Tag Archives: Oral Rabies Vaccine Program

New study suggests LYME DISEASE may be sexually transmitted ~ RABIES reports from AZ, GA, MD, NY NCx2, OK, TXx4, VA, & WY ~ TRAVEL WARNING: CHIKUNGUNYA reaching epidemic proportions in eastern CARIBBEAN.


North America 01/20/14 afmr.org: A new study suggests that Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted. The study was presented at the annual Western Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research, and an abstract of the research was published in the January issue of the Journal of Investigative Medicine. “Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the study presented in Carmel. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”

AFMR-Logo-TopIn the study, researchers tested semen samples and vaginal secretions from three groups of patients: control subjects without evidence of Lyme disease, random subjects who tested positive for Lyme disease, and married heterosexual couples engaging in unprotected sex who tested positive for the disease. As expected, all of the control subjects tested negative for Borrelia burgdorferi in semen samples or vaginal secretions. In contrast, all women with Lyme disease tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi in vaginal secretions, while about half of the men with Lyme disease tested positive for the Lyme spirochete in semen samples. Furthermore, one of the heterosexual couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their genital secretions. “The presence of the Lyme spirochete in genital secretions and identical strains in married couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of the disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne. “We don’t yet understand why women with Lyme disease have consistently positive vaginal secretions, whilst semen samples are more variable. Obviously there is more work to be done here.” – See press release at http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/454866-1390261507-lyme-disease-may-be-sexually-transmitted-study-suggests.html


3821fefe9b4884850185047e22654718Arizona 01/23/14 Pima County: A skunk found in the middle of a busy trail at Catalina State Park on January 21st has tested positive for rabies. A ranger found the animal surrounded by 30 or more people, some with pets, and it’s unknown if there was any contact, which could require post-exposure treatment. – See http://tucsoncitizen.com/pima-county-news/2014/01/23/skunk-with-rabies-found-among-hikers-at-catalina-state-park/

ebf690e90681d99a574659bc81d78f29Georgia 01/16/14 Harris County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a fox attacked two pets in Catuala on Preston Road Jan 14th. The fox has since tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wtvm.com/story/24471421/breaking

Maryland 01/23/14 Carroll County: A stray cat found in the York Road area of Manchester has tested positive for rabies. The cat was a domestic short hair with a gray and white coat. Anyone who might have been exposed should seed immediate medical advice. – See http://westminster.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/manchester-area-stray-cat-tests-positive-for-rabies

Horse%20TeethNew York 01/26/14 Herkimer County: A horse stabled in the town of Newport has tested positive for rabies. See http://www.littlefallstimes.com/article/20140126/NEWS/140129449

North Carolina 01/21/14 Wake County: A Rabies Alert was issued today for Wendell after a raccoon that came in contact with a dog tested positive for the virus. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Wood Green Drive and Deer Lake Trail. – See http://www.easternwakenews.com/2014/01/21/3552717/wake-county-issues-rabies-notice.html

Raccoon-SiedePreis-smNorth Carolina 01/18/14 Wake County: A raccoon that was in contact with a family and its pets in the vicinity of Winding Way and Friendship Road in Apex on January 17th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/18/3544888/rabid-raccoon-found-in-apex.html

Oklahoma 01/19/14 Pottawatomie County:  An unvaccinated dog that fought with a skunk in the backyard of its owner’s home in south Shawnee has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.news-star.com/article/20140117/NEWS/140119668/-1/sports

Texas 01/20/14 Hill County: A cat that bit a woman on the toe January 14th has tested positive for rabies. The incident occurred at the woman’s residence on First Street in Mount Calm. The woman and her daughter, 9, are being treated for potential exposure to the virus, and seven other cats at the residence were impounded and will be euthanized. – See http://hillsbororeporter.com/rabies-case-reported-in-mount-calm-p17289-54.htm

090828-free-tailed-bats-love-songs_bigTexas 01/20/14 Lackland Air Force Base: The U.S. Air Force is vaccinating more than 200 recruits against rabies after bats were found in their dorms on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The Air Force stressed that it did not consider the situation an emergency, but was “exercising an abundance of caution”.  Bats were seen in only four of the 20 dorms in the complex and one that was captured is being tested for the virus. – See http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/military/article/Lackland-recruits-get-rabies-shots-after-bats-5157522.php

imagesj88d7dTexas 01/20/14 West Texas: The Texas Department of State Health Services is preparing to launch its 20th annual airdrop of rabies vaccine in portions of the state. The effort has successfully eliminated the canine strain of rabies and virtually eliminated the fox strain of rabies in Texas by vaccinating coyotes and gray foxes in a wide swath of southern and western Texas over the last 20 years. Now, the Oral Rabies Vaccination Program is testing an expanded effort to vaccinate skunks. The 2014 ORVP will begin with planes taking off from an airport in Del Rio on January 15 and from Zapata and Alpine on or about January 21. Those aircraft will drop vaccine baits over rural areas along the Rio Grande to maintain protection against rabies as animals migrate in and out of the state. “Skunks and bats are now the animals in Texas most likely to have and spread rabies,” said Dr. Laura Robinson, ORVP director. “Early tests involving skunks have been promising, and we’re hopeful that expanding our study area will help show us the best way to eliminate skunk rabies in Texas.” A small bait drop will occur on or about January 25 in an area centered on the Concho/McCulloch county line where a single cow tested positive for the Texas fox strain of rabies in 2013. Finally, starting on or about January 26 DSHS will begin the expanded effort to vaccinate skunks. Baits will be dropped over rural areas and wildlife habitats in the expanded skunk study zone, covering an area from Madison and Walker counties running southwest to Bastrop County then southeast to Waller County. – See http://bigbendnow.com/2014/01/aerial-vaccine-drops-to-combat-rabies-begins-next-week-in-far-west-texas/

