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Scientists say CROWS may transport PRIONS that cause CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ Health officials in WASHINGTON say WOMAN likely died of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CDC NATIONAL, FL, MS, OH, & OK ~ RABIES reports from CA, GA, MD, NC, TX, & VA.

American Crow. Photo by Jack Wolf. Wikimedia Commons.

National 10/17/12 phys.org: Crows fed on prion-infected brains from mice can transmit these infectious agents in their feces and may play a role in the geographic spread of diseases caused by prions, such as chronic wasting disease or scrapie.

The new research published Oct. 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Kurt VerCauteren from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other colleagues, shows that prions can pass through crows’ digestive systems without being destroyed, and may be excreted intact after ingestion by the birds. According to the authors, their results demonstrate a potential role for the common crow in the spread of infectious diseases caused by prions.

Prions are infectious proteins that cause diseases in humans and other animals. Studies so far have suggested that insects, poultry and scavengers like crows may be passive carriers of infectious prions, but this is the first demonstration that prions can retain their ability to cause disease after passing through the avian digestive system.

Dr. Kurt VerCauteren.

The authors fed crows with brain samples from mice infected with prions, and found that the crows passed infectious prions up to 4 hours after eating the infected samples. When healthy mice were injected with the infected crow excretions, all the mice showed signs of prion disease. The authors state that their results support the possibility that crows that encounter infected carcasses or consume infected tissue may have the capacity to transport infectious prions to new locations. – For More information: VerCauteren KC, Pilon JL, Nash PB, Phillips GE, Fischer JW (2012) Prion Remains Infectious after Passage through Digestive System of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos). PLoS ONE 7(10): e45774. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045774 Journal reference: PLoS ONE search and more info website Provided by Public Library of Science


Washington 10/17/12 Grant County: Health officials have confirmed that a woman who likely died of hantavirus last month was probably exposed to the virus in her recreational vehicle south of Moses Lake. This is the second hantavirus-related death in the county this year. – See http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2012/10/grant-county-reports-hantavirus-death/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

National 10/16/12 cdc.gov: Update – As of October 16, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 4,531 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 183 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,293 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,238 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. The 4,531 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in October since 2003. Almost 70 percent of the cases have been reported from eight states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, and Oklahoma) and over a third of all cases have been reported from Texas. – For further details see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm

Florida 10/17/12 Duval County: Two men, 19 and 46 years of age, are the most recent Jacksonville residents to be diagnosed with WNV. This brings the total of confirmed cases in the city to 25 so far this year. – See http://www.news4jax.com/news/Jax-teen-man-test-positive-for-West-Nile-virus/-/475880/17023354/-/chfsp7/-/index.html

Mississippi 10/17/12 msdh.state.ms.us: Update – State health officials have confirmed a total of 232 human cases of WNV in the state this year including 5 deaths. They have also found 52 horses, 55 mosquito samples, and 12 human blood donors infected with the virus. – For county statistics see http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93,554.html

Ohio 10/17/12 Allen County: David Sunderhaus, 58, of Lima, died Saturday of WNV marking the state’s 6th WNV-related fatality this year. – http://www.limaohio.com/news/local_news/article_c7bc6614-187d-11e2-b88b-001a4bcf6878.html

Oklahoma 10/17/12 kxii.com: The state’s Department of Health says there have now been 170 confirmed human cases of WNV this year and 11 deaths due to the disease. – See http://www.kxii.com/news/headlines/170-West-Nile-cases-in-Okla-11-deaths-reported-174654751.html


California 10/16/12 Yolo County: The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help to locate a dog involved in a biting incident Oct. 6 in West Sacramento. A woman was walking a dog on a leash about 11 a.m. in the area of a bike bath in the 3500 block of Bridgeway Lakes Drive when another woman jogged by on the bike path. The dog lunged at the jogger and bit her, causing moderate injury, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The dog owner stopped and advised the victim that her dog was current on its rabies vaccination, but the victim failed to get any personal information from the dog owner at the time to be able to verify the information, officials said. Animal Services authorities received the bite report from the victim, but a search of the area has failed to locate the owner or the dog.

