CDC HEALTH ADVISORY says more cases of new SWINE FLU VIRUS appear in three states ~ RABBITS near COLORADO’s Plaster Reservoir infected with TULAREMIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx4, IL, IN, LA, MI, & TX ~ RABIES reports from CA, CO, GA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, & VA.

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National 08/03/12 npr.org: by Rob Stein – Federal health officials Friday reported a jump this summer in the number of people who have gotten infected with a new swine flu virus. Sixteen cases of the new H3N2 swine flu have been confirmed in the last few weeks, including 12 in the last week alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Ten of last week’s cases occurred in Ohio, while the two others were in Indiana and Hawaii. The new cases bring the total number of cases of the new virus in people to 29 since the pathogen was first identified last year. Almost all the infections have occurred in people who had close contact with pigs — mostly kids at agricultural fairs.

Officials aren’t too worried yet because the virus isn’t spreading easily from person to person. Only three of the cases were hospitalized and no one has died, according the CDC’s Joseph Bresee. But whenever a pig virus jumps to people, it always raises concerns about a possible outbreak because so few people have immunity against it. And, as we’ve reported, there’s been more talk in recent years about the need for better monitoring the health of the animals most likely to pass on a flu virus with pandemic potential — pigs and birds. Some have criticized the pork industry for its reluctance to share data with human health officials. In 2010, the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture finally set up a surveillance system for pigs they’ve been discussing for years. But as for the current outbreak, the CDC is urging are urging people to wash their hands a lot and take other precautions whenever they have close contact with pigs.

Colorado 08/03/12 broomfieldenterprise.com: Tularemia has been found in rabbits collected near Plaster Reservoir in Broomfield. Broomfield Public Health and Environment on Thursday confirmed tularemia in the rabbits collected from the area south and west of the reservoir, which is northeast of 136th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. Tests were conducted after residents noticed several dead rabbits and biting deer flies in the area. The threat to humans from the outbreak is thought to be minimal and no trails will be closed, but Public Health and Environment Division is advising residents to avoid handling or coming into contact rodents, squirrels and rabbits. Tularemia is rare among humans, with less than 200 cases reported each year, according to the city. “It’s not a disease that is typically on our radar from year to year” for humans, said Public Health Officer Jeff Stoll. Though rare, people can be infected through tick and deer fly bites, handling animal carcasses, drinking contaminated water and breathing in contaminated dust.  – For complete article see http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/broomfield-news/ci_21228895/tularemia-found-rabbits-near-plaster-reservoir-broomfield?source=most_viewed

West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 08/03/12 Sacramento & Yolo counties: Vector control officials announced today that further evidence of WNV activity has been detected in the two counties as 41 mosquito samples, 43 dead birds, and 2 sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus this week. – https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/138ee6eb7b69010b

California 08/04/12 Rohnert Park, Sonoma County: The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District announced today that 2 (two) groups of mosquitoes have tested positive for WNV. The infected mosquitoes were trapped near Wilfred Avenue. – See http://rohnertpark.patch.com/articles/rohnert-park-mosquitoes-test-postive-for-west-nile-virus

California 08/03/12 Kern County: The Department of Public Health has announced the state’s first fatality of the year due to WNV. An 88-year-old woman died after being infected by the virus, which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. – See http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-west-nile-virus-fatality-california-20120803,0,5389803.story

California 08/04/12 Manteca, San Joaquin County: Officials have confirmed the first case of WNV in a horse, and the second confirmed human case in the county. – See http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120804/A_NEWS/208040324

Illinois 08/03/12 Skokie, Cook County: A 76-year-old woman has been hospitalized in what village officials are calling the first confirmed human case of WNV in the village this year. – See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-03/news/chi-skokie-woman-hospitalized-with-west-nile-20120803_1_skokie-woman-west-nile-virus-adult-mosquitoes

Indiana 08/03/12 Hamillton & Marion counties: The state’s first human cases of WNV have been confirmed in two separate counties. – See http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120803/BLOGS01/120809836

Louisiana 08/03/12 sfgate.com: Two people have died in the state as a result of WNV infections. The health department said Friday that the number of overall WNV infections in the state rose this week by 21 for a total of 53. WNV infections usually cause no symptoms or relatively mild flu-like symptoms. But, in some cases, the mosquito-borne virus causes life-threatening brain or spinal cord diseases — also known as neuroinvasive diseases — such as encephalitis or meningitis. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/2-West-Nile-deaths-reported-in-La-3760956.php

