WMD2013logoWorld Malaria Day is commemorated on April 25, the date in 2000 when 44 African leaders met in Abuja, Nigeria, and committed their countries to cutting malaria-related deaths. In the last decade, increased funding and political commitment have led to a scale-up of effective malaria prevention and control interventions, saving approximately 1.1 million lives globally and decreasing malaria mortality by nearly 25% globally and 33% in sub-Saharan Africa . Despite these successes, an estimated 660,000 malaria-related deaths occurred worldwide in 2010 . For 2013, the theme of World Malaria Day is “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria,” which serves as a reminder of the ultimate goal. – Reference: World Health Organization. World malaria report 2012. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2012. Available at


Deer mouse. Courtesy USDA.

Deer mouse. Courtesy USDA.

Oklahoma 04/24/13 An Oklahoma Panhandle resident has died due to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, according to the State Department of Health. The department said in a news release that the Texas County man’s death is the first hantavirus-related death in Oklahoma since 2001 and the third such death in the state since 1993, when hantavirus was first recognized in

Texas County

Texas County

the U.S. Health department officials did not release the man’s age or when he died. Hantavirus is carried by wild rodents, particularly by deer mice in Oklahoma. – See


wolf_NPSAlaska 04/23/13 Yukon–Koyukuk Census Area: A rabid wolf killed near Chandalar Lakes and transported to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has state health and wildlife officials warning Alaskans to be on the lookout for other animals that may be infected. The rabid wolf was the first infected animal to be documented around Chandalar Lakes, an area south of the Brooks Range about 185 miles north of Fairbanks. The trapper discarded the skinned, beheaded carcass of the sick wolf in a forested area near Palmer and state wildlife officials warned that contact by other animals could spread the disease. Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms said its presence in the Mat-Su is not grounds for panic. After tests on the head confirmed rabies, the rest of the carcass was retrieved. The rabies virus is found in an infected animal’s nervous system, and nervous system tissue on the carcass such as the spinal cord had not been scavenged. “The chances for transmittal are low, but they exist,” Harms said by phone from Fairbanks. – For complete article see

imagesCAO0O548Florida 04/23/13 Jackson County: A raccoon killed by a dog south of Marianna has tested positive for rabies. – See

thumbnailCAPBZTOJMaryland 04/23/13 Caroline County: A feral cat captured late last month in the 3000 block of Houston Branch Road in Federalsburg has tested positive for rabies. – See

imagesCA5W9GFONorth Carolina 04/22/13 Catawba County: A raccoon killed by two unvaccinated dogs in the Conover area has tested positive for rabies. Both dogs have been euthanized. – See


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