HANTAVIRUS confirmed in CALIFORNIA HARVEST MOUSE ~ RABIES reports from FL, GA, IA, MT, NJ, PA & TX.

Harvest mouse. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Harvest mouse. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

California 03/12/14 thevillagenews.com: A harvest mouse trapped last week near Escondido tested positive for hantavirus, prompting San Diego County public health officials today to remind people to be careful around rodents and to guard their homes against infestations. The mouse was caught in the Escondido-Pala area, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. According to the DEH, common house mice don’t carry hantavirus. Mice in the wild can carry the disease and pass it to humans, who could contract hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which is rare but sometimes fatal. People who live near open areas should take steps to prevent infestation. – For complete article see http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/76771/

Rabies:

8799f787Florida 03/13/14 Pasco County: The state’s Department of Health issued a Rabies Alert today after a cat tested positive for the virus. The alert covers an area west of Gall Blvd, east of River Glen Blvd, north of Chancey Rd, and south of Fairview Heights Rd. – See http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/department-of-health-issues-rabies-alert-for-zephyrhills/2170099

Racoon15642Georgia 03/13/14 Hall County: A raccoon found in the Bridge Drive area in the northern tier of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid animal found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24965879/hall-county-confirms-2nd-rabies-case-this-year#axzz2vur1LBC8

help7689Iowa 03/12/14 Scott County: by Jack Cullen – Bettendorf Police officers were called to Mark Twain Elementary School on Tuesday evening after a 13-year-old boy was bitten in the arm by a German shepherd. The boy was treated and released from a local hospital, but the dog described as a black-and-brown German shepherd was not identified. According to police, the dog’s owner grabbed the dog off the boy and told him to wait near the school while he secured his two dogs. But the owner, described as a white male, left the scene with two German shepherds and never returned. The Bettendorf Police Department urges the dog’s owner and anyone else with information regarding the incident to call Capt. Keith Kimball at 563-344-4031. Police want to identify the dog and make sure it is up to date on its rabies vaccination. Otherwise, the boy will have to go through post-exposure prophylaxis, which includes a series of six shots in the arm, received over a month that cost almost $1,000. Without treatment, rabies can be fatal.  Iowa’s public health veterinarian Ann Garvey said if the dog remains unidentified, the victim should receive treatment within 72 hours of the incident. – See http://qctimes.com/news/local/bettendorf-police-need-help-finding-dog-who-bit-boy/article_5d888e24-ca56-5ca1-93ac-06b4e96c7a8d.html

skunk245mn2Montana 03/13/14 Big Horn County: The state’s Department of Livestock issued a quarantine order on Wednesday prohibiting some pets from leaving the county after a skunk tested positive for rabies. At this time, five dogs are suspected of being infected with the virus. – See http://www.kpax.com/news/big-horn-county-quarantined-due-to-rabies-diagnosis/

raccoon_2MainSpring_1New Jersey 03/12/14 Camden County: A raccoon killed in Blackwood by a Gloucester Township family’s vaccinated dog on March 5th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2014/03/blackwood_raccoon_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

ebf690e90681d99a574659bc81d78f29Pennsylvania 03/12/14 Delaware County: A fox reported acting strangely on March 8th by a Bryn Mawr resident has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid animal found in Radnor Township so far this month. – See http://haverford.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/fox-in-bryn-mawr-tests-positive-for-rabies-haverford

image001skunkandcanineTexas 03./12/14 Collin and Denton counties: A dead skunk found in a backyard with three vaccinated dogs in the vicinity of Preston and Mockingbird in Frisco has tested positive for rabies. – See http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-frisco/

 

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