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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