Abstract of report by the Yosemite Hantavirus Outbreak Investigation Team published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 20, Number 3 – March 2014: In summer 2012, an outbreak of hantavirus infections occurred among overnight visitors to Yosemite National Park in California, USA. An investigation encompassing clinical, epidemiologic, laboratory, and environmental factors identified 10 cases among residents of 3 states. Eight case-patients experienced hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, of whom 5 required intensive care with ventilatory support and 3 died. Staying overnight in a
signature tent cabin (9 case-patients) was significantly associated with becoming infected with hantavirus. Rodent nests and tunnels were observed in the foam insulation of the cabin walls. Rodent trapping in the implicated area resulted in high trap success rate (51%), and antibodies reactive to Sin Nombre virus were detected in 10 (14%) of 73 captured deer mice. All signature tent cabins were closed and subsequently dismantled. Continuous public awareness and rodent control and exclusion are key measures in minimizing the risk for hantavirus infection in areas inhabited by deer mice. – See http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/3/13-1581_article.htm
Author’s Note: Sin Nombre virus is a hantavirus first recognized in 1993 when an outbreak of unexplained respiratory deaths occurred in the southwestern United States.
Arkansas 02/14/14 Pulaski County: Two skunks found within one mile of each other in the western part of the county have tested positive for rabies. This is the first time in over 30 years that a ground animal has tested positive for the virus in this particular region. – See http://www.thv11.com/news/article/298033/2/Rabies-alert-for-west-Pulaski-County
California 02/13/14 Yolo County: by C. Johnson – A woman bitten by a Labrador retriever at a Davis park last Friday hopes the dog’s owner comes forward to verify their pet has been vaccinated against rabies. Otherwise, she may have to undergo post-exposure rabies treatment. A woman was walking the black female lab in North Star Park about 10 o’clock Friday morning when the dog bit the victim who had stopped to pet her, according to the Animal Services Section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. The woman walking the dog told the victim the lab was healthy but did not provide information about its vaccination status. It is an owner’s responsibility to inform Animal Services if their dog bites someone, so vaccinations can be verified. Anyone with information about this was urged to contact Animal Services at (530) 668-5287 24 hours a day or email email@example.com. – See http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/davis/2014/02/13/davis-biting-dog/5460743/
Florida 02/13/14 Hamilton County: A Rabies Alert has been issues for the East region of the county after a cat tested positive for the virus on February 11th. – See http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1783669529/Rabies-alert-for-Hamilton-County
Florida 02/12/14 Martin County: A sick bat that scratched a woman who found it near her home in South Stuart and picked it up has tested positive for rabies. The woman is now receiving post-exposure treatment. – See http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2014/feb/12/bat-tests-positive-rabies-stuart/
New Jersey 02/12/14 Middlesex County: A raccoon trapped last week in the vicinity of 186 Leesvile Avenue, in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140212/NJNEWS/302120060/Rabid-raccoon-found-in-Woodbridge?nclick_check=1