MASSACHUSETTS and VIRGINIA confirm FOX attacks ~ OHIO State Fair presenter sent home when HOGS test positive for SWINE FLU ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AL, CT, FL, GA, NJ, NM, NY, ND, OH, PA, SD, & UT ~ RABIES reports from AL, NJ, NY, & SC ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending July 28, 2012.

Gray fox. Photo by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Massachusetts 08/07/12 southcoasttoday.com: by Ariel Wittenberg – A Birchfield Street resident was bitten by a fox while walking her dog this morning in what town officials are calling a “possible rabies event.” Fairhaven Health Agent Patricia Fowle said there is no direct evidence that the fox is rabid, but that the victim is being treated for rabies at a nearby hospital. “The lady was out walking the dog … and a fox appeared out of the woods at the east end of the street,” Fowle said. “It went after the woman and not the dog, which is cause for concern.” Fowle said she received a call shortly after 10 a.m. from Animal Control informing her of the incident. Animal Control went to the scene of the biting but could not find the fox. – For complete article see http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120807/NEWS/120809890/-1/NEWS10

Red fox. Courtesy National Park Service.

Virginia 08/07/12 wset.com: by David Tate – An aggressive fox that bit a Blacksburg woman has some neighbors very concerned. Police are keeping an eye out for the animal because it still hasn’t been captured or killed.  People in the area have definitely heard of the attack and are taking precautions for everything from their children to their pets. Until the fox that attacked a woman in a driveway is caught and tested for rabies, the Blacksburg neighborhood off Glade Road will be on edge. – For complete article and video see http://www.wset.com/story/19219301/rabid-fox-on-the-loose-in-blacksburg

H3N2 Infuenza Virus:

Ohio 08/06/12 springfieldnewsun.com: by Tiffany Y. Latta – An area resident who recently showed animals at the Ohio State Fair has tested positive for swine flu, becoming the first confirmed case of the H3N2 influenza virus in Clark County. The young girl, whose name and age were not released, was exposed to the virus after having direct contact with two hogs that were sent home from the fair in Columbus last week after tests revealed they had swine flu.. . . . Ohio currently has 15 confirmed cases, including 14 cases in Butler County that were associated with those who had direct contact with swine at their recent county fair. – For complete article see http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/clark-county-resident-tests-positive-for-new-swine/nQB9p/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alabama 08/06/12 Mobile County: Health officials say sentinel chickens in two locations have tested positive for WNV. The locations are in the 36613 ZIP Code area and the 36571 ZIP Code area. – See http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2012/aug/06/west-nile-virus-confirmed-two-mobile-county-zipcod-ar-4286804/

Connecticut 08/07/12 CT Department of Public Health: News Release – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced mosquitoes testing positive for WNV have been identified in 32 towns so far this season. The virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes trapped in a widening area of Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties.

Florida 08/06/12 Jacksonville, Duval County: Four new cases of WNV bring this year’s total to five human cases of the mosquito-borne illness in Jacksonville. The Duval County Health Department says the most recent cases involve 35 and 52-year-old males and 41 and 54 year-old females. WOKV is told by the DCHD that three have been treated and released from the hospital.  The fourth is expected to be released today or tomorrow. – See http://www.wokv.com/news/news/local/four-new-cases-west-nile-virus-jacksonville/nQB33/

Georgia 08/07/12 Sandy Springs, Fulton County: Health officials confirm a mosquito sample found in Wills Park has tested positive for WNV. The Georgia Division of Public Health notified the department that mosquito samples in six Fulton County communities have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. – See http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/mosquito-with-west-nile-virus-found-in-north-fulton-d61452ad

New Jersey 08/07/12 Morris County: A health official confirmed the county has discovered 35 pools of WNV infected mosquitoes, which is slightly more than in most previous years. – See http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2012/08/more_mosquitoes_testing_positi.html

New Mexico 08/07/12 Bernalillo County: The department of health confirms that a 63-year-old man has been diagnosed with WNV. He is hospitalized with the more severe clinical form of the virus with neurological symptoms including encephalitis. This is the first human case of WNV in the state this year. – See http://www.dchieftain.com/2012/08/07/health-department-confirms-first-human-west-nile-case-in-2012

New York 08/07/12 Babylon, Suffolk County: Health officials confirm an adult younger than 55 is the first person on Long Island to be diagnosed with WNV this year. – See http://online.wsj.com/article/APfba916de7d1842ad8308dac84dc0128e.html

