CANADA: MOUNTAIN LION attacks BC WOMAN inside her home ~ Geology student survives GRIZZLY attack in ALASKA ~ CALIFORNIA’s Yosemite Park officials confirm second HANTAVIRUS death ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IN, MA, MS, MO, & PA ~ RABIES reports from IA, MD, VT, & VA.

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


British Columbia 08/28/12 by David Trifunov – A Canadian woman’s dog helped her fend off a cougar attack after the starving cat wandered into the family home through an open door on the weekend. The incident happened in Trail, British Columbia on Saturday night, The Province newspaper reported. Angie Prime, 35, suffered only minor injuries to her leg. She said the cat looked old and emaciated, but that it was still dangerous. “My neighbors beside me heard me screaming, and my neighbor across the street heard me and they came running out,” she said today, according to CBC News. “So scary and so surreal,” said Prime, who told CBC she is 4-foot-2 and 78 pounds. “I can just be happy that I was barely even injured. That is just absolutely amazing.” Prime was on the couch talking to her husband on the phone when the animal appeared. One of Prime’s three dogs – a border collie – jumped off the living room sofa and tried to attack the big cat. The dog eventually chased the cougar back outside through the door it came into the home from. Police and conservation officers found the cougar a day later and destroyed it. “It was near death’s door, which makes them bold,” RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton told the Castlegar Source. “This is an extremely rare occurrence.”

Alaska 08/28/12 by Tim Mowry – A Seattle woman working for a Canadian mining company was attacked and bitten on the hand by a grizzly bear about 20 miles north of the Denali Highway near Tangle Lakes. Julia Stafford, 20, and a male co-worker she knows only as Kerry, were collecting rock samples in the rain when they encountered the bear in a foggy ravine about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. “The bear sort of walked out of the fog and it had two cubs with it,” Stafford told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( when contacted by phone Monday from her bed at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she was being treated for bites to her hand and scratches to her back. “We started walking uphill to get away from it and it started walking toward us,” she said. “We stopped once we saw it was following us and tried to get the bear spray out but by then it was already running toward us.” Stafford had the can of bear spray on her pack, which she was holding in her hands, when the bear charged. She didn’t have time to get it out before the bear crashed into them, she said. “I was wearing gloves and they were wet and it was confusing,” Stafford said. “There was just not enough time to get the bear spray out.”

Stafford is a geological engineering student at the University of British Columbia. She was working as a soil sampler for Pure Nickel Inc., a North American mineral exploration and development company based in Ontario. Stafford’s memory of the attack was like the weather foggy. It all happened in seconds, she said. The bear knocked both her and her co-worker down, and they both played dead. Once they were on the ground, the bear focused its attention on Stafford. “It bit my hand and kind of dragged me 20 feet over the rocks and just left me,” she said. “I was worried I was going to die briefly, but it was fine once she let me go and ran away.” – For complete article see

Deer mouse.

California 08/28/12 A second person has died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after visiting one of the most popular parts of Yosemite National Park earlier this summer, and park officials were warning past visitors to be aware of some flu-like aches and symptoms and seek medical help immediately if they appear. Health officials learned this weekend of the second hantavirus death, which killed a person who visited the park in June, spokesman Scott Gediman said in a statement. There was one other confirmed case of the illness, and another is being investigated. Yosemite officials are telling 1,700 past visitors they may have been exposed to rodent-borne disease, which can be carried in the urine, saliva and feces of infected deer mice. All of the at-risk visitors had stayed in the “Signature Tent Cabins” in Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village. Yosemite officials are sending email warnings to those who stayed there from mid-June through the end of August to beware of any symptoms of hantavirus, which can include fever, aches, dizziness and chills. Federal health officials say symptoms may develop up to 5 weeks after exposure to urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents, and Yosemite advised visitors to watch for symptoms for up to six weeks. – For complete article see

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

Indiana 08/28/12 Marion County: A second person in the state has died from WNV, local health officials said Monday. Earlier this month, an Evansville-area person died from the mosquito-borne illness. Last week, the state confirmed WNV in 10 people, including in Hamilton and Hancock counties. – See|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

Massachusetts 08/28/12 Pittsfield, Berkshire County: Health officials confirm a third human case of WNV has pushed the area alert to “high” level risk for the virus. Over the weekend an unnamed woman in her 70s was confirmed to have the virus. – See

Mississippi 08/27/12 The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 10 new (human) cases of the WNV. The reported new cases are in Forrest (1), Lamar (1), Lawrence (1), Lincoln (2), Madison (1), Marion (1), Rankin (2), and Warren (1) counties, bringing the state total for 2012 to 95 cases and two deaths. The deaths occurred in Lincoln and Smith counties. – See

Missouri 08/27/12 Lebanon, Laclede County: State health officials have confirmed the state’s first fatal human case of WNV. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said a 78-year-old victim contracted the illness in late July. A spokeswoman for the state health department declined to be more specific about where the man lived, but the Lebanon Daily Record reported he was a Lebanon resident. – See

Pennsylvania 08/28/12 Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County: Health officials confirmed a human fatality Sunday from complications caused by WNV. This is the first person in the state to succumb to the disease since 2008. It was actually encephalitis, a swelling of the brain sometimes caused by West Nile that killed the 82-year-old Joseph Krawetz, according to his daughter. – See


Iowa 08/27/12 Public Health Alert – State health officials say they are receiving an increasing number of bat-related rabies calls. These calls usually peak in August and September. According to the Department of Natural Resources, these are the months when interactions between humans and bats typically increase because of bat migration and increased mobility and traveling of young bat pups. So far in 2012, 11 rabid bats have been reported to IDPH. – See

Maryland 08/27/12 Garrett County: Health officials have confirmed a skunk that chased two dogs tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth case of laboratory-confirmed rabies in the county this year. The dogs had no contact with the skunk in the Aug. 16 incident but their rabies vaccination had lapsed. They were re-vaccinated and will be monitored closely for 45 days, the health department said. – See

Vermont 08/27/12 St. Albans, Franklin County: A raccoon found on August 22 in the cellar of a home on South Main Street has tested positive for rabies. – See

Virginia 08/27/12 Clifton, Fairfax County: A skunk that fought with a vaccinated dog in the 5500 block of Willow Valley Road has tested positive for rabies. –


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  1. Thanks for informing, Jerry, even if it is not “good” news.

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