About 20 WILD TURKEYS found in MAINE with LPD VIRUS ~ RABIES reports from DC, GA, NJx2, NC, OK, PA, & TXx3.

Eastern Wild Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

Eastern Wild Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

Maine 04/24/13 maine.gov/ifw: News Release – LPDV or lymphoproliferative disease virus causes minor to extreme lesions on a turkey’s head and legs. It is thought to spread between turkeys by direct skin contact or through mosquito bites. Some turkeys can fend off minor infections and survive while others can develop extreme lesions that inhibit their sight and ability to eat, which ultimately leads to death. The disease poses no risk to human health. However, like all infections, caution is advised while handling a bird with LPDV. There is a potential for secondary bacterial infections if birds are handled improperly. Thoroughly cooking the meat to an internal temperature of a minimum of 165°F is also advised. Although wild turkeys cannot pass on this virus to humans, if you shoot a bird that looks like the above picture and you do not want to eat it, do NOT register it and please contact a Wildlife Biologist or call the Department of Public Safety in Augusta at (800) 452-4664 to be connected with a Game Warden. After examining the bird, the Department staff member will determine your eligibility to harvest another turkey. Little is known about the origin of LPDV in the United States.

Turkey infected with LPDV. Photo courtesy Maine IFW Dept.

Turkey infected with LPDV. Photo courtesy Maine IFW Dept.

LPDV was first detected in domestic turkeys in Europe. The first confirmed case in the United Sates was in wild turkeys in Georgia in 2009. MDIFW confirmed Maine’s first case of LPDV in April 2012. Since that time, we have confirmed several cases throughout the state. Currently, known cases occur virtually wherever wild turkeys are present. We speculate that a combination of a very good turkey production year in 2011 and the mild winter of 2011-2012 may have contributed to the apparent increase in occurrence recently. – See http://www.maine.gov/ifw/news_events/pressreleases/index.htm

Rabies:

groundhogDistrict of Columbia 04/26/13 USN/USAF Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling: The Air Force 579th Medical Group has issued a Rabies Alert after an unusually aggressive groundhog captured on the base April 21st tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dvidshub.net/news/105945/air-force-medical-group-issues-rabies-alert-dc-joint-base#.UXtTt8okQtV

Georgia 04/25/13 Columbia County: Health officials have confirmed that a raccoon found in the vicinity of Old Blythe Road in Harlem has tested positive size0Raccoon_USArmyfor rabies. – See http://www.wjbf.com/story/22076428/positive-rabies-test-confirmed-in-columbia-county

New Jersey 04/24/13 Salem County: A raccoon discovered in a barn by a Pittsgrove Township homeowner has tested positive for rabies. Health officials also found a cat in Lower Alloways Creek that tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2013/04/rabid_raccoon_discovered_in_pi.html

skunkCDCNew Jersey 04/24/13 Middlesex County: A skunk found in the vicinity of Route 18 South and West Prospect Street in East Brunswick has tested positive for rabies. A day earlier, a raccoon found in South Plainfield tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130424/NJNEWS/304240055/Rabid-skunk-found-East-Brunswick?nclick_check=1

bottle-feeding-goat-kid2North Carolina 04/25/13 Orange County: A 2-month-old goat that died Monday on a small family farm in the northern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. Several family members and a neighbor who had been bottle-feeding the goat for several weeks are being treated for exposure to the virus. Six other goats on the farm have been quarantined. – See http://www.wral.com/goat-in-orange-county-tests-positive-for-rabies/12380917/

knzjts-080709inknoseskunk - CopyOklahoma 04/25/13 Cleveland County: A skunk that attacked two 6-week-old puppies on the back porch of their owners home in Norman has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKDx_Hq2aRo

0coonvsdog422 - CopyPennsylvania 04/25/13 Allegheny County: Two raccoons that fought with dogs in separate incidents have tested positive for rabies. One raccoon fought with a dog on Park Lane in Glen Osborne, and another fought with two dogs on Redgate Road in Aleppo. All the dogs were vaccinated but are being quarantined as a precaution. – See http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-north/health-department-confirms-rabies-in-2-raccoons-in-sewickley-area-685018/

grounded%20batTexas 04/24/13 Travis and Williamson counties: A bat found on the campus of the Henry Middle School in Cedar Park, and touched by several students, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-education/dead-bat-found-at-middle-school-tested-positive-fo/nXXGR/

Texas 04/25/13 Denton County: A skunk that fought with three dogs in the Saddlebrooke Addition in the southeast portion of Krum has tested positive imagesCA9UNA4Vfor rabies. – See http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130425-krum-plans-vaccination-clinic-after-report-of-rabid-skunk.ece

Texas 04/26/13 Taylor and Jones counties: A skunk captured in the Beltway South area in the far south of the City of Abilene has tested positive for rabies. This is the second skunk testing positive for the virus this month. – See http://www.reporternews.com/news/2013/apr/26/rabid-skunk-second-this-month-confirmed-in/

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