CANADA: Alaskan angler fishing Morice River in BRITISH COLUMBIA badly mangled by GRIZZLY ~ CANADA: Teenage NOVA SCOTIAN attacked by COYOTE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2, MA, NH, NY, TX, & WI ~ RABIES reports from AZ, FLx2, ID, IL, PA, RI, & TX.

Grizzly sow with cub. Courtesy National Park Service.

Canada:

British Columbia 09/21/12 vancouversun.com: by Tiffany Crawford – An Alaskan angler mauled by a grizzly bear this week in northwestern B.C. has been airlifted to a Vancouver hospital where he will undergo intensive surgery for many broken bones and a missing jaw. Sergeant Kevin Nixon, a spokesman for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, says the 65-year-old man was fishing alone at dusk on Tuesday in the Morice River in Houston when he startled a sow and one or two of her cubs. It was around 7:30 p.m., and the man was just packing up his fishing gear for the evening. It’s believed he was crouching down to put something in a bag, and when he stood up the bear lunged at him. After the mauling, and with multiple broken bones all over his body, the man somehow crawled about 300 metres out of the rural wooded area to a road. Nixon said a woman was driving along the road at that moment and saw him curled up in the ditch. She stopped to help the man and when she realized the severity of the situation called emergency services. “If she hadn’t stopped for him, this could have been a life-or-death situation,” said Nixon. The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was transported to a hospital in Smithers but was later airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. Mounties believe the man was on vacation from a small town in Alaska and are trying to contact his family. Corp. Aaron Geary, a spokesman for the Houston RCMP, declined to release his hometown because it could identify the victim. He said the man’s camper van has been towed from the fishing site. The area, he said, is a popular destination for fly fishing and attracts people from all over the world, including celebrities and politicians. Nixon said the man’s condition is not known but he has severe facial and head injuries, multiple broken bones and deep puncture wounds. He said the man is missing his lower jaw and will require months of reconstructive surgery. – For complete article see http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Angler+survives+grizzly+attack+airlifted+Vancouver+hospital/7279178/story.html

Coyote Attacks:

Canada:

Nova Scotia 09/20/12 halifaxnewsnet.ca: Natural Resources officials responded to an incident that appears to have involved an aggressive coyote.   The attack happened the morning of Friday, Sept. 14, near Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, and was reported to the department earlier this week. A 16-year-old girl was struck from behind and knocked to the ground along a rail line near the school. The girl suffered scratches on her face from the animal’s paws. She has been examined by health officials and her injuries are not considered serious. The animal was frightened off by a car that sounded its horn. “This is a serious incident and our department is taking all necessary steps to keep the community safe from aggressive coyotes,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We will continue to investigate and keep residents in the area aware of our activities.” Natural Resources officials are working on-site and have called in a trained trapper. Staff members are working with school officials to ensure safety information on coyotes is available to students, staff and parents. Nova Scotians are reminded that when faced with an aggressive coyote they should remember the acronym BAM — Back away, Act big, and Make noise. If attacked, the person should defend themselves with whatever is available. The Natural Resources agency has a program to deal with aggressive coyotes that threaten human safety. There are 13 experienced trappers across the province ready to remove aggressive coyotes when necessary. Staff provides public education on coyotes, and educational materials are available for Nova Scotians and public schools. Information on the Be Coyote Smart program is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .

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

California 09/20/12 Yuba County: Health officials report one confirmed and three probable human cases of WNV in the county. The confirmed case is in an Olivehurst resident who was hospitalized. The three probable cases are in residents of Olivehurst, Marysville, and a rural area of the county. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4836881/one-human-west-nile-virus-case.html

California 09/21/12 San Francisco County: A dead bird found near the City College of San Francisco has tested positive for WNV. There have been no human cases of WNV in the city of San Francisco since 2005, but 126 human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year, including six deaths. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21601882/bird-west-nile-virus-found-near-city-college

Massachusetts 09/20/12 mass.gov/eohhs: Updates – Health officials have confirmed the 6th human case of EEE in an Amesbury woman in her 60s. They have also confirmed the 17th human case of WNV in a Brookline woman in her 20s. – See details and “Choosing an Effective Repellent” at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/

New Hampshire 09/20/12 dhhs.state.nh.us: News Release – Health officials announced today that two emus in the Cheshire County town of Fitzwilliam, and a horse in the Hillsborough County town of Derry have been diagnosed with EEE. The risk level for EEE in those communities has been raised from “remote” to “high”. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=mm#inbox/139e4b861992f211

New York 09/20/12 Suffolk County: State health officials have confirmed a third human case of WNV in the county, and several other potential cases are still being analyzed. – See http://easthamptonstar.com/?q=News/2012920/Spray-Decried-Third-W-Nile-Case-Found

Texas 09/20/12 Lubbock County: City health officials in Lubbock have confirmed the 8th human case of WNV in a female over the age of 50 who did not travel outside the county within two prior to the onset of her illness. – See http://kfyo.com/city-of-lubbock-confirms-8th-case-of-west-nile-virus/

Wisconsin 09/21/12 Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties: Health officials in Appleton announced that a bird has tested positive for WNV. – See http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/sep/21/bird-in-appleton-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/

Rabies:

Arizona 09/18/12 Pima County: A bat found in the parking lot of the county’s Juvenile Court in Tucson has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rabid-bat-found-outside-Pima-County-juvenile-court-3875652.php

Florida 09/19/12 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog in West Palm Beach east of Jog Road between Belvedere and Southern boulevards has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/second-case-of-rabies-confirmed-in-palm-beach-coun/nSFbp/

Florida 09/19/12 Suwannee County: A rabies alert has been issued after a skunk that was found in an area north of US-90 West and CR-132 South near the Suwannee River State Park tested positive for rabies. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1052805500/Rabies-alert-issued

Idaho 09/20/12 Southwest District: Health officials have issued a rabies warning after reports of unusual daylight bat activity along with an increasing number of bats testing positive for the virus in the district. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/170587176.html

Illinois 09/19/12 Will County: A bat found in the backyard of a home in the 24000 block of Brown Lane in Plainfield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/health-department-rabid-bat-found-in-plainfield

Pennsylvania 09/19/12 Bucks County: A 15-month-old boy from West Rockhill Township underwent treatment for infected wounds on his face and may have to be treated for potential exposure to rabies following an attack on Saturday by a Black Labrador mix at James Memorial Park. According to NBC10, James Heller was playing with his mother and her fiancé at the park, when a dog attacked and pounced on him. Heller’s mother, Jacque Heller, said she saw the dog approach out of the corner of her eye, but wasn’t initially concerned because the park is located next to a dog park. Heller’s fiancé kicked the dog off James, according to the article, and Jacque rushed her bleeding son to her truck and transported him to Grandview Hospital for emergency treatment. James received stitches and was released, but was readmitted Tuesday night because the cuts became infected. Rabies shots might be needed because police cannot find the dog. James Heller was still at Grandview Hospital on Wednesday and might also need plastic surgery. If anyone has information about the dog, please contact Pennridge Regional Police at 215-257-5104.

Rhode Island 09/20/12 Newport County: Police officers in Jamestown have set traps at Fort Wetherill State Park in an attempt to catch feral cats that may be infected with rabies. The fear stems from the fact that an injured kitten found at the park last month and adopted by a local family became ill and later tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2012-09-20/Front_Page/Rabies_threat_prompts_town_to_trap_feral_cats.html

Texas 09/21/12 Burnet County: Officials in the city of Burnet have issued a rabies warning after a skunk that bit a resident in the 800 block of Mildred Street tested positive for the virus. – See http://dailytrib.com/news/burnet/17343-burnet-officials-issue-rabies-warning-after-resident-bit-by-diseased-skunk

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