MICE captured in southern CALIFORNIA county test positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ RABIES reports from GA, MA, & SC ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: Bayer Animal Health Division supports 3rd Annual Canine Vector-Borne Disease web conference

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

California 01/10/14 San Diego County: Two mice recently captured in Campo and Poway have tested positive for hantavirus, prompting officials to urge residents to take whatever measures are necessary to keep their homes rodent-free. The virus can result in a life-threatening lung condition. Wild rodents, especially deer mice, can carry hantavirus, which can be spread through their saliva, urine and feces. Sweeping infected mouse droppings and raising dust can cause the virus to be breathed in if the area is enclosed. – See http://ranchobernardo-4sranch.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/hanta-virus-found-in-poway-and-neighboring-city-ranchobernardo-4sranch

 Rabies:

Billboard1-1Georgia 01/10/14 Chatham County: Eight people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a family’s pet dog tested positive for the virus. The people include several animal control officers. The dog, a 70 to 80 pound, gray and white bull mix, was kept on the east side of the county between Causton Bluff Road and Utah Street. It was not current with its rabies shots and ran away from home apparently coming in contact with a animal that was carrying the rabies virus.- See http://www.wsav.com/story/24417420/chatham-county-dog-tests-positive-for-rabies

xchng_rabid_meanieMassachusetts 01/13/14 Middlesex County: A raccoon that was in contact with a vaccinated dog on Westminster Avenue in Arlington on Wednesday, Jan 8th, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://arlington.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/rabid-raccoon-found-in-arlington

vaccines65567South Carolina 01/14/14 Williamsburg County: A cat brought to the Chandler Animal Hospital in Hemingway on Jan 7th for an exam scratched an employee and later tested positive for rabies. The cat’s owner resides in the Bartell community and was concerned because the cat was having difficulty walking. – See http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_201e203a-7d69-11e3-98d8-001a4bcf6878.html

ANNOUNCEMENT

3rd ANNUAL CANINE VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE WEB CONFERENCE

7779495

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To raise awareness of parasitic diseases such as those transmitted via ticks (Lyme disease), fleas (canine bartonellosis), and sand flies (leishmaniosis).

There will be two sessions: a targeted case study session for veterinarians and a roundtable session for veterinarians, physicians, and allied and public health professionals.

See http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=184382#.UtI2h7RKOUk

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