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TEXAS confirms 1,293 with WEST NILE VIRUS and 58 have died ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from LA, MA, RI, & SD ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CA, IL, MO, & NE ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, & NJ.

Image by Texas Department of State Health Services. Last updated September 18, 2012.

Texas 09/17/12 dshs.state.tx.us: Update – State health officials have confirmed 1,276 human cases of WNV spread across 107 counties in the state so far this year, including 58 deaths. In addition, officials have confirmed 150 birds, 41 horses, and 1,293 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. – For county details see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Louisiana 09/18/12 Lafayette Parish: At least two human cases of WNV have been diagnosed in the city of Lafayette. On Friday, officials confirmed a new WNV human case in a man older than 75 years who has since recovered. Officials have confirmed 215 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, including 10 deaths. – See http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20120918/NEWS01/209180317/Lafayette-West-Nile-cases-found

Massachusetts 09/18/12: mass.gov/eohhs: News Release – Health officials announced today the 5th human case of EEE has been diagnosed in an Essex County resident in his 70s who is hospitalized. They also confirmed the 15th human case of WNV in a Greater Boston resident in his 40s. Officials said another horse, this one stabled in Plympton, has also been diagnosed with EEE. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/fifth-human-case-of-eee-and-fifteenth-human-case-of-wnv.html

Rhode Island 09/18/12 Washington County: Health officials confirm a mosquito trapped in Westerly has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/rhode_island/ap_rhode_island/Mosquitoes-in-Westerly-positive-for-West-Nile_29120703

South Dakota 09/19/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – State health officials confirm there have been 14 new human cases of WNV since last week bring the state total to 158 so far this year including 2 deaths. Counties with human cases are Aurora -4, Beadle -11, Brookings -5, Brown -35, Clark -2, Clay -1, Codington -6, Custer -1, Davison -7, Day -3, Edmunds -2, Faulk -2, Grant -2, Hamlin -2, Hanson -3, Hughes -6, Hutchinson -2, Hyde -2, Jerauld -2, Kingsbury -7, Lake -5, Lawrence -1, Lincoln -5, Marshall -6, McCook -1, McPherson -2, Miner -1, Minnehaha -14, Moody -2, Pennington -1, Roberts -1, Sanborn -3, Spink -4, Sully -1, Tripp -1, Turner -1, Union -1, Walworth -1, and Yankton -2.  In addition, 32 blood donors, 9 horses, 4 birds, and 77 mosquito pools have tested positive. – See http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate9-19.pdf

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 09/18/12 Madera County: Last week a family in Oakhurst contacted the U.S.D.A. and the state’s Department of Fish & Game to report that something had attacked and killed their goat. A baited trap was set and they caught a mountain lion that was euthanized in the interest of protecting community residents, pets, and livestock. – See http://www.kmph.com/story/19567984/mountain-lion-terrorizes-family-farm

Illinois 09/18/12 Cook and Lake counties: Residents in Highland Park and Northfield have reported mountain lion sightings. Since April 15th, at least seven unconfirmed sightings have been reported in North Shore communities. – See http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/15228777-418/more-cougar-sightings-in-highland-park-northfield.html

Missouri 09/18/12 Shannon County: A wildlife camera captured photos of a mountain lion on September 9th near Eminence. There have been several reports of mountain lions in the Ozarks over the past few years and officials say they are likely moving from western states, though there is no evidence that they have established a local breeding population. – See http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-mountain-lion-spotted-in-shannon-county-mo-20120918,0,3166465.story

Nebraska 09/18/12 Sheridan County: A mountain lion spotted in a tree overlooking a family’s chicken coop in Rushville last weekend was shot and killed by the property owner. Officials say sightings have increased in the area since the Wellnitz Fire that burned several thousand acres. – See http://www.sheridancountyjournalstar.net/news/666-mountain-lion-shot-near-rushville

Rabies:

Connecticut 09/17/12 New Haven County: A skunk that bit a Cheshire woman in her garage has tested positive for rabies. – See news video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FqlV0dOugQ

Florida 09/18/12 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog on Caloosa Boulevard near Bee Line Highway in Palm Beach Gardens has tested positive for rabies. Residents say nearby flood waters are forcing wild animals into their communities. – See article and news video at http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_2248.shtml

New Jersey 09/17/12 Middlesex County: A bat found near a home in the vicinity of Valentine Street and South 4th Avenue in Highland Park has tested positive for rabies. This is the ninth rabid animal found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120917/NJNEWS/309170053/Rabid-bat-found-Highland-Park?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1

WASHINGTON ranchers say 15 CATTLE killed or injured by WOLVES since mid-July ~ Second PLAGUE victim associated with earlier OREGON case ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: LYME DISEASE conference to be held in PENNSYLVANIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MS, NM, & CANADA: MANITOBA.

