CONNECTICUT officials looking for WOMAN bitten by RABID CAT ~ FLORIDA county reports first WEST NILE VIRUS fatality ~ TRAVEL WARNING: Portugese island of MADEIRA reports DENGUE outbreak.

Connecticut 11/21/12 Windham County: by cbslocal.com – Health authorities are posting an urgent notice as they try to trace a woman bitten by a cat in Chaplin, Connecticut about two weeks ago.  The cat has since died, and a necropsy found it suffered from rabies, Director Robert Miller of the Eastern Highlands Health District says the woman was driving on South Bear Hill Road, with at least one child in her vehicle.  It was after 5 p.m. around November 8th, but because it was dark, the witness did not have more of a description than that.  The car was travelling between Cross Road and Canada Lane.

The woman had picked the cat up from the road, and told the witness it bit her.  Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus present in the saliva of infected animals. It has been about two weeks since the woman was bitten, and he says typically symptoms show up three weeks to six weeks after exposure. Miller says it is urgent that treatment begin before symptoms appear.  After that it is almost invariably fatal. Anyone who knows who the woman could be is asked to call the health district at (860) 234 6975.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 11/21/12 Duval County: Health officials have confirmed that a 60-year-old man is the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.news4jax.com/news/1st-death-associated-with-West-Nile-reported-in-Duval-County/-/475880/17512722/-/fud1yo/-/index.html

Travel Warning:

Madeira 11/21/12 ndtv.com: Europe is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever since the 1920s with more than 1,300 people infected with the mosquitoborne disease in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. In a rapid risk assessment, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that 25 cases of the disease – which is also called “breakbone fever” because of the severe pain it can cause – have been found elsewhere in Europe in travellers returning from Madeira. Such cases have so far been picked up in Portugal, Britain, Germany, Sweden and France, it said. “Given the dramatic expansion of endemic dengue transmission globally over the last 20 to 30 years and the high number of visitors to Madeira, the outbreak is large and constitutes a significant public health event,” the ECDC said in an assessment issued late on Tuesday. Since the outbreak began in early October, 1,357 cases of dengue fever have been reported by health workers in Madeira, including 669 laboratory-confirmed cases and 688 probable cases. Eighty-nine people have received hospital treatment but there have been no deaths so far. – See http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/large-dengue-fever-outbreak-in-madeira-spreads-cases-in-europe-295327

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