TICKS near CALIFORNIA’s Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve test positive for TULAREMIA ~ MISSISSIPPI confirms first HUMAN case of WEST NILE VIRUS in 2013 ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, GAx2, MD, NJ, NCx3, PA, TXx3, VT, VAx2, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ TRAVEL WARNING: CDC issues LEVEL 1 TRAVEL WATCH on NOVEL INFLUENZA A (H7N9) VIRUS.

Black tailed jack rabbit. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Black tailed jack rabbit. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

California 04/09/13 pomeradonews.com: Several ticks trapped in routine monitoring near Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve March 29 have tested positive for tularemia, also known as “rabbit fever,” San Diego County Department of Environmental Health officials said Tuesday. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say tularemia is a potentially dangerous illness that people can contract from infected animals such as rabbits and rodents in a number of ways — through direct contact with an infected animal; by drinking or inhaling contaminated water, dust or aerosols; or through “vectors,” pests such as ticks that bite an infected animal and then a person. . .

American dog tick. CDC.

American dog tick. CDC.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, County Public Health Officer, said tularemia cannot be transmitted from person-to-person and can be treated with antibiotics. However, Wooten said that the illness can be serious and even deadly in rare cases, and that people should consult their doctors immediately if they think they have contracted the disease. – For complete article including protective measures see http://www.pomeradonews.com/2013/04/09/ticks-in-penasquitos-preserve-test-positive-for-%E2%80%98rabbit-fever%E2%80%99/

Author’s Note: According to the CDC, ticks that transmit tularemia to humans include the dog, wood, and lone star ticks. Deer flies also carry the disease.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Madison County

Madison County

Mississippi 04/08/13 Madison County: State health officials confirmed the state’s first human case of WNV this year. Last year, the state reported 250 confirmed cases including 5 deaths. – See http://www.wjtv.com/story/21914595/first-ms-west-nile-virus-case-confirmed-for-2013

Rabies:

13620Connecticut 04/08/13 New London County: A cat found in the area of Bank and Howard streets near Crocker’s Boatyard in the city of New London has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.theday.com/article/20130408/NWS01/130409576/1047/NWS

Florida 04/01/13 Marion County: Health officials have confirmed that a raccoon found in the northern section of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wuft.org/news/2013/04/01/raccoon-tests-positive-raccoon_lgmarion-county-officials-issue-rabies-alert/

Georgia 04/08/13 Hall County: A raccoon that fought with five dogs in the vicinity of Toombs Street in Lula recently has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=260223

Georgia 04/04/13 Fayette County: A raccoon reported acting disoriented in the vicinity of Lone Oak Drive off Padgett Road in Starr’s Mill has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/04-04-2013/rabid-raccoon-killed-south-starr%E2%80%99s-mill-area

Help2164Maryland 04/08/13 Carroll County: A person was bitten by a dog on Autumn View Drive in Sykesville April 4 and will undergo expensive post-exposure rabies shots if the dog is not found and verified to be healthy before April 12, according to a Carroll County Health Department. Residents are being asked to help find this dog or its owner so that the rabies shots will be unnecessary. According to a press release, the dog is a Shepherd mix, medium build, and is not wearing a collar. Contact the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-1334 or the Carroll County Humane Society at 410-848-44810 with any information.

USDA APHIS.

USDA APHIS.

New Jersey 04/02/13 Cape May County: Officials will distribute 41,000 oral rabies vaccine baits throughout the county beginning April 22nd.  Most of the bait will be air-dropped, but some will be distributed by hand in raccoon habitats such as storm drains and other areas considered inaccessible from the air. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/cape-may-county/36745-hed-more-than-41000-vaccine-laden-baits-to-be-distributed-in-county.html