Black wolf. Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Washington 09/17/12 spokesman.com: by Rich – Another five calves have been attacked by wolves at the Diamond M Ranch in Eastern Washington, bringing wolf-livestock conflicts to a tally of 15 in a short three-month period. Three calves were found dead last week and two more suffered severe injuries, according to ranch co-owner Bill McIrvin. The two calves that survived were discovered on Sept. 12 and 14. Both had suffered severe bites and torn flesh to their hindquarters. One of the calves had parts of her reproductive and urinary track torn from her body so she can no longer urinate properly.

Oregon range rider protects livestock from wolves – USFWS program. Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

The Diamond M, located in a portion of Eastern Washington known as the “Wedge”, has been working with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for several months to implement non-lethal methods to prevent damage to their cattle herd. Abiding with agency recommendations, the Diamond M waited to turn their calves out on summer range until they were 200 pounds. The ranch also employed more cowboys to patrol their grazing range. Despite these efforts, attacks to the herd have persisted resulting in a state confirmation of 10 dead and five injured since June.  The McIrvin’s herd records suggest there are likely a total of 40 dead from wolf attacks. – For complete report see http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2012/sep/17/more-dead-cattle-no-dead-wolve-reported-wedge/

Oregon 09/17/12 opposingviews.com: by Denise A. Justin – A woman who tried to help her friend save a cat that was choking on a mouse contracted Bubonic plague from the diseased feline, Portland health officials announced on Friday, September 14 . . . The woman, who wished to remain unidentified, was bitten at the same time as Paul Gaylord, who received national attention this summer when he almost died after contracting the infection (see posts in this blog dated June 13, 2012, and July 19, 2012). The 59-year-old Prineville man was hospitalized in critical condition with Black Plague on June 9 and spent nearly a month in intensive care on life support. “His heart stopped,” said his mother, Almeda Gaylord. “His lung collapsed. They told us he wasn’t going to make it.” On July 11, doctors announced that they would have to sever the top half of Gaylord’s fingers. They’ll also cut off the tips of his toes. Charlie, Gaylord’s cat, most likely was infected by a flea carrying the plague, officials concluded. The Oregon woman who was a “family friend” tried to help Gaylord when Charlie came home one day choking, with a mouse stuck in the back of his mouth. Gaylord tried to pull the mouse out and in the process, Charlie bit him and the woman. When they realized they couldn’t help the cat, Gaylord reportedly borrowed a gun from a neighbor and shot Charlie to stop his suffering, according to oregonlive.com. Public health officials sent the cat’s body to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It confirmed that Charlie had the plague, said Emilio DeBess, state public health veterinarian. – For complete article see http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/oregon-woman-contracts-black-plague-cat

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Lyme Disease Association announce their jointly sponsored 13th annual national conference, entitled “Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases: Microbial Persistence & Tick-Borne Diseases New Scientific & Clinical Directions.” Designed for health care providers and offering 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to CME registrants, the conference is Sept. 29/30, Hyatt Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA. The public is also invited to register. www.LymeDiseaseAssociation.org . Twenty faculty members including two European presenters, are led by conference Course Co-Directors, Brian Fallon, MD, MPH, Director, Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center in New York, well-known for research on neurologic and neuropsychiatric Lyme disease; and Stephen Barthold, DVM, PhD, University of California, Davis, member of the Institute of Medicine and pioneer in the study of Borrelia in the mouse model. The conference presenters will provide their expertise covering a broad range of research and clinical topics. A focus of the meeting is to explore the significance of recent findings in the monkey and mouse model that demonstrate the persistence of Borrelia burdorferi (Bb) infection despite antibiotic treatment. A presentation from the Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, will describe recent trends in tick-borne diseases, including information about the newly described phlebovirus (aka Heartland virus) identified in 2 patients after tick exposure in Missouri. – See http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lyme-disease-scientific-conference-latest-findings-in-research–clinical-developments-170020516.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Mississippi 09/17/12 msdh.ms.gov: Public health Report – State health officials confirm 29 new human cases of WNV reported in Adams (2), Claiborne (1), Harrison (1), Hinds (5), Humphreys (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson Davis (1), Lamar (1), Lauderdale (1), Madison (5), Perry (1), Rankin (6), Sunflower (1), Warren (1), and Yazoo (1) counties, bringing the state total to 169 cases including 4 deaths. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93,554.html

New Mexico 09/17/12 San Juan County: Health officials confirm two new human cases of WNV in the county: a woman 32 and another who is 70. There are now 26 human cases statewide including one death. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7871a05dbf6d4f66a0cb1b5aaa832fcb/NM–West-Nile-San-Juan-County

Canada:

Manitoba 09/16/12 portagedailygraphic.com: by Angela Brown – Health officials confirm the Province has identified 33 human cases of WNV so far this year. As of Sept. 14th, the Southern Regional Health Authority has reported 15 cases, Winnipeg has had 9, Western 5 and Interlake-Eastern 4. – See http://www.portagedailygraphic.com/2012/09/16/province-reports-more-west-nile-cases-in-region

FOX that bites two WOMEN in DELAWARE had RABIES ~ UTAH family traps MOUNTAIN LION in their backyard shed ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, LA, NV, NJ, RI, TN, & TX ~ RABIES reports from NJ, TX, & ONTARIO, CANADA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 8, 2012.

Red fox. Photo by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Delaware 09/14/12 Sussex County: A fox that was first reported when seen on Park Avenue in Rehoboth, and later bit two women, one on Pennsylvania Avenue and another on nearby Oak Avenue, was pursued and killed by Rehoboth Beach PD Sgt. Scott O’Bier in the vicinity of Lake Gerar. Health officials have confirmed that the fox tested positive for rabies. – See http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/column/columnpost/rehoboth-officer-guns-down-rabid-purse-snatching-fox/895874

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Utah 09/14/12 Duchesne County: A father and son were confronted by a mountain lion when they walked into a shed behind the father’s home at 675 W. 200 North in Roosevelt on Wednesday. The home is in a residential area near the Kings Peak Elementary School and the Utah Basin Medical Center. Fortunately, the men were able to get out of the shed and close the door, trapping the animal until state wildlife agents could arrive and tranquilize it. The lion was released Thursday into a remote area of the Wasatch Mountains. – See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865562440/Roosevelt-man-finds-cougar-hiding-in-backyard-shed.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 09/15/12 Walton County: Health officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/273755/19/Walton-Co-sees-its-first-human-case-of-West-Nile

Louisiana 09/15/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: DHH officials have confirmed 39 new human cases of WNV in the state bringing the total to 215 human cases so far this year, including 10 fatalities. – See http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2632

Nevada 09/14/12 Clark County: Two weeks after health officials found WNV-infected mosquitoes in the Las Vegas Valley a human case involving a 75-year-old woman has been identified. The woman has been hospitalized with the serious neuroinvasive form of the virus. – See http://www.lvrj.com/news/west-nile-virus-hospitalizes-75-year-old-woman-in-southern-nevada-169832456.html

New Jersey 09/15/12 Camden County: Health officials have confirmed two more human cases of WNV, one in a 64-year-old Camden man, and another in a 50-year-old Collingswood woman. At least 22 human cases of WNV have been confirmed in the state so far this year, including a fatality involving a man in Burlington County. – See http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20120915_Two_more_West_Nile_virus_cases_confirmed_in_Camden_County.html

Rhode Island 09/14/12 Washington County: State health officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped in the Cross Mills area of Charlestown has tested positive for WNV. It is the first time the virus has been found in the town this year. – See http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/west-nile-found-in-cross-mills/article_0c12462e-fedb-11e1-bd2f-0019bb2963f4.html

Tennessee 09/15/12 Shelby County: Health officials have confirmed that two men, ages 37 and 57, have been diagnosed with WNV raising the total number of human cases to 12 in the county and 21 in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wate.com/story/19550540/west-nile-virus-cases-rise-to-21-in-state

Texas 09/14/12 Waller County: Health officials have confirmed that a person living in the Hempstead area is the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. There have been 57 WNV-related fatalities in the state so far this year. – See http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Waller-sees-first-West-Nile-death-this-year-3867093.php

Rabies:

New Jersey 09/14/12 Middlesex County: A raccoon picked up in the vicinity of Ludlow Street and Rivercrest Drive in Piscataway has tested positive for rabies. – See http://njtoday.net/2012/09/14/rabid-raccoon-found-in-piscataway-2/

Texas 09/14/12 Travis & Hidalgo counties: The Austin/-Travis County Health and Human Services Department and Animal Services Office is working to identify an adult male who came in contact with a bat that has tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at 1401 San Jacinto St. A state trooper witnessed Kirk E. Morse handling a bat in the middle of the road with his bare hands. Morse is believed to be a resident of McAllen, but may still be in the Austin area. Multiple attempts have been made both in Austin and McAllen to locate Morse. Anyone who may have information about Morse is asked to contact the Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555. – See http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/man-possibly-exposed-to-rabies-sought

Canada:

Ontario 09/14/12 Huron-Kinloss: The Grey Bruce Health Unit wants to find the owner of a cat that bit a child in Ripley. Officials say it happened Tuesday as the young girl was playing in her backyard on William Street. The girl tried to pet the cat when she was bitten. The cat was black and it was wearing a red harness. Officials want to find the owner to ensure the cat doesn’t have rabies — and the young girl doesn’t have to go through painful rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 8, 2012:

Published September 14, 2012/ 61(36); ND-494-ND-507

Anaplasmosis . . . 4 . . . New York (4),

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Indiana,     

Ehrlichiosis . . . 2 . . . Florida, Virginia,

Giardiasis . . . 140 . . . Arizona, Arkansas (2), California (16), Delaware, Florida (21), Hawaii, Idaho (3), Iowa (2), Maine (9), Maryland (8), Michigan (2), Missouri (2), Montana (2), Nebraska (6), Nevada (2), New York (20), Ohio (14), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina, Vermont (3), Washington (11), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  101. . .  Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia, Maryland (3), Michigan, New York (53), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (35), Virginia (2), West Virginia,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 30. . . Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New York (13), Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas (6), Vermont,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 1. . . Georgia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 25 . . . Arkansas (3), Florida (2), North Carolina (11), South Carolina, Tennessee (8).

MONTANA camper mauled by BLACK BEAR in wilderness area ~ EHD VIRUS killing DEER across NEBRASKA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from ME, & KY ~ RABIES reports from FL, NYx2, NCx2, & VA ~ TRAVEL WARNING: MALARIA outbreak in GREECE.

Black bear. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Montana 09/14/12 missoulian.com: by Tristan Scott – Wildlife officials have killed the black bear that they believe mauled a man who was camping deep in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area on Friday. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Supervisor Jim Satterfield said the unidentified man was injured at about 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Black Bear Creek area. The man was flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center by ALERT helicopter and is expected to recover. Satterfield said a team of wildlife agents flew into the remote area by helicopter to track down the animal, which they spotted 30 yards from the injured man’s campsite. The bear had pepper spray on its fur and blood in its claws, he said. “We are very confident that we killed the offending bear,” he said. “We still have to analyze its stomach contents and wait on a DNA analysis to be 100 percent sure, but with the evidence we have we are very confident.” Although Satterfield did not immediately have a detailed narrative of the circumstances of the attack, he said the bear apparently entered the man’s campsite and attacked. – For complete article see http://missoulian.com/news/local/wildlife-agents-kill-black-bear-after-it-attacks-man-in/article_750aa8e8-feb7-11e1-89f8-001a4bcf887a.html

Lincoln 09/14/12 sfgate.com: The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a viral disease has spread to deer populations across much of Nebraska. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease spreads from deer to deer by the bite of a small insect known as a midge. Game and Parks says the virus is suspected in the reported deaths of more than 2,200 Nebraska deer this year. The disease causes hemorrhaging within the deer’s body. Deer suffering from the virus may develop a high fever and seek water, which is why many deer killed by the disease are found in or near water. The disease is not a threat to humans. The commission wants people to report to their nearest Game and Parks office any deer deaths that may be attributed to this disease.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Maine 09/14/12 York & Cumberland counties: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes infected with WNV have been trapped in Biddeford and in Scarborough. Earlier, infected mosquitoes were also found in the Cumberland County towns of Gorham and Standish. – See http://www.pressherald.com/news/west-nile-virus-detected-in-biddeford-and-scarborough_2012-09-14.html

Kentucky 09/14/12 Barren County: Officials have confirmed that a horse that died in the county this week tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/west-nile-virus-case-confirmed-in-animal/article_5768b804-fe8d-11e1-9f48-001a4bcf887a.html

Rabies:

Florida 09/13/12 Sneads, Jackson County: A raccoon that was killed by two dogs on Davis Street has tested positive for rabies. The dogs have been euthanized. – See http://www2.jcfloridan.com/news/2012/sep/13/rabid-raccoon-found-sneads-ar-4537190/

New York 09/14/12 Jay, Essex County: A raccoon found wandering in the hamlet of Upper Jay this week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x550071689/Rabid-raccoon-discovered-in-Essex-County

New York 09/13/12 Orangetown, Rockland County: The Pearl River School District sent out a request Thursday morning for help in finding a dog that bit an 11-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon on Orangeburg Road. The incident happened between Noyes St. and Mapleshade Ave. at approximately 2:45 p.m. The description of the dog’s owner is a female with dark hair wearing a grey sweatshirt and khaki pants. The dog was described as brown as small-to-medium with brown and black fur. The child would have to go through a series of rabies shots as a precaution unless the owner can be found and the dog’s vaccination record can be checked. With any information, contact Orangetown Police Officer Fitzgibbons at (845) 359-3700 ext. 3180.

North Carolina 09/13/12 New Hanover County: Health officials confirmed that two raccoons tested positive for rabies within the past several days, bringing the number of rabies cases in the county to 17 so far this year. The 16th was a raccoon found Sept. 7th on Splitbrook Court in Wilmington, and the 17th was a raccoon that fought with a dog on Rockhill Road in Castle Hayne on Sept. 11th. – See http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20120913/ARTICLES/120719584

North Carolina 09/13/12 Bettie, Carteret County: Five people are being treated for exposure to rabies after a kitten tested positive for the virus. The stray kitten was found along the side of the road and was taken to a private home to be cared for, but it was acting sick and lethargic so it was taken a veterinarian who suspected rabies. Two individuals who found the cat, and three additional people, reported being scratched, bitten, and exposed to the kitten’s saliva. – See http://www.jdnews.com/articles/kitten-108287-carteret-positive.html

Virginia 09/13/12 Fairfax County: A beaver that was reported acting aggressively toward children at the Hidden Pond Nature Center in West Springfield on Sept. 8th has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, a raccoon seen acting aggressively in the vicinity of the 6300 block of Lakeview Drive in Lake Barcroft has also tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2012/sep/13/rabid-beaver-chases-children-springfield/

Travel Warning:

Greece 09/14/12 cdc.gov: Outbreak Notice – As of August 5, 2012, 8 cases of malaria have been reported from the Attica and Laconia regions of Greece. Cases have occurred in the cities of Marathon, Markopoulo, and Evrotas. No cases have been reported in Athens. The Hellenic (Greek) CDC and the European CDC are improving surveillance for malaria cases. – For further details see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/malaria-greece-sept-2012.htm

CDC update on WEST NILE VIRUS nationally ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: CALIFORNIA reports 9th Yosemite HANTAVIRUS case ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from COLORADO ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MA, OK, RI, & WA ~ RABIES reports from CA, NY, RI, & TX.

West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of September 11, 2012). Courtesy of CDC.

National 09/11/12 cdc.gov: News Release – As of September 11, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 118 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,405 (53%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,231 (47%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 2,636 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Mississippi, Michigan, and Oklahoma) and 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.

Follow-Up Report:

(See “Two CALIFORNIA campers stricken with HANTAVIRUS, one is dead” posted 0817/12; “CALIFORNIA’s Yosemite Park officials confirm second HANTAVIRUS death” posted 08/29/12; “HANTAVIRUS cases linked to YOSEMITE now total six including two fatalities” posted 09/01/12; and “Third HANTAVIRUS death linked to YOSEMITE” posted 09/10/12.)

California 09/13/12 latimes.com: by Kate Mather – Another person was sickened by hantavirus traced to Yosemite National Park, the latest in an outbreak that has grown to nine cases and has killed three visitors since mid-June. The latest case, which sickened a California resident, is believed to have originated in one of Curry Village’s signature tent cabins in early July, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. A total of eight cases have been linked to the insulated signature tent cabins; the other to the High Sierra Loop that connects Yosemite Valley with Tuolumne Meadows and other areas. But the latest case differs from the others in that it was considered a “hantavirus infection,” officials said. Although very rare, some hantavirus cases don’t show the respiratory symptoms found in hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, according to the California Department of Public Health. The eight other cases tied to Yosemite developed into the full-fledged hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The person with the hantavirus infection has since recovered, Gediman said. The park received confirmation of the case Thursday morning. – For complete article see http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/hantavirus-in-yosemite-9th-case-reported-as-another-visitor-sickened.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 09/13/12 Golden, Jefferson County: Several residents in the vicinity of Lookout Mountain Road have reported a mountain lion sighting or signs within the past week. A Parks and Wildlife spokesperson said the reports have been confirmed. – See http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/golden/news/mountain-lion-spotted-in-west-golden-neighborhood/article_a1817eee-fde3-11e1-a6a3-0019bb2963f4.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Massachusetts 09/13/12 mass.gov/eohhs: News Release – The 4th human case of EEE in the state is a Plymouth County resident in his 60s who is hospitalized. Health officials also confirmed the 14th human case of WNV in a Hampden County resident in his 50s who was hospitalized but has been released. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/new-human-cases-of-eee-and-wnv-announced.html

Oklahoma 09/13/12 newsok.com: A total of 133 confirmed human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year, including 8 fatalities. This is the highest number of cases the state has seen since the virus entered the U.S. in 1999. – See http://newsok.com/west-nile-virus-cases-still-rising-in-people-horses-in-oklahoma/article/3709359

Rhode Island 09/13/12 Bristol & Newport counties: A mosquito trapped in Barrington on Sept. 5th has tested positive for EEE. This is the 4th EEE-positive mosquito trapped in the state this year. Three mosquitoes trapped in the state have also tested positive for WNV, and there has been one confirmed human case of WNV in Newport County: a man in his 50s who has recovered. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/96f4f0b9bc414affaf6976f41e4ff176/RI–Mosquito-Viruses

Washington 091/13/12 doh.wa.gov: News Release – A Benton County woman is the second resident to be infected with WNV without leaving the state. The woman, in her 50s, was hospitalized. Another travel-related case has also been confirmed — a teenage boy who lives in Clark County. Test results were confirmed at the state’s Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline, bringing the total WNV human case count in the state this year to four. – See http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2012NewsReleases/12139WestNileVirusMoreHumanCases.aspx

Rabies:

California 09/12/12 Rubicon Bay, El Dorado County: Animal Services is searching for the owner of two German Shepherds that bit a 68-year-old woman while she was walking in Rubicon Bay, according to a Monday statement from the county. The incident happened about 4:45 p.m. Aug. 31. on Highland Drive when the dogs, off leash and running alongside their owner’s truck, approached the woman and bit her on her leg, according to the statement. The owner of the dogs stopped and allegedly provided incorrect contact information to the woman, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Animal Services officers are looking for the dogs’ owner to verify the dogs are current on their rabies vaccinations. Without this verification, the woman may need to have post-exposure rabies treatments, according to the statement. The county asks anyone with information to contact Animal Services at 530-573-7925.

New York 09/12/12 Batavia, Genesee County: The mother of a boy who was bit by a dog two days ago is getting nervous. Nobody has come forward yet as the owner of the dog, and no Good Samaritan has helped by identifying the dog and its owner. That leaves a week left to try and find the dog and determine whether it carries rabies. Without the confirmation, her boy will need to go through a painful round of rabies shots. After further discussions with the boy, more details are available on the man and his dogs. The man is described as about 6-feet tall, older and with a potbelly.  The dog that bit the boy is likely a mix breed. After looking through photos with her son, the mother does not believe the dog was a pit bull. Its face was droopier and had longer ears. The dog was brown and black and brindled (stripes). The owner was walking it with a harness (rather than a collar). The man was also walking a slightly smaller yellowish dog. The boy encountered the dogs on Vine Street near John Kennedy School. It’s likely the owner lives within a quarter mile of the school since that’s the neighborhood he was walking in. The man has not been seen in the neighborhood since. Anybody with information that may assist in locating the dog, please call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6350.

Rhode Island 09/12/12 Jamestown, Newport County: A stray kitten that had been adopted by a resident in the area of Highland Drive near Fort Wetherill state Park and then died has tested positive for rabies. Officials warn there is a colony of strays in the area the kitten came from and they are trying to determine if others were adopted. It is assumed they were all exposed to the virus and might all be infected. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/south_county/jamestown-kitten-tests-positive-for-rabies

Texas 09/12/12 Abilene: City officials announced today that a skunk that was in contact with a dog on the city’s south side has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/sep/12/just-rabies-case-reported-abilene/

Capital of SOUTH DAKOTA invaded by SKUNKS ~ CDC reports on national RABIES VACCINE shortage ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, FLx2, IL, LA, NM, SD, & VA ~ RABIES reports CA, GA, NJ, & NY.

Photo by State of Michigan.

South Dakota 09/11/12 latimes.com: by John M. Glionna – Residents of South Dakota’s state capital are holding their noses this fall and it has nothing to do with politics. The city of Pierre is being invaded by skunks. Animal control officials say that 60 of the furry little stinkers have been caught since June and in a town of 15,000. That translates to one possible skunk encounter for every 250 residents. But there’s an even worse danger: skunks are often rabid. “Skunks are the reservoir of rabies out here on the Great Plains,” South Dakota state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger told the Los Angeles Times. “Skunks actually present a two-fold menace. Rabies is the biggest danger. Then the spraying. Oh, and they bite, too.” So far this year, 45 rabid animals have been caught in South Dakota, 25 of them skunks. Though the state has not had a case of rabies since 1970, officials remain vigilant. – For complete article see http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-south-dakota-skunks-20120911,0,7808011.story

National 09/11/12 cdc.gov: Vaccine Update – Current Situation

  • Rabies vaccine for pre-exposure use is available only from wholesale distributors who have existing stocks of RabAvert vaccine from Novartis.
  • At this time, there are no limitations in the supply of rabies immune globulin or vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
  • Sanofi Pasteur, maker of IMOVAX (Rabies Vaccine), is currently unable to directly supply rabies vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination.
  • Sanofi Pasteur will continue to supply rabies vaccine for PEP to health care providers who are treating patients who have had documented rabies exposures.
  • Novartis, makers of RabAvert (Rabies Vaccine), is also currently unable to directly supply rabies vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination.
  • Additional lots of RabAvert and IMOVAX are expected to be released in the coming months. These lots are expected to return supplies to normal levels.
  • There are ongoing discussions among federal, state, and local public health personnel to continue evaluation of the current supply of rabies biologics and review additional strategies as necessary. – For additional information see http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/resources/news/2012-09-07.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 09/12/12 Sacramento and Yolo counties: Sacramento County: 6 human cases, 461 dead birds, 447 mosquito samples, 24 sentinel animals, 2 horses have tested positive for WNV to date. Yolo County: 3 human cases,  90 dead birds, 142 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 3 sentinel animalshave tested positive for WNV to date. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139bc3b770c142be

Florida 09/12/12 Leon and Gadsden counties: In Leon County, two horses kept within a mile of each other in the Braden area near Highway 20 have tested positive for EEE in the last two weeks. Yesterday, another horse in the Woodville area tested positive for EEE. In addition, neighboring Gadsden County officials on Monday confirmed their first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Three-Horses-Test-Positive-for-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-169516796.html?ref=796

Florida 09/11/12 Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach County: Local officials have issued an alert after a horse kept in the 800 block of Hyde Park Road tested positive for WNV and was euthanized. So far this year, WNV has been found in 20 counties and has infected 33 humans. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/dead-horse-in-loxahatchee-was-infected-with-west-n/nR7h8/

Illinois 09/12/12 Cook County: Public health officials announced Wednesday that WNV has claimed the life of a person between the ages of 70-79 who lived in the county’s southern district. – See http://oakforest.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-claims-first-cook-county-life

Louisiana 09/12/12 louisiana.gov: Public Health – On Friday, LDHH officials confirmed 31 new human cases of WNV bringing the state’s total to 176 so far this year, including 10 fatalities. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2624

New Mexico 09/11/12 Bernalillo County: A 76-year-old man has become the state’s first WNV-related fatality. – See http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2761822.shtml?cat=504

South Dakota 09/12/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – Health officials confirm 144 human cases of WNV have been reported statewide so far this year, including two deaths. In addition, 30 blood donors, 9 horses, 3 birds, and 77 mosquito pools have tested positive for WNV. – For information regarding counties involved and other data see http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate9-12.pdf

Virginia 09/12/12 vdh.state.va.us: Update – VDH officials confirm 9 human cases of WNV including 4 in the northwest region, 2 in the northern region, two in the central region, and 1 in the southwest region. There has been one death in an older adult residing in the northwest region. – See http://www.vdh.state.va.us/

Rabies:

California 09/11/12 Los Angeles County: Public health officials confirm there have been 45 bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year. The previous record of 38 rabid bats was set last year. Typically, there are only about 10 cases a year reported. The reason for the increase is unclear. – For complete article with tips for reducing risks see http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Rabies-Bats-Warning-169321746.html

Georgia 09/11/12 Canton, Cherokee County: A stray cat that scratched a woman at the Cherokee South Apartments off Marietta Highway on September 2nd has tested positive for rabies. Health officials are searching for others who may have been exposed to the virus. The cat is described as a black-and-white shorthaired female. – See http://marietta.patch.com/articles/news-nearby-man-killed-in-i-75-chase-idd-woman-scratched-by-rabid-cat

New Jersey 09/11/12 Winslow Township, Camden County: A skunk found in the Sicklerville section of town on September 5th has tested positive for rabies. The skunk may have come in contact with a vaccinated dog, but there are no known human exposures. – See http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/09/11/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-camden-county/

New York 09/11/12 Black Brook, Clinton County: A raccoon shot by a resident on Thursday in the vicinity of Dry Bridge Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x1709876722/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies

MAINE CDC confirms 30 farm-raised PHEASANTS have died of EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) ~ EEE & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CO, IL, MAx2, NJ, NY, & SC ~ TRAVEL WARNING: CDC reports SARCOCYSTOSIS in MALAYSIA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 1, 2012.

Pheasant. Photo by David Croad. Wikimedia Commons.

Maine 09/11/12 Lebanon, York County: State health officials have identified cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a number of farm birds in Lebanon, according to Lebanon Selectman Jason Cole. Maine State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears on Monday told Robert Frizzell, chairman of the Board of Selectmen that state officials found the disease in a number of pheasants raised on a farm in Lebanon, and 30 birds have died of the disease. “The Lebanon Board of Selectmen wants to make sure that the residents are aware of the situation and are provided the facts that we were provided,” Frizzell said in a statement. “There is no need for alarm. We simply want to ensure the residents have the information that we have been provided so they can make the appropriate safety measures.” – See http://www.keepmecurrent.com/news_now/birds-in-lebanon-die-of-equine-encephalitis/article_2c6abf34-fc22-11e1-b50d-0019bb2963f4.html

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):

Colorado 09/11/12 cdphe.state.co.us: Update – As of Sept. 7, health officials have confirmed 51 human cases of WNV in the state, including two deaths in Montrose County. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139b69328cb10c21

Illinois 09/09/12 Lake County: Health officials have confirmed five human cases of WNV in the county including a 68-yearold man in Buffalo Grove, a 60-year-old man in Mundelein, a 65-year-old woman in Grayslake, a 42-year-old woman in Libertyville, and a 69-year-old man in Lake Zurich. In addition, 81 mosquito pools and three birds have tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2529438&spid=

Massachusetts 09/10/12 Franklin and Worcester counties: Health officials have confirmed a third human case of EEE in a girl under 18 who is currently hospitalized. The danger of EEE in the communities of Athol, Orange, and Royalston has been raised to a “critical” threat level, and nearby communities have been raised to a “high” threat level. – See http://www.necn.com/09/10/12/3rd-human-case-of-EEE-in-Mass-confirmed/landing.html?blockID=771099&feedID=4753

Massachusetts 09/11/12 Rochester, Plymouth County: The risk level for EEE has been raised to “critical” after a horse was confirmed infected with the virus. The risk level was raised to “high” in nearby Wareham, Freetown, Acushnet, Marion, Middleboro, Lakeville, and Mattapoisett. – See http://wareham-ma.villagesoup.com/community/story/triple-e-threat-raised-to-high-in-wareham/895288

New Jersey 09/10/12 njspotlight.com: by Anthony Vecchione – According to the health department, state officials have  confirmed 15 (human) cases of WNV from 12 counties, including: Bergen (1), Burlington (1), Camden (1), Essex (2), Gloucester (1), Hudson (1), Mercer (1), Middlesex (1), Monmouth (1), Ocean (3), Passaic (1) and Salem (1). An elderly Burlington County man who tested positive for WNV died last week. – See http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/12/0909/2310/

New York 09/09/12 silive.com: Three human cases of WNV have been reported on Staten Island. Citywide there have been 17 human cases reported, including one fatality. – See http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/09/west_nile_threat_centered_on_s_2.html

South Carolina 09/11/12 North Augusta, Aiken County: Health officials have confirmed that Stacy Furtick, 80, is the first man in the state to die of WNV this year. A total of 17 human cases have been identified by SCDHEC in 11 different counties across the state and five of those were in Aiken County. Statewide, three animals and 13 birds have also tested positive for the illness. – See http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/0911-west-nile-virus-death-con

Travel Warning:

Malaysia 09/10/12 cdc.gov: Outbreak Notice – CDC has received reports of four cases of sarcocystosis that have been associated with 2012 summer travel to Tioman Island. Sarcocystosis is a disease caused by a parasite called Sarcocystis. Sarcocystosis occurs in tropical or subtropical countries, including countries in Southeast Asia. This disease is common among wild and domestic animals but can also cause disease in humans. Two forms of the disease can occur: one causes diarrhea and the other causes muscle pain, fevers, and other symptoms. Muscle sarcocystosis is spread through the ingestion of food, water, or soil contaminated with infected animal feces. Many people infected with Sarcocystis may not have symptoms. The travelers described in this notice returned from Malaysia with severe muscle pain. Other reported symptoms included mild diarrhea and fever. Most people were ill for 2-4 weeks after leaving the island. – See http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/sarcocystosis-malaysia-outbreak.htm

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 1, 2012:

Published September 7, 2012/ 61(35); ND-480-ND-493

Anaplasmosis . . . 8 . . . New York (8),

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . New York (3),

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . California,     

Ehrlichiosis . . . 5 . . . Arkansas, Missouri (2), Virginia (2),

Giardiasis . . . 169 . . . Alabama (2), Arizona (2), Arkansas (2), California (20), Florida (26), Idaho (3), Iowa, Maine (4), Maryland (5), Michigan (3), Missouri (6), Nebraska, Nevada, New York (43), Ohio (24), Oregon, Pennsylvania (10), South Carolina (2), Virginia, Washington (12),

Lyme Disease . . .  138. . .  California, Florida (3), Maryland (5), New York (59), Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania (60), Vermont, Virginia (6), Washington,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 45. . . Connecticut (2), Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York (13), Ohio (4), Texas (7), Vermont (6), Virginia (8), West Virginia (2),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Indiana (2),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 12 . . . Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri (4), New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee , Virginia (2),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Indiana, Washington.