BLACK BEAR attacks COLORADAN walking DOGS ~ FLORIDA confirms DENGUE FEVER cases now up to 15 ~ EEE & WNV reports from The HORSE, CT, & RI ~ RABIES reports from AL, IL, OH, & TXx2.

Black Bear. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior.

Black Bear. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of the Interior.

Colorado 09/05/13 by Kerry Leary – A man was attacked by a bear Wednesday evening while walking his dogs in a Larkspur neighborhood. The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the man was walking his dogs when he suddenly saw a bear running at him from the side. The bear bit him in one arm and then the man began to fight back. He injured the other arm when defending himself. After the man began to defend himself, the bear ran away. “Generally, black bears in Colorado are not aggressive, so this is kind of a strange case,” Jennifer Churchill with the Colorado Division of Wildlife said. “We certainly think it’s a cause for concern because in general, bears don’t like to come near people with dogs.” The man was transported to a local hospital. He was admitted, treated and released last night. The dogs were not injured. The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the bear in the area is considered to be aggressive because the attack was unprovoked…. The bear has not been spotted since Wednesday night’s incident. However, there are traps set up for the bear. – See

Dengue Fever:

DENGUE ALERTFlorida 09/05/13 The Florida Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of dengue fever on the Treasure Coast. There were eleven previous cases confirmed in the Rio and Jensen Beach areas. The health department says of the fifteen cases, nine are Martin County residents, two are out-of-state visitors to Martin County and four are St. Lucie residents.- See

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

TH-LEGACY-IMAGE-ID-355-vaccinationNational 09/06/13 by Erica Larson – As autumn approaches, some owners are ready to start thinking about phoning their veterinarians to set up their horses’ fall vaccinations. And because the number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases confirmed in U.S. horses continues to rise slowly, consider requesting a WNV booster. According to preliminary data released Sept. 5 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Health Monitoring and Surveillance, 64 cases of WNV have been confirmed in 23 states thus far in 2013.- For complete article with recently confirmed cases see

CT.DPH-Connecticut 09/06/13 CT Dept of Public Health: Since June 27, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been found in 20 towns: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Voluntown, Wallingford, Wallingford, Waterford and Westport. Two residents have been diagnosed with WNV-associated illnesses including a Stratford resident, 60-69 years with onset of illness during the last week of July, and a Stamford resident, 80-89 years with onset during the third week of August. Both are recovering. Mosquitoes with EEE virus have been identified in Hampton, Plainfield and Voluntown. – See

RI-doh-logoRhode Island 09/04/13 RI Dept of Health: Officials have announced that test results from two mosquito pools from a trap set in the Great Swamp in West Kingston have been confirmed positive for both EEE and WNV. – See


Racoon15642 Alabama 09/04/13 Lee County: A raccoon seen in the 1300 block of 2nd Avenue in Opelika acting “very strangely” has tested positive for rabies. – See

Illinois 09/04/13 Will County: A live bat found on the floor of a bedroom closet in a Mokena home has tested positive for rabies. – See

de173b3b87692a16ecab988fdda972e0Ohio 09/05/13 Mahoning County: A bat found in the vicinity of James Street in Poland Township has tested positive for rabies. – See

Texas 09/05/13 Dallas County: A Rabies Alert was issued by the City of Garland after a bat that was captured on Sunday near a home in the 1100 block of Mayfield Avenue tested positive for the virus. – See

800px-Striped_Skunk-300x180 - CopyTexas 09/05/13 Fort Bend and Waller counties: by Greg Densmore – Continuing a program that was launched last year, the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department has planned another helicopter drop of rabies vaccine packets this month in undeveloped areas of Fort Bend County. The program also targets a small part of Waller County. Scheduled for Sept. 16-20, the drop of about 100,000 doses of the oral vaccine is designed to control rabies in skunks, according to Melanie Manville, public health spokeswoman for Fort Bend County. Last year, county crews put out about 38,000 oral vaccine packets, also for skunks. – See


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