The dog is described as medium size, short haired, mostly black with some reddish-colored markings. The victim was unsure of the breed, but recalled that the owner or handler used a red leash to restrain the animal. The woman walking the dog was described as white, about 50 years old, with a medium build and light brown hair that reached to the middle of her back. She was wearing a white T-shirt, black spandex walking shorts and large glasses. Authorities want to identify the dog to verify the current rabies vaccination to possibly spare the victim post-exposure rabies treatment. Anyone with information about the dog or owner is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287, or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org

Georgia 10/17/12 Gwinnett County: A rabies alert has been issued after two raccoons found Oct. 6th on Scenic Drive in Snellville tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/rabid-raccoons-found-in-snellville/nSfq6/

Maryland 10/16/12 Prince George’s County: by Lauren DeMarco – There is a warning from animal control after two reports of fox attacks in Bowie.  The incidents happened less than a mile apart Sunday evening in the Meadowbrook neighborhood just behind Bowie High School. The youngest victim is four years old. He received a bite to the hand. Both victims were treated for possible rabies infections. The City of Bowie Animal Services asks that residents be cautious, keep a close eye on children and pets, and be aware that any type of food or trash near your home can attract wildlife.

North Carolina 10/17/12 Iredell County: A raccoon killed by two dogs near Mocksville Highway and New Salem Road tested positive for rabies. – See http://www2.mooresvilletribune.com/news/2012/oct/17/iredells-13th-rabies-case-year-confirmed-ar-2701869/

Texas 10/17/12 Washington County: A dead skunk found last Friday near the corner of Thiel and Barbee streets in Brenham has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.brenhambanner.com/news/rabid-skunk-found-dead-in-city-limits/article_dec9384c-1877-11e2-ba22-001a4bcf887a.html

Virginia 10/16/12 Henrico County: A dead raccoon found in the 8400 block of Marroit Road in the western section of the county on Oct. 13th has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon had been killed by a vaccinated dog. – See http://www.wric.com/story/19834763/dead-raccoon-found-in-henrico-had-rabies


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

·         What is Rabies?

·         What animals are most likely to be rabid?

·         Rabies symptoms

·         Rabies diagnosis

·         Preventing rabies

·         Rabies medical research

We invite you to view our videos and share them as part of your outreach for World Rabies Day and beyond!  Watch the Videos: http://www.worldrabiesday.org/EN/media_center/videos.html

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

Dengue Fever:

Florida 09/27/12 dadehealth.org: Health officials received confirmation of the first locally acquired case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade County.* The individual was diagnosed with Dengue Fever based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests. The individual fully recovered from this illness. Dengue Fever is a viral disease transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics. It is not spread from person to person. The symptoms of Dengue Fever include, fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for Dengue Fever. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Dengue Fever, please call your healthcare provider to see if you need to be seen. – See http://www.dadehealth.org/public/PUBLICnewsarticle.asp?newsID=2108&typeID=&news_type=Press+Releases

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

Mountain Lion Sightings:

South Dakota 09/26/12 Minnehaha County: Several mountain lion sightings in Valley Springs have led a state official to think the reports are credible. Young mountain lions from the Black Hills often follow waterways across the state in search of new territory. – See http://www.argusleader.com/article/20120927/NEWS/309270028/Mountain-lion-spotted-near-Valley-Springs?nclick_check=1

West Nile Virus (WNV):

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

Mississippi 09/26/12 Madison County: Health officials have confirmed a new death from WNV bringing the state’s total this year to five. There have been 195 human cases reported in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wlbt.com/story/19649881/west-nile-death-reported-in-madison-county

Oklahoma 09/26/12 Muskogee County: John Archer, 78, of Muskogee, died on Sept. 24th from WNV. This is the 4th human case of WNV in the county this year, and 9th WNV-related fatality in the state so far this year. – See http://www.newson6.com/story/19646470/muskogee-mans-west-nile-death-is-oklahomas-9th-of-2012

South Dakota 09/26/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – Health officials have confirmed 175 human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, which is an increase of 17 cases since last week. There have been two fatalities. In addition, positive WNV tests have been confirmed in 37 blood donors, 10 horses, 5 birds, and 82 mosquito pools. – For counties involved see http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate9-26.pdf

