RHODE ISLAND WOMAN bitten by FISHER ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, NJ, PA, & VA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from NV, OH, & TX.

Fisher. Photo by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Rhode Island 10/01/12 turnto10.com: A Lincoln (Providence County) woman has been hospitalized after being attacked and bitten by a fisher while walking her dog in her yard. Tracey Chartier was attacked Wednesday by the animal, which is typically found in the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada, and commonly referred to as fisher cats. Chartier said she was barefoot and kicked it, and said the animal bit, scratched and mangled her feet. “The claws were very, very long,” she said. She said the claws of the fisher impaled the skin in her foot and went so deep, she’s being treated for an infection at Rhode Island Hospital. She’s also being treated for rabies as a precaution. “Everybody said you know, ‘You should have done this, you should have done that. You know, you should have ran.’ But no matter what I did, I would have got attacked or my dog would have got attacked,” Chartier said. Chartier said the family remains a little afraid to step outside into the back yard. “I’m a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. My husband’s a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. The kids, you know, I don’t know what’s there or what’s going to come out,” she said.

Other Rabies Reports:

Alabama 10/01/12 wsfa.com: A Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says helicopters will be used to drop rabies vaccine packets in part of the River Region this week. City of Prattville officials were informed Monday morning that the USDA/APHIS will be using helicopters to drop packets of rabies vaccine over parts of Elmore and Autauga counties in the Prattville area this week as part of the National Rabies Management Program to fight the spread of the virus. USDA/APHIS Wildlife Biologist Dana Johnson told officials that the virus is an issue predominately with the raccoon population, but it has also been known to be found in the fox population. Johnson explained the air-dropped vaccine will be wrapped in fish meal. Animals will be attracted to the fish meal, when they bite into it, they will break the pouches that contain the vaccine. According to the USDA website, 81,000 baits are expected to be released in and around the Prattville area This oral vaccine isn’t dangerous to pets if they ingest it, however, if you come into contact with the baits, just move the baits to a wooded area and make sure to wash your hands afterwards. If you see wildlife that seems sick or is acting abnormally, contact Johnson at 334-844-8029. Any wild animal that allows you to approach it should raise an alarm. For more information, see the full release on the City of Prattville’s website.

New Jersey 10/02/12 Camden County: A skunk that fought with a dog in the Cedarbrook section of Winslow Township on September 26th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Rabid-Skunk-in-Winslow-Township-Rabies-Tips-172339221.html

Pennsylvania 10/01/12 Bucks County: by Bob Keeler – Getting six stitches in his face wasn’t the end of the medical treatment needed for a 1-year-old boy who was bitten by a dog Sept. 15 in West Rockhill’s James Memorial Park. “He actually had to go back in the hospital due to an infection,” Pennridge Regional police Chief David Mettin said at the Sept. 26 Pennridge Regional Police Commission meeting. The child will also likely need to be treated to avoid the possibility of rabies, he said. “Unfortunately, I think he’s probably going to have to get the shots,” Mettin said, “and that’s because we haven’t found the dog. The dog, described as black and medium sized, came from a wooded area near the baseball field, not from the dog park, police said. The dog lunged at the child and bit his face, then fled after the child’s father kicked the dog, police said. Anyone with information on the incident or a stray dog in the area is asked to call the police at 215-257-5104.

Virginia 10/02/12 Henrico County: A skunk that attacked a dog on Armstead Circle in Sandston on September 28th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wtvr.com/2012/10/02/henrico-rabies/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Nevada 10/02/12 southernnevadahealthdistrict.org: News Release – Health officials have confirmed four additional human cases of WNV. The patients, a 25-year-old woman with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness; a 52-year-old man with the less serious form of the illness; a 68-year-old woman and a 64-year old man, both with the more serious neuroinvasive form the illness and both of whom are hospitalized. The health district reported its first 2012 case in September in a 75-year-old woman. That patient, who was hospitalized, has since died; she is the fourth WNV-related death in Clark County since 2003. This brings the number of 2012 WNV cases in Clark County to five. – See http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news12/100212.php

Ohio 10/01/12 Clark County: Health officials have confirmed that WNV was a contributing factor in the death of an 84-year-old county man. This is the state’s 4th WNV fatality. Statewide, there are 97 probable human cases of WNV. – See http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/lifestyles/health/first-west-nile-related-death-reported-in-area/nSQ8L/

Texas 10/02/12 Bexar County: A Metropolitan Health District spokesperson has confirmed the official count of human cases of WNV in the county has risen to 26. The number of WNV-related fatalities remains at 2. – See http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/West-Nile-cases-in-Bexar-hit-26-3910719.php

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