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IDAHOAN family saves toddler from jaws of MOUNTAIN LION ~ CANADIAN girl survives BLACK BEAR attack ~ U.S. declares ZIKA emergency in PUERTO RICO ~ LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS near fatal for NORTH CAROLINA lad.

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Idaho 08/13/16 http://idahostatejournal.com/: By Debbie Bryce – Quick thinking by an Eastern Idaho family most likely saved the life of their 4-year-old girl after she was snatched by a mountain lion during a family camping trip Friday, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game. In a press release Saturday, Senior Conservation Officer Gregg Losinski said the incident occurred near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg. Losinski said the family spotted the lion early Friday, which in itself is unusual. He said that when the cat appeared later in the evening and attempted to snatch the child, the family began yelling at the cougar, and it dropped the girl and fled. According to the family, the child sustained minor injuries in the attack. After the incident, the family packed up camp and took the child to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls to be examined. Jennifer Jackson with Idaho Fish and Game said mountain lion sightings are rare, and reports of attacks on humans are even more uncommon. – For complete article see http://idahostatejournal.com/members/family-saves–year-old-daughter-from-east-idaho-mountain/article_f74210ab-a124-5682-8cdb-9fec52839759.html

Black Bear Attack:

Canada:

Black-Bear-Cub-and-Mom-BingFreeUseLicenseBritish Columbia 08/14/16 ctvnews.ca: A 10-year-old girl walking with her father on a hiking trail in Port Coquitlam, B.C. on Saturday was attacked by a black bear that witnesses say tried to drag her off into the woods. The girl’s father and others successfully fought the bear off with rocks and sticks. She was rushed to hospital with critical injuries, according to a spokesperson for B.C. Ambulance Service. “It didn’t want to let go,” one witness told CTV Vancouver. “It pulled her into the bush and was trying to pull her further and people were whacking its head, eventually it let go but tried to bite her again.” The bear, which officials say was with its cub at the time, was later located by wildlife authorities and killed. Conservation officers tranquilized the nearby bear cub and said the animals were likely drawn to the area by the smell of garbage. It’s unclear what happened to the cub. – See http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/it-didn-t-want-to-let-go-girl-10-attacked-by-black-bear-in-b-c-1.3028064

Zika Virus:

VIRUS-ZIKA-44National 08/12/16 wsj.com: by Thomas M. Burton – The federal government on Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico because of the spread of Zika, saying the island’s pregnant women were particularly at risk because of the possible birth defects linked to the virus. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell took the step at the request of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla,underscoring the urgency of dealing with the spread of Zika. The island has reported more than 10,000 confirmed cases of Zika infection, about 10% of whom were pregnant women. HHS said the declaration enables the use of public funds to hire workers to eradicate mosquitoes in an effort to reduce the spread of the infection and to educate women of childbearing age on how best to avoid the virus. – For complete article see http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-declares-health-emergency-in-puerto-rico-over-zika-virus-1471040670

La Crosse Encephalitis:

lacrosse (2)North Carolina 08/12/16 wfmynews2.com: An 11-year-old Asheville boy is now recovering at Levine Children’s Hospital because of La Crosse Encephalitis. His mother says he could have died if it wasn’t caught soon enough. JJ Wise’s mother says he was playing outside, was bitten by a mosquito and quickly developed severe headaches that didn’t seem to go away with treatment. “They did some MRI’s, they did some more tests and they did another spinal tap on him,” said Kim Wise. Doctors eventually determined the boy was bitten by a mosquito infected by the La Crosse encephalitis virus.  He was rushed to Charlotte and was hospitalized. Friday the family invited NBC Charlotte into the hospital to share his story. JJ suffered a stroke, which triggered speech issues and weakness. Now he’s learning to keep his balance while walking down the hallway. JJ says, “I’m good, I’m getting stronger and stronger.” He says he has a message for his friends back home.  “I hope all of you are doing better and hopefully no mosquitoes bite you.” – For complete article see http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/health/north-carolina-boy-nearly-dies-from-mosquito-bite/296419115

 

Archery hunters after elk attacked by GRIZZLIES in IDAHO & BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ WEST VIRGINIA hiker attacked by BLACK BEAR ~ ILLINOISANS, MISSISSIPPIAN & TEXAN die of WEST NILE VIRUS ~ Officials believe WEST VIRGINIAN died of LaCROSSE ENCEPHALITIS .

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Grizzly. Bing Free Use License.

Idaho 09/02/15 jgnewsandguide.com : An archery hunter pursuing elk is recovering after being attacked by a grizzly bear with three cubs in eastern Idaho. Wildlife officials say they could find no signs the bear had been wounded when the hunter fired at it with a .44-caliber handgun. Gregg Losinski of Idaho Fish and Game on Tuesday said the hunter received no broken bones but had soft-tissue damage to his left hand and arm from the Monday morning encounter in the Island Park area below Sawtell Peak. That’s about 15 miles west of Yellowstone National Park. Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries said the hunter, Mike Adams, of Idaho Falls, used his cellphone to call for help.

mapIslandParkIdaho2Officials were able to use an advanced 911 system to pinpoint his location and direct him several miles out of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest using the easiest route to a waiting ambulance. “He had an arm chewed up pretty good,” the sheriff said. “He was able to wrap it up and stop the bleeding and walk out.” Adams was taken to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, where a spokeswoman said he was treated and released.  – For complete article see http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/jackson_hole_daily/state_and_regional/archery-hunter-recovering-after-idaho-grizzly-bear-attack/article_7b290d0f-b00c-5df9-8b5c-573164d2af7a.html

Canada:

campusBCmapSMBritish Columbia 09/02/15 cbc.ca: A female grizzly bear that charged and attacked a hunter near  Cranbrook, B.C., was protecting its two cubs, says the conservation officer who investigated the attack. “Our position is, it was a defensive attack,” said Joe Caravetta, an inspector with the B.C. Conservation Service’s Kootenay-Boundary region. “The hunter did nothing wrong,” Caravetta told CBC’s On the Coast. “The bear and the hunter happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and we are not pursuing these bears. “She was doing what was natural to protect her cubs.” The hunter is recovering in hospital in Calgary and his injuries are not life threatening, Caravetta said.  The hunter was armed with a bow and arrow and looking for elk, but instead a grizzly bear and its cubs appeared. Caravetta said the hunter yelled at the bear to scare it off, but the grizzly charged. The hunter said he managed to fire one arrow at the bear before it attacked, throwing him to the ground. The sow eventually retreated and the man managed to get back to his vehicle to call for help.- For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grizzly-bear-attacks-hunter-cranbrook-1.3212881


Black-Bear-Cub-and-Mom-BingFreeUseLicenseWest Virginia
09/03/15 wchstv.com: by Jarrod Clay – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating an attack on a man by a black bear in the Mount Nebo area of Nicholas County. A man was knocked down and bitten several times Aug. 24 by a female black bear, according to a news release from the West Virginia DNR. The release said the man unexpectedly walked up on a bear cub while hiking on a trail. Colin Carpenter, the black bear project leader for the DNR, said the man was able to fight off the bear and escaped the attack with minor injuries. “Bear attacks on humans are rare, but this recent incident should serve to remind people how unpredictable wild animals can be,” Carpenter said in the news release. “Although this appears to be a defensive attack by a female with young cubs, the fact that the man fought back aggressively most likely prevented more severe injuries.” – See http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/West-Virginia-DNR-Investigating-Black-Bear-Attack-In-Nicholas-County-199392.shtml#.Vepja_lVhBc

WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV):

imagesCACMXFDXIllinois 09/02/15 nwherald.com:  Illinois officials have confirmed two deaths from West Nile virus this year. Health officials say the deaths are a reminder that the mosquitoborne virus can cause serious illness. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday the deaths were reported in Cook and Kendall counties. One victim was a man in his early 90s from south suburban Chicago. That case was announced Monday by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Kendall County victim reportedly was a person in their 70s. – See http://www.nwherald.com/2015/09/02/west-nile-virus-claims-2-lives-in-illinois-this-year/aphgnxw/

Mississippi 08/31/15 knoe.com: Health officials have confirmed the death of an Attala County resident from WNV. This is the first human death from the mosquito-borne virus in the state this year. – See http://www.knoe.com/home/headlines/Mississippi-reports-first-human-death-from-West-Nile-Virus-323518681.html

imagesCAWX5STJTexas 09/03/15 everythinglubbock.com: A Seymour woman, Dortha Jo Conner, 89, has died from West Nile Virus, according to the Baylor County Banner. Matt Gwinn with the Banner said Conners’ son, Rex, is being treated for the same disease. United Regional officials said Rex Conner was treated at United Regional before being transferred to a different facility. Conner and her son were living together in a home on the south side of Seymour. She died on Tuesday in Wichita Falls. – See http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/local-news/seymour-woman-dies-from-west-nile-virus

LaCROSSE ENCEPHALITIS:

lacrosse (2)West Virginia 09/03/15 wvnstv.com: by Brandon Bates – Fayette County residents are mourning the loss of a young boy who died from an illness believed to be caused by a mosquito bite. Health officials say 11 year old, Sammy Burdette, of Fayette County was taken off of life support during the morning of Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 after suffering from Encephalitis. Health experts said this could have been caused by a mosquito carrying the LaCrosse Encephalitis virus.  – For complete article and video see http://www.wvnstv.com/story/29955574/fayette-county-boy-dies-from-possible-mosquito-virus

Military base employee attacked by BEAR in WASHINGTON ~ Researchers say 2012 death of TENNESSEE boy due to La Crosse virus ~ Second HANTAVIRUS fatality in COLORADO this year ~ POWASSAN VIRUS found in CONNECTICUT ~ CALIFORNIA reported record number of WEST NILE VIRUS deaths in 2014 ~ Two New EBOLA VACCINES pass early tests ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: COYOTE that attacked NEW JERSEY man was RABID ~ Other RABIES reports from PENNSYLVANIA (2).

