MAINE WOMAN attacked by RACCOON that tested positive for RABIES ~ OREGON trapper kills two MOUNTAIN LIONS taking LIVESTOCK ~ RABIES reports from COLORADO, GEORGIA, MAINE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA (2), & OHIO ~ CANADA: RABIES report from ONTARIO.

Raccoon. Courtesy of Maine Dept. of Agriculture.

Maine 02/15/12 Etna, Penobscot County: A raccoon that attacked and bit a woman outside a local club last week has tested positive for rabies. The woman and a man who came to her assistance are both receiving PEP rabies treatments. See http://www.wabi.tv/news/27689/etna-woman-recovering-from-rabid-raccoon-attack

Oregon 02/15/12 Crawfordsville, Linn County: Two mountain lions that killed several goats and sheep have been killed by a private predator control business. See http://democratherald.com/news/local/several-more-cougars-killed-recently-in-sweet-home-area/article_edaaffe4-5748-11e1-9393-0019bb2963f4.html

Colorado 02/15/12 Ault, Weld County: A rabid skunk found northeast of Ault is the first confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. See http://www.noco5.com/story/16945157/rabid-skunk-found-near-ault

Georgia 02/15/12 Burnside Island, Chatham County: The Chatham County Health Department is issuing a rabies alert after a raccoon tested positive for rabies. Officials said one person may have already been exposed to the disease. Officials said the raccoon was trapped after it got into a fight with two cats on Burnside Island. See http://www2.wsav.com/news/2012/feb/15/3/chatham-county-health-department-issues-rabies-ale-ar-3235970/

Maine 02/15/12 Waterville, Kennebec County: Police are looking for a woman whose black dog reportedly bit a Colby College student Feb. 9 on the cross country ski trails on campus. The dog bite was not considered serious but the student, a female, is undergoing a series of rabies shots and may be able to discontinue the shots if it can be ascertained the dog has had its shots, according to Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey. Rumsey said the woman, whose dog is believed to be a black Labrador retriever, is described as being in her mid-40s to mid-60s in age. Her dog was off the leash when it bit the Colby student, who was skiing at the time, Rumsey said. See http://www.onlinesentinel.com/Police-seek-woman-whsoe-dog-bit-Colby-student.html

New Jersey 02/15/12 Atlantic City, Atlantic County: A raccoon found last week in Estell Manor that had fought with a vaccinated dog has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/raccoon-found-in-estell-manor-tests-positive-for-rabies/article_95ea518e-581e-11e1-ac23-0019bb2963f4.html

New York 02/14/12 Camden, Oneida County: Two teenagers who handled a raccoon they found on the side of the road in apparent distress, one of whom was bitten by the animal, are receiving PEP rabies treatments. Oneida County Health Dept. officials confirmed the raccoon tested positive for rabies. See http://www.romeobserver.com/articles/2012/02/14/news/doc4f3abb7bd0af1948808007.txt

North Carolina 02/15/12 Swan Quarter, Hyde County: A raccoon that attacked three pet dogs has tested positive for rabies. See http://www2.wnct.com/news/2012/feb/15/hyde-county-reports-rabid-raccoon-ar-1933365/

North Carolina 02/14/12 Lexington, Davidson County: A raccoon that was killed by an unvaccinated dog has tested positive for rabies. It is the first case of the virus reported in the county this year. See http://www.wxii12.com/news/30456636/detail.html

Ohio 02/15/12 Twinsburg, Summit County: An unvaccinated pet dog that died tested positive for rabies. The owners and six staff members of a veterinary hospital are receiving PEP rabies treatments. Another dog and two cats from the same household will be held in quarantine for six months. See http://www.eastpeoriatimescourier.com/community/blogs/animaltalk/x1676722076/Rabies-Alert

Canada:

Ontario 02/15/12 Stratford, Perth County: The Perth District Health Unit is looking for a dog involved in a biting incident in Stratford today (Wednesday). The incident took place about 3:20 pm, on Somerset Street near Waddell. The dog is described as a golden lab.  It was on a leash and being walked, along with another large dog, by a young male at the time of the incident. The Health Unit is investigating this incident to check if the dog has up-to-date rabies shots. If the dog is not found, the person who was bitten may need to receive rabies shots. Anyone who has seen a dog fitting this description should contact the Perth District Health Unit at 519-271-7600 ext 252 or after hours or over the weekend at  1-800-431-2054.

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