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PENNSYLVANIA confirms first case of CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE on DEER farm ~ EEE & WNV reports from AZ, & FL ~ RABIES report from OREGON ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: COYOTE that attacked UTAH security guard tested negative for RABIES ~ TRAVEL WARNINGS: 14 new cases of MALARIA reported in GREECE.

Whitetailed Deer. Photo by ForestWander. Wikimedia Commons.

Pennsylvania 10/11/12 mcall.com: The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County. The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization. The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at 1491 New Chester Rd., New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts. The sample tissue was tested at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg and verified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer at 6464 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Lycoming County, and 61 Pickett Rd., Dover, York County. The quarantine prevents movement of animals on and off the premises. – For complete article see http://blogs.mcall.com/outdoors/2012/10/first-case-of-chronic-wasting-disease-cwd-confirmed-in-pennsylvania.html

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

Arizona 10/11/12 Mohave County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the county so far this year in a Mohave Valley man in his 70s. – See http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2012/10/11/news/local/doc50766f70adfa3869294419.txt

Florida 10/11/12 Hernando County: Health officials announced Thursday that one of its sentinel chickens has tested positive for the EEE. The chicken is located in the northwest corner of the county, off Zebrafinch Ave. west of U.S. 19. The result means mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the area. – See http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/10/11/hernando_chicken_tes.html


Oregon 10/10/12 Benton County: Health officials have confirmed that a bat tested positive for rabies. This is the third positive bat for rabies in the county this year. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, a woman working at a horse arena in the Philomath area scooped two bats out of a watering trough. One bat was dead and the other was alive but weak from the time in the water. Since the bats were scooped out barehanded, it was decided they should be tested for rabies. One of the bats was positive for rabies. The woman who had contact with the bat will be evaluated for receiving the post-exposure rabies vaccine. – See http://democratherald.com/news/local/third-benton-county-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies/article_20f57026-2ecb-57ee-91c6-484d6b9e9cdb.html?comment_form=true

Follow-Up Report:

(See “UTAH security guard staffing entry booth attacked by COYOTE” posted 10/10/12)

Utah 10/10/12 standard.net: Utah officials say test results are negative for rabies for a coyote that attacked a guard at a Kennecott Utah Copper site in Salt Lake City. Leslie McFarlane of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says the rabies test came back negative Wednesday, but a necropsy to determine any other signs of illness in the coyote is still pending. Results of the necropsy are expected sometime next week. – See http://www.standard.net/stories/2012/10/10/coyote-attack-called-strange
Travel Warnings:

Greece 10/11/12 cdc.gov: The CDC has received information that there have been 14 additional P. vivax malaria cases identified in Greece; four that are locally-acquired cases in Greek residents with no previous travel, and 10 cases in immigrants. Those 10 cases could have either been imported or acquired locally. Between Jan 1 and Oct 1, 2012, Greece has reported a total of 70 cases of malaria. Of those, 54 were caused by P. vivax (12 are locally acquired, 2 are relapses, and 40 occurred in immigrants). Those among immigrants from P. vivax-endemic countries could have either been imported or acquired locally. The immigrants reported being in Greece from as short as a few days before onset of symptoms to as long as 4 years before the onset of symptoms.

Three of the new cases occurred in areas where malaria had not been previously identified. (see map)  The first occurred in an agricultural setting in Selino, Xanthi. The second case was in a patient who travelled within Greece, and was believed to have become infected with malaria in Viotia. The third case occurred in a patient from Karditsa. The fourth new case had onset of symptoms at the end of Sep and is believed to have acquired the infection in Evrotas in the Laconia (southeastern Peloponnese) region. The agricultural area of Evrotas was the principal site of the 2011 P. vivax outbreak and was also where other locally-acquired were identified in Jun, Jul, and Aug of 2012. No new cases have been reported in Markopoulo and Marathon, two areas were cases had been identified during Jun through Aug.  No locally transmitted malaria cases have been reported in Athens.

UTAH security guard staffing entry booth attacked by COYOTE ~ MOUNTAIN LION sightings from CA, & ID ~ EEE & WNV reports from DE, NH, NJ, TN, & UT ~ RABIES reports from FL, & GA.

Coyote. Photo by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Utah 10/10/12 sltrib.com: by Brett Prettyman – State wildlife officials are calling a coyote attack on a female security guard at Kennecott Utah Copper Monday night “rare” and “strange.” At 9:45 p.m. Monday, a contracted security officer staffing the Kennecott entrance at 10200 South and 8400 West was in a booth when a coyote entered through the door and lunged at the woman. “As the animal was engaging her, she put up her arm to defend herself, and she did get several bites on her forearm,” said Kennecott spokesperson Kyle Bennett. “She was eventually able to get the animal out of the security station, and she called for backup.” Bennett said the woman was taken to Jordan Valley Medical Center where she was treated with “a few stitches” and released. A Unified police officer responded to the scene and shot the coyote. The head of the canine was sent to the Unified State Laboratories managed by the Utah Department of Health early Tuesday for a rabies test. Authorities said results could come as early as Wednesday. – For complete article see http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55052403-78/coyote-kennecott-rabies-utah.html.csp

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 10/06/12 San Mateo County: Police in Belmont report that a mountain lion was seen Friday in the 3200 block of East Laurel Creek. – See http://belmont-ca.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-spotted-in-belmont-neighborhood

