Iowa’s Bittendorf PD says BOBCAT sighting first ever reported in the city ~ Indiana MOUNTAIN LION sighting first ever confirmed in the state ~ Maine HUNTERS helping to track spread of EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) in the state ~ North Carolina reports EEE found in SENTINEL CHICKENS ~ New York hospital isolates two VISITORS from New Mexico who might be infected with BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ South Dakota confirms eight CHILDREN infected with TULAREMIA so far this year ~ and RABIES reports from Missouri, and North Carolina (2).

Bobcat. Courtesy National Park Service.

Iowa 11/05/11 Bettendorf, Scott County: Bobcat attacks small pet dog in owner’s backyard. Local police say this is the first bobcat sighting ever reported in the city. See

Indiana 11/07/11 Green County: Mountain lion sighting confirmed by Indiana DNR with motion activated camera. Of 233 claimed sightings in the state since April 2010, this is the first to be confirmed. See

Maine 11/07/11 by Keith Edwards – State epidemiologists and other volunteers are out for blood at deer-tagging stations across the state, as part of efforts to track the spread of a primarily mosquito-borne disease deadly to people and horses. State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears said so far their findings indicate the disease, Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, is more widespread than previously thought. “We’re finding the virus is far more dispersed in the state than we had any information about,” Sears said Sunday. “We’re concerned it is spreading in the state. We’re working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and partners in the state to find ways to see where it is spreading.” One of those ways is testing the blood of deer shot by hunters. Sears said deer do not seem to become ill from being bitten by a mosquito carrying EEE, but they do produce an antibody to fight it off. So researchers track the prevalence of that antibody in deceased deer to help track the spread of EEE. Which makes hunters partners in the effort, though, for most, they’re unknowing partners until they’re approached by a worker or volunteer at a tagging station and asked to allow a sample of the animal’s blood to be collected. “It’s entirely voluntary, but we’ve been doing this three years, and nobody has ever said they won’t give us blood,” Sears said. “Hunters have been very supportive. And they’ve been curious about what we’re doing.” One of the things hunters are most curious about: If their deer is found to have been bitten by an EEE-carrying mosquito, is the venison safe to eat? Sears explains the virus is not actually in the deer — it’s the antibody deer put out when they are bitten that is still present. “You can’t get it from a deer,” Sears said of EEE. “It’s absolutely safe to eat.” – For complete article go to

North Carolina 11/08/11 New Hanover County: Officials have confirmed a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a local sentinel chicken flock. According to the New Hanover County Health Director, human incidence of EEE is rare, but is a dangerous disease. There is no cure or vaccine available so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. See

New York 11/07/11 Two people visiting New York from New Mexico were being treated in isolated hospital rooms today with symptoms of bubonic plague, the first likely cases of the deadly bacterial disease in the city in more than 100 years, officials said. Health officials announced Wednesday night that a 53-year-old man had tested “presumptively positive” for bubonic plague and his 47-year-old wife had similar symptoms, but test results were not yet known. “The man is in critical condition and the woman is in stable condition,” Mike Quane, spokesman for the Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan where the unidentified couple are being treated, said today. The city health department said bubonic plague, which has largely been eradicated but does occur in the rural southwest of the country in states such as New Mexico, is not spread from person to person and there is no risk to New York’s population of 8 million, the largest city in the United States. Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease of rodents transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas. Pneumonic plague, a more serious form of the disease, occurs when plague bacteria are inhaled after direct contact with infected animals including rodents, wildlife and pets, health officials said. – For complete article go to

American Dog Tick

South Dakota 11/08/ The SD Department of Health confirms eight cases of tularemia in the state so far this year, all in children ranging from 4 to 12 years of age. According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger, 6 of the cases had known tick attachment, and only 1 had known contact with rabbits. 7 were West River residents, and 1 was from East River. Historically SD reported 11 tularemia cases in 2010, 5 in 2009, 10 in 2008, 7 in 2007 and 4 in 2006.

Missouri 11/06/11 West Plains, Howell County: Six area residents are receiving rabies shots and seven pets were euthanized after being exposed to a skunk that tested positive for the virus. See

North Carolina 11/07/11 Stokesdale, Guilford County: A skunk that was in contact with two dogs has tested positive for rabies; the county’s 17th case this year. See

North Carolina 11/07/11 Davidson County: A fox that was in contact with a human and a dog has tested positive for rabies; the county’s 17th case this year. See


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