CANADA: BOY, age 7, survives MOUNTAIN LION attack on BRITISH COLUMBIA’s Vancouver Island ~ Two CALIFORNIA campers stricken with HANTAVIRUS, one is dead ~ CALIFORNIA reports two MOUNTAIN LION sightings ~ NEVADA town reports 13 COYOTE attacks on PETS ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CT, IL, MAx2, PA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from GA, IL, NY, NC, & SC.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Canada:

British Columbia 08/16/12 huffintonpost.ca: BY Andree Lau – A cougar attack on Vancouver Island left a seven-year-old boy with cuts to his head and shoulder. The mauling happened on Sproat Lake, west of Port Alberni, on Wednesday morning, according to CTV. The boy, who was camping with his family on the lake’s east end suffered “significant injuries,” Port Alberni RCMP Cst. Tracey Corner told News 1130. The boy is expected to make a full recovery, reports CTV. Conservation officers shot and killed the animal on Thursday, said News 1130. Last summer, an 18-month-old boy was left with puncture wounds in the back of his head after a cougar encounter in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve east of Ucluelet.

Deer mouse. Courtesy National Park Service.

California 08/16/12 mercurynews.com: by Sandy Kleffman – A 37-year-old Alameda County man died and a Southern California woman is recovering after contracting the rare hantavirus, most likely after being exposed to mouse droppings or urine while vacationing at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park, health leaders said Thursday. The two stayed in separate tent cabins in Curry Village in mid-June and fell ill several weeks later. The state health department informed park officials two days ago that tests revealed the hantavirus in mouse droppings there, said ranger Kari Cobb. She noted that park employees have since scrubbed and inspected buildings and taken steps to limit entry points for rodents, things they do routinely. “Visitors should not be afraid to stay here,” Cobb said. This marks the first death of someone believed to have contracted the hantavirus at Yosemite. – For complete article see http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_21328192/hanta-virus-kills-one-californian-sickens-another-possibly

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 08/15/12 Portola Valley, San Mateo County: Emergency officials reported a mountain lion was seen Tuesday morning near Bear Gulch and Oak Creed roads. – See http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/08/15/mountain-lion-spotted-in-portola-valley-2/

California 08/16/12 San Andreas, Calaveras County: A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Pixley Avenue on Tuesday night in response to a complaint and found a large mountain lion in the Protestant Cemetery. The lion reportedly charged a deputy but did not make contact and then ran away. – See http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120816/A_NEWS/120819914/-1/A_NEWS07

Coyote Attacks:

Nevada 08/16/12 Spanish Springs, Washoe County: There have been 13 reported coyote attacks on local pets in the past several weeks. – See http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Coyotes-Attacking-Pets-in-Spanish-Springs-166349436.html?storySection=comments

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Connecticut 08/16/12 ct.gov/dph: Health Alert – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that a New Haven resident tested positive for WNV infection. This is the first case of human illness associated with WNV infection reported in Connecticut this year.

Illinois 08/15/12 Downers Grove, DuPage County: A woman in her 50s has been confirmed as the first local human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/15/4726961/dupage-county-reports-human-west.html

Massachusetts 08/15/12 Ludlow, Hampden County: Public health officials confirm they have diagnosed the first case of WNV in a horse this year. – See http://www.wggb.com/2012/08/15/case-of-west-nile-virus-found-in-ludlow-horse/

Massachusetts 08/16/12 Norwood, Norfolk County: WNV and EEE have been found in a mosquito pool located in the northwest area of town near the Westwood line. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/norwood/2012/08/west_nile_eastern_equine_encep.html

Pennsylvania 08/15/12 examiner.com: Three more human cases of WNV have been confirmed; two in Delaware County, and one in Centre County. All were hospitalized with meningitis but are recovering. The two previously reported cases were in Lancaster and Franklin counties. – See http://www.examiner.com/article/three-more-human-test-positives-for-west-nile-virus

Texas 08/15/12 Dallas, Dallas County: Mayor Mike Rawlings on Wednesday declared the city’s recent WNV outbreak to be a state of emergency and authorized the first aerial spraying of insecticide in the city in nearly 40 years. Dallas and other North Texas cities have agreed to the rare use of aerial spraying from planes to combat the nation’s worst outbreak of WNV so far this year. Dallas last had aerial spraying in 1966, when more than a dozen deaths were blamed on encephalitis. – See http://www.rdmag.com/News/FeedsAP/2012/08/life-sciences-dallas-approves-aerial-spraying-to-fight-west-nile/

Rabies:

Georgia 08/15/12 Lula, Hall County: A skunk that was in contact with two cats on Lula Road has tested positive for rabies. This is the 16th case of the virus in the county so far this year. – See http://www.11alive.com/news/article/252282/13/Hall-Co-confirms-16th-rabies-case-of-2012

Illinois 08/15/12 Arlington Heights, Cook County: A bat that was found in the local police department’s crime lab on the fourth floor of the village hall has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120815/news/708159853/

New York 08/15/12 French Creek, Chautauqua County: A cat that attacked two people on Friday has tested positive for rabies. Three more animals were in contact with the cat. – See http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/608611/Cat-Tests-Positive-For-Rabies.html?nav=5057

North Carolina 08/15/12 Greensboro, Guilford County: A fox found on Blue Heron Trail has tested positive for rabies. A person and a vaccinated dog were exposed. This is the 14th confirmed case of the virus in the county so far this year. – See http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/08/15/article/14th_case_of_rabies_reported_in_greensboro

South Carolina 08/15/12 Chappels, Newberry County: A bat that bit a person has tested positive for rabies. – See http://newberry.wistv.com/news/news/53456-2nd-animal-tests-positive-rabies-newberry-county

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One response to “CANADA: BOY, age 7, survives MOUNTAIN LION attack on BRITISH COLUMBIA’s Vancouver Island ~ Two CALIFORNIA campers stricken with HANTAVIRUS, one is dead ~ CALIFORNIA reports two MOUNTAIN LION sightings ~ NEVADA town reports 13 COYOTE attacks on PETS ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CT, IL, MAx2, PA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from GA, IL, NY, NC, & SC.

  1. It is kind of strange that mouse dropping can make a man to die, but I know it can be dangerous.

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