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OREGONIAN hospitalized with illness believed to be PLAGUE ~ ILLINOIS & NEW YORK counties issue WEST NILE VIRUS alerts ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending June 2, 2012.

Image courtesy Federal Drug Administration.

Oregon 06/12/12 oregonlive.com: by Lynne Terry – A man hospitalized in Bend is likely suffering from the plague, marking the fifth case in Oregon since 1995. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was listed in critical condition on Tuesday. “This can be a serious illness,” said Emilio DeBess, Oregon’s public health veterinarian. “But it is treatable with antibiotics, and it’s also preventable.” The Black Death raged through Europe during the Middle Ages, killing about a third of the population. Today, the disease is rare, but the bacteria have never disappeared. The man, who lives in rural Crook County, was bitten Saturday, June 2. He developed a fever a few days later. By Friday, June 8, he was so sick that he checked himself into St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond. He was later transferred to the larger facility in Bend. Karen Yeargain, communicable disease coordinator with Crook County Health Department, said lab tests are being done to confirm whether the man has the plague, but she said he is suffering from classic symptoms.

Image courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There’s one bacterium that causes the disease — Yersinia pestis — but it can develop into three types of illnesses depending on how an individual’s body reacts. Initially, the man had swollen lymph nodes — a sign of bubonic plague — but now he’s showing signs of septicemic  plague, when the bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding mouth, nose or rectum and dying tissue. The third type is pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs. DeBess said it’s not clear whether the man was bitten by the mouse or by the cat. The feline died, and its body has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. – For complete article see http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/06/man_likely_sickened_by_plague.html

Illinois 06/11/12 Wood River, Madison County: Two crows found on June 4th tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/323506/3/Two-crows-test-positive-for-West-Nile-Virus-in-Madison-Illinois

New York 06/12/12 Cicero, Onondaga County: Health officials announced last week that a pool of mosquitoes collected at the Route 298 trap tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/West-Nile-virus-confirmed-in-CNY/gmH0ynbh2UWSE7Ssd3RC9A.cspx

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending June 2, 2012:

Published June 8, 2012/ 61(22); ND-297-ND-310

Anaplasmosis . . . 5 . . . New York (3), Rhode Island (2),

Brucellosis . . . 3 . . . California, Florida (2)

Ehrlichiosis . . . 13 . . . Florida, Maryland (2), Missouri (4), Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia (4),

Giardiasis . . . 99 . . . Arkansas, California (14), Florida (29), Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine (3), Maryland (2), Michigan, Missouri (3), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York (18), Ohio (8), Oregon, Pennsylvania (6), Virginia (2), Washington (4), Wisconsin,

Lyme Disease . . .  109. . .  Delaware (7), Florida (2), Maryland (10), Michigan (2), New Jersey, New York (40), Pennsylvania (22), Vermont (7), Virginia (16), Washington, Wisconsin,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 51. . . Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, Maryland (16), Michigan (2), New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas (15), Vermont, Virginia (12),

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

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 24 . . . Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri (4), Nebraska, North Carolina (4), Tennessee (7), Virginia (6),

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Missouri.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH developing new test to diagnose PRION diseases including CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ NEW JERSEY HORSE with EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS euthanized ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IL, PA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from IOWA, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending May 26, 2012.

Cow moose with calf. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Global 06/06/12 nih.gov: News Release – A test being developed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists to quickly and accurately diagnose fatal brain diseases performed better than existing tests in a recent study of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). Prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are difficult to diagnose, untreatable, and ultimately fatal. Normally, prion protein molecules exist harmlessly in every mammal, but for reasons not fully understood, these molecules can develop abnormalities and gather in clusters. Scientists have associated the accumulation of these clusters with tissue damage that leaves microscopic sponge-like holes in the brain. Prion diseases include sCJD and variant CJD in people; scrapie in sheep; chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose; and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in cattle. Because animals and people can be infected for years before clinical signs or symptoms appear, NIH scientists are developing a rapid and sensitive screening tool to detect prion diseases. Such a test would help prevent the spread of prion diseases among and between species. Of particular concern is the known transmission of variant CJD via blood transfusions. – For further details see http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/prion/Pages/diagnostics.aspx