Texas 09/27/12 El Paso County: Health officials have confirmed two more WNV-related deaths in the city of El Paso: two men who lived in the 79963 ZIP code area, ages 25 and 68, recently died from the virus. So far this year five people have died from the disease in El Paso and 27 have been diagnosed. – See http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_21635581/two-deaths-four-new-cases-west-nile-virus?source=most_viewed


Ontario 09/27/12 cp24.com: Public health officials in Ontario are confirming two people have died after contracting the West Nile virus in what they called the worst outbreak in a decade. Health officials in the province’s southwest attributed the death of a 71-year-old man in Windsor-Essex County to the virus Thursday. Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable (human) cases of West Nile in the province as of Sept. 25. That includes a 74-year-old Toronto man whose death two weeks ago has been attributed to the virus. The only year Ontario had more cases was in 2002 — the first year West Nile virus cases were reported in Canada; that year there were 394 human cases. – See http://www.cp24.com/news/two-west-nile-linked-deaths-reported-in-ontario-1.974325

Capital of SOUTH DAKOTA invaded by SKUNKS ~ CDC reports on national RABIES VACCINE shortage ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, FLx2, IL, LA, NM, SD, & VA ~ RABIES reports CA, GA, NJ, & NY.

Photo by State of Michigan.

South Dakota 09/11/12 latimes.com: by John M. Glionna – Residents of South Dakota’s state capital are holding their noses this fall and it has nothing to do with politics. The city of Pierre is being invaded by skunks. Animal control officials say that 60 of the furry little stinkers have been caught since June and in a town of 15,000. That translates to one possible skunk encounter for every 250 residents. But there’s an even worse danger: skunks are often rabid. “Skunks are the reservoir of rabies out here on the Great Plains,” South Dakota state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger told the Los Angeles Times. “Skunks actually present a two-fold menace. Rabies is the biggest danger. Then the spraying. Oh, and they bite, too.” So far this year, 45 rabid animals have been caught in South Dakota, 25 of them skunks. Though the state has not had a case of rabies since 1970, officials remain vigilant. – For complete article see http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-south-dakota-skunks-20120911,0,7808011.story

National 09/11/12 cdc.gov: Vaccine Update – Current Situation

  • Rabies vaccine for pre-exposure use is available only from wholesale distributors who have existing stocks of RabAvert vaccine from Novartis.
  • At this time, there are no limitations in the supply of rabies immune globulin or vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
  • Sanofi Pasteur, maker of IMOVAX (Rabies Vaccine), is currently unable to directly supply rabies vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination.
  • Sanofi Pasteur will continue to supply rabies vaccine for PEP to health care providers who are treating patients who have had documented rabies exposures.
  • Novartis, makers of RabAvert (Rabies Vaccine), is also currently unable to directly supply rabies vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination.
  • Additional lots of RabAvert and IMOVAX are expected to be released in the coming months. These lots are expected to return supplies to normal levels.
  • There are ongoing discussions among federal, state, and local public health personnel to continue evaluation of the current supply of rabies biologics and review additional strategies as necessary. – For additional information see http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/resources/news/2012-09-07.html

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

California 09/12/12 Sacramento and Yolo counties: Sacramento County: 6 human cases, 461 dead birds, 447 mosquito samples, 24 sentinel animals, 2 horses have tested positive for WNV to date. Yolo County: 3 human cases,  90 dead birds, 142 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 3 sentinel animalshave tested positive for WNV to date. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139bc3b770c142be

Florida 09/12/12 Leon and Gadsden counties: In Leon County, two horses kept within a mile of each other in the Braden area near Highway 20 have tested positive for EEE in the last two weeks. Yesterday, another horse in the Woodville area tested positive for EEE. In addition, neighboring Gadsden County officials on Monday confirmed their first human case of WNV this year. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Three-Horses-Test-Positive-for-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-169516796.html?ref=796

