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CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE spreads to Ellis County in KANSAS ~ CALIFORNIA issues first WEST NILE VIRUS advisory of 2013 ~ CDC study finds DENGUE FEVER has returned to FLORIDA ~ MARYLAND resident dies of RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, GA, NM, NC, & TX.

White-tailed deer fawn. Courtesy National Park Service.

White-tailed deer fawn. Courtesy National Park Service.

Kansas 03/10/13 Kansas.com: by Michael Pearce – Four Kansas deer recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Shane Hesting, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism disease biologist. The department has been testing for the disease that’s always fatal in deer, but has never been found in livestock or humans, for about 15 years. Hesting said the deer came from Ellis, Norton, Sherman and Trego counties. It’s the first such case from Ellis County. CWD was first found in a lone deer in Cheyenne County, in extreme northwest Kansas, in 2005. It’s since moved steadily eastward and southward. To date 52 Kansas animals have tested positive for the disease from more than 20,000 tested. – For complete article see http://www.kansas.com/2013/03/09/2709239/foure-more-deer-test-positive.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

west-nile-banner357California 03/04/13 Los Angeles County: This is the first West Nile virus (WNV) public health advisory for 2013. A dead American Crow from the City of Lomita has tested positive for WNV. This is the first positive dead bird for WNV in California for 2013. This early positive may be an indicator that WNV in Los Angeles County and California for 2013 is off to the same high activity found in 2012. There were 479 human cases and 19 deaths in California for 2012. – See http://www.lawndalecity.org/PDFs/2013%20_3-413_%20First%20WNV%20Positive%20Dead%20Bird%20Lomita_%20in%20California%20_3_.pdf

imagesCAR6PIM5Texas 03/121/13 dallasnews.com: by Terrence Stutz – The Texas Senate has passed a bill that allows municipal officials to enter abandoned or foreclosed properties to treat pools of stagnant water for mosquitoes known to carry West Nile Virus. Last summer 36 people died of WNV infection within a four-county area of northern Texas. The bill now goes to the Texas House. – See http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/03/senate-passes-bill-to-combat-west-nile-virus.html/
Dengue Fever:

map_florida_keys_r1_c1Florida 03/13/13 npr.org: by Michaeleen Doucleff –  After a 60-year hiatus, the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever has now officially re-established itself (in the Florida Keys). People infected during a recent outbreak in Florida didn’t catch the virus abroad but rather got a strain that’s unique to Key West, virologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report Wednesday in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease. The virus has been circulating around the Key West population for at least two years, the researchers say, and it has evolved its own genetic fingerprint, distinct from dengue in Central America and the Caribbean. Also known as “breakbone fever,” dengue causes pounding headache, high fever and such severe joint pain that you feel like your bones are — well, breaking. There’s no vaccine or cure. – For complete article see http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/12/174142169/dengue-fever-no-longer-just-a-visitor-to-florida-keys

Rabies:

imagesCAAU0V7ZMaryland 03/12/13 baltimoresun.com: by Scott Dance – State health officials have confirmed that for the first time in 36 years a Maryland resident has died of rabies. It is not yet known how the individual contracted the disease but officials are investigating how and where the person might have been exposed, and assessing the risk of exposure to the person’s family members and others. According to Dr. Katherine Feldman, state public health veterinarian, rabies can be transmitted by saliva even if the host of the virus is not yet showing symptoms. Last year, 324 animals tested positive for the virus in Maryland, most in Frederick and Montgomery counties and the City of Baltimore. – See http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-md-rabies-death-20130312,0,1434749.story

Other Rabies Reports:

raccoon-mom-and-baby-0567Alabama 03/12/13 Houston County: A raccoon found March 8 on Timbers Drive in Dothan has tested positive for rabies. A home owner found the animal dead after it fought with her dogs. – See http://www.wtvy.com/home/headlines/Houston-Co-Reports-1st-Rabies-Case-of-2013-197594991.html

imagesCAGN6RWMGeorgia 03/13/13 Hall County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a skunk that came in contact with a dog in the vicinity of Lawson Road in North Hall tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/80936/

New Mexico 03/13/13 Colfax County: State health officials have confirmed that a raccoon seen behaving erratically in downtown Raton has tested roadtrip-raccoonspositive for rabies. – See http://www.ctpost.com/news/science/article/Officials-Rabies-confirmed-in-raccoon-in-Raton-4352472.php

North Carolina 03/13/13 New Hanover County: Two families are receiving post-exposure rabies treatments after their dogs killed raccoons that tested positive for the virus. The incidents occurred separately in Wilmington on March 11th in the 5000 block of Park Avenue, and on Banyan Trail. All of the dogs involved were vaccinated. – See http://northnewhanover.wect.com/news/health/64823-rabies-years-first-cases-identified-raccoons

skunk245mn2Texas 03/12/13 Tarrant County: Two skunks found recently in separate areas of Grapevine have tested positive for rabies. The first was found in the vicinity of Tamarack Court and the second in the vicinity of Circle View Court. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Two-Confirmed-Rabies-Cases-in-Grapevine-197674271.html

TRAVEL WARNINGS: CDC warns of deadly Novel (New) CORONAVIRUS in the ARABIAN PENINSULA and UNITED KINGDOM ~ RABIES VACCINE still in short supply ~ RABIES reports from GA, MO, OH, TXx2, & WV.

Bat colony. Courtesy National Park Service.

Bat colony. Courtesy National Park Service.

Travel Warnings:

Middle East

Middle East

Global 03/08/13 cdc.gov: News Release – From April 2012 to February 2013, a total of 14 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Kingdom (UK) were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus; 13 cases were severe and one case was mild. Eight of these 14 people died. In the UK, an infected man likely spread the virus to two family members. He had recently traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and got sick before returning to the UK. This cluster of cases provides the first evidence of person-to-person transmission. The UK’s Health Protection Agency is continuing to investigate this. Also, clusters of cases in Saudi Arabia and Jordan are being investigated.

cdc_logoCDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel. Coronaviruses are a cause of the common cold. A coronavirus also was the cause of the severe respiratory illness called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). SARS caused a global epidemic in 2003, but there have not been any known cases of SARS since 2004. This novel coronavirus is not the same coronavirus that caused SARS. – For further information see   http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/in-the-news/coronavirus-arabian-peninsula-uk.htm

CDC Coronavirus Investigation:

Author’s Note: According to CDC, the reservoir and route of transmission of 95673687hnvwVS_phthe novel coronavirus are still being investigated. Genetic sequencing to date has determined the virus is most closely related to coronaviruses detected in bats. CDC is continuing to collaborate with WHO and affected countries to better characterize the epidemiology of novel coronavirus infection in humans. – For further information see http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ncv/case-def.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

s_mountain-lion-0002California 03/08/13 Los Angeles County: Two separate incidents involving a mountain lion, perhaps the same one, were reported in Sierra Madre. Two pets, a cat and a dog, were killed. On Tuesday of this week the lion was spotted in the vicinity of Santa Anita and Oakwood avenues, then Foothill Avenue and Camillo Road, and finally in the 500 block of Los Rocas Drive where a resident saw a house cat in its mouth. On Thursday evening a lion killed a small dog in the backyard of a home on Vista Circle Drive. Residents have been urged to keep a close eye on small children and pets. – See http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-kills-small-dog-reportedly-attacks-other-animals

Rabies:

IMOVAXNational 03/07/13 cdc.gov: Rabies vaccine supplies remain restricted in the United States. Rabies vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur (IMOVAX), is currently available for post-exposure prophylaxis only. Vaccine produced by Novartis (RabAvert), imagesCAPUQ0PZcontinues to be available for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis. CDC continues to work with partners to monitor the status of the rabies vaccine supply. This status is not expected to change moving into spring, however, additional updates will be released as available.

Author’s Note: On February 20, 2013, the CDC reported that Sanofi Pasteur’s rabies vaccine shortage is due to “increased demand and manufacturing delay.”

5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingGeorgia 03/08/13 Richmond County: Health officials have confirmed a fox that attacked a man on February 27th in the vicinity of Mike Padgett Highway and Goshen Industrial Boulevard in Augusta has tested positive for rabies. When it later tried to attack a second person, it was put down. – See http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2013/mar/08/rabid-fox-attacks-man-south-augusta-ar-5759477/

Horse%20MouthMissouri 03/05/13 Wayne County: A horse stabled in the vicinity of Williamsville that began to deteriorate and became aggressive before dying has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth confirmed case of animal rabies in the state this year (including three skunks in Douglas, Howell, and Ste. Genevieve counties) prompting officials to issue a Rabies Alert. – See http://www.semissourian.com/story/1946780.html

bat-in-sink-2Ohio 03/08/13 Medina County: A bat found alive Wednesday in the kitchen sink of an East Liberty Street home in the City of Medina has tested positive for rabies. – See http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2013/03/08/health-department-bat-found-in-medina-home-tests-positive-for-rabies/

Texas 03/08/13 Somervell County: For the second time in two weeks a skunk found in the Rainbow area has tested positive for rabies. – See surfeit of skunkshttp://www.yourglenrosetx.com/news/community/article_1974c465-672f-5885-a24d-b71cf51b1e52.html

Texas 03/07/13 Coryell County: Two skunks shot in separate incidents in Gatesville have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Gatesville-Two-Skunks-Test-Positive-For-Rabies–195689141.html

RaccoonDEC_NY.govWest Virginia 03/08/13 Mercer County: A raccoon picked up on Princeton Avenue in Bluefield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wvnstv.com/story/21557507/first-rabies-case-of-2013-confirmed-in-mercer-county

WOMAN in NEW YORK attacked by RABID GRAY FOX ~ CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE found in three of PENNSYLVANIA’s wild DEER for the first time ~ UTAH finds EQUINE HERPES VIRUS in fairground HORSES ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: Seven HORSES in FLORIDA now confirmed with EQUINE HERPES VIRUS ~ RABIES report from VIRGINIA.

Gray fox. Photo by New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Gray fox. Photo by New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

New York 03/01/13 Albany County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert in the Jefferson Avenue and Lansing Park area of Cohoes after it was reported that a woman was bitten by a gray fox on Friday morning. That morning a man in the same area reported being chased into his house by an aggressive fox. Later that day police shot a fox in the same vicinity and it tested positive for the virus. The police chief said both the animal involved in the biting incident and the one shot had a strong skunk odor so police believe they are one and the same animal, but they cannot be absolutely certain so the alert remains in force. – See http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Rabies-feared-in-Cohoes-fox-bite-4320475.php

Chronic Wasting Disease:

DeerWinter2_Michigan.govPennsylvania 03/01/13 state.pa.us: News Release – The Pennsylvania Game Commission today confirmed three hunter-killed deer taken in the 2012 general firearms deer season have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two were from Blair County; the other was from Bedford County. “These are the first positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania,” confirmed Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. “The disease was first documented in early October, 2012, by the state Department of Agriculture in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm.” The three hunter-killed deer tissue samples were collected by Game Commission personnel during annual deer aging field checks during the general firearms season for deer. The samples were tested and identified as suspect positive by the Department of Agriculture as part of an ongoing annual statewide CWD surveillance program. The tissue samples were confirmed to be positive for CWD by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, as part of an established verification process. “The three CWD-positives were part of 2,945 deer sampled for the disease statewide,” explained Roe. “To date, we have received test results from 1,500 samples, including these three positive samples.  Results from the remaining samples should be available in the next few weeks.”- For complete release see http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=12775&PageID=648010&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/marketingsites/game_commission/content/resources/newsreleases/newsrelease/articles/release__019_13.html

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1):

308895-six-exposed-to-hendra-infected-horseUtah 02/27/13 sltrib.com: The Utah state veterinarian has issued several quarantines in Cache County following confirmation of two cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) and three other suspected cases. The outbreak is confined to Cache County, but horse owners throughout Utah are advised to take extra precautions when taking their animals to shows or public arenas. The Cache County Fairgrounds has closed its riding arena until further notice as it is believed that most of the horses had been at the facility within the past week. Two of the five horses have been euthanized because of their condition. The three other animals are under observation and quarantine. The virus is not transmissible to people. – For complete report see http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/55914440-79/horses-cache-county-nose.html.csp

Follow-Up Report:

(See FLORIDA issues EQUINE HERPES VIRUS ALERT  posted 03/01/13)

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgFlorida 03/01/13 abcnews.go.com: The number of horses confirmed with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in Florida now numbers seven, of which six have been linked to a horse show in Ocala. The seventh horse is stabled in Wellington. The virus is not known to be transmittable to humans.– See http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/equine-herpes-virus-horses-fla-18623001

Rabies:

imagesCAQVTCKPVirginia 03/01/13 Henrico County: A raccoon found in the 1600 block of Forest Glen Road in northern Henrico has tested positive for rabies. Two vaccinated dogs that were in contact with the raccoon have been quarantined. – See http://wtvr.com/2013/03/01/henrico-rabies-alert-2/

WYOMING testing new VACCINE in ELK hoping to prevent CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ WOLF pack in MONTANA kills DOG hunting MOUNTAIN LIONS ~ FLORIDA issues EQUINE HERPES VIRUS ALERT ~ RABIES reports from CO, FL, NJ, NC, & TX.

Mating elk. Courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mating elk. Courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Wyoming 02/19/13 wgfd.wyo.gov: News Release – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has begun a multi-year study at its Thorne-Williams Wildlife Research Unit (formerly Sybille) near Wheatland to evaluate the efficacy of a vaccine against chronic wasting disease. The vaccine was developed in Canada by three leading infectious disease centers. In January, researchers trapped 50 elk calves at Game and Fish’s South Park feedground (south of WY_GFD-LogoJackson) and transported them to the research unit. There, calves were split into two groups. One group was vaccinated and one was an unvaccinated control group. “Previous research has demonstrated that elk will naturally contract chronic wasting disease by being housed at the unit,” said Game and Fish Chief Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Terry Kreeger. “We predict that the vaccinated group will live longer than the control group. It’s important to understand that even if the vaccine does not provide lifelong protection from chronic wasting disease, every extra year of survival the vaccine provides will mean increased production in an affected population.” A parallel vaccine study is being conducted on deer in Colorado. – For complete release see http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/news-1000368.aspx

Wolves:

mtnlion_NPSMontana 02/27/13 ravallirepublic.com: by Perry Backus – In the 20 years that Tom Henderson has been hunting mountain lions with hounds, he’s never had a run-in with wolves. That changed Saturday. It was about 10 a.m. when the hounds he was hunting with treed a lion near Gird Creek, just north of Skalkaho Creek and east of Hamilton, following a two-hour chase. He and his companions were about 100 yards away from the treed lion and the three dogs when they saw a pack of six wolves appear. About five seconds later, Henderson said, a wolf grabbed one of Dan Morris’ hounds by the neck and killed it. “He grabbed it and broke its neck,” Henderson said. “It happened really fast. We started shooting our pistols.”

TreeingWalkerCoonhoundTreeingCoonHenderson said the wolves were initially focused on the dogs and hung around for a few moments before loping off. “That was kind of surprising,” Henderson said. “I think they were pretty focused on the dogs. We were able to get quite a bit closer even after shooting.” With the state’s wolf season still open, Henderson said they could have legally shot them. “All we had were pistols,” he said. “That’s just not very realistic.”This is the second time this winter that wolves have killed mountain lion hunting hounds owned by people in the Bitterroot Valley. Earlier this year, three hounds owned by a Stevensville man were killed in the Ninemile drainage north of Missoula. Henderson said that it’s become a fact of life for lion hunters.

Wolf_in_the_fireweed_gallery“This is the new normal,” he said. “It’s a risk we take. I’m not a wolf fan, but I’ve come to the conclusion that even with more liberal seasons, wolves are here forever.” “We’re going to have to live with them,” Henderson said. In an effort to cut down on the risk, Henderson said he has been putting bells on his dog’s collars in hopes of keeping wolves at bay from the unnatural noise that the bells produce. – For complete article see http://www.ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_08c8d58e-8089-11e2-b533-001a4bcf887a.html

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1):

photo-credit-american-assoc-of-equine-practitionersFlorida 02/24/13 freshfromflorida.com: News Release – A horse participating in the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), horse show in Ocala was referred to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine after showing clinical neurological signs on February 20th. The horse subsequently tested positive for the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), wild-type strain. Currently, the horse is in stable condition and continues to be treated at the University of Florida. There are no additional suspected or confirmed cases at this time.  The Division of Animal Industry is continuing the disease investigation, which includes the HITS show grounds in Ocala, the local index farm and multiple premises that have horses that may have been exposed to the positive horse. No new Q%20Tapequarantines have been issued today and the seven quarantines issued since last Thursday remain in place. These quarantines include the index farm, Tent 7 at HITS and five additional premises in Florida; two farms in the Ocala area, one in Pinellas Park, one in St. Augustine and one in Wellington. At this point in the investigation there are no known exposed horses in other states. – For complete release see http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ai/pdf/EHVWebsiteUpdate.pdf

Rabies:

skunk2f4gh - CopyColorado 02/27/13 Adams County: Health officials have confirmed that a skunk found on private property in Brighton has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22681954/skunk-brighton-tests-positive-rabies

Florida 02/27/13 Brevard County: A man who OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAattempted to pick up a raccoon that was hit by a car and was bitten is now receiving rabies post-exposure treatment. The raccoon, which was hit on State Road 3 about a mile south of the Kennedy Space Center, has tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20130227/NEWS01/130227017/Brevard-health-officials-announce-rabies-warning-area-near-KSC?nclick_check=1

0coonvsdog422 - CopyNew Jersey 02/27/13 Morris County: Denville Township officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon that attacked a dog in the vicinity of South Wynde Drive, behind the A&P, tested positive for the virus. – See http://newjerseyhills.com/the_citizen/news/denville-issues-rabies-alert/article_c50e06b4-811b-11e2-9b63-0019bb2963f4.html

North Carolina 02/28/13 Davidson County: A skunk found inside a dog lot in Churchland with a dog that had an expired vaccination has tested positive for rabies. The skunk was shot and killed by the dog’s owner. The dog thumbnailCA0KC8HVwas euthanized. – See http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20130228/News/302289972

Texas 02/27/13 Somervell County: The Glen Rose animal control officer has issued a Rabies Alert after a skunk that was chasing people attending a birthday party tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.yourglenrosetx.com/news/community/article_f927db0a-8120-11e2-a475-0019bb2963f4.html

RABBIT hunter in NORTH CAROLINA contracts TULAREMIA ~ MICE captured at CALIFORNIA nature preserve test positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ RABIES reports from AR, KS, & VA.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

North Carolina 02/19/13 wilsontimes.com: by Jon Jimison – The N.C. Wildlife Commission and state Division of Public Health are encouraging hunters to take precautions after a rabbit hunter in eastern North Carolina tested positive for a rare but serious disease called tularemia, also known as rabbit fever. A second member of the same hunting party also showed signs of the disease. “We’re just asking hunters to take precautions and be aware,” said Carolyn Rickard, spokeswoman for the N.C. Wildlife Commission. Rabbit hunting season in North Carolina runs from Nov. 17 to Feb. 28. Both hunters appear to be recovering, the commission noted. Although rare, rabbit fever is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It’s also one where preventative measures can be taken. Marilyn Haskell, public health veterinarian and epidemiologist with the N.C. Division of Public Health, said the division’s role is to prevent diseases and its employees would like to get a prevention and education message out to the public.

Tularemia vectors.

Tularemia vectors.

Tularemia is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s typically found in animals, especially rodents and rabbits. Most cases occur in rural areas. There have been 17 cases reported in North Carolina since 1999.“That is combined, confirmed and probable,” said Haskell, who specializes in rabies and zoonotic diseases. “It can make you very, very sick. We want hunters to know you can get very sick and the rabbit can appear very normal.” There are about 200 cases reported annually in the United States. The disease has a 30 percent mortality rate in some forms if left untreated. It’s treated with antibiotics, Haskell said. All cases this year in North Carolina have been confined to the current investigation. Officials said they wouldn’t name the eastern North Carolina county where the disease was reported due to patient confidentiality concerns. – For complete article see http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Feature/Story/18247908—Hunter-contracts–rabbit-fever-

Hantavirus:

hantavirus1542California 02/21/13 pe.com: by Richard Brooks – Three mice found in a nature preserve northeast of Moreno Valley have tested positive for hantavirus, Riverside County health officials said. The rodents were among 34 captures during January in Norton Younglove Reserve in the hills between San Timoteo Canyon Road and Highway 60. Hantavirus can be fatal to humans, cautions the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People become infected through contact with infected rodents, the animals’ urine or droppings. Victims develop fever and headache that can lead to respiratory failure. Rodent control in and around homes remains the primary strategy to prevent catching hantavirus. “Over the past decade, approximately 10 percent of the rodents collected in Riverside County have tested positive for hantavirus,” county Department of Environmental Health officials said in a written statement released Thursday, Feb. 21. “To date, there are no documented human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome originating within Riverside County,” However, they caution people to avoid stirring up debris while cleaning mouse-infested areas, especially in rural areas. Cleanup work should be done while wearing rubber gloves and leaving a 10 percent solution of bleach or household disinfectant on contaminated surfaces for at least 15 minutes. Sponges and mops should be used, rather than brooms and vacuums, officials emphasize. And dead rodents should be double-bagged in plastic before disposal.

Rabies:

Rabies. Cow dying of rabies.  Copyright ITMArkansas 02/19/13 Madison County: A cow kept in Kingston has tested positive for rabies. Officials believe the cow was bitten by a rabid skunk, probably 4-12 weeks prior to showing any symptoms. Cows typically develop a hoarse bellow. Drooling and abnormal swallowing may make them appear to have something caught in their throats. Some animals may only show depression and weakness, or partial paralysis, of the hindquarters. During the course of several hours to a few days, the animal will go down, develop convulsive seizures and die. – See http://harrisondaily.com/cow-dies-of-rabies-near-kingston/article_27087632-7ae2-11e2-8883-0019bb2963f4.html

dog_skunk_338171703Kansas 02/22/13 Greenwood County: A skunk found biting and holding onto a dog’s tail in an area northeast of Eureka has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/article_e337b54e-7d11-11e2-af83-10604b9f7e7c.html

raccoon_largeVirginia 02/22/13 Hampton: A raccoon that attacked a family dog on Wednesday at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park has tested positive for rabies. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/02/raccoon-attacked-dog-hampton-had-rabies

CALIFORNIA game warden kills MOUNTAIN LION stalking him ~ MOUNTAIN LION attacks on PETS increasing in central COLORADO ~ Scientists say new virus called NOVEL CORONAVIRUS known to have infected 12 people killing 5 ~ RABIES reports from MA, NC, & TX.

Stalking mountain lion. Photo by County of Santa Barbara, California.

Stalking mountain lion. Photo by County of Santa Barbara, California.

California 02/19/13 sacbee.com: by Ed Fletcher – A popular Placer County hiking trail has reopened after authorities say a state Fish and Wildlife warden was forced to shoot and kill a mountain lion Sunday. Authorities were first alerted to an aggressive mountain lion early Saturday evening, when a hiker on the Stevens Trail near Colfax, fearing for his safety, called 911. “He noticed he was being followed by a mountain lion,” said Mark Michilizzi, a spokesman Puma_CountyOfSantaBarbara_Californiafor the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The behavior was consistent with a mountain lion that is stalking prey.” Fish and Wildlife wardens, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to the call and apparently scared off the mountain lion, Michilizzi said.

Sunday morning, a warden returned to the area to post signs and warn hikers of the threat of an aggressive mountain lion when he noticed a mountain lion, apparently the same one, preparing to pounce on him, Michilizzi said. While it is illegal to hunt mountain lions in California, at this point the animal wasn’t just a risk to public safety — it was a risk to the warden, who shot and killed the cat. “The officer acted appropriately,” Michilizzi said. “The mountain lion wasn’t cornered. The mountain lion was actively approaching him.” Michilizzi said a 0208cattalesmNYDEnConser.govnecropsy will be preformed to help officials learn more about the health of the animal and what might have triggered the behavior. “Deer are the primary prey for mountain lion,” Michilizzi. “When they start looking to humans, we want to know why.” He said hikers should not call 911 upon spotting of a mountain lion but this instance was different. “Mountain lion attacks are rare. This type of behavior is rare,” Michilizzi said. He advised anyone who spots a mountain lion not to run. He said to turn and face the lion while making oneself as big as possible and to throw rocks, stick or leaves.

pouncing-cougarColorado 02/17/13 Jefferson County: The number of mountain lion attacks on pets in the Brook Forest area is increasing according to a resident who, armed with only a flashlight, rescued her dog from an attack in her yard on Feb. 7. – See http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mountain-lion-attacks-pets-increasing-area

Novel Coronavirus:

who-logoGlobal 02/19/13 dawn.com: A new virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and has killed five people is well adapted to infecting humans but could potentially be treated with drugs that boost the immune system, scientists said on Tuesday. The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, is from the same family as the common cold and as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. There have been 12 confirmed cases worldwide – including in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Britain – and five patients have died. In one of the first published studies about NCoV, which was unknown in humans until it was identified in September 2012, researchers said it could penetrate the lining of passageways in the lungs and evade the immune system as easily as a cold virus can. This shows it “grows very efficiently” in human cells and suggests it is well-equipped for infecting humans, said Volker Thiel of the Institute of Immunobiology at Kantonal Hospital in Switzerland, who led the study.

Dr. Volker Thiel

Dr. Volker Thiel

NCoV was identified when the World Health Organisation issued an international alert in September saying a completely new virus had infected a Qatari man in Britain who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes those that cause the common cold as well as the one that caused SARS – which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a 10th of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. Symptoms of both NCoV and SARS include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. Of the 12 cases confirmed so far, four were in Britain, one was a Qatari patient in Germany, two were in Jordan and five in Saudi Arabia. – For complete article see http://dawn.com/2013/02/19/deadly-new-virus-is-well-adapted-to-infect-humans-study-finds/

Rabies:

little_brown_batMassachusetts 02/18/13 Barnstable County: A Wellfleet official has confirmed that a bat recently found in the town has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-south/Cape-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies/-/9848842/18590226/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/102877az/-/index.html

by_Svdmolen_WC-001North Carolina 02/18/13 Guilford County: A raccoon captured on Hertford Street in Greensboro on Monday has tested positive for rabies. A dog was exposed to the virus. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/269916/57/2nd-Case-Of-Rabies-Confirmed-In-Guilford-County

800px-Striped_Skunkby_www.birdphotos.comWC-2Texas 02/18/13 Johnson and Tarrant counties: Two skunks found inside Burleson city limits in the last two weeks have tested positive for rabies. The first, on Jan. 29th, was on Lynwood Avenue where it had been killed by dogs. The second was captured on Wilshire Boulevard/Texas 174 last week. – See http://blogs.star-telegram.com/crime_time/2013/02/two-skunks-test-positive-for-rabies-in-burleson.html

MISSOURI confirms 39th MOUNTAIN LION sighting since 1994 ~ CANADA: University of CALGARY professor dies after brief bout with INFLUENZA A H1N1 ~ RABIES reports from AL, FL, MD, SC, TXx2, & VA.

Mountain lion. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Mountain lion. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Missouri 02/15/13 semissourian.com: by Keith Lewis – The Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed the sighting of another mountain lion earlier this month, bringing the number of confirmed sightings in the state to 39 since 1994. The latest verification comes from a photo taken Feb. 2 in the Peck Ranch Conservation Area, a wildlife refuge operated by the department in portions of Carter and Shannon counties. “The presence of that mountain lion was documented by a trail-cam photo,” said Candice Davis, spokeswoman for the department’s Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau. “That’s the best evidence we can get.” An elk calf carcass bearing signs of a mountain lion attack also was found. Conservation officials started bringing elk into Peck Ranch as part of an elk restoration effort that began in 2011.

Missouri Department of Conservation trailcam photo taken Feb 2 at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

Missouri Department of Conservation trailcam photo taken Feb 2 at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

According to information on the department’s website, three counties in Southeast Missouri have the state’s highest number of confirmed mountain lion sightings. Shannon County leads with six, Reynolds County has five and Carter County has four. The confirmations there and in 20 other counties across the state have been exclusively of the sub-adult male of the species, which may provide a clue as to why the mountain lions are finding their way to Missouri. “It’s their nature to take off,” said Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist at the conservation department and the chairman of the agency’s Mountain Lion Response Team. “The sub-adult male is known to go a long way from home in search of food or a mate, particularly if there is competition in their native habitat that forces them to do so.” –                                                                                                              For complete article see http://www.semissourian.com/story/1941421.html

H1N1:

CANADA:

imagesCAS0K34RAlberta 0/17/12 ctvnews.ca: Dr. Margo Husby, a senior instructor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Communication and Culture, has passed away. Family members confirmed to CTV Calgary, Husby’s death on February 13, 2013, followed a brief battle with the H1N1 virus . . . According to Alberta Health Services influenza surveillance report, in the sixth week of 2013, there were 10 cases of hospitalized influenza in Alberta involving Influenza A (H1N1). – See http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/university-of-calgary-professor-succumbs-to-h1n1-virus-1.1160300

Rabies:

angry%20racAlabama 02/15/13 Baldwin County: A raccoon captured in the Magnolia Springs/Foley area after exhibiting strange behaviors including diurnal activity and aggression has tested positive for rabies. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/rabies_diagnosis_confirmed_in.html

please-call-me-graphic-for-orkut-facebookFlorida 02/13/13 Sarasota and Manatee counties: Fourteen-year-old Lexi Lamb only wants answers about the dog that bit her. “I hate needles so much. Especially like the ones I am going to have to have for rabies shots,” Lamb told ABC Action News Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday night Lexi rode her bike along a path behind the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. As she went to turn toward her parents’ business she spotted a dog behind her. “Next thing I knew the dog was on top of me and it was not stopping. I had my face in the ground to keep it away from the dog and I looked right up and it got me in the face,” she said. Witnesses said the dog described as a Saint Bernard was pulled off of Lexi by its owner who offered help, but then left. “We don’t want to hurt either one of them. We just want to know the history of the dog so that the last thing Lexi needs to go through is rabies shots,” said her mom Jacquie Schlitter. Lexi is preparing for a 12-hour-straight bike race this weekend and only wants to be sure she is healthy so she can compete. “We have a dog ourselves and we are dog lovers, but we need to find out who you are and who the dog is just so she does not have to go through this anymore,” said Schlitter. If you have any information on the dog or the dog’s owner you are asked to call Manatee Animal Services at 941-742-5933. – See video at http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_sarasota_manatee/bradenton/girl-bit-by-unknown-dog-will-need-rabies-shots-if-dog-is-not-found

rabidcatMaryland 02/17/13 Frederick County: An adult male cat with long black hair that was found in Middletown along Holter Road near the Hollow Creek Golf Course has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who may have been in contact with the cat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/displayUpdate.htm?StoryID=146995#.USGvQ2cp9NI

South Carolina 02/14/13 Laurens County: A skunk that attacked a woman in the city of Laurens earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. After kicking it aside three times, she went for a gun from inside the house, shot the animal, and delivered it to a local veterinarian. This is the second reported Skunk%20noseskunk attack in the vicinity within a week. – See http://www2.wspa.com/news/2013/feb/14/veterinarian-skunk-attacks-laurens-woman-tests-pos-ar-5595551/

Texas 02/14/13 Lubbock County: A striped skunk found Feb. 4th in the NE corner of the City of Lubbock has tested positive for rabies. – See http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2013-02-14/skunk-lubbock-test-positive-rabies-other-animals-might-be-infected#.UR8qtWckRNI

1087535980Texas 02/08/13 Cameron County: by Allen Essex – The city of South Padre Island is working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to distribute vaccination bait that prevents coyotes that eat the material from contracting the canine form of rabies, city officials said in a statement. The bait was distributed Friday morning by city workers in areas of the city where coyotes normally travel, officials said. – See http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_c322e96c-726d-11e2-88d9-0019bb30f31a.html

MissouriDeptConservationVirginia 02/09/13 Smyth County: A raccoon found in the Grubmore Road area of the county has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tricities.com/swvatoday/news/smyth_county/article_062085dc-7249-11e2-a6bb-001a4bcf6878.html