New Jersey 06/06/12 nj.com: A 3-year-old horse from Burlington County was euthanized on May 27 after testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses. “It is very early in the season to see Eastern Equine Encephalitis so horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “We hope this incident will raise awareness about the need to protect our official state animal from this and other harmful diseases, especially since June is the Month of the Horse in our state.” EEE is preventable by vaccination, and effective equine vaccines for EEE and West Nile Virus, another mosquito-borne disease, are available commercially, the Department of Agriculture said. – For complete article see http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/06/burlington_county_horse_with_e.html

Illinois 06/05/12 Shawneetown, Gallatin County: State public health officials reported the first West Nile Virus positive mosquito batch in Southern Illinois this year. – See http://www.dailyregister.com/news/x492302404/West-Nile-virus-positive-mosquitoes-found-in-Shawneetown

Pennsylvania 06/06/12 Lackawanna County: A mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus about two months earlier than the county has seen in previous years. – See http://theabingtonjournal.com/stories/West-Nile-virus-test-positive,159872

Texas 06/06/12 cbs19.tv: Mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in three area counties, according to the Texas Health Department. They were found in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Montgomery counties. The infected mosquitoes in Montgomery County were found in The Woodlands. Spraying is already under way on storm drains and streets in the areas where they turned up. No details have been released yet on the location of positive tests in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties.

Iowa 06/05/12 Fort Madison, Lee County: A stray cat picked up last Friday in southern Lee County has tested positive for rabies.- http://www.dailygate.com/articles/2012/06/05/news/dgc2659561.txt

Canada:

Ontario 06/05/12 Perth, Lanark County: The Perth District Health Unit is looking for a dog involved in a biting incident at Bedford Public School last week. The dog is described as a brown-and-white spaniel with a red collar. A young couple was playing ball with the dog in the schoolyard at the time of the incident, which happened around 8 p.m. on May 31. The health Unit is trying to determine if the dog has up-to-date rabies shots. If the dog is not found, the person who was bitten may need to receive rabies shots. Anyone who has seen a dog fitting this description should contact the health unit at 271-7600, ext. 252 or after hours at 1-800-431-2054.

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending May 26, 2012:

Published June 1, 2012/ 61(21); ND-283-ND-296

Anaplasmosis . . . 9 . . . Florida, Maine (2), New York (2), Rhode Island (3), Vermont,

Babesiosis . . . 3 . . . New York (2), Rhode Island,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . Florida, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 11 . . . Delaware, Florida, Missouri (5), New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee (2),

Giardiasis . . . 107 . . . Alaska (3), Arkansas, California (20), Florida (20), Iowa (4), Maryland (4), Michigan, Missouri (3), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), Nevada (3), New York (14), Ohio (5), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (8), Washington (10),

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Missouri, 

Lyme Disease . . .  124. . .  Delaware (2), Florida (6), Maryland (22), Missouri, Nebraska, New York (37), North Carolina (5), Oregon, Pennsylvania (31), Vermont (7), Virginia (10), Wyoming,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 36. . . Arkansas, Connecticut (3), Maine, Michigan (2), Missouri, New York (7), Texas (4), Vermont, Virginia (15), West Virginia,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 6. . . California, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee (3),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 20 . . . Alabama (6), Arkansas, Delaware, Florida (4), Missouri (3), Tennessee (4), Texas,

Tularemia . . . 2 . . . Missouri.

UTAH confirms two fatal cases of HANTAVIRUS ~ SOUTH DAKOTA’s Pine Ridge Reservation officials report a second (unconfirmed) case of HANTAVIRUS ~ TEXAS collects WEST NILE VIRUS infected MOSQUITOES ~ COLORADO officers kill a MOUNTAIN LION preying on PETS and LIVESTOCK ~ IOWA jogger reports MOUNTAIN LION stalking her ~ RABIES reports from ID, PA, VA, & WY.

