Rabies reports from Florida, Virginia, and Alaska

Florida  03/04/10  ocala.com:  A rabies alert is in effect for the area within one mile of the Ocala Boat Basin on East State Road 40 near the Ocklawaha River, where a rabid cat was discovered on Feb. 27. Laboratory tests on cat have since confirmed that it had rabies, and the Marion County Health Department has issued an alert.

Alaska  03/03/10  alaskanewspapers.com:  Concerned about the spread of rabies after encountering a possibly rabid fox, Bethel police and health officials warned the public they should report strangely behaving animals. The “sick” fox was reported to police Monday evening, after it harassed cats and dogs at 9367 Tundra Ridge, even chasing one cat up a tree, police said in a written statement. The caller hurled wood at the fox, but it wouldn’t leave. Lt. Andre Achee and Community Service Officer Nick Diaz saw the fox under a deck. They said it was glass-eyed, seemed to sway in a sickly way, and approached them several times. They killed it after determining it might be rabid and was a public health threat, said Larry Elarton, police chief.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, home to dozens of villages and vast amounts of wild country and wildlife, is no stranger to rabies.  Last September, a rabid wolf attacked a hunter near the village of Kalskag on the Kuskokwim River, about 70 miles from Bethel. The hunter was treated quickly and recovered, according to news reports.

Virginia  03/03/10  dailypress.com:  A raccoon found in the 200 block of Deep Creek Road in Newport News has tested positive for rabies, the Peninsula Health District said.

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