ILLINOIS finds WEST NILE VIRUS in CROW and MOSQUITOES ~ Wild BAT that BIT AN EMPLOYEE at COLORADO’s Denver Zoo had RABIES ~ RABIES reports from CA, NJ, NC, PA, SC, & VA.

American Crow. Photo by Jack Wolf. Wikimedia Commons.

Illinois 05/23/12 state.il.us: News Release – State health officials have confirmed the first West Nile Virus positive bird and mosquito batches reported in the state this year. A crow, collected by Chicago public health officials on May 16th, tested positive for the virus, and positive mosquito samples were collected on May 17th from Lemont and Norridge in Cook County, and Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge in DuPage County. “Although it is a little earlier in the season than we normally find West Nile virus positive mosquito pools and birds, it is not unheard of,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “This is a good reminder as we head into the Memorial Day weekend and more people spend time outdoors, that it is important to protect yourself and wear insect repellent.”

Colorado 05/23/12 CDPHE.communications: News Release – A wild bat found at the Denver Zoo on May 20th in front of the Bird World exhibit has tested positive for rabies. A zoo employee was bitten by the bat and is receiving post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Dr. Elisabeth Lawaczeck, state veterinarian, said, “Parents who had children in the zoo on Sunday, May 20, should ask their children if they had any contact with a bat. Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or learns their child had contact with the bat, should immediately contact the state health department at 303-692-2700 or their local health department to determine whether they should receive preventive therapy for rabies.  “People can be exposed to rabies when they assist, feed or handle wild animals. While some people visiting the zoo were in the vicinity of the bat, it is not known whether anyone other than the zoo employee had contact with the bat,” Lawaczeck said. – For complete news release see http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/release/2012/052312.pdf

California 05/22/12 Nevada County: In the past two weeks, two bats captured in western Nevada County have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20120522/COMMUNITY/120529979/1066&ParentProfile=1051

New Jersey 05/22/12 Cranbury and Burlington, Middlesex and Burlington counties: A stray cat that came out of the woods near a home in Burlington has tested positive for rabies. The cat was brought to another home in Cranbury and then to the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center. At least seven people may need to receive post-exposure rabies vaccinations. – See http://njtoday.net/2012/05/22/stray-cat-in-cranbury-tests-positive-for-rabies/

North Carolina 05/22/12 Shelby, Cleveland County: A bat captured on the 1200 block of Rocky Creek Road south of Shelby has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bat-71398-captured-shelby.html

Pennsylvania 05/22/12 Hallam, York County: A teenager was bitten in the face by a dog at Emig Park in Hallam over the weekend, Hellam Township Police Chief Mark Sowers said. Kristi Landis, 17, of Lower Windsor Township has started undergoing a series of rabies shots. Police are looking for a man and a woman who were walking two pit bulls named “Macy” and “Gracie” at the park, Sowers said. The two were not present when police arrived at the park, and officers have not been able to locate them. Anyone with information may call police at 434-1308.

South Carolina 05/22/12 Chapin, Lexington County: Health officials have recommended that three people receive post-exposure rabies vaccinations after a fox tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.thestate.com/2012/05/22/2286322/3-lexco-residents-recommended.html

Virginia 05/22/12 Calthrop Neck, York County: A raccoon captured in the area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wydaily.com/local-news/9132-rabid-raccoon-found-in-calthrop-neck.html

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