Deer mouse. Courtesy Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Utah 06/05/12 sltrib.com: by Kirsten Stewart – Two Utahns died last month from hantavirus, the first confirmed cases of the year and first fatalities from the virus since 2009, say health officials. “We usually have about one case a year. Sometimes they survive and sometimes they don’t,” said JoDee Baker, an epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. “But to have two fatalities so early in the season was why we wanted to get the word out.” Officials will not release the names of the deceased. Both were adults between the ages of 20 and 65. One lived in Millard County and the other in Salt Lake County, but it’s unclear where they were infected. “We know they had rodent exposure,” because that’s how the virus is spread, she said.”We just don’t know where. We’re still investigating.” Summer is peak season for hantavirus, which is carried predominantly by deer mice in North America. People are usually exposed by breathing contaminated dust after disturbing or cleaning rodent dropping or nests or by living or working in rodent-infested environments. Exposure is more common in rural areas, but the Salt Lake County victim isn’t believed to have traveled throughout the state and could have been infected within county lines, Baker said. – For complete article see http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54245009-78/hantavirus-bleach-cleaning-disease.html.csp
South Dakota 06/05/12 necn.com: While many Oglala Sioux residents living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation had heard about an outbreak of hantavirus in the Navajo Nation in 1993, they weren’t worried about the disease spread by rodents until a 7-year-old member of their tribe died last week. Tribal officials said late Monday night a second case has developed, and they are working with several agencies to pass out hundreds of cleaning kits that include gloves, masks and bleach to help prevent further spread of the disease. Rodents shed the virus in their urine, waste and saliva, and it can become airborne in particles of dust. The Navajo outbreak, in which several otherwise healthy young people died after suffering acute respiratory failure, led to the discovery of hantavirus. But it was hundreds of miles away and nearly two decades ago. Pine Ridge didn’t need to worry about that, residents thought. “Until it hit us … it was something we couldn’t even imagine,” tribal spokeswoman Donna Salomon said. Health officials confirmed last week that 7-year-old Maria White Butterfly had died from the disease. Tribal officials say another child is currently hospitalized with a second case, although an official with the South Dakota Department of Health says it is still investigating and hasn’t confirmed the infection. – For complete article see http://www.necn.com/06/05/12/2nd-hantavirus-case-confirmed-on-Pine-Ri/landing_health.html?&apID=c599357e5765426bac0e6b8663a86b5b

Texas 06/05/12 The Woodlands, Montgomery County: State health officials have confirmed that a sample of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile Virus. – See http://fatcatwebproductions.com/the_paper/content/west-nile-virus-confirmed-take-precautions

Colorado 06/04/12 durangoherald.com: by Dale Rodebaugh – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers have put down a young mountain lion that killed three goats south of Mancos overnight Thursday. The attack occurred in a rural subdivision about 1½ miles south of Mancos where the goats were raised as pets or 4-H animals, agency spokesman Joe Lewandowski said Monday. “The predator, we think, was a 2-year-old male probably just chased off by the mother,” Lewandowski said. “The young tend to hang around until they’re 18 months to 2 years old.” One of the dead goats was placed in a trap as a lure, Lewandowski said. Lions return to a kill to feed again, he said. The lion was put down with an injection on Saturday, he said. Wildlife officers are confident it’s the same lion because they tend to be territorial, and two calves were killed by a lion on a neighboring farm a month ago. “We live in mountain-lion country,” Lewandowski said. “People with pets such as goats should protect them with dogs or keep them in an enclosure – a shed or barn – or behind an electric fence.” The three goats killed were behind a fence but a very low one, Lewandowski said. – For comments see http://durangoherald.com/article/20120605/NEWS01/706059930/Officers-euthanize-young-mountain-lion

Iowa 06/05/12 radioiowa.com: by Scott Van Aartsen – There’s been another possible mountain lion sighting in Iowa. This time, the animal reportedly followed a woman who was jogging near railroad tracks. It happened near Sibley in northwest Iowa. Osceola County Deputy Seth Hoffman says the sighting was reported around 9:40 a.m. Monday. The woman said the animal followed her for a while before entering a ravine near a creek. Deputy Hoffman responded and said he didn’t see anything the first time, but went out again with Sheriff Doug Weber and a couple of hunters with coon dogs. Hoffman says they did find what they believe to be mountain lion tracks.  The group took several pictures for D.N.R. officials who may be able to confirm the tracks are those of a mountain lion. Hoffman says he has heard several reports of local sightings of mountain lions. But at this time, he doesn’t feel it poses an immediate threat, as mountain lions generally run away once they sense humans are near them.