Idaho 10/06/12 Ada County: A Garden City resident told local police he saw a mountain lion roaming near the Les Bois Park stables Saturday. A search was conducted with negative results. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/172994951.html

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

Delaware 10/09/12 New Castle County: A human case of WNV in Middletown has been confirmed as the state’s 7th case of the virus this year. – See http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2012/10/09/de–west-nile-virus.html

New Hampshire 10/09/12 Rockingham County: More mosquitoes have tested positive for EEE in Newton and Newfields. – See http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x1475177804/Third-case-of-EEE-found-in-Newton

New Jersey 10/09/12 Passaic County: A 75-year-old woman has become the third person in the state to die of WNV this year. – See http://www.northjersey.com/news/Passaic_County_woman_75_dies_of_West_Nile.html

Tennessee 10/09/12 Davidson County: Health officials in Nashville today confirmed that a 70-year-old man is the first WNV-related death in the state this year. So far, 29 human cases have been documented in the state in 2012. – See http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/09/west-nile-virus/1622463/

Utah 10/09/12 Box Elder County: Bear River health officials today confirmed the WNV-related death of a man over the age of 65. This is the state’s first WNV-related fatality this year. – See http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55051830-78/virus-health-death-cases.html.csp


Florida 10/10/12 Pinellas County: by Laura C. Morel – Health officials are looking for a child of about 3 years of age who may have been exposed to rabies after being clawed by a raccoon at Sawgrass Lake Park just before 2 p.m. on Thursday. A park employee who witnessed the incident asked the man accompanying the child to seek medical attention, but the man left the park at 7400 25th St. N with the toddler and refused to provide contact information. – See http://www.tampabay.com/news/bizarre/rabies-concerns-cause-officials-to-search-for-boy-clawed-by-raccoon-at/1255561

Georgia 10/08/12 Hall County: A raccoon that made contact with two dogs near Bark Camp Road in Gainesville last week has tested positive for rabies. This is the 21st confirmed case of rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://www.11alive.com/news/article/259929/13/Rabid-raccoon-found-in-Gainesville

EHD virus in ILLINOIS may have killed more than 2,000 DEER ~ CALIFORNIA confirms GROUND SQUIRREL positive for BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ Scientists say LYME DISEASE will continue to spread ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from IDAHO ~ COYOTE reports from CA, FL, & ILx2 ~ EEE/WNV report from CAx2, CO, FL, LA, & VT ~ RABIES reports from TN, TX, & VA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending September 29, 2012.

Whitetail Buck. Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Illinois 10/05/12 dnr.illinois.gov: News Release – State officials today announced updated results of monitoring of deer mortality in the state attributed to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).  Since an earlier update on September 6, many Illinois citizens have taken the time to make reports of sick, dead, and/or dying animals throughout the state. The IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources thanks those individuals who have taken time to provide information on EHD-probable deer mortality in the state. As of September 30, there were 2,043 deer reported as probable EHD deaths, with reports from 76 counties.  The highest numbers were reported from Cook (326); Calhoun (181); Coles (138); Macon and Shelby (121). Hunters taking to the field in Illinois for archery deer hunting and the Oct. 6-7 Illinois Youth Firearm Deer Hunt need not be concerned about eating venison from animals that may have contracted EHD and survived.  EHD has no impact on humans, pets, or livestock. – For complete news release and county maps see http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/EpizooticHemorrhagicDisease%28EHD%29IllinoisUpdate.aspx

Bubonic Plague:

Ground squirrel. Courtesy National Park Service.

California 10/05/12 inlandnewstoday.com: For the first time in nearly a decade, bubonic plague has been confirmed in Riverside County.  State health officials said Thursday that a ground squirrel tested positive. It was found during routine testing at the Fern Basin campground in the San Jacinto Mountains north of Idyllwild. It’s an area where similar findings were an annual occurrence in the 1990’s. Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted from wild rodents to humans through bites from infected fleas. Campers are being warned to stay away from squirrels and other wild animals.

Lyme Disease:

National 10/05/12 petsandparasites.org: by Dr. Chris Carpenter – The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) 2012 Fall Lyme Disease Forecast calls for increased risk in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, the upper Midwest, the Southeastern United States and all along the West Coast. The disease incidence is steadily spreading southward, even into some areas traditionally free or with low incidence of Lyme disease such as the Midwest and parts of the Southeast. The Northeast continues as the most Lyme endemic region of the country. – For complete article see http://www.petsandparasites.org/about-capc/

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Idaho 10/05/12 Ada County: A Boise police bicycle officer saw a mountain lion at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to a release from the police department. The cat was spotted beyond 31st and Pleasanton streets in a remote gravel area. The animal fled the area, and officers were unable to locate it. Police are consulting with Idaho Fish & Game officials. The Friday morning sighting was the fifth since Wednesday. – See http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/10/05/2718042/cougar-sighting-friday-morning.html

Coyote Attacks:

California 10/05/12 Orange County: A Tustin family says their small dog was fatally injured by a coyote in their Laurelwood neighborhood front yard last month. So far this year, local police have reported 13 coyote sightings near Bryan Avenue and Jamboree Road, about 2 miles from Laurelwood. – See http://www.ocregister.com/news/coyote-373645-coyotes-residents.html

Florida 10/05/12 Orange County: Residents in Dr. Phillips are petitioning to have coyotes removed after several family pets were killed. They say sightings occur on a daily basis and their afraid to allow pets, or even small children, out of their sight. – See http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/10/5/neighbors_start_peti.html

