MONTANA game officers kill MOUNTAIN LION that attacked DOG ~ ALABAMA reports four HORSES with EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ CDC reports 242 total HUMAN CASES of WEST NILE VIRUS in 42 states, including four deaths this year ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IL, MA, OH, & SD ~ RABIES reports from MD, & MO.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Montana 08/02/12 missoulian.com: by Gwen Florio – A mountain lion suspected of confronting several people in the Clearwater Junction area was killed Wednesday night after attacking and injuring someone’s dog. “We’re quite confident it’s the same cat,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Jay Kolbe said Thursday. Kolbe was called around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday after a lion attacked a couple’s dog near their family cabin in Riverwatch, just north of Harpers Lake where a lion also had approached people. After a sighting Monday night at Salmon Lake campground, FWP stationed wildlife conflict specialist Bob Wiesner and his chase dog Spinner in a camper there. When Wiesner, Spinner and Kolbe all converged upon the Riverwatch cabin Wednesday night, the lion was still there, Kolbe said. Spinner treed it, and the lion was killed. “Things went about as well as we could have hoped,” Kolbe said. “I can’t say enough about Bob’s dedication and hard work this past week to put his life on hold,” he said of Wiesner. “You never know when that call’s going to come.”

He said the young male lion was extremely emaciated, with its ribs showing, which may provide a clue as to why it was so willing to approach people in campgrounds. Two weekends ago, a lion came within 20 feet of a 4-year-old girl in the Harpers Lake Campground – and then refused to back off when adults tried to scare it away. In the two preceding days, a lion in the same area approached two different people, Kolbe said. FWP attributed all those reports to the same lion. “This is unusual behavior. This is a 1 percenter. That’s why we respond lethally,” he said. “It doesn’t mean people shouldn’t enjoy the outdoors.” Most lions bolt at the sight of people, he said. Case in point – a pair of lions spotted Monday night in Salmon Lake, Kolbe said. One was large, one much smaller, and the two called to each other as though they were mother and offspring. “They did not act aggressively and moved off when approached,” he said. Which is exactly what lions are supposed to do.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Alabama 07/31/12 Dallas County: State health officials confirm there have been four positive cases of EEE found in horses in the county. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Encephalitis-cases-found-in-Dallas-County-horses-3751442.php

National 08/01/12 cdc.gov: News Release – The CDC is urging people to take steps to prevent WNV infections.  Outbreaks of the disease occur each summer in the United States.  This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity. Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 241 human cases of WNV disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from three states, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. – For complete release including best way to prevent WNV see http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0801_west_nile.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Illinois 08/02/12 Oquawka, Henderson County: Mosquito batches collected by health department staff members have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.thehawkeye.com/story/West-Nile-080212

Massachusetts 08/02/12 Arlington, Middlesex County: Public health officials announced Thursday that WNV has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the town. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/arlington/2012/08/west_nile_virus_found_in_arlin.html

Ohio 08/01/12 Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County: State health officials have confirmed that mosquito traps in the city and throughout the county have tested positive for WNV. A total of 374 WNV positive mosquito pools have been identified statewide this year and one human case has been identified in Clermont County. – See http://www.cleveland.com/shaker-heights/index.ssf/2012/08/mosquitoes_test_positive_for_w.html

South Dakota 08/02/12 doh.sd.gov: News Release – WNV detections increase with 9 cumulative human cases: Brown 4, Aurora, Hughes, Kingsbury, Lake, & Roberts counties; 7 cumulative positive blood donors: Aurora, Beadle, Brown, Edmunds, Hanson, Lincoln, & Turner counties; 1 WNV positive horse: Hanson County; 1 WNV positive bird: Roberts County; and 34 WNV positive mosquito pools: Brown 21, Brookings 6, Hughes 4, Codington 2, and Lincoln counties. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/138e82cc782e426e

Rabies:

Maryland 08/01/12 Waldorf, Charles County: Two people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a bat found in an apartment tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120801/NEWS/708019623/1074/rabid-bat-causes-treatment-for-2&template=southernMaryland

Missouri 08/01/12 Nodaway County: A bat captured inside a residence has tested positive for rabies. – See http://nodawaynews.com/pages/?p=4806#more-4806

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