British Columbia 10/01/13 theprovince.com: by Sarah Taguiam – Keith-Cordell Robinson and his small dog were walking out of his West End (Vancouver) apartment in early September when a man yelled: “Be careful, there are two large raccoons right there!” And without warning, the pair of raccoons charged toward them. The other man helped to kick one of the raccoons away, but it climbed a tree and was about to launch itself on Robinson when he sprayed it with bear spray. “My dog and I have been attacked and scratched so many times that I now carry a bear spray everywhere,” he said.
Robinson, 64, has been violently attacked four times since last year and said he’s not alone. He’s asking city and health officials to do something about the attacks, which according to him, have increased since 2012 in the quiet Barclay and Gilford streets area near Stanley Park. “We should really get this one set of raccoons caged and sent some place,” Robinson said. “What if someone is walking with a child and the raccoon just comes at them?” According to Robinson, three of his neighbours have been attacked and at least one of them sustained a bloody bruise. He also knows several other nearby residents who’ve had close encounters. – For photo and complete article see http://www.theprovince.com/news/Raccoon+attacks+West+residents+carrying+bear+spray/8978975/story.html
British Columbia 10/01/13 cbc.ca: Conservation officers are combing through the eastern slopes of Butler Ridge Provincial Park in northern B.C., after a grizzly bear attacked a hunter on the weekend. Ed Basha, 60, was hunting elk alone near the northern part of the park on Saturday. As he approached a berry patch, a grizzly charged him, conservation officer Brad Lacey said. Basha, who is from Hudson’s Hope, B.C., was able to fire a single shot from his rifle, but then the bear began mauling him. “The bear initially hit him up high. Then went to his face, and worked his way down his body, a number of bites from the shoulder, and then through the legs,” said Lacey. Basha then “played dead” until the bear walked away. Despite his injuries, he was able to walk to his car and drive for over an hour to get help.
According to Lacey, Basha drove to the nearest home, a farmhouse, where a woman then took him to a nearby oil and gas camp. A paramedic at the camp, Gary Neufeld, was able to provide first aid and keep Basha stable until he was airlifted to a hospital in Fort St. John, B.C. He was then transferred to an Edmonton hospital where he remains in stable condition. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grizzly-bear-attack-hospitalizes-b-c-hunter-1.1874244
Ontario 09/29/13 Peterborough County: A woman walking her dogs on a trail south of Highway 7 in the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen on Sunday was attacked by a black bear that bit and mauled her. The dogs were also injured but managed to drive the bear away. – See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/black-bear-attacks-peterborough-woman-out-walking-her-dogs-1.1872827
West Nile Virus (WNV):
Massachusetts 09/27/13 MA Dept of Public Health: Officials today announced the fifth and sixth human cases of WNV in the state this year. The fifth case involved a woman from Middlesex County in her 50’s, who was never hospitalized. The sixth case is a woman from Essex County in her 70’s who was hospitalized, but has shown significant improvement. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/two-additional-human-cases-of-west-nile-virus-announced.html
Mississippi 10/01/13 MS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed 4 new human cases of WNV in the state this bringing the total to 39 human cases of WNV, including 2 fatalities, in the state this year. The new cases were reported in Forrest, Harrison, Hinds and Madison counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (11), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, Pike, Rankin (4) and Wayne counties. – See http://www.healthyms.com/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93,586.html
North Dakota 10/01/13 ND Dept of Health: Officials today announced the state’s second WNV-related death in 2013. The individual was a man who resided in the southeastern region of the state and was older than 60 years of age. He died while hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. To date, 101 human WNV cases have been reported in 28 counties this year. – See http://www.ndhan.gov/data/mrNews/2nd%20WNV%20Human%20death.pdf
South Dakota 10/01/13 SD Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that 122 human cases of WNV disease, including 3 fatalities, have been reported in the following counties: Brown 22, Pennington 9, Beadle 7, Brookings 6, Hughes 6, Spink 6, Minnehaha 5, Clark 4, Brule 3, Charles Mix 3, Codington 3, Davison 3, Day 3, Jones 3, Yankton 3, Buffalo 2, Clay 2, Corson 2, Faulk 2, Lincoln 2, Meade 2, Moody 2, Roberts 2, Sanborn 2, Walworth 2, and 1 each in Butte, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Jackson, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Sully, Tripp, Turner. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNVupdateOct1.pdf
Tennessee 09/30/13 Davidson County: Metro Public Health officials reported today that two area residents, one in Inglewood and the other in East Nashville, have tested positive for WNV. These are the first human cases of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130930/NEWS07/309300050/Two-sickened-West-Nile-Davidson-County?nclick_check=1
Kentucky 09/30/13 Woodford County: Two teenagers who removed a bat from the Woodford County High School on Frankfort Street in Versailles are be treated for potential exposure to rabies. A colony of bats was found inside the school, but none were trapped before being driven from the building. The teens are being treated as a precaution. – See http://www.lex18.com/news/officials-two-woodford-county-students-treated-after-exposure-to-bat#!prettyPhoto/0/
New Jersey 09/30/13 Cumberland County: A bat found on a sidewalk near Bradford Drive and Manchester Avenue in Vineland has tested positive for rabies. Area parents should determine if their children touched the bat and need immediate post-exposure protection. – See http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20131001/NEWS01/309300032/Rabid-bat-found-Vineland
Tennessee 10/01/13 TN Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that oral rabies vaccine packets for wild raccoons are being distributed October 1-16 along the state’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. – See https://news.tn.gov/node/11448
Virginia 09/30/13 City of Fairfax: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat found in the 3800 block of Farr Oak Circle last Friday tested positive for the virus. Neighborhood children were seen near the grounded bat and parents in the vicinity should immediately determine if their children need post-exposure protection. – See http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/alert-bat-found-in-fairfax-city-tests-positive-for-rabies