Category Archives: Viral disease

RHODE ISLAND WOMAN bitten by FISHER ~ Other RABIES reports from AL, NJ, PA, & VA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from NV, OH, & TX.

Fisher. Photo by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Rhode Island 10/01/12 A Lincoln (Providence County) woman has been hospitalized after being attacked and bitten by a fisher while walking her dog in her yard. Tracey Chartier was attacked Wednesday by the animal, which is typically found in the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada, and commonly referred to as fisher cats. Chartier said she was barefoot and kicked it, and said the animal bit, scratched and mangled her feet. “The claws were very, very long,” she said. She said the claws of the fisher impaled the skin in her foot and went so deep, she’s being treated for an infection at Rhode Island Hospital. She’s also being treated for rabies as a precaution. “Everybody said you know, ‘You should have done this, you should have done that. You know, you should have ran.’ But no matter what I did, I would have got attacked or my dog would have got attacked,” Chartier said. Chartier said the family remains a little afraid to step outside into the back yard. “I’m a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. My husband’s a nervous wreck to go in the back yard. The kids, you know, I don’t know what’s there or what’s going to come out,” she said.

Other Rabies Reports:

Alabama 10/01/12 A Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says helicopters will be used to drop rabies vaccine packets in part of the River Region this week. City of Prattville officials were informed Monday morning that the USDA/APHIS will be using helicopters to drop packets of rabies vaccine over parts of Elmore and Autauga counties in the Prattville area this week as part of the National Rabies Management Program to fight the spread of the virus. USDA/APHIS Wildlife Biologist Dana Johnson told officials that the virus is an issue predominately with the raccoon population, but it has also been known to be found in the fox population. Johnson explained the air-dropped vaccine will be wrapped in fish meal. Animals will be attracted to the fish meal, when they bite into it, they will break the pouches that contain the vaccine. According to the USDA website, 81,000 baits are expected to be released in and around the Prattville area This oral vaccine isn’t dangerous to pets if they ingest it, however, if you come into contact with the baits, just move the baits to a wooded area and make sure to wash your hands afterwards. If you see wildlife that seems sick or is acting abnormally, contact Johnson at 334-844-8029. Any wild animal that allows you to approach it should raise an alarm. For more information, see the full release on the City of Prattville’s website.

New Jersey 10/02/12 Camden County: A skunk that fought with a dog in the Cedarbrook section of Winslow Township on September 26th has tested positive for rabies. – See

Pennsylvania 10/01/12 Bucks County: by Bob Keeler – Getting six stitches in his face wasn’t the end of the medical treatment needed for a 1-year-old boy who was bitten by a dog Sept. 15 in West Rockhill’s James Memorial Park. “He actually had to go back in the hospital due to an infection,” Pennridge Regional police Chief David Mettin said at the Sept. 26 Pennridge Regional Police Commission meeting. The child will also likely need to be treated to avoid the possibility of rabies, he said. “Unfortunately, I think he’s probably going to have to get the shots,” Mettin said, “and that’s because we haven’t found the dog. The dog, described as black and medium sized, came from a wooded area near the baseball field, not from the dog park, police said. The dog lunged at the child and bit his face, then fled after the child’s father kicked the dog, police said. Anyone with information on the incident or a stray dog in the area is asked to call the police at 215-257-5104.

Virginia 10/02/12 Henrico County: A skunk that attacked a dog on Armstead Circle in Sandston on September 28th has tested positive for rabies. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Nevada 10/02/12 News Release – Health officials have confirmed four additional human cases of WNV. The patients, a 25-year-old woman with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness; a 52-year-old man with the less serious form of the illness; a 68-year-old woman and a 64-year old man, both with the more serious neuroinvasive form the illness and both of whom are hospitalized. The health district reported its first 2012 case in September in a 75-year-old woman. That patient, who was hospitalized, has since died; she is the fourth WNV-related death in Clark County since 2003. This brings the number of 2012 WNV cases in Clark County to five. – See

Ohio 10/01/12 Clark County: Health officials have confirmed that WNV was a contributing factor in the death of an 84-year-old county man. This is the state’s 4th WNV fatality. Statewide, there are 97 probable human cases of WNV. – See

Texas 10/02/12 Bexar County: A Metropolitan Health District spokesperson has confirmed the official count of human cases of WNV in the county has risen to 26. The number of WNV-related fatalities remains at 2. – See

FLORIDA scientist finds SNAKES harboring EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EEE & WNV reports from MN, NV, & RI ~ RABIES reports from NJ, & TN.

