NORTH CAROLINA resident attacked by RABID FOX ~ FLORIDA photographer caught in classic moral dilemma ~ TEXAS confirms HUMAN case of WEST NILE VIRUS ~ other RABIES reports from CO, KS, NM, NC, VA, WY, & ONTARIO, CANADA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending May 19, 2012.

Gray fox. Courtesy Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

North Carolina 05/30/12 Wilmington, New Hanover County: A fox that attacked and bit a person on Myrtle Grove Road  while working in the yard on May 27th was killed by a neighbor and has tested positive for rabies. This is the 10th case of animal rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://myrtlegrove.wect.com/news/environment/56344-rabid-fox-bites-person-wrist-myrtle-grove-area

Florida 05/31/12 Tampa, Hillsborough County: For some fascinating camera shots of an alligator creeping up on a distracted bobcat, and a very interesting article about the photographer’s moral dilemma, see http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/5/30/this_is_florida_gato.html

Texas 05/31/12 Denton County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus infection this year in the southern portion of the county. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Denton-County-Confirms-First-West-Nile-Case-of-2012-155994365.html

Colorado 05/31/12 Westminster, Adams and Jefferson counties: An injured bat picked up last week in the 10200 block of Dover Street has tested positive for rabies. A pet cat that later bit and scratched a family member may have been exposed to the virus. – See http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/broomfield-news/ci_20753622/rabid-bat-found-westminster

Kansas 05/29/12 Saline County: A bat found in the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed case of rabies in the county this year, and the 27th case statewide. – See http://www.salina.com/news/story/bat5-29-12

New Mexico 05/31/12 Las Cruces, Doña Ana County: Animal Control officers are looking for the owner of three Newfoundland dogs that attacked and bit a man Tuesday morning near a Las Cruces elementary school, according to Las Cruces Police officials. At around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, a 33-year-old contractor was working on the campus of University Hills Elementary School, at 2005 Locust St., when three adult Newfoundland dogs approached and bit him, according to police. The man was bitten several times but the injuries were minor. According to Animal Control officers, a woman was walking the dogs, unleashed, inside the school grounds at the time of the attack. The victim told Animal Control officers that the woman had another dog, possibly a dog of mixed-breed, with her at the time but that pet did not bite him. Animal Control officers are trying to find out if the three Newfoundland dogs are current on vaccinations, otherwise the victim may have to undergo treatment for rabies. Anyone with information on the owner of the three Newfoundland dogs, an owner who possibly lives in or near the University Hills neighborhood off of Locust Street, is asked to call the Las Cruces Police Department’s Animal Control office at (575) 528-4100.

North Carolina 05/30/12 Cumberland County: A stray cat that bit two people in the vicinity of the 600 block of Carver Falls Road on May 27th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8682014

Virginia 06/01/12 Rocky Gap, Bland County: A raccoon captured in the Laurel Ford Road vicinity has tested positive for rabies. Two vaccinated dogs may have been exposed to the virus. – See http://www2.swvatoday.com/news/2012/may/31/rabid-raccoon-collected-rocky-gap-ar-1955474/

Wyoming 05/31/12 Dayton, Sheridan County: A skunk that bit a dog in the vicinity of West 2nd Avenue earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sheridanmedia.com/news/rabid-skunk-found-dayton36801

Canada:

Ontario 05/31/12 Perth District Health Unit, Perth County: A stray cat that was behaving abnormally and acting aggressively has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2012/05/31/rabies-confirmed-in-perth-county-cat

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending May 19, 2012:

Published May 25, 2012/ 61(20); ND-269-ND-282

Anaplasmosis . . . 9 . . . Maine (2), New York (6), Rhode Island,

Babesiosis . . . 2 . . . New York (2),

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . California, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 7 . . . Arkansas (2), Florida (2), Maryland, Missouri (2),

Giardiasis . . . 128 . . . Alaska, Arizona, California (21), Connecticut, Florida (27), Idaho, Iowa (3), Maine, Maryland (4), Michigan (2), Missouri (5), Nebraska, Nevada, New York (12), Ohio (13), Oregon (6), Pennsylvania (11), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (4), Washington (10), Wisconsin,

Hansen Disease (Leprosy) . . . 1 . . . Florida, 

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 3 . . . Indiana, Missouri (2)

Lyme Disease . . .  95. . .  Connecticut, Delaware (2), Florida, Georgia, Maryland (23), Nebraska, New York (29), Ohio, Pennsylvania (23), Rhode Island (3), Vermont (4), Virginia (6),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . California, Michigan,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 59. . . Alabama (2), Arkansas, Illinois (4), Kentucky, Maine (2), Missouri (2), New York (11), Ohio, Oklahoma , Texas (10), Vermont, Virginia (17), West Virginia (6),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 4. . . California, Georgia (2), Missouri,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 15 . . . Arkansas (2), Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri (5), Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia (4),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Missouri.

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