Rabies reports from Colorado, Florida (2), Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Texas (2), and Virginia.

Colorado 0827/10 coloradoan.com: According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the CSU Diagnostic Laboratory, rabies has been confirmed this year in skunks, bats, foxes and domestic animals like cats and horses.  The number of animals reported with the disease is nearing the record set in 2009 when more than 100 animals tested positive for rabies.

Florida 08/27/10 panhandleparade.com: After a second case of rabies in as many months, the Jackson County Health Department is trying to get the word out.  The latest case was discovered after four dogs attacked a raccoon that wandered into their territory on August 20. The raccoon was sent to Pensacola for testing, and came back positive for rabies.  That meant the four dogs had to be quarantined Thursday.

Florida 08/27/10 gainesvilletimes.com: by Carolyn Crist – Local animal control officials are still investigating a case of rabies discovered in Oakwood this week, and residents are checking whether their own pets are vaccinated.  A rabid domestic cat came in contact with three people over the weekend in the Valley Court area. The cat was confirmed rabid Wednesday. Before it was contained, the cat playfully scratched and bit three people while it could have been infected with the virus, Hall County Animal Control Supervisor Mike Ledford said.

Illinois 08/26/10 centralillinoisproud.com: An 8th rabid bat has been found in McLean County, the highest number of rabies positive bats in 20 years, according to a news release Thursday from the McLean County Health Department. The health department warns never touch a bat.

New Jersey 08/27/10 njherald.com: A fox captured in Vernon has been confirmed to be positive for rabies, health officials said Friday.  On

Gray Fox

separate occasions, two residents of the Tall Timbers Camp in Vernon  reported their encounter with a gray fox during daylight hours.  The report stated that the animal appeared to be sick and was not afraid of human contact. The Vernon Township Animal Control Officer, Thomas Maellaro, pursued and captured the fox and sent the specimen to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Public Health Laboratory for testing. 

North Carolina 08/27/10 the timesnews.com: A third case of a rabid animal has been confirmed in Orange County this month, according to Orange County Animal Services.  The agency said it received a positive rabies result for a bat from the N.C. Rabies Laboratory on Tuesday. The bat was submitted because of the exposure it had with at least one dog at an Orange County residence in the vicinity of Oak Grove Church Road and Bradshaw Quarry Road in Mebane. Two of the residents at the home had contact with the dog after the exposure.  This is the fifth positive case of rabies in Orange County for the year.

North Carolina 08/27/10 witn.com: A fox has tested positive for rabies after attacking a man in a wheelchair, while another fox that attacked is getting tested as well.  The fox that attacked Donny Lee Jones near his home on Wardola Dr. in Jacksonville Tuesday tested positive for rabies, according to the Onslow County Health Director, George O’Daniel.  O’Daniel says rabies test on a second fox would not be performed by the state, since they believe the second fox also suffered from rabies.  That fox attacked Jones’ brother the same day.

North Carolina 08/26/10 thetimesnews.com: The Alamance County Health Department announced Thursday the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed the county’s fifth rabies case of the year.  Earlier this week, a raccoon attacked a dog outside a house on Mount Hermon-Rock Creek Road in Snow Camp. That’s the same area where the county’s fourth rabies case of the year happened earlier this month.  The health department said the dog is being euthanized because of the incident.

Pennsylvania 08/27/10 pittsburghlive.com: The Allegheny County health department launched its rabies vaccination baiting campaign this week. Crew members will distribute about 193,000 baits in each of the county’s 130 municipalities.  The baits are made for raccoons and laced with rabies vaccine. Baits are one-square-inch blocks of compressed fishmeal.  Health department workers wearing T-shirts and driving

Vaccine packaged in cube of fish meal.

vehicles to identify them as part of the county’s “Rabies Control Team” will place the baits in raccoon habitats.  Health department officials warn residents to avoid contact with the bait. Residents should not touch the bait with bare hands, health department officials said.  The vaccination effort is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is in its eighth year in Allegheny County.  Health department officials said no rabid raccoons have been reported in the county this year, compared with 23 in 2002.