Florida 09/11/12 Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach County: Local officials have issued an alert after a horse kept in the 800 block of Hyde Park Road tested positive for WNV and was euthanized. So far this year, WNV has been found in 20 counties and has infected 33 humans. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/dead-horse-in-loxahatchee-was-infected-with-west-n/nR7h8/

Illinois 09/12/12 Cook County: Public health officials announced Wednesday that WNV has claimed the life of a person between the ages of 70-79 who lived in the county’s southern district. – See http://oakforest.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-claims-first-cook-county-life

Louisiana 09/12/12 louisiana.gov: Public Health – On Friday, LDHH officials confirmed 31 new human cases of WNV bringing the state’s total to 176 so far this year, including 10 fatalities. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2624

New Mexico 09/11/12 Bernalillo County: A 76-year-old man has become the state’s first WNV-related fatality. – See http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2761822.shtml?cat=504

South Dakota 09/12/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – Health officials confirm 144 human cases of WNV have been reported statewide so far this year, including two deaths. In addition, 30 blood donors, 9 horses, 3 birds, and 77 mosquito pools have tested positive for WNV. – For information regarding counties involved and other data see http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate9-12.pdf

Virginia 09/12/12 vdh.state.va.us: Update – VDH officials confirm 9 human cases of WNV including 4 in the northwest region, 2 in the northern region, two in the central region, and 1 in the southwest region. There has been one death in an older adult residing in the northwest region. – See http://www.vdh.state.va.us/


California 09/11/12 Los Angeles County: Public health officials confirm there have been 45 bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year. The previous record of 38 rabid bats was set last year. Typically, there are only about 10 cases a year reported. The reason for the increase is unclear. – For complete article with tips for reducing risks see http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Rabies-Bats-Warning-169321746.html

Georgia 09/11/12 Canton, Cherokee County: A stray cat that scratched a woman at the Cherokee South Apartments off Marietta Highway on September 2nd has tested positive for rabies. Health officials are searching for others who may have been exposed to the virus. The cat is described as a black-and-white shorthaired female. – See http://marietta.patch.com/articles/news-nearby-man-killed-in-i-75-chase-idd-woman-scratched-by-rabid-cat

New Jersey 09/11/12 Winslow Township, Camden County: A skunk found in the Sicklerville section of town on September 5th has tested positive for rabies. The skunk may have come in contact with a vaccinated dog, but there are no known human exposures. – See http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/09/11/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-camden-county/

New York 09/11/12 Black Brook, Clinton County: A raccoon shot by a resident on Thursday in the vicinity of Dry Bridge Road has tested positive for rabies. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x1709876722/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies

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

WASHINGTON wildlife officers will kill more WOLVES to curb LIVESTOCK attacks ~ Five MOUNTAIN LION sighting reports from CALIFORNIA ~ LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS report from INDIANA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from AR, CT, LA, ME, MAx3, NC PA, RI, SD, TXx2, & VA ~ RABIES reports frm CT, NJ, & NC.

Gray wolf. Photo by Cephas. Wikimedia Commons.

Washington 08/17/12 spokesman.com: posted by Rich – Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say they plan to kill more wolves in northern Stevens County to curb a spree of attacks on cattle. After confirming that wolves killed one calf this week and injured another, the agency intends to kill up to three members of the Wedge Pack, Madonna Luers, department spokeswoman said Friday. “Our officers will try to trap and put a radio collar on at least one more wolf in the pack for monitoring,” she said. “Then the intent is to lethally remove up to three more wolves to disrupt the pack and reduce its need to feed so many mouths.” The Wedge Pack roams the Colville National Forest area the Diamond M Ranch leases for grazing between the Columbia and Kettle rivers. Wolf attacks have been confirmed on at least five of the ranch’s animals in the past four weeks, including two calves killed.

A female non-breeding wolf in the pack was killed by department officers on Aug. 7 after wolves had killed a calf and injured two others. The kill was the first by the agency under its wolf management plan adopted in 2011. Although gray wolves in Eastern Washington are protected by state endangered species laws, the plan allows lethal removal in some cases. Remote camera images indicate the Wedge Pack includes at least a breeding pair, a few sub-adults and a few pups, but the exact number of wolves isn’t known, Luers said.

