Rabies reports from New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

New Jersey 06/23/10 reminderusa.net: Millville  — Cumber­land County residents are warned against attempting to provide assistance to pets that may have come in contact with wild rabid animals, as the Cumberland County Health Department reports its fifth positive rabies case of 2010. The department received test results that indicated a skunk, found in Upper Deer­field Township on June 9 tested positive for rabies. The wild skunk was found during the daytime in a resident’s garden. Before the time of death, the skunk appeared sick, aggressive but overly friendly in that it was not afraid of humans. It was exposed to three people; however no one was harmed. It’s believed the skunk had not bitten or been exposed to any animals.

New York 06/24/10 ynn.com: Albany — The Department of Health is issuing a rabies warning for people who live in the area of Tivoli Street in Albany.  The department says a person was bitten by a grey fox in the area. The fox then ran off into a wooded area bordering Lark Drive.

North Carolina 06/24/10 mooresvilletribune.com: Iredell County Health Officials are warning people to protect themselves and their pets from rabies after capturing a rabid fox in Statesville.   It’s the ninth case of rabies in animals found in Iredell this year. The fox was caught Wednesday near Devon Lane in Statesville. The other animals diagnosed with rabies this year 2010 include a bat, two cows, four raccoons and a skunk.

Oregon 06/24/10 kgw.com: by Keely Chalmers – For Cal Nakao, the morning of May 28 started out like pretty much ever other day.  He and his 15 week old puppy Molly walked the orchards behind their home. 

Brown Bat

But instead of going after the usual ground squirrel or gopher, Molly went after something else.  It was something moving at the base of a tree.  When Nakao moved closer, he saw that it was a struggling brown bat.  Concerned that it looked sick, Nakao had it tested.  “Twenty-four hours later the vet called and said it was positive,” explained Nakao.  Since the puppy had been exposed, the vet gave the Nakao’s two choices.  “He said either we euthanize it or put it in quarantine for six months,” said Nakao.  Knowing that quarantine meant no human contact, the Nakaos felt euthanasia was the most humane choice.  But it was not an easy one.  “She was a really cute puppy… and we lost without her,” said Nakao’s wife Kay. According to Oregon Public Health, already this year rabies has been found in bats, foxes, even a goat.  Veterinarians say while it’s normal to find the virus in bats, it’s unusual to find it in foxes or goats.  “Bats are the number one concern in regards to rabies… About 10 percent of the bats we test are positive for rabies every year in Oregon,” said Emilio DeBess, State Public Health Veterinarian.

Pennsylvania 06/24/10 phillyburbs.com: by Matt Coughlin – A homeowner suspected something was wrong with the young feline that had wandered into the family’s yard.  This cat was just a little too loving, according to Lynda Milaccio. The young, black feline had wandered into her yard on Wunder Avenue in Lower Southampton earlier this month. It wouldn’t leave her alone, rubbing up against her leg, looking into the house through the windows when she went inside. Milaccio said she knew something was wrong with the cat. She was right. The cat was diagnosed with rabies. “It wasn’t foaming at the mouth, but it would meow and hold its mouth open, like sometimes (with rabies infected animals) their throat gets paralyzed,” Milaccio said of the cat.  She kept her own pets and children inside and away from the feline. When her husband, John Milaccio, got home that mid-June day, the cat attacked him. He kept it at bay, though. Lynda Milaccio said at one point John had to scoop it away from him with a shovel before trapping the cat in a box and securing it tightly. They took it to the Bucks County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals where it was euthanized. SPCA Officer Nikki Thompson said that any animal that needs to be tested for rabies is euthanized and decapitated, with the head taken to the county Department of Health for testing. That’s how the Milaccios found out that the cat in their yard was infected.

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