Pennsylvania 08/27/10 poconorecord.com: Pocono Township police advise residents to vaccinate pets against rabies in light of a Monday incident in the Alpine Lake area of Route 715.  A woman was walking her small dog in that area when a fox attacked and bit both her and the dog, police said. Someone else who happened to be in the area at the time fatally shot the fox, after which it was later tested and found rabid.  The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed more than 200 cases of rabies in the state between Jan. 1 and July 31, department spokeswoman Nicole Bucher said. 

South Carolina 08/27/10 aikenstandard.com: by Karen Daily – State officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) have alerted residents that a woman and child from the Johnston area are undergoing medical treatment after being exposed to a puppy that tested positive for rabies.  “The incident began Aug. 4 when the puppy was attacked by an unknown animal,” said Sue Ferguson of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health. “On Aug. 23, the puppy began having seizure-like symptoms and was taken to a veterinarian. The puppy, which had not been vaccinated, tested positive for rabies.”  The animal has died.  This is the second confirmed rabid animal in Edgefield County in 2010. Last year, there were two rabid animals confirmed in the county, including one raccoon and one skunk. In 2009, there were 152 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina. So far this year, there have been 67 confirmed cases in animals in the state.

South Carolina 08/27/10 wrdw.com: by Amanda Perez – A rabies scare in Edgefield County after a puppy tests positive. This is the second confirmed rabid animal in the county this year. Rabies can be deadly for both animals and humans. While it’s the second case in Edgefield, there have already been 67 confirmed animal cases in South Carolina this year alone.

Texas 08/27/10 examiner.com: by John Egan – Health authorities say a 4- to 6-month-old kitten found in Austin, Texas, has tested positive for rabies.  The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is looking for anyone who may have come in contact with the kitten, which was found Aug. 13 in an alleyway in the 4100 block of North Lamar Boulevard. The kitten tested positive for rabies Aug. 25.  Anyone who may have been bitten or scratched by the kitten should seek immediate medical attention, health officials said. The kitten began showing symptoms of rabies Aug. 21.

Texas 08/27/10 elpasotimes.com: by Marty Schladen – The El Paso Department of Public Health learned this week of two new cases of rabies in bats, bringing the total this year to 16.  The county is still not on a pace to meet last year’s total of 35. But El Paso is the first city in Texas to work with state health officials to identify the exact strain of rabies found in bats. And some of the findings so far have been disconcerting.  This summer, officials started sending infected bats to Austin for further testing. So far, they have found two bats with rabies that is usually found in another species.  Strains that jump species make it harder to identify the source of rabies and prevent outbreaks before they start.  “This is all brand-new stuff,” said Larry Brunt, an education specialist with El Paso Animal Control. “We’re trying to find out what’s going on because before we didn’t know.”  El Paso has not had a rabies outbreak among domestic dogs and cats since the 1970s, said Eduardo de Castro, director of Animal Services. But such outbreaks are happening in the Philippines and Indonesia — and they are a constant worry in El Paso County, where thousands of unvaccinated dogs and cats run loose — De Castro said.  Since the beginning of 2009, all 51 rabies cases reported in El Paso County were in bats, but bats can pass the disease to dogs and cats, which can pass it to humans.  “You have a race to get the rabid bat before the stray dog or cat gets it,” De Castro said.

Virginia 08/25/10 thecentralvirginian.com: Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) officials want the public to know that the number of animals positively confirmed with rabies locally has increased 67 percent over the same time period last year.  Between January and July 27, 2010, 15 animals were positively identified as having rabies as compared to nine animals during the same time period in 2009.  TJHD covers the jurisdictions of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.  Since January of this year, TJHD has followed up on 14 humans, 10 dogs and one cat known to have been in contact with an animal that tested positive for rabies.


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