September 28 is WORLD RABIES DAY ~ FLORIDA confirms locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from SOUTH DAKOTA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC – NATIONAL, MS, OK, SD, TX, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

World Rabies Day 09/28/12 Educational Materials and Resources – The World Rabies Day Education Bank is loaded with rabies prevention resources collected from all around the world. Here you’ll find materials specifically designed for veterinarians, humane organizations, teachers, children, healthcare workers and pet owners. Below is a list of some recent resources we have released specifically for raising awareness on World Rabies Day. Click here to visit the education bank.

All about Rabies! Todo acerca de la Rabia! Educational package for children that focuses on responsible pet ownership and rabies prevention

·         English: (Ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11) (Ages 12-14)

·         Spanish: (6 a 8 anos) (9 a 11 anos) (12 a 14 anos)

·         Rabies: Simple Steps Save Livesvideo (English) (French) (Spanish) (Mandarin)

·         Be Safe Around Dogs coloring book (English/Spanish), (French/Creole), (Mandarin), (Kannada)

·         Bats Can Have Rabies (US) poster (English) (Spanish)

·         Rabies Blueprint: Guide for preventing human rabies; (English) (Spanish) (Français) (Arabic) (Russian) (Portuguese)

·         Rabies Postexposure BasicsOnline course designed for healthcare providers and public health professionals.

World Rabies Day Photo Contest – From August 1st until December 31st, the World Rabies Day Photo Competition is open for everyone to promote the cause of the Campaign and to have the chance to win one of three prizes. Upload your photo to the WRD Facebook page and include the date and location from which it was taken as well as a short message in the description. Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos. The three photos with the most votes on Facebook will win the competition and receive prizes and a special write up on the World Rabies Day website and Global Alliance for Rabies Control newsletter. Final determination of winners is at the discretion of World Rabies Day. Please upload high resolution images to the WRD Facebook page. These are usually taken at your cameras highest setting. Pictures taken with your phone may not be high enough quality. Please use a good camera. We would love to show off your photos!  Click here for more information about this competition.

“Understanding Rabies” – Video Release – We are pleased to offer this video series entitled, “Understanding Rabies. These short educational videos cover the following topics:

·         What is Rabies?

·         What animals are most likely to be rabid?

·         Rabies symptoms

·         Rabies diagnosis

·         Preventing rabies

·         Rabies medical research

We invite you to view our videos and share them as part of your outreach for World Rabies Day and beyond!  Watch the Videos:

Merial Rabies Symposium and Webcast: September 29, 2012 – With great pleasure, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control has awarded the 2012 Merial Rabies Symposium to North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  A full-day rabies symposium, sponsored by Merial, with talks from local and international experts will be held at North Carolina State University and we hope that students in their veterinary, biomedical, and public health sciences programs will all participate to help spread the One-Health message.  Those unable to attend in-person can register to participate for FREE via live webcast.  For more information please go to:

Dengue Fever:

Florida 09/27/12 Health officials received confirmation of the first locally acquired case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade County.* The individual was diagnosed with Dengue Fever based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests. The individual fully recovered from this illness. Dengue Fever is a viral disease transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics. It is not spread from person to person. The symptoms of Dengue Fever include, fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for Dengue Fever. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Dengue Fever, please call your healthcare provider to see if you need to be seen. – See

* Author’s Note: According to a CBS 12 News report, the person is a woman between 60 and 70 years of age.

Mountain Lion Sightings:

South Dakota 09/26/12 Minnehaha County: Several mountain lion sightings in Valley Springs have led a state official to think the reports are credible. Young mountain lions from the Black Hills often follow waterways across the state in search of new territory. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

CDC – National 09/25/12 Update – According to the CDC, as of today 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 3,545 human cases of WNV disease in people, including 147 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,816 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,729 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 3,545 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in September since 2003. Seventy percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Illinois) and 38 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas. – See

Mississippi 09/26/12 Madison County: Health officials have confirmed a new death from WNV bringing the state’s total this year to five. There have been 195 human cases reported in the state so far this year. – See

Oklahoma 09/26/12 Muskogee County: John Archer, 78, of Muskogee, died on Sept. 24th from WNV. This is the 4th human case of WNV in the county this year, and 9th WNV-related fatality in the state so far this year. – See

South Dakota 09/26/12 Update – Health officials have confirmed 175 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, which is an increase of 17 cases since last week. There have been two fatalities. In addition, positive WNV tests have been confirmed in 37 blood donors, 10 horses, 5 birds, and 82 mosquito pools. – For counties involved see

Texas 09/27/12 El Paso County: Health officials have confirmed two more WNV-related deaths in the city of El Paso: two men who lived in the 79963 ZIP code area, ages 25 and 68, recently died from the virus. So far this year five people have died from the disease in El Paso and 27 have been diagnosed. – See


Ontario 09/27/12 Public health officials in Ontario are confirming two people have died after contracting the West Nile virus in what they called the worst outbreak in a decade. Health officials in the province’s southwest attributed the death of a 71-year-old man in Windsor-Essex County to the virus Thursday. Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable (human) cases of West Nile in the province as of Sept. 25. That includes a 74-year-old Toronto man whose death two weeks ago has been attributed to the virus. The only year Ontario had more cases was in 2002 — the first year West Nile virus cases were reported in Canada; that year there were 394 human cases. – See


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