North Dakota 08/07/12 Dickey County: State health officials announced the first human case of WNV reported in the state this year. The patient is a 50-year-old male who has been hospitalized. – See http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=58543

Ohio 08/05/12: Ohio health officials are confirming the state’s second human case of WNV this year. Meanwhile, recent tests in Summit County show an increase in the number of cases of mosquitoes infected with the virus over last year. The Department of Health confirmed the virus Aug. 1 in a 48-year-old man in Cuyahoga County near Cleveland, the Associated Press reported. He was hospitalized with inflammation of the brain. An 85-year-old man was hospitalized with WNV encephalitis in Clermont County, in southwest Ohio, the state Department of Health confirmed July 27. The agency on Aug. 1 said more than 445 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus so far this year, a jump from under 60 around this time last year. – See http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/5207378

Pennsylvania 08/06/12 Franklin & Lancaster counties: Two counties present first human cases of WNV in the state this year. A Franklin County woman is now recovering after being hospitalized with meningitis due to WNV, and a Lancaster County woman is recovering after contracting West Nile fever, the milder form of WNV. Due to an unprecedented level of mosquitoes carrying WNV, the Department of Health strongly urges residents to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes. – See http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pennsylvania-department-of-health-reports-first-west-nile-virus-human-cases-of-2012-2012-08-06

South Dakota 08/06/12 Hughes County: State health officials reported today that a county resident in the 80 to 89 age group has died of WNV. It is the first death related to WNV in the state since 2007. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/138fcd6c3bdc6b14

Utah 08/06/12 Box Elder County: Public health officials verified the state’s first human case of WNV for 2012. The individual is between the age of 18 and 39. – See http://fox13now.com/2012/08/06/health-officials-confirm-first-human-case-of-west-nile-virus/

Rabies:

Alabama 08/07/12 Rock Stand, Randolph County: A domestic cat that was growling and acting strangely has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.therandolphleader.com/news/article_e6e825fc-e0ae-11e1-b6c5-001a4bcf887a.html

New Jersey 08/06/12 Upper Deerfield, Cumberland County: A raccoon found fighting with a dog in the backyard of a local residence has tested positive for rabies, according to health department staff. No people were bitten, but the resident was exposed to the raccoon’s saliva. – See http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/08/rabies_case_confirmed_in_upper.html

New York 08/06/12 poughkeepsiejournal.com: Public health officials are looking for a person who was bitten by a cat believed to have rabies. On the morning of Aug. 1 at the Mobil gasoline station at 298 Titusville Rd. in LaGrange, a gray juvenile tabby cat with stripes was exhibiting symptoms consistent with rabies, the department notice said. After the cat bit two people, it ran off into nearby woods. Of two people bitten, one has received treatment. But the other has not, so far as health officials know. She is a woman in her early 20’s with short brown hair or a ponytail who was wearing a teal-colored shirt and khaki pants, believed to live locally. Immediate treatment for potentially rabid animal bites is critical for the individual’s health. Anyone who can help should call the Dutchess County Department of Health at 845-486-3404 weekdays or 845-431-6465 after-hours.

South Carolina 08/06/12 Simpsonville, Greenville County: A bat found inside a local home has tested positive for rabies, according to state health officials. – See http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120806/NEWS/308060058/Bat-tests-positive-rabies-Simpsonville?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News&nclick_check=1

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending July 28, 2012:

Published August 3, 2012/ 61(30); ND-410-ND-423

Anaplasmosis . . . 19 . . . Alabama, Missouri, New York (17),

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

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . North Carolina,  

Ehrlichiosis . . . 9 . . . Arkansas, Florida, Missouri (2), New York, Tennessee, Virginia (3),

Giardiasis . . . 119 . . . Alabama, Alaska (2), Arkansas (2), Florida (20), Idaho, Iowa (3), Maine, Maryland (2), Michigan, Missouri (3), Nebraska (3), Nevada (2), New York (28), Ohio (13), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (14), South Carolina (2), Virginia, Washington (14), West Virginia, Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  254. . .  Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware (9), Florida (3), Maryland (18), Nebraska (2), New York (108), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (67), Vermont (9), Virginia (29) Washington (4)

Rabies (Animal) . . . 41. . . Alabama, Illinois (3), Kentucky, New York (13), Ohio (2), Texas (8), Vermont (2), Virginia (11),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Missouri (2), 

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 34 . . . Alabama (5), Arkansas (5), Florida (4), Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri (5), New York, Ohio, Tennessee (3), Virginia (8).

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