Idaho 06/04/12 Boise, Ada County: A bat found on the sidewalk near Madison and 28th streets on June 2nd has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who came in contact with the animal, or knows their pet did, should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/06/04/2142789/bat-found-in-north-boise-tests.html

Pennsylvania 06/05/12 Upper Merion, Montgomery County: A bat that scratched an adult and bit a teenager at the Upper Merion Swim and Tennis Club on May 29th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer_news/montco-reports-rabid-bat/article_1fb0cc15-e05b-5520-adba-21901588a191.html

 Virginia 06/04/12 Hampton: A raccoon that attacked a dog and was later captured in the Fordham area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/breaking/dp-rabies-case-hampton-20120604,0,2744509.story

Wyoming 06/04/12 Cheyenne, Laramie County: Three skunks found near Pine Bluffs, as well as one skunk and a stray cat found a yard over the Nebraska state line, have all tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kgwn.tv/story/18700569/rabid-skunks-cat-found-in-se-wyoming

NORTH CAROLINA resident attacked by RABID FOX ~ FLORIDA photographer caught in classic moral dilemma ~ TEXAS confirms HUMAN case of WEST NILE VIRUS ~ other RABIES reports from CO, KS, NM, NC, VA, WY, & ONTARIO, CANADA ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending May 19, 2012.

Gray fox. Courtesy Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

North Carolina 05/30/12 Wilmington, New Hanover County: A fox that attacked and bit a person on Myrtle Grove Road  while working in the yard on May 27th was killed by a neighbor and has tested positive for rabies. This is the 10th case of animal rabies in the county so far this year. – See http://myrtlegrove.wect.com/news/environment/56344-rabid-fox-bites-person-wrist-myrtle-grove-area

Florida 05/31/12 Tampa, Hillsborough County: For some fascinating camera shots of an alligator creeping up on a distracted bobcat, and a very interesting article about the photographer’s moral dilemma, see http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/5/30/this_is_florida_gato.html

Texas 05/31/12 Denton County: Health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus infection this year in the southern portion of the county. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Denton-County-Confirms-First-West-Nile-Case-of-2012-155994365.html

Colorado 05/31/12 Westminster, Adams and Jefferson counties: An injured bat picked up last week in the 10200 block of Dover Street has tested positive for rabies. A pet cat that later bit and scratched a family member may have been exposed to the virus. – See http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/broomfield-news/ci_20753622/rabid-bat-found-westminster

Kansas 05/29/12 Saline County: A bat found in the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed case of rabies in the county this year, and the 27th case statewide. – See http://www.salina.com/news/story/bat5-29-12

New Mexico 05/31/12 Las Cruces, Doña Ana County: Animal Control officers are looking for the owner of three Newfoundland dogs that attacked and bit a man Tuesday morning near a Las Cruces elementary school, according to Las Cruces Police officials. At around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, a 33-year-old contractor was working on the campus of University Hills Elementary School, at 2005 Locust St., when three adult Newfoundland dogs approached and bit him, according to police. The man was bitten several times but the injuries were minor. According to Animal Control officers, a woman was walking the dogs, unleashed, inside the school grounds at the time of the attack. The victim told Animal Control officers that the woman had another dog, possibly a dog of mixed-breed, with her at the time but that pet did not bite him. Animal Control officers are trying to find out if the three Newfoundland dogs are current on vaccinations, otherwise the victim may have to undergo treatment for rabies. Anyone with information on the owner of the three Newfoundland dogs, an owner who possibly lives in or near the University Hills neighborhood off of Locust Street, is asked to call the Las Cruces Police Department’s Animal Control office at (575) 528-4100.

