Category Archives: Viral disease

Elderly CANADIAN couple survive BEAR attack ~ CALIFORNIA MAN bitten by DOG at-large ~ WEST NILE VIRUS report from LOUISIANA.

Grizzly bear. Courtesy National Park Service.

Canada:

Chart courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

British Columbia 11/26/12 thestar.com: A man and woman have been airlifted to a Calgary hospital after surviving a bear attack near Kimberley, B.C. Conservation officer Joe Caravetta says the attack happened late Sunday afternoon in a remote area about 250 kilometres southwest of Calgary. Caravetta says it appears the two hikers may have startled a female bruin and two cubs, and the mother bear attacked when the woman tried to run away. The bear then turned on the man before continuing to attack the woman — leaving both people with serious injuries to their legs, groin, head and arms.

Chart courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

RCMP and four conservation officers were called to the scene and are trying to track the bears to determine if a grizzly or a black bear was involved. Caravetta says it’s likely a grizzly attack because any incident involving a black bear would be quite unusual at this time of year because the animals should be hibernating.

Author’s Note: According to a separate cnn.com report, the man, in his 80s, and his wife, in her 60s, encountered the bear and cubs near a dead deer.

Rabies:

California 11/26/12 willows-journal.com: The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Rottweiler that attacked a Hamilton City man on Saturday. The attack occurred about 5:49 p.m. near the area of 1410 Esperanza Ave. The 34-year-old victim is reported to have suffered puncture wounds to his face, officials said. Sheriff’s officials said it is extremely important that this canine be located quickly to ensure that there is no danger of rabies or additional attacks. The dog is black and tan and weighs approximately 50 to 60 pounds, officials said. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the dog, its location or its owner to call 934-6507 or 934-6431.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Louisiana 11/19/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: State health officials confirm 15 new WNV cases this week, and reports one death from the disease. There are six new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Jefferson (1), Orleans (2), Tangipahoa (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. Five of these are newly identified cases, and one is a previously reported case that progressed into neuroinvasive disease. There are 10 new West Nile fever cases reported this week, from Assumption (1), Catahoula (1), East Baton Rouge (2), Ouachita (1), Rapides (2), St. Landry (1) and Winn (2) parishes. Louisiana has had 371 WNV cases, of which 152 are neuroinvasive disease, and 16 deaths, all of which occurred within two weeks of disease onset, thus far in 2012. – See http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2701

Brookfield Zoo in ILLINOIS prepares MEXICAN WOLF for release in NEW MEXICO ~ HIKER attacked by MOUNTAIN LION in TEXAS at Big Bend ~ WHO issues WORLDWIDE ALERT concerning new CORONAVIRUS ~ FERAL CAT exposes three in NEW YORK to RABIES ~ CANADA: Town in ONTARIO reports first WEST NILE VIRUS fatality this year.

Ernesta. Mexican Gray Wolf.
Photo by Jim Schultz. Chicago Zoological Society.

New Mexico 11/23/12 chicagotribue.com: by Joseph Ruzich – She may have not been born free, but Ernesta, a 4-year-old Mexican gray wolf from Brookfield Zoo [Illinois], might be able to live out the rest of her life roaming the wilds of New Mexico. Ernesta was transferred from the west suburban zoo to the Sevilleta Wolf Management Facility near Socorro, N.M., on Oct. 27 and is now attending “wolf boot camp” with two other male wolves that arrived when she did. The goal is to prepare them for release into the wild as part of an effort to increase the wolf population in the area. “She is doing well (in her enclosure) and is adapting with the other wolves,” said Maggie Dwire, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “She doesn’t like to be around people, but that is a good quality for a wolf in the recovery program.”

Photo by Jim Schultz. Chicago Zoological Soc.

