FLORIDA toddler attacked by RABID FERAL CAT ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, CA, CO, FLx2, MA, NE, ND, & WI ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) & WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CAx4, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MAx3, NE, NYx2, OK, PAx2, WI, & WY ~ TRAVEL WARNING: HONDURAS declares state-of-emergency due to DENGUE FEVER epidemic.

Feral cat in trap. Not related to article about Northdale stray cats. Courtesy U.S. Defense Department.

Feral cat in trap. Not related to article about Northdale stray cats. Courtesy U.S. Defense Department.

Florida 08/04/13 Hillsborough County: by Anthony Miller – If you find yourself walking down Sand Lake Court in the Northdale section of Hillsborough County it doesn’t take you very long to see a cat or two roaming around. They appear to be all over the place. July 26 a cat apparently attacked a toddler, latching on to her in the front yard of her grandmother’s home on Sand Lake. She’s going to be okay but it was determined that cat was rabid.  It has been caught, but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t on edge. “That’s very concerning because I have a little girl and she loves cats and she loves animals,” said Doug Moore who lives down the street from where the attack took place. That attack means Moore will keep a closer eye out for cats. “I think I’m more mindful of where the cats are in our yard,” said Moore. It also caused Hillsborough County to take action. They dropped off packets warning people that an animal tested positive for rabies. They also put out traps in the neighborhood to allow concerned neighbors to bring in any animals they thought posed a threat.

13620The attack has caused a bit of a controversy on this quiet street. Over the years two families have taken in stray cats in the neighborhood. “They had them tested and vaccinated and neutered and spayed. They decided to do the right thing for the community and for the animals,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. Some in the area blame them, believing the cat that attacked the girl was part of their group. The neighbor says the county determined that wasn’t the case. “It was not a member of the catch and release colony here on our street,” said the neighbor. Either way most are hoping this was an isolated incident. – See http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/23043114/2013/08/04/rabies-alert-in-northdale-neighborhood

Other RABIES reports:

ala-department-of-public-healthAlabama 08/01/13 Alabama Department of Public Health: Officials have reported 21 cases of rabies since January in Shelby, St. Clair, and Chilton counties. Eighteen were raccoons, and the others were a dog, a cat, and a fox. Fifteen of the cases were in Columbiana and surrounding areas, four were in the Leeds and Moody area, and two were in Clanton. – See http://www.cbs42.com/2013/08/01/amount-of-rabies-cases-on-the-rise-in-central-alabama/

lkv-bats7California 07/31/13 Yolo County: Eight of 12 dead bats recently found under the Covell Boulevard overpass in Davis have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.modbee.com/2013/07/31/2836536/eight-of-12-bats-found-dead-in.html

fox21546Colorado 08/01/13 El Paso County: A fox that was hit by a car and found west of I-25 near High Lake View, in Colorado Springs near the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.koaa.com/news/rabies-found-west-of-i-25-in-el-paso-county/

1426663Florida 08/02/13 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog on July 31st in west Lake Worth has tested positive for rabies. Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for an area west of US 441-SR7 between Lantana and Lake Worth road. – See http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/lake_worth/rabies-raccoon-in-lake-worth-tests-positive-for-rabies-after-attacking-labrador

506px-Raccoon_(Procyon_lotor)_1_Darkone_WCFlorida 07/28/13 Marion County: Public health officials have issued a second Rabies Alert for an area just west of the Ocala city limits after a raccoon found on July 24th tested positive for the virus. – For complete article with alert boundaries see http://www.hammillpost.com/2013/07/second-rabies-alert-issued-for-marion-county-in-july/#

World+News+10-1Massachusetts 08/02/13 Hampden County: A skunk that bit a woman’s foot at Six Flags New England in Agawam on July 31 has tested positive for rabies. At the time of the incident, the woman said the skunk that bit her was one of three in a group. Anyone who had contact with a skunk at the park between July 21 and July 31 is urged to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.necn.com/08/02/13/Rabies-concerns-after-skunk-bites-person/landing.html?blockID=848373&feedID=11106

