CALIFORNIA MAN’s death believed due to RABID BAT bite ~ Other RABIES reports from FL, ME, MN, & NY ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from IOWA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AL, CT, FL, & MS.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

California 10/05/12 cdc.gov: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – On July 8, 2012, a U.S. resident was admitted to a hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for evaluation of right arm spasticity, anxiety, and malaise. By the next day, the patient had become comatose following a period of agitation. On July 31, he died. Investigators from CDC, state, and local health departments determined that the patient acquired rabies from contact in March with a bat in California. (Tests showed the patient’s viral RNA sequence was similar to a viral variant associated with the insectivorous Mexican free-tailed bat, Tadarida brasiliensis, a species common in the southern United States and Mexico.) Once symptoms begin, rabies is almost always fatal. While he was potentially infectious, during June 11–July 31, the patient traveled on eight international flights through six countries. To date, 59 persons have been identified as contacts, and 23 persons have been administered post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); no secondary cases have been identified. Bites or scratches from bats or other animals suspected of having rabies should be regarded seriously; victims should promptly seek consultation with public health practitioners and medical-care providers. This report highlights the need for collaboration to 1) identify persons who potentially had contact with infectious materials from a person infected with rabies, 2) conduct a risk assessment, and 3) provide prophylaxis to all those with a reasonable risk for contact with infectious materials (e.g., tears, saliva, or neural tissue from a person with rabies contacting open wounds or mucous membranes of an uninfected person). – For complete case report and references see http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6139a1.htm?s_cid=mm6139a1_e

Author’s Note: According to an article in the 10/04/12 issue of the Mercury News eEdition, the victim was a 34-year-old man from California’s Contra Costa County. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21703098/contra-costa-county-man-dies-from-rabies-believed

Other Rabies Reports:

Florida 10/04/12 Bay County: A raccoon killed in the vicinity of Highway 79 and Panama City Beach Parkway near Panama City Beach has tested positive for rabies. This is the 9th animal testing positive for the virus in the county so far this year. – http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/Rabies-Confirmation-in-Bay-County-172737621.html

Maine 10/04/12 Sagadahoc County: A raccoon that bit a vaccinated dog in the north end of Bath on Monday has tested positive for rabies. This is the third case of rabies confirmed in the city so far this year. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/04/news/midcoast/raccoon-that-attacked-dog-marks-third-confirmed-rabies-case-in-bath-in-2012/?ref=latest

Minnesota 10/04/12 Lyon County: A family’s pet cat that suddenly began biting and acting strangely has tested positive for rabies. The cat, which was unvaccinated, was reported to have had exposure to a skunk within the past month. – See http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/536293/Lyon-County-cat-tests-positive-for-rabies.html?nav=5015

New York 10/04/12 Herkimer County: A fox suspected of biting two Frankfort residents in separate incidents over the course of two days has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Two-bitten-by-rabid-fox-in-Frankfort-172760931.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Iowa 10/04/12 Polk County: Local Des Moines city police shot and killed a mountain lion today in the 3900 block of Columbia Street not far from an elementary school. A homeowner reported the large cat in his backyard and when the animal attempted to escape the officers shot it in the interest of public safety. – See http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/Police-shoot-mountain-lion-in-back-yard-of-Des-Moines-home/-/9357080/16855062/-/uy6i25z/-/index.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alabama 10/03/12 Lauderdale County: Health officials report the latest human case of WNV has been identified in a male county resident in his 50s. The total number of human cases statewide is now 31 so far this year. – See http://www.waff.com/story/19729022/more-west-nile-virus-cases-confirmed-in-north-ala

Connecticut 10/04/12 ct.gov: Human cases of WNV in the state have reached a record high of 18. The largest concentrations are in Fairfield and New Haven counties. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/2012/10/04/conn-sets-record-for-human-west-nile-cases/4MeK69gg041cwi6DFI5jjM/story.html

Florida 10/04/12 Bay County: Health officials have confirmed that a blood screening process has identified a human case of WNV in a 46-year-old woman who tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/19738291/first-case-of-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-bay-county

Mississippi 10/03/12 Madison County: Health officials confirm that last week a county resident died of WNV. To date, there have been 200 human cases, including five deaths. – See http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=25625

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