There are only 58 Mexican gray wolves living in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona, but there are 283 living at 52 zoos and other institutions across the United States. Most of the wolves in the wild are second- and third-generation animals that are descendants of wolves that were released from the Sevilleta facility, according to Tom Buckley, public affairs specialist for the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Mexican gray wolf population in the Southwest had been dwindling throughout the 20th century as human settlement and hunting intensified across in the area. The Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the species as endangered in 1976. The Mexican gray wolf is the southernmost-living, rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America.Dwire said Ernesta and the two male wolves are being kept in a large fenced-in area that mimics the high desert landscape that surrounds it. There are about a dozen wolves at Sevilleta. “The goal for her is to accept one of the males as her mate,” Dwire said. “If she gets pregnant, she may be released with her mate in spring, but we might also decide to wait until late summer. There are a lot of factors that must be taken into account.” – For complete article see http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-brookfield-wolf-20121123,0,3875921.story

Mountain Lion:

Texas 11/24/12 nps.gov: Alert – A female hiker was injured by a mountain lion while hiking in a remote area of Big Bend National Park on Friday, November 23. Andrea Pinero Cebrian and her companions were exploring the Mesa de Anguila near Lajitas when she was attacked. Cebrian was treated by Terlingua Medics and her injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The Mesa de Anguila has been closed to all visitors while rangers and park biologists investigate and patrol in search of the mountain lion. Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones noted “Visitor safety is our main concern here in Big Bend and we will monitor and close the Mesa until we deem it safe for visitors.” For updates or additional information please call the park at 432-477-2802.

World Health Organization (WHO) ALERT:

Global 9/23/12 who.int: Alert – On 22 September 2012, the United Kingdom (UK) informed WHO of a case of acute respiratory syndrome with renal failure with travel history to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. . . The Health Protection Agency of the UK (HPA) conducted laboratory testing and has confirmed the presence of a novel coronavirus . . . The HPA compared information from the clinical sample collected from the 49 year-old Qatari national with that of a virus sequenced previously by the Erasmus University Medical Centre, Netherlands. This latter isolate was obtained from lung tissue of a fatal case earlier this year in a 60 year-old Saudi national. This comparison indicated 99.5% identity, with one nucleotide mismatch over the regions compared.

11/23/12: WHO has been notified of four additional cases, including one death, due to infection with the novel coronavirus. The additional cases have been identified as part of the enhanced surveillance in Saudi Arabia (3 cases, including 1 death) and Qatar (1 case). This brings the total of laboratory confirmed cases to 6. Investigations are ongoing in areas of epidemiology, clinical management, and virology, to look into the likely source of infection, the route of exposure, and the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Close contacts of the recently confirmed cases are being identified and followed-up. – See http://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/index.html

Rabies:

New York 11/23/12 Livingston County: An apparently sick, feral cat found by an individual in the Town of York and taken to a vet for treatment has tested positive for rabies. Three people are receiving post-exposure rabies treatments. – See http://thelcn.com/2012/11/23/rabid-cat-found-in-livingston-county/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Canada:

Ontario 11/23/12 Hamilton: Health officials confirm the first local WNV-related fatality in the city. A family member confirmed the victim was Antonio Occhiuto, 82, who died Thursday at Hamilton General Hospital. – See http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2012/11/23/hamilton-west-nile.html

CONNECTICUT officials looking for WOMAN bitten by RABID CAT ~ FLORIDA county reports first WEST NILE VIRUS fatality ~ TRAVEL WARNING: Portugese island of MADEIRA reports DENGUE outbreak.

Connecticut 11/21/12 Windham County: by cbslocal.com – Health authorities are posting an urgent notice as they try to trace a woman bitten by a cat in Chaplin, Connecticut about two weeks ago.  The cat has since died, and a necropsy found it suffered from rabies, Director Robert Miller of the Eastern Highlands Health District says the woman was driving on South Bear Hill Road, with at least one child in her vehicle.  It was after 5 p.m. around November 8th, but because it was dark, the witness did not have more of a description than that.  The car was travelling between Cross Road and Canada Lane.

The woman had picked the cat up from the road, and told the witness it bit her.  Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus present in the saliva of infected animals. It has been about two weeks since the woman was bitten, and he says typically symptoms show up three weeks to six weeks after exposure. Miller says it is urgent that treatment begin before symptoms appear.  After that it is almost invariably fatal. Anyone who knows who the woman could be is asked to call the health district at (860) 234 6975.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 11/21/12 Duval County: Health officials have confirmed that a 60-year-old man is the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.news4jax.com/news/1st-death-associated-with-West-Nile-reported-in-Duval-County/-/475880/17512722/-/fud1yo/-/index.html

Travel Warning:

