CANADA: WOMAN from northern QUEBEC survives POLAR BEAR attack ~ FLORIDA man’s DOG killed by BLACK BEAR in backyard ~ COLORADAN dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ CALIFORNIA law officer shoots MOUNTAIN LION that broke through family’s back door ~ COLORADO confirms wild RABBIT tested positive for TULAREMIA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from GA, MAx3, NY, NC, & VA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AZ, FL, ILx2, MI, MS, NJx2, NY, OH, TX, & WI ~ RABIES reports from NJ, NYx2, NC, PA, & TX ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 14, 2012 ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS: CDC notice of CHOLERA outbreak in CUBA.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

Canada:

Quebec 07/27/12 cbc.ca: An Inuk woman underwent surgery in Montreal Friday afternoon, four days after she was mauled by a polar bear near Kangiqsualujjuaq, a small Inuit community in Nunavik, in northern Quebec. Alicie Baron, 57, stepped out of her hunting cabin late Monday night, checking around for a bear as she normally would. She didn’t see anything. “I think this bear was hiding behind our cabin,” she said. Baron said she turned around after hearing a sound and found herself face to face with the bear. “I yelled twice. I tried to make a very loud yell, since my husband was inside. He only heard my last yell,” she said. Baron’s husband grabbed a hunting rifle and tried to shoot the bear. His first bullet jammed, so he got a second gun, firing two shots before the bear let go of Baron. Baron was left with a gaping head wound and a mangled hand. “I was afraid if I just stayed there doing nothing, he would….open my skull,” said Baron from her Montreal hospital bed on Friday. “I had to use my hand for protection.” “I just tried my best to be strong, to try not to have the bear chew off my head,” she said. The couple had to wait in the hunting camp overnight for help to arrive. Baron was first flown to Kuujjuaq for treatment, then on to Montreal. She underwent surgery on Tuesday to treat her head wounds. A second operation on Friday was to repair three fractures and lacerations to her right hand. A stoic Baron said she is hoping to make a full recovery.

United States:

Florida 07/27/12 clickorlando.com: Traps will be set for the bear that attacked and killed a DeLand man’s dog in his backyard, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials. The attack happened Saturday night around 11 p.m. on Oak Street near International Speedway and Kepler Road. Greg Mapp believes the bear was about 350 pounds. He said his dog, Molly, and the bear went “toe to toe” as Molly defended her home. Mapp said the bear ran into the woods behind his house, but his dog was hurt so badly she had to be put down. His neighbor, Patricia Peacock, said she believes she spotted the same bear in her front yard on Wednesday. Joy Hill, a spokesperson with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said a trap will placed in the area in the next day or two, but she added that the situation is not an emergency and the bear is not considered dangerous. Hill said the bear was likely going after the dog’s food that the owner left in the back yard. She said residents should take food inside. “This was a defensive response by the bear,” Hill said. “It was not a predatory attack. This type of thing will continue to happen as long as people provide food opportunities for bears (that) live in the woods around them.” If officials capture the bear, Hill said they will relocate it to the Ocala National Forest. Hill said the trap is being moved from Paisley in Lake County where a bear bit another dog earlier in the week. Local 6 spoke with the owner of the the other dog, Brian Pollock, who said he kept his trashcans empty and doesn’t have food on his porch. But a bear bit the neck of his dog, Spike, who is recovering.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of Hantavirus. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Colorado 07/25/12 therepublic.com: The Tri-County Health Department says an Adams County woman has died of hantavirus in the first Colorado death from the respiratory disease this year. The department said Wednesday that the 36-year-old woman, who had no serious underlying health conditions, was admitted to a hospital July 8 with flu-like symptoms and died two days later. Health officials say she most likely was exposed to hantavirus while cleaning a rodent-infested area of her home. People can catch the virus from inhaling airborne particles of infected rodents’ excrement. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache and severe muscle pain, especially in the lower back and legs, followed by a dry cough or difficulty breathing. State health officials say a Delta County man and Garfield County woman were infected with hantavirus earlier this year. Both survived.

California 07/27/12 mercurynews.com: by Patty Guerra – Tami Mendonca was working in the front yard of her home Sunday when she heard a crash in the back yard. She ran around to check and saw the back door hanging open. “It had just been kicked in,” she said. Using the cell phone she always keeps in her pocket, she called 911 to report the intruder. “Then she grabs the machete,” interjected her husband, Ray, as the couple recounted the story Thursday. The machete-wielding Mendonca flagged down a neighbor, and they watched the house while waiting for help to arrive. A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy got there quickly and went into the house with his K-9. “He came out and said the house was clear,” Tami Mendonca said. “Nothing had been taken.” While they were chatting, the Mendoncas’ dogs ran out to one of the eucalyptus trees in the yard and started barking. “We’re all excited and we thought we’ve got him up the tree,” she said. “Then we looked up, and we all just froze.” The suspect was a 100-pound mountain lion. The deputy told Mendonca to put her dogs in the kennel while he called the state Department of Fish and Game. “Fish and Game told them if the animal comes out of the tree, they should probably consider dispatching it,” sheriff’s deputy Royjindar Singh said Thursday. “The lion decided to come out of the tree, so (the deputy) shot it and killed it.” Authorities said the deputy had no alternative, as the mountain lion was a threat to public safety. “There are too many factors going on,” said Capt. Robert Simpson of the Department of Fish and Game. “Mountain lions have no fear; they have no predator.” – For complete article see http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_21173139/mountain-lion-killed-after-breaking-into-home