Illinois 10/05/12 DuPage County: Local police report two small dogs survived a coyote attack on September 27th in the 2000 block of Stonebridge Court in Wheaton. One dog was treated for four bites on the neck and face. – See http://wheaton.patch.com/articles/dogs-survive-coyote-attack-in-wheaton

Illinois 10/05/12 DuPage County: A Winfield family says their dog, a Yorkshire terrier, was fatally injured by a coyote in their yard adjacent to the Illinois Prairie Path on Wednesday. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8837288

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

California 10/06/12 Shasta County: Health officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year. This person is the 217th human case of WNV in the state this year. – See http://anewscafe.com/2012/10/06/first-human-west-nile-virus-infection-of-2012-identified-in-shasta-county/

California 10/05/12 Merced County: Health officials confirm that a 26-year-old woman from Gustine has presented the first human case of WNV in the city this year. – See http://www.westsideconnect.com/2012/10/05/human-case-of-west-nile-in-gustine-2/

Colorado 10/05/12 Pueblo County: Health officials have confirmed one human case of WNV in the city of Pueblo, and suspects another. – See http://www.chieftain.com/news/local/puebloan-contracts-west-nile-virus/article_5bb26fc6-0f46-11e2-b001-001a4bcf887a.html

Florida 10/05/12 Jackson County: Health officials have reported a human case of WNV in the county, and a horse stabled on Sellers Road between Malone and Campbellton has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www2.jcfloridan.com/news/2012/oct/05/west-nile-eee-reported-jackson-county-ar-4693739/

Louisiana 10/05/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – State health officials have confirmed 25 new human cases of WNV, but not new deaths occurred this week. So far this year, 305 human cases of WNV have been reported, including 11 WNV-related deaths. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2651

Vermont 10/06/12 Essex County: Health officials have confirmed that a second person in the state has been infected with WNV and is recovering. – See http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_21711420/second-case-west-nile-identified-vermont


Tennessee 10/05/12 tnpublichealth: State health officials are currently distributing oral rabies vaccine packets in eight northeast counties to prevent the spread of rabies in raccoons. The air drops began Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 12th.

Texas 10/05/12 Wichita County: Two skunks found near Wichita Falls, one southwest of the city and the other southeast, have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/oct/05/skunks-near-city-positive-rabies/

Virginia 10/04/12 Virginia Beach: A fox that attacked four people on Border Way off Salem Road has tested positive for rabies. – See video report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjTzOY28pqg

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending September 29, 2012:

Published October 5, 2012/ 61(39); ND-536-ND-549

Anaplasmosis . . . 1 . . . New York,

Babesiosis . . . 4 . . . California, New York (3),

Brucellosis . . . 2 . . . California (2),    

Ehrlichiosis . . . 8 . . . North Carolina (7), Tennessee,

Giardiasis . . . 167 . . . Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas (5), California (20), Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho (2), Iowa (3), Maine, Maryland (5), Massachusetts (7), Michigan (4), Missouri (7), Nebraska (5), New York (55), Ohio (21), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (6), Vermont, Virginia, Washington (15), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  161. . .  California, Delaware (4), Maine (3), Maryland (25), New Hampshire, New York (72), North Carolina (11), Pennsylvania (32), Vermont (5), Virginia (7),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . North Carolina (2), 

Rabies (Animal) . . . 46. . . Idaho (5), Kansas (2), Missouri, New Hampshire, New York (8), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (6), Rhode Island, Vermont (2), Virginia (17),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 2. . . Maryland, Missouri

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 43 . . . Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana (2), Kentucky (3), Missouri (2), North Carolina (21), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee (8), Virginia (3),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Missouri.

SOUTH DAKOTA town destination spot for immigrating SKUNKS ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from IDAHO ~ CANADIANS capture and kill four COYOTES in NOVA SCOTIA ~ EEE & WNV reports from CDC, CAx2, GA, IL, IN, MA, NJ, & SD ~ RABIES reports from GA, NJ, & NC.

Striped skunk. Photo by Alison Wardman. Wikimedia Commons.

South Dakota 10/02/12 aberdeennews.com: by Kay Nguyen – Aberdeen Animal Control Officer John Weaver generally handles about two skunks a month, but he has dealt with about 13 in the last three weeks.  “It’s been my life here for the last month or so,” Weaver said.  In the first two days of October, he had already trapped two skunks. There have been so many skunks in Aberdeen, that he has run out of traps. Weaver monitors the spots his traps are placed in and takes care of the skunks once they are trapped. A waiting list has been established for those who report skunk sightings. Weaver said he waits to see how productive certain trap locations are and moves them based on his observations because most skunks that are spotted are generally just passing through. He said some residents have seen the skunks getting settled under sheds or other structures, though.

