Announcement: CDC and MARYLAND DOH offer RABIES PEP course online ~ RABIES reports from OHIO, & WEST VIRGINIA ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CALIFORNIA (2) ~ CDC Reports: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending November 5, 2011.

Announcement:

Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Online Course

Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Basics: Case Illustrations of the 2010 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Guidelines is a free online course developed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in collaboration with CDC. It is designed to educate health-care and public health professionals about rabies, the approach used in assessing rabies virus exposure, and administration of rabies PEP based on ACIP recommendations. Continuing Education credits are available to any physician, nurse, pharmacist, or veterinarian who takes the training. The course can be accessed at the Maryland DHMH website at http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov/training/rabies/default.aspx

Ohio 11/18/11 Mentor, Lake County: In the past month, three skunks found in Mentor have tested positive for rabies bringing the total found in  Lake County this year to eight. See http://mentor.patch.com/articles/three-more-rabid-skunks-found-in-mentor

West Virginia 11/18/11 Fort Gay, Wayne County: A gray fox found between Fort Gay and Crum this week has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/e90fb80ee0d840089bac57c8048f744e/WV–Fox-Rabies/

California 11/18/11 Glendale, Los Angeles County: A mountain lion scaled a backyard fence and made off with a small dog on Nov 14. See http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/11/mountain-lion-yanks-chihuahua-from-doghouse.html

California 11/17/11 San Marcos, San Diego County: Cal State students alerted to a   confirmed mountain lion sighting in a campus parking lot on Nov 16. See http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/san-marcos/san-marcos-mountain-lion-spotted-on-university-campus/article_b159079a-fcb3-556e-b9db-9fe4d6a636ba.html

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending November 5, 2011:

Published November 11, 2011 / 60(44); 1532-1545

Anaplasmosis . . . 15 . . . New York (15),

Babesiosis . . . 9 . . . Maryland, New York (8),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 1 . . . North Carolina,

Giardiasis . . . 195 . . . Alabama (2), Arkansas (5), California (26), Colorado (9), Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (29), Georgia (5), Idaho (5), Iowa, Maine (2), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (6), Missouri (12), Montana (3), Nebraska,  Nevada (2), New York (38), Ohio (14), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (10), Vermont, Virginia (3), Washington (10),

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

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Virginia,  

Lyme Disease . . .  315 . . . Florida (2), Georgia, Maryland (7), Massachusetts, New Jersey (69), New York (95), North Carolina (12), Pennsylvania (105), Rhode Island (6), Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia (14), West Virginia,

Novel influenza A virus (H3N2) . . . 1 . . . Maine,

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . Michigan, Texas,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 41 . . . Alabama, California (2), New York (7), Ohio (2), Puerto Rico (2), Rhode Island (6), Vermont, Virginia (19), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 3 . . . Georgia, North Carolina (2),

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 59 . . . Alabama (3), Maryland, North Carolina (47), Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia (6),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Colorado, Virginia.

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