Rabies reports from California, Colorado (2), Georgia, New Jersey (2), and North Carolina.

California 10/06/10 americantowns.com: A bat that was found clinging to the tail of a horse tested positive for rabies. It was brought into the Lassen County Environmental Health Department and then sent to a Shasta County lab. Public health officials caution residents to stay clear of wild animals, even dead ones, and to make sure all pets are vaccinated against rabies.

Colorado 10/08/10 kktv.com: Public Health officials confirm a skunk with rabies has been found in an East Side neighborhood of Pueblo. This is the third skunk to test positive in Pueblo this fall.  A skunk with rabies is of concern as skunks can come into contact with household pets such as cats and dogs. “This rabid skunk is the third skunk to be found so close to housing in a neighborhood. This increases the chance rabies will spread to people and pets,” stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods Public Health Director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

Colorado 10/06/10 coloradoconnection.com: by Chris Buckley – Another skunk tested positive for rabies in Pueblo, this time in the Belmont neighborhood.  “An apartment manager contacted animal control because there was a skunk in a courtyard wandering around, acting kind of drunk,” Vicki Carlton, a Program Manager at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, said.  “The skunk was picked up and sent out for testing and did come back positive for rabies.”  This is a separate area from where the first rabid skunk was found this fall.  “Pueblo county has not had skunk rabies in its entire history,” Carlton said.  “So this is the first time we’ve seen it here.  What we’ve seen across the U.S. is skunk rabies has been heading west for some time, we have seen instances in Colorado Springs, in La Junta and other places.  We hadn’t seen it in Pueblo County, but we knew it was migrating this way.  And now I think the county can expect to see skunk rabies from now on, it will probably not leave the area, just like bat rabies.”

Georgia 10/06/10 newscentralga.com: by Linnie Supall – A confirmed rabies case in Byron has some neighbors concerned. NewsCentral’s Linnie Supall explains how man who came into direct contact with the animal is spreading awareness in his community.  “The raccoon jumped out of the flower bed and got a hold of my blue jeans and then the dog came in and grabbed it and pulled the dog back. I got saliva on my hands and I had cuts on my hands so I contacted the DNR,” says the Byron Man who was infected with rabies.  “They took the animal and sent it to Albany and it came back positive for rabies so then I started the rabies shots,” he added.  Though this man is on his way to a safe recovery, he says he’s concerned for his neighbors and kids in the area.  “The actual exposure was on September 15th. The results came back as rabid on the 17th and here we are three weeks later and the public hasn’t been identified that there is a confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon environment. I’m concerned about those who are getting on and off the school bus in the area. Right now there are three dead raccoons on the side of the road and I’m worried about the public,” he says. Since his first encounter with the rabid raccoon three others have appeared on the side of the road, just too much of a coincidence for him to ignore.  “This animal came at me unprovoked I didn’t even know it was there. If you’re exposed to the saliva then you have the potential to acquire rabies and if you don’t get the vaccination and the symptoms sink in it can be fatal,” he added.  The Peach County Health Department has been notified about this case and asks the public to get in touch with them if they come in contact with a wild animal.

New Jersey 10/09/10 nj.com: A wild raccoon put to sleep in Upper Deerfield Township recently displayed symptoms of rabies, bringing to nine the total number of rabies cases reported to the Cumberland County Health Department this year.  The raccoon was put to sleep on Sept. 22. It had appeared sick by drooling saliva and having a wobbly walk while it was out during the day. The sluggish raccoon didn’t appear to be afraid of domestic animals or humans.

New Jersey 10/07/10 nj.com: by Sue Epstein – A raccoon found on Rutgers University’s Cook Campus has tested positive for rabies.  The animal was found in the vicinity of College Farm Road and Poultry Lane, said David Papi, Middlesex County Health Officer and director of the county’s Public Health Department.  The raccoon was seen Monday with a wobbly gait, drooling saliva and was unafraid of humans, said Papi.  He said the animal was euthanized by a Rutgers University veterinarian, then sent for testing to the state Department of Health and Senior Services’ laboratory.  Papi said there have been no reported human or animal exposures to the raccoon. The health department is distributing rabies advisory fliers and fact sheets in the area.  Papi said this is the 15th rabid animal reported within Middlesex County this year and the first rabid animal found in New Brunswick.

North Carolina 10/06/10 myfox8.com: A rabid skunk was found in Davidson County, the county’s tenth case of rabies this year.  On Sunday, the rabid skunk was found in a fenced yard in the Linwood community with three dogs. Two of the dogs were not properly vaccinated and were euthanized.

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