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Washington 04/16/15 Q13RFox.com: A civilian employee working in a training area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was attacked by a bear. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Base officials closed Engineer Bluff on the Lewis Main training area Thursday afternoon. – See http://q13fox.com/2015/04/16/joint-base-lewis-mcchord-employee-injured-in-bear-attack-on-base/

La CROSSE VIRUS:

lacrosse6647Tennessee 04/17/15 healthday.com: by Steven Reinberg – The death from encephalitis of a 6-year-old Tennessee boy has led researchers to a better understanding of the mosquito-borne virus that killed the child. La Crosse virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, often causes no symptoms. But severe cases may involve encephalitis, a type of brain inflammation usually triggered by infection. “When [the La Crosse virus] does cause disease, it can cause fatal illness or make children very sick,” said Amy Lambert, a research microbiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The disease is almost exclusively among children,” added Lambert, lead researcher of the new paper published in the May issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. In this case, the 6-year-old Union County boy was hospitalized in July 2012 after suffering two seizures and other symptoms associated with viral encephalitis. His condition deteriorated rapidly, and he was dead within five days. Illness from La Crosse virus, which was identified in 1963 in La Crosse, Wis., is uncommon. Cases each year in the United States number just 80 to 100, Lambert said. Still, these infections have increased in parts of the southeastern United States, including eastern Tennessee, where the boy was living, the CDC pointed out. “Historically, the known center of La Crosse virus activity was in the Midwest and Atlantic states,” the researcher said. Possible reasons for the increase in infections in the Southeast include more of the virus-carrying mosquitoes — known as Aedes triseriatus — or a new more potent strain of La Crosse virus in this area, Lambert said. – For complete article see http://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/bites-and-stings-news-65/tennessee-boy-s-death-highlights-mosquito-borne-virus-698496.html

HANTAVIRUS:

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Deermouse.

Colorado 04/11/15 durangoherald.com: by Chase Olivarius-Mcallister – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed Friday that a La Plata County resident has died after becoming infected with hantavirus – a rare but often deadly disease carried by deer mice. Spokesman Mark Salley said it is the second confirmed case of hantavirus in the state this year. In both 2015 cases, the disease was fatal. San Juan Basin Health Department sent samples to CDPHE’s laboratory in Denver for testing earlier this week. Since 1993, the state health department has documented more than 90 cases of hantavirus in Colorado, and more than 40 percent of people died from the infection. – For complete article see http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150410/NEWS01/150409612/La-Plata-County-resident-dies-from-hantavirus-

POWASSAN VIRUS:

tickhabitat33Connecticut 044/09/15 foxnews.com: An untreatable, and sometimes fatal tick-borne disease is turning up in parts of southern Connecticut, according to one expert. Dr. Theodore Andreadis, head of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, told WCBS 880 that the Powassan virus has symptoms similar to those of Lyme disease, including headache, nausea and fever. Once contracted, there is no treatment for the virus, and the disease can often be fatal, Andreadis said. While there have been no reported human cases in the areas, Andreadis said that people who venture into wooded areas may encounter deer carrying ticks. “These ticks will transmit this virus when they feed within a matter of hours, whereas with Lyme disease, for example, ticks generally have to feed up to two days before they’re capable of transmitting it,” Andreadis told WCBS 880. The virus can often be symptomless before often infecting the nervous system and causing encephalitis and meningitis. Survivors can develop neurological symptoms such as muscle wasting and memory problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. – See http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/04/09/untreatable-tick-borne-virus-found-in-conn/

WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV):

080722_west_nile_genericCalifornia 04/09/15 mercurynews.com: by Christopher Weber – California saw a record number of deaths from West Nile virus last year, and the state’s drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials. Thirty-one infected people died in 2014, the most since California began recording West Nile cases in 2003, the state Department of Public Health said Wednesday. There were 801 Californians who tested positive for the virus — coming close to the record of 880 cases a decade ago. Orange County recorded the highest number of cases, with 263. It’s possible the drought had a role in the increased West Nile activity because birds and mosquitoes, which spread the virus, were drawn to the same few water sources, said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the health department. “As birds and mosquitoes sought water, they came into closer contact and amplified the virus, particularly in urban areas. The lack of water could have caused some sources of water to stagnate, making the water sources more attractive for mosquitoes to lay eggs,” Smith said. – For complete article see http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_27881160/california-saw-record-number-west-nile-deaths-2014

EBOLA VACCINE:

ebola88394Global 04/08/15 nytimes.com: by Denise Grady – Two new Ebola vaccines have passed an important test, protecting monkeys against the strain of the virus responsible for the current deadly outbreak, researchers reported on Wednesday. Only one dose was needed, and there were no apparent side effects. The vaccines have not yet been tested in people, but safety trials in healthy volunteers will probably begin early this summer, said Thomas W. Geisbert, an Ebola expert at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and the senior author of a report published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. Tests in nonhuman primates are an important step, because those animals are far more closely related to humans than are other lab animals.

The study of the new vaccines involved 10 macaques. Eight were vaccinated, and two, as controls, were not. The vaccinated animals showed no signs of side effects from the vaccine, Dr. Geisbert said. On the 28th day after the vaccines were given, all the monkeys were injected with Ebola virus from the current outbreak. No vaccinated monkeys became ill, but the unvaccinated ones both died within a week. Thomas W. Geisbert, an Ebola expert at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, in his office. Credit Michael Stravato for The New York Times The two new vaccines are improved versions of an older one that was licensed to Merck and is now being tested for efficacy in people in Liberia. The older vaccine can cause unpleasant side effects like fever and pain in joints and muscles. (Another vaccine, licensed to GlaxoSmithKline, is also being tested in West Africa, and has not had serious side effects.) – For complete article see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/health/2-new-ebola-vaccines-pass-important-early-test-researchers-say.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150408&nlid=57949252&tntemail0=y

FOLLOW-UP REPORT:

RABIES:

(See “NEW JERSEY resident attacked by COYOTE” posted April 8, 2015)

New Jersey 04/08/15 northjersey.com: by Marina Villeneuve – SADDLE RIVER — A local man bitten by a coyote on Monday said he was feeling “fine” Wednesday while undergoing preventive treatment for rabies, as authorities confirmed that the coyote had indeed been rabid. Police and state wildlife staff had tracked down and euthanized the coyote soon after it bit John Zeug, 77, as he worked in his garden. They also had discovered its nearby den and found dead coyote pups there. But Saddle River officials and police continued to urge residents not to leave small children or pets unattended outdoors as they continue to check the area for any other sick wildlife. – For complete article see http://www.northjersey.com/news/coyote-that-attacked-saddle-river-man-tests-positive-for-rabies-1.1304810

RABIES:

Pennsylvania 04/13/15 Erie County: A barn cat in Washington Township that began to show signs of paralysis in its legs has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.erietvnews.com/story/28787152/erie-county-5731289-very-cute-child-with-a-cat-in-armscat-tests-positive-for-rabies

Pennsylvania 04/14/15 Bucks County: A feral cat found in West Rockhill Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.njherald.com/story/28803111/feral-cat-in-suburban-philadelphia-diagnosed-with-rabies

CANADIAN spears MOUNTAIN LION to save partner ~ More DENGUE cases found in FLORIDA ~ Two WEST VIRGINIA children contract LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, DE, IL, MO, & OK ~ RABIES reports from MT, NJ, OK, & RI.

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Canada:

British Columbia 09/10/13 independent.co.uk: by Memphis Barker – A British Columbia man who fought off a cougar attack on his partner armed only with a spear has been hailed as a hero. The man responded to the screams of his partner, who had been gardening outside her home on Flores Island, by running to her defence, and stabbing the wild cat several times with a spear. The victim, aged 60, has undergone surgery and is expected to recover from the terrifying ordeal. A conservation officer marvelled at the bravery of the cougar-killer, telling The Canadian Press: “It takes a lot of bravery to do what he did and I’m glad he was there to rescue her.” “You know it could have turned out a lot differently if he hadn’t been around”, he added.

VancouverIslandBCA team of conservation officers and a mountain lion hunter landed yesterday on Flores Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island, in order to track the would-be man-eater. They found it dead just 20 metres from the attack site, apparently killed by the stab wounds inflicted in the struggle. Conservation officers had previously attempted to track the cougar, after the same woman who it put in hospital on Sunday warned of an unusual encounter – but bad weather prevented hounds from taking the scent. Cougar attacks are on the rise in North America, with over half of the 100 documented attacks since 1890 taking place in the last 25 years. The majority of these attacks have taken place on Vancouver Island, near the couple’s home, as prey populations have gone into steep decline. – See original article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/british-columbia-man-saves-partner-from-cougar-attack–armed-only-with-a-spear-8806510.html
Dengue Fever:

dengue_alertFlorida 09/18/13 Martin County: Health officials have confirmed there are two new cases of dengue fever bringing the total to 20. All were exposed in the Rio, Jensen Beach area. The victims are from Martin County (13), St. Lucie County (4), Palm Beach County (1), and out of state residents (2). – See http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/dengue-fever-update-20-confirmed-cases-acquired-in-the-rio-and-jensen-beach-area

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

55544319-13203643-400225West Virginia 09/18/13 Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept.: Two human cases of mosquito-borne LACV have been confirmed in children younger than 15 years-of-age living in Kanawha County. Both children were hospitalized. – See http://www.kchdwv.org/News/Cases-of-La-Crosse-Encephalitis-Investigated.aspx

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

CT.DPH-Connecticut 09/20/13 CT Dept of Public Health: WNV – Since June 27, officials have identified WNV-positive mosquitoes at trap sites in 21 towns: Branford, Bridgeport, Darien, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Groton, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stafford, Stamford, Stratford, Voluntown, Wallingford, Waterford, West Haven, Westport and Wilton. Two Connecticut residents have been diagnosed with WNV-associated illnesses including a Stratford resident, 60-69 years with onset of illness during the last week of July, and a Stamford resident, 80-89 years with onset during the third week of August. Both are recovering. EEEMosquitoes with EEE virus have been identified in 4 towns: Haddam, Hampton, Plainfield and Voluntown. A horse stabled in Griswold died from EEE-associated illness during the second week of September. No human EEE infections have been identified. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=4386&q=532160

Sussex cty DEDelaware 09/19/13 Sussex County: Agriculture officials have confirmed a horse stabled in the county that tested positive for EEE has been euthanized. – See http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=53704

Cook cty ILIllinois 09/17/13 Cook County: A 67-year-old man from Cicero is the first WNV-related fatality in the Chicago area this year. – See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-09-17/news/chi-west-nile-virus-cicero-death20130917_1_west-nile-virus-first-human-case-cicero-man

Ste._Genevieve_County.MOMissouri 09/18/13 Ste. Genevieve County: Health officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in a county resident. – See http://www.stegenherald.com/articles/2013/09/18/news/doc523a0c1446106924615522.txt

Tulsa_County.OKOklahoma 09/19/13 Tulsa County: Health officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in the county. Statewide as of September 18th, there have been 22 human cases of WNV in the state, including one fatality in Oklahoma County. – See http://www.newson6.com/story/23476079/two-cases-of-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-tulsa-county

Rabies:

Montana 09/18/13 Lewis & Clark County: Two bats that came in contact with pet cats and dogs in Helena have tested positive for rabies. One was found on Harbor Lane, and the other in East Helena. – See 320x240http://www.kpax.com/news/two-bats-found-near-helena-test-positive-for-rabies/

New Jersey 09/19/13 Camden County: A bat killed in a Berlin Township residence on September 14th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://sj.sunne.ws/2013/09/19/43547/

Oklahoma 09/19/13 Marshall County: A sick dog brought to an animal clinic in Madill has tested positive for rabies. Some people had already been in contact with the unvaccinated dog’s saliva and are being treated for potential Vaccinate%20Your%20Pets%20WEBexposure. – See http://www.madillrecord.net/71403/1828/headline-news

Rhode Island 09/18/13 Providence County: Police in North Smithfield are warning residents to stay away from a stray orange cat because it may have rabies. The cat, which is a male, long-haired tabby weighing about 12 pounds, recently sustained and unknown injury and was quarantined in Massachusetts, but while the owner was visiting in N. Smithfield, the cat escaped and is currently loose in the vicinity of the Route 146 exchange on Greenville Road. – See http://www.abc6.com/story/23466719/north-smithfield-police-warn-of-possible-rabid-cat

Second RABID lactating RACCOON found in D.C.’S Georgetown neighborhood, but no CUBS found ~ Other RABIES reports from FL, NJ, NCx2, & VA ~ NEW HAMPSHIRE man positive for rare JAMESTOWN CANYON and POWASSAN VIRUSES ~ Another POWASSAN report from NEW YORK ~ OHIO resident hospitalized with symptoms of LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from MAx2, & NC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, CO, CT, DE, ILx4, MA, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, PA, SD and CANADA: ONTARIO.