North Carolina 05/30/12 Cumberland County: A stray cat that bit two people in the vicinity of the 600 block of Carver Falls Road on May 27th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8682014

Virginia 06/01/12 Rocky Gap, Bland County: A raccoon captured in the Laurel Ford Road vicinity has tested positive for rabies. Two vaccinated dogs may have been exposed to the virus. – See http://www2.swvatoday.com/news/2012/may/31/rabid-raccoon-collected-rocky-gap-ar-1955474/

Wyoming 05/31/12 Dayton, Sheridan County: A skunk that bit a dog in the vicinity of West 2nd Avenue earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sheridanmedia.com/news/rabid-skunk-found-dayton36801

Canada:

Ontario 05/31/12 Perth District Health Unit, Perth County: A stray cat that was behaving abnormally and acting aggressively has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2012/05/31/rabies-confirmed-in-perth-county-cat

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending May 19, 2012:

Published May 25, 2012/ 61(20); ND-269-ND-282

Anaplasmosis . . . 9 . . . Maine (2), New York (6), Rhode Island,

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

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . California, 

Ehrlichiosis . . . 7 . . . Arkansas (2), Florida (2), Maryland, Missouri (2),

Giardiasis . . . 128 . . . Alaska, Arizona, California (21), Connecticut, Florida (27), Idaho, Iowa (3), Maine, Maryland (4), Michigan (2), Missouri (5), Nebraska, Nevada, New York (12), Ohio (13), Oregon (6), Pennsylvania (11), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (4), Washington (10), Wisconsin,

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

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 3 . . . Indiana, Missouri (2)

Lyme Disease . . .  95. . .  Connecticut, Delaware (2), Florida, Georgia, Maryland (23), Nebraska, New York (29), Ohio, Pennsylvania (23), Rhode Island (3), Vermont (4), Virginia (6),

Q Fever (Acute) . . . 2 . . . California, Michigan,

Rabies (Animal) . . . 59. . . Alabama (2), Arkansas, Illinois (4), Kentucky, Maine (2), Missouri (2), New York (11), Ohio, Oklahoma , Texas (10), Vermont, Virginia (17), West Virginia (6),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Confirmed) . . . 4. . . California, Georgia (2), Missouri,

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 15 . . . Arkansas (2), Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri (5), Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia (4),

Tularemia . . . 1 . . . Missouri.

MONTANA Fish & Wildlife’s collared WOLVES being killed by MOUNTAIN LIONS ~ VIRGINIA scientists developing test to detect active cases of LYME DISEASE ~ CALIFORNIA resident believed to have contracted TYPHUS from a FERAL CAT ~ CALIFORNIA’s Fresno County finds MOSQUITOES with WEST NILE VIRUS ~ RABIES reports from AR, CO (2), DE, IL, NY (3), NC, PA (3) ~ WASHINGTON SALMON farm to destroy entire stock due to IHN VIRUS.

Collared gray wolf. Photo by state of Minnesota.

Montana 05/27/12 missoulian.com: by Perry Backus – Mountain lions are taking a toll on Liz Bradley’s collared wolves in the Bitterroot this year. Since January, two wolves radio-collared by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist have been killed by mountain lions. Last week, she found the latest dead wolf in the Warm Springs area, west of Sula. Like all the others she’s investigated since 2009, the wolf’s skull showed a severe puncture wound – a trademark of a lion kill. In the Sula case, the lion ate a good portion of the wolf and then covered the carcass with debris. “It’s hard to say what happened,” Bradley said. “There was no elk or deer carcass nearby that they may have been competing over.” There was, however, a deer carcass near the dead wolf she found in the Carlton Creek area west of Lolo in January. In that case, the wolf wasn’t consumed, but it did have the same canine tooth puncture through the skull. “That one was probably a conflict,” she said.

Last year, Bradley found two dead wolves that were probably killed by mountain lions. One was in Davis Creek, east of Lolo, and the other was south of Conner. In both cases, the carcasses were too far decomposed for positive identification on the cause of death. Both had clear puncture wounds through the top of their skulls. In 2009, the first apparent lion-killed wolf was discovered in the West Fork area. The number of wolf and lion encounters is unusual. “I haven’t heard of it happening anywhere else,” Bradley said. “It’s pretty interesting that the Bitterroot has had so many.”

