MAINE hiker attacked by POLAR BEAR in LABRADOR ~ CALIFORNIA campground closed after SQUIRREL is found with PLAGUE ~ Third HORSE dies of EEE in NORTH CAROLINA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, GA, ID, IL, MA, MN, UT, WV, & WIx2 ~ Officials fear a “large number” of people in TIVERTON, RHODE ISLAND, may have been exposed to RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, FL, NJx2, & NC.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

Polar bear. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

Canada:

Newfoundland & Labrador Province 07/26/13 Torngat Mountains National Park: A hiker who was injured by a polar bear in a remote national park in northern Labrador has been flown to a Quebec trauma centre for treatment, Parks Canada says. Matt Dyer, a prominent legal aid lawyer from Portland, Maine, was with seven other hikers with the Sierra Club on Wednesday in Torngat Mountains National Park when he was attacked by the bear. Peter Deering, with Parks Canada, said they got the call from the RCMP that someone in the park had been attacked. According to Deering, Dyer was alone in his tent, and the group woke up to the attack at around 1:30 a.m. AT.

nl-map-torngat-mountains-620“At that time, we had a helicopter stationed at the Torngat Mountains base camp … so we dispatched the helicopter from there with a medic and a Parks Canada staff person. They travelled to the scene, and at that point found the party,” Deering said. “As it happened, the party included a doctor, so the doctor had already, to a degree, treated the injured gentleman. We then transported the gentleman back to the Torngat Mountains base camp.” Deering said Dyer was then transferred to a medical facility in Quebec, and then to Montreal General Hospital, where he is recovering in an intensive care unit. According to Deering, when Parks Canada dispatched the helicopter to respond to the call, they also sent a boat to pick up the rest of the party. Deering said that none of the other members of the group were injured and they are now making their way to Montreal. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/07/26/nl-polar-bear-hiker-labrador-726.html

Plague:

California ground squirrels. Photo by Howcheng. Wikimedia Commons.

California ground squirrels. Photo by Howcheng. Wikimedia Commons.

California 07/24/13 scvnews.com: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped on July 16, 2013 during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013 for plague. The sites were officially closed at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, and will be closed for at least 7 days. Campers at the site have been notified of the closure by Forest Service officials. The campgrounds and recreational areas are located near Wrightwood. In coordination with the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures, the squirrel burrows in the area will be dusted for fleas. Further testing of squirrels will be done before the area is re-opened to the public. – For complete article see http://scvnews.com/2013/07/24/squirrel-found-with-plague-campgrounds-near-wrightwood-closed/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

photo-credit-american-assoc-of-equine-practitionersNorth Carolina 07/25/13 Pender County: The state’s third case of EEE this year has been reported in connection with the death of a stallion in the county on July 19th. The first two cases were reported in Cumberland and Brunswick counties. – See http://www.wect.com/story/22935306/states-third-case-of-eee-this-year-confirmed-in-pender-county-horse

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Santa Clara Cty CACalifornia 07/25/13 Santa Clara County: For the first time this year, mosquitoes trapped in the Berryessa area of San Jose have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23728940/west-nile-virus-found-east-san-jose-spraying

DeKalb cty GAGeorgia 07/25/13 DeKalb County: Health officials have confirmed the first report of mosquitoes testing positive for WNV in metro Atlanta this year. – See http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22932149/west-nile-virus-found-in-dekalb-county

Twin-Falls-County.IDIdaho 07/24/13 Twin Falls County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped on the Snake River near the Jerome/Twin Falls County line have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.kmvt.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-Alert-Issued-For-Twin-Falls-County-216794041.html

Cook cty ILIllinois 07/23/13 Cook County: Health officials have confirmed that the first mosquito carrying WNV was found last week in Lincolnwood. – See http://lincolnwood.suntimes.com/news/westnile-LWR-07252013:article

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 07/25/13 Suffolk and Barnstable counties: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, and on Woods Hole Road in Falmouth have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/07/25/west-nile-virus-detected-mosquitoes-mass/XFn5QdQIscGFROGZiqE6PK/story.html

Murray-County.MNMinnesota 07/25/13 Murray County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state has been diagnosed in a male resident of the county who is recovering. – See http://www.echopress.com/event/article/id/106447/group/homepage/

Washington_County.UTUtah 07/23/13 Washington County: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department continues to receive positive test results for WNV in mosquitoes located in the county. – See http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/23198543/article-West-Nile-Virus-Active-in-Local-Mosquitoes?instance=more_local_news1

