FOLLOW-UP REPORT: WOLF that attacked camper in MINNESOTA had abnormalities ~ FLORIDA now confirms 8 human cases of DENGUE FEVER ~ HANTAVIRUS reports from CALIFORNIA & CANADA: ALBERTA ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, MA, NY, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ RABIES reports from IL, MD, NJ, NC, & WV.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Follow-Up Report:

(See – MINNESOTA teenager attacked by WOLF – posted August 28, 2013)

MI-DNRMinnesota 08/27/13 MN Public Radio: The wolf that was the likely culprit in an attack on a teenager in northern Minnesota had abnormalities in its jaw that would have made it difficult to capture and kill prey, state officials said. The 75-pound wolf was captured and killed on Monday morning following the attack early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish. The animal is being tested for rabies, and officials hope to confirm that it was the wolf that bit the 16-year-old boy, said Tom Provost, regional manager of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ enforcement division. The boy was treated for a cut on his head and puncture wounds on his face. Provost said that the wolf’s jaw was deformed, and it was missing one if its primary canine teeth. “There is a thought that if it was the offending animal, that it was struggling to feed itself in the normal wolf manner,” Provost said. “It would have really struggled with capturing and killing prey.”

mpr_logoSuch a wolf might also have been rejected by its pack, Provost said. The wolf that was captured was likely an opportunistic feeder — initial analysis of the wolf’s gut showed it had eaten fish that had likely washed up on the lake’s shoreline, he said. “This gentleman was laying right next to the shoreline,” Provost said. “We’re thinking right now that if this was the offending animal, he was reacting in an opportunistic manner.” The attack was the first documented wolf attack ever in the state, the DNR said. Provost said the attack was unprovoked, but in general DNR officials recommend people secure food that might attract bears, wolves and other wildlife. “It likely associated the campground with the opportunity to grab a free meal,” Provost said. – Reported online at

norabiesMinnesota 08/29/13 MN Dept of Natural Resources: A gray wolf that wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy during  the early hours of Aug. 24 at the U.S. Forest Service West Winnie Campground at Lake Winnibigoshish has tested negative for rabies. – See

Dengue Fever:

indexv889v6Florida 08/27/13 FL Dept of Health: Officials have now confirmed a total of eight human cases of Dengue Fever, with seven cases located in Martin County and one case in Miami-Dade County. – For complete release and precautions see


imagesCAWMH0VUCalifornia 08/28/13 Inyo County: A 14-year-old male resident of Bishop has been diagnosed with Hantavirus and transported by LifeLine to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where he is recovering. His father said physicians resorted to a special heart and lung machine reserved for the most critical cases but managed to pull the boy through. The boy’s mother believes her son might have contracted the disease while exploring a mining cave near their home. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a respiratory illness that comes from contact with the feces, saliva or urine of rodents. – See


Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

Alberta 08/27/13 AL Health Services: Following confirmation of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in an individual from a rural community in Central Zone, Alberta Health Services is advising area residents, and all Albertans, to take simple precautions to protect themselves. “Because humans can be exposed to Hantavirus when the urine or feces of an infected rodent – such as a mouse – become airborne, anyone who disturbs areas of mice or mice droppings can be at risk,” says Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, Medical Officer of Health – Central Zone. – See

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

DPH-Color_biggerConnecticut 08/29/13 CT Dept of Public Health: Officials announced today that a Stratford resident between 60-69 years of age is the first human case of WNV in the state this year. – See   08/30/13 Mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26th have tested positive for EEE. – See

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 08/28/13 MA Dept of Health: Officials have announced the second human case of WNV in the state this year. The man is a resident of Norfolk County in his 30s diagnosed late this month. He was hospitalized, but has since been discharged. – See    08/29/13 The threat level for EEE has been raised to “High” in four communities including Easton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater. – See

mq1MCHD354k4New York 08/27/13 Madison County: Health officials announced today that a pool of mosquitoes trapped on Moore Road in Sullivan have tested positive for EEE. Two pools of mosquitoes trapped in the same Black Creek area tested positive for WNV earlier this month. – See


Z.SIMCOE.Cty.CANADAOntario 08/28/13 Simcoe County: Officials have confirmed a horse that had an incomplete vaccination history has tested positive for EEE. – See



Cat-and-BatIllinois 08/28/13 Cook County: A bat brought to a home in the 16400 block of Beverly Avenue in Tinley Park by a family pet cat has tested positive for rabies. – See

rabidcatMaryland 08/28/13 Washington County: A kitten found in the Greenwich Drive area of the Sterling Oaks Development in Williamsport has tested positive for rabies. The kitten is described as all black with no stripes or other distinguishing markings. Based on the size of the kitten, it was considered to be approximately 6 to 7 months old, the health department said. Anyone who may have had contact with this kitten should immediately seek medical advice. – See,0,729460.story

imagesCA2WR1SQNew Jersey 08/29/13 Camden County: A skunk killed by a vaccinated dog in Cherry Hill on August 25th has tested positive for rabies. – See

BatsNetcoreCanadaNorth Carolina 08/28/13 Cumberland County: Two more bats picked up in Fayetteville have tested positive for rabies. One was found in the 7100 block of Riddle Road, off Yarborough Road, and the other at Melvin Place, off Rosehill Road, where two dead bats tested positive for the virus last month. – See

West-virginia-county-mapWest Virginia 08/28/13 by Andrew Clay – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started conducting a bait drop of oral rabies vaccines across much of the state. The involved WV counties may include, Barbour, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wyoming. – See


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