North Carolina 04/05/13 Wake County: Three unvaccinated dogs were euthanized after a raccoon that one of the dogs interacted with in the 4800 block of Clifton Road in Knightdale tested positive for rabies. That dog also tested positive for rabies and the other two dogs lived in the same household. – See http://www.wral.com/three-dogs-euthanized-in-knightdale-after-rabies-exposure/12310812/

images4g44g78North Carolina 04/04/13 Orange County: A raccoon that was killed by a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of NC Highways 15 & 501 and Bennett Road in Chapel Hill on Monday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/fourth-rabies-case-reported-in-orange-county/12304604/

North Carolina 04/04/13 Guilford County: A raccoon found on Longview Road in High Point has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.news-record.com/news/1010575-91/guilford-county-sees-third-case

Pennsylvania 04/03/13 Crawford County: Two raccoons that were reported fighting with unvaccinated dogs in separate incidents have tested positive for rabies. The first incident occurred March 25th on Towpath Road in Union Township. The dog received rabies vaccine and has been quarantined for 180 days. The second incident occurred March 28th in the vicinity of Gravel Run Road in Woodcock Township. The dog was euthanized. – See http://www.titusvilleherald.com/articles/2013/04/03/news/doc515b965f00826605497625.txt

Texas 04/08/13 Tarrant County: A skunk reported by a resident near Timber Run Drive in Southwest Arlington has tested positive for rabies. It was reported that a dog found the injured skunk on March 30th. – See skunk245mn2http://www.arlingtonvoice.com/story/news/04/08/2013/skunk-southwest-arlington-tests-positive-rabies

Texas 04/01/13 McLennan County: A skunk found in the 400 block of Shadow Mountain in Woodway has tested positive for rabies. This is the third case of animal rabies in the Waco-area within the last week. – See http://www.wacotrib.com/news/greater_waco/woodway/rabies-confirmed-in-woodway-skunk/article_6d4220c3-9523-5ba5-b135-a8755d1b4ba8.html

batPosterTexas 04/02/13 Galveston and Harris counties: A bat picked up at Friendswood High School on March 28 has tested positive for rabies. No human exposure was reported. – See http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/friendswood/news/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies/article_cffc7956-63e6-5630-8bfe-fcebea85af11.html

Raccoon-SiedePreis-smVermont 04/08/13 Franklin County: Three raccoons found recently in separate incidents in the vicinity of New, High, and Federal streets in St. Albans have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.fox44abc22yourvoice.com/story/21907750/another-raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-st-albans

800px-Cats-1Caduser2003WCVirginia 04/02/13 Stafford County: A feral cat that scratched two women on March 24 has tested positive for rabies. Authorities are now looking for six other feral cats that were in the same area when the rabid cat was captured. – See http://www.necn.com/04/02/13/Rabies-confirmed-in-stray-cat-in-Staffor/landing_nation.html?&apID=91a8c174efa3449e90f9705cbc0306fa

rabid-raccoon-200x120 - CopyVirginia 04/04/13 Gloucester County: A dead raccoon found in the Roanes area of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabies-0405-20130404,0,2111939.story

Canada:

HelpCardOntario 04/04/13 Grey County: A teenager was walking near St. Vincent and Margaret Streets in Meaford around 5 PM on Monday when he was bitten by a dog. The dog is described as a black, white and brown beagle. Health officials say the dog was one of three dogs that were being walked by two people. Staff of the Grey Bruce Health Unit want to find the dog owner to confirm the animal is not infectious with rabies. That way, the teenage boy can avoid post-exposure rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420. – See http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=55972

Travel Warning:

ChinaGlobal 04/05/13 cdc.gov: Traveler’s Health Notice – On April 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that influenza A (H7N9), a type of flu usually seen in birds, has been identified in a number of people in China. Cases have been confirmed in the following provinces: Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Zhejiang. This is the first time this virus has been seen in people. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Infection with the new virus has yunnan_mapresulted in severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, death. Chinese health authorities are conducting investigations to learn the source of the infections with this virus and to find other cases. CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners in a number of areas. More information will be posted as it becomes available. There is no recommendation against travel to China at this time. – For complete Notice see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/avian-flu-h7n9-china.htm

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