Water Moccasin. Photo by Ltshears. Wikimedia Commons.

National 10/01/12 by Maggie Fox – (Excerpts) “Snakes may provide a winter hiding place for a virus that’s causing an unusually severe outbreak in the U.S. northeast this year, and this could be good news for control efforts, researchers said on Monday. They found eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE for short) in cottonmouths and copperhead snakes and said it’s likely the reptiles incubate the virus while they hibernate over the winter. When they come out in spring, mosquitoes feast on the snakes and then pass it to birds.

The study, published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, explains why EEE keeps coming back in northern states where mosquitoes hunker down for the winter and where many birds take off for warmer climes. “There must be a way that the virus manages to overwinter. We think it’s the snakes, because they do overwinter in these sites,” said Dr. Thomas Unnasch of the University of South Florida, who led the study.”

Dr. Thomas Unnasch.

“Tests on cottonmouths in the Tuskeegee National Forest in Alabama confirmed a fairly high percentage were infected with EEE, as well as at least one copperhead. It doesn’t make the snakes sick and they seem to stay actively infected for months on end, Unnasch said. So when it gets cold up north and the migrating birds leave, the snakes are still infected with EEE and they hibernate. In the spring, newly hatched mosquitoes feed on the snakes and get infected. “They act as the Typhoid Mary of the virus,” Unnasch said. Copperheads are related to rattlesnakes and there are plenty of both in the north, Unnasch noted.”

Northern Copperhead. Photo by Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

“Is there a lesson here for West Nile virus, another mosquito-borne infection that’s causing an unusual amount of trouble this year? CDC reports 3,545 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 147 deaths. Unfortunately not, says Unnasch — West Nile is not related to EEE and while it passes from birds to mosquitoes to people, it has a different cycle of infection.” – For complete NBC News article by Maggie Fox see

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

Minnesota 10/01/12 Four more human cases of WNV have been reported this past week. So far this year 65 human cases and one death have been attributed to the mosquito-borne virus in the state. – See

Nevada 09/28/12 Washoe County: Health officials report that a 6-year-old feral horse in Reno was put down after testing positive for WNV. This is the first animal or human case of the virus in the county this year, but two human cases have been reported elsewhere in the state, one each in Clark and Churchill counties. – See

Rhode Island 10/01/12 Newport County: A batch of mosquitoes captured in Tiverton has tested positive for EEE. – See


New Jersey 09/30/12 Hudson County: Health officials have confirmed that a sick raccoon reported just blocks from Franklin School in North Bergen on September 12th has tested positive for rabies. – See

Tennessee 09/29/12 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin distributing an oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons in selected areas of the southeast, including 15 counties in East Tennessee. – See

CANADA: GRIZZLY kills ALBERTA hiker’s leashed DOG ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from MONTANA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AL, IA, LA, & MS ~ RABIES report from NJ ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 22, 2012.