Photo by Tobias Mercer. Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Tobias Mercer. Wikimedia Commons.

District of Columbia 07/29/13 DC Department of Health: A lactating raccoon found in the Georgetown neighborhood tested positive for rabies on July 29th. It’s likely that her cubs, which were not found, are also infected with the virus. Another lactating rabid raccoon was found about three blocks away in the vicinity of 34th and R streets, NW, ten days ago. – See http://georgetown.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/rabies-confirmed-in-another-georgetown-lactating-raccoon

Other Rabies Reports:

Little Brown Bat 2Florida 07/30/13 Duval County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville tested positive for rabies. The alert area is bordered on the south by Julington Creek at the Duval and St. Johns county line, north by Loretto Road at San Jose Boulevard, west by Orange Picker Road at Mandarin Road and east by Julington Creek Road at Aladdin Road. – See http://jacksonville.com/community/mandarin/2013-07-30/story/mandarin-rabies-alert-follows-rabid-bat-discovery

angry-foxNew Jersey 07/31/13 Ocean County: A fox that bit a 4-year-old girl at her home in Lakewood on Saturday has tested positive for rabies. Police said the fox scratched the girl’s arm, leg, and lips before a man kicked the animal away. It then hid under a deck but attacked police and animal control officers when they arrived. Police shot the fox at the scene. – See http://www.app.com/article/20130730/NJNEWS/307300108/Fox-bit-Lakewood-girl-had-rabies?nclick_check=1

North Carolina 07/30/13 Guilford County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after two new rabies cases were reported. A fox found on Whipporill Drive in Greensboro, and a raccoon found on Bentham Road in Gibsonville have both tested positive for the virus. – See http://myfox8.com/2013/07gray-fox54216/30/new-rabies-cases-reported-in-guilford-county/

North Carolina 07/30/13 Durham County: A fox that attacked a vaccinated dog in the backyard of the Tilley family in Bahama on July 11 has tested positive for rabies. Mrs. Tilley, then 9-months pregnant, was potentially exposed to the virus when she came in contact with blood while checking her dog, which had been bitten on the mouth. Both of the Tilley’s were treated as a precaution. – See photos, video, and complete article at http://www.wral.com/expectant-mother-exposed-to-rabies-virus-in-durham-county/12722682/

grounded%20batVirginia 07/31/13 Loudoun County: Reports that several teenage girls handled an injured or dead bat at the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex at 20280 Cascades Parkway in Sterling has officials concerned that the teenagers may have been exposed to rabies. Anyone who had contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/loudoun-officials-seek-teens-who-handled-a-bat/2013/07/31/4f25d0f2-fa52-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html

Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) & Powassan Virus Cases:

hillsborough cty NHNew Hampshire 08/01/13 Hillsborough County: State health officials have confirmed that a male resident of the county has tested positive for both Jamestown Canyon (JCV) and Powassan viruses. This the first time either of these vector-borne diseases has been identified in the State.  JCV is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and Powassan is transmitted by infected ticks. “While this is our first announcement of Jamestown Canyon virus and Powassan virus in New Hampshire,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “these have been in the U.S. for a while and Powassan was found in Maine and Vermont previously so this is not entirely unexpected.

deerwhitetailnpsBecause these viruses are very rare, there is not a lot known about the illness they cause, where they are located in the environment, and how many people may have already been infected. JCV is a mosquito-borne pathogen that circulates widely in North America primarily between deer and a variety of mosquito species, but it can also infect humans. Reports in humans thus far of JCV are unusual and have been confined to the Midwestern and northeastern states. Most reported illnesses caused by Jamestown Canyon virus have been mild, but moderate-to-severe central nervous system involvement has been reported.

Blacklegged tick

Blacklegged tick

Powassan virus infection is caused by an arbovirus, which is similar to the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, but it is transmitted to people by infected ticks. Fewer than 60 cases of the disease have been detected in the United States and Canada since its discovery in 1958. In New Hampshire, Ixodes scapularis, or the blacklegged tick or more commonly deer tick, is capable of transmitting the virus to people. A tick needs to be attached to a person for a sufficient amount of time before it can cause disease. The time interval for Powassan virus is not known, but it is likely shorter than the time needed for Lyme disease (24–48 hours). Some people who are infected may experience mild illness or no symptoms. Powassan virus can also infect the central nervous system and cause brain inflammation. – For complete press release see http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/media/pr/2013/08-aug/08012013-viruses.htm

Another Powassan Report:

saratoga county_NYNew York 08/01/13 Saratoga County: A county resident is recovering from Powassan virus, which is a tick-borne illness that has killed 30% of those infected statewide since 2004. There is no treatment for the disease. – See http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/08/01/deadly-tick-borne-powassan-virus-surfaces-in-new-york-state-kills-30-of-those-infected/

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

An Aedes triseriatus, commonly known as the "treehole mosquito".

An Aedes triseriatus, commonly known as the “treehole mosquito”.

Ohio 07/31/13 Delaware County: A resident of Ostrander has been hospitalized and health officials say the patient’s symptoms indicate La Crosse Encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus, will be the final diagnosis. – For complete article see http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/media/pr/2013/08-aug/08012013-viruses.htm and for further information about LACV see http://www.cdc.gov/lac/

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

d98b45080e6bba0549d1647bc320576aMassachusetts 07/31/13 Hampshire County: Public Health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in Belchertown has tested positive for EEE. This is the first case of EEE in a horse statewide so far this year. – See http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_23769067/first-2013-case-eee-mass-found-belchertown-horse

EEE54fgh84Massachusetts 07/30/13 Hampshire County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the town of Amherst on July 23rd have tested positive for EEE.– See http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/massachusetts/eee-found-in-western-mass-mosquitoes

Eastern-Equine-EcephalitisNorth Carolina 08/01/13 Cumberland County: State health officials have confirmed that a 5-year-old female quarter horse stabled in the county was euthanized on July 24th testing positive for EEE. This is the state’s fifth case of EEE and the third in the county so far this year. – See http://www.wral.com/state-s-fifth-case-of-eastern-equine-encephalitis-reported/12730264/

West Nile Virus (WNV):

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 07/30/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: Sacramento County: 2 human cases, 74 dead birds and 204 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 2 chickens have tested positive for WNV to date. Yolo County: 1 human case, 43 dead birds, 138 mosquito samples, 1 chicken have tested positive for WNV to date. – See http://www.fightthebite.net/west-nile-virus-activity/

Larimer_County.COColorado 08/01/13 Larimer County: Health officials have confirmed two new human cases of WNV in the county, bringing the statewide total to three. Two people, one from Loveland and the other from Fort Collins, have been hospitalized with serious forms of the infection. – See http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23769288/west-nile-virus-larimer-county-2-seriously-ill

Fairfield cty CTConnecticut 08/01/13 Fairfield County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Stamford on July 22nd have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-Detected-in-Mosquitoes-in-Stamford-217925011.html

DNRECDelaware 07/30/13 DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control: Officials announced Monday that sentinel chickens at monitoring stations in Leipsic (Kent County) and Georgetown (Sussex County) have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/30/5607612/west-nile-virus-detected-in-sentinel.html

contactusidphIllinois 08/01/13 Bay and Midland counties: Crows found in Bay City and Hope Township have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2013/08/west_nile_virus_now_found_in_b.html

Lake cty ILIllinois 07/31/13 Lake County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquito batches collected in Deerfield and Lake Villa Township have tested positive for WNV. – See http://lakezurich.patch.com/groups/summer/p/west-nile-virus-found-in-lake-county-mosquito-pools

Zn map_of_naperville_ilIllinois 07/31/13 DuPage and Will counties: Mosquitoes trapped in Seager Park at 1163 Plank Road in Naperville have tested positive for WNV this week. – See http://naperville.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/west-nile-virus-found-again-in-mosquitoes-at-naperville-park

macon cty_ILIllinois 07/30/13 Macon County: Health officials have confirmed that 23 batches of mosquitoes trapped in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wandtv.com/story/22963309/west-nile-virus-in-macon-county

Hampshire_County_MAMassachusetts 07/31/13 Hampshire County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Northampton on Tuesday have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.gazettenet.com/home/7868640-95/west-nile-virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-northampton-eastern-equine-encephalitis-in-amherst

Douglas_County.NENebraska 07/29/13 Douglas County: Health officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year in an elderly male. This is the 4th human case of WNV in the state so far this year. – See http://www.omaha.com/article/20130729/LIVEWELL01/130728832/1016

imagesNevada 07/30/13 NV Department of Agriculture: Officials have confirmed that a mosquito trapped in Carson City has tested positive for WNV. In addition, WNV-infected mosquitoes have been found in Washoe, Douglas, and Lyon counties. On Monday, of 54 Washoe County water bodies tested, insects in six of them tested positive for WNV. Three water areas in Lyon County’s Mason Valley also tested positive. – See http://www.kolotv.com/news/headlines/West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-in-Washoe-County-217474521.html

hillsborough cty NHNew Hampshire 08/01/13 Hillsborough County: Health officials have confirmed that two batches of mosquitoes trapped recently in the town of Pelham have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/media/pr/2013/08-aug/08012013-wnv.htm

san juan cty NMNew Mexico 07/30/13 San Juan County: Health officials announced Monday that a 13-year-old boy has been diagnosed with WNV. He was hospitalized but is now at home recovering. This is the first human case of WNV reported in the state this year. – See http://www.demingheadlight.com/ci_23763217/west-nile-virus-reported-new-mexico?source=most_viewed

Oswego_County_svgNYNew York 07/31/13 Oswego County: Health officials have found evidence of WNV in mosquitoes collected July 24th near the village of Central Square. – See http://oswegocountytoday.com/?p=123481

lehigh cty PAPennsylvania 07/31/13 Lehigh County: State DEP officials reported today that a mosquito trapped in Salisbury Township has tested positive for WNV. This week, 23 mosquitoes tested positive for WNV in the county. – See http://salisbury.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/west-nile-virus-found-in-salisbury

SD-CA4MR6ELSouth Dakota 07/30/13 SD Department of Health: As of 23 July, health officials have confirmed 12 human cases of WNV in the state. Counties with WNV detections (human or animal) include Brookings, Brown, Buffalo, Codington, Davison, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Jones, Lincoln, Marshall, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Sanborn, Spink, Union and Walworth. – See http://doh.sd.gov/diseases/infectious/wnv/

Canada:

algoma publichealthOntario 07/3/13 Algoma Public Health: Lab analysis of two dead birds found in Sault Ste. Marie on July 17th has confirmed the birds of WNV infection. – See http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=59967

Two MISSOURI farmers lead scientists to new, possibly TICK-borne, disease called HEARTLAND VIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS deaths in U.S. now at 66 ~ COLORADO MAN likely contracted BUBONIC PLAGUE at San Juan National Forest campground ~ DOG euthanized in MICHIGAN after contracting EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CO, NE, & WY ~ COYOTE report from MASSACHUSETTS ~ LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS report from NORTH CAROLINA ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS & WEST NILE VIRUS reports from IN, MAx2, NH, NM, SD, & WA ~ RABIES reports from GA, IA, LA, NY, NC, & VAx2.

This photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female “lone star tick”, Amblyomma americanum. Note the characteristic “lone star” marking located centrally on its dorsal surface, at the distal tip of its scutum. Courtesy CDC.

National 08/30/12 discovery.com: Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn’t improve after being treated with antibiotics. Further tests revealed their blood contained a new virus, which the researchers dubbed the Heartland virus. It belongs to a group called phleboviruses, which are carried by flies, mosquitoes or ticks, and can cause disease in humans. While the genetic material of Heartland virus appears similar to that of other phleboviruses, the particular proteins it produces are different enough to call it a new species, said study researcher Laura McMullan, a senior scientist at the CDC. Because the Heartland virus causes such general symptoms, it could be “a more common cause of human illness than is currently recognized,” the researchers wrote in the Aug. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. More studies are needed to identify the natural hosts of the virus, learn how many people are infected with it and find risk factors for infection, McMullan said. Because both men experienced tick bites shortly before they became ill — one man, a farmer, reported receiving an average of 20 tick bites a day — the researchers said it’s likely that the Heartland virus is spread by ticks, although more research is needed to confirm this. The new virus’s closest relative is another tick-borne phlebovirus, called SFTS virus, which was identified last year in China, and causes death in 12 percent of cases.

The Missouri men, who were both infected in 2009, recovered after 10 to 12 days in the hospital, although one of the men has reported recurrent headaches and fatigue in the two years since his hospitalization. The researchers suspect a species of tick commonly found in Missouri, called Amblyomma americanum, is one of the hosts of the Heartland virus. For now, taking precautions to prevent tick bites is the best way to avoid the virus, McMullan said. To prevent tick bites, the CDC recommends using repellents that contain 20 percent or more DEET, as well as avoiding wooded areas or areas with high grass.

Culex sp. mosquito. Known carrier of West Nile Virus.

National 08/29/12 reuters.com: by Sharon Begley – A total of 1,590 (human) cases of West Nile Virus, including 66 deaths, were reported through late August this year in the United States, the highest human toll by that point in the calendar since the mosquito-borne disease was first detected in the country in 1999, health officials said on Wednesday. The toll is increasing quickly. “We think the numbers will continue to rise,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. Through last week, 1,118 cases and 41 deaths had been reported. The updated figures represent a 40 percent increase in the number of cases and a 61 percent spike in the number of deaths, but are short of the all-time record for a full year: 9,862 cases and 264 deaths in 2003. – See http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/29/us-usa-health-westnile-idUSBRE87S0WC20120829

Colorado 08/29/12 durangoherald.com: by Dale Rodebaugh – In the first confirmed (human) case of bubonic plague in the state since 2006, an Archuleta County resident has tested positive for the disease. The last human case in Archuleta County was in 1998. Although the investigation is ongoing, it is believed that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground northwest of Pagosa Springs, a news release from the San Juan Basin Health Department said. The department declined to give the gender or age of the victim.

Warning signs are being posted in the campground and environs in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Forest Service. The plague often spreads through rodent populations. – For complete article see http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20120829/NEWS01/708299897/Plague-case-reported-in-Archuleta-County

Michigan 08/29/12 Paw Paw, Van Buren County: Health officials confirmed on Wednesday that an 8-week-old puppy has contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. It may be the first known incident of a dog contracting the mosquito-borne virus in the state. The puppy was euthanized. – See http://www.freep.com/article/20120829/NEWS06/120829065/Authorities-Paw-Paw-puppy-gets-equine-encephalitis

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 08/29/12 Boulder, Boulder County: Two mountain lions were spotted in city neighborhoods Monday night. The first, seen in a backyard near Folsom and Walnut streets, responded to hazing and ran away. The second, seen near Maapleton Avenue and 26th Street, killed a house cat and allowed rangers to get within a distance of 10 feet. It’s lack of fear of humans prompted the rangers to shoot it. The two lions are thought to be siblings about 2-years-old. – See http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31393945/detail.html

Nebraska 08/29/12 Scotts Bluff County: A 110 pound mountain lion found dead in the Wildcat Hills is believed to have been struck by a truck or other large vehicle on State Highway 71. This is the second lion reported in the area recently. – See http://www.omaha.com/article/20120829/NEWS/120829671/1707

Wyoming 08/30/12 Pavillion, Fremont County: Wildlife officials have confirmed that a mountain lion jumped from a homeowners pine tree and fled when the man came from the house to turn off a lawn sprinkler. Because the lion fled, officials don’t believe there is any reason for concern. – See http://county10.com/2012/08/30/mountain-lion-reappears-in-pavillion-wednesday-night-g-bears-now-active-in-lower-elevations/

Coyote Attacks:

Massachusetts 08/28/12 Newton, Middlesex County: A small, off-leash dog was attacked and carried off by a coyote on August 10th in the vicinity of William Street in West Newton. Neighbors reported that at least two area cats were also attacked by coyotes recently. A coyote sighting was more recently reported on Vista Avenue. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/newton/news/x821894346/Coyote-attacks-reoccur-in-West-Newton#axzz24yRn4tKI

La Crosse Encephalitis (LAC):

North Carolina 08/30/12 Macon County: Health officials have confirmed that two children have been diagnosed with LAC. One child is from the Highlands and the other is from Franklin. Both children were hospitalized but have been released and are recovering. – See http://www.maconnews.com/features/health-a-wellness/3510-la-crosse-encephalitis-in-macon-county

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

Indiana 08/29/12 Jeffersonville, Clark County: Health officials confirmed that mosquitoes found in a routine sampling tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wdrb.com/story/19409290/west-nile-virus-discovered-in-mosquitoes-in-southern-indiana

Massachusetts 08/28/12 Fall River, Bristol County: Health officials confirm that mosquitoes collected from the Oak Grove Cemetery have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/se_mass/eee-found-in-mosquitoes-in-fall-river

Massachusetts 08/30/12 Newton, Middlesex County: Health officials confirm that a woman in her 50s is the first reported human case of WNV in the city so far this year. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/newton/2012/08/newton_has_its_first_human_cas.html

New Hampshire 08/3012 Sandown, Rockingham County: State health officials have announced that a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Sandown has tested positive for EEE.  – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139780871d4dc70b

New Mexico 08/29/12 Doña Ana County: A second county resident has been diagnosed with WNV, bringing the total in the state to eight human cases this year. – See http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_21429006/west-nile-strikes-2nd-do-241-ana-county

South Dakota 08/28/12 doh.sd.gov: Update – Health officials confirm 98 human cases of WNV, and one related death, have been reported in the state so far this year. In addition, 8 horses, 1 bird, and 62 positive mosquito pools have been identified. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/139735a4e93e7650

Washington 08/30/12 Grandview, Yakima County: The state Agriculture Department has confirmed that a horse with WNV has been euthanized. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/30/4771496/grandview-horse-with-west-nile.html

Rabies:

Georgia 08/29/12 Murrayville, Hall County: A rabies alert has been issued after a skunk that came in contact with two dogs in the Tony Peck Road area tested positive for rabies. This is the 17th confirmed rabies case in the county this year. – See http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/19406657/rabies-alerts-in-hall-dekalb-counties

Iowa 08/29/12 Keokuk, Lee County: A case of rabies in a pet cat has prompted area veterinary clinics to host vaccination clinics. – See http://www.wgem.com/story/19407070/hancock-county

Louisiana 08/28/12 South Mansfield, DeSoto Parish: A skunk picked up in the vicinity of Saunders Street has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.ksla.com/story/19399038/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-desoto-parish

New York 08/29/12 St. Lawrence County: Two raccoons, one found in Potsdam and the other in Gouverneur, have tested positive for rabies. – See http://northcountrynow.com/news/raccoons-potsdam-and-gouverneur-test-positive-rabies-health-officials-warn-public-again-065156

North Carolina 08/29/12 Guilford and Davidson counties: A raccoon found on Church Street in Greensboro, and a fox found in Reeds, have both tested positive for rabies. Three dogs, a cat, and a person were all potentially exposed to the virus. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/242881/57/Triad-Counties-Report-More-Rabies-Cases

Virginia 08/28/12 Ware Neck, Gloucester County: A skunk killed by two dogs last week has tested positive for rabies. This is the fourth confirmed case of the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabid-skunk-0829-20120828,0,950529.story

Virginia 08/29/12 Virginia Beach: A fox that bit a man several times while he was working in his yard Tuesday, and two hours later attacked another man working in his yard, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fox-tested-for-rabies-after-attacking-2-men-in-Va-3824547.php

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

Rabies:

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

Residents of Peoria, Illinois, create stink over SKUNK invasion; Texas BAT colonies so great radar sees weather patterns; Florida child bitten by RABID RACCON; Texas child bitten by FOX thought to be RABID; WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, CT, MO, & WI; and RABIES reports from CT, NE, NY, & NC. Canada: RABIES report from Ontario. Follow-Up Reports: Brother of North Carolina girl who died last week had LACROSSE ENCEPHALITIS.

Photo courtesy CDC.

