Maine health officials investigating case of H3N2 SWINE FLU ~ and WEST NILE VIRUS reports from Connecticut, & Louisiana ~ Canada: Saskatchewan man dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending October 8, 2011.

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Maine 10/20/11 wlbz2.com: by Ken Christian – Maine health officials are investigating a case of a young boy coming down with what is being described as an unusual strain of influenza. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the 7- or 8-year-old boy from Cumberland County came down with flu-like symptoms in early October, not long after being exposed to pigs at an agricultural fair. State Epidemiologist Stephen Sears says the H3N2 swine-origin strain of influenza was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as genetically similar to a strain identified in three cases in Pennsylvania and one case in Indiana. Sears said the boy was treated by his family doctor and is back up and playing. He said health experts don’t expect the new strain to pose a widespread threat.

Connecticut 10/21/11 Durham, Middlesex County: Dead CROWS found on town-owned White’s Farm property tested positive for WEST NILE VIRUS. See http://www.courant.com/community/durham/hc-durham-open-space-1022-20111021,0,3004213.story

Louisiana 10/21/11 St. Tammany Parish: DHH confirms two new HUMAN cases of WEST NILE VIRUS. See http://www.katc.com/news/dhh-confirms-two-new-cases-of-west-nile-virus/

Canada:

Deer mouse.

Saskatchewan 10/21/11 gov.sk.ca: News Release – Saskatchewan residents are urged to take precautions to avoid infection with hantavirus, especially when cleaning up rodent infested barns, homes or other buildings in their communities, following a recent hantavirus fatality in West Central Saskatchewan. Humans are most often exposed to the virus by breathing in air particles contaminated by deer mouse saliva, urine or droppings containing infectious hantaviruses. There have been 21 cases of Hantavirus reported in Saskatchewan since 1994, including four cases in 2004, one case in 2008, one case in 2010 and one this year. For more detailed information about Hantavirus and how to prevent infection, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.health.gov.sk.ca/hantavirus. Guidelines for workplaces with heavy infestations are available at http://www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/hantavirus-disease-guidelines-protecting-workers-public. – For complete News Release go to http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=7957b012-c18d-4a99-9d3f-a04919bbf86c

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending October 8, 2011:

Published October 14, 2011 / 60(40); 1397-1411

Anaplasmosis . . . 19 . . . Nebraska, New York (18),

Babesiosis . . . 25 . . . New York (25),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 3 . . . Arkansas, New York, Virginia,

Giardiasis . . . 216 . . . Alabama, Arkansas (3), California (24), Delaware, Florida (29), Idaho, Iowa (5), Louisiana (2), Maine (3), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (8), Michigan (2),  Missouri (9), Montana (2), Nebraska (2), New York (53), North Dakota, Ohio (11), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (10), Puerto Rico (3), South Carolina (2), Vermont (11), Virginia (2), Washington (21), Wisconsin (3), Wyoming,

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

Lyme Disease . . .  356 . . . California, Florida (2), Georgia (4), Maryland (7), Massachusetts, New Jersey (85), New York (143), Oregon, Pennsylvania (108), Virginia (4),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 20 . . . Alabama, Idaho, New York (6), Ohio (3), Virginia (7), West Virginia (2),

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 4 . . . Georgia (3), Missouri,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 9 . . . Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri (3), Tennessee (2), Virginia,

Tularemia . . . 3 . . . California, Missouri, Virginia.

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