National 09/11/12 cdc.gov: News Release – As of September 11, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 118 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,405 (53%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,231 (47%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 2,636 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Mississippi, Michigan, and Oklahoma) and 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.
(See “Two CALIFORNIA campers stricken with HANTAVIRUS, one is dead” posted 0817/12; “CALIFORNIA’s Yosemite Park officials confirm second HANTAVIRUS death” posted 08/29/12; “HANTAVIRUS cases linked to YOSEMITE now total six including two fatalities” posted 09/01/12; and “Third HANTAVIRUS death linked to YOSEMITE” posted 09/10/12.)
California 09/13/12 latimes.com: by Kate Mather – Another person was sickened by hantavirus traced to Yosemite National Park, the latest in an outbreak that has grown to nine cases and has killed three visitors since mid-June. The latest case, which sickened a California resident, is believed to have originated in one of Curry Village’s signature tent cabins in early July, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. A total of eight cases have been linked to the insulated signature tent cabins; the other to the High Sierra Loop that connects Yosemite Valley with Tuolumne Meadows and other areas. But the latest case differs from the others in that it was considered a “hantavirus infection,” officials said. Although very rare, some hantavirus cases don’t show the respiratory symptoms found in hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, according to the California Department of Public Health. The eight other cases tied to Yosemite developed into the full-fledged hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The person with the hantavirus infection has since recovered, Gediman said. The park received confirmation of the case Thursday morning. – For complete article see http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/hantavirus-in-yosemite-9th-case-reported-as-another-visitor-sickened.html
Mountain Lion Sightings:
Colorado 09/13/12 Golden, Jefferson County: Several residents in the vicinity of Lookout Mountain Road have reported a mountain lion sighting or signs within the past week. A Parks and Wildlife spokesperson said the reports have been confirmed. – See http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/golden/news/mountain-lion-spotted-in-west-golden-neighborhood/article_a1817eee-fde3-11e1-a6a3-0019bb2963f4.html
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):
Massachusetts 09/13/12 mass.gov/eohhs: News Release – The 4th human case of EEE in the state is a Plymouth County resident in his 60s who is hospitalized. Health officials also confirmed the 14th human case of WNV in a Hampden County resident in his 50s who was hospitalized but has been released. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/new-human-cases-of-eee-and-wnv-announced.html
Oklahoma 09/13/12 newsok.com: A total of 133 confirmed human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year, including 8 fatalities. This is the highest number of cases the state has seen since the virus entered the U.S. in 1999. – See http://newsok.com/west-nile-virus-cases-still-rising-in-people-horses-in-oklahoma/article/3709359
Rhode Island 09/13/12 Bristol & Newport counties: A mosquito trapped in Barrington on Sept. 5th has tested positive for EEE. This is the 4th EEE-positive mosquito trapped in the state this year. Three mosquitoes trapped in the state have also tested positive for WNV, and there has been one confirmed human case of WNV in Newport County: a man in his 50s who has recovered. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/96f4f0b9bc414affaf6976f41e4ff176/RI–Mosquito-Viruses
Washington 091/13/12 doh.wa.gov: News Release – A Benton County woman is the second resident to be infected with WNV without leaving the state. The woman, in her 50s, was hospitalized. Another travel-related case has also been confirmed — a teenage boy who lives in Clark County. Test results were confirmed at the state’s Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline, bringing the total WNV human case count in the state this year to four. – See http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2012NewsReleases/12139WestNileVirusMoreHumanCases.aspx
California 09/12/12 Rubicon Bay, El Dorado County: Animal Services is searching for the owner of two German Shepherds that bit a 68-year-old woman while she was walking in Rubicon Bay, according to a Monday statement from the county. The incident happened about 4:45 p.m. Aug. 31. on Highland Drive when the dogs, off leash and running alongside their owner’s truck, approached the woman and bit her on her leg, according to the statement. The owner of the dogs stopped and allegedly provided incorrect contact information to the woman, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Animal Services officers are looking for the dogs’ owner to verify the dogs are current on their rabies vaccinations. Without this verification, the woman may need to have post-exposure rabies treatments, according to the statement. The county asks anyone with information to contact Animal Services at 530-573-7925.
New York 09/12/12 Batavia, Genesee County: The mother of a boy who was bit by a dog two days ago is getting nervous. Nobody has come forward yet as the owner of the dog, and no Good Samaritan has helped by identifying the dog and its owner. That leaves a week left to try and find the dog and determine whether it carries rabies. Without the confirmation, her boy will need to go through a painful round of rabies shots. After further discussions with the boy, more details are available on the man and his dogs. The man is described as about 6-feet tall, older and with a potbelly. The dog that bit the boy is likely a mix breed. After looking through photos with her son, the mother does not believe the dog was a pit bull. Its face was droopier and had longer ears. The dog was brown and black and brindled (stripes). The owner was walking it with a harness (rather than a collar). The man was also walking a slightly smaller yellowish dog. The boy encountered the dogs on Vine Street near John Kennedy School. It’s likely the owner lives within a quarter mile of the school since that’s the neighborhood he was walking in. The man has not been seen in the neighborhood since. Anybody with information that may assist in locating the dog, please call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.
Rhode Island 09/12/12 Jamestown, Newport County: A stray kitten that had been adopted by a resident in the area of Highland Drive near Fort Wetherill state Park and then died has tested positive for rabies. Officials warn there is a colony of strays in the area the kitten came from and they are trying to determine if others were adopted. It is assumed they were all exposed to the virus and might all be infected. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/south_county/jamestown-kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies
Texas 09/12/12 Abilene: City officials announced today that a skunk that was in contact with a dog on the city’s south side has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/sep/12/just-rabies-case-reported-abilene/