Large predators sometimes do kill each other. There have been documented cases of that happening in many places around the West. “They compete for the same resource,” she said. “When there is overlap in areas where you have lots of prey, conflicts occur.” Four of the five wolves that Bradley knows were probably killed by mountain lions were fitted with a radio collar. “It’s too bad because we don’t have those now,” she said. At the end of last year, Bradley had collars in seven packs in the Bitterroot. She’s now down to four. – For complete article see http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/mountain-lions-kill-collared-wolves-in-bitterroot/article_68c0c60c-d792-59e3-b736-5b10c17eb10a.html

National 04/23/12 gmu.edu: News Release – Alessandra Luchini, research assistant professor, and other researchers at Virginia’s George Mason University are evaluating a new type of diagnostic test they developed for humans and their canine pals to pinpoint tiny signs of the bacteria that lead to Lyme disease. A study of the new type of test is underway. (Call 800-615-0418 ext. 202 for more information about participating.) The test soon could be available commercially through privately held Ceres Nanosciences Inc., which partnered with Mason to develop the test and plans to market it to doctor’s offices and veterinarian clinics. The Lyme disease test is just in time for what promises to be a bumper crop of ticks this spring and summer.

California 05/25/12 ocregister.com: by Ron Gonzales – The Orange County Vector Control District has begun to set traps to catch feral cats in Santa Ana and distribute safety information after a Santa Ana resident contracted flea-borne typhus. Santa Ana officials said in an e-mail message they were notified by O.C. Vector Control that the agency had learned of a resident with a confirmed case of typhus. The resident lives in the area of Broadway and Washington Street. – For complete article see http://www.ocregister.com/news/santa-356066-control-typhus.html

California 05/25/12 Fresno County: West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the county for the first time this year. – See http://www.kmph.com/story/18628835/mosquitoes-with-west-nile-virus-found-in-fresno-county

Arkansas 05/26/12 Hot Springs, Garland County: A skunk found in an undisclosed location in the city has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.necn.com/05/26/12/Skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-weste/landing_health.html?&apID=8fd3c7ebd7f443a5a554463b2e46cd1d

Colorado 05/24/12 Pueblo, Pueblo County: A wild bat found at the Pueblo Zoo on Wednesday, May 23rd, in front of Vulture Stork Pen has tested positive for rabies. Public health officials are concerned about people who may have come in contact with the bat. – See http://www.krdo.com/news/31110467/detail.html

Colorado 05/24/12 Fort Collins, Larimer County: Two skunks, one found near Taft Hill and Vine Drive, and the other near Horsetooth and Taft Hill roads, have tested positive for rabies. This brings to five the number of skunks* found near Fort Collins that have tested positive for the virus this year. – See http://www.noco5.com/story/18619189/5th-skunk-near-fort-collins-confirmed-positive-for-rabies

(Author’s Note: * Since this posting three more skunks captured near Fort Collins have tested positive for rabies.)

Delaware 05/25/12 Newark, New Castle County: One person has been sent for post-exposure rabies treatment after being exposed to a raccoon that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wgmd.com/?p=58249

Illinois 05/24/12 Thompsonville, Williamson County: A dead bat found in a rural area of Thompsonville earlier this week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/newsnow/x624603496/Bat-in-rural-Tville-tests-positive-for-rabies

New York 05/25/12 Denmark, Lewis County: A dead skunk discovered on the property of a local resident has tested positive for rabies. An unvaccinated dog that had contact with the carcass was euthanized. – See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Dog-euthanized-after-contact-with-dead-rabid-skunk-in-Lewis-County-154164315.html

New York 05/24/12 Skaneateles, Onondaga County: A bat found inside a home has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.cnycentral.com/neighborhood/health/story.aspx?list=~\news\lists\health&id=758147#.T78Nv8WF7WA

New York 05/23/12 Knoxboro, Oneida County: A fox that attacked three people May 20th on Knoxboro Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://oneidadispatch.com/articles/2012/05/23/news/doc4fbd5fe0d9703164386573.txt

North Carolina 05/23/12 Gibsonville, Guilford County: A raccoon that had contact with a person and two dogs on Jesse Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thetimesnews.com/articles/health-55625-rabid-raccoon.html

Pennsylvania 05/26/12 South Huntingdon, Westmoreland County: A sick raccoon reported by a homeowner on Barren Run Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://triblive.com/news/1866876-74/rabies-raccoon-positive-department-dog-huntingdon-south-tested-according-administered

Pennsylvania 05/25/12 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County: City officials are posting rabies alerts after a raccoon found in Wissahickon Park tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/Rabid_Raccoon_052512