Grizzly. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Alberta 09/28/12 the A popular hiking area in Banff National Park has been closed after a grizzly bear attacked and killed a small dog. Parks Canada spokeswoman Brianna Burley said it happened in the Skoki Valley area, near the Lake Louise ski hill, on Thursday. A hiker was scrambling off the trail with his Jack Russell terrier when the adult grizzly approached and started stalking the pet. “At first the hiker tried to stand his ground against the grizzly bear, and then came to a realization that the bear was intent on getting the dog,” Burley said Friday. The man tried to scare off the animal by yelling, throwing rocks and his backpack at it, but the grizzly wasn’t backing off, Burley said. “At this point he dropped the leash and the dog ran away about 20 feet at which point the bear chased the dog and that’s where the bear overtook the dog.” The grizzly left the area, taking the dog’s body. The hiker, an employee of Skoki Lodge, was not hurt but was shaken. – For complete article see

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Montana 09/29/12 Lewis & Clark County: On Saturday afternoon, a resident of the South Hills area of Helena alerted authorities that they spotted a mountain lion near the intersection of Lodgepole and Lime Kiln, near Mount Ascension Park. – See

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

Alabama 09/28/12 Mobile County: According to local health officials, a sentinel chicken in Grand Bay has tested positive for EEE. – See

Iowa 09/28/12 News Release – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Public Health today reminded Iowans that mosquitoes remain active until hard freeze occurs and can carry WNV. Surveillance has shown a larger number of horses have been infected with WNV this year, with more than 20 confirmed cases. In addition, 19 human cases of WNV have been reported in 16 counties in 2012. No WNV-related deaths have been reported this year. Humans cannot ‘catch’ WNV from an animal, but an increase in animal cases indicates higher activity among mosquitoes carrying the virus. – See

Louisiana 09/28/12 Update – State health officials today confirmed 29 new human cases of WNV this week and no new deaths, and reminded residents to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites so they can lower their risk of infection. The state is seeing the highest number of reported WNV infections in several years, with 280 cases and 11 deaths from the disease thus far in 2012. – For details and county involved see

Mississippi 09/27/12 Update – State health officials confirm there have been 26 new human cases of WNV in the past week. The number of human cases now confirmed totals 197, including 5 deaths. – For details and county information see,0,93,554.html


New Jersey 09/29/12 Somerset County: A grounded bat found outside 422 Brookside Lane in Hillsborough less than a mile from the Middle School has tested positive for rabies. Parents of area school children are urged to contact health or school officials if their children touched the bat. Several children were seen near the bat poking it with a stick. – see

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 22, 2012:

Published September 28, 2012/ 61(38); ND-522-ND-535

Anaplasmosis . . . 7 . . . New York (7),

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . Maryland, New York (2),

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Indiana,     

Ehrlichiosis . . . 4 . . . Florida, Maryland (2), Virginia,

Giardiasis . . . 194 . . . Alabama (6), Alaska (2), Arkansas (3), Florida (31), Idaho (6), Iowa (3), Maryland (6), Michigan (3), Missouri (4), Montana, Nebraska (8), Nevada, New York (49), Ohio (20), Oregon (5), Pennsylvania (8), South Carolina (2), Vermont, Virginia (2), Washington (29), Wisconsin (2), Wyoming (2),

Hansen Disease (Leprosy) . . . 1 . . . Missouri, 

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 3 . . . Indiana (3),

Lyme Disease . . .  173. . .  Connecticut, Delaware (5), Florida (4), Maryland (6), Michigan, New York (82), Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania (44), Tennessee (2), Virginia (24), Washington (2),

Q Fever (Chronic) . . . 2 . . . Missouri, Nebraska

Rabies (Animal) . . . 63. . . Arkansas (3), Idaho (14), Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland (7), Michigan (4), Missouri (2), New York (10), Texas (9), Virginia (11), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 5. . . Missouri (3), North Carolina (2),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 39 . . . Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas (4), Florida, Indiana, Missouri (5), North Carolina (11), Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island, Tennessee (5), Virginia (6),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Missouri.


Georgia 09/28/12 by David Ibata – A public health crisis involving four kittens given away outside a Wal-Mart in McDonough continued Friday with test results showing another kitten and its mother had rabies. Health authorities said a total of three of the felines now have been found infected with the potentially fatal disease. The mother and three kittens out of a litter of four have been located to date, Henry County officials said. A gray kitten named Maggi or Sweat Pea is still unaccounted for.

