Rabies reports from Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia (2).

Colorado 01/07/11 krdo.com: by Barrett Tryon – Public Health Department officials announced Friday that a rabid skunk was found in the area of Kingston street, a city neighborhood on the East Side of Pueblo. This is the first skunk in Colorado that has tested positive for rabies in 2011.  “Skunks, that may have rabies, can be found near houses and interacting with people and pets. It is important pet owners protect their pets from rabies with a rabies vaccine. Look at your pet’s tag or medical papers and make sure they have their current rabies vaccine,” Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods said.

New Jersey 01/07/11 pressofatlanticcity.com: A raccoon found on Wharf Road in Egg Harbor Township had the first confirmed case of rabies in Atlantic County this year, Health Officer Patricia Diamond said Friday. No humans were exposed to the disease.  The raccoon was seen running in circles Dec. 31 at a residential property, and was picked up by the local animal-control officer, Diamond said. It was confirmed rabid Wednesday by the state laboratory in Trenton.

Ohio 01/09/11 daily-jeff.com: On Dec. 27, a six-week old calf from Guernsey County was confirmed rabid by the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.  The calf was housed in a modern, closed feeder calf barn owned by a Nebraska firm and locally managed, according to the Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department.  The calf came from a south central Pennsylvania farm and auction on Nov. 11. It was shipped to Ohio with 142 other calves to the Guernsey County operation. The calf was tethered, other than for a brief period of time on Dec. 29.  The manager reported the calf first showed illness on Dec. 18 and a gastrointestinal illness was suspected. On Dec. 23, the calf died and an autopsy was performed. The veterinarian observed no significant gross pathology. The symptoms described by the caretakers raised his concerns about rabies, so the veterinarian personally delivered the head of the animal to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on Dec. 23. The brain was removed and sent to ODH Laboratory, where the calf tested positive on Dec. 27.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention subsequently confirmed that the calf was infected with the Eastern Raccoon Rabies Variant. This strain is common in Pennsylvania and Eastern United States, but had never been found in Guernsey County.  The Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department interviewed caretakers and management about potential human exposures to the calf. An exposure was considered to be saliva into an open wound or mucous membrane that occurred up to 10 days prior to the calf’s onset of illness. Although no one was bitten, there were concerns that there was saliva exposed to chapped and cracked hands, common during winter weather. Persons determined to be at risk are under a physician’s care for prophylactic treatment.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture quarantined the entire facility on Dec. 28, 2010. The owners, under the supervision of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, made the decision to euthanize approximately 68 calves – all those with even a remote possibility of exposure to the sick calf.

Virginia 01/07/11 msn.com: A rabid raccoon was found in the Berkley section of Norfolk this week.  The raccoon was found in the 700 block of Craig Street on Wednesday and tested positive for rabies on Friday, a news release from the Norfolk Department of Health said.  The raccoon attacked a domesticated dog and was killed by that animal.  There were no known human exposures.

Virginia 01/06/11 farmvilleherald.com: A skunk has tested positive for rabies in the Darlington Heights area of Prince Edward County, according to a news release from the County. Prince Edward County Animal Control and the Prince Edward County Health Department confirmed the case of rabies on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. “One dog was on a chain and one was in a pen and the skunk came up to the dog and fought with the one on the chain and then it bit the other one through the fence and the owner saw this happen and he shot the skunk,” Foster detailed. In this incident occurring this past weekend, Ray Foster, Chief Animal Control Officer for Prince Edward County would tell The Herald, the two dogs had not been vaccinated against rabies. Foster picked the skunk up and it was sent to the state lab on Monday and it was confirmed Wednesday. The dogs, according to Foster, had to be put down.

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