MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN and her DOG attacked by a RABID FOX ~ Scientist fears CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE could pass from DEER and ELK to some HUMANS ~ COYOTE report from MINNESOTA ~ RABIES reports from GEORGIA (2), KANSAS, NEW YORK, & NORTH CAROLINA (2) ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORTS: MASSACHUSETTS MAN bitten by BROWN BAT dies of RABIES.

Red fox. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Massachusetts 01/26/12 milforddailynews.com: by Alison McCall – A Village Lane woman is receiving rabies shots after a rabid fox attacked her Tuesday, biting her twice and causing her to fall and break her elbow. “It kept coming after me,” Carol Welch said. Welch said she was walking her dog in her yard sometime before 6 a.m. Tuesday when she saw something emerge from the dark. Less than an hour earlier, a Beaver Pond Road resident reported a fox behaving strangely in his garage. The fox ran after Welch and her small dog. Welch fell when trying to escape. “I thought I was doomed,” Welch said. “I fell to the ground, and my dog ran up onto the porch, and that fox ran up” after the dog. Welch threw her shoe at the fox, which then bit her before she could get inside again. The fox was reported to the police at least three times and ran off twice before police put it down around 9 a.m. on Beaver Pond Road. The Animal Control Department then sent the body of the animal to a state laboratory for rabies testing. Yesterday afternoon, the fox was confirmed to have been carrying the rabies virus. – For complete article see http://www.milforddailynews.com/topstories/x1192850106/State-confirms-Bellingham-fox-carried-rabies

National 01/26/12 myhealthnewsdaily.com: by Linda Thrasybule — Excerpts — “Unlike diseases caused by viruses or bacteria, prion diseases are caused by infectious protein molecules that pass from animals to humans. Although differences between species makes it difficult for prion diseases to spread from one species to another, transmission does occur. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as mad cow disease is properly called, can be transmitted to humans by eating meat infected with the disease. This study might help researchers better determine the risk of exposure to animal prions and silent carriers, said study co-author Vincent Beringue, a scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. The findings were published today (Jan. 26) in the journal Science.”

‘The study has significant implications for public and animal health, according to Christina Sigurdson, who researches prion diseases at the University of California at San Diego, and was not involved with the study. For example, Sigurdsonsaid, chronic wasting disease is a prion disease found in deer and elk, and is currently spreading in these animals throughout the United States, according to the CDC. ‘Although there is evidence of a species barrier for human infection with this disease, we don’t know if there is a population of people that may be currently infected with deer or elk prions,’ she said. ‘This is a major concern, because the infection could remain undetected for long periods of time,’ she added.” – For complete article see http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2164-prions-brain-disease-spread-lymph.html

Minnesota 01/27/12 Eden Prairie, Hennepin County: A small dog is fighting for his life after being attacked by a coyote. See http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/minnesota/coyotes-attack-eden-prairie-dog-jan-26-2012

Georgia 01/26/12 Gillsville, Hall County: A bobcat that was shot after threatening two dogs has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=245272

Georgia 01/25/12 Maysville, Jackson County: Health officials have confirmed that a cow has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.jacksonheraldtoday.com/archives/6481-Rabid-cow-reported.html

Kansas 01/26/12 Kiowa County: A coyote that attacked a dog and then tried to get into a nearby house has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.kiowacountysignal.com/news/x767707091/Health-Department-reports-rabies-found-in-local-coyote

New York 01/25/12 Clay, Onondaga County: An adult feral black cat that had been living in the area along Jackson Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/cat_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

North Carolina 01/25/12 Beaufort County: Animal control officers are asking residents of Pine town and Bath to be sure pets have been vaccinated after three pets are attacked by raccoons with rabies in three separate incidents. See http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/Rabies_Cases_In_Beaufort_County_138092658.html

North Carolina 01/26/12 Swansboro, Onslow County: A domestic cat is the county’s first rabies case this year. See http://www2.wnct.com/news/2012/jan/26/rabies-reported-onslow-county-cat-ar-1860903/

Follow-Up Reports:

(January 2, 2012: MASSACHUSETTS man diagnosed with HUMAN RABIES; January 4, 2012: FOLLOW-UP REPORTS: MASSACHUSETTS confirms Cape Cod man with RABIES was bitten by BROWN BAT.)

Massachusetts 01/27/12 myfoxboston.com: A 63-year-old Marstons Mills man who contracted rabies in December died this week. Kevin Galvin’s death is the first fatal rabies case contracted in Massachusetts since 1935. According to the Cape Cod Times, Galvin died at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors had placed him in a coma-like state to allow his body to fight the virus. Officials believe he was bitten by a rabid brown bat in his Cape Cod neighborhood.

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