GROUNDHOG in VIRGINIA tests positive for RABIES ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from MASSACHUSETTS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from LA, & NY ~ RABIES reports from AR, CT, ILx2, NJ, & SC.

Groundhog. Photo by Reinhard Kraasch. Wikimedia Commons.

Virginia 07/27/12 Newport News: A groundhog (aka woodchuck) found in the vicinity of Blunt Court and Beverly Hills Drive has tested positive for rabies. The Peninsula Health District wants to know if residents or their pets may have had direct contact with the animal. – See

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Massachusetts 07/28/12 Brewster, Barnstable County: State health officials confirm the first-ever discovery of a human-biting mosquito infected with EEE on Cape Cod. The virus was detected in a pool of 21 mosquitoes caught at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. It is unclear at this time how many mosquitoes in the pool were infected with EEE. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Louisiana 07/28/12 Vidalia, Concordia Parish: A woman who has been diagnosed with WNV is the first human case of the virus in the Vidalia/Natchez vicinity this year. Louisiana has 32 other confirmed human cases of WNV, and Mississippi has 19 confirmed human cases. – See

New York 07/27/12 Orange County: Mosquitoes collected in the villages of Greenwood Lake and Goshen have tested positive for WNV. – See


Arkansas 07/27/12 Yell County: A skunk killed by a dog has tested positive for rabies bringing the total number of rabid skunks in the county to at least four this year. – See

Connecticut 07/27/12 Cheshire, New Haven County:  by Luther Turmelle, – Police are looking for a small coyote or fox that bit a Nichole Court resident Wednesday morning as she was sitting on the deck in her backyard. The woman suffered minor injuries to her leg when she was bitten at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Animal Control Officer April Leiler said. “The woman was trying to get in her house as the animal approached and bit her as she was opening the slider (sliding door),” Leiler said. “So, for a few moments, the animal’s head was inside the house.” The animal ran off after biting the woman and has not yet been found. Leiler said that without having caught the animal and testing it for rabies, the woman was urged to be treated for the disease. Two of her dogs, who approached the animal as it bit the woman, have been given a rabies booster shot, Leiler said. Initial indications are the animal was not provoked by the woman, but it may have been startled while feeding on berries in nearby wooded area. Lt. James Fasano said the woman also had fruit trees growing in her backyard and plants growing on her deck that the animal may have been interested in. Leiler said anyone who sees a fox or coyote should not approach it, but contact police at 203-271-5500. “If it has rabies, the animal is only going to get sicker,” she said. “And, even if it doesn’t, we want to prevent people from being bitten.

Illinois 07/28/12 Centralia: A bat that a woman discovered was attached to her lip when she woke up Thursday morning has tested positive for rabies. According to the report, she received rabies vaccine shots in her mouth, shoulder and both thighs. – See

Illinois 07/28/12 McHenry County: According to a news report, a bat that came in contact with a pet dog outside a home was infected with the rabies virus. – See

New Jersey 07/28/12 Manalapan, Monmouth County: A black and white feral cat found in the vicinity of Atrium and Chestnut ways off Pension Road has tested positive for rabies. The cat bit three area residents before being captured. Anyone who might have been exposed to the cat, or has a pet that had direct contact with the cat, should seek immediate medical advice. – See

South Carolina 07/27/12 Mountain Rest, Oconee County: A bat that had direct contact with a person has tested positive for rabies. – See


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