Madeira 11/21/12 ndtv.com: Europe is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever since the 1920s with more than 1,300 people infected with the mosquitoborne disease in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira. In a rapid risk assessment, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that 25 cases of the disease – which is also called “breakbone fever” because of the severe pain it can cause – have been found elsewhere in Europe in travellers returning from Madeira. Such cases have so far been picked up in Portugal, Britain, Germany, Sweden and France, it said. “Given the dramatic expansion of endemic dengue transmission globally over the last 20 to 30 years and the high number of visitors to Madeira, the outbreak is large and constitutes a significant public health event,” the ECDC said in an assessment issued late on Tuesday. Since the outbreak began in early October, 1,357 cases of dengue fever have been reported by health workers in Madeira, including 669 laboratory-confirmed cases and 688 probable cases. Eighty-nine people have received hospital treatment but there have been no deaths so far. – See http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/large-dengue-fever-outbreak-in-madeira-spreads-cases-in-europe-295327

Two ALASKAN trappers mauled by BROWN BEAR near Kenai River ~ FLORIDA reports another case of DENGUE FEVER ~ PENNSYLVANIA girl bitten by RABID BAT ~ AUTHOR’S NOTE: Limited reporting effective immediately.

Brown bear. Photo by Alaska Public Lands.

Alaska 11/13/12 peninsulaclarion.com: by Brian Smith – A brown bear sow mauled two Anchorage men setting traps near the Kenai River on Saturday night [Nov 10], sending one to an Anchorage hospital with serious injuries, a wildlife official said. Jeff Selinger, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area wildlife biologist, said the two men, whose names or ages he could not immediately release, were attacked a half mile upstream of the Kenai Keys on the south — or Funny River — side of the river. Both men were attacked by the bear during the incident but officials from Central Emergency Services said only one man was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital and then flown to Anchorage with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Selinger said the two men were separated at the time the sow attacked the first man. Upon hearing the bear and the man’s cries for help, the second man ran to help. “He yelled at the bear and tried to get him away from the area and it came after him and knocked him down and then went back to the first individual and worked him over some more and then left the area,” Selinger said. Neither man had a gun or bear spray, Selinger said. The second man received only bruises from the [incident] and returned Monday to retrieve the traps the two set. The man reported he saw cub tracks in the area as well, Selinger said. It is late in the year for a bear attack, Selinger said, but some brown bears do not den as soon or as heavily as others. He said active bears have been caught in traps in the area well into December. “Some bears rarely sleep,” he said. Selinger said Fish and Game has no plans to go searching for the bear. “The victims even said, ‘That’s the last thing we want you to do, to go out and try to track this bear down because it is obvious we got into its space,’” he said. – For complete article see http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-11-13/trappers-mauled-by-bear-near-kenai-river

Dengue Fever:

Florida 11/17/12 Miami-Dade County: Health officials have confirmed an 82-year-old man is the second person in the county to be diagnosed with dengue fever this year. – See http://www.cbs12.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.fl/244ce335-www.cbs12.com.shtml

Rabies:

Pennsylvania 11/16/12 Erie County: A bat that bit a Millcreek Township girl has tested positive for rabies. Health officials confirm the girl is receiving post-exposure rabies vaccinations. – See http://www.goerie.com/article/20121115/NEWS02/311159878/Millcreek-girl-bitten-by-rabid-bat

Author’s Note:

Due to physical (they tell me the carpal tunnel syndrome will always be with me) and time limitations, this blog will, from this date forward, focus almost exclusively on incidents involving actual injury to human beings, and to major scientific advances in the control, treatment, or cure of Unseen Natural Hazards.

Those who are interested in following weekly statistics published in the CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report may do so by going to http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_wk/wk_cvol.html . Click on Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Tables .

PENNSYLVANIA confirms a third captive DEER linked to CWD cases escaped into the wild ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CO, & NE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, LA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from AZ, NY, & WIx2.

Whitetailed Buck. Courtesy National Park Service.

Pennsylvania 11/13/12 pennlive.com: by Marcus Schneck – Another deer linked to the captive herd in New Oxford, Adams County, where Pennsylvania saw its first two confirmed cases of the deadly chronic wasting disease over the past month, has been reported as escaped from a deer farm in Alexandria, Huntingdon County. The escapee – designated as Purple 4 in the state’s deer farming industry – escaped from the Gordon Trimer enclosure at 4794 Trimers Rd, Alexandria, according to Mathew Meals, deputy secretary of the state Department of Agriculture. He said prior to its escape into the wild “several months ago,” the deer was sold or otherwise transferred to Trimer from the Freedom Whitetails facility of Travis Rhodes at 694 Johnstown Road, East Freedom. Rhodes had acquired the deer from the Ronald Rutters herd at 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford. Meals noted that the Alexandria operation did not have the required license for operating a deer farm from Ag and the situation there is “under investigation by the department.”