Mountain Lion Sightings:

California 08/17/12 Canyon Lake, Riverside County: Fish & Game officers who reviewed a photo and witness account of a large cat sighted walking across the corner lot on Early Round and Champion said it appeared the animal in the picture taken by resident Kevin Siepker was a mountain lion. – See http://fridayflyer.com/2012/08/17/mountain-lion-spotted-on-early-round-dr

California 08/17/12 Berkeley, Alameda County: Officials at Lawrence Berkeley Lab are warning employees to avoid using isolated stairs and walkways at dusk after a mountain lion with cubs was spotted roaming between lab buildings Friday morning. UC police warned the campus community in July about multiple sightings of a mountain lion with cubs near Gayley Road. – See http://berkeley.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-warning-at-lbl

California 08/17/12 Woodside, San Mateo County: A mountain lion was seen in the area of the 2200 block of Stockbridge Avenue Thursday night. – See http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/mountain-lion-spotted-near-woodside-high

California 08/17/12 Davenport, Santa Cruz County: A mountain lion that was spotted eating a feral cat earlier this month has prompted some neighbors to keep their pets inside at night. About 3 a.m. Aug. 10, the attack woke at least one neighbor on Marine View Avenue. See http://www.mercurynews.com/central-coast/ci_21341024/pet-owners-alert-after-mountain-lion-spotted-eating

California 08/17/12 Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County: A mountain lion described as weighing about 120 pounds was spotted Friday in the 2300 block of Callender Road. – See http://www.ksby.com/news/mountain-lion-spotted-in-arroyo-grande/

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

Indiana 08/17/12 Ripley County:  A positive mosquito sampling for the “treehole mosquito” (Aedes triseriatus) has been identified and one human case of LACV has been confirmed in the county, according to a Health Department news release. – See http://batesvilleheraldtribune.com/local/x946181007/One-Ripley-County-encephalitis-case-confirmed

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

Arkansas 08/16/12 sfgate.com: WNV Health Alert – Public health officials confirm that ten human cases of WNV have been identified in the state so far this year and that number is expected to increase. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/West-Nile-rising-in-Ark-Health-Dept-sends-alert-3794105.php

Connecticut 08/17/12 dph.ct.gov: Health Alert – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that a Stamford resident tested positive for WNV infection. This is the second human case of WNV infection reported in the state this year. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/1393652effcd2d85

Louisiana 08/18/12 sfgate.com: Health Alert – Health officials confirm 24 new human cases of WNV infections have been reported, bringing the total to 92 human cases so far this year, including six WNV-related deaths. The 24 new infections include 10 cases of neuro-invasive disease, with four being reported in Caddo Parish and one each reported from DeSoto, Orleans, Ouachita, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Webster parishes. There were also new cases of non-invasive WNV, the milder form of the virus that causes flu-like symptoms, reported from Avoyelles (1), Bossier (3), Caddo (2), Iberville (1), Ouachita (1), Rapides (2) and St. Tammany (1) parishes. Three new asymptomatic cases, meaning the infected people had the virus but did not feel ill and only discovered the infection when they had blood work done for an unrelated reason such as blood donation, were reported from Caddo, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/DHH-24-more-West-Nile-virus-infections-3796649.php

Maine 08/17/12 York County: Health Alert – Dr. Stephen Sears, the state epidemiologist, said Friday that a mosquito collection site has tested positive for WNV. Maine has never had a human case of WNV, but the virus is making a comeback nationally. The state is investigating a possible human case of WNV, and another possible human case of EEE. Dr. Sears said one involves a person who may have been infected in another state. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/17/health/west-nile-virus-found-in-york-county-mosquitoes/

Massachusetts 08/17/12 New Bedford, Bristol County: EEE Alert – State health officials Thursday raised the risk level of contracting EEE to “high” in the city and residents are urged to be vigilant. – See http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120817/NEWS/208170351/1018/OPINION