Many reasons could explain the heightened skunk population, Weaver said. He said that because the weather is beginning to cool down, the animals are beginning to look for shelter for the winter. However, he said, it’s most likely due to drought conditions. “From everything people are telling me and what I’ve discussed with other folks who are in the animal control business, it has to do with the drought,” Weaver said. “Farmers are cutting things down, so the skunks are looking for food and water and are coming to town for that.” Tim Sahli, a veterinarian, said he’s received only a couple of calls about animals getting into altercations with skunks, but he said it makes sense that more are being seen. “Skunks, like other animals, are always looking for a source of food,” Sahli said. “The drought is probably the No. 1 thing going on right now that would probably bring them in.” He said skunks are at or near the top of the list of being transmitters of rabies and that pet owners should be aware of the dangers. – For complete article and a recipe for deskunking your pet see http://articles.aberdeennews.com/2012-10-02/news/34223813_1_skunk-population-rabies-pet-owners

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Idaho 10/03/12 Ada County: Sheriff’s deputies searched for a young mountain lion today in the vicinity of Chinden Boulevard and Glenwood Street in Garden City. The large cat was reportedly seen by a woman while walking her dog near a footbridge over the Boise River on the Greenbelt east of the Expo Idaho center. – See http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=172503801&fPath=/news/local&fDomain=10227

Coyote Attacks:


Nova Scotia 10/03/12 cbc.ca: The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources says four coyotes have been captured and killed around New Waterford in the last 10 days. “Three of them were yearlings from a family group,” said Andy Pyke, a wildlife technician with the Department of Natural Resources. “The fourth was a large male. That particular animal had an injury to its jaw so it was rather skinny but it was still a mature animal.” Pyke said officials can’t be sure whether one of the captured coyotes is the same one that knocked a 16-year-old girl to the ground in New Waterford on Sept. 14. The girl walking to the Breton Education Centre along railroad tracks near her home when she was struck from behind. The animal scratched her face and was scared away by a car horn. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/10/03/ns-coyotes-trapped-waterford.html

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

CDC National Update 10/02/12 cdc.gov: Update – As of October 2, 2012, 48 states have reported WNV infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 3,969 cases of WNV disease in people, including 163 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,010 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,959 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 3,969 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of WNV disease cases reported to CDC through the first week in October since 2003. Almost 70 percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Illinois) and a third of all cases have been reported from Texas. – For details see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

California 10/03/12 Los Angeles County: Health officials confirm 54 human cases of WNV in the county so far this year, including two deaths. Yesterday, officials said the two who died were both in their 80s and lived in the southeastern part of the county. – See http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/two-dead-from-west-nile-virus-in-la-county.html

California 10/03/12 Fresno County: A Fresno woman is the second person in the county to die of complications from WNV, health officials confirmed today. This year, there have been 16 human cases of WNV in 12 different county zip-code areas. – See http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/10/03/3016217/fresno-woman-is-2nd-in-fresno.html

Georgia 10/03/12 Bryan County: Coastal Health District officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in a 48-year-old county man. The CDC has confirmed 45 cases of WNV in the state so far this year. – See http://savannahnow.com/news/2012-10-03/bryan-county-man-has-west-nile-virus#.UGzXwFEt7WB

Illinois 10/03/12 Kane County: Health officials say four more human cases of WNV have been reported in the county bringing the total number of cases reported in the county to nine so far this year, including one death. The cases being reported Wednesday include two men, ages 61 and 67, from Elgin; a 50-year-old St. Charles man; and a 59-year-old Geneva man. – See http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/15537101-418/4-more-west-nile-cases-reported-in-kane-county.html

Indiana 10/03/12 therepublic.com: State health officials say more than 60 human cases of WNV have been reported so far this year, including six deaths. The fatalities were reported in the counties of Marion, Allan, Vanderburgh, and Hendricks. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/955a82f6d21b47088f138cf5bf65a099/IN–West-Nile-Indiana

Massachusetts 10/03/12 Essex County: A 76-year-old Georgetown man, hospitalized with EEE, died last week of his illness, according to town officials. He is the 3rd person in the state to die of EEE so far this year. – See http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/10/03/third-massachusetts-resident-dies-from-eee/a3tvyw6MDbJ2LPEhxiQOsK/story.html

New Jersey 10/02/12 Cumberland County: Officials confirmed today that two mosquito pools within the Union Lake Wildlife Management Area in Millville have tested positive for EEE. The Cumberland County Department of Public Works Mosquito Control Division monitors this area closely because the wooded, swampy environment within the wildlife management area is at an increased risk for mosquitoes carrying EEE as well as WNV, officials said. – See http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/10/mosquito_pools_test_positive_f.html

South Dakota 10/03/12 doh.sd.gov: State health officials have confirmed 195 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, including 3 deaths. In addition, 42 blood donors, 10 horses, 5 birds, and 84 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. – See http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate10-3.pdf


Georgia 10/03/12 Hall County: A bat that had direct contact with a dog in Clermont has tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Ivey Street. This is the 20th confirmed rabies case in the county so far this year. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=253677

New Jersey 10/03/12 Salem County: A raccoon that was shot by an Upper Pittsgrove Township resident because it was chasing his cat has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2012/10/test_results_show_rabid_raccoo.html

North Carolina 10/03/12 Davidson County: A skunk that was killed in a fight with two dogs in the Midway community on September 27th has tested positive for rabies. One of the dogs was unvaccinated and had to be euthanized. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/248485/57/Skunk-W-Rabies-Killed-1-Dog-OK-One-Euthanized

AVIAN MALARIA spreads north into ALASKA ~ EHD killing DEER in more than 40 INDIANA counties ~ COYOTE reports from IL, & CANADA: BC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, MA, & RI ~ RABIES reports from CT, & MD.

Black-capped Chicadee. Photo by Algonquin Provincial Park. Ontario, Canada. Wikimedia Commons.

Alaska 09/21/12 chicagotribune.com: by Yereth Rosen – Malaria is infecting birds as far north as Alaska’s interior, and a rapidly warming climate may be the reason the mosquito-borne disease appears to be advancing northward, a new study shows. It is the first time scientists have detected the transmission of avian malaria in local birds at such far-north latitudes anywhere in North America, said the study, published on Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS One. “We now have shown that malaria is being transmitted in Alaska,” said Ravinder Sehgal, a San Francisco State University biologist and a lead researcher on the project. While tropical birds that migrate to Alaska in the summer are known to carry the disease, there had never been any documented cases of it spreading to non-migratory Alaska birds or birds newly hatched in Alaska that had not yet flown south, Sehgal said.

Longer periods of warm weather in the summer may be allowing the malaria parasite to thrive in Alaska and be transmitted by mosquitoes, Sehgal said. “The question was, how far north is it getting, and is it going to get to birds that have never expressed it?” he said. The study notes that temperatures have been increasing in the Arctic at almost twice the average global rate, and that the warming climate has changed vegetation in the far north. The study evaluated blood samples taken last year from birds in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Coldfoot, a community north of the Arctic Circle. The researchers found avian malaria in resident and hatch-year birds in Anchorage and Fairbanks, though not as far north as Coldfoot.

Dr. Ravinder Sehgal

Of 676 birds tested, 7.2 percent were found to be infected. Some of the hardest-hit birds were black-capped chickadees, Sehgal said. Of the black-capped chickadees tested in Anchorage, about 30 percent were infected. Further studies are underway to try to determine what type of mosquito might be spreading the disease, Sehgal said. It is unclear what effect avian malaria might have on the Alaska birds. For some species elsewhere, malaria transmissions are devastating, Sehgal said. Penguins, which have no natural defenses against malaria, die when they are infected in zoos, he said. Malaria also has seriously damaged bird populations in Hawaii, where non-native mosquitoes have been introduced to the habitat. But Alaskans need not fear for their health, Sehgal said. The study detected only avian malaria, which is different from the type of malaria that afflicts mammals. “Certainly, it is not going to spread to humans,” he said.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease:

Indiana 09/21/12 indystar.com: by Ryan Sabalow – A virus plaguing the state’s whitetail deer herds likely has spread to more than 40 Indiana counties, including Marion. But biologists say hunters and outdoor enthusiasts shouldn’t be worried about catching the disease. Biologists at the Department of Natural Resources this week received lab test results confirming their suspicions that the state’s deer have increasingly been dying from epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The tests confirmed the virus in the bodies of dead wild whitetail in LaGrange, Miami, Morgan and Sullivan counties. Captive deer at farms in Adams, Marshall, Putnam and Vanderburgh counties also had it. Biologists say dead deer in more than three dozen other counties also likely succumbed to the disease, though lab testing hasn’t been done in those cases. Deer that have the disease often appear lethargic and obviously sickly. They can have blue-tinted tongues and eyes, open sores on their tongues and mouths and their hooves can start to fall off. Feverish, they often head toward water to try to cool their overheated bodies. But some deer can carry the virus and never get sick. Others, says Brian MacGowan, an extension wildlife specialist at Purdue University, can have symptoms but not die. The disease doesn’t spread from deer to deer. Rather, MacGowan says, small biting insects called midges carry the virus. The virus is an almost yearly occurrence, but drought years — like the one Indiana just went through — often spawn larger outbreaks. Typically, the virus stops spreading after the first frosts of the season kills off the midges. – For complete article see http://www.indystar.com/article/20120921/NEWS/209210352/Virus-confirmed-Indiana-deer-poses-no-danger-hunters-officials-say

Coyote Attacks:

Illinois 09/22/12 DuPage County: by Sarah Small – Two small dogs were attacked by a pack of coyotes Thursday night in Wheaton, and while one is injured but recovering, the second has gone missing, according to reports. Jake, a 12-year old silky terrier, and Floyd, a 15-month old Yorkshire terrier, were surrounded by between four and six coyotes in their backyard on Mohican Drive, near Herrick Lake in the Arrowhead Estates neighborhood, according to their owner Sue Reid. Jake was bit several times by the coyotes, but rescued by Reid. When she ran outside to break up the fight, Floyd was missing. – See http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/lisle/news/police_and_fire/x1217098945/One-dog-injured-one-missing-following-coyote-attack-in-Wheaton


British Columbia 09/22/12 ctvnews.ca: A Kamloops man is warning people to lock up their garbage and not to feed animals after he was attacked by a coyote while riding his bike earlier this week. Mark Dal Ponte was riding his bike home from work Sunday night when noticed he was being chased by a coyote. “We’d seen the coyote around before,” said Dal Ponte. “I was joking with some coworkers that it was going to chase me home because I smelled like fried chicken and, sure enough, ten minutes later there he was.” He said the coyote bumped into him, forcing him to jump off his bike. Then the animal nipped around his heels and he managed to scare off the attacker by kicking at it. A short time after, it returned. “I got my bike between me and the coyote and kept kicking and hollering and throwing rocks,” said Dal Ponte. Eventually the coyote left permanently and a large male coyote in the area was destroyed by conservation officers. Experts said it is rare for coyotes to go after people. If they do it is usually a small child and Dal Ponte is six feet, two inches tall. Dal Ponte said people need to lock up their garbage and not feed animals, so such attacks don’t happen again.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

California 09/23/12 San Bernadino County: Health officials confirm one new human case of WNV in Chino and two others pending in the surrounding area. – See http://www.championnewspapers.com/articles/2012/09/23/news/doc505ce03e4c434408823707.txt