Indications of an additional unlicensed operation surfaced at the second of three public meetings about CWD, last Thursday in York, when “a gentlemen stood up and said that he has deer and was not licensed,” said Meals. “He did not stick around long enough for us to get his information,” he added, but additional information about that potential site also is under investigation by Ag. The Alexandria and East Freedom deer operations, as well as 27 other sites in 16 counties, have been placed under quarantine because Ag’s “track back” efforts have determined that deer at those facilities came into contact with deer from the New Oxford enclosure, which also is under quarantine. – For complete article see http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2012/11/another_deer_linked_to_site_of_pennsylvanias_first_confirmed_case_of_chronic_wasting_disease_is_repo.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 11/13/12 Fort Collins: A state wildlife officer shot and killed a mountain lion on Sunday that got into a goat shed at a research laboratory on Colorado State University’s Foothills Campus. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20121113/NEWS01/311130026/Wildlife-officer-kills-mountain-lion-caught-at-CSU-Foothills-Campus?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|NEWS&nclick_check=1

Nebraska 11/14/12 Brown County: A deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion near Ainsworth over the weekend that he said was stalking him. An official investigation determined the hunter’s actions were justified given the cat’s behavior. – See http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2012/11/deer-hunter-shoots-mountain-lion-self-defense

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 11/13/12 Alachua County: Health officials are investigating the first three human cases of WNV reported in the county since 2003. The disease had been detected on Sept. 20 in sentinel chickens used by the department. – See http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121113/ARTICLES/121119857

Louisiana 11/09/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – The state’s worst year for WNV in a decade continues into the fall season, with state health officials reporting 12 new human cases and two deaths this week.There are five new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Allen (1), Avoyelles (1), Grant (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. There are six new West Nile fever cases reported this week, from Caddo (2), Jefferson (1), LaSalle (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. One new asymptomatic case was reported this week, from Bossier Parish. Louisiana has had 356 WNV cases, of which 146 are neuroinvasive disease, and 15 deaths, all of which occurred within two weeks of disease onset, thus far in 2012. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2692

Texas 11/13/12 Travis County: Health officials confirm two more people have died of WNV. Both were older than 50 years. This brings the county’s WNV-related death total to 5 this year. – See http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/two-more-west-nile-deaths-in-travis-co

Rabies:

Arizona 11/09/12 Maricopa County: A bat that bit a Southeast Valley girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20121109southeast-valley-girl-getting-rabies-vaccine-after-bat-bite-abrk.html?nclick_check=1

New York 11/14/12 Clinton County: A skunk killed by a resident on Jabez Allen Road in Peru has tested positive for rabies. This is the sixth animal found in the county this year that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x685220652/Sixth-rabid-animal-reported-in-Clinton-County

Wisconsin 11/13/12 Madison County: A skunk found on Hill Street in Comer, and a raccoon found on West Kellogg Drive in Danielsville, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/5668-Two-more-rabies-cases-reported-in-county.html

Wisconsin 11/12/12 Dane County: A dog that attacked another dog and bit the dog’s owner is being sought by Department of Public Health – Madison and Dane County officials. The department said the dog was attacked on Saturday at about 3 p.m. at the Brittingham Dog Park on West Shore Drive in Madison. A man was bitten as he tried to pry open the mouth of the dog biting his dog, according to health officials. The dog is described as a black or dark bridle bull mastiff or similar breed.  It’s possibly named Sully. The dog’s owner is described as a white woman in her mid-20s, short, with an average build and brown hair. If the dog is not located, the victim might have to take an expensive and painful series of shots to prevent rabies, according to health officials. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 608-255-2345.

COYOTE attacks on PETS increasing in KANSAS ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from MISSOURI ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC National, AL, IL, LA, & NY ~ RABIES reports from CA, CO, NJ, NC, & VA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending November 3, 2012.

Coyote. Courtesy National Park Service.

