CANADA: Two hikers survive GRIZZLY attack in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ CDC issues Advisory on SWINE FLU (H3N2v) ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from ALABAMA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3, CO, IL, IA, MN, NE, NV, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ RABIES reports from GA, IN, MO, SC, & VT.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.


British Columbia 07/04/13 by Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun – Conservation officers in Fernie are searching for a wounded mother grizzly bear after two men were attacked Wednesday morning on the ridge of Proctor Mountain. Sgt. Joe Caravetta, a B.C. conservation officer, said two men in their mid-30s from Fernie were walking on a popular hiking and mountain biking trail between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when they encountered a sow and her cub. He said the sow became “very defensive” of her cub and attacked one of the men and pushed him about six metres down the steep trail near the peak of the mountain. The man used his bear spray and the grizzly retreated, said Caravetta. The sow then went after the other hiker and knocked him to the ground before chewing on his arms and upper body. Caravetta said the hiker pulled out his gun and shot the bear at close range. The wounded animal ran away with her cub. The men administered their own first-aid from supplies they were carrying in their packs.

FernieBCLimping with wounds to their legs, arms and bodies, the two men made their way back down the mountain and to Elk Valley Hospital. One man was treated at Elk Valley and released, while the other was taken to Lethbridge Hospital in Alberta with non-life-threatening injuries. He was also released early Thursday morning, said Caravetta.  Conservation officers don’t know how badly hurt the bear is or whether it died, but will try and locate the bear today. Caravetta said they may have to kill the bear if it is in pain. “If it’s suffering we will put it out of its misery. We don’t want an animal to suffer,” he said. The attack was defensive and not predatory, said Caravetta, adding that the hikers were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Fairy Creek recreation trail has been closed as a precaution while conservation officers investigate. – For complete article see

Influenza (H3N2v):

imagesNational 07/05/13 Health Advisory – The first cases of influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus infection this year were reported in June 2013. These cases were associated with exposure to swine at an agricultural fair prior to illness onset. Agricultural fairs take place across the United States every year, primarily 20110905_state_fair1_33during the summer months and into early fall. Many fairs have swine barns, where pigs from different places come in close contact with each other and with people. These venues may allow spread of influenza viruses both among pigs and between pigs and people. Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns at fairs this year. – For complete advisory see

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Alabama_Department_of_Public_Health_svgAlabama 07/05/13 Mobile County: Health officials have confirmed that sentinel chickens cooped in the 36582 and 36541 ZIP code areas have tested positive for EEE. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

contra costa county CACalifornia 07/02/13 Contra Costa County: Mosquitoes trapped near Bixler and Point of Timber roads in the Discovery Bay area have tested positive for WNV. – See

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 07/03/13 Riverside County: Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV. The chickens were in the vicinity of Avenue 70 and Lincoln Street in Mecca, just north of the Salton Sea. – See

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 07/03/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: Sacramento County:  18 dead birds and 58 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. 1 human case has been reported. Yolo County: 6 dead birds and 19 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. – See

CO-CDPHE_logoColorado 07/03/13 News Release – Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV reported in the state this year occurred in a Delta County resident. In addition to the human case, 21 mosquito pools (groups of mosquitoes batched together for testing) have tested positive from Adams (1), Boulder (2), Larimer (6), Mesa (8), Pueblo (2) and Weld (2) counties. A sick llama from Mesa County was also confirmed with WNV infection. – See

indexIllinois 07/03/13 Perry County: Mosquitoes trapped in the village of Tamaroa have tested positive for WNV. Five Illinois counties are reporting WNV, including Cook, St. Clair, Perry, DuPage and McHenry counties. – See

LinnCounty_IAIowa 07/04/13 Linn County: Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state so far this year has occurred in a middle-aged male who is recovering. – See

Carver-County_MNMinnesota 07/04/13 Carver County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See

NEdhhs_blueNebraska 07/03/13 Nebraska DHHS: Health AlertMosquitoes trapped in Scottsbluff, Dawson, and Webster counties have tested positive for WNV. – See

476669_GNevada 07/03/13 Southern Nevada Health District: The first two human cases of WNV for 2013 have been confirmed in a woman, 60, and a man, 70. The woman was hospitalized with a more serious case of the illness. – See


lambton-county-OntarioOntario 07/05/13 Lambtron County: Health officials have confirmed a crow found in south Sarnia on June 21st was infected with WNV. – See


1426663Georgia 07/03/13 Chatham County:  A raccoon that was trapped after it bit a family dog outside the pet’s home on Wilmington Island’s Moss Drive has tested positive for rabies. – See

320x240Indiana 07/03/13 Vanderburgh County: A bat found in Evansville has tested positive for rabies. – See

crittersMissouri 07/03/13 Wayne County: So far, 19 rabid animals have been detected in the southeast area (14 skunks, one horse, one cat, three dogs) versus only three rabid animals (all bats) in the rest of the state. Although the total number of rabid animals seen in southeastern Missouri is above average, the alarming aspect is the number of these animals that are domestic. This is quite unusual for Missouri and most likely indicates a sustained, higher-than-normal level of rabies activity in animals that naturally harbor and transmit this virus, which in this part of Missouri is primarily skunks. – See

15567NPSSouth Carolina 07/03/13 York County: Officials have confirmed that a fox encountered by a man and woman in the Rock Hill area has tested positive for rabies. – See

baby-skunk5b5j - CopyVermont 07/03/13 Washington County: Eleven people, including six children, and several pets are being treated for potential exposure to the rabies virus after a baby skunk was rescued from the side of a road in Barre. The only way to rescue a wild animal is to make sure it is handled properly (with gloves and placed into a box) and brought to a state wildlife rehabilitator. For guidance on what to do if you find a wild animal (such as a baby animal that appears to have been abandoned by its mother), contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (802-241-3700. Once the animals are taken in as pets and improperly handled, and people are either bitten or exposed to saliva, the potential for rabies requires that the animal is tested for the disease. Animal testing for rabies involves killing the animal and testing a sample of its brain tissue. Without treatment, rabies is a fatal disease for humans and animals. – See

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