Massachusetts 08/17/12 Westborough, Worcester County: Health Alert – State officials elevated Westborough’s EEE threat level to high, because mammal-biting, EEE-positive mosquitoes have been found here. Mosquito spraying will be “enhanced” here and in New Bedford, which had its threat level raised to high today as well and for the same reason, the agency said in a press release. – See http://northborough.patch.com/articles/state-raises-neighboring-towns-eee-threat-recommends-residents-curtail-evening-outdoor-plans

Massachusetts 08/18/12 Berkshire County: Positive samples for WNV were taken from Cheshire Road, upper North Street, Fort Hill and West streets as well as West Housatonic Street. Two sites in Pittsfield — Elm Street and West Housatonic Street — tested positive for EEE. Surveillance sites vary each week and are used to detect any local outbreaks of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. “Eastern Equine is a lot more deadly than West Nile,” said Chris Horton, the superintendent for Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project. “There’s a 30 or 40 percent higher mortality rate.”  Two cases of the WNV were also found on South State Street and Route 8A in North Adams. Cases were also found near the Stockbridge Bowl in Stockbridge, and two cases were reported near Route 7 and Ashley Falls in Sheffield. – See http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_21341233/west-nile-eee-found-again-pittsfield

North Carolina 08/17/12 Shackleford Banks, Carteret County: A four-year-old wild horse that died tested positive for EEE. Cape Lookout says this is the first documented case of EEE among the herd of 107 horses, which the National Park Service has been managing since the mid-1980s. – See http://www.witn.com/news/health/headlines/Shackleford-Wild-Horse-Dies-From-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-166562106.html

Pennsylvania 08/17/12 Falls Township, Bucks County: A human case of WNV has been confirmed in a woman. This is the eighth human case of the virus identified in the state this year. – See http://warminster.patch.com/articles/bucks-county-woman-diagnosed-with-west-nile

Rhode Island 08/17/12 necn.com: Health Alert – State health officials are warning residents of a heightened risk of mosquito-borne illnesses after recent tests found WNV and EEE. – See http://www.necn.com/08/17/12/RI-warns-of-high-risk-of-mosquito-borne-/landing_nation.html?&apID=6ba26c2acdff446fadacc8d4707f6b9b

South Dakota 08/17/12 doh.sd.gov: News Release – State health officials are reporting 26 new human cases of WNV, bringing the total to 67 this year, including one death. There have also been 22 WNV positive blood donors, six positive horses, one positive bird and 56 positive mosquito pools. So far the virus has been detected in 28 of South Dakota’s 66 counties. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139359665552437e

Texas 08/17/12 Tarrant County: Just weeks after officials in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake reported that mosquito samples taken within city limits had tested positive for WNV, all three cities have confirmed human cases. The first confirmed case came in late July when a Southlake resident was admitted to an area hospital. Since then, two more cases have been confirmed in Southlake, two have been confirmed in Grapevine and one was confirmed in Colleyville. – See http://impactnews.com/articles/west-nile-virus-ravages-tarrant-co.

Texas 08/17/12 dshs.state.tx.us: News Release – Health officials announced today there are 552 state-confirmed human cases of WNV in the state so far this year, including 21 related deaths. In addition to aerial spraying efforts in Dallas County, state health officials are urging people to protect themselves by using insect repellent and draining standing water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139369679cd6f023

Virginia 08/17/12 WNV Health Alert: Officials have confirmed the state’s first two human cases of WNV this year involving one person each in the southwestern and northwestern regions of the state. Both patients are adults. – See http://www.wina.com/Two-West-Nile-Virus-Cases-Reported-In-Virginia/14013234


Connecticut 08/17/12 Stamford, Fairfield County: Two skunks found in the city on July 25th and August 15th have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.connecticutplus.com/cplus/information/news/health/Rabies-confirmed-in-skunks-in-Stamford1768317683.shtml

New Jersey 08/16/12 Cherry Hill, Camden County: Health officials are urging residents to be cautious after a skunk found in the Barclay Farm section tested positive for rabies. Officials said the skunk had come in contact with a resident’s dog on Aug. 8. The dog’s rabies vaccination was current and it has been treated by a veterinarian. – See http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20120817/NEWS01/308170027/Skunk-rabies-found-Cherry-Hill

