Young MONTANAN attacked by OTTERS ~ ILLINOISAN dies of TULAREMIA ~ COLORADAN contracts BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ COLORADAN hiker stalked by MOUNTAIN LION ~ NEW YORKER hospitalized with EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CA, IN, LA, NJ, PA & TX ~ Interesting RABIES reports from MA, NY, PA & VA.

Otter by Nilfanion. Wikimedia Commons.

Otter by Nilfanion. Wikimedia Commons.

Montana 08/05/14 State wildlife officials have confirmed that a boy who was swimming at Lake of the Woods east of Kalispell was bitten on the legs several times by two adult otters. The site was searched but the otters were not found. A warning has been posted. – See


zoonosis_TularemiaIllinois 08/08/14 Champaign County health officials say a county resident has died of tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, which can be spread by contact with infected rabbits and cats, or from bites by ticks and deer flies. – See

Bubonic Plague:

Santa_Fe_attacks_plagu48f91501Colorado 08/09/14 La Plata County: Officials have confirmed a female resident of the county has contracted the bubonic plague. The woman has been treated and released. Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. It is found in animals throughout the world, most commonly rats but other rodents like ground squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, rabbits and voles. Fleas typically serve as the vector of plague. Human cases have been linked to the domestic cats and dogs that brought infected fleas into the house. Untreated bubonic plague is fatal in approximately 50% of cases. – See

Mountain Lion:

cougar2498Colorado 08/05/14 by David Mitchell – A lone hiker had a frightening encounter with a mountain lion Monday in San Miguel County. A sheriff’s office spokesperson says the feline predator “stalked” the woman in Placerville which is about 16 miles northwest of Telluride in southwestern Colorado. The woman, 40-year-old Kyra Kopenstonsky of Placerville was on a trail when she spotted the mountain lion in close proximity to her. She told deputies the big cat kept following her and she called a friend for help. That friend called 911 at 4:45 p.m. Two deputies met the hiker at the trailhead where she eventually emerged “shaken, but uninjured.” – For complete article and precautions see

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

imagesCA5TB1FLNew York 08/08/14 Onondaga County: Officials have confirmed a county resident has been diagnosed with EEE. The individual is hospitalized and is in stable condition. EEE is a rare but dangerous viral infection that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Initial symptoms, which usually start four to 10 days after the bite, can include fever, headache and vomiting. Illness can then progress to altered mental status, confusion, seizures, coma and even death. The greatest risk for infection with this virus is for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

wnv1_clip_image002California 08/06/14 CA Dept of Public Health: Officials have confirmed the first two WNV-related deaths statewide in Sacramento and Shasta counties. – See

Indiana 08/08/14 IN State Dept of Health: Media Release– The first human case of WNV in the state has been reported in Porter County. – See

Louisiana 08/08/14 Officials have confirmed 29 human cases of WNV and the state’s second WNV-related fatality this year. – For reporting counties and complete release see

New Jersey 08/08/14 NJ Dept of Health: Media Release – State officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV so far this year which involves a 49-year-old Gloucester County resident who was hospitalized but is recovering. – For complete release see

Pennsylvania 08/08/14 Philadelphia County: Officials confirmed on Aug. 8th the state’s first human case of WNV was reported in a male resident of the county. The man was hospitalized , but has since recovered. – See

Texas 08/11/14 Dallas County: Officials confirmed on Monday that a third human case of WNV has been identified in a county resident living in the 75238 zip code area in northeast Dallas. – See


red_fox_PeterG.Trimming_WCMassachusetts 08/09/14 Middlesex County: A fox that terrorized a neighborhood in Framingham on Aug. 7th and bit several people and pets before being shot has tested positive for rabies. The incidents all occurred on the same day in the vicinity of Fairbanks and Worcester roads. – For details see

road_sign_need_helpNew York 08/07/14 Suffolk County: An 8-year-old boy was bitten by a dog at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett on Sunday during a Junior Lifeguard tournament there. According to lifeguards and East Hampton Town police, the dog’s owner then fled, with the animal in tow. The boy told her he was petting a small brown curly-haired dog that was not leashed when the dog bit him on the ankle. Police said an incident report indicated that a man — described only as a big man with glasses — had scooped up the dog and left the beach. Anyone with information about the dog or its owner should contact the East Hampton Police Department. – See

rabiesAlert521d4-1Pennsylvania 08/08/14 Centre County: A deer found walking around the Empire Court Trailer Park in Centre Hall has tested positive for rabies. A local teenager who tried to help the disoriented deer has been told to seek medical advice. – For video and complete article see

cat-child-300x225Virginia 08/08/14 Fairfax County: An outdoor, gray, female, tabby cat that recently had 10 kittens has tested positive for rabies. The cat lived in the Saratoga neighborhood of Springfield. Seven of the kittens were adopted and of the six that have been tested for the virus, none have been positive so far. – See


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