emergency room, suffered bites to her left leg and forearm, and was waiting to find out whether she’ll need rabies shots. Her dog was given a rabies shot as a precaution. Noting that the rabies treatment isn’t as severe as it was years ago, she was philosophical about her wildlife encounter. “I’m glad it was me and not someone else,” said the mother of two grown daughters and a son. “I have a lot of elderly neighbors and there are children here. I took one for the team.” – For complete article see http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2014/03/25/orangetown-woman-bitten-coyote-walking-dog/6871461/
Chikungunya:
5667h6h6Caribbean 03/24/14 umn.edu: The Caribbean now has 15,913 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases of chikungunya, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in an update today, up from 10,476 at the end of February. The outbreak is the first known in the Americas; it began on St. Martin in December 2013. Martinique continues to have the most cases, with 7,630 suspected and 1,141 confirmed or probable cases, the ECDC said. The French side of St. Martin is next, with 2,640 suspected and 782 confirmed or probable cases, but the pace of new cases appears to be slowing there. Guadeloupe has 1,960 suspected and 586 confirmed or probable cases. The next hardest-hit areas are: St. Barthelemy, 420 suspected and 134 confirmed or probable cases; the Dutch side of St. Martin, 115 confirmed cases; Dominica, 392 suspected and 56 confirmed cases; French Guiana, 22 confirmed locally acquired and 10 imported cases; Anguilla, 14 confirmed cases; and Aruba and St. Kitts/Nevis each with 1 confirmed case. The ECDC also reported 3 chikingunya-related deaths on the French side of St. Martin and 2 on Martinique. – See http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/03/news-scan-mar-24-2014
Lyme Disease:

 

White-footed mouse.

White-footed mouse.

Tennessee 03/20/14 bizjournals.com: by Michael Sheffield – Memphis-based U.S. Biologic is looking to rabies prevention as inspiration for the launch of its first product. The company, which has developed an oral bait Lyme disease vaccine that is distributed to white-footed mice in fields around the northeast, is taking a similar approach as rabies prevention with the delivery method for its product. According to Mason Kauffman, the company’s president and CEO, a similar method of leaving bait with the vaccine inside in wooded areas for wolves and raccoons was first used 15 years ago to help prevent rabies. The approach was so successful there was one reported case of rabies in 2013, he said. “We want to change it from a danger zone to a treatment zone,” Kauffman said. “If we can be half as successful (as rabies prevention has been) with Lyme disease, we’ve had a huge impact.” . . . . .
UnivMemphisUSB-Logo-for-Color-254-X-55-5.14.2012-300x59U.S. Biologic has worked with the University of Memphis to develop intimate mapping of wooded areas, soil types, parks and every demographic of every property in the U.S. “down to the square meter”, Kauffman said, in order to track where mouse and tick populations interact with humans. – See http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2014/03/20/u-s-biologic-moving-forward-with-lyme-disease.html

Typhus:
California 03/20/14 go.com: A case of flea-borne typhus was confirmed in Burbank by Los Angeles County Vector Control. The case is the first in Burbank

Flea.

Flea.

this year. – See http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9474295
California 02/27/14 go.com: A case of flea-borne typhus was reported in a neighborhood around Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, police announced today. The L.A. County Department of Public Health contacted Manhattan Beach police about the case. – See http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9448070

Rabies:

surfeit of skunksCalifornia 03/20/14 El Dorado County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after officials announced that more skunks have tested positive for the virus in the county than is usual for this time of year. So far, seven rabid skunks have been identified in 2014: two in Pollock Pines, one in Shingle Springs, three in Garden Valley, and one in the Pleasant Valley area. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/20/6255061/el-dorado-county-official-say.html
Help_button_2California 03/18/14 El Dorado County: Officials are looking for a dog that bit a South Lake Tahoe man on March 16th in the vicinity of Tahoe Keys Blvd. and Washington Ave. The dog, which was roaming in the neighborhood, is described as a medium-size, husky-type breed with fluffy gray and white fur, and wearing a blue collar and tags. Animals Services officials would like to speak with the dog’s owner to verify that the dog is current on its rabies vaccinations so that the man does not have to have post-exposure rabies treatments. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (530) 573-7925. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2014/03/18/6248413/dog-sought-after-biting-incident.html
Georgia 03/17/14 Habersham County: A raccoon that was in contact with a vaccinated dog on March 11th in the 3900 block of Georgia Highway 197, south of Ivy Mountain Road, between Clarkesville and Batesville, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=272536
thumbnailCAT9WVWG - CopyMassachusetts 03/18/14 Worcester County: A raccoon that attacked a Holden man in his yard on Towle Drive last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thelandmark.com/news/2014-03-20/Holden_News/Raccoon_that_bit_man_tests_positive_for_rabies.html
New Jersey 03/19/14 Atlantic County: A raccoon found on March 14th aggressively scratching at the back door of a home on Malaron Circle in Egg Harbor Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/25020581/second-case-of-rabies-confirmed-in-eht-raccoon

Cow dying of rabies.

Cow dying of rabies.

New York 03/20/14 Madison County: An unvaccinated cow kept in Lebanon is the first confirmed animal to be infected with the rabies virus in the county this year. – See http://www.oneidadispatch.com/general-news/20140320/first-2014-rabies-case-in-madison-county
520bc0501588c.preview-300North Carolina 03/17/14 Cleveland County: A shepherd/husky-mix dog that was abandoned by a driver on the side of Elam Road on March 5th, became ill on March 9th, and died March 14th, has tested positive for rabies. Officials said a second dog that was released with the rabid dog, was exposed to the virus but remains at large. – See http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/officials-dog-county-s-first-rabies-case-this-year-1.292406
imagesCAQVTCKPSouth Carolina 03/19/14 Greenwood County: A raccoon that came in contact with a person in Troy has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/25015249/person-exposed-to-rabies-by-raccoon-in-greenwood-co
Lorena rabid dogTexas 03/19/14 McLennan County: A stray dog found in the 200 block of Front Street in Lorena, a neighborhood filled with kids and pets, has tested positive for rabies. The dog, a two-year-old, female, Labrador-Pyrenees mix, has been roaming the city’s streets for almost a week. – For article and video see http://www.kcentv.com/story/25015901/lorena-dog-tested-positive-for-rabies
Texas 03/19/14 Collin and Denton counties: A skunk found injured on March 14th near the intersection of Eldorado Parkway and Preston Road in Frisco has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid skunk found in the city in less than one week. – See http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/frisco/headlines/20140319-frisco-reports-second-skunk89940t9skunk-tested-positive-for-rabies.ece
Texas 03/17/14 Denton County: A skunk found within the Lewisville city limits this month has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/lewisville-flower-mound/headlines/20140317-rabid-skunk-in-lewisville-city-limits-prompts-rabies-warning.ece
nm_Coyote_090722_mainVirginia 03/19/14 Williamsburg: A coyote seen March 13th near the Cedar Grove Cemetery and later on South England Street was found dead on College of William and Mary property and has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-coyote-tests-rabies-positive-20140319,0,7994376.story

Officials increase reward after 6th RED WOLF found dead in NORTH CAROLINA ~ TEXAS now reporting 32 cases of DENGUE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from TXx2 ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, GA, MD, NJx2, NY, NCx2, VA, & WV.

