TEXAS confirms two MULE DEER taken in Hueco Mountains had CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ GEORGIA county issues COYOTE ALERT for PET owners ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IL, IN, NJ, NY, & OH (2) ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: DENGUE research opportunities.

Buck Mule Deer. Courtesy of National Park Service.

Texas 07/10/12 kfyo.com: by Allen Corbin – Samples from two mule deer recently taken from far West Texas have been confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These are the first cases of CWD detected in Texas deer. Wildlife officials believe the disease is currently isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico Border. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Animal Health Commission implemented regionally-focused collection efforts after the disease was in detected in Southwest New Mexico during the 2011-2012 hunting season. Both of the deer were taken from the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties. CWD is a progressive and fatal disease that commonly results in altered behavior due to microscopic changes in the brain of affected animals and they can carry the disease for years without any indication. CWD is not known to affect humans.

Coyote Attack:

Georgia 07/10/12 Oconee County: Authorities have issued a coyote alert after two pets are attacked in the Belfair subdivision. – See http://oconee.patch.com/articles/coyote-reportedly-attacks-pets-in-dials-mill-road-area

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Lake County

Illinois 07/10/12 Mundelein, Lake County: Health officials have confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for WNV in the county were recently found in Mundelein. – See http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/mundelein/chi-west-nile-virus-illinois-lake-county,0,54236.story

Indiana 07/10/12 Hamilton and Johnson counties: Mosquitoes carrying WNV have been found near 181st Street and U.S. 31 in Westfield, and in downtown Greenwood. – See http://www.indystar.com/article/20120710/LOCAL0103/207100338/Mosquitoes-West-Nile-virus-found-Westfield-Greenwood

Cape May County

New Jersey 07/10/12 Upper Township, Cape May County: The Department of Mosquito Control detected WNV in the Seaville section as part of a routine mosquito collection program. “The virus was found in Culex mosquitoes, which fortunately don’t generally bite people. However, it is the first indication this summer that the virus is circulating in Cape May County,” said Peter Bosak, superintendent of the county Department of Mosquito Control. – See http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/government/court+house/84757-west+nile+virus+detected+test+mosquitoes

Oswego County

New York 07/10/12 Central Square, Oswego County: Officials have found evidence of WNV in two collections of mosquitoes in the village. – See http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/West-Nile-virus-found-in-Central-Square-mosquito/6E282CKWwUSP9L7spSLeJg.cspx

Stark County

Ohio 07/10/12 Canton, Stark County: Mosquitoes collected in the area of Arboretum Park NW on June 21 have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.cantonrep.com/news/x1446676955/West-Nile-found-in-Canton

Licking County

Ohio 07/10/12 Licking County: The Health Department reported pools of mosquitoes collected from two traps in the county tested positive for bugs carrying WNV. One area was on West Main Street, near Tamarack Drive in Newark. The other was in Pataskala, near the intersection of York Road and Ohio 16. – See http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20120710/NEWS01/120710002


Opportunities for Dengue Research in the Americas

Dengue is re-emerging as a disease of public health importance in the Americas. Recent efforts to control the disease have had moderate success, but many opportunities exist for further study. In a new paper appearing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, scientists at NIAID and the Pan American Health Organization discuss some of these future directions for dengue research and the need for collaborative, integrated programs that blend clinical and basic research.

For more information on historical dengue control efforts in the Americas and specific future research opportunities, read the NIAID Media Availability at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2012/Pages/DengueAmericas.aspx.


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