New Jersey 05/01/13 patch.com: by Linda Sadlouskos – A mother who said her 6-year-old daughter was subjected to an unprovoked and “vicious” attack by an aggressive raccoon in her Bernardsville backyard on Monday said she wants to warn the public about what happened. The animal was never located, despite searches by borough police and animal control officers. The girl was treated immediately afterward at Morristown Medical Center, and now is receiving the multi-step rabies vaccine, said her mother, Heather MacDonald of Somerset Avenue. St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Bernardsville’s contracted animal control service, had conducted searches in the area looking for the raccoon, but had been unable to find the animal, a spokeswoman for St. Hubert’s said on Wednesday afternoon. Kim Saunders, vice president of operations and communications for St. Hubert’s, said that rabies can’t be proven unless the animal is located and tested. But she said that the fact that the raccoon was out during the daytime, and also so aggressive, would lead to the conclusion that it was sick in some way prior to the reported attack.
MacDonald said her daughter, who is almost 7, was playing outdoors digging in the dirt at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, about 20 feet from the back door. MacDonald said her back door was open, and she was cooking dinner, when all of a sudden she heard the girl screaming. “She was screaming, and when I ran out, it [the raccoon] was on top of her,” MacDonald said. “She was trying to kick it off,” said MacDonald, who said the animal had bitten the girl’s leg. “I kicked it,” said MacDonald, who said she managed to get the raccoon off the girl. “I picked her up, and it came running after us.” She said the two finally entered the house, and the raccoon did not get in. MacDonald, who said she still is in shock, described the attack as both “weird” as well as disturbing. “It was a vicious, vicious attack,” she said. – For complete article see http://bernardsville-bedminster.patch.com/articles/raccoon-attacks-child-in-bernardsville-backyard
Vermont 05/01/13 commonsnews.org: by Allison Teague – State Veterinarian Robert Johnson has confirmed that a bobcat resident Christopher Coburn shot on Valley Cemetery Road (in the Town of Athens, Windham County) last week tested positive for rabies. Athens Town Health Officer Lisa Dufresne said the location borders approximately eight miles of trail near the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association’s Hemlock Trail. She said she was “concerned” after getting the call about a bobcat that had been under Coburn’s deck and “behaving strangely all night long.” According to Game Warden Greg Eckert, this is only the second bobcat ever to have tested positive for rabies in Vermont. He could not say when or where the first was. Eckert said Coburn told him two of his dogs had been trying to get at the bobcat. “Normally bobcats don’t get caught by dogs, at least healthy bobcats don’t. Dogs will come out the worse for wear. It’s a 30-pound cat,” Eckert said. “He [Coburn] shot it and called dispatch, who called me. I said, that doesn’t sound like a normal-sounding bobcat,” Eckert said. – For complete article see http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=7447&page=1#.UYMkJ8pquD5
New Jersey 05/01/13 Middlesex County: A fox found in the vicinity of Matawan Road and Squire Street in East Brunswick has tested positive for rabies. – See http://njtoday.net/2013/05/01/fox-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-east-brunswick/
North Carolina 05/01/13 Alamance County: A bat found in the bedroom of a home on George Bason Road in Graham on April 30th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/fourth-rabies-case-recorded-in-county-1.136037
Global 05/02/13 cdc.gov: News Release – As of May 2013, a total of 24 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Arab Emirates were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Sixteen of these 24 people died. In the UK, an infected man likely spread the virus to two family members. He had recently traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and got sick before returning to the UK. This cluster of cases provides the first evidence of person-to-person transmission. The UK’s Health Protection Agency is continuing to investigate this. Also, clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia and Jordan are being investigated. For more information, see CDC’s novel coronavirus update.
CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel.