COLORADO HIKERS use sticks to fend off MOUNTAIN LION ~ FLORIDA confirms 10th locally acquired case of CHIKUNGUNYA FEVER ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from CT, IL, LA, OH & TX ~ RABIES report from NC.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Colorado 09/17/14 steamboattoday.com: by Matt Stensland – A group of Steamboat Springs hikers has reported a scary, up-close encounter with a mountain lion that had them defending themselves with sticks. Robert Bowes was hiking with friends Jakub and Alyssa Dybala on Sunday afternoon on a trail off of Routt County Road 36 near the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The trail runs near the Lower Bear Trail and gave them a direct route to Rocky Peak. As the group got close to the tree line, a mountain lion ran behind Bowes and Alyssa Dybala in front of Jakub Dybala. “We both turned around, and he’s pitch white,” Bowes said. “It threaded the needle between us. The dogs didn’t even see it because they were up front.” That was enough of a scare, but then the mountain lion returned and Jakub Dybala spotted it about 20 feet away. Bowes pulled out a small knife, and this time, the dogs went after the lion. He thought they were goners. “They were face to face with the mountain lion,” Bowes said. “It was showing its fangs and swatting at the dogs.” Bowes said the lion was large, with a tail the size of his arm span. With the cat hissing just feet away, Bowes said they were backed into a boulder, which they climbed onto. “The mountain lion jumps up onto the boulder with us all,” Bowes said. “He swiped at me, and I could feel the wind from his paws going past my leg.” After a good whack in the head with a small stick, the lion jumped off the boulder and scurried into the brush.

dog&mtnlion.8997“It was the most scary thing I’ve ever encountered,” Bowes said. He said the dogs returned, and they sprinted into a field making noise as they retreated, not knowing if they were being preyed upon. “That was the scariest part,” Bowes said. They made it back to their car without seeing the lion again. Local wildlife officer Justin Pollock learned about the incident, and he said it made him very concerned. He went to the Rocky Peak area to see if he could find any signs of the animal. He was unsuccessful and said the mountain lion’s aggressive behavior toward humans was unusual. “I can understand if it’s cornered and can’t get out,” Pollock said. “They’re going to avoid any confrontation.” Pollock said it was possible the mountain lion had kittens in a nearby den that it was trying to protect. – For complete article see http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/sep/17/steamboat-springs-hikers-use-sticks-defend-selves-/

CHIKUNGUNYA:

AbledAlert-Global-OUTBREAK-Chikungunya-373x273Florida 09/20/14 outbreaknewstoday.com: The Florida Dept of Health/Broward County has confirmed a locally acquired case of Chikungunya Fever bringing the state total to 10 cases so far this year. The other nine indigenous cases have been reported from Palm Beach County (4), St. Lucie County (3) and Miami-Dade County (2). – See http://outbreaknewstoday.com/broward-county-reports-locally-acquired-chikungunya-10th-case-in-florida-73169/

WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV):

th4334Connecticut 09/18/14 therepublic.com: The (CT) Department of Public Health has confirmed that a Stamford resident contracted (WNV) and has been treated and released from the hospital. The unidentified resident is the second person in Connecticut this season to test positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Anne Fountain, the city’s director of public health and social services, said the patient was a 39-year-old man. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/bd410794da83414da37d88da52d2591d/CT–West-Nile-Virus

Illinois-Department-Public-HealthIllinois 09/18/14 IL Dept of Public Health: Media Release – Two residents in northern Illinois who became ill with WNV in late-August and early September have died. So far this year, a total of 15 human cases have been reported Cook, Kane, La Salle, Lake and McHenry counties. – See http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/press14/9.18.14_First_West_Nile_Virus_Related_Deaths_Reported_in_Illinois.htm

LA-DHHLouisiana 09/19/14 LA Dept of Health & Hospitals: Media Release – Officials have confirmed 11 new cases of WNV, of which seven were neuroinvasive disease infections, bringing this year’s total to 103 reported infections. Included in the 11 new cases was one death in DHH Region 3, which includes St. Mary, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. – See http://dhh.la.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3117

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1Ohio 09/20/14 Mahoning County: A 66-year-old woman died on Sept 18th after being hospitalized with encephalitis caused by WNV. The victim was the first human case of WNV in the county so far this year. – See http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/sep/20/west-nile-virus-claims-first-victim-in-m/

080722_west_nile_generic (2)Texas 09/18/14 dallasnews.com: by Sherry Jacobson – Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the 8th human infection Thursday by the (WNV) for the 2014 season. The resident, who lives in the 75243 zip code in Dallas, was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive Disease. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. . . . The latest West Nile infection was the second human case for 75243, which also has had three positive mosquito pools. – For complete article see http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/dallas-county-confirms-8th-human-case-of-west-nile-virus.html/

RABIES:

rabiesAlert521d4-1North Carolina 09/19/14 Craven County: A black and white pit bull type puppy about 10 weeks old found by a trash dumpster between the former Carolina Grill restaurant and the U.S. Post Office on Highway 70 in Havelock has tested positive for rabies. Anyone exposed to this puppy in any way from August 29 thru Sept 18 should seek medical advice immediately. – See http://www.havenews.com/news/local-news/rabies-case-confirmed-in-havelock-1.375539

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