CANADA: HUNTER survives GRIZZLY attack in ALBERTA ~ NEW MEXICO expands CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE area ~ NATIONAL CDC WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IL, MAx2, MN, NM, & VT ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: World RABIES Day Webinar.

Grizzly bear. Photo by State of California.

Canada:

Alberta 09/19/12 calgaryherald.com: by Jana G. Pruden and Mariam Ibrahim – A specialized “bear response team” is en route to the scene of a grizzly bear attack that left a 48-year-old man in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The man, whose name has not been released, was hunting alone in a forested area about nine kilometres northwest of Swan Hills on Tuesday morning when the bear attacked him from behind, said STARS air ambulance spokesman Cam Heke. The attack continued until the hunter was able to reach his gun and fire a round, scaring off the bear, Heke said. The hunter then walked several kilometres before he could get a cellphone signal and call for help. Emergency crews used an all-terrain vehicle to take the man out of the forest to the STARS helicopter, which took him to hospital in Grande Prairie. Dan Laville, a spokesman for Solicitor General and Public Safety, said the specialized bear team has been sent to the area to find out exactly what happened, including identifying the particular animal involved in the attack. “At this point, we don’t know which bear it is,” Laville said. “In Solicitor General terms, it’s under investigation.” He said the bear team’s investigation will include interviewing the victim, if possible, and visiting the scene of the attack. DNA samples from the injured hunter can be used to confirm whether a particular bear was the attacker. – For complete article see http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Bear+response+team+headed+Swan+Hills+after+grizzly+bear/7266824/story.html

Deer with CWD.

New Mexico 09/18/12 kunm.org: BY Laura Paskus – This week, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced it’s keeping a closer eye on southern New Mexico, where some deer are infected with chronic wasting disease. That disease attacks the brain and spinal column of deer and elk, causing them to become emaciated and eventually die. Chronic wasting disease isn’t widespread in New Mexico, but there are some hot zones near Cloudcroft and Alamogordo. To monitor the disease, the state is setting up field testing stations. They’re also making sure hunters don’t leave those areas with brain or spinal tissue from ANY deer. – For complete article see http://kunm.org/post/state-expands-chronic-wasting-disease-area
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

National 09/18/12 cdc.gov: Update – As of September 18, 2012, 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 3,142 human cases of WNV disease, including 134 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,630 (52%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,512 (48%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 3,142 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from seven states (Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California) and almost 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas. – See http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

Illinois 09/19/12 DuPage County: Health officials have confirmed 2 new human cases of WNV in the county bringing the total so far this year to 19, including 2 deaths. The cases all range in age from 20s to 70s and comprise residents of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont. – See http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/carolstream/newsnow/x726714866/Two-more-West-Nile-cases-reported-DuPages-total-up-to-19

Massachusetts 09/19/12 Middlesex County: Mosquitoes trapped on North Main Street in Newton have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x2076996869/Mosquitoes-with-EEE-found-in-Newton

Massachusetts 09/19/12 Essex County: State health officials have confirmed the first human case of EEE in the county has been reported in Georgetown. – See http://swampscott.patch.com/articles/first-human-eee-case-reported-in-essex-county-6bb87cd3

Minnesota 09/19/12 wday.com: State health officials confirm eight new human cases of WNV have been reported bringing the total number of WNV cases in the state so far this year to 60, including one death. – See http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/69047/group/homepage/

New Mexico 09/19/12 health.state.nm.us: Update – Two new human cases of WNV have been reported bringing the total for the state so far this year to 28, including one death. The new cases involve a 64-year-old man from Bernalillo County, and a 77-year-old woman from San Juan County. – See http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2012%20News%20Releases/NewsRelease-20120919-WestNileUpdate-EN.pdf

Vermont 09/19/12 Rutland County: State health officials have confirmed a second EEE-related death. Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury, died within the last few days after fighting the virus for several weeks. Two weeks ago, Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of Brandon died after five days of illness. – See http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

ANNOUNCEMENT:

World Rabies Day Webinar

For details see http://www.worldrabiesday.org/EN/events/wrd-webinar.html

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  1. Interesting as always. I rarely press Like, because the news are often so “bad”, but I read. Do you know about statistics for bear attacs yearly in USA or Canada?

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