Red wolf. Photos courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Red wolf. Photos courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

North Carolina 11/21/13 outerbanksvoice.com: by Rob Morris – Wildlife officials have discovered the body of a sixth red wolf killed in the past four weeks. The wolf, which was found Monday on private property north of Swan Quarter in Hyde County, had apparently been shot, according to a statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A reward of up to $26,000 has been offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction or civil penalties in the deaths, all of which occurred in Hyde, Washington and Tyrrell counties. Red wolves are listed as endangered and have been the focus of a recovery program at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Killing an endangered animal is a federal crime. All of the wolves killed wore radio tracking collars as part of the RedWolf.usfwsprogram. In one case, only a collar that had been cut off was found. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Red Wolf Coalition, Humane Society of the United States, and the Center for Biological Diversity have contributed to the reward fund. Fourteen red wolves have died this year. Three were hit by vehicles, one died from non-management related actions, one was undetermined but appeared to be the result of suspected illegal take and nine were confirmed or suspected gunshot deaths, the statement said. Maximum criminal penalties for an unlawful taking are one year imprisonment and $100,000 fine. – For original article and contact information see http://outerbanksvoice.com/2013/11/21/sixth-red-wolf-found-dead-reward-increased-to-26000/

Dengue Fever:

DENGUE ALERTTexas 11/21/13 Rio Grande Valley: State health officials have now confirmed 32 cases of Dengue in the region. There are 25 cases in Cameron County, six in Hidalgo County, and one in Willacy County. – See article and video at http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=974728#.Uo_hXeIljM1

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Lampasas Cty.TXTexas 11/22/13 Lampasas County: State health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the county tested positive for WNV on November 5th. – See http://www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com/news/2013-11-22/Front_Page/West_Nile_virus_case_confirmed_in_local_horse.html

west_nile_texasTexas 11/19/13 Texas Dept of State Health Services:  Officials have confirmed 163 human cases of WNV, including 11 deaths, in Texas so far this year. For locations by county see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm

Rabies:

image001skunkandcanineConnecticut 11/21/13 Windham County: Animal control officials in Plainfield have issued a Rabies Alert after a skunk that was killed by a dog in the vicinity of Lillbridge Road  on November 19th tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.norwichbulletin.com/article/20131121/NEWS/131129915/10283/NEWS

Florida 11/21/13 Volusia County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert for the western region of the county after two raccoons and a feral cat tested positive for the virus within the past two months. The alert is for a minimum of 60 days and its center includes the areas around DeLand, Orange City, and Deltona. – See http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/24032609/rabies-alert-issued-for-west-volusia-county

raccoon_lgGeorgia 11/21/13 Columbia County: A raccoon that was killed by a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of Thoroughbred Way and Lewiston Road in Grovetown has tested positive for rabies. This is the 5th raccoon testing positive for the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.wjbf.com/story/24034076/5th-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-columbia-county

Maryland 11/22/13 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found in the 1000 block of Minnetonka Road in Severn on November 20th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/arundel_digest/rabid-raccoon-found-in-severn/article_f2a8c08f-2dc3-57df-b216-aa46d6d6f2f1.html

5731289-very-cute-child-with-a-cat-in-armsNew Jersey 11/22/13 Middlesex County: A stray kitten found in the vicinity of Sayre Avenue and Convery Blvd. in Perth Amboy has tested positive for rabies. This is the 15th animal testing positive for the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131122/NJNEWS/311220033/Kitten-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-Perth-Amboy

0714Raccoon_Procyon_lotor_4New Jersey 11/21/13 Camden County: A raccoon found in Winslow Township on November 16th after it was reported acting aggressively in a resident’s yard has tested positive for rabies. – See http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/11/21/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-camden-county/

New York 11/21/13 Staten Island: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert for the Bloomingdale Park area in Rossville after two people were exposed to a feral cat on or before November 11th  that has since tested ab6ad025positive for the virus. Officials are now looking for other feral cats in the park so they can be safely removed to protect the public. – See http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/cat_with_rabies_found_in_bloom.html

North Carolina 11/22/13 Cleveland County: A cat that was reported to be displaying unusual behavior on property at 671 Skinner Road in Shelby on November 20th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.shelbystar.com/news/local/officials-cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-1.238635

Raccoon-SiedePreis-smNorth Carolina 11/22/13 Iredell County: A raccoon found in a pasture with cattle in the town of Olin has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.statesville.com/news/article_7b737c90-53b2-11e3-a8a0-001a4bcf6878.html

angry-foxVirginia 11/21/13 Richmond City Health District: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for residents of South Richmond after a fox and a feral cat tested positive for the virus earlier this month. The fox was found in the 1800 block of Powell Road, and the stray cat in the nearby 5200 block of Troy Road. – See http://www.wric.com/story/24036112/rabies-positive-animals-found-in-south-richmond

imagesCAQVTCKPWest Virginia 11/22/13 Hancock County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Cable Road in Weirton has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.weirtondailytimes.com/page/content.detail/id/606844/Case-of-rabies-confirmed.html?nav=5006

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.

Bing free use license.

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/

BLACK BEAR attacks WISCONSIN bird hunter ~ MALARIA infections hit 40-year high in U.S. ~ NEW MEXICO woman dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MS, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from CT, GA, NJ, NY, VT, & VA.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Wisconsin 10/30/13 wqow.com: by Jackson Schmidtke – Sometimes when you go hunting you come across animals you’re not looking to hunt. A Barron County grouse hunter’s encounter on Saturday put him and his dog in the hospital. “It was a spot where he would have never seen this bear laying on the ground,” said DNR Conservation Warden Phillip Dorn. Phil Anderson was hunting ruffed grouse at the Loon Lake Wildlife Area when he heard branches cracking. He thought it was a deer but it turned out to be a black bear. “I heard my dog squealing in distress and I kind of figured out what was happening,” Anderson said. Anderson’s dog had encountered a mother bear and her cubs in Barron County.

a.LoonLake.WI“I yelled for the dog and immediately the adult bear came from that direction and charged at me and knocked me on my back,” said Anderson “She batted me a few times and shook me and then she went back to my dog.”  After regaining his feet, Anderson yelled at the bear hoping to scare it. The bear left the dog and charged Anderson again. This time Anderson was prepared and was able to shoot the bear point blank in the face with birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear. “Birdshot doesn’t really penetrate that well from distances,” said Dorn “but this was very close range. Probably within three feet.” The 275-pound bear died instantly.  Anderson and his dog were able to walk three quarters of a mile to his truck. He then drove home where he and his wife assessed his injuries and drove to Cumberland hospital. From there he was airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities to have his wounds cleaned and closed. – For complete article and video see http://www.wqow.com/story/23834852/2013/10/30/hunter-attacked-by-bear-in-barron-county

Malaria:

a.malaria.298ed98National 10/31/13 medpagetoday.com: by Michael Smith – The number of malaria cases in the U.S. hit a 40-year peak in 2011, the CDC reported. The 1,925 cases, including five deaths, represent an increase of 14% from the 1,691 cases in 2010 and the largest number since 1971, when the agency was notified of 3,180 cases. The 2011 toll includes 1,920 cases classified as imported, as well as one laboratory-acquired case, one related to a transfusion, two congenital cases, and one cryptic case, the agency said in a surveillance summary in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Not only were there more cases, but more cases were classified as severe in 2011 than in 2010, 275 versus 183, a difference that was significant at P=0.0018.

a.MalariaMap.9899f8The CDC report suggested that the increased numbers might be a result of growing international travel to malarial regions, combined with inadequate chemoprevention by travelers. “Malaria isn’t something many doctors see frequently in the United States thanks to successful malaria elimination efforts in the 1940s,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD. “The increase in malaria cases reminds us that Americans remain vulnerable and must be vigilant against diseases like malaria because our world is so interconnected by travel,” he said in a statement.