Cabell_County.WVWest Virginia 07/24/13 Cabell County: Mosquitoes trapped in the vicinity of a lake in Barboursville have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wvnstv.com/story/22920400/west-nile-virus-found-in-cabell-county

Langlade_County.WIWisconsin 07/25/13 Langlade County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in the county has tested positive for WNV. This is the fifth county in the state to confirm the presence of the virus so far this year. – See http://www.waow.com/story/22935674/2013/07/25/more-west-nile-virus-in-wisconsin

Winnebago_County.WIWisconsin 07/24/13 Winnebago County: Health officials have confirmed that two dead crows found in Neenah have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20130724/APC0101/307240358/West-Nile-Virus-found-Neenah?nclick_check=1

Rabies:

rabies.warningRhode Island 07/26/13 providencejournal.com: by Thomas J. Morgan – State officials warned Thursday that “a large number of people” may have been exposed to rabies via a calf in a pasture adjacent to Gray’s Ice Cream, 16 East Rd., Tiverton. The calf bit a visitor on July 15, the departments of health and environmental management said in a news release. The Tiverton animal control officer, following standard procedure, ordered the animal quarantined for ten days to determine whether it would develop rabies, and would thus require that the victim be vaccinated. But the three-month-old calf died on July 21, its owner reported to Tiverton authorities. The state departments, however did not learn of the death for three days, they said, and the carcass had decomposed to the point where it was not possible to determine whether the animal had the disease.

Calf with rabies. This is not the calf referred to in the this report.

Calf with rabies. This is not the calf referred to in the this report.

“Out of an abundance of caution, public health officials are considering that this animal may have died from rabies and are viewing anyone that had contact with the animal’s saliva from July 5 through July 21 as potentially at risk for being exposed to rabies, and are recommending that they be evaluated for post-exposure vaccination by public health authorities,” the state officials said. “Members of the public should note that the calf was removed from direct public contact on July 16, and that only the animal’s handlers may have been exposed during the period from July 16 through July 21.” The officials said that cattle and cats are the animals most likely susceptible to rabies.

Livestock can be vaccinated for rabies.

Livestock can be vaccinated for rabies.

The disease is incurable and has a fatality rate approaching 100 percent. “People usually contract rabies through a bite from an infected animal, but there are other ways that they can be exposed, such as through saliva from an infected animal getting into an open wound or into a person’s eye or mouth,” the officials said. Rhode Island residents who had contact with this calf between July 5 and July 21 should contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at (401) 222-2577 for an evaluation. Massachusetts residents that had contact with the animal are asked to call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800. When administered properly, post-exposure treatment for rabies will prevent any person who was exposed to the virus from developing the disease and prevent death. – See original article at http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130725-rabies-exposure-feared-for-large-number-of-ice-cream-customers-in-ri.ece

Other RABIES reports:

Alabama 07/25/13 Houston County: Health officials have confirmed that a raccoon found on Womack Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/article_501db476-f574-11e2-raccoon_2MainSpring_1ba25-001a4bcf6878.html

Florida 07/25/13 Marion County: State health officials issued a Rabies Alert on Thursday after a raccoon found in the southwest part of the county tested positive for the virus. – For alert parameters and complete article see http://www.ocala.com/article/20130725/ARTICLES/130729830

New Jersey 07/25/13 Atlantic County: A dead bat found inside a laundry basket at a home on the 300 block of Ridgewood Avenue in Galloway Township has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth case of animal rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://www.pressofatlanticcity.combatsj4483/communities/galloway/galloway-township-rabies-case-fourth-in-atlantic-county-this-year/article_71e6b678-f571-11e2-a6d1-001a4bcf887a.html

New Jersey 07/24/13 Middlesex County: A bat found on Cardinal Court off Route 27 just north of Sandhill Road in South Brunswick has tested positive for rabies. It is the second bat to test positive for the virus in South Brunswick this month. – See http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/07/another_case_of_rabies_in_south_brunswick_as_second_bat_tests_positive.html

imagesCA9NNIJONorth Carolina 07/23/13 Robeson County: A dead raccoon found Monday in a dog pen on Old Whiteville Road in Lumberton has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, a fox found last Friday on King’s Road between Lumberton and St. Pauls also tested positive for the virus. There have been ten cases of animal rabies in the county in the past eight months, including these two. – See http://www.stpaulsreview.com/view/full_story/23213582/article-10th-case-of-rabies-confirmed

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