WNV & EEE EQUINE case totals on the upswing ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (HUMAN) reports from CAx2, CO, SD, & TXx2 ~ RABIES reports from FL, MDx2, NJ, NY, SCx2, TX, & VA.

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National 11/09/13 the horse.com: by Erica Larson – We’re firmly in fall and temperatures are dropping, but the number of confirmed equine West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) across the country is rising. Still, the case totals are lower than the number of cases reported last year in the United States. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported 296 WNV cases and 177 EEE cases as of Nov. 4. At the previous update (Sept. 25), the agency reported 157 WNV cases and 139 EEE cases.

BingFUL8839According to the APHIS disease maps, equine WNV has been confirmed in 38 states thus far in 2013. Texas (39), Oklahoma (30), and Montana (27) have reported the most cases this year. Meanwhile, 22 states in the eastern half of the country have reported EEE in horses so far this year. South Carolina (49), Florida (34), and Georgia (23) have reported the most cases, while the remaining states have all reported less than 15 cases, with most of them reporting six or fewer. Last year, a total of 627 equine WNV cases were confirmed in horses nationwide, while 209 EEE cases were reported. – For complete article see http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32846/wnv-eee-case-total-creeping-upwards

West Nile Virus (WNV):

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 11/09/13 Yuba County: A male resident of Marysville, age 57, has been confirmed as the county’s first WNV-related fatality this year. – See http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/local_news/article_f720a14a-4919-11e3-988b-001a4bcf6878.html

mapCAwnvCalifornia 11/05/13 CA Dept of Health: There were 20 new WNV human cases reported in California for the week preceding November 5th from the following counties: Contra Costa (1), Glenn (1), Los Angeles (8), Orange (3), Riverside (1), and Sacramento (6). 11 WNV-related fatalities have been reported in 2013 from Glenn (1), Los Angeles (7), Sacramento (1), San Bernardino (1), and San Joaquin (1) counties. 339 human cases from 29 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2013. – See http://westnile.ca.gov/

BoulderCounty_COColorado 11/04/13 Boulder County: Officials have confirmed that an 81-year-old Lafayette woman has died of WNV-related meningitis. Statewide, there have been 303 human cases of WNV reported this year, including six fatalities. – See http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_24452613/west-nile-virus-claims-lafayette-woman-81

SD-CA4MR6ELSouth Dakota 11/01/13 SD Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed that there have been 144 human cases of WNV statewide this year through October 31st. – For locations, ages, and other statistics see http://doh.sd.gov/documents/statistics/ID/Oct2013.pdf

Texas 11/06/13 Tarrant County: Officials have confirmed a second human case of WNV in the City of Arlington. – See http://myarlingtontx.comWest_Nile_Texas/2013/11/06/second-human-west-nile-virus-case-in-arlington-confirmed/

Texas 11/06/13 Dallas County: Officials of the City of Dallas have confirmed that the 7th human case of WNV found this year is in the 75217 ZIP code area and is the more severe neuro-invasive form of the disease. The case is also the 16th found in the county so far this season. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Confirms-7th-Human-Case-of-West-Nile-Virus-230838301.htm

Rabies:

mamaraccooninwild_14965Florida 11/08/13 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog in Jupiter Farms on Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. The dog’s owner separated the animals with a swimming pool net. There was no human 9536682-coon-hound-looking-up-isolated-on-blackcontact. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/raccoon-found-in-jupiter-farms-tests-positive-for-/nbm2X/

batPosterMaryland 11/07/13 Queen Anne’s County: Two bats have been found in an area between Sudlersville’s Middle  and Elementary schools during the past two weeks. One had deteriorated beyond testing, but the other, found Friday, tested positive for rabies. Anyone, especially children, who might have been in contact with either of these bats should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.stardem.com/easternshore/news/queen_annes_county/article_4d68974a-d93c-5ce5-add7-06880a18f851.html

Maryland 11/06/13 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found along Harness Creek Trail in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on November 5th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/281608raccoon_OH_DNR/189/Raccoon-tested-positive-for-Rabies-in-Md

New Jersey 11/08/13 Middlesex County: A raccoon killed by a vaccinated dog in the vicinity of Oak and Maple avenues in Metuchen has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131108/NJNEWS/311080035/Raccoon-tests-positive-rabies-Metuchen

5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingNew York 11/06/13 Herkimer County: A gray fox that bit two residents in the town of Frankfort has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Herkimer-County-confirms-rabid-gray-fox-in-Town-of-Frankfort-230843941.html

IMG4336e-L-001South Carolina 11/06/13 Greenville County: A woman in the City of Greenville is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a cat she came in contact with tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23893251/woman-exposed-to-rabies-by-cat-in-fountain-inn

1510832454_0c4d8e51f3_zSouth Carolina 11/04/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured in the vicinity of Cherry Hills Drive in Aiken last Wednesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20131104/AIK0101/131109810/0/FRONTPAGE

skunk&petfood8877809Texas 11/05/13 Tarrant County: A skunk that was caught in the 400 block of Mountainview Drive in north Hurst last Friday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/11/05/5308480/rabies-confirmed-in-north-hurst.html?rh=1

17858296_BG1Virginia 11/07/13 York County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert for residents in the Jennings Drive area of the county after a raccoon found in the neighborhood tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.vagazette.com/news/newsletter/va-vg-rabid-raccoon-found-in-dare-section-of-york-county-20131107,0,4168269.story

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