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

The U.S. figures also appear to parallel increases in other countries, the agency said, noting that 2011 numbers in the United Kingdom were up 22% from 2008, although down slightly from 2010. The findings are based on data submitted to the National Malaria Surveillance System, the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. – For complete article see http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/42630

Blogger’s Note: Malaria gets very little attention in this blog because, as the numbers reflect, it is primarily an issue for those who travel to other areas of the world and not one of major concern to those who work, play, hike, camp, hunt and fish in the great American outdoors. This article, however, is extremely interesting. JG

Hantavirus:

Deer mouse.

Deer mouse.

New Mexico 10/31/13 Santa Fe County: Officials have confirmed that a 73-year-old female resident of the county has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a disease transmitted through the urine, droppings, or saliva of rodents, especially deer mice. – See http://www.abqjournal.com/291992/abqnewsseeker/hantavirus-claims-second-new-mexico-death.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 10/30/13 MS Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed that the third WNV-related fatality this year involved a resident of Forrest County previously reported as a human case of the virus. There have now been 43 human cases reported in the state, including the three fatalities. – For details see http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14460,341.html

dallas cty TXTexas 10/30/13 Dallas County: Officials have confirmed the 14th human case of WNV in the 75089 ZIP code area (Rowlett) of the county this year. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Dallas-County-Confirms-14th-Case-of-West-Nile-Virus-229943881.html

Ector_County.TXTexas 10/30/13 Ector County: Officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in Odessa. – See http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/article_f0371c44-4106-11e3-8c42-0019bb30f31a.html

Midland_County.TXTexas 10/29/13 Midland County: Officials have confirmed five human cases of WNV in the City of Midland, and Midland Health & Senior Services is currently investigating two new cases. – See video and article at http://www.permianbasin360.com/news-article/more-west-nile-cases-confirmed/d/news-article/rCdvp8HR9Eyypq7O025x4Q

Rabies:

xchng_rabid_meanieMeanDog45Connecticut 10/30/3 New Haven County: East Shore Health District officials are warning Branford residents to take precautions after a raccoon that attacked two dogs tested positive for rabies. Dogs, cats, and livestock should be vaccinated. – For complete article and other precautions see http://branford.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/health-district-rabid-raccoon-discovered-in-branford

PHIL_2186_loresCDCGeorgia 10/29/13 Madison County: Two wild animals have recently tested positive for rabies: a skunk that was in contact with a dog in the 1000 block of Coley Davis Road in Danielsville, and a raccoon that was in contact with a cat in the 400 block of Forest Lane in Colbert. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/6511-Two-positive-rabies-cases-reported.html

rasf2New Jersey 10/30/13 Camden County: A skunk that was in contact with a dog in Voorhees Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/10/30/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-camden-county-2/

Rabies. Cow dying of rabies.  Copyright ITMNew York 10/30/13 Herkimer County: A cow stabled in the town of Stark has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x1155601678/Rabid-cow-confirmed-in-Herkimer-County

fox-and-raccoon-nibble2 (2)Vermont 10/29/13 Addison County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon and a fox found in Bristol tested positive for the virus. The raccoon bit a man, and the fox was dying when it was found. – See http://www.addison-eagle.com/news/2013/oct/29/town-bristol-rabies-alert/

raccoon-loomcomVirginia 10/30/13 Pittsylvania County: A Rabies Alert has been issued by Pittsylvania/Danville Health District officials after a raccoon found in the vicinity of Old Mine Road in the Gretna area tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/article_576c0ca8-4170-11e3-a39d-0019bb30f31a.html

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

 

CALIFORNIA scientists identify new CATTLE VIRUS ~ NEW MEXICO teen has first human case of PLAGUE in U.S. this year ~ COLORADO child exposed to RABBIT with TULAREMIA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IN, MN, NM, & SC ~ RABIES reports from AL, FL, PA, & VT.

Guernsey cow. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Guernsey cow. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National 08/13/13 ucdavis.edu: A new cow virus that causes neurologic symptoms reminiscent of mad cow disease has been identified and its genome sequenced by a team of researchers including scientists at the University of California, Davis. While this particular new virus is unlikely to pose a threat to human health or the food supply, the new findings are critically important because they provide researchers with a relatively simple diagnostic tool that can reassure both ranchers and consumers by ruling out bovine spongiform encephalopathy — mad cow disease — as the cause of neurologic symptoms when they appear in cattle. Results of the study appear online in the September issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

banner_01In this new study, Dr. Patricia Pesavento, a veterinary pathologist in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and other researchers analyzed brain tissue from a yearling steer with neurologic symptoms of unknown cause. Through this analysis, they discovered a new virus that belongs to the astrovirus family.

Dr. Patricia Pesavento

Dr. Patricia Pesavento

Further study of brain tissue samples, preserved from earlier examinations of 32 cattle with unexplained neurologic symptoms, revealed the presence of this astrovirus in three of those animals. The researchers used “metagenomic” techniques to sequence this astrovirus species — now referred to as BoAstV0NeuroS. – For complete news release see http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10688

Plague:

Media.aspxNew Mexico 08/12/13 NM Department of Health: State officials have confirmed that a 15-year-old male from Torrance County has the first human case of plague reported in the United States this year. The boy is currently hospitalized in stable condition. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets.- For complete news release see http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130812-Plague-EN.pdf

Tularemia:

Colorado rabbit NPSColorado 08/15/13 Pueblo County: Public health officials confirmed Thursday a rabbit caught in the 1000 block of West Saginaw Drive in Pueblo West that had been in contact with a child has tested positive for tularemia. – See http://www.kktv.com/news/elevenforhealth/headlines/Rabbit-Tests-Positive-For-Tularemia-In-Pueblo-West-219832021.html

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

IN-DH-B-W-LogoIndiana 08/13/13 IN Department of Health: Health officials continue to encourage Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves from WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases after mosquito samples from 35 counties have now tested positive for the virus. There has been one human case of WNV in Ripley County and one equine case in Adams County. Counties with WNV-infected mosquitoes include: Adams, Allen, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Delaware, DeKalb, Grant, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Parke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Starke, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, Vigo, White and Whitley. – For complete news release see http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=119373&information_id=186576&type=&syndicate=syndicate

mn-dhlogocolorMNMinnesota 08/14/13 MN Department of Health: State officials have confirmed the first WNV-related human fatality in the state this year. A male resident of Murray County died last week. Sixteen human cases of WNV, including one fatality, have been reported statewide so far this year. – See http://roseville.patch.com/groups/summer/p/west-nile-virus-claims-first-minnesota-victim_b68297b7

