TEXAS confirms 1,293 with WEST NILE VIRUS and 58 have died ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from LA, MA, RI, & SD ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CA, IL, MO, & NE ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, & NJ.

Image by Texas Department of State Health Services. Last updated September 18, 2012.

Texas 09/17/12 dshs.state.tx.us: Update – State health officials have confirmed 1,276 human cases of WNV spread across 107 counties in the state so far this year, including 58 deaths. In addition, officials have confirmed 150 birds, 41 horses, and 1,293 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. – For county details see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/

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

Louisiana 09/18/12 Lafayette Parish: At least two human cases of WNV have been diagnosed in the city of Lafayette. On Friday, officials confirmed a new WNV human case in a man older than 75 years who has since recovered. Officials have confirmed 215 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, including 10 deaths. – See http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120918/NEWS01/209180317/Lafayette-West-Nile-cases-found

Massachusetts 09/18/12: mass.gov/eohhs: News Release – Health officials announced today the 5th human case of EEE has been diagnosed in an Essex County resident in his 70s who is hospitalized. They also confirmed the 15th human case of WNV in a Greater Boston resident in his 40s. Officials said another horse, this one stabled in Plympton, has also been diagnosed with EEE. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/fifth-human-case-of-eee-and-fifteenth-human-case-of-wnv.html

Rhode Island 09/18/12 Washington County: Health officials confirm a mosquito trapped in Westerly has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/rhode_island/ap_rhode_island/Mosquitoes-in-Westerly-positive-for-West-Nile_29120703

South Dakota 09/19/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – State health officials confirm there have been 14 new human cases of WNV since last week bring the state total to 158 so far this year including 2 deaths. Counties with human cases are Aurora -4, Beadle -11, Brookings -5, Brown -35, Clark -2, Clay -1, Codington -6, Custer -1, Davison -7, Day -3, Edmunds -2, Faulk -2, Grant -2, Hamlin -2, Hanson -3, Hughes -6, Hutchinson -2, Hyde -2, Jerauld -2, Kingsbury -7, Lake -5, Lawrence -1, Lincoln -5, Marshall -6, McCook -1, McPherson -2, Miner -1, Minnehaha -14, Moody -2, Pennington -1, Roberts -1, Sanborn -3, Spink -4, Sully -1, Tripp -1, Turner -1, Union -1, Walworth -1, and Yankton -2.  In addition, 32 blood donors, 9 horses, 4 birds, and 77 mosquito pools have tested positive. – See http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate9-19.pdf

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 09/18/12 Madera County: Last week a family in Oakhurst contacted the U.S.D.A. and the state’s Department of Fish & Game to report that something had attacked and killed their goat. A baited trap was set and they caught a mountain lion that was euthanized in the interest of protecting community residents, pets, and livestock. – See http://www.kmph.com/story/19567984/mountain-lion-terrorizes-family-farm

Illinois 09/18/12 Cook and Lake counties: Residents in Highland Park and Northfield have reported mountain lion sightings. Since April 15th, at least seven unconfirmed sightings have been reported in North Shore communities. – See http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/15228777-418/more-cougar-sightings-in-highland-park-northfield.html

Missouri 09/18/12 Shannon County: A wildlife camera captured photos of a mountain lion on September 9th near Eminence. There have been several reports of mountain lions in the Ozarks over the past few years and officials say they are likely moving from western states, though there is no evidence that they have established a local breeding population. – See http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-mountain-lion-spotted-in-shannon-county-mo-20120918,0,3166465.story

Nebraska 09/18/12 Sheridan County: A mountain lion spotted in a tree overlooking a family’s chicken coop in Rushville last weekend was shot and killed by the property owner. Officials say sightings have increased in the area since the Wellnitz Fire that burned several thousand acres. – See http://www.sheridancountyjournalstar.net/news/666-mountain-lion-shot-near-rushville

Rabies:

Connecticut 09/17/12 New Haven County: A skunk that bit a Cheshire woman in her garage has tested positive for rabies. – See news video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FqlV0dOugQ

Florida 09/18/12 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog on Caloosa Boulevard near Bee Line Highway in Palm Beach Gardens has tested positive for rabies. Residents say nearby flood waters are forcing wild animals into their communities. – See article and news video at http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2248.shtml

New Jersey 09/17/12 Middlesex County: A bat found near a home in the vicinity of Valentine Street and South 4th Avenue in Highland Park has tested positive for rabies. This is the ninth rabid animal found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120917/NJNEWS/309170053/Rabid-bat-found-Highland-Park?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1

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