It all began when a woman took in a stray cat that later gave birth to four kittens. On Sept. 9, she and another woman went to the parking lot of the Wal-Mart to give the kittens away. A man who had adopted one of the kittens took it to a veterinarian after the animal became ill. Test results returned Sept. 19 showed the cat had rabies. Henry County officials scrambled to locate the other cats. After media reports of the rabies threat, a woman came forward with the mother cat, and another person turned in a second kitten. Test results returned Friday showed the mother and that kitten also had rabies. A third kitten has been found and will be tested for rabies Monday, according to Vince Farah, spokesman for Henry County Animal Care and Control. “There is still one kitten that is unaccounted for,” Farah said in a news release issued Friday afternoon. “Based on what has been discovered thus far, it is highly likely that the kitten yet to be identified also has rabies.”

Whoever has the feline or has information about it is urged to contact Vince Farah at county Animal Control, 770-288-7387. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Farah has said it is imperative that anyone who came in contact with any of the cats come forward, because the odds are “99 percent” every one of them had rabies. Rabies is deadly if left untreated. The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Rabies Reports:

Alabama 09/28/12 Escambia County: A raccoon found in the county has tested positive for rabies. – See

California 09/26/12 Yolo County: Yolo County Animal Services officials need help in finding a dog that bit a bicyclist in Davis. The bicyclist was riding in the green belt near Rio Grande Street on Sunday about noon when she was bit by a mixed breed terrier with tan markings and wavy fur. The dog was on a leash held by a woman. The dog owner was described as about 30 years old, medium build, about 5 feet 7 inches tall. She had dark, short hair, was wearing a white sweat suit and carried a cell phone. A girl with the woman had a second, similar dog on a leash. The girl, about five years old, had her hair in pigtails. The biting dog lunged at the bicyclist and bit her. The dog owner walked on and the bicyclist was not able to get her name. Identifying the dog to verify current rabies vaccination might help the dog bite victim avoid rabies treatment. Anyone who knows the dog owner is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section, at (530) 668-5287.

Colorado 09/26/12 Mesa County: Health officials have confirmed that three bats have tested positive for rabies in the past week. – See

Illinois 09/27/12 Will County: A bat trapped in the basement of a Coventry Chase home in Joliet has tested positive for rabies. – See

New Jersey 09/27/12 Middlesex County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of Patton Avenue and Elwood Street in Piscataway has tested positive for rabies. – See

North Carolina 09/27/12 New Hanover County: Tim Burleson needs help finding a woman who owns a Golden Retriever that bit him at Wilmington’s Hugh MacRae Park last Saturday. Burleson must confirm the dog was vaccinated for rabies, or he’ll have to spend $1,000.00 for 8 painful shots, perhaps needlessly. If you can help, you are asked to call Animal Control at 910-798-7500.  – See

Virginia 09/27/12 Fairfax County: A sick fox found near Chain Bridge Road and Whitehead Street in the city of Fairfax has tested positive for rabies. – See–80363.html

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

Alabama 09/28/12 Cleburne County: A horse stabled in the Heflin city limits has been diagnosed with EEE. – See

Georgia 09/28/12 Gwinnett County: Health officials have confirmed that a 78-year-old woman in the county is the 4th WNV-related fatality in the state this year. – See

Kentucky 09/27/12 Madison County: A horse stabled in Waco is the 12th horse in the state to be diagnosed with WNV this year, and the 6th to be euthanized due to the virus. – See

Massachusetts 09/28/12 Essex County: State health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the town of Essex has been diagnosed with EEE. – See

Virginia 09/28/12 Loudoun County: Agriculture officials are urging horse owners to be certain their animals are vaccinated after a horse in the county contracted WNV and had to be euthanized.  The 9-year-old Morgan gelding is the state’s first positive case of WNV in a horse this year. – See


Ontario 09/28/12 A 71-year-old Windsor area man died of WNV-related encephalitis on Sept. 20th at Windsor Regional Hospital. – See

September 28 is WORLD RABIES DAY ~ FLORIDA confirms locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from SOUTH DAKOTA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC – NATIONAL, MS, OK, SD, TX, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

World Rabies Day 09/28/12 Educational Materials and Resources – The World Rabies Day Education Bank is loaded with rabies prevention resources collected from all around the world. Here you’ll find materials specifically designed for veterinarians, humane organizations, teachers, children, healthcare workers and pet owners. Below is a list of some recent resources we have released specifically for raising awareness on World Rabies Day. Click here to visit the education bank.

All about Rabies! Todo acerca de la Rabia! Educational package for children that focuses on responsible pet ownership and rabies prevention

·         English: (Ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11) (Ages 12-14)

·         Spanish: (6 a 8 anos) (9 a 11 anos) (12 a 14 anos)

·         Rabies: Simple Steps Save Livesvideo (English) (French) (Spanish) (Mandarin)

·         Be Safe Around Dogs coloring book (English/Spanish), (French/Creole), (Mandarin), (Kannada)

·         Bats Can Have Rabies (US) poster (English) (Spanish)

·         Rabies Blueprint: Guide for preventing human rabies; (English) (Spanish) (Français) (Arabic) (Russian) (Portuguese)

·         Rabies Postexposure BasicsOnline course designed for healthcare providers and public health professionals.

World Rabies Day Photo Contest – From August 1st until December 31st, the World Rabies Day Photo Competition is open for everyone to promote the cause of the Campaign and to have the chance to win one of three prizes. Upload your photo to the WRD Facebook page and include the date and location from which it was taken as well as a short message in the description. Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos. The three photos with the most votes on Facebook will win the competition and receive prizes and a special write up on the World Rabies Day website and Global Alliance for Rabies Control newsletter. Final determination of winners is at the discretion of World Rabies Day. Please upload high resolution images to the WRD Facebook page. These are usually taken at your cameras highest setting. Pictures taken with your phone may not be high enough quality. Please use a good camera. We would love to show off your photos!  Click here for more information about this competition.

“Understanding Rabies” – Video Release – We are pleased to offer this video series entitled, “Understanding Rabies. These short educational videos cover the following topics:

·         What is Rabies?

·         What animals are most likely to be rabid?

·         Rabies symptoms

·         Rabies diagnosis

·         Preventing rabies

·         Rabies medical research

We invite you to view our videos and share them as part of your outreach for World Rabies Day and beyond!  Watch the Videos:

Merial Rabies Symposium and Webcast: September 29, 2012 – With great pleasure, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control has awarded the 2012 Merial Rabies Symposium to North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  A full-day rabies symposium, sponsored by Merial, with talks from local and international experts will be held at North Carolina State University and we hope that students in their veterinary, biomedical, and public health sciences programs will all participate to help spread the One-Health message.  Those unable to attend in-person can register to participate for FREE via live webcast.  For more information please go to:

Dengue Fever:

Florida 09/27/12 Health officials received confirmation of the first locally acquired case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade County.* The individual was diagnosed with Dengue Fever based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests. The individual fully recovered from this illness. Dengue Fever is a viral disease transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics. It is not spread from person to person. The symptoms of Dengue Fever include, fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for Dengue Fever. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Dengue Fever, please call your healthcare provider to see if you need to be seen. – See

* Author’s Note: According to a CBS 12 News report, the person is a woman between 60 and 70 years of age.

Mountain Lion Sightings:

South Dakota 09/26/12 Minnehaha County: Several mountain lion sightings in Valley Springs have led a state official to think the reports are credible. Young mountain lions from the Black Hills often follow waterways across the state in search of new territory. – See

West Nile Virus (WNV):

CDC – National 09/25/12 Update – According to the CDC, as of today 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 3,545 human cases of WNV disease in people, including 147 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,816 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,729 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 3,545 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in September since 2003. Seventy percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Illinois) and 38 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas. – See

Mississippi 09/26/12 Madison County: Health officials have confirmed a new death from WNV bringing the state’s total this year to five. There have been 195 human cases reported in the state so far this year. – See