NM_image_miniNew Mexico 08/13/13 NM Department of Health: Officials have confirmed that an 83-year-old male from Curry County is the state’s first WNV-related fatality so far this year. A 66-year-old female from Curry County also tested positive for the virus, but she is recovering. New Mexico’s first case of West Nile infection this year was in a 13-year-old male from San Juan County who has recovered. – See http://www.kdbc.com/news/nm-department-health-announces-first-west-nile-death-2013

vaccinationSouth Carolina 08/14/13 SC State Veterinarian: Officials have confirmed 25 cases of EEE in horses statewide since June 28th, 7 of the cases were reported during the past week. About 90% of infected horses die, but EEE is preventable in horses by vaccination. – See http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20130814/NEWS/308140026/Horse-virus-cases-up?nclick_check=1

Rabies:

GrayFoxApr04NFlaAlabama 08/14/13 Chilton County: A fox that was reported acting strangely and aggressively on Wednesday by a resident on Old Thorsby Road in Clanton has tested positive for rabies. – http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/2013/08/14/fox-infected-with-rabies-found-in-clanton/

111009110345_Raccoon3 - CopyFlorida 08/14/13 St. Johns County: A raccoon that bit a man in the leg Saturday in a McDonald’s parking lot in the 2400 block of U.S. 1 South in St. Augustine has tested positive for rabies. – See http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2013-08-14/health-department-issues-rabies-alert-st-johns-county#.Ug059W3DK5c

Bat 1on sidewalkPennsylvania 08/14/13 Montgomery County: A bat found August 10th in the 300 block of Manor Avenue in Plymouth Meeting has tested positive for rabies. – See http://norristown.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies_0ccf156e

275899Vermont 08/14/13 western border and Chittendon County: An aerial rabies bait drop will begin August 19th into carefully plotted corridors of remote lowland areas and valleys along the Vermont border and northern Chittendon County. Bait packets will be distributed by hand in urban areas. The baits are described as a dark green, sweet-smelling, vanilla-coated blister pack. Officials say the baits are not harmful to children or pets if touched or eaten, but the pellets should not be handled or disturbed. – See http://rutlandherald.com/article/20130814/NEWS03/708149881

LEPTOSPIROSIS said to be endemic in parts of OHIO and MICHIGAN ~ CANADA: Domestic PORK-related TRICHINOSIS found on private farm in ONTARIO ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from GEORGIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3, ID, ILx3, IN, MA, NY, PA, & WY ~ RABIES reports from FL, & NC ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: RHODE ISLAND officials rule out RABIES in death of second CALF.

Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

National 07/29/13: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both animals and humans, and it’s more prevalent this year because of heavier rain. There are about 100 strains that are recognized, but most vets vaccinate for the four most common in the U.S. The bacteria are spread through the urine of infected hosts, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Many different wild and domestic animals carry the disease. Humans can become infected through contact with the urine or other body fluids, but not saliva, of infected animals, or through contact with water, soil, or food contaminated with the urine of infected animals. The bacteria can enter the body through skin or mucous (eyes, nose, or mouth) membranes, especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch. Drinking contaminated water can also lifemoto_blogspot_comcause infection. Person to person transmission is rare. In humans, leptospirosis can cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms and lasts from a few days to 3 or more weeks. Without treatment, recovery may take several months. Leptospirosis is an occupational hazard for many who work outdoors or with animals, and it has been associated with recreational activities in contaminated lakes and rivers. According to a recent article in The Blade of Toledo by Tanya Irwin, the disease is endemic in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.– For Tanya Irwin’s article see http://www.toledoblade.com/Medical/2013/07/29/Flulike-bacteria-sickens-people-and-pets-alike.html and for more information about Leptospirosis see http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/index.html

Trichinosis:

Canada:

Trichinosis2Ontario 07/26/13 owensoundsuntimes.com: by Tracey Richardson – A Bruce County child has had the extremely rare distinction of acquiring trichinosis from pork — something that was thought to have been eradicated from the province for decades. Trichinosis is caused by small roundworms of the trichinella species. Infective larvae are transferred by the consumption of raw or undercooked infected meat. The problem was most prevalent in swine until government regulations and inspections clamped down on the industry. The last swine outbreak in Ontario happened in 1977. Until this January, the last human case of trichinosis associated with the consumption of infected domestic pork occurred in 1980. There was an outbreak in Ontario in 1993 among a couple of dozen people who’d eaten smoked wild boar meat. Nowadays, trichinosis is usually confined to meat from wild animals. . . . .

img_7978The Bruce County case happened in January this year at a Mennonite farm, said Grey Bruce medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn. The farm was non-commercial and the pig was slaughtered and consumed on the farm. No part of the animal ever entered the commercial food supply. News of the case was mentioned in passing at the public health board’s monthly meeting Friday. Lynn said the child was diagnosed by an “astute” pediatrician in London, although the child recovered without treatment. Lynn said when the farmer acquired the piglet, it was free of trichinella. “So it happened between being a tiny piglet and growing up to be slaughtered,” she said. “However their animal husbandry on the farm was pretty old style, so anything left over got fed to the pigs. Now if you cook it all, it’s OK. But also there were rats around, which many barns have, whether or not they’re well looked after, and that’s probably where this pig got it.” It’s believed the child consumed infected smoked ham or sausage from the infected pig. Smoking the meat does not heat it to a high enough temperature to kill the larvae. The CFIA recommends cooking all wild game meat, pork and horse meat to an internal temperature of at least 71 degrees C. – For complete article see http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2013/07/26/rare-trichinosis-happened-on-bruce-county-farm

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Clinch County_GAGeorgia 07/29/13 Clinch County: A 70-year-old county resident has tested positive for EEE. This is the first human case of EEE in the state, and the third in the country so far this year. Five to ten human cases are reported nationally each year. – See http://www.walb.com/story/22956635/human-eee-reported-in-clinch-co

West Nile Virus (WNV):

San_Luis_Obispo_County.CACalifornia 07/26/13 San Luis Obispo County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes collected at Pismo State Beach this month have tested positive for WNV. -  See http://www.ksby.com/news/west-nile-virus-detected-in-mosquitoes-found-in-pismo-beach/

LAcountyVectorControl.CACalifornia 07/27/13 Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District: GLACVCD has confirmed more WNV positive test results in 25 mosquito samples and three dead birds collected throughout its jurisdiction. This is the first sign of virus activity this year in Burbank, Elysian Valley, Encino, Granada Hills, North Hills, Santa Clarita and Watts. Please refer to chart for a breakdown of the latest WNV activity. – For article and chart see http://hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/west-nile-virus-has-been-found-mosquito-scv-36585

