FOX that bites two WOMEN in DELAWARE had RABIES ~ UTAH family traps MOUNTAIN LION in their backyard shed ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, LA, NV, NJ, RI, TN, & TX ~ RABIES reports from NJ, TX, & ONTARIO, CANADA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 8, 2012.

Red fox. Photo by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Delaware 09/14/12 Sussex County: A fox that was first reported when seen on Park Avenue in Rehoboth, and later bit two women, one on Pennsylvania Avenue and another on nearby Oak Avenue, was pursued and killed by Rehoboth Beach PD Sgt. Scott O’Bier in the vicinity of Lake Gerar. Health officials have confirmed that the fox tested positive for rabies. – See http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/column/columnpost/rehoboth-officer-guns-down-rabid-purse-snatching-fox/895874

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Utah 09/14/12 Duchesne County: A father and son were confronted by a mountain lion when they walked into a shed behind the father’s home at 675 W. 200 North in Roosevelt on Wednesday. The home is in a residential area near the Kings Peak Elementary School and the Utah Basin Medical Center. Fortunately, the men were able to get out of the shed and close the door, trapping the animal until state wildlife agents could arrive and tranquilize it. The lion was released Thursday into a remote area of the Wasatch Mountains. – See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865562440/Roosevelt-man-finds-cougar-hiding-in-backyard-shed.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 09/15/12 Walton County: Health officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/273755/19/Walton-Co-sees-its-first-human-case-of-West-Nile

Louisiana 09/15/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: DHH officials have confirmed 39 new human cases of WNV in the state bringing the total to 215 human cases so far this year, including 10 fatalities. – See http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2632

Nevada 09/14/12 Clark County: Two weeks after health officials found WNV-infected mosquitoes in the Las Vegas Valley a human case involving a 75-year-old woman has been identified. The woman has been hospitalized with the serious neuroinvasive form of the virus. – See http://www.lvrj.com/news/west-nile-virus-hospitalizes-75-year-old-woman-in-southern-nevada-169832456.html

New Jersey 09/15/12 Camden County: Health officials have confirmed two more human cases of WNV, one in a 64-year-old Camden man, and another in a 50-year-old Collingswood woman. At least 22 human cases of WNV have been confirmed in the state so far this year, including a fatality involving a man in Burlington County. – See http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20120915_Two_more_West_Nile_virus_cases_confirmed_in_Camden_County.html

Rhode Island 09/14/12 Washington County: State health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped in the Cross Mills area of Charlestown has tested positive for WNV. It is the first time the virus has been found in the town this year. – See http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/west-nile-found-in-cross-mills/article_0c12462e-fedb-11e1-bd2f-0019bb2963f4.html

Tennessee 09/15/12 Shelby County: Health officials have confirmed that two men, ages 37 and 57, have been diagnosed with WNV raising the total number of human cases to 12 in the county and 21 in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wate.com/story/19550540/west-nile-virus-cases-rise-to-21-in-state

Texas 09/14/12 Waller County: Health officials have confirmed that a person living in the Hempstead area is the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. There have been 57 WNV-related fatalities in the state so far this year. – See http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Waller-sees-first-West-Nile-death-this-year-3867093.php

Rabies:

New Jersey 09/14/12 Middlesex County: A raccoon picked up in the vicinity of Ludlow Street and Rivercrest Drive in Piscataway has tested positive for rabies. – See http://njtoday.net/2012/09/14/rabid-raccoon-found-in-piscataway-2/

Texas 09/14/12 Travis & Hidalgo counties: The Austin/-Travis County Health and Human Services Department and Animal Services Office is working to identify an adult male who came in contact with a bat that has tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at 1401 San Jacinto St. A state trooper witnessed Kirk E. Morse handling a bat in the middle of the road with his bare hands. Morse is believed to be a resident of McAllen, but may still be in the Austin area. Multiple attempts have been made both in Austin and McAllen to locate Morse. Anyone who may have information about Morse is asked to contact the Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555. – See http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/man-possibly-exposed-to-rabies-sought

Canada:

Ontario 09/14/12 Huron-Kinloss: The Grey Bruce Health Unit wants to find the owner of a cat that bit a child in Ripley. Officials say it happened Tuesday as the young girl was playing in her backyard on William Street. The girl tried to pet the cat when she was bitten. The cat was black and it was wearing a red harness. Officials want to find the owner to ensure the cat doesn’t have rabies — and the young girl doesn’t have to go through painful rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 8, 2012:

Published September 14, 2012/ 61(36); ND-494-ND-507

Anaplasmosis . . . 4 . . . New York (4),

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Indiana,     

Ehrlichiosis . . . 2 . . . Florida, Virginia,

Giardiasis . . . 140 . . . Arizona, Arkansas (2), California (16), Delaware, Florida (21), Hawaii, Idaho (3), Iowa (2), Maine (9), Maryland (8), Michigan (2), Missouri (2), Montana (2), Nebraska (6), Nevada (2), New York (20), Ohio (14), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina, Vermont (3), Washington (11), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  101. . .  Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia, Maryland (3), Michigan, New York (53), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (35), Virginia (2), West Virginia,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 30. . . Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New York (13), Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas (6), Vermont,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . Georgia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 25 . . . Arkansas (3), Florida (2), North Carolina (11), South Carolina, Tennessee (8).

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