Pennsylvania 05/23/12 Richland, Allegheny County: Three people potentially exposed to a bat that was trapped inside their home and tested positive for rabies are receiving post-exposure treatments. – See http://triblive.com/news/1849172-74/rabies-bat-bats-department-health-pennsylvania-tested-according-agriculture-allegheny

Washington 05/26/12 nwsource.com: A deadly fish virus has been detected in Washington state waters for the first time, forcing a fish farm to kill its entire stock of Atlantic salmon. Tests this month confirmed the presence of an influenza-like virus called infectious hematopoietic necrosis at a salmon farm off Bainbridge Island across from Seattle on Puget Sound, the Kitsap Sun reported ( http://is.gd/iyu6qf). The virus, or IHN virus, does not affect humans. It occurs naturally in wild sockeye salmon and can be carried by other fish, such as herring, which sometimes pass through fish net pens. John Kerwin, fish health supervisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the virus is a big concern. “Any first time it occurs, you don’t fully understand the impact to wild fish,” Kerwin told the newspaper. “We know it can impact (farm) fish. If we move fast, we can try to minimize the amplification.” Seattle-based American Gold Seafoods plans to remove more than a million pounds of Atlantic salmon from infected net pens in Rich Passage off the southern tip of Bainbridge Island. In April, the company noticed that fish were dying off at a fast rate. Test results this month confirmed the virus. – For complete article see http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018293493_apwafishviruswashington1stldwritethru.html

ILLINOIS finds WEST NILE VIRUS in CROW and MOSQUITOES ~ Wild BAT that BIT AN EMPLOYEE at COLORADO’s Denver Zoo had RABIES ~ RABIES reports from CA, NJ, NC, PA, SC, & VA.

American Crow. Photo by Jack Wolf. Wikimedia Commons.

Illinois 05/23/12 state.il.us: News Release – State health officials have confirmed the first West Nile Virus positive bird and mosquito batches reported in the state this year. A crow, collected by Chicago public health officials on May 16th, tested positive for the virus, and positive mosquito samples were collected on May 17th from Lemont and Norridge in Cook County, and Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge in DuPage County. “Although it is a little earlier in the season than we normally find West Nile virus positive mosquito pools and birds, it is not unheard of,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “This is a good reminder as we head into the Memorial Day weekend and more people spend time outdoors, that it is important to protect yourself and wear insect repellent.”

Colorado 05/23/12 CDPHE.communications: News Release – A wild bat found at the Denver Zoo on May 20th in front of the Bird World exhibit has tested positive for rabies. A zoo employee was bitten by the bat and is receiving post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Dr. Elisabeth Lawaczeck, state veterinarian, said, “Parents who had children in the zoo on Sunday, May 20, should ask their children if they had any contact with a bat. Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or learns their child had contact with the bat, should immediately contact the state health department at 303-692-2700 or their local health department to determine whether they should receive preventive therapy for rabies.  “People can be exposed to rabies when they assist, feed or handle wild animals. While some people visiting the zoo were in the vicinity of the bat, it is not known whether anyone other than the zoo employee had contact with the bat,” Lawaczeck said. – For complete news release see http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/release/2012/052312.pdf

California 05/22/12 Nevada County: In the past two weeks, two bats captured in western Nevada County have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20120522/COMMUNITY/120529979/1066&ParentProfile=1051

New Jersey 05/22/12 Cranbury and Burlington, Middlesex and Burlington counties: A stray cat that came out of the woods near a home in Burlington has tested positive for rabies. The cat was brought to another home in Cranbury and then to the Sayreville Pet Adoption Center. At least seven people may need to receive post-exposure rabies vaccinations. – See http://njtoday.net/2012/05/22/stray-cat-in-cranbury-tests-positive-for-rabies/

North Carolina 05/22/12 Shelby, Cleveland County: A bat captured on the 1200 block of Rocky Creek Road south of Shelby has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bat-71398-captured-shelby.html

Pennsylvania 05/22/12 Hallam, York County: A teenager was bitten in the face by a dog at Emig Park in Hallam over the weekend, Hellam Township Police Chief Mark Sowers said. Kristi Landis, 17, of Lower Windsor Township has started undergoing a series of rabies shots. Police are looking for a man and a woman who were walking two pit bulls named “Macy” and “Gracie” at the park, Sowers said. The two were not present when police arrived at the park, and officers have not been able to locate them. Anyone with information may call police at 434-1308.

