CANADA: B.C. HUNTER kills GRIZZLY attacking him ~ KITTEN given away in McDonough, GEORGIA, had RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from CA, ME, & NC ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MA, MS, & RI.

Grizzly. Photo by Horem. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

British Columbia 09/24/12 cbc.ca: A hunter is recovering at home in northern B.C. after he shot and killed a grizzly bear that was attacking him. Conrad Boyes, of Vanderhoof, B.C., said he was hunting in a remote area near Fort Nelson earlier this month when he was confronted by the grizzly. He said the bear stood up on its hind legs and let out a roar. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground wrestling with the huge animal. “She crunched down on my jaw on my left side … busted my jaw all to pieces,” Boyes told CBC News Monday. “I ripped my gun down from my shoulder, took the safety off and pulled the trigger twice, and she was just on top of me,” he said. “I got my gun in front of me, and then bang-bang, and that was it.” Boyes suffered a broken jaw, and several deep cuts to his face and body. He walked 45 minutes to his camp, where his family called for help. Boyes was then airlifted to Fort Nelson and later transported to a hospital in Edmonton. He said his recovery has been quicker than expected, and he plans to return to hunting as soon as possible. “Oh yeah, I’m looking forward to next year. We’re going hunting again. We’re going back there next year.” – For photos/video see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/09/24/bc-grizzly-attack-fort-nelson.html

Rabies:

Georgia 09/24/12 myfoxatlanta.com: by Chris Shaw – A litter of kittens that was given away in a Walmart parking lot has sparked a rabies scare in Henry County. Investigators said two women set up lawn chairs in front of the Walmart in McDonough on Saturday, August 25, and gave away kittens. A family who adopted one of the cats said that within days, their new pet got terminally sick. After a vet put the animal down, tests confirmed that the kitten had rabies. “The virus is already starting to take effect, and by then, death is eminent,” said Vince Farah of Henry County Animal Control. Farah said that if one kitten is positive, it’s likely that other kittens in the litter also have rabies. Authorities are seeking to locate other families that adopted kittens from that litter. Farah said that those families should consult their physicians about starting rabies treatment. They should also contract animal control officials. Investigators say one person was scratched by the kitten that tested positive for rabies, but she’s been treated and never tested positive herself.

 California 09/24/12 Los Angeles County: A record-high of 45 rabid bats has been confirmed in the county this year. The Department of Public Health is reminding all residents to avoid touching any bats or wild animals. Previously, the highest number of rabid bats seen in the county was 38 in 2011. “The reason for the increase in rabid bats is unclear. Regardless, it is important that everyone understand the potential dangers posed to themselves and their pets as most of these rabid bats have been found in and around homes,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “Children and teens especially should avoid handling bats or other wildlife, even if their intentions are to nurse an injured or ill animal back to health. If a bat is found near a home, a school, or another area frequented by people or pets it must be reported to the local animal control agency so rabies testing of the bat can be arranged.” – See http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubdetail.cfm?unit=media&ou=ph&prog=media&cur=cur&prid=999&row=25&start=1

Maine 09/24/12 Kennebec County: State health officials have confirmed that an apparently unvaccinated pet dog in the town of Albion has tested positive for rabies. The dog was acting aggressively and bit its owner, then became ill and died. Tests also showed the dog was infected with a rabies strain commonly carried by raccoons. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2012/09/24/health/maine-reports-first-rabid-pet-dog-in-almost-a-decade/

North Carolina 09/24/12 Guilford County: Health officials have confirmed that a fox found on Grace Williams Road in Summerfield has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed to the virus and is being treated. This is the 20th case of confirmed rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/247006/57/20th-Case-Of-Rabies-Confirmed-In-Guilford-County

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

Massachusetts 09/25/12 Plymouth County: According to local health officials, a child in Marshfield is the 7th resident in the state, and the 2nd in this town, to contract EEE this year. – See http://boston.com/metrodesk/2012/09/25/marshfield-child-becomes-seventh-mass-resident-contract-eee/FSUBh2i8ztsI69fQbS1DOO/story.html

Mississippi 09/24/12 msdh.ms.gov: Update – State health officials report 17 new human cases of WNV for 2012. The new cases were reported in Adams (1), Bolivar (1), Desoto (2), Hancock (1), Hinds (3), Leflore (1), Lincoln (1), Madison (4), Rankin (1), Sunflower (1), and Yazoo (1) counties, bringing the state total to 186 cases and four deaths. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,12925,341.html

Rhode Island 09/25/12 Bristol County: Health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 60s is the third human case of WNV in the state this year. –  http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode-island/2012/09/25/human-case-west-nile-virus-reported/X1b0ydVgvfJfCPKdqz0dPJ/story.html

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  1. For more information about feral cats and rabies google…. “Rabies Outbreak in Westchester County and the Connection to Feral Cats” and “The Magic Rabies Shot?” and “Undiagnosed Human Rabies Deaths?”

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