Illinois 09/06/11 pjstar.com: by John Sharp – There are certain foul stenches easily more identifiable than others – oil refineries, corn processing plants, semi exhaust and skunks. The latter is a stink that Peorians, like everyone else in Illinois, are having to pinch their noses to avoid more often now than in previous years. The skunk population is on the rise. “Skunks have been moving around,” Jeff Stepping, manager of Critter Control in Peoria, said. “This year has been a little above average.” State statistics prove this. According to an annual skunk road kill index – an actual measure of the deceased skunk population by biologists throughout the state – the population was up 46 percent from February 2009 to January 2010. That represents the highest leap in skunk road kill in Illinois since February 1982 to January 1983, according to Bob Bluett, a wildlife biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The statistics are further supported by some real world problems.

In Joliet, residents showed up to a recent City Council meeting saying the number of skunks had reached “epidemic proportions,” according to newspaper accounts. Council members agreed, with one councilman saying his dog had been sprayed. Locally, wildlife trappers have been active with clearing roads of all sorts of road kill this year, primarily due to critters running around looking for food sources after a wetter-than-normal spring. “I have had an increase in skunks,” said Gary Isbell, with Nuisance Wildlife Removal of Trivoli. “It’s nothing epic.”  No skunk complaints have been publicly aired during a Peoria City Council meeting, but Lauren Malmberg with the Peoria County Animal Control Protection Services said the local populations are on the rise. “We are seeing a lot more skunks in the past three years than we have in the 27 years I’ve been here before that,” Malmberg, director of PCAPS, said. Part of the reason for the statewide skunk rise is because the last rabies outbreak controlling their population hit more than 20 years ago, Bluett said. “They stayed at a low (population) level since that last rabies epidemic,” he said. “Typically, you’ll see populations recover in 10 years or so. It’s been closer to 20 years.” Bluett said the Illinois Department of Public Health is moniorting skunks for rabies. He said a skunk rabie outbreak is typically not a concern for humans, but could be an issue for dogs, cats and livestock, which encounter skunks more often. “With the increase in population, there is a bigger chance you would see an increase in rabies,” he said. (For additional skunk facts and tips go to http://www.pjstar.com/features/x227167271/State-statistics-indicate-a-rise-in-the-skunk-population )

Texas 09/07/11 haysfreepress.com: by Wes Ferguson – The bats in Central Texas fly in (colonies) so great, they appear as weather patterns on Doppler radar. The other evening, Rob White, an avocational meteorologist and local insurance agent, decided to use radar to track the famed bats of Austin. He watched his screen as the bats left their haunt beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, but then he began to see other cloudlike patterns a little farther south. To White’s surprise, these bats were in Kyle. They were flying out from under a bridge a mere half mile from his house. “There’s got to be some insect population they’re feeding off of,” White later speculated. “Bats are having a hard time. Because of the drought, the insect population is lower, so I guess they’re doing whatever they have to to find food.”

A few days after White saw the bats on radar, Kyle resident Lynette Hill had a much closer encounter with them. She was driving south on the Interstate 35 frontage road when she saw thousands upon thousands of the tiny mammals fluttering into the evening sky. Though the bridge is easy to miss when driving over it, a dry creek bed called Bunton Branch runs beneath the frontage roads and Interstate 35 about a third of a mile north of the intersection with FM 1626. The heavy stench of urine below the bridges tells the story of the bats who have colonized it. There, the creek bed and concrete abutments are practically marshy with guano. (Bats carry rabies, so give them a wide berth and don’t touch them.) At 7:40 p.m. last Thursday, masses of the bats began to file out from under the interstate. As cars and trucks whirred by, the bats seemed to swarm all around and above the vehicles, trailing off to the east. They practically filled the sky. A few minutes later, though, the bats were all gone.

To see the spectacle of the Kyle bats for yourself, try a vantage point near the Lowe’s store in Kyle. Last Thursday the bats seemed to be flying directly over the big box parking lot. They left at 7:40 p.m. that night. But more recent reports suggest they’re flying closer to dark and heading in the opposite direction – west past H-E-B – so you might be able to see them if you wait near the historic Bunton Branch Bridge on Kyle Crossing, just west of I-35.

Florida 09/07/11 palmbeachpost.com: by Julius Whigham II – The Palm Beach County Health Department has issued a rabies warning after a raccoon that bit an 8-year-old Boca Raton boy Sunday tested positive for the deadly disease. The child and his mother were in their yard near Sandalfoot Boulevard and U.S. 441 on Sunday when a raccoon approached the family dog, Health Department spokesman Tim O’Connor said. The child intervened and the raccoon turned on the boy and bit him. The boy’s mother and a neighbor killed the raccoon and rushed the boy to a hospital to begin treatment for rabies. He was given a shot of rabies vaccine as a precaution. The Florida State Laboratory in Jacksonville confirmed today that the raccoon was rabid. As a result, the boy will receive three additional rabies vaccine shots over the next 14 days. Animals showing signs either of sickness or aggressive behavior should be reported to Animal Care and Control at (561) 233-1200.

Texas 09/07/11 reporternews.com: by Lisa Tipton – An 8-year-old boy received rabies vaccinations after he was attacked by a fox Sunday afternoon while playing in his grandparents’ front yard near Lake Brownwood. According to the Brown County Sheriff’s office, the grandfather, Andrew Horton, heard the child yell after a small fox bit the boy’s sock. Horton told a deputy he “grabbed the boy and slung him around to throw the fox off of him.” Horton shot at the fox several times, eventually killing it with a shot to the head. The fox never tried to run, the report said, but continued to charge Horton and his grandson. The boy didn’t suffer a full bite, but he had scratches that were checked out in a hospital emergency room. The fox’s body was sent to Austin to be tested for rabies; results are expected back this week. The animal’s aggressive nature indicated rabies, Brown County Game Warden Matthew Marek said. The boy has received rabies vaccinations and will need several more doses if the test results are positive.

California 09/08/11 the riverbanknews.com: by Andrea Goodwin – West Side Mosquito abatement district is warning northern Stanislaus County residents to be aware of the risks of West Nile Virus. There have been five reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans in Stanislaus County this summer and four of those cases required hospitalization. There have been no reported human cases of West Nile in the Riverbank or Oakdale areas, but officials are still warning residents that the virus is considered active in those areas. “There is West Nile Virus in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Everybody has the same chance of catching it. Just because nobody has reported it in Riverbank or Oakdale doesn’t mean people are safer,” said Lloyd Douglass, director of East Side Mosquito Abatement district. For more information about West Nile Virus, Stanislaus County residents can visit http://www.schsa.org.

Connecticut 09/08/11 ct.gov: New Release – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that two more people have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection; one from Bridgeport, and another from New Haven. The residents, between 80-89 years of age, had onset of illness during the 4th week of August before the arrival of the tropical storm. Both residents were hospitalized with encephalitis. Illness in both cases was characterized by high fever, confusion, weakness, and vomiting. WNV positive mosquitoes have been trapped repeatedly at numerous sites in Fairfield and New Haven counties this season. Last week, it was announced that a resident of Stamford had tested positive for WNV infection. So far this season, WNV-positive mosquitoes have been trapped in 30 municipalities: Branford, Bridgeport, Cromwell, Danbury, Darien, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Groton, Hamden, Hartford, Litchfield, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, South Windsor, Stamford, Stratford, Tolland, Trumbull, West Haven, Westbrook, Westport, and Woodbridge. For information on West Nile virus and what you can do to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program web site at www.ct.gov/mosquito.

Missouri 09/08/11 cbslocal.com: A 12-year-old Wellston boy is the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in St. Louis County this year. The county health department says the boy was hospitalized briefly but has recovered. The county reported one case of the mosquito-borne illness in 2010.

Wisconsin 09/08/11 wausaudailyherald.com: by Jeff Engel Gannett – Wisconsin health officials are again calling for horse owners to vaccinate their animals after the Clark County Health Department this week discovered the state’s first case of West Nile virus in a horse this year. The report comes after a recent string of cases of another mosquito-borne virus, eastern equine encephalitis, in horses in nearby counties. Two birds also have tested positive for West Nile in the state in 2011. There have been no confirmed human cases this year, after two statewide last year. The 10-year-old Clark County horse showed signs of neurological disease, and a sample was submitted for testing Aug. 30. The horse had not been vaccinated for West Nile virus, health officials said. (For complete article go to http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20110908/WDH0101/110908046/Clark-County-reports-West-Nile-horse )

Connecticut 09/07/11 countytimes.com: by Kathryn Boughton – Rabies is present again in Western Connecticut, as the raccoon population, decimated by the disease a decade ago, increases. Two instances of rabid raccoons occurred last week in Kent. (For complete article go to http://www.countytimes.com/articles/2011/09/07/news/doc4e67c55715b08085328619.txt?viewmode=default )

Nebraska 09/07/11 columbustelegram.com: Columbus Animal Control has confirmed a case of rabies in a bat captured last week. According to a release from Lead Animal Control Officer Donna Winig, a Columbus citizen encountered the bat Thursday afternoon while working outside in the 3100 block of 39th Street. The bat was captured by Columbus Animal Control and sent to Kansas State University, where testing was positive for the rabies virus. For more information contact Columbus Animal Control at 402-564-8839.

New York 09/07/11 theloopny.com: by Diana Marszalek – A second rabid raccoon — the third rabid animal of the summer — has been found in Larchmont, according to county health officials. Residents on Wednesday received a call confirming that a raccoon trapped on Stuyvesant Avenue Sept. 2 tested positive for rabies. Individuals who may have been in contact with the animal should call the health department at 813-5000 to determine whether they should get treatment for the disease. The raccoon is the third rabid animal of the summer found in Larchmont. A rabid skunk was trapped on Sherwood Oval in August. In June, a rabid raccoon was found near Sherwood Drive and Boston Post Road. The local cases are part of a rash of rabies throughout Westchester County this summer. Health officials issued a rabies alert in July after the 25th case was discovered.

North Carolina 09/07/11 vancnews.com: by Luci Weldon – A raccoon found south of Warrenton on Aug. 29 has tested positive for rabies, making it the seventh rabid raccoon found in the county this year. Elma Rae Greene, director of Warren County Animal Control, said that the raccoon was found in the area near the intersection of Baltimore Road and Baltimore Church Road. She said that a dog owned by a local resident had killed the raccoon. Animal Control believes that the raccoon came to the property shortly after Hurricane Irene. When they arrived to pick up the animal, there were visible signs that it had been quite sick, Greene said. She said that the dog that killed the raccoon was not current on its rabies vaccinations and was isolated at the Warren County Animal Ark. In such situations, unvaccinated dogs and cats that are exposed to rabid animals may be confined for six months at the owner’s expense or humanely euthanized. Greene said that the dog in this case was humanely euthanized.