Michigan 08/03/12 Wayne County: Health officials confirm two human cases of WNV. Both patients were hospitalized with meningitis but have since been treated and released. – See http://www.freep.com/article/20120803/NEWS02/120803060/West-Nile-virus-reported-in-2-Wayne-County-adults

Texas 08/03/12 Williamson County: The county is grappling with human cases of mosquito-borne WNV, according to local health officials who said they are investigating two cases of the more serious neuroinvasive form of the ailment, which affects the nervous system. – See http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/health/entries/2012/08/03/williamson_county_also_grappli.html?cxntfid=blogs_salud

Rabies:

California 08/02/12 Fremont, Alameda County: Two bats were found last month that have tested positive for rabies bringing to four the number of the diseased animals found in the county this year, officials confirmed Thursday. The Mexican free-tailed bats were discovered Tuesday and July 25 in undisclosed locations. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21221281/two-rabid-bats-found-fremont

Colorado 08/03/12 Cañon City, Fremont County: A bat found at the Cañon City Public Library, 516 Macon Ave., on Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. The Fremont County Public Health Agency is asking anyone who had direct contact with the bat to notify them at 275-1626 and to immediately contact their health care provider about the possible need for rabies post-exposure treatment. – See http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/news/canoncity-local-news/ci_21230155/rabid-bat-caught-at-ca-city-public-library

Georgia 08/03/12 Richmond Hill, Bryan County: A family dog had to be euthanized this week after interacting with a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. The dog was not up to date on its shots. This is the third raccoon in the county in the past two months found carrying the deadly disease. – See http://www2.wsav.com/news/2012/aug/03/rabies-threat-forces-richmond-hill-family-euthaniz-ar-4268946/

Minnesota 08/03/12 Aitkin, Aitkin County: Carol Schefers, 38, has no intention of swimming in a Minnesota lake again. On July 28th, she was attacked and bitten by an otter. The incident occurred on Ude Lake in Aitkin. Schefers suffered bites on her legs, foot, and one hand, and spent 9 hours in a hospital being treated for potential exposure to rabies. This is the second otter attack in a northern Minnesota lake in less than a month. – See http://www.kare11.com/news/article/985521/391/Another-MN-woman-attacked-by-an-otter?odyssey=tab|topnews|bc|large

New Hampshire 08/02/12 Bartlett, Carroll County: A fox found near Nordic Village on Route 16 in the Glen neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/91711-rabid-fox-found-in-bartlett

New Jersey 08/02/12 Burlington County: Two wild animals in Palmyra and Cinnaminson have tested positive for rabies, according to Palmyra Police, after one tried to attack a family’s two dogs. A fox and a groundhog, who were either found dead or killed on the 900 and 1100 blocks of Morgan Avenue, were tested by county officials. Both came back positive for rabies. – See http://cinnaminson.patch.com/articles/two-wild-animals-in-palmyra-tested-positive-for-rabies

New York 08/02/12 LaGrange, Dutchess County: Dutchess County health officials are looking into the possibility that a cat that bit two people in the Town of LaGrange on Wednesday, August 1 at 9:40 a.m. may be rabid. After biting the two individuals, the cat ran off into the woods near the intersection of Noxon Road and Titusville Road. The cat is a gray juvenile tabby cat with stripes and is presumed to have rabies based on its behavior and appearance, the Dutchess County Health Department said Thursday. If you or someone you know, or any domestic pets were bitten by a cat matching that description within the past few days, or if you know the whereabouts of the animal, you are asked to call the Dutchess County Health Department as soon as possible at 845-486-3404.

North Carolina 08/02/12 Falls Lake, Wake County: A beaver attacked two swimmers and both are being treated for potential exposure to rabies. The beaver disappeared but within 24 hours there was a second incident and park employees shot the beaver, but it sank into the lake before they could recover the body. – See http://www2.nbc17.com/news/wake-county/2012/aug/02/8/beaver-attacks-2-falls-lake-ar-2486521/

Pennsylvania 08/03/12 Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: A visitor to the park was bitten by a beaver Thursday while swimming in the Delaware River just south of Eshback Access, park Superintendent John J. Donahue said. The beaver tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.njherald.com/story/19193535/rabid-beaver-bites-delaware-water-gap-park-visitor

Virginia 08/02/12 Bedford: A fox that was found last month in the city has tested positive for rabies, officials said Thursday. – See http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2012/aug/02/rabid-fox-found-bedford-ar-2103601/

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