Glenn_County.CACalifornia 07/27/13 Glenn County: An elderly county resident has been identified as the state’s sixth human case of WNV so far this year. Five others were infected across Los Angeles County. – See http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Additional-West-Nile-Virus-Case-California-217138161.html

Larimer_County.COColorado 07/27/13 Larimer County: Health officials have confirmed that Larimer County now leads the state in the number of mosquitoes testing positive for WNV, and at least one human case of the virus has been reported in the county. Fort Collins officials are warning residents that the southeast part of the city is showing more prevalence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus. Boulder and Mesa counties are also showing a higher prevalence of the infected mosquitoes. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130727/NEWS01/307270016/West-Nile-virus-spreads-Larimer-County-where-53-mosquito-groups-tested-positive

Payette-County_IDIdaho 07/27/13 Payette County: Health officials have announced that the county’s first human case of WNV is a male in his 40s who is now hospitalized. – See http://www.idahopress.com/members/west-nile-virus-found-in-horses-humans/article_20aabe40-f66a-11e2-b215-0019bb2963f4.html

ILLINOIS_DPHIllinois 07/29/13 DuPage and Will counties: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped at Seager and Springhill parks in Naperville have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2013/07/29/area-mosquito-traps-initially-test-positive-for-west-nile-virus/25027

madisoncounty_ILIllinois 07/27/13 Madison County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, Bethalto, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Meadowbrook have tested positive for WNV. – See http://altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=86859#.UfWMJ23DK5d

Kane cty ILIllinois 07/26/13 Kane County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Aurora and in Algonquin have tested positive for WNV. – See http://stcharles-il.patch.com/groups/summer/p/west-nile-virus-threat-grows-in-kane-county

IN-DH-B-W-LogoIndiana 07/26/13 Indiana DOH: State health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Kosciusko and Starke counties have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wsbt.com/news/wsbt-west-nile-virus-found-in-n-ind-20130726,0,5321104.story

plymouth cty MAMassachusetts 07/28/13 Plymouth County: Public health officials confirmed Friday  that mosquitoes trapped in Rockland have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/07/27/west-nile-virus-detected-mosquito/VyE0GEAaEcmiQlsn5sBMVP/story.html

Erie_County.NYNew York 07/26/13 Erie County: Mosquitoes collected in Amherst on July 17th and 18th have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/mosquitoes-infected-with-west-nile-virus-found-in-amherst-20130726

lehigh cty PAPennsylvania 07/26/13 Lehigh County: State officials have reported that mosquitoes trapped in Lower Macungie Township, Allentown, and Bethlehem have tested positive for WNV. – See https://www.google.com/search?q=bethlehem+pa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Rabies:

cat-child-300x225Florida 07/26/13 Pasco County: A Rabies Alert has been issued for the northwest portion of the county after a cat tested positive for the virus. – For area boundaries of the alert see http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/7/26/rabies_alert_issued_.html

fox1cNorth Carolina 07/26/13 Wake County: A fox that came in contact with a resident of the 1000 block of Valleystone Drive in Cary on Thursday has tested positive for rabies. A Rabies Alert has been issued for those living in the vicinity of the High House Road and Davis Drive intersection. – For map of the area see http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9186608

Follow-Up Report:

(See – Officials fear a “large number” of people in TIVERTON, RHODE ISLAND, may have been exposed to RABIES – posted July 27, 2013)

question-markRhode Island 07/27/13 providencejournal.com: by Felice J. Freyer: Laboratory tests have ruled out rabies as the cause of a brown calf’s death on Friday, the second of two calves that died near a Tiverton ice cream shop. But it still isn’t known what killed the brown calf. And the Health Department’s advice remains the same for people who came in contact with the black-and-white calf that died July 21 in the same pasture, next to Gray’s Ice Cream shop. People who came in contact with that calf, known as Oreo, between July 5 and July 21 should call the Health Department at (401) 222-2577 to find out if they should receive rabies shots. Oreo died six days after biting a child, but word of its death did not reach authorities in time to test the calf for rabies. Rabies remains a possibility for Oreo. Oreo was removed from direct public contact on July 16, and only the animal’s handlers may have been exposed from July 16 through July 21. There is no risk of rabies for those who came in contact with the calf before July 5. – For complete article see http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130727-r.i.-health-department-rules-out-rabies-in-death-of-second-tiverton-calf.ece

MAINE hiker attacked by POLAR BEAR in LABRADOR ~ CALIFORNIA campground closed after SQUIRREL is found with PLAGUE ~ Third HORSE dies of EEE in NORTH CAROLINA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, GA, ID, IL, MA, MN, UT, WV, & WIx2 ~ Officials fear a “large number” of people in TIVERTON, RHODE ISLAND, may have been exposed to RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, FL, NJx2, & NC.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

Canada:

Newfoundland & Labrador Province 07/26/13 Torngat Mountains National Park: A hiker who was injured by a polar bear in a remote national park in northern Labrador has been flown to a Quebec trauma centre for treatment, Parks Canada says. Matt Dyer, a prominent legal aid lawyer from Portland, Maine, was with seven other hikers with the Sierra Club on Wednesday in Torngat Mountains National Park when he was attacked by the bear. Peter Deering, with Parks Canada, said they got the call from the RCMP that someone in the park had been attacked. According to Deering, Dyer was alone in his tent, and the group woke up to the attack at around 1:30 a.m. AT.

nl-map-torngat-mountains-620“At that time, we had a helicopter stationed at the Torngat Mountains base camp … so we dispatched the helicopter from there with a medic and a Parks Canada staff person. They travelled to the scene, and at that point found the party,” Deering said. “As it happened, the party included a doctor, so the doctor had already, to a degree, treated the injured gentleman. We then transported the gentleman back to the Torngat Mountains base camp.” Deering said Dyer was then transferred to a medical facility in Quebec, and then to Montreal General Hospital, where he is recovering in an intensive care unit. According to Deering, when Parks Canada dispatched the helicopter to respond to the call, they also sent a boat to pick up the rest of the party. Deering said that none of the other members of the group were injured and they are now making their way to Montreal. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/07/26/nl-polar-bear-hiker-labrador-726.html

Plague:

California ground squirrels. Photo by Howcheng. Wikimedia Commons.

California ground squirrels. Photo by Howcheng. Wikimedia Commons.