Canada:

Ontario 09/07/11 theenterprisebulletin.com: The Ministry of Natural Resources will be releasing approximately 266,000 baits containing a rabies vaccine in southwestern Ontario next week.  Collingwood is on the eastern edge of the region to will be baited, and includes areas south of town. According to a news release from MNR, the bait drop program is one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America. The vaccine will control the spread of rabies in skunks and foxes and help continue to keep Ontario’s raccoons free of rabies.  The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. Baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies hotline number stamped on them. If you see baits, please leave them undisturbed. The MNR notes that Ontario raccoons have been free of rabies since September 2005, and 2010 marked the lowest number of rabies-positive animals with the ‘Ontario fox’ strain in the province since the disease became established in Ontario in 1958. Last year there were only 39 cases of rabies diagnosed in Ontario. Of these cases, only 10 were found in wildlife, and Ontario has reduced rabies cases in the province by more than 99 per cent since rabies control programs began 20 years ago. Exposure to a bait is not harmful to people or pets. However, if a person or a pet comes in contact with the vaccine in the bait, the MNR says that contacting a doctor or veterinarian as a precaution is recommended.

Follow-Up Reports:

Henderson County

North Carolina 09/07/11 citizen-times.com: (See September 6, 2011: North Carolina child’s death likely caused by LACROSSE ENCEPHALITIS) Health officials confirmed the brother of the Henderson County 8-year-old girl who died last week had La Crosse viral encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness. The state public health laboratory confirmed La Crosse infection in the boy, but they were inconclusive in the girl, who succumbed to the disease, officials announced Wednesday. Samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for further testing and it is unknown when results of the latest tests will be available.

Wildlife officers in Colorado believe they have killed a Black Bear responsible for mauling two campers; USDA issues alert for Horses from four Mexican states; Virginia’s ticks and the diseases they carry; California health lab confirms Hantavirus in Deer Mouse and Vole; Ohio confirms two human cases of La Crosse Encephalitis; Rabies reports from AR, CO, ME, NM, OR, TX, VT, & WV; and West Nile Virus reports from AZ, CA, IL, MA (2), and WA. Canada: Horse in Ontario tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Black bear at campground picnic table. Courtesy National Park Service.

Colorado 08/21/11 realaspen.com: by Colorado Division of Wildlife – A bear suspected of injuring two campers at separate campsites this past Friday and Saturday morning was successfully tracked and killed at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday morning by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, with the assistance of a specialist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program and employees of the U. S. Forest Service. Based on the location, behavior and description of the black bear given by campers involved in the incidents, wildlife officers are confident that they tracked down the bear responsible for attacking two campers while they slept in their tents at the Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness area. The bear bit both victims, causing minor injuries to the leg of one camper at Crater Lake and substantial injuries to the leg of another camper in the nearby Minnehaha Gulch area. “We were very careful to make sure we got the right bear,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Perry Will. Because the two incidents were in the same area and had similar characteristics, Will believes only one bear was involved in these attacks. “With the removal of this bear, camping in this area is safer today, but there are other bears out there and people need to take precautions when they camp anywhere in Colorado,” cautioned Will. “Bears are intelligent and once they find food at one camp, they’ll look for food at other camps. These incidents should serve to remind people how serious irresponsible camping practices can be.”

In Saturday morning’s incident, the injured camper reported having an empty bag of freeze-dried food inside a backpack in his tent. However, the campers involved in Friday morning’s incident indicated that they had followed all recommended food storage practices, but still became a target of the aggressive bear. Wildlife managers suspect that due to poor practices by previous campers in the area, the bear had learned that tents were an easy source of food. “Overall, camping in Colorado remains safe and fun, and incidents like this remain very rare,” Will added. “If you follow a few simple rules, you will likely have an enjoyable camping experience.” The bear will be tested for rabies and necropsied as part of the investigation.

Head pressing by horse.

National 08/19/11 news-journal.com: Due to recent cases of Venezuelan equine encephalitis in Southern Mexico, horse owners and veterinarians are encouraged to be alert to any clinical signs of illness that could indicate VEE, a non-contagious viral infection of horses and other equids that can cause a severe and often fatal encephalitis/encephalomyelitis, which is defined as an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. VEE is typically found in Central and South America, but due to the recent case of a horse that died of VEE in Southern Mexico, the United States Department of Agriculture issued an import alert for four states in Mexico. Effective immediately, and until further notice, horses and other equids from the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, and Chiapas or that have transited through these states are required to undergo a seven-day quarantine and observation for VEE in a vector-proof (double-screened) quarantine facility, rather than the standard 3-day quarantine prior to entry into the U.S. Clinical signs of VEE include moderate to high fever, depression, lack of appetite, cranial nerve deficits (facial paralysis, tongue weakness, difficulty swallowing), behavioral changes (aggression, self-mutilation, or drowsiness), gait abnormalities, or severe central nervous system signs, such as head-pressing, circling, blindness and seizures. VEE is usually transmitted by mosquitoes. People may also be infected by mosquitos, but horse-to-horse and horse-to-human transmission is uncommon. VEE is highly pathogenic in horses. It can also cause illness in humans. Vaccination may interfere with testing for the disease, so veterinarians need to weigh the potential risks and benefits of vaccinating an individual horse that might be tested for export. “There have been no reported cases of VEE in recent years in Texas. However, our close proximity to Mexico means that we will be keeping a close eye on any cases across the border and determining whether any further regulatory action will be needed,” said Dr. Andy Schwartz, TAHC state epidemiologist. “

Lone Star tick

Virginia 08/20/11 insidenova.com: by Keith Walker – So far this year in Prince William County, there have been four confirmed cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, said David Gaines, the state public health entomologist. So far this year, 11 cases of the fever have been reported in Fairfax County. Other diseases carried by ticks that cause symptoms similar to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever include ehrlichiosis, which is caused by a bacteria called ehrlicia, and anaplasmosis, which is cause by bacteria anaplasma, Gaines said.

Blacklegged tick

The symptoms of all the diseases include fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and muscle pain. “All three diseases are carried by different ticks,” Gaines said. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is carried by the American dog tick, ehrlichiosis is carried by the Lone Star tick, anaplasmosis carried by black-legged tick, Gaines said. “The black-legged tick carries Lyme disease,” he said.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by a bacteria called rickettsia and is less common than the others. “Ehrlichiosis is probably as common or more common than Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Virginia,” Gaines said.  The most common tick in Virginia is the Lone Star tick, Gaines said.

Deer mouse

California 08/18/11 10news.com: A deer mouse and a vole trapped during routine monitoring in Chula Vista tested positive for hantavirus, which can result in a potentially fatal respiratory disease, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health reported Thursday. So far this year, 45 rodents infected with hantavirus have been found, according to the DEH. That compares with 21 infected rodents found all of last year. Officials think the increase is due to a larger rodent population caused by last winter’s rains.

Ohio 08/19/11 zanesvilletimesrecorder.com: by Brian Gadd – The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is taking steps to stamp out the spread of a severe central nervous system infection stemming from water-borne mosquitoes. Deputy Health Commissioner/Director of Environmental Health Mike Kirsch said he had been informed of a possible case of La Crosse Encephalitisand received confirmation on Aug. 1. Health Department NurseBetty Fisher said a second case was reported on Wednesday.  (Forcomplete article go to http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/article

Aedes aegypti Treehole mosquito

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Ohio 08/19/11 wtam.com: by Ken Robinson – The Medina County Health Department has received confirmation of a case of La Crosse Encephalitis (LCE) in the City of Wadsworth. LCE is a virus that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. In the U.S., LCE is not common as only about 80-100 cases are reported each year. Likewise, Ohio typically has few cases, and in 2011 to date, 5 human cases have been reported, all in the northeast Ohio area. The Wadsworth case is the first report of LCE in Medina County since 2005.

Arkansas 08/19/11 helena-arkansas.com: The Arkansas Department of Health is announcing that two bats have tested positive for rabies in Monroe County within the last two weeks. There have been no prior reports of rabies in bats from Monroe County since 1991. According to Health Department officials, one of the bats had contact with a person and the other with family pets. In 2010, Arkansas had 34 rabies positive animals, including 32 skunks, one bat and one dog. So far in 2011, the state has had 42 skunks and five bats test positive for rabies. However, these two bats are the first from Monroe County in more than 21 years.

Colorado 08/17/11 denverpost.com: For the fifth time this year, a bat found in Jefferson County has tested positive for rabies, and this one turned up in an alarming location. A teacher trapped the bat in an otherwise empty classroom at Drake Middle School in Arvada Monday morning, after she made the startling discovery as she prepared for the first day of school next week. The bat is the 24th to test positive for the virus in Colorado this year.

Maine 08/20/11 sunjournal.com: by Tony Reaves – (A) fox that attacked Michael Grover in his yard Wednesday night has tested positive for rabies, he said Friday. Grover called the result “no big surprise.” After Grover ran over the fox with his truck and reported the attack, Game Warden Kris Barboza collected the animal’s corpse and sent it to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Augusta for testing. On Friday, Grover said he received a call confirming the fox was rabid. After the fox attack on Wednesday, Grover drove to Bridgton Hospital for treatment. The results mean Grover will have to go back to the hospital three more times for shots. Grover said the fox came out from under his porch at around 9 p.m. Wednesday and attacked his leg. He managed to fend it off and stopped its two attempts to get inside his house on Five Kezars Road in North Waterford, but the fox bit through his jeans and bloodied his leg. He and his wife, Karen, went to his truck to go to the hospital when the fox attacked again. He had to kick it away and finally ran over the fox while it was attacking his front tire, he said. Warden Barboza said it was the first rabid animal attack in the area he was aware of this year.

New Mexico 08/18/11 currentargus.com: The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Eddy County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock are vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated horse near Artesia tested positive for the disease. The horse began showing signs of rabies two days before it was euthanized at a veterinary hospital. Family members and veterinary staff were exposed to the rabid horse’s infectious saliva. Three people in New Mexico and several veterinary staff in Texas have been identified who will need to receive rabies vaccines to prevent them from developing rabies. “Individuals exposed to the horse will need to receive treatment to prevent them from developing the disease. Vaccination of animals, including dogs, cats, horses and valuable livestock, is one of the most effective public health tools we have to prevent humans from being exposed to rabies,” said Department of Health cabinet secretary, Dr. Catherine Torres. Dr. Megin Nichols, one of the Department of Health’s public health veterinarians, noted that four skunks from Eddy County have been diagnosed with rabies this year. It is essential for pet owners to vaccinate their pets and to seek veterinary care if any of their pets become ill with the signs or symptoms consistent with rabies.

Oregon 08/19/11 kpic.com: A bat found here (Eagle Point) tested positive for rabies Wednesday, prompting warnings for people and pets to steer clear of bats, whether they are dead, dying or alive. The Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory at Oregon State University confirmed a positive for rabies in the bat. About 10 percent of the bats tested for rabies are positive. Health officials record an average of about 9 positive rabies tests in Oregon every year.

