LOUISIANA townspeople post “COYOTE ATTACK AREA” signs to alert neighbors ~ RABIES reports from FLORIDA, MARYLAND, NORTH DAKOTA, PENNSYLVANIA, & VIRGINIA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending April 14, 2012 ~ TRAVEL REPORTS: CDC warns of LASSA FEVER in NIGERIA.

Coyote. Photo by Santa Clara County, California.

Louisiana 04/24/12 Harahan, Jefferson Parish: Local police have resumed nighttime coyote hunts after pet owners reported cats and dogs were either missing or had been mutilated. John Leslie, a wildlife biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, blamed the increasing number of sightings on the animals’ good parenting. – See http://www.nola.com/pets/index.ssf/2012/04/coyotes_again_mauling_cats_in.html

Florida 04/24/12 Suwannee County: A rabies alert has been issued after a raccoon found in the vicinity of U.S. 90W and West Tower Road tested positive for rabies. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1521922374/Rabies-alert-issued-in-western-Suwannee-County

Maryland 04/24/12 Port Deposit, Cecil County: A feral cat that scratched at least five people on Main Street last Friday has tested positive for rabies. The cat is described as a small-to-medium sized yellow tabby cat that looked sickly and had abscesses on its body. – See http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/cecil_county/rabid-cat-scratches-5-people-in-cecil-county

North Dakota 04/24/12 jamestownsun.com: A mild winter and spring have led to a spike in rabies cases in North Dakota. State officials are urging pet and livestock owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated against the deadly virus. There have been 40 confirmed rabies cases so far this year –  double the 20 cases in all of 2011, Deputy State Veterinarian Beth Carlson said. The disease has been found in cattle, horses, sheep, cats, bats and skunks this year. Skunks are the main carrier, however, spreading the disease by biting other animals. – For complete article see http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/apArticle/id/D9UBCEOO3/

Pennsylvania o4/24/12 Upper Darby, Delaware County: A teenage girl is receiving post-exposure rabies treatments after waking in the night to find a raccoon biting her leg. The incident occurred in the 100-block of Summit Avenue, unfortunately the raccoon escaped and has not been found. – See http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/teenager-attacked-by-raccoon-in-her-bedroom

Virginia 04/23/12 Williamsburg: Health officials have issued a rabies alert after a fox attacked a Heritage Humane Society dog while it was being walked by a technician earlier this week. The dog received minor injuries and the fox, which is presumed to be rabid, returned to the woods and has not been found. – See http://www.vagazette.com/articles/2012/04/23/news/doc4f9592a25f841086277449.txt

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending April 14, 2012:

Published April 20, 2012/ 61(15); ND-198-ND-212

Anaplasmosis . . . 3 . . . New York, Rhode Island (2),

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida (2), 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 3 . . . Florida, Missouri, Texas,

Giardiasis . . . 78 . . . Alabama, Florida (19), Iowa, Maryland (2), Michigan (7), New York (22), Ohio (9), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (5), Washington (7), Wisconsin (2),

Lyme Disease . . .  93. . .  Florida (3), Maine, Maryland (2), Michigan (2), New Jersey (37), New York (28), Pennsylvania (17), Virginia (3),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . New York,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 16. . . Alabama, Arkansas (6), Maine, Maryland (4), New York (2), Texas, West Virginia,

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 11 . . . Alabama, Colorado, Missouri (7), New York, Tennessee,

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Maryland.

Travel Warnings:

Nigeria 04/25/12 cdc.com: Travelers’ Health News Release – The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health has reported an increased number of cases of Lassa fever. Nineteen of the country’s 36 states have reported cases since the beginning of 2012. As of April 13, 2012, there were reports of 818 suspected cases, including 84 deaths. At this time, 131 cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing. Seven deaths have also been reported among health care workers.  Cases have occurred in the states of Edo, Bauchi, Plateau and Taraba. The number of reported cases of Lassa fever in Nigeria is greater this year than in previous years. However, cases in previous years could have been underestimated due to the lack of laboratory and disease investigation systems. Lassa fever is a viral illness that is spread by rats. People get the disease through direct contact with rat droppings or urine and through touching objects or eating food contaminated with rat droppings or urine. Lassa fever may also spread though person-to-person contact. For advice on how travelers can protect themselves see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/in-the-news/lassa-fever-in-nigeria.htm

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  1. Hi, Jerry, there is still a lot going on I see. Nothing much in Norway, but the government shot a bear two days ago, to prevent attacks on sheep during the comming grazing season…

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