North Carolina 08/17/12 Garner, Wake County: Officials confirmed a case of rabies in a dog on Tuesday. The dog, a 65-pound white Akita with a brindle eye and black muzzle named Susie, was euthanized Tuesday after it was observed to have symptoms of rabies. It was then taken to a state lab, where officials confirmed the dog had rabies. Initially, four people who came in contact with Susie began a 14-day treatment to prevent rabies from developing. Now, three more people have started treatment after reporting that they had significant contact with the dog. Three dogs that came into contact with the rabid dog have been euthanized. Susie roamed an area near the intersection of Big Buck Lane and Bushy Branch Drive in Garner. Wake County Animal Control asks anyone who had significant contact with Susie between Thursday, July 26, and Saturday, August 11, to contact their physician immediately. Significant contact includes being bitten, licked on the face or getting saliva in a wound or mucus membrane. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/17/2274766/more-people-more-dogs-exposed.html

CALIFORNIA scientists now know L.A.’S Griffith Park has a resident MOUNTAIN LION ~ CALIFORNIA’s Long Beach residents warned of increase in FLEA-borne TYPHUS cases ~ MAINE issues health advisory due to increase in TICK-borne ANAPLASMOSIS ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS and/or WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, ID, IL, MA, NJ, NY, NC, OK, PA, RI, & SD ~ RABIES reports from CT, MD, NE, NJ, & NC.

Mountain lion. Courtesy U.S. Army.

California 08/14/12 latimes.com: For the first time, scientists have evidence of a mountain lion inhabiting Griffith Park. His name is P-22. That’s P, as in puma. “We never had any definitive proof of a mountain lion living in Griffith Park,” said Jeff Sikich, a National Park Service biologist. “We believe this is pretty significant, that it’s surrounded by such intense urbanization.” . . . Sometime after P-22 entered the park, he triggered a remote camera set up for a general wildlife survey. Photo in hand, Sikich set out to catch him. He installed three humane traps in the area. He also set up a camera at each trap, rigged to send any images to his cellphone if triggered. Nine days later, at 2 a.m., his cellphone rang. He and other scientists raced to the site, a Department of Water and Power property just west of the park. Sikich used a blowpipe to administer a sedative. The team spent about an hour gathering samples and taking measurements. Most important, they attached a collar with both GPS and very high frequency radio signal technology so they could track where and when the lion made his kills. They woke the animal and released him. The GPS function went dead, however, leaving the researchers with only radio telemetry to generally track the feline’s peregrinations. In recent weeks, Sikich has used radio frequencies to attempt to zero in on the lion’s whereabouts so he can recapture him and apply a new collar. So far, the beast has eluded him by ranging throughout the park’s wild lands and over the ridge toward Forest Lawn Memorial-Park. – For complete article see http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/photos-first-proof-of-mountain-lion-living-in-griffith-park-1.html

Norway rat. Courtesy of CDC.

California 08/13/12 presstelegram.com: The number of flea-borne typhus cases are up over last year, and local health officials are warning residents to take precautions. So far this year, 11 cases of the illness have been reported to the Long Beach Health Department, compared to nine for all of last year. The flea-borne typhus – known as murine typhus – is a disease spread by fleas living on rats and mice, opossums, cats and raccoons, health officials explained. People get the disease through the bites of infected fleas, adding that it isn’t spread from person to person. – See http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_21305093/long-beach-health-officials-warn-flea-borne-typhus

Deer tick. Courtesy CDC.

Maine 08/09/12 Maine CDC: Health Advisory – Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection that is carried by Ixodes scapularis (the deer tick), which is the same tick that also carries Lyme disease.  Anaplasmosis is an emerging infection in Maine, and as of August 8, 2012, 38 cases have been reported to Maine CDC from 8 counties (Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset and York).  During 2011, a total of 26 cases were reported. – For more information go to http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/newhan.shtml

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

Florida 08/14/12 Walton County: Sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEE and WNV.  The risk of transmission to humans has increased. – See http://www.waltonsun.com/news/mosquito-9514-county-walton.html

