Turkey hunter attacked by BOBCAT in MISSOURI ~ NASA helps forecast ZIKA risk ~ CANADA: Scientists say TICK that spreads LYME DISEASE has reached ONTARIO.

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Missouri 04/29/16 fox2now.com: Rick Ankoviak showed us his injuries from a bobcat attack early Friday morning. He has three or four very distinct claw marks on his back. Ankoviak said he was attacked while turkey hunting in Pea Ridge Conservation Area in Washington County. “Gave him a turkey call,” Ankoviak said. “I got a brand new one and hit it about three times. Heard a lot of rustling, thought it was just squirrels. Then the squirrels started barking and I heard leaves rustling. Next thing I know, I got slammed in the shoulder and it knocked me out of the tree. I spun around, just in case I was going to get attacked again, and saw a bobcat running away. Saw its pointy ears and stubby little tail, hauling butt over a ridge.”

Wild TurkeyAnkoviak said while he was at the hospital, a report was filed with Missouri Conservation Department. “By the time I got home they had already called wanting to know where I was at, what happened,” he said. “The guy kept saying, ‘I’ve never heard of such a thing.’” Ankoviak estimated the bobcat to be around 30 pounds, about a medium-sized dog. “It was just following its prey,” he said. “And I just happened to sound good enough that it wanted to come over and try to take a look.” When Ankoviak went out into the woods early Friday morning with his 12-guage shotgun in tow, he had no idea how effective his turkey call would be. “I don’t know about my calling as much as it is the turkey call was that good,” he said. “I’m not sure.” Ankoviak said he and his wife are concerned that if the bobcat was willing to attack a full-size adult, they worry about what it would do to a child. – For video see http://fox2now.com/2016/04/29/affton-man-says-he-was-attacked-by-a-bobcat-while-turkey-hunting/

Zika Virus:

zika_riskmap_us_ncar_ucar_2016_800.pngNational 04/27/16 nasa.gov: Media Release – NASA is assisting public health officials, scientists and communities to better understand Zika virus and try to limit the spread of the disease it causes. Scientists at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, have partnered with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and other institutions to forecast the potential spread of Zika virus in the United States. The research team looked at key factors — including temperature, rainfall and socioeconomic factors — that contribute to the spread of Zika virus to understand where and when a potential outbreak may occur. Their final product, a Zika risk map, can help government agencies and health organizations better prepare for possible disease outbreaks related to the spread of the virus. The researchers described their findings in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Current Outbreaks.

“This information can help public health officials effectively target resources to fight the disease and control its spread,” said Dale Quattrochi, NASA senior research scientist at Marshall. To determine the potential risk in the mainland United States, Morin, Quattrochi and their colleagues applied methodology being employed in their current vector-borne disease project to potentially identify and predict the spread of Zika in 50 cities across the U.S. in or near the known range of the species. The team has studied this mosquito species for years, because it also transmits the dengue and chikungunya viruses. The research team found that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the virus, will likely increase in number across much of the southern and eastern U.S. as the weather warms across those regions in the coming months. Summertime weather conditions are favorable for populations of the mosquito along the East Coast as far north as New York City and across the southern tier of the country as far west as Phoenix and Los Angeles. – For complete release see http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2016/nasa-helps-forecast-zika-risk.html

Canada:

227757 Ontario 04/23/16 theweathernetwork.com: by Leeanna McLean – Warm weather in Ontario has created the ideal conditions for ticks to thrive and officials are warning people to keep an eye on their loved ones, including furry friends. Black-legged ticks, which are the primary vectors of the Lyme disease bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, are present in the Hamilton-Wentworth region of Ontario, according to a recent study published by the International Journal of Medical Sciences. The insects have also been spotted in York Region. – For video see http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/study-warns-ticks-that-spread-lyme-disease-are-in-ontario/66865

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