Oklahoma 09/26/12 Muskogee County: John Archer, 78, of Muskogee, died on Sept. 24th from WNV. This is the 4th human case of WNV in the county this year, and 9th WNV-related fatality in the state so far this year. – See

South Dakota 09/26/12 Update – Health officials have confirmed 175 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, which is an increase of 17 cases since last week. There have been two fatalities. In addition, positive WNV tests have been confirmed in 37 blood donors, 10 horses, 5 birds, and 82 mosquito pools. – For counties involved see

Texas 09/27/12 El Paso County: Health officials have confirmed two more WNV-related deaths in the city of El Paso: two men who lived in the 79963 ZIP code area, ages 25 and 68, recently died from the virus. So far this year five people have died from the disease in El Paso and 27 have been diagnosed. – See


Ontario 09/27/12 Public health officials in Ontario are confirming two people have died after contracting the West Nile virus in what they called the worst outbreak in a decade. Health officials in the province’s southwest attributed the death of a 71-year-old man in Windsor-Essex County to the virus Thursday. Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable (human) cases of West Nile in the province as of Sept. 25. That includes a 74-year-old Toronto man whose death two weeks ago has been attributed to the virus. The only year Ontario had more cases was in 2002 — the first year West Nile virus cases were reported in Canada; that year there were 394 human cases. – See

CANADA: B.C. HUNTER kills GRIZZLY attacking him ~ KITTEN given away in McDonough, GEORGIA, had RABIES ~ Other RABIES reports from CA, ME, & NC ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MA, MS, & RI.

Grizzly. Photo by Horem. Wikimedia Commons.


British Columbia 09/24/12 A hunter is recovering at home in northern B.C. after he shot and killed a grizzly bear that was attacking him. Conrad Boyes, of Vanderhoof, B.C., said he was hunting in a remote area near Fort Nelson earlier this month when he was confronted by the grizzly. He said the bear stood up on its hind legs and let out a roar. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground wrestling with the huge animal. “She crunched down on my jaw on my left side … busted my jaw all to pieces,” Boyes told CBC News Monday. “I ripped my gun down from my shoulder, took the safety off and pulled the trigger twice, and she was just on top of me,” he said. “I got my gun in front of me, and then bang-bang, and that was it.” Boyes suffered a broken jaw, and several deep cuts to his face and body. He walked 45 minutes to his camp, where his family called for help. Boyes was then airlifted to Fort Nelson and later transported to a hospital in Edmonton. He said his recovery has been quicker than expected, and he plans to return to hunting as soon as possible. “Oh yeah, I’m looking forward to next year. We’re going hunting again. We’re going back there next year.” – For photos/video see


Georgia 09/24/12 by Chris Shaw – A litter of kittens that was given away in a Walmart parking lot has sparked a rabies scare in Henry County. Investigators said two women set up lawn chairs in front of the Walmart in McDonough on Saturday, August 25, and gave away kittens. A family who adopted one of the cats said that within days, their new pet got terminally sick. After a vet put the animal down, tests confirmed that the kitten had rabies. “The virus is already starting to take effect, and by then, death is eminent,” said Vince Farah of Henry County Animal Control. Farah said that if one kitten is positive, it’s likely that other kittens in the litter also have rabies. Authorities are seeking to locate other families that adopted kittens from that litter. Farah said that those families should consult their physicians about starting rabies treatment. They should also contract animal control officials. Investigators say one person was scratched by the kitten that tested positive for rabies, but she’s been treated and never tested positive herself.