Kansas 11/07/12 Sedgwick County: Several veterinary clinics in Wichita report rising incidents of coyote attacks on pets. Dr. Brock Lofgreen said “Over the past few weeks I just counted four in my head that I saw over the last two weeks. I know we’ve had more than that…” – See http://www.ksn.com/news/local/story/Coyotes-are-attacking-pets-in-and-around-Wichita/sHdKE4RrykKkm3Iq_Eaf4w.cspx

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Missouri 11/09/12 Reynolds and Ripley counties: State officials have confirmed trail camera photos taken recently of a mountain lion in each county. One was taken in Reynolds County’s Current River Conservation Area south of Ellington, the other in northeast Ripley County. – See http://www.waynecojournalbanner.com/reynolds_county/news/article_3b8f1e16-2a93-11e2-aa43-0019bb30f31a.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

National 11/06/12 cdc.gov: Update – As of November 6, 2012, 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 5,054 cases of WNV disease in people, including 228 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,559 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,495 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 5,054 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the first week in November since 2003. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from 12 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Ohio, and Arizona) and over a third of all cases have been reported from Texas. – For further details see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

Alabama 11/06/12 usgs.gov: Update – State health officials have confirmed 43 human cases of WNV throughout the state this year, including one death. – For a breakdown of cases by county see http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/wnv_al_human.html

Illinois 11/08/12 Kane County: Health officials confirm an Aurora man, 64, has been identified as the 12th human case of WNV in the county this year. State officials report 245 human cases statewide, including 10 deaths. – See http://couriernews.suntimes.com/news/16248952-418/another-west-nile-case-brings-kane-county-total-to-12-in-2012.html

Louisiana 11/05/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – State health officials today confirmed six new WNV human cases, urging Louisiana residents to continue to Fight the Bite. No deaths from the disease occurred this week. So far, there have been 344 human cases and 13 deaths from the disease reported this year. There are two new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes. There are four new West Nile Fever cases, from Calcasieu (1), East Baton Rouge (2) and West Baton Rouge (1) parishes. – See http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2686

New York 11/08/12 Suffolk County: Health officials confirm the county’s 5th human case of WNV this year in a Babylon resident under the age of 55 who was hospitalized but has since recovered. This brings to 19 the total number of WNV human cases confirmed on Long Island this year, including one elderly resident who died. – See http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/suffolk-reports-fifth-case-of-west-nile-1.4202655

Rabies:

California 11/08/12 Los Angeles County: Officials report that two more bats found in the Santa Clara Valley in the past few weeks have tested positive for rabies. This brings the total number of rabies cases in the county to 55 this year, which is a record number since testing began in 1961. – See http://scvnews.com/2012/11/08/two-more-rabid-bats-in-scv-last-for-2012/

Colorado 11/08/12 Larimer County: A skunk trapped in the vicinity of the Residence Inn near the Outlet Mall in Loveland  has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.noco5.com/story/20047511/skunk-found-in-loveland-tests-positive-for-rabies

New Jersey 11/08/12 Burlington County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Kanabe Drive in Westampton Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://sj.sunne.ws/2012/11/08/rabies-case-found-in-area/

North Carolina 11/08/12 Brunswick County: A fox that ran from the woods on Oak Island Wednesday and bit a Mercer Street resident who was collecting her mail has tested positive for rabies. – See http://stateportpilot.com/news/article_70ee9c76-29e4-11e2-af93-0019bb2963f4.html

Virginia 11/08/12 Pittsylvania County: Health officials have issued a rabies alert after a skunk found recently in the Deerview Road area of Gretna tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-gretna-20121108,0,534621.story

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending November 3, 2012:

Published November 9, 2012/ 61(44); ND-607-ND-620

Anaplasmosis . . . 2 . . . New York (2),

Babesiosis . . . 9 . . . Maine, New York (8),

Giardiasis . . . 100 . . . Alabama (2), Alaska (2), Arizona, Arkansas (5), California (10), Florida (20), Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland (3), Michigan (5), Missouri, New York (24), Ohio (8), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (4), Virginia (2), Washington (6), West Virginia, Wisconsin,

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Maryland,

Lyme Disease . . .  100. . .  Alabama, Florida (2), Maine, Maryland (6), New York (61), Ohio, Pennsylvania (17), Tennessee, Vermont (2), Virginia (8),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 17. . . Idaho (2), New York (5), Vermont, Virginia (9),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 15 . . . Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina (8), Virginia (4),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Indiana, Oklahoma.

CDC publishes 2011 statistics on LYME DISEASE ~ TICK myths revealed ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from MOx2, & SD ~ COYOTE reports from IL, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from TEXASx2 ~ RABIES reports from AL, CA, & NC.