California 07/24/13 scvnews.com: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped on July 16, 2013 during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013 for plague. The sites were officially closed at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, and will be closed for at least 7 days. Campers at the site have been notified of the closure by Forest Service officials. The campgrounds and recreational areas are located near Wrightwood. In coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures, the squirrel burrows in the area will be dusted for fleas. Further testing of squirrels will be done before the area is re-opened to the public. – For complete article see http://scvnews.com/2013/07/24/squirrel-found-with-plague-campgrounds-near-wrightwood-closed/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

photo-credit-american-assoc-of-equine-practitionersNorth Carolina 07/25/13 Pender County: The state’s third case of EEE this year has been reported in connection with the death of a stallion in the county on July 19th. The first two cases were reported in Cumberland and Brunswick counties. – See http://www.wect.com/story/22935306/states-third-case-of-eee-this-year-confirmed-in-pender-county-horse

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Santa Clara Cty CACalifornia 07/25/13 Santa Clara County: For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in the Berryessa area of San Jose have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23728940/west-nile-virus-found-east-san-jose-spraying

DeKalb cty GAGeorgia 07/25/13 DeKalb County: Health officials have confirmed the first report of mosquitoes testing positive for WNV in metro Atlanta this year. – See http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22932149/west-nile-virus-found-in-dekalb-county

Twin-Falls-County.IDIdaho 07/24/13 Twin Falls County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped on the Snake River near the Jerome/Twin Falls County line have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.kmvt.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-Alert-Issued-For-Twin-Falls-County-216794041.html

Cook cty ILIllinois 07/23/13 Cook County: Health officials have confirmed that the first mosquito carrying WNV was found last week in Lincolnwood. – See http://lincolnwood.suntimes.com/news/westnile-LWR-07252013:article

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 07/25/13 Suffolk and Barnstable counties: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, and on Woods Hole Road in Falmouth have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/07/25/west-nile-virus-detected-mosquitoes-mass/XFn5QdQIscGFROGZiqE6PK/story.html

Murray-County.MNMinnesota 07/25/13 Murray County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state has been diagnosed in a male resident of the county who is recovering. – See http://www.echopress.com/event/article/id/106447/group/homepage/

Washington_County.UTUtah 07/23/13 Washington County: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department continues to receive positive test results for WNV in mosquitoes located in the county. – See http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/23198543/article-West-Nile-Virus-Active-in-Local-Mosquitoes?instance=more_local_news1

Cabell_County.WVWest Virginia 07/24/13 Cabell County: Mosquitoes trapped in the vicinity of a lake in Barboursville have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wvnstv.com/story/22920400/west-nile-virus-found-in-cabell-county

Langlade_County.WIWisconsin 07/25/13 Langlade County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in the county has tested positive for WNV. This is the fifth county in the state to confirm the presence of the virus so far this year. – See http://www.waow.com/story/22935674/2013/07/25/more-west-nile-virus-in-wisconsin

Winnebago_County.WIWisconsin 07/24/13 Winnebago County: Health officials have confirmed that two dead crows found in Neenah have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20130724/APC0101/307240358/West-Nile-Virus-found-Neenah?nclick_check=1

Rabies:

rabies.warningRhode Island 07/26/13 providencejournal.com: by Thomas J. Morgan – State officials warned Thursday that “a large number of people” may have been exposed to rabies via a calf in a pasture adjacent to Gray’s Ice Cream, 16 East Rd., Tiverton. The calf bit a visitor on July 15, the departments of health and environmental management said in a news release. The Tiverton animal control officer, following standard procedure, ordered the animal quarantined for ten days to determine whether it would develop rabies, and would thus require that the victim be vaccinated. But the three-month-old calf died on July 21, its owner reported to Tiverton authorities. The state departments, however did not learn of the death for three days, they said, and the carcass had decomposed to the point where it was not possible to determine whether the animal had the disease.

Calf with rabies. This is not the calf referred to in the this report.

Calf with rabies. This is not the calf referred to in the this report.

“Out of an abundance of caution, public health officials are considering that this animal may have died from rabies and are viewing anyone that had contact with the animal’s saliva from July 5 through July 21 as potentially at risk for being exposed to rabies, and are recommending that they be evaluated for post-exposure vaccination by public health authorities,” the state officials said. “Members of the public should note that the calf was removed from direct public contact on July 16, and that only the animal’s handlers may have been exposed during the period from July 16 through July 21.” The officials said that cattle and cats are the animals most likely susceptible to rabies.

Livestock can be vaccinated for rabies.

Livestock can be vaccinated for rabies.

The disease is incurable and has a fatality rate approaching 100 percent. “People usually contract rabies through a bite from an infected animal, but there are other ways that they can be exposed, such as through saliva from an infected animal getting into an open wound or into a person’s eye or mouth,” the officials said. Rhode Island residents who had contact with this calf between July 5 and July 21 should contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at (401) 222-2577 for an evaluation. Massachusetts residents that had contact with the animal are asked to call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800. When administered properly, post-exposure treatment for rabies will prevent any person who was exposed to the virus from developing the disease and prevent death. – See original article at http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130725-rabies-exposure-feared-for-large-number-of-ice-cream-customers-in-ri.ece

Other RABIES reports:

Alabama 07/25/13 Houston County: Health officials have confirmed that a raccoon found on Womack Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_501db476-f574-11e2-raccoon_2MainSpring_1ba25-001a4bcf6878.html

Florida 07/25/13 Marion County: State health officials issued a Rabies Alert on Thursday after a raccoon found in the southwest part of the county tested positive for the virus. – For alert parameters and complete article see http://www.ocala.com/article/20130725/ARTICLES/130729830

New Jersey 07/25/13 Atlantic County: A dead bat found inside a laundry basket at a home on the 300 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Galloway Township has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth case of animal rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://www.pressofatlanticcity.combatsj4483/communities/galloway/galloway-township-rabies-case-fourth-in-atlantic-county-this-year/article_71e6b678-f571-11e2-a6d1-001a4bcf887a.html

New Jersey 07/24/13 Middlesex County: A bat found on Cardinal Court off Route 27 just north of Sandhill Road in South Brunswick has tested positive for rabies. It is the second bat to test positive for the virus in South Brunswick this month. – See http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/07/another_case_of_rabies_in_south_brunswick_as_second_bat_tests_positive.html

imagesCA9NNIJONorth Carolina 07/23/13 Robeson County: A dead raccoon found Monday in a dog pen on Old Whiteville Road in Lumberton has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, a fox found last Friday on King’s Road between Lumberton and St. Pauls also tested positive for the virus. There have been ten cases of animal rabies in the county in the past eight months, including these two. – See http://www.stpaulsreview.com/view/full_story/23213582/article-10th-case-of-rabies-confirmed

RABIES reports from Cox3, IL, MD, NJx2, NY, NCx3, SC, WA & WV ~ CANADA: SASKATCHEWAN woman second in province to die this year of HANTAVIRUS ~ What is CHRONIC LYME DISEASE? ~ WNV reports from GA, IN, NY & WI ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS for CENTRAL AMERICA, CHILE, & VENEZUELA.

