Arizona 06/22/12 paysonroundup.com: Tonto Village, Gila County – An Arizona man was injured last night when a bear bit his lower leg while he was sleeping on a cot in a cabin under construction in Tonto Village, east of Payson. The bear entered the unfinished cabin and climbed on top of the man, biting him through his pajamas. The man moved and yelled. The bear ran off, but lingered in the nearby area for approximately 45 minutes. One other man was present at the cabin when the incident occurred. Based on the bite mark measurements, Arizona Game and Fish Department officers believe the bear was a large adult male. Game and Fish officers will continue to investigate the incident and will set culvert traps in the vicinity to attempt to capture the bear. The department is also working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to track the bear. “Due to the predatory nature and bold behavior of this bear, extensive effort will be extended to attempt to locate the animal for the public’s safety, which is our top priority,” said Rod Lucas, regional supervisor for Game and Fish. “With the state’s drought and scarce food resources, more and more wildlife are moving into areas that are on the fringe of wildlands looking for food. Bears are particularly attracted to areas where humans are because of the often easy access to garbage, food and gardens.” If the offending bear is captured, it will be lethally removed because of the aggressive, predatory behavior it demonstrated and the need for disease testing. Tonto Village is approximately one mile from the campground where a bear entered a tent and clawed a woman on May 31, 2012. The woman’s injuries were non-life-threatening. Despite tracking and trapping efforts by Game and Fish and Wildlife Services, that bear was never trapped.
Colorado 06/21/12 ourcoloradonews.com: Idledale, Jefferson County – Public health officials have confirmed that a squirrel has tested positive for bubonic plague, a highly infectious bacterial disease carried by various types of wild rodents and transmitted primarily by flea bites. – For complete article and precautions see http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/golden/news/plague-found-in-jeffco/article_75324578-bbec-11e1-9890-001a4bcf887a.html
Louisiana 06/22/12 St. Bernard Parish: The first human victim of West Nile Virus in the parish this year was unaware of having contracted the disease and learned of it while donating blood. – See http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/06/st_bernard_resident_becomes_fi.html
Texas 06/22/12 Northern Tier: Officials in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties confirm human cases of West Nile Virus have been already been reported this year. They also say batches of disease-carrying mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus across North Texas. – See http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-west-nile-virus-cases-come-early-across-north-texas-20120622,0,3974509.story
California 06/22/12 The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District: Numerous mosquito samples and dead birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/1381615293cc9787
Pennsylvania 06/22/12 Wynnewood, Montgomery County: Mosquitoes trapped at the Remington Basin on Remington and Warick roads have tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://ardmore.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-found-in-wynnewood-mosquitoes
Pennsylvania 06/22/12 Lancaster, Lancaster County: A mosquito caught in a trap near wetlands at the Red Rose Commons shopping center has tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://www.ydr.com/ci_20915181/west-nile-mosquito-found-lancaster-county
Alabama 06/22/12 Baldwin and Walker counties: by Jeff Dute – Members of a rural Walker County family took home two baby raccoons found in a Baldwin County attic, unaware that one of them had rabies, according to information from state veterinarian Dee Jones. Those exposed to the disease — 14 people in Walker County and as many as nine in Baldwin —may be required to undergo regimens of rabies shots, he said. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2012/06/rabid_raccon_from_baldwin_coun.html
Alabama 06/21/12 Auburn and Smiths Station, Lee County: Officials with the Lee County Humane Society and County Health Department were busy Thursday working to identify anyone who may have come in contact with an animal that tested positive for rabies earlier this week. At least two people have been exposed to the affected animal, a black-and-white, shorthair mix kitten that was picked up June 11 by Auburn Animal Control workers on District Court, said Leigh Ann Sumner, Animal Health Center manager. Sumner said the first person was exposed prior to animal control picking up the kitten. The second, a Humane Society volunteer, was bitten on June 14 while the stray was being cared for at the Auburn shelter. At least 36 people have potentially been exposed to the kitten. In an unrelated case, a second animal, an 8- to 10-week-old fox located in Smiths Station, also tested positive for rabies the same day results on the kitten were confirmed. – See http://www2.oanow.com/news/2012/jun/21/lee-county-humane-society-confirms-rabies-case-ar-4017946/
California 06/22/12 Irwindale, Los Angeles County: County health officials today urged people to contact them if they had contact with a bat found at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale earlier this month. The bat was discovered on Saturday, June 9, clinging to the side of a rock column inside the snack area near the boat and bicycle rental concession, according to the health department. A crowd of people, including children, were gathered around the bat for about a half hour before park officials intervened. The bat was captured, and it tested positive for rabies. “It is very important that any individuals who touched or had contact with this bat contact our department,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s director of public health. “We can help determine if you will need to receive urgent rabies preventive treatment.” Anyone who may have come in contact with the bat was urged to call the county’s Acute Communicable Disease Control office at (213) 240-7941.
Colorado 06/21/12 Milliken, Weld County: A skunk discovered walking in circles during daylight hours on June 14th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.noco5.com/story/18849403/rabid-skunk-found-in-milliken
Colorado 06/21/12 Las Animas, Otero County: Public health officials have confirmed that a cow has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.chieftain.com/news/region/rabid-cow-found-in-las-animas-area/article_ada63e8c-bb5b-11e1-ad1c-001a4bcf887a.html
Nebraska 06/21/12 Wauneta, Dundy County: On May 30th a dog, presented to Dr. Steve Pollmann of the Southwestern Veterinary Services, tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.waunetanebraska.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4127:dundy-county-dog-tests-positive-for-rabies&catid=29:agbusiness&Itemid=53
North Carolina 06/21/12 Hillsborough, Orange County: A dead raccoon found by two Chapel Hill residents near Miller and Baldwin roads in Hillsborough has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.chapelboro.com/6th-Confirmed-Rabies-Case-In-Orange-County/13515207
North Carolina 06/21/12 Hubert, Onslow County: A fox that attacked and bit a resident on Monday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.jdnews.com/articles/fox-105306-case-rabid.html
Pennsylvania 06/21/12 Cranberry, Allegheny County: Two residents of Crossing Ridge Trail are being treated for exposure to rabies after two bats that entered their home through a fireplace tested positive for the virus.- See http://triblive.com/news/2073154-74/bats-department-entered-rabies-bill-cranberry-exposure-residents-treated-vidonic