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANebraska 08/02/13 Hitchcock County: A calf reported by a veterinarian in McCook tested positive for rabies on July 24th. This is the first confirmed case of rabies in the area in 2013, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Nebraska HHS have confirmed 28 cases of rabies in Nebraska for 2013, with 10 skunks, six bovines, one llama, one horse, one dog, 3 three cats and four bats. – See http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1990992.html

8942410_448x252North Dakota 08/01/13 Stutsman County: A kitten found near Montpelier that bit a woman last Saturday later died but was too decomposed for testing when the incident was reported. The woman is being treated for potential exposure to rabies as a precaution. – See http://www.jamestownsun.com/event/article/id/192090/

320x240Wisconsin 08/02/13 Fond Du Lac County: A bat found in an enclosure with two vaccinated dogs Tuesday in the city of Fond Du Lac has tested positive for rabies. The owner of the dogs is Jeanna Giese, the first person known to survive rabies without a vaccine after being bitten by a rabid bat in 2004. – See http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/rabies-survivor-has-second-brush-with-disease/article_a5d27138-fb8a-11e2-a5fd-0019bb2963f4.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

LAcountyVectorControl.CACalifornia 08/03/13 Los Angeles County Vector Control District: by Jason Kandel – Thirty-seven more mosquitoes and nine dead birds with WNV were found in Los Angeles County, from the western San Fernando Valley to the South Bay, health officials said. The news came a day after county officials confirmed the area’s first human death from WNV this year — a 78-year-old Carson man whose family said he died from the virus Tuesday. Mosquito samples with the virus were detected from Canoga Park in the western end of the valley through Van Nuys and Arleta to Sunland at the east end, officials at the Los Angeles County Vector Control District said. In the Los Angeles Basin, infected mosquitoes were found in a wide swath from Long Beach north through Signal Hill, Downey, Cerritos, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk, then north into the San Gabriel Valley cities of Hacienda Heights and South El Monte. Dead birds with the virus were found in San Pedro, Downey, Tarzana and Long Beach. – See http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-Found-More-Mosquitoes-Birds-218229731.html

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 08/02/13 Riverside County: A 60-year-old woman is the first confirmed human case of WNV in the county so far this year. The woman was hospitalized but is now recovering at home. – See http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=9193996

Solano_County.CACalifornia 08/02/13 Solano County: A Fairfield man in his 60s is the first confirmed human case of WNV in the county so far this year. – See http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_23782687/first-west-nile-virus-case-year-identified-solano

contra costa county CACalifornia 08/01/13 Contra Costa County: Officials have announced that eight more dead birds found across the county on Aug. 1st have tested positive for WNV. The birds, two Western scrub-jays and six American crows, were found in Danville, Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Brentwood and Walnut Creek. – See http://danville.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/dead-bird-with-west-nile-virus-found-in-danville

CO-CDPHE_logoColorado 08/03/13 Larimer and Delta counties: State health officials have confirmed at least three human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, including two in Larimer County and one in Delta County. – See http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/west-nile-virus-hits-region/article_6a7c398e-fbe4-11e2-b236-001a4bcf887a.html

Windham_County_CTConnecticut 08/02/13 Windham County: Officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped last week in Plainfield have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x1465125319/Caution-prescribed-as-West-Nile-virus-arrives-in-region

Hillsborough County_FLFlorida 08/02/13 Hillsborough County: Officials have confirmed that a horse that was stabled in the county and euthanized last month tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/23026846/2013/08/02/euthanized-horse-had-disease-that-could-infect-humans

Fulton cty FAGeorgia 08/02/13 Fulton County: State public health officials have confirmed that mosquito samples collected in Chastain and Whittier Mill parks in Atlanta have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.atlantaintownpaper.com/2013/08/west-nile-virus-detected-in-chastain-park/

