Caifornia 02/18/14 stanford.edu: by Rob Jordan – A newly recognized human pathogen with unknown health consequences has been found to occur over a large part of the San Francisco Bay Area. A study to be published in the March issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Disease details how researchers including Dan Salkeld, a research associate at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, found the bacterium, Borrelia miyamotoi, as well as Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, in ticks they sampled throughout the area.
The researchers were surprised to find ticks infected with one or both bacteria in nearly every park they examined. The findings raise the question of whether B. miyamotoi has gone undetected in California residents. They also represent “an important step toward dispelling the perception that you cannot acquire Lyme disease in California,” said Ana Thompson, executive director of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
Known for some time to infect ticks, the first known human case of B. miyamotoi infection in the U.S. was discovered in 2013. Beyond Lyme-like symptoms such as fever and headache, little is known about its potential health impacts. In the Bay Area, low awareness of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme could heighten the risk of infection with B. miyamotoi for users of the region’s extensive natural areas and trails. – For complete article and links to additional information see https://woods.stanford.edu/news-events/news/ticks-may-cause-double-trouble
California 02/19/14 Orange County: A live bat found at Fullerton College in Fullerton on February 18th has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found on the ground near the science building. Anyone who might have been in contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bat-602484-rabies-contact.html
Florida 02/19/14 Bay County: A raccoon captured on 9th Street in Lynn Haven has tested positive for rabies. This is the third rabid raccoon found in the area so far this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/24763224/rabid-raccoon-captured-in-lynn-haven
Nevada 02/19/14 Carson City: Health officials have launched an investigation after confirming that two residents were exposed to rabies when they purchased a puppy through a Facebook contact. According to a health department spokesperson, the puppy came from a litter in the Gardnerville Ranchos and five agencies are now involved in the investigation. Everyone who might have been or is in contact with the litter has to be evaluated for exposure to the virus. – See http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/10269641-113/rabies-health-carson-hhs
New Jersey 2/19/14 Salem County: A raccoon that fought with two vaccinated cats in Elmer last month has tested positive for rabies. The owner of the cats, who may have been exposed, has begun post-exposure treatment. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2014/02/raccoon_that_fought_two_cats_in_elmer_tests_positive_for_rabies.html
New York 02/18/14 Warren County: A 31-year-old woman from Massachusetts who was jogging on Stone Schoolhouse Road in Lake George on February 16th was attacked by a German Shepherd that was not on a leash. The dog was with a man who said he was not from the area and left to secure the dog promising he’d return but he did not. Sheriff’s deputies went door-to-door in the neighborhood but found no one who was familiar with the dog. It was wearing a black collar with the word “police” spelled in yellow letters. The owner was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall in his 30s with brown hair and facial hair. He was wearing a green Carhartt brand jacket. The bites required sutures and the woman returned to Massachusetts for a series of rabies exposure shots. Anyone with information in the case was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 743-2500. – See http://poststar.com/news/local/woman-mauled-by-dog-needs-rabies-shots/article_00dcc25e-98ca-11e3-bb24-0019bb2963f4.html
Texas 02/20/14 Parker County: A skunk carcass brought home a few weeks ago by a dog with a litter of puppies living off FM Road 1189 in the Lipan area has tested positive for rabies. the dog and pups were euthanized and family members are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment as a precautionary measure. – See http://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/local/x1783682716/Dog-puppies-put-down-after-rabies-infection
Virginia 02/20/14 Henry County: A gray fox that bit a man on Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road, near Philpott Lake in Bassett, has tested positive for rabies. A health official said the man came out on his front porch and the fox ran up and bit him on the elbow. The man then killed the fox with an ax. – See http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=40943