Idaho 08/14/12 Owyhee County: Health officials say mosquitoes collected in the Bruneau area have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/14/4724115/owyhee-latest-id-county-to-find.html

Illinois 08/13/12 Winnebago County: Mosquitoes test positive for WNV at two Rockford area parks.  One pool of mosquitoes was at Alpine Park on Rockford’s southeast side, the other is at Legends in Roscoe. – See http://mystateline.com/fulltext-news?nxd_id=348392

Massachusetts 08/13/12 Peabody, Essex County: Mosquitoes collected last week have tested positive for WNV. Plans for pesticide spraying are being posted on the city’s website. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/peabody/2012/08/mosquitos_in_peabody_test_posi.html

New Jersey 08/14/12 Salem County: An 11-year-old quarter horse mare has tested positive for WNV, the first case in the state this year. The animal began showing signs of illness on Aug. 4 and was subsequently euthanized. – See http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20480

New York 08/14/12 Brooklyn, Kings County: Health officials have confirmed that WNV was found on Aug. 3 in Windsor Terrace, as well as Dyker Heights, Greenwood Heights and Starrett City. – See http://windsorterrace.patch.com/articles/west-nile-virus-detected-in-windsor-terrace

North Carolina 08/14/12 Wayne County: Health officials say a resident has become the state’s first WNV-related death so far this year. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/14/4723742/wayne-county-man-dies-from-west.html

Oklahoma 08/14/12 Oklahoma County: Health officials have reported the first WNV-related death in the state since 2009 and issued a public health warning, saying they are concerned the potentially deadly disease will reach record numbers. The victim is described only as an adult over the age of 75, according to Dr. Kristy Bradley, state epidemiologist at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are 55 confirmed WNV human cases in Oklahoma so far in 2012. – See http://www.necn.com/08/14/12/1st-West-Nile-Virus-death-reported-in-Ok/landing_scitech.html?&apID=1bd6edf19b564c7782e7b62030f93c27

Pennsylvania 08/13/12 Delaware County: The Department of Environmental Protection confirmed human cases of WNV in two men on Monday. This comes only five days after the Department of Health reported WNV human cases in Lancaster and Franklin counties. Doctors and officials say there is an unprecedented level of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year. – See http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-in-2-Delco-Men–166058186.html

Rhode Island 08/14/12 Tiverton, Newport County: A mosquito trapped in the central part of the city has tested positive for EEE. It is the first positive EEE mosquito sample found in the state this year. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/east_bay/eee-found-in-mosquito-in-tiverton

South Dakota 08/14/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – Since last Friday 10 human cases have been added to the WNV report, bringing the season total to 41 WNV cases. In addition 15 viremic blood donors, 3 WNV horse cases, 1 bird and 56 positive mosquitoes have also been reported. WNV has been detected in 25 of South Dakota’s 66 counties. – See http://doh.sd.gov/WestNile/PDF/WNVupdate8-14.pdf


Connecticut 08/14/12 Groton, New London County: A raccoon from the area of Noank Ledyard Road has tested positive for rabies, the Ledge Light Health District said in a public health alert today. – See http://groton.patch.com/articles/rabid-raccoon-found-in-groton

Maryland 08/13/12 California, St. Mary’s County: A feral kitten picked up from Bayside Way has tested positive for rabies. Officials say four other kittens and a mother cat related to the rabid kitten are considered to be potentially rabid. They have not been found yet. – See http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/216570/158/Stray-Kitten-Tests-Positive-For-Rabies-In-Md

Nebraska 08/14/12 Chadron, Dawes County: A cat submitted by an animal care clinic, and a skunk found east of the city, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/communities/chadron/rabies-cases-confirmed-here/article_5de4afa6-e661-11e1-8280-0019bb2963f4.html

New Jersey 08/14/12 Piscataway, Middlesex County:  A bat that was captured after it flew into a home near Pleasant Avenue and West 4th Street has tested positive for rabies. It is the fifth such inflected animal found in the county this year. – See http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/rabid_bat_invades_piscataway_h.html

North Carolina 08/14/12 Fayetteville, Cumberland County: A dead bat found in the 300 block of Palomar Street has tested positive for rabies. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8773369