Massachusetts 09/22/12 Essex County: A mosquito trapped near Chebacco Lake on the east end of town in Hamilton has tested positive for WNV. – See http://hamilton-wenham.patch.com/articles/west-nile-found-in-mosquito-near-chebacco-lake-more-spraying-planned

Rhode Island 09/22/12 Providence County: State health officials have confirmed that a man in his 20s from the city of Providence has been diagnosed with WNV-related meningitis. – See http://woonsocket.patch.com/articles/health-department-reports-providence-county-west-nile-virus-infection


Connecticut 09/22/12 New Haven County: A raccoon that tore through a screen door,  forced its way inside a home, and attacked a dog on Friday in the Governor’s Hill Road vicinity of Oxford has tested positive for rabies. – See http://oxford-ct.patch.com/articles/oxford-urged-to-beware-after-rabid-raccoon-attacks-dog

Maryland 09/21/12 Worcester County: A groundhog (aka woodchuck) found in the Ann Drive neighborhood of Berlin has tested positive for rabies. This is the 15th case of rabies confirmed in the county this year. – See http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120922/NEWS/309220013/Rabid-groundhog-found-Berlin-neighborhood

CANADA: Alaskan angler fishing Morice River in BRITISH COLUMBIA badly mangled by GRIZZLY ~ CANADA: Teenage NOVA SCOTIAN attacked by COYOTE ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2, MA, NH, NY, TX, & WI ~ RABIES reports from AZ, FLx2, ID, IL, PA, RI, & TX.

Grizzly sow with cub. Courtesy National Park Service.


British Columbia 09/21/12 vancouversun.com: by Tiffany Crawford – An Alaskan angler mauled by a grizzly bear this week in northwestern B.C. has been airlifted to a Vancouver hospital where he will undergo intensive surgery for many broken bones and a missing jaw. Sergeant Kevin Nixon, a spokesman for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, says the 65-year-old man was fishing alone at dusk on Tuesday in the Morice River in Houston when he startled a sow and one or two of her cubs. It was around 7:30 p.m., and the man was just packing up his fishing gear for the evening. It’s believed he was crouching down to put something in a bag, and when he stood up the bear lunged at him. After the mauling, and with multiple broken bones all over his body, the man somehow crawled about 300 metres out of the rural wooded area to a road. Nixon said a woman was driving along the road at that moment and saw him curled up in the ditch. She stopped to help the man and when she realized the severity of the situation called emergency services. “If she hadn’t stopped for him, this could have been a life-or-death situation,” said Nixon. The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was transported to a hospital in Smithers but was later airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. Mounties believe the man was on vacation from a small town in Alaska and are trying to contact his family. Corp. Aaron Geary, a spokesman for the Houston RCMP, declined to release his hometown because it could identify the victim. He said the man’s camper van has been towed from the fishing site. The area, he said, is a popular destination for fly fishing and attracts people from all over the world, including celebrities and politicians. Nixon said the man’s condition is not known but he has severe facial and head injuries, multiple broken bones and deep puncture wounds. He said the man is missing his lower jaw and will require months of reconstructive surgery. – For complete article see http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Angler+survives+grizzly+attack+airlifted+Vancouver+hospital/7279178/story.html

Coyote Attacks:


Nova Scotia 09/20/12 halifaxnewsnet.ca: Natural Resources officials responded to an incident that appears to have involved an aggressive coyote.   The attack happened the morning of Friday, Sept. 14, near Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, and was reported to the department earlier this week. A 16-year-old girl was struck from behind and knocked to the ground along a rail line near the school. The girl suffered scratches on her face from the animal’s paws. She has been examined by health officials and her injuries are not considered serious. The animal was frightened off by a car that sounded its horn. “This is a serious incident and our department is taking all necessary steps to keep the community safe from aggressive coyotes,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We will continue to investigate and keep residents in the area aware of our activities.” Natural Resources officials are working on-site and have called in a trained trapper. Staff members are working with school officials to ensure safety information on coyotes is available to students, staff and parents. Nova Scotians are reminded that when faced with an aggressive coyote they should remember the acronym BAM — Back away, Act big, and Make noise. If attacked, the person should defend themselves with whatever is available. The Natural Resources agency has a program to deal with aggressive coyotes that threaten human safety. There are 13 experienced trappers across the province ready to remove aggressive coyotes when necessary. Staff provides public education on coyotes, and educational materials are available for Nova Scotians and public schools. Information on the Be Coyote Smart program is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .

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

California 09/20/12 Yuba County: Health officials report one confirmed and three probable human cases of WNV in the county. The confirmed case is in an Olivehurst resident who was hospitalized. The three probable cases are in residents of Olivehurst, Marysville, and a rural area of the county. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4836881/one-human-west-nile-virus-case.html

California 09/21/12 San Francisco County: A dead bird found near the City College of San Francisco has tested positive for WNV. There have been no human cases of WNV in the city of San Francisco since 2005, but 126 human cases of WNV have been reported in the state so far this year, including six deaths. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21601882/bird-west-nile-virus-found-near-city-college

Massachusetts 09/20/12 mass.gov/eohhs: Updates – Health officials have confirmed the 6th human case of EEE in an Amesbury woman in her 60s. They have also confirmed the 17th human case of WNV in a Brookline woman in her 20s. – See details and “Choosing an Effective Repellent” at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/

New Hampshire 09/20/12 dhhs.state.nh.us: News Release – Health officials announced today that two emus in the Cheshire County town of Fitzwilliam, and a horse in the Hillsborough County town of Derry have been diagnosed with EEE. The risk level for EEE in those communities has been raised from “remote” to “high”. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?tab=mm#inbox/139e4b861992f211

New York 09/20/12 Suffolk County: State health officials have confirmed a third human case of WNV in the county, and several other potential cases are still being analyzed. – See http://easthamptonstar.com/?q=News/2012920/Spray-Decried-Third-W-Nile-Case-Found

Texas 09/20/12 Lubbock County: City health officials in Lubbock have confirmed the 8th human case of WNV in a female over the age of 50 who did not travel outside the county within two prior to the onset of her illness. – See http://kfyo.com/city-of-lubbock-confirms-8th-case-of-west-nile-virus/

Wisconsin 09/21/12 Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties: Health officials in Appleton announced that a bird has tested positive for WNV. – See http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2012/sep/21/bird-in-appleton-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/


Arizona 09/18/12 Pima County: A bat found in the parking lot of the county’s Juvenile Court in Tucson has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Rabid-bat-found-outside-Pima-County-juvenile-court-3875652.php

Florida 09/19/12 Palm Beach County: A raccoon that attacked a dog in West Palm Beach east of Jog Road between Belvedere and Southern boulevards has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/second-case-of-rabies-confirmed-in-palm-beach-coun/nSFbp/

Florida 09/19/12 Suwannee County: A rabies alert has been issued after a skunk that was found in an area north of US-90 West and CR-132 South near the Suwannee River State Park tested positive for rabies. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1052805500/Rabies-alert-issued

Idaho 09/20/12 Southwest District: Health officials have issued a rabies warning after reports of unusual daylight bat activity along with an increasing number of bats testing positive for the virus in the district. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/local/170587176.html

Illinois 09/19/12 Will County: A bat found in the backyard of a home in the 24000 block of Brown Lane in Plainfield has tested positive for rabies. – See http://plainfield.patch.com/articles/health-department-rabid-bat-found-in-plainfield

Pennsylvania 09/19/12 Bucks County: A 15-month-old boy from West Rockhill Township underwent treatment for infected wounds on his face and may have to be treated for potential exposure to rabies following an attack on Saturday by a Black Labrador mix at James Memorial Park. According to NBC10, James Heller was playing with his mother and her fiancé at the park, when a dog attacked and pounced on him. Heller’s mother, Jacque Heller, said she saw the dog approach out of the corner of her eye, but wasn’t initially concerned because the park is located next to a dog park. Heller’s fiancé kicked the dog off James, according to the article, and Jacque rushed her bleeding son to her truck and transported him to Grandview Hospital for emergency treatment. James received stitches and was released, but was readmitted Tuesday night because the cuts became infected. Rabies shots might be needed because police cannot find the dog. James Heller was still at Grandview Hospital on Wednesday and might also need plastic surgery. If anyone has information about the dog, please contact Pennridge Regional Police at 215-257-5104.

Rhode Island 09/20/12 Newport County: Police officers in Jamestown have set traps at Fort Wetherill State Park in an attempt to catch feral cats that may be infected with rabies. The fear stems from the fact that an injured kitten found at the park last month and adopted by a local family became ill and later tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2012-09-20/Front_Page/Rabies_threat_prompts_town_to_trap_feral_cats.html

Texas 09/21/12 Burnet County: Officials in the city of Burnet have issued a rabies warning after a skunk that bit a resident in the 800 block of Mildred Street tested positive for the virus. – See http://dailytrib.com/news/burnet/17343-burnet-officials-issue-rabies-warning-after-resident-bit-by-diseased-skunk

RABID BEAVER attacks elderly swimmer in VIRGINIA lake ~ Five DEER in IOWA test positive for CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ COYOTE report from NEW MEXICO ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from WYOMING ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC National, IN, IA, NE, RI, SD, & VT ~ RABIES reports from FL, GAx2, ID, LA, NC, & PA.

Beaver. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Virginia 09/05/12 Bailey’s Crossroads, Fairfax County: A beaver that attacked an 83-year-old woman while she was swimming in Lake Barcroft has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.wtop.com/149/3022304/Beaver-attacks-elderly-woman-in-Fairfax

Iowa 09/04/12 omaha.com: by Andrew J. Nelson – Five deer at an unnamed Pottawattamie County breeding facility have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, leading state officials to quarantine the operation, the Iowa Departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture announced Tuesday. The quarantine comes on the heels of the first known case of chronic wasting disease in Iowa, in a white-tail deer on a hunting preserve in Davis County, in the southeast part of the state, in July. At the time, officials described it as an isolated case. However the cases appear related. Three of the five deer from Pottawattamie County and the deer from Davis County have been traced to a breeding facility in Cerro Gordo County, in north-central Iowa. Officials have quarantined the Cerro Gordo County operation as well, where one deer has also been found to have the disease. “It’s not out in the general deer population that we know of, so that’s good,” said Dustin Vande Hoef, spokesman for Iowa Department of Agriculture. “We’re trying to chase it down to make sure we have them all contained.” – For complete article see http://www.omaha.com/article/20120904/NEWS/709059902/1707

Coyote Attacks:

