ALABAMA biologist says COYOTES are moving into exurban neighborhoods ~ RABIES reports from CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, & GEORGIA ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS: CDC warns of DENGUE FEVER outbreaks in all TROPICAL and SUBTROPICAL areas worldwide.

Coyotes. Photo by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Alabama 03/19/12 Weaver, Calhoun County: State biologist confirms coyotes are moving into residential areas and their population in the state has doubled since 1998. In 2009-10 their number was estimated at 340, which is 40 more than a year earlier. See http://annistonstar.com/bookmark/17938175-Coyotes-sighted-in-Weaver-sign-of-growing-population

California 03/16/12 Clearlake Oaks, Lake County: The community is being asked to help provide information on two dogs that attacked a man and his small dog earlier this week in Clearlake Oaks. Animal control officials are trying to confirm if the dogs have had rabies vaccinations in an effort to protect the health of the victims. Family members said the elderly man and his Pomeranian dog were attacked by two pit bulls at around 7:15 a.m. Monday. The man and his dog were walking near the intersection of Island Drive and Highway 20 in Clearlake Oaks when, without warning, two pit bulls charged them, biting him and knocking him to the ground. The little dog was mauled, receiving injuries including a broken jaw, broken leg, punctured lung and multiple bite wounds over her body. She is being treated at Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic in Lakeport, where the bill currently is about $4,000.

The pit bulls were both black in color, each weighing about 40 pounds, according to the available description. A white male subject retrieved the dogs, allegedly gave the victim a false name and contact information, and left in a Mitsubishi Montero SUV – which may have been green in color – with the license plate 5BGV640. The male was described as having a medium build, was estimated to be about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and in his late 30s or early 40s. If you have any information on the dogs or their owner, please notify Lake County Animal Care and Control at 707-263-0278. To offer assistance with the veterinarian bill, contact Jim Young at 707-350-4867 or Leah Young at 707-245-3049.

Connecticut 03/19/12 Windsor, Hartford County: Officials have issued a rabies alert after four raccoons and a skunk attacked pets and people. See http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/hartford_cty/windsor-residents-given-rabies-warning

Georgia 03/19/12 Braselton, Hall County: A skunk that was in contact with two dogs in the vicinity of state highway 53 and JJ Lott Road has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.jacksonheraldtoday.com/archives/6794-Skunk-near-Jackson-Hall-county-line-tests-positive-for-rabies.html

Travel Warnings:

Tropics & Subtropics 03/15/12 cdc.gov: Outbreak Notice: Dengue virus is present in all tropical and many subtropical areas worldwide. The mosquitoes that carry dengue are most active in the morning and evening and during hot, wet times of the year. However, they can spread infection all year long and at any time of day.

The Americas and the Caribbean

In 2011, 1,034,064 cases were reported to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), including 18,321 severe dengue cases and 716 deaths. In 2011, the number of dengue cases and deaths have surpassed previous years, with outbreaks in Paraguay, Panama, Aruba, Bahamas, and Saint Lucia.

Middle East

Dengue activity is reported sporadically throughout the Middle East, including areas popular with travelers, such as Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

South Pacific and Southeast Asia

In October of 2011, the Republic of the Marshall Islands declared a state of emergency due to a large dengue outbreak.  A total of 1,638 cases have been reported.  Majuro Atoll had the highest number of dengue cases. Visit the Marshall Islands government page for information on the Marshall Island dengue outbreak.

A dengue outbreak was also reported in Yap state of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), as well as one in Palau.  As of February 27, 2012, 1,173 cases of dengue have been reported from Yap.

In addition, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand are among the countries that reported dengue activity in 2011. Australia also continues to report sporadic dengue activity in areas of northern Queensland.  For more information about dengue reports in Thailand and Vietnam, visit the Thailand Ministry of Public Health and the WHO Western Regional Office  website.

Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands

In September 2011, the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a dengue outbreak in Mogadishu. In September 2011, the Kenyan MOH reported multiple outbreaks of dengue in several northern Kenyan towns. Dengue infection was confirmed in Mandera and Wajir.

See the CDC’s dengue map to discover whether your travel destination is included.

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