South Carolina 05/22/12 Chapin, Lexington County: Health officials have recommended that three people receive post-exposure rabies vaccinations after a fox tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.thestate.com/2012/05/22/2286322/3-lexco-residents-recommended.html

Virginia 05/22/12 Calthrop Neck, York County: A raccoon captured in the area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://wydaily.com/local-news/9132-rabid-raccoon-found-in-calthrop-neck.html

NEW JERSEY city warns public of possibly RABID STRAY KITTEN ~ CALIFORNIA city two dead BIRDS positive for WEST NILE VIRUS ~ RABIES reports from FL, MA, PA (2), & VA.

Possibly rabid stray kitten has markings similar to its sibling pictured above.

New Jersey 05/18/12 Burlington Township, Burlington County: by Amy Rossi – An important public service announcement has been released from the Burlington County Health Department, which is urging everyone to keep their distance from stray or wild animals. This warning comes in response to one of two kittens recently found near Arrowhead Drive in Burlington Township. The kitten was caught and taken by a resident to an animal shelter. The shelter then sent it to Burlington County Health Department where it tested positive for rabiesThe other kitten is still on the loose. If a stray or wild animal is discovered, for your safety, residents are asked not to feed, approach, or attempt to capture it, but to call their local municipality who will contact animal control. Animal Control Officers are professionals equipped to handle these situations. Please contact the Health Department at (609) 265-5575 and ask to speak with Mr. Louis Marino, Sr. Investigator, if you have been in contact with any strays or wild animals in that area.

Yellow Headed Blackbird. Photo by naturespicsonline.com by Alan D. Wilson. Wikimedia Commons.

California 05/18/12 mantecabulletin.com: Two Manteca birds are the first confirmed Northern San Joaquin Valley cases in 2012 for the deadly West Nile virus.The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District Thursday received confirmation that a common raven and a yellow-headed black bird have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Both dead birds were collected in Manteca. The birds are the first sign of West Nile virus activity in the area for the 2012 season. “Finding the first positive birds is significant because it means that the virus is present in our area” said John Stroh, District Manager. “With the very mild winter and the warm temperatures we’ve had so far, it’s not unusual to find positive birds at this time of year.” Dead birds provide an early indication of where positive mosquito samples may also be found and where human cases may develop later in the season. The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Some species of birds such as crows, jays and magpies are very susceptible to the virus and are more likely to die from the infection. – For complete article see http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/1/article/43031/

Florida 05/17/12 Suwannee County: A rabies alert has been issued for an area northwest of the intersection of CR 349 and CR 252 after a skunk tested positive for the virus. – See http://suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x234161220/Rabies-alert-issued-in-Suwannee-County

Massachusetts 05/18/12 Haverhill, Essex County: A raccoon that was acting oddly in the back yard of a home on White Oak Circle close to the Atkinson line has tested positive for rabies. This is the first case of animal rabies in the city in five years. – See http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x915982281/Residents-warned-after-raccoon-with-rabies-found-in-Haverhill

Pennsylvania 05/18/12 Bethlehem, Lehigh and Northampton counties: Two men bitten by a fox in separate incidents on May 16th are receiving post-exposure rabies treatment. In one incident, the fox was captured and tested positive for rabies. The first attack was on Stanford Road between Easton Avenue and Shelbourne Drive, and the second man was bitten not far from that location. Authorities believe it’s possible the same fox was involved in both cases. – See http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-bethlehem-rabies-fox-bites-20120518,0,1267132.story

Pennsylvania 05/17/12 Hayfield Township, Crawford County: Seven people are being treated for exposure to rabies after a baby raccoon brought home by a hunter tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.goerie.com/article/20120517/NEWS02/305179886/7-Crawford-County-residents-exposed-to-rabid-raccoon

Virginia 05/17/12 Wythe County: A stray cat found in the vicinity of 5194 W. Lee Highway has tested positive for rabies. The cat was an adult, long-haired yellow and white male. – See http://www2.swvatoday.com/news/2012/may/17/rabid-cat-confirmed-wythe-county-ar-1921729/