CANADIAN spears MOUNTAIN LION to save partner ~ More DENGUE cases found in FLORIDA ~ Two WEST VIRGINIA children contract LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, DE, IL, MO, & OK ~ RABIES reports from MT, NJ, OK, & RI.

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Canada:

British Columbia 09/10/13 independent.co.uk: by Memphis Barker – A British Columbia man who fought off a cougar attack on his partner armed only with a spear has been hailed as a hero. The man responded to the screams of his partner, who had been gardening outside her home on Flores Island, by running to her defence, and stabbing the wild cat several times with a spear. The victim, aged 60, has undergone surgery and is expected to recover from the terrifying ordeal. A conservation officer marvelled at the bravery of the cougar-killer, telling The Canadian Press: “It takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I’m glad he was there to rescue her.” “You know it could have turned out a lot differently if he hadn’t been around”, he added.

VancouverIslandBCA team of conservation officers and a mountain lion hunter landed yesterday on Flores Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island, in order to track the would-be man-eater. They found it dead just 20 metres from the attack site, apparently killed by the stab wounds inflicted in the struggle. Conservation officers had previously attempted to track the cougar, after the same woman who it put in hospital on Sunday warned of an unusual encounter – but bad weather prevented hounds from taking the scent. Cougar attacks are on the rise in North America, with over half of the 100 documented attacks since 1890 taking place in the last 25 years. The majority of these attacks have taken place on Vancouver Island, near the couple’s home, as prey populations have gone into steep decline. – See original article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/british-columbia-man-saves-partner-from-cougar-attack–armed-only-with-a-spear-8806510.html
Dengue Fever:

dengue_alertFlorida 09/18/13 Martin County: Health officials have confirmed there are two new cases of dengue fever bringing the total to 20. All were exposed in the Rio, Jensen Beach area. The victims are from Martin County (13), St. Lucie County (4), Palm Beach County (1), and out of state residents (2). – See http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/dengue-fever-update-20-confirmed-cases-acquired-in-the-rio-and-jensen-beach-area

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

55544319-13203643-400225West Virginia 09/18/13 Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept.: Two human cases of mosquito-borne LACV have been confirmed in children younger than 15 years-of-age living in Kanawha County. Both children were hospitalized. – See http://www.kchdwv.org/News/Cases-of-La-Crosse-Encephalitis-Investigated.aspx

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

CT.DPH-Connecticut 09/20/13 CT Dept of Public Health: WNV – Since June 27, officials have identified WNV-positive mosquitoes at trap sites in 21 towns: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterford, West Haven, Westport and Wilton. Two Connecticut 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. EEEMosquitoes with EEE virus have been identified in 4 towns: Haddam, Hampton, Plainfield and Voluntown. A horse stabled in Griswold died from EEE-associated illness during the second week of September. No human EEE infections have been identified. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=4386&q=532160

Sussex cty DEDelaware 09/19/13 Sussex County: Agriculture officials have confirmed a horse stabled in the county that tested positive for EEE has been euthanized. – See http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=53704

Cook cty ILIllinois 09/17/13 Cook County: A 67-year-old man from Cicero is the first WNV-related fatality in the Chicago area this year. – See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-17/news/chi-west-nile-virus-cicero-death20130917_1_west-nile-virus-first-human-case-cicero-man

Ste._Genevieve_County.MOMissouri 09/18/13 Ste. Genevieve County: Health officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in a county resident. – See http://www.stegenherald.com/articles/2013/09/18/news/doc523a0c1446106924615522.txt

Tulsa_County.OKOklahoma 09/19/13 Tulsa County: Health officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in the county. Statewide as of September 18th, there have been 22 human cases of WNV in the state, including one fatality in Oklahoma County. – See http://www.newson6.com/story/23476079/two-cases-of-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-tulsa-county

Rabies:

Montana 09/18/13 Lewis & Clark County: Two bats that came in contact with pet cats and dogs in Helena have tested positive for rabies. One was found on Harbor Lane, and the other in East Helena. – See 320x240http://www.kpax.com/news/two-bats-found-near-helena-test-positive-for-rabies/

New Jersey 09/19/13 Camden County: A bat killed in a Berlin Township residence on September 14th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://sj.sunne.ws/2013/09/19/43547/

Oklahoma 09/19/13 Marshall County: A sick dog brought to an animal clinic in Madill has tested positive for rabies. Some people had already been in contact with the unvaccinated dog’s saliva and are being treated for potential Vaccinate%20Your%20Pets%20WEBexposure. – See http://www.madillrecord.net/71403/1828/headline-news

Rhode Island 09/18/13 Providence County: Police in North Smithfield are warning residents to stay away from a stray orange cat because it may have rabies. The cat, which is a male, long-haired tabby weighing about 12 pounds, recently sustained and unknown injury and was quarantined in Massachusetts, but while the owner was visiting in N. Smithfield, the cat escaped and is currently loose in the vicinity of the Route 146 exchange on Greenville Road. – See http://www.abc6.com/story/23466719/north-smithfield-police-warn-of-possible-rabid-cat

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