CALIFORNIA health officials confirm SQUIRREL at state park had BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ MOUNTAIN LION sighting reports from CALIFORNIA(2), & COLORADO ~ U.K. biotech firm seeks permit for U.S. testing of new weapon against DENGUE FEVER ~ RABIES reports from CO(2), CT, FL(2), GA, NE, NJ, NC(2), & SC ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending April 28, 2012.

California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi). Photo by Bagginz. Wikimedia Commons.

California 05/05/12 examiner.com: by Julian Gothard – A ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi) trapped during routine monitoring at the Cedar Groves Group Campground in the 1,897-acre Palomar Mountain State Park in San Diego County has tested positive for the plague, County vector control officials announced Thursday. California flea populations are regularly monitored, and control measures are taken as necessary at campgrounds to reduce the potential for human exposure. According to environmental health officials there have been 14 such plague cases reported within Palomar Mountain State Park since June 2008. “It is not unusual to find plague in our local mountains in the summer months, so campers should always avoid contact with squirrels and their fleas,” said Jack Miller, Director of the Department of Environmental Health. “Set up tents away from squirrel burrows, do not feed the squirrels and warn your children not to play with squirrels.” – For complete article see http://www.examiner.com/article/plague-reported-san-diego-county-s-palomar-mountain-state-park

California 05/04/12 Arcata, Humboldt County: Local police have issued a safety alert after a mountain lion was seen in the area of Fickle Hill Road and Hill Street on May 3rd. This is the third reported mountain lion sighting in less than two weeks. – See http://www.times-standard.com/breakingnews/ci_20549177/mountain-lion-seen-near-fickle-hill-road-arcata

California 05/04/12 Crystal Springs Dam, San Mateo County: Officials report that a mountain lion was seen on May 3rd near the Sawyer Camp County Historic Trail in the San Francisco State Fish and Game Refuge west of the San Mateo Highlands. – See http://pacifica.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-spotted-near-crystal-springs-dam

Colorado 05/04/12 Boulder, Boulder County: Officials have posted signs at Martin Park warning users of possible mountain lion activity. Rangers received reports of a deer carcass found off Broadway and Table Mesa Drive, and it’s likely the deer was killed by a mountain lion. – See http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_20549304/boulder-warns-public-mountain-lion-martin-park-after

Global 05/03/12 bloomberg.com: by Andrea Gerlin – U.K. biotechnology start-up Oxitec Ltd. wants to start U.S. tests of a new weapon in the war on dengue fever: genetically modifying mosquitoes that carry the disease so that their progeny self-destruct.  Dengue, endemic in more than 100 countries, has begun to appear in the continental U.S., with local cases occurring inKey West, Florida, in 2009 and 2010 and in Miami last year. The virus afflicts as many as 100 million people a year globally, about 20 times the number of serious influenza cases, according to the World Health Organization. In its worst form, dengue can cause severe flu-like symptoms and fatal bleeding.

Oxitec has released its GM bugs in Malaysia, the Cayman Islands and Brazil. A proposed trial in Key West has met with resistance from communities who oppose genetic modification and with confusion over regulatory oversight. Still, with no vaccines to prevent dengue and no drugs to treat the disease so painful it’s known as “break-bone fever,” the approach is seen as an increasingly viable option to limit infections.  “It is a promising technology,” says James Logan, a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicinewho studies the control of disease-carrying insects. “If you stop us being bitten, you stop the disease from being transmitted.” Oxitec’s efforts are part of a broader push to rein in dengue. Novartis AG (NOVN) of Basel, Switzerland, is researching antiviral medicines and has shelved one that caused side effects in dogs. French drugmaker Sanofi (SAN) has a dengue vaccine candidate in final testing, and it may be available as early as 2015. The company says the vaccine may generate as much as 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in annual sales. Until a vaccine or medicine is approved, mosquito control is the only way to limit infections. – For complete article see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-03/mosquitoes-shoot-blanks-in-scientist-s-air-war-on-dengue.html

Colorado 05/04/12 Fort Collins, Larimer County: A skunk found in the area of LaPorte Avenue, about a mile west of Overland Trail, close to the foothills, has tested positive for rabies. The skunk appeared to have been mauled by a large animal, which might have become infected in the attack. – See http://www.9news.com/news/article/266540/222/Rabies-found-in-skunk-in-Fort-Collins-area