New Mexico 09/04/12 Albuquerque, Bernalillo County: Neighbors near the Tanoan Golf Course are worried a pack of coyotes are starting to like their greens a little too much. Louie the miniature poodle is moving a little slowly, but his owner says he’s lucky to be alive. Louie and his family live just off the ninth hole in Tanoan. His owner let him out early last Tuesday morning when she heard a terrible screech. She says a coyote jumped into her yard and took a big bite out of the little dog. A week before that, neighbors say a small dog next door was mauled to death in its yard by a coyote. – See http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/coyotes-attacking-dogs-near-golf-course

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Wyoming 09/05/12 Lander, Fremont County: An employee arriving for work at Mr. D’s Food Center in Lander just before 3:30 a.m. was surprised to see a mountain lion in street next to the store and notified police. Chief Jim Carey said officers responded to the call and observed the lion heading south at 7th and Cliff streets. The lion turned east on Cliff and entered the backyard of a residence in the 600 block. Police awoke the resident there then searched the back yard but could not find the lion. It was later spotted running east along the 500 block of Fremont and was last seen along the 300 block heading east. Carey said the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was notified and they assisted with the search. – See http://county10.com/2012/09/05/police-blotter-mountain-lion-spotted-in-lander/

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

CDC-National Report 09/05/12 cdc.gov: CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update – As of September 4, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.  The only states not reporting West Nile activity are Alaska and Hawaii.  Forty-four states have reported at least one human case.  A total of 1,993 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 87 deaths, have been reported to CDC.  Of these, 1,069 (54 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 924 (46 percent) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.  For comparison, the numbers reported last week were 1,590 total cases, 889 neuroinvasive disease cases, and 66 deaths. So, this week numbers represent about a 25 percent increase over last week. The 1,993 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the first week in September since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.  As was true last week, over 70 percent of the cases have been reported from the following six states: Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Louisiana.  And nearly 45 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas. – For complete telebriefing see http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/t0905_west_nile_update.html

Indiana 09/05/12 pal-item.com: Health officials have confirmed ten human cases of WNV distributed through nine counties in the state so far this year. At least 67 counties have reported mosquitoes testing positive for the virus. – See http://www.pal-item.com/article/20120905/OPINION/309050004?nclick_check=1

Iowa 09/05/12 Scott County: Health officials report the county’s sentinel chicken flock has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.kwqc.com/story/19463970/scott-county-west-nile-virus-found

Nebraska 09/05/12 ne.gov: WNV Update – State health officials confirm 40 human cases of WNV including one fatality statewide. The report also confirms 16 positive blood donors, 8 positive dead birds, and 190 positive mosquito pools statewide. – See http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wnvData2012.aspx

Rhode Island 09/04/12 Tiverton, Newport County: A third batch of mosquitoes trapped within the state this year has tested positive for EEE. This is the second time EEE has been identified in Tiverton this year. A batch trapped in North Providence earlier also tested positive. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/84b1100dffd340a0aea05b6432cc0746/RI–Mosquito-Viruses

South Dakota 09/05/12 doh.sd.gov: WNV Update – State health officials confirm 119 human cases of WNV including 2 fatalities.  The report also confirms 27 viremic blood donors, 8 horses, 2 birds, and 68 WNV positive mosquito pools statewide. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139967c0eedf6147

Vermont 09/06/12 burlingtonfreepress.com: by Mike Donoghue – One person has died in Vermont due to (EEE), Vermont Health Department spokesman Robert Stirewalt said Tuesday evening. Stirewalt said that until the death certificate is filed, he was unable to provide information about the person, including the name, age or gender. “All we can say is, it is an individual,” he said. – See http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120904/NEWS07/309040026/Health-Department-confirms-Vermont-death-mosquito-borne-EEE?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1


Florida 09/05/12 Apalachicola, Franklin County: A fox that bit a woman working in her yard in the vicinity of Avenue D has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.apalachtimes.com/news/case-10524-apalachicola-rabies.html

Georgia 09/03/12 Forsyth County: A rabies alert has been issued after a 72-year-old man was bitten by a raccoon in his barn off of Hopewell Road. The raccoon tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/19445039/second-confirmed-case-of-rabies-in-forysth-county

Georgia 09/04/12 McDuffie County: A fox that attempted to attack a person near Sweetwater Park off Wrens Highway on August 27th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mcduffieprogress.com/article_4640.shtml

Idaho 09/05/12 Ada County: Another bat tested positive for rabies last week bringing the total in the county to five, and the statewide total to 13 this year. – See http://www.messenger-index.com/news/article_40084f72-f6b2-11e1-babc-0019bb2963f4.html

Louisiana 09/04/12 South Mansfield, DeSoto Parish: The Parish Sheriff’s office has confirmed that a recently captured skunk has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.news-journal.com/panola/news/rabies-confirmed-in-neighboring-parish/article_77549c9a-5123-5b49-9b0d-eb4988e1fe9b.html

North Carolina 09/03/12 Wilmington, New Hanover County: Three people and two dogs have been bitten by foxes this week in the vicinity of George Anderson Drive and 17th Street. It was not reported that the foxes were captured. Only one of the dogs was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination. – See http://critters.blogs.starnewsonline.com/14202/wect-three-people-and-two-dogs-bitten-by-foxes-over-last-two-days/

Pennsylvania 09/04/12 Gladwyne, Montgomery County: A bat captured at a home on the 700 block of Mill Creek Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://brynmawr.patch.com/articles/gladwyne-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-county-says