Texas 08/17/11 amarillo.com: by Joe Gamm – Officials on Wednesday confirmed the seventh case of rabies found in Hale County this year. All rabies cases in Hale have been found in skunks, the Texas Department of State Health Services said. The latest case marks the 52nd case of rabies in the Texas Panhandle this year. James Alexander, a Canyon-based zoonosis veterinarian for Health Services, said officials verified 79 cases of rabies in 2005, a record for the Panhandle. Zoonosis is any infectious disease that can be transferred from an animal to a human. “This year we have been averaging 1.5 cases reported per week,” Alexander said in a news release. “If that rate of reporting holds up through the end of December we can expect about 79 to 80 cases for the year.” Alexander added that there have been 18 cases of rabid horses in Texas this year, a 50 percent increase over the record of 12, reached in 1998, 2004 and 2006.

Vermont 08/18/11 wcax.com: Vermont’s annual rabies bait drop starts next week. It’s in its 15th year. The state drops bait laced with rabies vaccine from the sky. The baits are also placed directly on the ground to try to stop the spread of rabies in the state. The Vermont Health Department says the baits can’t cause rabies and are not harmful to children or pets, but they should not be handled or disturbed. Baits found on a lawn or driveway should be picked up with a glove and thrown out. Last year there were 54 confirmed cases of rabies in Vermont. So far this year, there have been 16 confirmed cases. If you see an animal acting strangely, leave it alone and call the state’s Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES.

West Virginia 08/18/11 newsandsentinel.com: West Virginia’s raccoon population will receive its annual dose of rabies vaccine in September. As in previous years, the vaccine will be dropped in a target area that covers a wide corridor through the central part of the state, extending from the northern panhandle to the southern coalfields. Aerial baiting is scheduled to begin Sept. 11 and conclude Sept. 18. Hand baiting with the block-type baits will begin in early September and continue until completed. Distribution of baits is weather-dependent and inclement weather may result in extended bait distributions.  (For complete article go to http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/551053/Raccoon-rabies-vaccination-set.html?nav=5061 )

Yuma County

Arizona 08/19/11 washington examiner.com:

The Arizona Department of Health Services has confirmed the discovery of a positive West Nile virus mosquito pool in Yuma County.

Health officials say the pool testing positive was retrieved in the Betty’s Kitchen area of Mittry Lake.

California 08/19/11 contracostatimes.com: by Rick Hurd – A mosquito carrying the West Nile virus was discovered in eastern Contra Costa County, marking the first time this year vector control officials have found such a sample in the county, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Contra Costa County

Workers collected the sample this week in the area of West Cypress Road and O’Hara Avenue, said Deborah Bass with the county Mosquito and Vector Control District. According to the district, 23 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus since 2006, including two who died from the disease that year. In California overall there have been six deaths from the disease.

Illinois 08/19/11 suntimes.com: An elderly Palatine man has been diagnosed as one of the first human cases of West Nile virus in the state in 2011, according to state health officials. The Cook County Department of Public Health reported a man in his 80s from Palatine became ill earlier this month, according to spokeswoman Amy Poore. The man remains hospitalized but is recovering, she said. The first human case was reported by the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department in downstate Marion, where a man in his 30s became ill in July. So far this year, 13 counties have reported mosquito batches, birds or a person testing positive for West Nile virus, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. The first West Nile virus positive results this year were collected on June 8 from two birds from LaSalle County. Last year, 30 of the state’s 102 counties were found to have a bird, mosquito, horse or human case, the release said. A total of 61 human cases were reported in Illinois last year, the first on Aug. 31.

Massachusetts 08/20/11 eagletribune.com: by Brian Messenger – Mosquito control workers are expected to spray pesticide next week in Methuen, Haverhill and North Andover after mosquitoes in all three communities tested positive for West Nile virus. The test results were released by the state yesterday just two days after workers sprayed the pesticide Anvil in Andover to control the town’s mosquito population. Similar measures were taken in North Andover Aug. 9. (For complete article go to http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x531748197/Mosquitoes-test-positive-for-West-Nile-in-Methuen-Haverhill-North-Andover )

Massachusetts 08/20/11 boston.com: by Jeff Fish – The West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes in Shrewsbury and Auburn this week, according to Public Health officials from both towns. The virus was detected in samples collected in both towns on Aug. 11. (For complete article go to http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/08/west-nile-virus-found-auburn-shrewsbury/ddD35gPkk9fqnjpmmsNxPP/index.html )

Yakima County

Washington 08/19/11 wa.gov: News Release – A mosquito sample collected in Yakima County on Tuesday tested positive for West Nile virus providing the first sign that the virus is present in Washington this year. Monitoring and testing dead birds and mosquitoes has been ongoing around the state since June. In 2009, 38 people in Washington became sick from West Nile virus infections. Last year we had two human cases in the state.

Canada:

Ontario 08/19/11 cornwallseawaynews.com: One horse in Stormont County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Because the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, the Health Unit is issuing a reminder to everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites this summer.

Texas Mountain Lion fatally wounds two Horses; Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin discovers new strain of bacteria carried by Deer Ticks; Washington Oysters source of recent vibriosis cases; Ohio reports first case of LaCrosse Encephalitis this year; Texas has four human cases of West Nile Virus this year including one that was fatal; New York confirms first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse this year; Texas has three horses among 49 confirmed cases of Rabies this year; Rabies reports from CT, GA, ME, NJ, NY, NC, SC, VA, and WI; and West Nile Virus reports from IL, NH, NY, and PA. Canada: Rabies reports from Ontario (2). Follow-Up Report about Oregon’s Wolf Compensation Bill.

Mountain Lion. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

Texas 07/29/11 texascryptidhunter.blogspot.com: posted by Mike – According to an article in the Temple Daily Telegram, two horses had to be euthanized after being attacked by a mountain lion this past Wednesday in a rural area of north Temple.  The property, owned by Chris Johnsen, 56, is located off Berger Road just north of the H.K. Dodgen Loop. Johnson said she knew something was wrong when the eight horses she keeps on the property failed to show up at feeding time on Tuesday night. Worried, Johnsen asked her friends, Ted and Nancy Fisher, to look for the horses early Wednesday morning. The Fishers were interested parties, as they own two of the horses being kept on the property. The Fishers found the horses; unfortunately, two mares, including one they owned, were badly mutilated. The mares were alive but suffering from multiple serious wounds. “They had large claw marks on them,” Johnsen said.

Dr. Katie Frosch of the Belton Veterinarian Clinic was called to the scene and decided the horses were mortally wounded and should be put out of their misery.  “We had to put them down just to be humane,” she said. “The horses were unable to walk due to severe lacerations on their legs.” Dr. Frosch has worked in the area for two years and said this was the first such attack she’s seen. She did agree that a mountain lion was the culprit due to the specific types of injuries the horses suffered. Game Warden Billy Champlin said that cougars are indigenous to the state but typically target animals smaller than the mares. He speculated that the cat in question here likely started out targeting the mares’ foals. He is quoted as saying that in his eleven years on the job he has never seen a mountain lion alive in the wild but that three to four sightings a year from the area are typical. Chris Johnsen, on the other hand, has seen cougars on her property before but not recently. She said that the remaining horses would be penned up for awhile in the hopes that the big cat would move out of the area.

Texas is currently suffering through the most severe drought in the last seventy-five years. Central Texas has been particularly hard hit. It could be that this cougar is having a hard time finding its typical prey due to the tough conditions or that it came onto the property seeking water and could not resist the temptation the young foals represented. Several other unusual livestock kills have been reported in Bell County over the last few months. I currently have a couple of game cameras out in western Bell County now in the hopes of identifying the mystery predator in that area. It seems northern Bell County now has a large predator of its own.

Wisconsin 08/04/11 chippewa.com: by Mark Gunderman – The chart looked unusual to Mayo Health Systems lab technician Carol Werner, who had just run a routine test for bacterium at the Eau Claire laboratory. “There was an unexpected ‘peak,’” she said. “The peak was in an unusual spot – and it piqued my curiosity.” Werner’s observation back in 2009 led to further testing, and discovery that the strange finding was showing up in other tests, too. Now with publication of a paper this week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the suspicion has been confirmed: A new strain of bacterium has emerged, so far found only in Wisconsin and Minnesota. And it is a cause for public health concern. The as yet unnamed strain of the Ehrlichia bacterium is carried by deer ticks – the same ticks that carry the bacterium responsible for Lyme Disease. It has been making people sick, having been identified in 25 people, all from Minnesota and Wisconsin. The New England Journal of Medicine paper focuses on four cases, three of which are from Wisconsin. The four patients were treated for ehrlichiosis, a serious condition caused by the Ehrlichia bacterium.

Deer Tick

“Before this report, human ehrlichiosis was thought to be very rare or absent in Minnesota and Wisconsin,” says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., a Mayo Clinic microbiologist and director of the Clinical Parasitology and Virology Laboratories who helped coordinate the investigation by the multi-agency team. “Therefore, physicians might not know to look for Ehrlichia infections at all.” Ehrlichia infect and kill white blood cells and may cause fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. More severe disease may involve multiple organs such as the lungs, kidneys and brain and require hospitalization. Ehrlichiosis rarely results in death. All four patients described in the New England Journal of Medicine article suffered fever and fatigue. One patient, who had already received a bilateral lung transplant, was hospitalized briefly for his illness. All four patients recovered following antibiotic treatment with doxycycline, the drug of choice for treating ehrlichiosis. Although more than 25 cases have been identified, many more have likely been missed or unreported, Pritt said.

The paper is published in the Aug. 4 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. It has multiple authors, including a number from Mayo Health Systems in Eau Claire and in Rochester, as well as people from the Eau Claire County Health Department and state departments of health in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (For complete article go to http://chippewa.com/news/local/article_ce90714a-bea8-11e0-b62f-001cc4c002e0.html

Washington 08/04/11 wa.gov: News Release – Several people got sick after eating raw oysters containing Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. So far, 18 vibriosis illnesses have been linked to commercial operations and four illnesses to recreational harvesting in Puget Sound and on the Washington coast. Cooking shellfish thoroughly will prevent vibriosis illness and is always a good idea. This is especially important during the summer months of July and August when warm temperatures and low tides along ocean beaches and in Puget Sound allow the bacteria to thrive. (For complete news release go to http://www.doh.wa.gov/Publicat/2011_news/11-118.htm )

Muskingum County

Ohio 08/03/11 whiznews.com: by Kelly Choate – There’s a confirmed case of LaCrosse Encephalitis in Muskingum County. This disease is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said symptoms of Lacrosse Encephalitis are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. He said the health department is trying to stop the spread of the disease. “The action we’re taking is to actually go out to the areas where exposure was possible to occur and inform the people of those neighborhoods how to protect themselves and their families from future spread of the virus,” said Hemmer. Hemmer said LaCrosse Encephalitis can cause inflammation of the brain if left untreated, but the mortality rate is less than 1%. “The state of Ohio averages about 10 to 15 cases of this virus per year,” said Hemmer. “This is, by no means, anything out of the ordinary, but we do take precaution when this virus does surface.”