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Colorado 07/06/13 Pueblo County: A bat that bit a man in the City of Pueblo has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid bat found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.chieftain.com/life/health/1402019-120/animal-wild-pueblo-contact

cow15dfColorado 07/09/13 Weld County: A bull kept in the county that was observed exhibiting markedly unusual behavior has died of rabies. Last month two horses that died also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.fowlertribune.com/article/20130709/NEWS/130709935/1001/NEWS#axzz2Yc0tDjnB

2004-158cdc.gov2Colorado 07/06/13 Larimer County: A pet kitten living on rural property north of Fort Collins that bit eight people including five children and a veterinarian has tested positive for rabies. The kitten was being tested for neurological issues when it bit the vet and was submitted for testing. Six other cats on the property were also euthanized. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130706/NEWS01/307060018/Kitten-rabies-bites-8-first-feline-case-Larimer-County-health-department?nclick_check=1

ff5Illinois 07/09/13 Will County: A bat trapped near the front door of a residence on Dan Island Drive in Plainfield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wjol.com/common/more.php?m=15&r=3&item_id=23061

Maryland 07/08/13 Worcester County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after receiving reports of aggressive 10975940 - Copyraccoons attacking people and pets in Ocean City. So far this year, 18 animals in the county have tested positive for rabies, and there have been 15 reports of other animals suspected of having rabies and being in contract with people or pets. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/18-rabid-animals-reported-in-Worcester-County-4652860.php

New Jersey 07/09/13 Burlington County: A raccoon observed staggering on Uhler Avenue in the Mehleville section of Burlington City on June 29th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/burlington/rabid-raccoon-captured-in-burlington-city/article_bec48e95-0f96-5a00-ad7b-aa5fcaa66834.html

brown-bat-house-ceiling-590jn101810New Jersey 07/05/13 Salem County: Last dog1weekend, a bat captured by a vaccinated dog in Carneys Point tested positive for rabies. Also last weekend, a woman and her grandson were scratched by a stray cat that was not caught. Both individuals were advised to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2013/07/rabid_bat_in_carneys_point_cat_in_alloway_mark_latest_rabies_cases_in_salem_county.html

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANew York 07/06/13 Westchester County: A multi-colored, feral cat that was picked up on July 2nd by a resident near James Street in Ossining has tested positive for rabies. Officials have issued a county-wide Rabies Alert. Anyone who may have been exposed to this cat should seek immediate medical advice – See http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2013/July/06/rabid_cat_Oss-06Jul13.html

1433850718_c3e303fca7North Carolina 07/09/13 Robeson County: An unvaccinated adult dog and five puppies have been euthanized after being attacked and bitten by a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. The incident took place last Friday on N.C. 41 North near Edge Equipment Company in Lumberton. – See http://www.robesonian.com/view/full_story/23081242/article-Dogs-euthanized-after-attack-by-rabid-raccoon?instance=popular

batwarningNorth Carolina 07/09/13 Cumberland County: A dead bat found at Melvin Place, an apartment complex off Rosehill Road in Fayetteville, on Monday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/07/09/1268616?sac=fo.local

RaccoonDEC_NY.govNorth Carolina 07/08/13 Durham County: A raccoon reported by a resident who said it appeared ill and was stumbling about in the 1200 block of Eva Street in the City of Durham has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x177810131/Another-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies

GA_Gray_Fox_6869South Carolina 07/06/13 York County: A fox that bit a woman last week while she was jogging on Silver Lane in the Silver Lakes neighborhood near Newport has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2013/07/03/1966629/dhec-fox-with-rabies-infected.html

batPosterWashington 07/05/13 Kittitas County: Health officials have confirmed that a bat found in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/Bat-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-Kittitas-County-214390311.html

Raccoon_NPS51248West Virginia 07/08/13 Hampshire County: A 6-year-old boy is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after what was “most likely” a raccoon entered the tent where he was playing in his yard and wrapped its paws around his leg. The boy, who was not bitten, kicked the animal off and ran into the house. The animal was not captured. – See http://times-news.com/local/x881893431/Boy-6-attacked-by-raccoon-in-W-Va

Hantavirus:

Canada:

imagesCAULAVUQSaskatchewan 07/09/13 Heartland Health Region: A woman from the west-central part of the province is the second person to die of Hantavirus in the region this year. Dr. David Torr, medical health officer for the region, said there is evidence they were both sorting out enclosures that had evidence of mice. The cases occurred in Kindersley and Rosetown, which are in the same health region, but officials don’t believe they are related. – See http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Hantavirus+kills+second+person+province/8633672/story.html

Lyme Disease:

lyme_disease_hidden_epidemic_poster-p228833588305763989t5wm_400Global 07/08/13 nytimes.com: by Jane E. Brody – Chronic Lyme disease is a highly controversial catch-all term for a host of long-lasting symptoms that may or may not stem from prior infection with the bacterium that causes acute Lyme disease. Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse. – See complete article on “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, or PTLDS” at http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/when-lyme-disease-lasts-and-lasts/?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

West Nile Virus (WNV):

brantleycounty_GAGeorgia 07/08/13 Brantley County: Health officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of WNV so far this year. An adult patient was infected in May and recovered without hospitalization. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/First-Human-Case-Of-West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-In-Georgia-214672531.html

Allen cty INIndiana 07/09/13 Allen County: A sample of mosquitoes trapped in the 500 block of Elmer Avenue off North Wells Street near Franke Park in Fort Wayne has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130709/NEWS/130709654

five_boroughs_brooklyn1New York 07/08/13 Queens and Staten Island counties: Mosquitoes captured in Flushing and Staten Island have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/west-nile-detected-si-queens-article-1.1393355

west-nile-banner357Wisconsin 07/09/13 Dodge and Jefferson counties: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in Watertown has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wdtimes.com/news/article_7639abde-e8b7-11e2-8751-0019bb2963f4.html

Travel Warnings:

hotspotCentral America 07/04/13 thesundaily.my/news: Authorities have issued dengue alerts in four nations across Central America, where alarm is rising as the mosquito-borne disease has infected 30,000 people and killed 17 this year alone. Honduras, cmap1Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador have issued formal alerts. In Guatemala and Panama, officials say they are monitoring the disease, which normally spreads more easily later in the rainy season. “It is great that they are coming around to fumigate; mosquitoes seem like no big deal but they really can kill you,” said Mauricio Gonzalez, a mechanic in the Nueva Esperanza district south of Tegucigalpa. So far this year, Honduras has had 10 deaths, 8,380 cases of ordinary dengue and 1,219 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever. – For complete article see http://www.thesundaily.my/news/760533

H1N1Chile 07/06/13 mercopress.com: Eleven people have died from the H1N1 influenza virus in northern Chile in an outbreak that the health minister raised the possibility of decreeing a health alert to restrict people’s mobility. Northern Chile has registered a notably higher rate Chileof infection than the rest of the country, with 146 cases of the virus per 100,000 inhabitants reported versus the average of 24 cases per 100,000, according to an official report. Concerns are mounting that the Fiesta de la Tirana, a religious celebration scheduled for July 16 in the northern Tarapaca region, could further spread the virus as about 200,000 people are expected to converge.

bWF4Vz00MDA=_x_htpIn related news a total of 1,538 cases of infection with H1N1 influenza virus were reported across Venezuela by the end of June, the Ministry of Health said. The latest number marked an increase of 430 cases from the last official report, issued on June 12. The cases mainly concentrated in Venezuela’s coastal and western states and districts, with Merida state leading with 867 cases and followed by Tachira state, Caracas, Zulia state and Lara state.