Colorado 05/05/12 Pueblo, Pueblo County: Two adult dogs and seven puppies were euthanized after being exposed to a skunk that tested positive for  rabies, and a man who handled one of the puppies after the skunk was killed is receiving post-exposure rabies shots. The incident occurred earlier this week at a home on the St. Charles Mesa. – See http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-mct-adorable-pups-put-to-sleep-20120505,0,3171100.story

Connecticut 05/03/12 Oxford, New Haven County: A raccoon that attacked and bit a dog in the area of Anthony Pond Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://valley.newhavenindependent.org/archives/entry/fyi_rabid_raccoon_found_in_oxford

Florida 05/05/12 Mulberry, Polk County: A bat “encountered” on May 1st by a resident in his driveway on Pine Street has tested positive for rabies. This is the 5th case of animal rabies confirmed in the county this year. – See http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/5/5/_5th_case_of_rabies_.html

Florida 05/04/12 Palm City, Martin County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog on May 3rd in the vicinity of Mayacoo Way has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/may/04/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies/

Georgia 05/04/12 Hall County: A bat that bit a man earlier this week in the Centurion Drive area of northwest Hall has tested positive for rabies. This is the 13th case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.ajc.com/news/man-bitten-by-rabid-1431464.html

Nebraska 05/04/12 Gering, Scotts Bluff County: Two dogs have been euthanized after being attacked by a skunk in separate incidents. A skunk was shot and tested positive for rabies, but it’s not clear if the same skunk attacked both dogs. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/8ff3fbb3210f47ecaff69b7e3cbed3c6/NE–Rabid-Skunk/

New Jersey 05/05/12 Madison, Morris County: A fox that attacked and bit two residents at 7 Longview Avenue on May 3rd has tested positive for rabies. – See http://newjerseyhills.com/madison_eagle/news/fox-that-bit-madison-residents-had-rabies/article_c947dc5e-96df-11e1-8908-001a4bcf887a.html

North Carolina 05/04/12 Lattimore, Cleveland County: A raccoon displaying abnormal behavior in the vicinity of 301 Westlee Street has tested positive for rabies. This is the third confirmed case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.shelbystar.com/news/animal-63973-rabies-animals.html

North Carolina 05/04/12 Zebulon, Wake County: Three people and a dog at Wakelon Park on Pippin Road were exposed to a fox that has tested positive for rabies.  The dogs was vaccinated but required a booster shot, and the three people have begun a series of post-exposure rabies shots. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/04/2044430/at-least-3-people-dog-exposed.html

South Carolina 05/03/12 Greer, Greenville County: A family of five has been advised to seek post-exposure rabies treatment after a bat found inside their home tested positive for the virus. This is the first confirmed case of animal rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120504/NEWS/305040009/Rabid-bat-found-in-Greer-home?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CNEWS

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending April 28, 2012:

Published May 4, 2012/ 61(17); ND-227-ND-240

Anaplasmosis . . . 13 . . . Maine, New York (12),

Babesiosis . . . 5 . . . California, New York (4),

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Texas, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 8 . . . Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina (5),

Giardiasis . . . 95 . . . Arkansas, California (24), Connecticut, Iowa (2), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (5), Missouri (8), Nebraska (4), New York (13), Ohio (13), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island, Virginia (2), Washington (8), Wisconsin,

Hantavirus . . . 1 . . . Washington,

Lyme Disease . . .  135. . .  Delaware (2), Maryland (19), New Jersey (48), New York (37), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (20), Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia (4),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . Colorado, Nebraska,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 66. . . Alabama (2), Arkansas (5), California (2), Maine (4), Maryland (3), Missouri (3), New York (7), Texas (17), Vermont (2), Virginia (18), West Virginia (3),

Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 24 . . . Alabama (2), Arkansas (2), Indiana (2), Kentucky, Maryland (2), Missouri (5), North Carolina (2), Tennessee (8),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Missouri.

2 responses to “CALIFORNIA health officials confirm SQUIRREL at state park had BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ MOUNTAIN LION sighting reports from CALIFORNIA(2), & COLORADO ~ U.K. biotech firm seeks permit for U.S. testing of new weapon against DENGUE FEVER ~ RABIES reports from CO(2), CT, FL(2), GA, NE, NJ, NC(2), & SC ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending April 28, 2012.

  1. egs3swordpressblog

    Excellent blog, thanks for being there.

  2. egs3swordpressblog

    Great blog. thanks for being there. I went hiking just two days ago and thanks to you, I knew as much as the rangers and coordinators about the animal pathogen situations locally. How do you find and aggregate all this info?

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