White WOLF shot by MONTANAN really a WOLF-DOG hybrid ~ DOLPHIN deaths due to VIRUS spreading to SOUTH CAROLINA ~ WNV reports from NY, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from FL, MD, NJx2, SC, TN, TX, & VT.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Montana 10/24/13 missoulian.com: by Rob Chaney – What appeared to be a white wolf threatening a Lolo resident’s horses on Sunday was really something else. “It turned out to be a wolf-dog hybrid,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist Liz Bradley said on Wednesday. “It looked very wolfy, but it was neutered.” The landowner shot and killed the dog after seeing it eyeing his horses Sunday morning. Bradley said she also got reports from a resident in Florence of a similar animal chasing her house cat up a tree. “It’s a concern if somebody is releasing hybrids in the area,” she said. “Sometimes they can be more troublesome than wolves. They come a lot closer to people and can be dangerous.” Bradley said she hadn’t had any other wolf incidents reported near homes in the Missoula or Bitterroot valleys this fall. – For complete article and photo see http://missoulian.com/news/local/wolf-shot-by-lolo-resident-was-a-dog-hybrid/article_d0d3c914-3c34-11e3-aaa0-001a4bcf887a.html

Dolphin Virus:

dolphin-face5.BingFreeuselicSouth Carolina 10/24/13 islandpacket.com: by Zach Murdock – A virus is crippling unusually high numbers of dolphins along the East Coast, and at least one infected dolphin has been stranded in Beaufort County, according to federal oceanic scientists. Since July, the morbillivirus has caused dolphin strandings along the mid-Atlantic coast to rise more than nine times the historical average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Fisheries website. The increase is classified by the agency as an “unusual mortality event” and includes the waters off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

5430923154_a53104228a_zThe National Ocean Service has investigated nine strandings in South Carolina since the state was added to the watch area in September, said Wayne McFee, National Ocean Service marine mammal stranding program scientist. Two of those dolphins were found stranded on Beaufort County beaches recently, according to Al Segars, veterinarian for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The first, found on Hilton Head Island several weeks ago, tested positive for the virus, Segars said; test results on the second, found on Fripp Island on Tuesday, are pending. So far, two other dolphins found in the state have tested positive for the virus and results are still pending on five others, McFee said. The virus can’t be transmitted to humans, Segars said. However, infected dolphins could be carrying other diseases, like brucella, that can be passed on, he added. – For complete article, video, and contact information re stranded dolphins see http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/10/24/2754114/dolphin-deaths-spreading-to-south.html

Blogger’s Note: Morbillivirus is similar to measles and highly infectious but this particular strain of the virus cannot be transmitted to humans. Brucellosis is an infectious zoonotic disease caused by the brucella bacteria, which can be transmitted to humans.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

suffolk cty NY (2)New York 10/24/13 Suffolk County: Officials have confirmed a 2nd human case of WNV in the town of Brookhaven. – See http://www.newsday.com/news/health/2nd-west-nile-case-confirmed-in-suffolk-8-total-on-li-1.6315090

denton cty TXTexas 10/24/13 Denton County: Officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in Argyle this week. This is the 5th human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20131024-west-nile-reported-in-argyle.ece

TX.dallascountysealTexas 10/24/13 Dallas County Health Department: Officials have confirmed the county’s 2nd WNV-related fatality this year. The patient lived in the 75019 ZIP Code area and is the 13th human case of WNV in the county this season. – See http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/press/documents/PressRelease_13thPositiveHumanCase_2Death10232013.pdf

wichita.cty.TXTexas 10/23/13 Wichita County: Officials confirmed on October 23rd that a second human case of WNV has been identified in a Wichita Falls woman who is recovering. – See http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/oct/23/2nd_west_nile_virus_case/

Rabies:

raccoon_USFWS_Bill_Buchanan_smallFlorida 10/23/13 Bay County: A raccoon killed near the south end of the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven is the sixth animal testing positive for rabies this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/23767072/rabid-raccoon-killed-near-south-end-of-bailey-bridge-in-lynn-haven

fox213Maryland 10/23/13 Caroline County: A fox that ran from under a car in Denton and bit a man, and then went into a nearby home and bit two dogs and the homeowner, has tested positive for rabies. State police responded and shot the fox. Two people and two dogs are being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See video and article at http://www.wboc.com/story/23772683/rabid-fox-attacks

raccoon_cat_doorNew Jersey 10/23/13 Atlantic County: A raccoon removed from a home in the 800 block of Elwood Road in Mullica Township last week has tested positive for rabies. Five cats and the property owner were potentially exposed to the virus. This is the 7th rabid raccoon found in the county this year, and the 2nd this week. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23773961/rabies-found-in-another-atlantic-county-raccoon

0New Jersey 10/23/13 Mercer County: A skunk found on Temple Terrace in Lawrence Township last week that had been in contacted with neighborhood pets has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23773961/rabies-found-in-another-atlantic-county-raccoon

image487South Carolina 10/23/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured on Northwood Drive in the city of Aiken has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Raccoon-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-Aiken-228992621.html?ref=621

1023_WEB_a_RaxVax_t618Tennessee 10/23/13 Hamilton & Bradley counties: The U.S. Dept of Agriculture is dropping oral rabies vaccine packets by hand and from a helicopter in both counties. The program has been ongoing since 2003. – For complete article and graph showing USDA East Coast program area see http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/23/choppers-dropping-vaccine-packets-chattanooga-area/

batwarningTexas 10/24/13 Hidalgo County: Two bats found in the downtown area of McAllen have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_6531b896-3cdf-11e3-9d5d-001a4bcf6878.html

sidebar_RabiesAlertVermont 10/23/13 Addison County: A puppy rescued from an upstate New York shelter by a New Haven family has tested positive for rabies. It was sick and getting progressively worse so the family finally consented to euthanasia. Since it had bitten a family member, state law required an autopsy. Fifteen people, including the family and friends, are now being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See http://www.wcax.com/story/23772297/15-treated-after-vt-puppy-tests-positive-for-rabies

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