Cook cty ILIllinois 08/02/13 Cook County: Health officials have announced that mosquito batches collected in Wilmette and Kenilworth have tested positive for WNV. – See http://wilmette.patch.com/groups/health/p/west-nile-virus-found-in-wilmette-and-kenilworth

plymouth cty MAMassachusetts 08/02/13 Plymouth County: Public health officials announced Friday that WNV and EEE have been detected in mosquitoes collected in Hanover. The Board of Health is closing all recreational fields and school property for outdoor activity from sunset to sunrise, until further notice. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/hanover/newsnow/x1465124885/Hanover-West-Nile-Virus-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-confirmed-in-mosquitoes

barnstable cty MAMassachusetts 08/01/13 Barnstable County: Public health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the village of Marstons Mills in the city of Barnstable have tested positive for WNV. – See http://barnstable-hyannis.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/west-nile-virus-detected-in-barnstable

middlesex cty MAMassachusetts 08/01/13 Middlesex County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Burlington on July 18th have tested positive for WNV. – See http://burlington.patch.com/groups/summer/p/west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-burlington-mosquitos–how-to-protect-yourself

scotts-bluff-in-nebraskaNebraska 08/03/13 Scotts Bluff County: Health officials have confirmed that a male resident is the first diagnosed human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/west-nile-virus-hits-region/article_6a7c398e-fbe4-11e2-b236-001a4bcf887a.html

suffolk cty NY (2)New York 08/03/13 Suffolk County: Officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in the Kings Park area has tested positive for WNV. Three mosquito samples from nearby East Northport also tested positive for the virus. As of Monday, Suffolk County has had 40 mosquito samples and four dead birds test positive for WNV this year. In addition, the Suffolk Department of Health said mosquito samples tested positive for WNV in:Copiague (1), Greenlawn (2), Northport (3), Nesconset (6) , Brentwood (1), Bay Shore (2), Holbrook (1), Selden (3), Farmingville (1), and Ridge (1). – See http://kingspark.patch.com/groups/health-and-wellness/p/dead-crow-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-kings-park

staten_islandNew York 08/02/13 Staten Island: Two residents have the first confirmed human cases of WNV in the city this season, though one victim is thought to have picked up the infection out of state. – See http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/west_nile_virus_identified_in.html

Tulsa_County.OKOklahoma 08/01/13 Tulsa County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.fox23.com/mostpopular/story/West-Nile-Virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-Tulsa/XB4rImsVSE-okx4s7n1-bA.cspx

Schuylkill_County_PA_MapPennsylvania 08/02/13 Schuylkill County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes found in Cressona Borough, Butler, Pine Grove, and Tremont townships on July 26th have tested positive for WNV. – See http://republicanherald.com/news/west-nile-virus-found-in-schuylkill-county-1.1530318

franklin-in-pennsylvaniaPennsylvania 08/01/13 Franklin County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Chambersburg on July 24th have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.publicopiniononline.com/latestnews/ci_23778229/west-nile-virus-shows-up-chambersbug

BrownCty_WIWisconsin 08/02/13 Brown County: Officials have confirmed that a dead bird found in the county has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wbay.com/story/23032540/2013/08/02/brown-county-bird-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus

logo_wdhWyoming 08/03/13 Platte and Fremont counties: The state’s health department has announced that an adult female has presented with the first human case of WNV in Platte County. Officials also confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Riverton, Lander, rural Hudson, and Arapahoe in Fremont County have also tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/west-nile-virus-hits-region/article_6a7c398e-fbe4-11e2-b236-001a4bcf887a.html

Travel Warnings:

honduras-flagHonduras 07/31/13 tbo.com: The Honduran government has declared a state of emergency due to a dengue fever outbreak that has killed 16 people and sickened 12,000. Health Minister Salvador Pineda says Tuesday’s decree means the government is making it a priority to prevent and control the disease and fight the mosquitoes that spread it. Pineda says more than half of Honduras’ municipalities have registered dengue fever cases. Authorities say two imagesHondurans died last year from the disease and there were no deaths registered in 2011. But the country’s worst dengue fever outbreak in recent years was in 2010, when 83 people died and more than 66,000 had the illness.Dengue causes high fever, joint pains and nausea. In severe cases, it can lead to internal bleeding, liver enlargement, circulatory shutdown and death.– For further details re Dengue Fever see http://www.cdc.gov/Dengue/


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