National 11/07/12 cdc.gov: Update – In 2011, 96% of Lyme disease cases were reported from 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, & Wisconsin. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States–in 2011, it was the 6th most common Nationally Notifiable disease. However this disease does not occur nationwide and is concentrated heavily in the northeast and upper Midwest. – For Tables, Charts, Maps, and Data File see http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/index.html  –  Also, for the September 24, 2012 webinar and transcript for the HHS Federal Research Update on Lyme Disease Diagnostics see  http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistreatment/index.html

 

Deer tick.

Ticks:

Maine 11/07/12 bangordailynews.com: Lots of information about ticks and what we, and especially hunters, should know about them. Focus is on Maine, but most applies to ticks in general. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2012/11/07/outdoors/maine-tick-myths-revealed/

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Missouri 11/0/12 Taney County: Conservation officials have confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Oct. 31st on private land near Branson.  – See http://www.news-leader.com/article/20121107/NEWS01/311070105/Mountain-lion-photographed-near-Branson-missouri?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

Missouri 11/07/12 St. Charles County: A Lake Saint Louis resident reports seeing a mountain lion before 6 a.m. last week as he drove along Harrier Drive in the Heritage of Hawk Ridge subdivision. He said it was running across the road toward the golf course and continued into the woods. – See http://www.newsmagazinenetwork.com/2012110726962/mountain-lion-sighting-in-heritage-of-hawk-ridge-subdivision/

South Dakota 11/07/12 Custer County: A state wildlife officer has confirmed that a resident of the city of Custer shot and killed a mountain lion that was on his front porch. The officer said the lion may have been after the man’s pets and the shooting was justified. – See http://www.kdlt.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21731&Itemid=57

Coyote Attacks:

Illinois 11/07/12 Kane, DuPage, Kendall, & Will counties: Police reported today that a small dog was attacked and carried off by coyotes in North Aurora this past weekend. The incident happened in the 2800 block of Sterkel Road, between Kelley and Western drives.  In an incident the previous day, a man walking a dog on a leash in Tanner Trails Park encountered two coyotes near Bauer Road and Schrader Lane, but they did not attack. – See http://geneva.patch.com/articles/coyote-attacks-takes-dog-in-north-aurora

Canada:

Ontario 11/07/12 Ottowa: Police are investigating a potential coyote attack that took place in the Findlay Creek Community on Oct. 24th after a mother reported that her daughter, 14, had been bitten while in a park. The girl, who is now being treated for possible exposure to rabies, said the animal was injured and walking on only three paws. Residents are being warned to remain alert. – See http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/potential-coyote-attack-spurs-investigations-1.1028900

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Texas 11/06/12 Tarrant County: Health officials have confirmed that a North Richland Hills woman in her 30s is the 11th person to die of WNV in the county so far this year. A total of 39 people have now died of the disease this year in North Texas. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Tarrant-County-Reports-11th-West-Nile-Virus-Death-177563001.html

Texas 11/07/12 El Paso County: Public health officials have confirmed a woman, 47, in ZIP code 79912, and a woman, 53, in ZIP code 79907, have tested positive for WNV. This brings the total number of human cases in the county to 30 this year. – See http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/news/two-new-west-nile-cases-brings-annual-total-30/nSzfz/

Rabies:

Alabama 11/07/12 Lee County: A dog left anonymously at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Opelika over the weekend has tested positive for rabies. The dog, a Chow-mix, bit a clinic technician who is being treated for exposure to the virus. “The concern here is that we have no idea who this dog belongs to,” said Buddy Bruce, the county rabies officer. “Those people who dropped this dog off, have been exposed to it and therefore probably have come in contact with rabies, and they have no idea about it. If these people were bitten by this dog, they’re going to develop rabies and die.” Anyone with information that could identify the dog’s owner is asked to contact Bruce at 334-745-0060. – See http://www2.oanow.com/news/2012/nov/07/dog-left-opelika-clinic-had-rabies-ar-4918554/

California 11/07/12 Trinity County: Health officials confirm that a fox found in the East Weaver area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.redding.com/news/2012/nov/07/rabies-case-confirmed-trinity-county/

North Carolina 11/06/12 Polk County: Health officials confirm that a fox that attacked a man on Nov. 2nd in the John Smith Road area of Green Creek has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tryondailybulletin.com/2012/11/06/rabid-fox-attacks-polk-man/