WILD RABBITS in ARIZONA dying from TULAREMIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS approaching Emergency Risk Level in Dallas-Fort Worth area of TEXAS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from GA, IL, NJ, & OH ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 21, 2012.

Wild rabbit. Photo by Matt Reinbold. Wikimedia Commons.

Arizona 07/27/12 yavapaihealth.com: News Release – There have been recent reports of wild rabbits in the Dewey area contracting and dying from tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever”.  The State Laboratory confirmed this in a dead rabbit sent to Phoenix for testing this week. Tularemia is a treatable, naturally occurring illness in the United States, with about 120 human cases reported each year, and most occur in the western and south-central states.  It is caused by a germ carried by animals (especially rodents, rabbits and hares), and can be passed to domestic animals and people. – For complete release see http://www.yavapaihealth.com/?health_news=tularemia-found-in-dewey-rabbits

Texas 07/30/12 examiner.com: by Vicki Davey – The West Nile Virus has been declared well into Risk Level 5 in Dallas, and is on the way to Risk Level 6, which is an emergency level. As of Friday July 27, there were 174 confirmed (human) cases of West Nile Virus in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton counties, with about half of them in Dallas County, WFAA news reports. – See http://www.examiner.com/article/deadly-west-nile-virus-wreaks-havoc-dallas
West Nile Virus (WNV):

Georgia 07/30/12 Cobb County: Health officials confirmed Monday the first two human cases of WNV in the state this year. The patients, a 75-year-old man and 55-year-old woman, have been hospitalized and released, officials said. – See http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/cobb-sees-1st-cases-1487551.html

Illinois 07/30/12 Will County: According to the health department, positive WNV infected mosquito samples were collected Tuesday from sites in Bolingbrook, Joliet, Shorewood and Frankfort. A blue jay and a robin taken from Wilmington and Plainfield, respectively, also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/bolingbrook/newsnow/x1629580998/West-Nile-virus-mosquitoes-found-again-in-Bolingbrook-county-increases-monitoring-of-test-sites

New Jersey 07/30/12 Warren County: Three additional samples of Culex mosquitoes collected in Franklin, Lopatcong and White townships have tested positive for WNV, according to a press release from the county’s Mosquito Commission. The mosquitoes were collected between Tuesday, July 17, and Friday, July 20, in traps specifically designed to catch Culex mosquitoes, the type of mosquito responsible for transmitting the virus, particularly from bird to bird. – See http://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/index.ssf/2012/07/more_mosquitoes_found_with_wes.html

Ohio 07/29/12 Lorain County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://morningjournal.com/articles/2012/07/29/news/doc5014b47080ccc998026681.txt

 CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 21, 2012:

Published July 27, 2012/ 61(29); ND-396-ND-409

Anaplasmosis . . . 16 . . . Maine (3), Nebraska, New Hampshire (2), New York (8), Tennessee, Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . Florida (2),  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 11 . . . Arkansas (2), Maryland, New York (3), Virginia (5),

Giardiasis . . . 213 . . . Alabama, California (46), Florida (29), Idaho (4), Iowa (4), Louisiana (4), Maine (8), Maryland (3), Massachusetts (7), Michigan, Missouri (10), Montana (2), Nebraska (5), New Mexico, New York (19), Ohio (31), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (10), Vermont (5), Virginia (5), Washington (14), West Virginia,

Lyme Disease . . .  248. . .  Delaware (8), Florida (2), Maine (2), Maryland (30), Massachusetts (6), New York (89), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (87), Tennessee, Texas, Vermont (6), Virginia (12), Wisconsin,

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . California, Texas,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 55. . . Illinois (2), Kansas, Maine (3), Missouri (2), New York (16), Ohio (3), Oregon (3), Texas (13), Virginia (11), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Florida, California

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 33 . . . Alabama, Arkansas (7), Florida (2), New York, Ohio, Tennessee (10), Virginia (11),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Washington.

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