Georgia 09/28/12 ajc.com: by David Ibata – A public health crisis involving four kittens given away outside a Wal-Mart in McDonough continued Friday with test results showing another kitten and its mother had rabies. Health authorities said a total of three of the felines now have been found infected with the potentially fatal disease. The mother and three kittens out of a litter of four have been located to date, Henry County officials said. A gray kitten named Maggi or Sweat Pea is still unaccounted for.
It all began when a woman took in a stray cat that later gave birth to four kittens. On Sept. 9, she and another woman went to the parking lot of the Wal-Mart to give the kittens away. A man who had adopted one of the kittens took it to a veterinarian after the animal became ill. Test results returned Sept. 19 showed the cat had rabies. Henry County officials scrambled to locate the other cats. After media reports of the rabies threat, a woman came forward with the mother cat, and another person turned in a second kitten. Test results returned Friday showed the mother and that kitten also had rabies. A third kitten has been found and will be tested for rabies Monday, according to Vince Farah, spokesman for Henry County Animal Care and Control. “There is still one kitten that is unaccounted for,” Farah said in a news release issued Friday afternoon. “Based on what has been discovered thus far, it is highly likely that the kitten yet to be identified also has rabies.”
Whoever has the feline or has information about it is urged to contact Vince Farah at county Animal Control, 770-288-7387. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Farah has said it is imperative that anyone who came in contact with any of the cats come forward, because the odds are “99 percent” every one of them had rabies. Rabies is deadly if left untreated. The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Other Rabies Reports:
Alabama 09/28/12 Escambia County: A raccoon found in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.northescambia.com/2012/09/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-near-atmore
California 09/26/12 Yolo County: Yolo County Animal Services officials need help in finding a dog that bit a bicyclist in Davis. The bicyclist was riding in the green belt near Rio Grande Street on Sunday about noon when she was bit by a mixed breed terrier with tan markings and wavy fur. The dog was on a leash held by a woman. The dog owner was described as about 30 years old, medium build, about 5 feet 7 inches tall. She had dark, short hair, was wearing a white sweat suit and carried a cell phone. A girl with the woman had a second, similar dog on a leash. The girl, about five years old, had her hair in pigtails. The biting dog lunged at the bicyclist and bit her. The dog owner walked on and the bicyclist was not able to get her name. Identifying the dog to verify current rabies vaccination might help the dog bite victim avoid rabies treatment. Anyone who knows the dog owner is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section, at (530) 668-5287.
Colorado 09/26/12 Mesa County: Health officials have confirmed that three bats have tested positive for rabies in the past week. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rabies-detected-in-3-bats-in-Mesa-County-3897465.php
Illinois 09/27/12 Will County: A bat trapped in the basement of a Coventry Chase home in Joliet has tested positive for rabies. – See http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/15414685-418/will-county-reports-10th-case-of-wildlife-rabies.html
New Jersey 09/27/12 Middlesex County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Patton Avenue and Elwood Street in Piscataway has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120927/NJNEWS/309270050/Raccoon-in-Piscataway-tests-positive-for-rabies?nclick_check=1
North Carolina 09/27/12 New Hanover County: Tim Burleson needs help finding a woman who owns a Golden Retriever that bit him at Wilmington’s Hugh MacRae Park last Saturday. Burleson must confirm the dog was vaccinated for rabies, or he’ll have to spend $1,000.00 for 8 painful shots, perhaps needlessly. If you can help, you are asked to call Animal Control at 910-798-7500. – See http://www.wect.com/story/19661632/man-bit-by-dog-desperate-to-find-owner
Virginia 09/27/12 Fairfax County: A sick fox found near Chain Bridge Road and Whitehead Street in the city of Fairfax has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/09/third-animal-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-fairfax-co–80363.html
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):
Alabama 09/28/12 Cleburne County: A horse stabled in the Heflin city limits has been diagnosed with EEE. – See http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20704
Georgia 09/28/12 Gwinnett County: Health officials have confirmed that a 78-year-old woman in the county is the 4th WNV-related fatality in the state this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/28/4862589/metro-atlanta-woman-dies-of-west.html
Kentucky 09/27/12 Madison County: A horse stabled in Waco is the 12th horse in the state to be diagnosed with WNV this year, and the 6th to be euthanized due to the virus. – See http://richmondregister.com/breakingnews/x325742187/Waco-horse-dies-from-West-Nile-Virus-Thursday-First-case-reported-in-Madison-County
Massachusetts 09/28/12 Essex County: State health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the town of Essex has been diagnosed with EEE. – See http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x964642697/Horse-positive-for-EEE-in-Essex-Manchester-Essex-ban-outdoor-evening-hours
Virginia 09/28/12 Loudoun County: Agriculture officials are urging horse owners to be certain their animals are vaccinated after a horse in the county contracted WNV and had to be euthanized. The 9-year-old Morgan gelding is the state’s first positive case of WNV in a horse this year. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/horse-in-loudoun-county-euthanized-after-contracting-west-nile-virus/2012/09/28/1811bc06-097c-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html
Ontario 09/28/12 windsorstar.com: A 71-year-old Windsor area man died of WNV-related encephalitis on Sept. 20th at Windsor Regional Hospital. – See http://www.windsorstar.com/health/West+Nile+virus+kills+local/7311774/story.html