CDC publishes 2011 statistics on LYME DISEASE ~ TICK myths revealed ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from MOx2, & SD ~ COYOTE reports from IL, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from TEXASx2 ~ RABIES reports from AL, CA, & NC.

National 11/07/12 Update – In 2011, 96% of Lyme disease cases were reported from 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, & Wisconsin. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States–in 2011, it was the 6th most common Nationally Notifiable disease. However this disease does not occur nationwide and is concentrated heavily in the northeast and upper Midwest. – For Tables, Charts, Maps, and Data File see  –  Also, for the September 24, 2012 webinar and transcript for the HHS Federal Research Update on Lyme Disease Diagnostics see


Deer tick.


Maine 11/07/12 Lots of information about ticks and what we, and especially hunters, should know about them. Focus is on Maine, but most applies to ticks in general. – See

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Missouri 11/0/12 Taney County: Conservation officials have confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Oct. 31st on private land near Branson.  – See|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

Missouri 11/07/12 St. Charles County: A Lake Saint Louis resident reports seeing a mountain lion before 6 a.m. last week as he drove along Harrier Drive in the Heritage of Hawk Ridge subdivision. He said it was running across the road toward the golf course and continued into the woods. – See

South Dakota 11/07/12 Custer County: A state wildlife officer has confirmed that a resident of the city of Custer shot and killed a mountain lion that was on his front porch. The officer said the lion may have been after the man’s pets and the shooting was justified. – See

Coyote Attacks:

Illinois 11/07/12 Kane, DuPage, Kendall, & Will counties: Police reported today that a small dog was attacked and carried off by coyotes in North Aurora this past weekend. The incident happened in the 2800 block of Sterkel Road, between Kelley and Western drives.  In an incident the previous day, a man walking a dog on a leash in Tanner Trails Park encountered two coyotes near Bauer Road and Schrader Lane, but they did not attack. – See


Ontario 11/07/12 Ottowa: Police are investigating a potential coyote attack that took place in the Findlay Creek Community on Oct. 24th after a mother reported that her daughter, 14, had been bitten while in a park. The girl, who is now being treated for possible exposure to rabies, said the animal was injured and walking on only three paws. Residents are being warned to remain alert. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Texas 11/06/12 Tarrant County: Health officials have confirmed that a North Richland Hills woman in her 30s is the 11th person to die of WNV in the county so far this year. A total of 39 people have now died of the disease this year in North Texas. – See

Texas 11/07/12 El Paso County: Public health officials have confirmed a woman, 47, in ZIP code 79912, and a woman, 53, in ZIP code 79907, have tested positive for WNV. This brings the total number of human cases in the county to 30 this year. – See


Alabama 11/07/12 Lee County: A dog left anonymously at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Opelika over the weekend has tested positive for rabies. The dog, a Chow-mix, bit a clinic technician who is being treated for exposure to the virus. “The concern here is that we have no idea who this dog belongs to,” said Buddy Bruce, the county rabies officer. “Those people who dropped this dog off, have been exposed to it and therefore probably have come in contact with rabies, and they have no idea about it. If these people were bitten by this dog, they’re going to develop rabies and die.” Anyone with information that could identify the dog’s owner is asked to contact Bruce at 334-745-0060. – See

California 11/07/12 Trinity County: Health officials confirm that a fox found in the East Weaver area has tested positive for rabies. – See

North Carolina 11/06/12 Polk County: Health officials confirm that a fox that attacked a man on Nov. 2nd in the John Smith Road area of Green Creek has tested positive for rabies. – See


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