NORTH CAROLINIA 6-year-old dies of ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER contracted in TEXAS ~ CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA acts to keep CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE from entering province ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports CAx2, TXx2, & WA ~ RABIES reports from AL, CO, ID, MD, MN, NJ, NCx4, PA, TXx2, & VAx2.


ticksNorth Carolina 06/14/13 Buncombe County: Emilee Russell, 6, of Black Mountain, died Wednesday of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after being bitten by a tick over Memorial Day weekend while visiting family in Texas. – See

Chronic Wasting Disease:


Mule deer doe with CWD.

Mule deer doe with CWD.

British Columbia 06/14/13 by Jeff Sargeant – The province is taking extra precautions to try to prevent a deadly deer disease from entering BC. Chronic Wasting Disease attacks the nervous system of deer, mule deer, moose, and elk and slowly kills them. It has been spreading throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta and the Ministry of Natural Resources is hoping it stays there. Kate Nelson is a provincial Wildlife Biologist and says it is very contagious. “The disease can be spread from animal to animal contact as well as animal contact with an infected carcass and animal contact with infected soil,” said Nelson. It is not dangerous to humans. But Nelson says humans are mostly to blame for the spread of the disease by taking intact carcasses long distances after a hunt. Carcasses are allowed to cross into BC but only as long as the internal organs and tissues have been removed. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Marin_County_CACalifornia 06/14/13 Marin County: A dead American crow found in San Anselmo has tested positive for WNV. – See

Los Angeles Cty CACalifornia 06/14/13 Los Angeles County: Vector control authorities have confirmed two additional mosquito samples collected in Harbor City and Los Feliz have tested positive for WNV. – See

tarrant cty TXTexas 06/15/13 Tarrant County: Public health officials confirmed Friday that a woman in her 40’s living in Fort Worth has contracted West Nile Fever, a more mild form of the virus. This is the region’s first human case of WNV this year. – See

harris cty TXTexas 06/14/13 Harris County: Health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped at a site in Atascocita has tested positive for WNV. – See

yakima cty WAWashington 06/14/13 News Release – Health officials have issued a WNV Alert after mosquitoes from two samples collected in Yakima County tested positive for the virus almost a month earlier than in previous years. – See


raccoons12 - CopyAlabama 06/13/13 Chilton and Shelby counties: by Clarke Stackhouse – Three more raccoons infected with rabies have been found in Shelby County and the surrounding area, bringing the total to 13 this year. Dana Johnson, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, based at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Services at Auburn University, said one raccoon was found in Chilton County a couple miles from the start of state route 22. Johnson said he found the raccoon after it had been run over about 2 weeks ago. He took it back to his lab and it tested positive for rabies. A homeowner in the town of Shelby called in the second raccoon. The raccoon was chasing the owner’s puppy, and then went on the front porch and wouldn’t leave, Johnson said. The homeowners killed the raccoon and called Johnson to pick it up for testing. During a routine surveillance, a third raccoon was captured near the Shelby County landfill in Columbiana. Both raccoons tested positive to rabies. – See

horse-vacinnation_0Colorado 06/13/13 Weld County: Two horses kept on separate properties in the northern part of the state have tested positive for rabies. – See

batwarningIdaho 06/14/13 Kootenai County: A bat that was caught by a vaccinated dog in Coeur d’Alene has tested positive for rabies. This is the third rabid bat found in Coeur d’Alene in the past month. – See

Looking-for-Kittens-001Maryland 06/13/13 Allegany County: A kitten that was taken to Allegany High School in Cumberland on May 20 has tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegany County Health Department. Anyone who had direct physical contact with the kitten is asked to call the health department at 301-759-5125. The gray, black and tan kitten was 2 to 3 weeks old when it was taken to the school from approximately 8 to 10:45 a.m. during an advanced placement government class. This timeframe corresponds with first through third periods of the school day. The kitten was confirmed to be rabid Tuesday, following a period of sickness. – See

image001skunkandcanineMinnesota 06/13/13 Stearns County: A skunk that was captured in St. Cloud after being in contact with a vaccinated dog has tested positive for rabies. – See

3610192083_22eaf9db7aNew Jersey 06/13/13 Middlesex County: A sick, stray cat found in a resident’s yard in the vicinity of Amboy Avenue and Voorhees Place in Metuchen has tested positive for rabies. There were five known potential exposures to the animal. – See

bat_01North Carolina 06/15/13 Cumberland County: A dead bat picked up by animal control officials on Friday at Melvin Place Apartments off Rosehill Road in Fayetteville has tested positive for rabies. – See

North Carolina 06/14/13 Davidson County: A fox that attacked two people in Thomasville on Thursday has tested positive for rabies. – See

North Carolina 06/13/13 Onslow County: A fox that attacked two puppies last week in the 100 block of Burnett Street in Jacksonville has tested positive for rabies. – See

untitled (2)North Carolina 06/13/13 Buncombe County: Health officials are seeking the public’s help in locating individuals who may have been exposed to a fox potentially infected with rabies. An injured juvenile fox was found by a motorist at the intersection of Sardis Road and Sand Hill Road in Asheville on June 3. It was taken from the site and transported to an unknown location. In that time, at least four people came in contact with the animal, including a child, Buncombe County Health and Human Services said. Officials have not been able to identify or locate two of those individuals, including the child. Though no bites were reported, contact with a wild fox still presents a risk of exposure to rabies, especially given that a fox from the same area recently tested positive for rabies, health officials said. – See

redfox-aug09Pennsylvania 06/13/13 Armstrong County: A fox that bit a 7-year-old boy outside his Kiskiminetas Township home on Monday has tested positive for rabies. The entire family was potentially exposed to the animal’s saliva and all are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment. – See

raccoon - CopyTexas 06/14/13 Coryell County: A raccoon that was killed by a dog on June 10th at a home on Twin Hills Road in Copperas Cove has tested positive for rabies. – See

v17n2cTexas 06/14/13 Nueces County: A bat found in a residential area has tested positive for rabies. – See

Virginia 06/13/13 Chesapeake: A stray cat that a witness saw attacking a woman with dark hair in the parking lot of Burger rabid-cat1-ChesapeakeVaKing on S. Military Highway on June 6th has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have been bitten or scratched by this cat or who has pets that may have been bitten or scratched by this cat – or knows of any other possible exposures – should immediately notify the Chesapeake Health Department or Animal Control at 757-382-8080. – See

beardsley-red-foxVirginia 06/13/13 James City County: A red fox captured in the vicinity of Chinkapin and Elmwood lanes has tested positive for rabies. – See,0,667769.story


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