MOUNTAIN LION kills prize LAMB in COLORADO ~ MONTANA couple on motorcycle strike and kill MOUNTAIN LION on I-15 ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AR, CA, CO, FL, MAx3, TN, & VT.

Mountain lion. Photo by State of Oklahoma.

Colorado 09/23/12 Douglas County: A mountain lion attacked and killed a prize winning lamb in Sedalia right in its owner’s backyard. The lion is still at large. – See http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/09/23/lamb-killed-by-mountain-lion-will-cost-family-thousands/

Montana 09/23/12 Interstate 15: A Jefferson City couple on a motorcycle struck and killed a mountain lion near mile-marker 186 on I-15 between Clancy and Helena on Sept. 22nd.  The driver was airlifted to a hospital in Helena with head injuries. The lion was killed by the impact. – See http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/Couple-Hits-Mountain-Lion-on-Motorcycle-Driver-Hospit-170928791.html

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

Arkansas 09/19/12 arkansas.gov: News Release – State health officials have confirmed that five fatal human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, which is a new annual record. There have been a total of 41 human cases of WNV in the state this year, which is just two shy of the annual record hit in 2002. – See http://www.arkansas.gov/health/newsroom/index.php?do:newsDetail=1&news_id=733

California 09/24/12 cdfa.ca.gov: Update – State officials have confirmed one additional case of equine WNV: an 18-month-old unvaccinated filly stabled in Fresno County. For 2012, a total of eighteen horses have been confirmed positive for WNV. The positive horses are located in the following counties Butte, Calaveras, Fresno (3), Glenn, Kern(2), Merced, Sacramento(2), San Joaquin (2), Shasta (3), Stanislaus and Yolo counties. Five of the positive horses have been euthanized. – See http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/WNV_Info.html

Colorado 09/24/12 Delta County:  An 82-year-old county resident is the 3rd fatal human case of WNV in the state and the first in the county so far this year. There have been 29 human cases of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.montrosepress.com/news/delta-county-man-dies-of-west-nile-virus/article_b3b8fe62-0675-11e2-9f11-001a4bcf887a.html

Florida 09/24/12 Santa Rosa County: Health officials have confirmed a 3rd human case of WNV in the county so far this year. – For details and spraying schedule see http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_third-case-west-nile-virus-reported-santa-rosa-county-25417.shtml

Massachusetts 09/24/12 Essex County: Health officials have announced that Charlene Manseau, 63, of Amesbury is the second person to die of EEE in the state so far this year. Becky Barnett said her mother’s cancer treatments may have weakened her immune system, making her more susceptible to the virus. – See http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/09/24/amesbury-woman-second-massachusetts-resident-die-from-eee-this-year/PPMBSomwukDfohaq5cmWvO/story.html

Massachusetts 09/24/12 mass.gov/eohhs: Update – Public health officials have confirmed that a man under the age of 18 in Plymouth County is the 7th human case of EEE in the state this year. Also confirmed are two additional human cases of WNV, one in a Boston resident and the other in a resident of Hampden County, both in their 50s. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/seventh-human-case-of-eee-two-more-human-cases-of-wnv-.html

Massachusetts 09/24/12 Essex County: State public health officials have announced that mosquitoes collected in Rowley have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x240468511/EEE-detected-in-Rowley-mosquitoes

Tennessee 09/24/12 Knox County: Today, health officials confirmed a second human case of WNV in the county. – See http://www.wate.com/story/19623352/second-case-of-human-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-knox-county

Vermont 09/24/12 Rutland County: State officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in Pittsford has tested positive for EEE. This is the second horse diagnosed with EEE in the state so far this year. – See http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20673

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