North Carolina MAN and DOG attacked by RABID FOX ~ Virginia officials confirm CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE found in two Frederick County DEER ~ RABIES reports from California, North Carolina, & Rhode Island ~ and a WEST NILE VIRUS report from Massachusetts. AUTHOR’S NOTE.

Gray fox. Courtesy National Park Service.

North Carolina 10/05/11 by Richelle Bailey – Marion – A fox attacked a man and his dog Saturday, and it turns out the animal was rabid, authorities say. The incident occurred in the Ashworth Loop area, and deputies are warning residents to be on the lookout for any animals acting strangely. “We want to make sure folks in that area are aware,” said Captain Ricky Crisp. “If they see any animals acting funny or attacking other animals or if they come in contact with any of these animals, they should call the Sheriff’s Office immediately.” A man on Ashworth Loop reported early Saturday morning that the fox was under his house. When he attempted to hit the fox with a rake, it either scratched or bit his foot, Crisp stated. Deputies responded and killed the animal. It was tested, and results confirmed Tuesday that the fox had rabies, said the captain.  “The (resident’s) dog fought with the fox and was attacked twice,” Crisp  stated. “The dog had not been vaccinated.” The canine was quarantined, according to Crisp, and the man is undergoing medical treatment.

Virginia 10/01/11 by Steve Campbell – Virginia wildlife management officials warned deer hunters of the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) which was detected in two deer harvested in Frederick County. According to the CWD Alliance, CWD is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals, similar to that produced in cattle and sheep by mad cow disease and scrapie, respectively. The disease is one of group of ailments known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy and is related to several rare human diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Deer with CWD

Although CWD in deer is not (known to be) transmissible to humans or livestock, wildlife officials note. While the disease has only been detected in one Virginia county (Frederick), it has been found in 19 other states across the nation, including West Virginia and Maryland. In West Virginia, the disease was detected in Hampshire County. In Maryland, it was found in Allegheny County. Because the disease was found in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries advised hunters to follow “carcass importation regulations in other states” when taking harvested deer out of the commonwealth. – For regulations & drop station locations see

California 10/04/11 by Lauren Gibbs – About six calls recently came in regarding sick bats, according to Roseville Police. One bat tested positive for rabies, which is a fairly common disease found in wildlife in the area, police said.

North Carolina 10/04/11 Wilmington – New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the fourth case of rabies for the year. ACS officers were called to a Rabbit Run Road residence on Saturday where a wild raccoon had fought with the homeowner’s dogs. The dogs were current on their rabies vaccines and have received booster shots. The owners were also notified that they may have been exposed to the virus from handling the dogs.

Rhode Island 10/05/11 North Smithfield residents in the area of Mechanic, Orchard and North Main street neighborhoods are advised to keep all dogs and cats indoors after the discovery and confirmation of two skunks that tested positive for rabies. A third is awaiting confirmation. All were euthanized. North Smithfield Animal Control Officer Scott Goodwin announced today that the animals were confirmed to have rabies by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Contact Animal Control at (401) 766-0377 or North Smithfield Police at (401) 762-1212 to report anything out of the ordinary.

Massachusetts 10/05/11 by Susan LaHoud – A mosquito collected from Plainville has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the latest of similar findings in several other local communities. The finding in Plainville was announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Tuesday and issued by the town’s board of health. The mosquito species that tested positive, Culiseta melanura, is primarily bird biters, but will occasionally bite mammals, including humans, according to the state agency. Over the past several weeks, West Nile virus has been found in mosquitos in Seekonk and Mansfield. Mosquitoes in Norton were found to have EEE, or Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A Norfolk County woman was diagnosed last week with the third confirmed case of West Nile virus in the state this year. The state Department of Public Health said the woman, later identified in published reports as a 61-year-old from Brookline, was hospitalized for eight days after developing symptoms on Sept. 17. She has since been discharged, according to the department.


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