Montgomery County

Texas 08/04/11 click2houston.com: A human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Environmental Health Services confirmed the case on Wednesday. Officials have not said what part of the county the victim was infected. The patient was taken to a hospital and released. “August and September are historically most active months for human infection,” said Pat Buzbee, director of MCEHS. Four human cases have been reported in Texas this year. According to the Texas Department of Health, one person has died. Six people died in Texas from West Nile virus in 2010.

Oneida County

New York 08/03/11 nysdam (readmedia.com): News Release — The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) confirms 2011’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE, in an Oneida County, NY horse. The 9 year old mare had lived at its current home for several years and had no recent travel history. The horse was unvaccinated. There is one other horse on the same premise that is not showing any signs of EEE, and which has since been vaccinated. Typical symptoms of encephalitis in equines include staggering, circling, depression, loss of appetite and sometimes fever and blindness. There is no cure for this disease, which has high mortality rates in horses. Humans cannot become infected by handling an infected horse, nor can a horse acquire the virus from another infected horse; however, the presence of an infected horse in the area indicates that mosquitoes carrying EEE are present and pose a threat to both humans and horses.

Texas 08/04/11 amarillo.com: by Joe Gamm – State health officials on Thursday confirmed the 49th case of rabies in the Texas Panhandle this year. The Texas Department of State Health Services found that a horse in an undisclosed part of Hansford County tested positive for the rabies virus, officials said. This is the third case of a rabid horse in the Panhandle this year.  James Alexander, a Canyon-based zoonosis veterinarian for Health Services, said it is rare for that many horses to contract the virus in any given year. Zoonosis is any infectious disease that can be transferred from an animal to a human. Officials found one rabid horse in Wheeler County and one in Randall County earlier this year. This is the first case of rabies in Hansford County since 2009, Alexander said.

Connecticut 08/03/11 theday.com: by Judy Benson – New London – Three bats found at two properties, one on Channing Street and the other on Pequot Avenue, have tested positive for rabies, the Ledge Light Health District announced today. The owner of the two properties captured the bats and brought them directly to the state Department of Public Health’s laboratory in Hartford for testing, Stephen Mansfield, deputy director of health at Ledge Light, said. The state lab does not normally accept other animals for testing directly from homeowners, he said, but will do so in the case of bats that are found inside a home. Ledge Light was informed of the test results Tuesday evening, Mansfield said. It is not clear whether the bats had any contact with humans or pets. For information, contact Ledge Light at (860) 448-4882 or the New London animal control officer at (860) 447-5231.

Georgia 08/03/11 ajc.com: by David Ibata – A raccoon that turned up in a horse’s stall in Canton has tested positive for rabies, prompting public health officials to quarantine the unvaccinated horse and issue an alert for the fourth rabid raccoon found since May in Cherokee County. The raccoon was discovered July 23 in the stall at a residence on North Lake Drive, according to a news release from the Dalton-based North Georgia Health District, which includes Cherokee. The raccoon was alive but not moving, and the resident’s son shot it, the release said. The Georgia State Laboratory tested the animal’s head and returned a positive finding of rabies on July 27. The horse was not current on its rabies vaccination, said Jennifer King, spokeswoman for the Health District. But there was no apparent rabies exposure to the horse, so officials had it vaccinated and put it in a six-month quarantine; it cannot come into contact with other animals or people during that time. Besides the raccoon cases, a dog and a fox in Cherokee also have been found to have rabies. The six instances of disease are “pretty much par” for the number of cases expected by this point in a year, King said.

Maine 08/04/11 maine.gov: Public Health Update – 2011 2nd Quarter statewide Rabies report: 8 raccoons including one each in Lewiston, Gorham, N. Yarmouth, Raymond, Standish, Steep Falls, Hampden, and Smithfield; 5 skunks, Cumberland, Buckfield, Canaan, Norridgewock, and Waldo; 2 red fox, Greene, and New Sharon; 2 grey fox, Cape Elizabeth, and Windham; and 1 bobcat, W. Gardiner.

New Jersey 08/03/11 courierpostonline.com: Two raccoons found in Moorestown and in Medford have tested positive for rabies, officials said Tuesday. One animal was found near East Main Street in Moorestown, and the other was found near Falls Court in Medford, said Burlington County Health Officer Robert Gogats. He did not say when the animals were found.

New York 08/04/11 lohud.com: by Randi Weiner – The Westchester County Health Department has confirmed that a raccoon captured in Yonkers’ Tibbetts Brook Park on Monday was rabid. “Anyone who believes that they or a pet may have had contact with this raccoon should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at 914-813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment,” said Dr. Cheryl Archibald, the county’s acting health commissioner. “Anyone bitten by a rabid animal, or having contact with its saliva, may need to receive post-exposure rabies vaccination.” Rabid animals also have been confirmed in Bedford and Briarcliff Manor this past week. A woodchuck found around Glenridge Road in Bedford and a skunk found around Scarborough Road in Briarcliff Manor were confirmed as rabid on July 25. In fact, Westchester had the highest number of confirmed rabies cases in the state — 17 — between January and May. More information on the disease and its prevention is available on the Health Department’s website, http://health.westchestergov.com. Residents also can call the rabies hotline at 914-813-5010 to listen to a taped message.

North Carolina 08/03/11 fayobserver.com: A raccoon that was picked up in a neighborhood off Cumberland Road has tested positive for rabies, county authorities said this morning. It marks the 11th case of rabies reported in Cumberland County since Jan. 1, according to Dr. John Lauby, director of Animal Control. The raccoon was found on Stonehaven Drive, Lauby said. Anyone who sees an animal exhibiting any of those symptoms should call Animal Control at 321-6852 Monday through Friday. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 323-1500 after 5 p.m., and on weekends and holidays.

South Carolina 08/03/11 wspa.com: by Sandra Renrick – A woman in Oconee County is undergoing treatment for rabies after being bitten by a skunk. According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control the skunk tested positive for rabies. State health officials say the skunk was in the garage of the woman’s home on Long Creek when it attacked. According to DHEC, this is the first confirmed rabid animal in Oconee County in 2011. Last year, there were four rabid animals confirmed in the county. In 2010, there were 106 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina. So far this year, there have been 61 confirmed cases in animals in the state.

Virginia 08/02/11 wavy.com: A 57-year-old woman was attacked by a fox on July 26 while standing in a driveway in the 9400 block of Rivershore Drive in Suffolk. The fox came out of a marsh and latched onto her right foot, according to Debbie George with Suffolk Police. Steve Gaskin, the victim’s husband, said, “I went in the house. Next thing I knew she was screaming. My wife had gone outside and the fox attacked her as she was coming back into the house.” Gaskin was able to kick the fox away and pin it under a ladder until Animal Control responded. The fox was sent to the health department, where it tested positive for rabies. The woman is being treated for her bite.

Wisconsin 08/03/11 wsau.com: A dog bit a teenager at the Dells of Eau Claire Park. Marathon County health officials say the teen will need to get rabies shots unless they can find the dog and confirm that it isn’t rabid. The 17-year-old was hiking on a trail about 2:30 in the afternoon on Monday when he was bit. The dog was on a leash and was being walked by a woman when the incident took place. It was a medial white dog with short fur. Health Department officials are hoping the woman will come forward and let them know if the dog has had its shots. Anyone with information should call 715-261-1908.

Cook County

Illinois 08/04/11 triblocal.com: Authorities identified the West Nile virus in a pool of mosquitoes from Northbrook last Friday. Found in the Somme Woods area, this is the third batch of mosquitoes that has tested positive for the virus in Northbrook this summer, according to the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District and the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District. While there are no recorded cases of West Nile infections in people in Illinois this year, the virus had sickened state residents over the past several years, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Hillsborough County

New Hampshire 08/04/11 dhhs.state.nh.us: News Release – The  New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  is  announcing  the  first positive test result for West Nile Virus (WNV)  this  season  is  from  a mosquito pool from Nashua, in Hillsborough County.  WNV is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito.  WNV was first identified in NH in August of 2000. Since that time, four people in NH have become ill following WNV infection. As of July 30, the State Public Health Lab tested 455 mosquito batches, 4 animals, and 19 humans across the State for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and WNV.  Anyone with questions about WNV/EEE can call 1-866-273-6453 between 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Also, Nashua residents can call the Nashua Environmental Health Department at 603-589-4530. Other information about EEE and West Nile virus are available on the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov and at the City of Nashua’s Division of Public Health and Community Services website at www.NashuaNH.gov.

District 24 including Jamaica Estates

New York 08/04/11 yournabe.com: by Connor Adams Sheets – Residents say the mosquito problem in Jamaica Estates and the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows has gotten so bad that they can no longer use their yards or even step outside without getting eaten alive by the pesky pests. The situation is so out of hand that area politicians rallied Friday to call on the city to spray the areas to kill the insects and bring some relief to welt-covered residents. The issue is one of more than just annoyance; it is one of safety, as the city Department of Health has detected the West Nile virus in mosquito pools in the area, although no cases have struck humans so far this year, according to the DOH. Complicating the situation is the fact that these neighborhoods are under assault not by garden-variety skeeters, but by the yellow-and-black Asian Tiger mosquito, a resilient, non-native, invasive breed that bites 24 hours a day and is adept at carrying and transmitting West Nile.

York County

Pennsylvania 08/04/11 wgal.com: York city workers began spraying for mosquitoes Wednesday after cases of West Nile virus were reported. The spraying took place near York’s Fireside neighborhood, where mosquitoes carrying the virus have been detected, city officials said. One particular target for sprayers was homes abandoned due to foreclosures, which have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. York County currently leads the state for mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile.

Canada:

Ontario 08/03/11 thesudburystar.com: A bat that seen behaving abnormally at a home in Azilda on July 26 has tested positive for rabies, the Sudbury said District Health Unit announced Monday.

Ontario 08/03/11 simcoe.com: The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident.  On Saturday, July 30, sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., a woman was bitten by a large collie or collie-like dog (described as “looked like Lassie”) in front of Errinrung Residence Retirement Home on Bruce Street South in Thornbury. The dog was being walked at the time of the incident. Staff of the Grey Bruce Health Unit need to confirm that the dog is not infectious with rabies. By verifying the health of the dog, the victim can avoid receiving the post-exposure rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420, ext 1263.

Follow-Up Reports:

Oregon 08/03/11 dailyastorian.com: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed the state’s Wolf Compensation Bill Tuesday. It creates a $100,000 fund to pay ranchers who lose livestock to the legally protected predators.  The Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence bill goes into effect immediately with Kitzhaber’s signature. The funds will be handed out to eligible ranchers that lose livestock confirmed killed by wolves.