CALIFORNIA officers capture BOBCAT in residential area ~ OREGON confirms HUMAN case of HANTAVIRUS in Linn County ~ TENNESSEE reporting more than 100 cases of ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER this year ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, LA, & PA ~ COYOTE attacks on PETS reported in CA, MA, & NM ~ RABIES reports from CO (2), DE, IL, & PA.

Bobcat. Photo by City of Folsom, California.

California 06/02/12 A dehydrated bobcat captured in a Riverside County backyard is being cared for at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert. Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh says officers used a catch pole to restrain the male bobcat, which officials estimate is a year old. Welsh said the bobcat, which weighs about 16 pounds, was dehydrated and seemed lethargic. It was discovered in a residential area of Rubidoux. Welsh told Desert Sun officials he hopes the bobcat can eventually be released back into the wild.

Deer mouse. Photo by Idaho Public Health.

Oregon 06/02/12 by Alex Paul – (Excerpts) “The first case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome has been confirmed in Linn County, according to Frank Moore, director of the Linn County Health Department. Moore said the victim became ill after cleaning out a building where rodents had been seen. He was hospitalized last week, but is now recovering at home. The disease is transmitted by touching deer mice droppings or breathing contaminated dust, but can also be transmitted by a bite.” “Sixteen cases have been reported in Oregon including one each in Jefferson and Deschutes counties in 2011. Moore said there have been four Oregon deaths.” – For complete article see

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever petechial rash.

Tennessee 06/03/12 by Amye Wright – The latest numbers are in and, so far, 18 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported in the Upper Cumberland Region — more than 100 cases statewide this year alone.  “There’s a fair amount of (the disease) here; it’s not common but it’s certainly not uncommon,” Dr. Mark Pierce, an infectious disease specialist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, said. “Eastern Tennessee is probably worse than Western Tennessee.”  He adds there is no way to visibly tell if a tick is carrying the disease.  “(Specialists) can culture ticks and see if they carry it but you can’t tell by looking at it,” Pierce said. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is considered the most serious tick-borne disease in the United States. “Rocky Mountain spotted fever is present in the United States through Canada (and) South America, for the most part,” Pierce said. “In the U.S., the most common areas are the south eastern United States and the south central United States so this is one of the highest endemic areas. Usually North Carolina and Tennessee are the two states that carry the most of it.” – For complete article, with symptoms and precautions, see

California 06/01/12 Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control: Seven mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District said Friday. That brings the total number of positive samples so far this year to eight. The samples were collected May 22 from mosquito traps southeast of Mecca near the Salton Sea. – See

Louisiana 06/01/12 Quachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District: Ouachita Parish’s first positive test this year for West Nile virus in a mosquito pool was reported Friday. The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District reported having received information from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals of a positive test for West Nile virus in one pool representing one location in the Garden District of Monroe. –

Pennsylvania 06/02/12 York, York County: A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection test on May 29 found West Nile Virus in York County. The mosquito sample taken in York city is the second collection to test positive for the virus locally. – See

California 06/03/12 Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County: Saugus neighborhood resident said a coyote attacked her cat on May 31st, and the pet’s injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized. – See

Massachusetts 06/03/12 Lynn, Essex County: Officials post notices at Lynn Woods Reservation advising visitors to keep pets on a leash after seven reports of coyotes attacking dogs in the area during the month of May. – See

New Mexico 05/29/12 Bayo Canyon, Santa Fe County: A 55 pound Labrador Retriever walking in the canyon with her master and another dog on May 26th was attacked by a pack of five coyotes. Both dogs were injured but are recovering. – See

Colorado 06/01/12 Fort Collins, Larimer County: Two skunks found in open space areas near the city have tested positive for rabies. This brings the total number of skunks found in the Ft. Collins area and testing positive for the virus to ten in the last month. Three rabid bats have also been found in the county this month. – See

Colorado 06/01/12 Greeley, Weld County: A live bat found by several children while playing in Allen Park at 49th Avenue and 9th Street has tested positive for rabies. The children reported the bat to authorities and no one is known to have been exposed to the virus. – See

Delaware 06/01/12 Newport, New Castle County: A cat that bit or scratched at least five people in the vicinity of Cedar Avenue near Route 141 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone exposed to an aggressive cat in that area is urged to contact the Division of Public Health Rabies Program at 302-744-1070. – See

Illinois 06/01/12 Lake Barrington, Lake County: A bat found inside a home on May 24th has tested positive for rabies. This is the third bat testing positive for the virus in the county this year. – See

Pennsylvania 06/02/12 Jessup Township, Susquehanna County: A paralyzed cat that became vicious in the vicinity of Toad Hallow Road has tested positive for rabies. One human was exposed to the virus. – See


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