Wyoming G&F Commission approves changes to WOLF management plan; Three Illinois CATS test positive for TULAREMIA; WEST NILE VIRUS reports from New York, Rhode Island, & Wisconsin; EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from New York, & Wisconsin; and a RABIES report from North Carolina. Canada: A WEST NILE VIRUS report from Ontario. CDC Reports: CDC zoonotic disease summary for week ending September 3, 2011.

Gray wolf. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Wyoming 09/15/11 trib.com: by Jeremy Pelzer – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday approved changes to the state’s wolf management plan — the first step toward removing the animals from the federal endangered species list. At a special meeting in Casper, Game and Fish commissioners voted unanimously to bring state regulations into line with a landmark agreement announced last month by Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials. Under the agreement, unhindered killing of wolves would be allowed in all but the northwest part of the state, where they could only be hunted with a license. The plan also establishes a “flex zone” covering northern Sublette and Lincoln counties, as well as southern Teton County, in which wolves would be protected only from Oct. 15 until the end of the following February Wyoming would be required to maintain a population of 100 wolves, including 10 breeding pairs, outside Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Game and Fish Commission’s approval of the plan wasn’t much in doubt, as the department has constantly been involved in negotiations to craft the deal between Wyoming and Fish and Wildlife. The next step toward delisting is to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register ­— a milestone Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have said they want accomplished by Oct. 1. – For complete article go to http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_a1c3c6ed-04d6-5290-97ff-8d8456bd999a.html

Illinois 09/14/11 news-gazette.com: Three cats from two households in Savoy have tested positive for tularemia, or “rabbit fever,” an infectious disease that has been relatively rare in Illinois. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District said the cats were diagnosed in July and September at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The three cases could indicate an increased concern for the disease in the area, health officials warned. Tularemia is caused by a bacteria found in animals, especially rodents, rabbits and hares, and cats may become infected by preying on those animals or through tick exposure, according to the health district. Infected cats may have a high fever, mouth ulcers, depression, enlarged lymph nodes and behavioral changes that include not wanting to eat. Cats that have been outdoors and are showing these symptoms need veterinary care. People can become infected by handling pets or wild animals with tularemia, or by being bitten by ticks or inhaling the organism, health officials said. Symptoms of the disease in people include sudden fever, chills, diarrhea, joint pain, muscle aches, cough and weakness. If you have those symptoms, see your doctor for treatment.

Lewis County

New York 09/15/11 myabc50.com: by Holly Boname – Lewis County Public Health has released that West Nile Virus has been found in Lowville. On September 12, the New York State Department of Health Arbovirus Research Lab notified the county that a mosquito sample recently collected tested positive for the virus. The sample was collected during surveillance activates conducted over the summer. This is the first mosquito to test positive for the virus this year. No other mosquito-borne diseases, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), have been found in Lewis County.

Providence County

Rhode Island 09/14/11 ri.gov: News Release – The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reports that a man in his 50s from Providence County was diagnosed with West Nile Virus (WNV). HEALTH’s laboratory confirmed the diagnosis. The man first developed symptoms on August 25 and was hospitalized the same day. He has recovered and has been discharged from the hospital. To date this year, there has been one mosquito pool in Rhode Island that has tested positive for WNV. No mosquito pools in the state have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). For information about mosquito-borne diseases or weekly surveillance reports, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/disease/carriers/mosquitos

Vilas County

Wisconsin 09/15/11 newsofthenorth.net: The Vilas County Public Health Department reports a dead blue jay found in Vilas County on August 29th, 2011 has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the second bird testing positive for West Nile Virus in Vilas County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive bird means that residents of Vilas County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Gina Egan, Health Officer/ Public Health Director said.

New York 09/15/11 syracuse.com: by James T. Mulder – More mosquitoes infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been found in a mosquito pool near the Cicero Swamp, according to the Onondaga County Health Department. The infected mosquitoes were collected Sept. 7 from a trap on Island Road in Cicero. The department said the total number of mosquitoes trapped had dramatically decreased in the last two weeks. A 4-year-old Oswego County girl died of EEE last month, the fifth EEE death in Central New York since 1971.

Wisconsin 09/15/11 wisconsinagconnection.com: Another mosquito-borne illness as made it way to Clark County’s horse population. According to local animal health officials, a horse has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis after the animal showed signs of illness. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture says this is the county’s first documented case of EEE–which is a viral disease transmitted by a bite of an infected mosquito to humans, horses, birds, and other animals. “Finding a positive horse confirms that there are mosquitoes in the area infected with EEE virus. These same mosquitoes could bite people,” said Health Officer Robert Leischow. “The positive horse means that residents of Clark County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites and it is important that people contact their healthcare provider if they suspect they have EEE illness.” Last month, a 10-year-old horse in rural Clark County tested positive for West Nile Virus. And EEE has also been in horses that live in Price and Taylor Counties, as well as two llamas in Dunn County. State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt says horse owners who have not already had their animals vaccinated this year for EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases should take this as a warning, and those who have vaccinated should check with their veterinarians to see whether a booster is indicated.

North Carolina 09/14/11 digitriad.com: Greensboro, NC– Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Neal Street in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus. The rabid animal was found Tuesday, September 13 and is now the county’s 11th case of confirmed rabies this year. Health officials said the raccoon came into contact with at least one dog that they know about. They are warning pet owners to keep their dogs and cats rabies shots up-to-date. The public should report stray animals, animals acting strangely or exposures to sick animals to Animal Control at 641-5990 in Greensboro or 883-3224 in High Point.

Canada:

Ontario 09/15/11 thelondoner.ca: A London woman could be the first woman to die in more than two of West Nile Virus. As a result of the elderly woman’s death, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has received a preliminary report from the Public Health Ontario – Toronto Laboratory, of a positive test for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection. Further tests are pending before the case can be confirmed as West Nile Virus. To date, there have been 14 probable and confirmed human cases of WNV in Ontario this summer, as well as 264 WNV positive mosquito traps.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 3, 2011:

Published September 9, 2011 / 60(35); 1217-1230

Anaplasmosis . . . 10 . . . Florida (3), New York (7),

Babesiosis . . . 19 . . . New York (17), Pennsylvania, Tennessee, 

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida, Nebraska,

Ehrlichiosis . . . 11 . . . New York (2), North Carolina (8), Tennessee,

Giardiasis . . . 178 . . . Arizona (2), California (21), Delaware (2), Florida (29), Idaho (3), Iowa (5), Louisiana, Maine (7), Maryland (5), Michigan (3), Missouri (10), Montana (2), Nebraska (4), New York (35), North Dakota, Ohio (19), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (16), South Carolina (4),  Virginia, Washington (4),

Hansen Disease (Leprosy) . . . 1 . . . Ohio, 

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 2 . . . Indiana (2),

Lyme Disease . . .  259 . . . Delaware (2), Florida (5), Maryland (10), New York (111), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (4), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (118), Rhode Island, Vermont (2), Virginia,

Psittacosis . . . 1 . . . Pennsylvania,

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . California, Maryland,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 35 . . . California (2), Illinois (4), Maine (5), Michigan, Nebraska (3), New Mexico (2), New York (7), Ohio, Puerto Rico, Vermont, West Virginia (8),

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 3 . . . New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 36 . . . Florida, Indiana (2), Missouri (3), North Carolina (22), Ohio, Tennessee (6), Wyoming,

Tularemia . . . 4 . . . Nebraska, North Dakota (2), Oklahoma.

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