Colorado 07/27/12 kdvr.com: Public Health officials announced Friday that a rabbit tested positive for an illness that “is similar to plague” in Pueblo. The rabbit was found in Pueblo West in the 1000 Block of West Saginaw Drive, and tested positive for Tularemia. Though the bacterial illness occurs naturally in the U.S., it’s a condition that can be fatal to humans. – For complete article see http://kdvr.com/2012/07/27/rabbit-with-plague-like-illness-found-in-pueblo/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Georgia 07/26/12 Chatham County: Health officials said Thursday that preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of WNV and EEE in mosquitoes collected in the county. – See http://www2.wsav.com/news/2012/jul/26/west-nile-virus-and-eastern-equine-encephalitis-de-ar-4214153/

Massachusetts 07/27/12 Pittsfield, Berkshire County: A mosquito sample collected in the Williams Street area has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_21173247/mosquito-sample-pittsfield-tests-positive-eee

Massachusetts 07/26/12 Westborough, Worcester County: Public health officials announced today that EEE has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the area. – See https://www.google.com/search?q=westborough+ma&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Massachusetts 07/27/12 Canton, Norfolk County: Health officials announced earlier this week that EEE has been found in mammal-biting mosquitoes and the town’s risk level has been raised to “high”.  – See http://www.thecantoncitizen.com/2012/07/24/eee-mosquitoes-announce/

New York 07/26/12 Morristown, St. Lawrence County: A horse found shaking and sweating in a field earlier this week tested positive for EEE. The horse has since died. – See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/horse_dies_from_eee_in_st_lawr.html

North Carolina 07/25/12 New Hanover County: A third sentinel chicken has tested positive for EEE in the past three weeks. There is no vaccine and no cure for humans if exposed to this disease. Vaccines are available for horses. Recently, horses with the disease were euthanized in Robeson and Bladen counties. – See http://northnewhanover.wect.com/news/environment/57648-third-case-mosquito-bourne-illness-found-new-hanover-co

Virginia 07/26/12 Chesapeake: Mosquito populations are way up this year, and more than ever they are testing positive for EEE, a virus that can be fatal to people, according to city officials. And the spread of the virus among mosquitoes likely will get worse over the next two months until the mosquito season peaks. Mosquitoes are especially pesky in Chesapeake and Suffolk because of the Great Dismal Swamp, which straddles city lines and is home to millions of mosquitoes, including the bird-biting mosquito that carries EEE, an official said. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2012/07/officials-talk-about-mosquito-results-chesapeake

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Arizona 07/27/12 Pinal County: Mosquitoes trapped during routine surveillance have tested positive for WNV. – See http://explorernews.com/news/article_550bca4c-d813-11e1-9da2-001a4bcf887a.html

Florida 07/25/12 Duval County: Health officials confirmed a 62-year-old woman is the first human case of WNV diagnosed in the county this year. The woman was hospitalized but has since been released. – See http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/265870/10/Duval-County-sees-first-case-of-West-Nile-since-2011

Illinois 07/26/12 Winnebago County: The county health department announced today that two crows, found in the 61104 and 61088 zip code areas, have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/West-Nile-Virus–163874226.html?ref=226

Illinois 07/25/12 dailyregister.com: Tests conducted by the Egyptian Health Department has confirmed WNV positive batches of mosquitoes in Saline, Gallatin and White Counties, including the towns of Shawneetown, Harrisburg and Carmi. – See http://www.dailyregister.com/news/x147945677/Mosquitoes-test-positive-for-West-Nile-in-Saline-White

Michigan 07/27/12 Oakland County: A 44-year-old man was hospitalized earlier this month with the first confirmed human case of WNV in the state this year. He is now recovering at home. – See http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/west_nile_michigan.html

Mississippi 07/27/12 wjtv.com: by Karen Wilson – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first WNV death for 2012, along with eight new human cases. The death was in Smith County, and the new reported cases are in Leflore, Rankin (3), Smith, Stone (2), and Sunflower County. Today’s report brings the state total for 2012 to 19 cases and one death. – See http://www2.wjtv.com/news/2012/jul/27/west-nile-death-ar-4222178/

