Rabies reports from Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina (2), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Gray fox kit.

Georgia 08/18/10 waltontribune.com: by Stephen Milligan – A Monroe family was attacked by a rabid fox last week.  Paula Meeks, of 150 Southside Mobile Home Park, was letting her dog out Aug. 10 when a fox ran in the open door into the home and attacked the woman, biting her several times on both legs.  The fox then ran further into the house and attacked Meeks’ 9-year-old daughter, Courtney, who was standing in the hallway. The fox bit the girl on the left leg, as well as scratched the girl on the left arm.  Walton Animal Control was called out to the scene following a 911 call and caught the fox, taking it for rabies testing.  Later that same day, Walton Animal Control received another call from a homeowner whose dogs were attacked by an infant fox, thought to be the offspring of the earlier attacking animal. The second fox was also picked up for rabies testing.  Both animals tested positive for rabies.

Indiana 08/13/10 the braziltimes.com:  by Jason Moon – Clay County health officials issued a statement Friday morning regarding a bat that tested positive for rabies.  The bat, captured in a home within the city limits of Brazil, was brought to the Clay County Health Department earlier this week. The health department took the animal to Rodgers Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Rick Rodgers sent the animal to the Indiana State Board of Health. On Thursday, Rodgers received notice the bat had tested positive for rabies.  “This is the first known positive since I’ve been in the area,” Dr. Rodgers said, adding he has run his practice in Clay County since 1976.

New York 08/14/10 lockportjournal.com:  Newfane – There is a confirmed case of rabies in a cat found on Gow Road on Friday.  The Niagara County Health Department said the 3-month-old gray cat — a Himalayan or Siamese breed — was dropped off at 7347 Gow Road and could be one of a litter of cats.  “It’s very important to locate whoever dropped the cat off, the remaining cats of the litter, the mother and anyone having contact with these cats,” according to the Health department report.  County Environmental Health Director Jim Devald said although rabies is most common in wildlife, it is still possible for domestic pets to become infected.  “It’s important to get your pets vaccinated,” Devald said.  If you have any information about the rabid cat, call the Health Department at 439-7444 or 439-7430.

North Carolina 08/16/10 starnewsonline.com: by Vicky Eckenrode – A raccoon that attacked and killed a kitten earlier this month in Brunswick County had rabies, while a grey fox that bit a dog in Calabash a couple of weeks ago has not been caught, Brunswick County health officials reported Monday.  The fox bit a dog in the Shady Forest area on Aug. 2, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Health Department. The dog was not current on its rabies vaccine and had to be euthanized.  That was the same day the raccoon killed the kitten on Pea Landing Road in the Calabash area.  Test results from a state lab determined the raccoon was rabid, making it the third confirmed case of the animal virus this year in Brunswick County.  Three cats that came in contact with the raccoon also had to be put down because they did not have current rabies vaccines, the health department’s release stated.

North Carolina 08/13/10 wxii12.com: A child from the Ledford area came in direct contact with a rabid bat, in what Davidson County Health Department officials said was the seventh case of rabies reported in the county this year.   The bat was found on Aug. 10, and it was determined that all members of the child’s family were exposed to it. The family was referred to a doctor for a follow-up.

Ohio 08/16/10 abc6onyourside.com: Delaware – A fourth rabid bat is reported being found in Delaware County; this time, it’s in the village of Sunbury.  Residents at a local home found the bat alive. The family’s dog had already received its rabies vaccination.   The residents were advised to consult their physician about possible precautionary treatments against rabies because of potential exposure to the bat.   Staff from the Delaware General Health District picked up the bat and, late last week, the state health laboratory confirmed the bat’s carcass tested positive for the deadly disease.  The bat counts as the fourth rabid bat found in the Delaware General Health District so far this year, and the third one in eastern Delaware County. Rabid bats were found in July in Genoa Township and in May in the Village of Galena and in Radnor Township.

Ohio 08/14/10 zanesvilletimesrecorder.com: by Leeann Moore – Zanesville – A bat with rabies and mosquitos with the West Nile virus have been found in the area.  A bat from Falls Township

Bat formation.

tested positive for rabies at the Ohio Health Department Friday.  The bat was found last week, and one person was exposed to the bat. That person is receiving a series of rabies shots now.  The last time a bat tested positive for rabies in the county was in 2009.  In Gratiot in Licking County, mosquitos collected by the Licking County Health Department from a trap set on Spring Street tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

Ohio 08/13/10 tdn-net.com:  The Miami County Health District announced today that a bat has tested positive for the rabies virus. The bat was transported to the Brukner Nature Center by a Cincinnati resident.

Rabid cats.

Pennsylvania 08/17/10 phillyburbs.com: State health officials say a kitten has tested positive for rabies, and now they’re looking for the rest of the litter and the western Pennsylvania farmer who is believed to have the animals.  Health Department spokeswoman says the rabid kitten was reported Saturday.  Police say a farmer from the Colver area of Cambria County is believed to have taken five other kittens from the same litter and their mother.  Officials want to locate the other cats so they can be tested for rabies, as well as the farmer or anybody else who may have been bitten by the cats or exposed to their saliva.

Bat caves.

Tennessee 08/13/10 newportplaintalk.com: by Duay O’Neil – Hartford – A Florida woman waiting to launch for a rafting trip down the Pigeon River instead found herself in the emergency room of Baptist Hospital of Cocke after she was bitten on the leg by a bat.  The bat, which was killed by River Control Officer McRee Whitten, was later discovered to have rabies.  According to Whitten, who is also First District Constable for Cocke County, Claudette Miller, no age available, of Cantonment, FL, was sitting in the shade waiting for an available raft on Tuesday afternoon when she was bitten. Meanwhile, according to Casey Hicks, Environmental Health Specialist III for the State of Tennessee, a relative of the victim had pinned the bat to the ground with a boat paddle.   He removed the paddle, and I killed the bat,” said Whitten, who then took the remains to Hicks at the Cocke County Health Department for testing.  Hicks took the remains to the Regional Health Office in Knoxville early Wednesday morning and received confirmation later that afternoon of the bat’s rabid status and notified Miller.  “The last one was about three years ago when a skunk got into a pen with a dog in Parrottsville,” Hicks recalled.  “We’ve been waiting on this,” he continued, explaining that rabid skunks and raccoons have been found in such northeast Tennessee counties as Carter as well as several Middle Tennessee counties.

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