CANADA: Two hikers survive GRIZZLY attack in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ CDC issues Advisory on SWINE FLU (H3N2v) ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from ALABAMA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3, CO, IL, IA, MN, NE, NV, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ RABIES reports from GA, IN, MO, SC, & VT.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

British Columbia 07/04/13 edmontonjournal.com: by Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun – Conservation officers in Fernie are searching for a wounded mother grizzly bear after two men were attacked Wednesday morning on the ridge of Proctor Mountain. Sgt. Joe Caravetta, a B.C. conservation officer, said two men in their mid-30s from Fernie were walking on a popular hiking and mountain biking trail between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when they encountered a sow and her cub. He said the sow became “very defensive” of her cub and attacked one of the men and pushed him about six metres down the steep trail near the peak of the mountain. The man used his bear spray and the grizzly retreated, said Caravetta. The sow then went after the other hiker and knocked him to the ground before chewing on his arms and upper body. Caravetta said the hiker pulled out his gun and shot the bear at close range. The wounded animal ran away with her cub. The men administered their own first-aid from supplies they were carrying in their packs.

FernieBCLimping with wounds to their legs, arms and bodies, the two men made their way back down the mountain and to Elk Valley Hospital. One man was treated at Elk Valley and released, while the other was taken to Lethbridge Hospital in Alberta with non-life-threatening injuries. He was also released early Thursday morning, said Caravetta.  Conservation officers don’t know how badly hurt the bear is or whether it died, but will try and locate the bear today. Caravetta said they may have to kill the bear if it is in pain. “If it’s suffering we will put it out of its misery. We don’t want an animal to suffer,” he said. The attack was defensive and not predatory, said Caravetta, adding that the hikers were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Fairy Creek recreation trail has been closed as a precaution while conservation officers investigate. – For complete article see http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Mother+grizzly+bear+attacks+hikers+near+Fernie/8616349/story.html

Influenza (H3N2v):

imagesNational 07/05/13 cdc.gov: Health Advisory – The first cases of influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus infection this year were reported in June 2013. These cases were associated with exposure to swine at an agricultural fair prior to illness onset. Agricultural fairs take place across the United States every year, primarily 20110905_state_fair1_33during the summer months and into early fall. Many fairs have swine barns, where pigs from different places come in close contact with each other and with people. These venues may allow spread of influenza viruses both among pigs and between pigs and people. Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns at fairs this year. – For complete advisory see http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00351.as

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Alabama_Department_of_Public_Health_svgAlabama 07/05/13 Mobile County: Health officials have confirmed that sentinel chickens cooped in the 36582 and 36541 ZIP code areas have tested positive for EEE. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2013/07/sentinel_chickens_in_mobile_te.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

contra costa county CACalifornia 07/02/13 Contra Costa County: Mosquitoes trapped near Bixler and Point of Timber roads in the Discovery Bay area have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23587856/discovery-bay-mosquitoes-test-positive-west-nile-virus

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 07/03/13 Riverside County: Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV. The chickens were in the vicinity of Avenue 70 and Lincoln Street in Mecca, just north of the Salton Sea. – See http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130703/NEWS01/307030004/West-Nile-virus-Mecca-Palm-Springs-area?nclick_check=1

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 07/03/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: Sacramento County:  18 dead birds and 58 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. 1 human case has been reported. Yolo County: 6 dead birds and 19 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. – See http://www.fightthebite.net/2013/07/03/2521/

CO-CDPHE_logoColorado 07/03/13 colorado.gov: News Release – Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV reported in the state this year occurred in a Delta County resident. In addition to the human case, 21 mosquito pools (groups of mosquitoes batched together for testing) have tested positive from Adams (1), Boulder (2), Larimer (6), Mesa (8), Pueblo (2) and Weld (2) counties. A sick llama from Mesa County was also confirmed with WNV infection. – See http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=CDPHE-Main%2FCBONLayout&cid=1251643982854&pagename=CBONWrapper

indexIllinois 07/03/13 Perry County: Mosquitoes trapped in the village of Tamaroa have tested positive for WNV. Five Illinois counties are reporting WNV, including Cook, St. Clair, Perry, DuPage and McHenry counties. – See http://vaccinenewsdaily.com/medical_countermeasures/325881-southern-illinois-reports-first-positive-west-nile-virus-mosquitoes-in-2013/

LinnCounty_IAIowa 07/04/13 Linn County: Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state so far this year has occurred in a middle-aged male who is recovering. – See http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/iowa-reports-first-human-west-nile-virus-case-in-linn-county-man-54582/

Carver-County_MNMinnesota 07/04/13 Carver County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.startribune.com/local/214290201.html

NEdhhs_blueNebraska 07/03/13 Nebraska DHHS: Health AlertMosquitoes trapped in Scottsbluff, Dawson, and Webster counties have tested positive for WNV. – See http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/UPDATE070313.pdf

476669_GNevada 07/03/13 Southern Nevada Health District: The first two human cases of WNV for 2013 have been confirmed in a woman, 60, and a man, 70. The woman was hospitalized with a more serious case of the illness. – See http://www.8newsnow.com/story/22753737/breaking-news-west-nile-virus-found-in-two-valley-human

Canada:

lambton-county-OntarioOntario 07/05/13 Lambtron County: Health officials have confirmed a crow found in south Sarnia on June 21st was infected with WNV. – See http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2013/07/05/crow-positive-for-west-nile-virus/

Rabies:

1426663Georgia 07/03/13 Chatham County:  A raccoon that was trapped after it bit a family dog outside the pet’s home on Wilmington Island’s Moss Drive has tested positive for rabies. – See http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-07-03/wilmington-island-raccoon-tests-positive-rabies#.UdZEI22mVFt

320x240Indiana 07/03/13 Vanderburgh County: A bat found in Evansville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wave3.com/story/22753628/evansville-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies

crittersMissouri 07/03/13 Wayne County: So far, 19 rabid animals have been detected in the southeast area (14 skunks, one horse, one cat, three dogs) versus only three rabid animals (all bats) in the rest of the state. Although the total number of rabid animals seen in southeastern Missouri is above average, the alarming aspect is the number of these animals that are domestic. This is quite unusual for Missouri and most likely indicates a sustained, higher-than-normal level of rabies activity in animals that naturally harbor and transmit this virus, which in this part of Missouri is primarily skunks. – See http://www.waynecojournalbanner.com/news/article_c3f82f04-e3ed-11e2-bd6f-0019bb30f31a.html

15567NPSSouth Carolina 07/03/13 York County: Officials have confirmed that a fox encountered by a man and woman in the Rock Hill area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrhi.com/2013/07/york-county-couple-treated-for-rabies-exposure-80742

baby-skunk5b5j - CopyVermont 07/03/13 Washington County: Eleven people, including six children, and several pets are being treated for potential exposure to the rabies virus after a baby skunk was rescued from the side of a road in Barre. The only way to rescue a wild animal is to make sure it is handled properly (with gloves and placed into a box) and brought to a state wildlife rehabilitator. For guidance on what to do if you find a wild animal (such as a baby animal that appears to have been abandoned by its mother), contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (802-241-3700. Once the animals are taken in as pets and improperly handled, and people are either bitten or exposed to saliva, the potential for rabies requires that the animal is tested for the disease. Animal testing for rabies involves killing the animal and testing a sample of its brain tissue. Without treatment, rabies is a fatal disease for humans and animals. – See http://vtdigger.org/2013/07/03/health-department-11-people-exposed-to-rabid-skunk/