 California 09/24/12 Los Angeles County: A record-high of 45 rabid bats has been confirmed in the county this year. The Department of Public Health is reminding all residents to avoid touching any bats or wild animals. Previously, the highest number of rabid bats seen in the county was 38 in 2011. “The reason for the increase in rabid bats is unclear. Regardless, it is important that everyone understand the potential dangers posed to themselves and their pets as most of these rabid bats have been found in and around homes,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “Children and teens especially should avoid handling bats or other wildlife, even if their intentions are to nurse an injured or ill animal back to health. If a bat is found near a home, a school, or another area frequented by people or pets it must be reported to the local animal control agency so rabies testing of the bat can be arranged.” – See

Maine 09/24/12 Kennebec County: State health officials have confirmed that an apparently unvaccinated pet dog in the town of Albion has tested positive for rabies. The dog was acting aggressively and bit its owner, then became ill and died. Tests also showed the dog was infected with a rabies strain commonly carried by raccoons. – See

North Carolina 09/24/12 Guilford County: Health officials have confirmed that a fox found on Grace Williams Road in Summerfield has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed to the virus and is being treated. This is the 20th case of confirmed rabies in the county this year. – See

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

Massachusetts 09/25/12 Plymouth County: According to local health officials, a child in Marshfield is the 7th resident in the state, and the 2nd in this town, to contract EEE this year. – See

Mississippi 09/24/12 Update – State health officials report 17 new human cases of WNV for 2012. The new cases were reported in Adams (1), Bolivar (1), Desoto (2), Hancock (1), Hinds (3), Leflore (1), Lincoln (1), Madison (4), Rankin (1), Sunflower (1), and Yazoo (1) counties, bringing the state total to 186 cases and four deaths. – See,12925,341.html

Rhode Island 09/25/12 Bristol County: Health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 60s is the third human case of WNV in the state this year. –

MOUNTAIN LION kills prize LAMB in COLORADO ~ MONTANA couple on motorcycle strike and kill MOUNTAIN LION on I-15 ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AR, CA, CO, FL, MAx3, TN, & VT.

Mountain lion. Photo by State of Oklahoma.

Colorado 09/23/12 Douglas County: A mountain lion attacked and killed a prize winning lamb in Sedalia right in its owner’s backyard. The lion is still at large. – See

Montana 09/23/12 Interstate 15: A Jefferson City couple on a motorcycle struck and killed a mountain lion near mile-marker 186 on I-15 between Clancy and Helena on Sept. 22nd.  The driver was airlifted to a hospital in Helena with head injuries. The lion was killed by the impact. – See

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

Arkansas 09/19/12 News Release – State health officials have confirmed that five fatal human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, which is a new annual record. There have been a total of 41 human cases of WNV in the state this year, which is just two shy of the annual record hit in 2002. – See

California 09/24/12 Update – State officials have confirmed one additional case of equine WNV: an 18-month-old unvaccinated filly stabled in Fresno County. For 2012, a total of eighteen horses have been confirmed positive for WNV. The positive horses are located in the following counties Butte, Calaveras, Fresno (3), Glenn, Kern(2), Merced, Sacramento(2), San Joaquin (2), Shasta (3), Stanislaus and Yolo counties. Five of the positive horses have been euthanized. – See

Colorado 09/24/12 Delta County:  An 82-year-old county resident is the 3rd fatal human case of WNV in the state and the first in the county so far this year. There have been 29 human cases of WNV in the county this year. – See

Florida 09/24/12 Santa Rosa County: Health officials have confirmed a 3rd human case of WNV in the county so far this year. – For details and spraying schedule see

Massachusetts 09/24/12 Essex County: Health officials have announced that Charlene Manseau, 63, of Amesbury is the second person to die of EEE in the state so far this year. Becky Barnett said her mother’s cancer treatments may have weakened her immune system, making her more susceptible to the virus. – See

Massachusetts 09/24/12 Update – Public health officials have confirmed that a man under the age of 18 in Plymouth County is the 7th human case of EEE in the state this year. Also confirmed are two additional human cases of WNV, one in a Boston resident and the other in a resident of Hampden County, both in their 50s. – See

Massachusetts 09/24/12 Essex County: State public health officials have announced that mosquitoes collected in Rowley have tested positive for EEE. – See

Tennessee 09/24/12 Knox County: Today, health officials confirmed a second human case of WNV in the county. – See

Vermont 09/24/12 Rutland County: State officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in Pittsford has tested positive for EEE. This is the second horse diagnosed with EEE in the state so far this year. – See