New Jersey 07/27/12 state.nj.us: News Release – The first human case of WNV has been confirmed in a 19-year-old Monmouth County woman who was hospitalized but has recovered. In 2011, seven people tested positive for WNV.  In 2010, 30 cases were reported, including two deaths, one in Camden and one in Hudson. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/138c8f993b248cc8

New Jersey 07/25/12 Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County: A mosquito tested positive for WNV this week. Earlier, a mosquito collected in the vicinity of Duerer and 10th streets, and another at Birch Grove Park in Northfield, have tested positive for the virus. – See http://galloway.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-identified-in-egg-harbor-city#c

New York 07/26/12 Staten Island: A man, who is over 50, was hospitalized with the first human case of WNV in New York City this year. He has since recovered. – See http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/west-nile-virus-mosquitoes-found-13-towns-southern-connecticut-staten-nausau-westchester-article-1.1122250

Ohio 07/27/12 Clermont County: An 85-year-old man has the first human case of WNV in the state this year. The man has been hospitalized. There is no report on his condition. – See http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/ohio/ohio-man-confirmed-with-west-nile-virus#.UBNTK_Ut7WA

Texas 07/26/12 Allen, Collin County: Health officials have confirmed three human cases of WNV in the city but did not say in which zip codes the infected people reside. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/West-Nile-Virus-Infects-3-in-Allen-Collin-County-163904386.html

Wisconsin 07/25/12 Dane County: A bird has tested positive for WNV; the first to do so in the state this year. – See http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Bird-Tests-Positive-for-West-Nile-Virus-in-Dane-Co-163724956.html

Rabies:

New Jersey 07/24/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A bat found outside a local residence on July 15 has tested positive for rabies. Brown bats are commonly found in the area. – See http://manalapan.patch.com/articles/rabid-bat-found-in-manalapan

New York 07/26/12 Jay, Essex County: A raccoon found in the town has tested positive for rabies. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x1289993952/No-Headline-Provided

New York 07/26/12 Clinton County: One person is being treated for exposure to rabies after picking up a bat with bare hands. The bat tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wcax.com/story/19117297/ny-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies

North Carolina 07/25/12 Manson, Warren County: A raccoon killed by a tethered but unvaccinated dog in the Shells Lane area has tested positive for rabies. The dog had to be euthanized.– See http://www.vancnews.com/the_warren_record/news/article_4ce69744-d5f6-11e1-ab9a-0019bb2963f4.html

Pennsylvania 07/26/12 Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County: A skunk found wandering in a residential yard has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120726/NEWS90/120729832/-1/NEWS

Rabid cow.

Texas 07/27/12 Grayson County: A show cow tested positive for rabies a couple weeks ago. Family members became concerned once it began choking severely and exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia. After a vet observed and assessed that the rabies virus was indeed present, the cow was euthanized three days later. – See http://www.kxii.com/morningshow/headlines/Grayson-Co-confirmed-case-of-rabies-in-cow-163835126.html

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 14, 2012:

Published July 20, 2012/ 61(28); ND-382-ND-395

Anaplasmosis . . . 17 . . . New York (16), Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 9 . . . California, New York (8),

Ehrlichiosis . . . 9 . . . Arkansas, Tennessee (2), Virginia (6),

Giardiasis . . . 112 . . . Alaska (2), Arkansas (2), California (23), Florida (20), Iowa (4), Maine (3), Maryland (3), Missouri (5), Nebraska (5), Nevada, New York (25), Ohio (4), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (2), Virginia (4), Washington (5),

Lyme Disease . . .  266. . .  California, Connecticut (6), Delaware (9), Florida (3), Maryland (33), New York (109), Oregon, Pennsylvania (79), Vermont (7), Virginia (18),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 1 . . . Texas,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 43. . . Connecticut (3), Illinois (2), New York (17), Ohio, Texas (5), Vermont, Virginia (13), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 20 . . . Alabama (2), Arkansas (3), Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Tennessee (5), Virginia (6),

Tularemia . . . 3 . . . Alaska, Montana, Washington.

Travel Warnings:

Cuba 07/27/12 cdc.gov: Outbreak Notice – The Cuban Ministry of Health has confirmed the first cholera outbreak in Cuba in more than a century. One hundred thirty-seven confirmed cases and 3 deaths have been reported in Granma province in the cities of Manzanillo, Bayamo, Yara, and Campechuela Niquero. Currently, cases are limited to Granma Province, mostly in Manzanillo. According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, control measures have been implemented including ensuring that water is safe for drinking, implementation of environmental sanitation measures and public awareness campaigns. The Pan American Health Organization is also closely monitoring this situation. Most travelers are not at high risk of getting cholera. However, travelers to an area with a known outbreak should take steps to avoid getting sick. The vaccine to prevent cholera is not available in the United States. – For complete notice see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/cholera-cuba.htm

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