Texas 01/15/14 Collin County: A skunk that came in contact with a pet in the vicinity of West Parker and Midway roads in Plano has tested positive for a - Copyrabies. – See http://planoblog.dallasnews.com/2014/01/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-west-plano.html/

Virginia 01/22/14 Henrico County: A skunk found dead near a dog pen in a homeowner’s backyard last week has tested positive for rabies. Police say two dogs were exposed and will be quarantined. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/skunk-in-henrico-tests-positive-for-rabies/2014/01/22/4fea0e62-833d-11e3-a273-6ffd9cf9f4ba_story.html

Wyoming 01/21/14 Goshen County: A Rabies Alert has been issued county-wide after three skunks and a house cat tested positive for the virus. The cat bit its owner, who has been treated for potential exposure to rabies. – See http://www.kgoskerm.com/news/regional-news/stories/871-rabies-virus-in-goshen-county

Travel Warning:

chikungunyaCaribbean Basin 01/23/14 fodors.com: by Catie L’Heureux – Several Caribbean islands are facing a mosquito-borne virus outbreak, with more than 480 cases reported in the region as of January 20th. Fortunately, there’s no need to cancel your winter getaway yet—but be sure to keep track of the latest news on the virus and take any necessary precautions before traveling there.  Caribbean’s Mosquito-Borne Virus Prompts Travel Precautions First, the facts: The chikungunya virus is spread by bites from an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito, and this is the first time the virus has appeared in the Caribbean. Since the disease was first recorded in 1952, it has affected millions of people in Africa and Asia. In December 2013, there were only 10 confirmed cases in St. Martin. Now, according to a January 20th report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), “confirmed/probable” chikungunya virus cases are present in the following islands: St. Martin with the highest number of 294 cases and the death of an elderly man who contracted the virus but was already severely ill; Martinique, 127; St. Barthelemy , 31; Guadeloupe , 27; Saint Maarten, three; British Virgin Islands, three; Dominica, one; and French Guiana, one.

joint_painThe most common symptoms, which can take up to seven days to appear, include high fever and joint pain in the wrists and ankles. Although symptoms often last three to 10 days, joint pain can last longer and be more debilitating, but severe hospitalization cases are rare. Because there is no vaccine to prevent or cure the virus, treatment focuses on allieviating the symptoms. “The fact that it is a new virus to the region, that is why this is such a concern,” a medical entomologist who works for CARPHA said. She noted that there are high populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in all of the Caribbean islands. People also frequently travel between the islands, which helps spread the virus. CARPHA, the World Health Organization, and other key organizations are working to reduce the outbreak by eliminating the mosquitoes’ potential breeding sites. The good news? “There is no need to cancel plans,” the CARPHA medical entomologist said. “We’re not at that point. None of our borders have been closed.”

Scientists find evidence of DENGUE VIRUS transmission in HOUSTON ~ New research video shows how TICKS penetrate their victims and hang on ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from ID, & LA ~ RABIES reports from CA, CO, MD, MA, PA, TX, & VA.

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Texas 10/26/13 yourhoustonnews.com: In a retrospective study of three years of blood and cerebrospinal fluid samples submitted for West Nile virus testing in the Houston area, researchers at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine found that 47 of the samples were positive for dengue virus. Their report appears today in the journal Vector-Borne and dengue_alertZoonotic Diseases. “We looked at clinical specimens that were banked at the city laboratory to see if there were potentially any other viruses that we could detect that weren’t known to be circulating in Houston but have the high potential to do so,” said Dr. Kristy Murray, associate professor and associate vice chair of research in the department of pediatrics at BCM and director of the Laboratory of Viral and Zoonotic Diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital. “We started with dengue virus since it was highest on the list of possible transmission here in Houston because we have the right kind of mosquitoes and a very large, densely populated city full of frequent travel to endemic areas, including Mexico and Central and South America.”

Asian tiger mosquito.

Asian tiger mosquito.

Dengue virus is spread through mosquitoes, similar to the way in which West Nile virus is transmitted. However, it is spread by a different mosquito, mostly the Asian tiger mosquito, which is rampant in the city. These are the mosquitoes that are out during the middle of the day as opposed to those mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, which are out predominantly between dusk and dawn. People with dengue virus develop fever, severe headaches, joint pain, bone pain, pain behind the eyes and often a rash. The virus is usually a self-limiting illness. Patients have a febrile illness and flu-like symptoms for several days. However, infants between 5 and 8 months of age are at a high risk for severe disease, as are those who have been exposed to dengue virus previously. People who have had dengue once and are exposed to a different type of dengue virus have a high risk of developing hemorrhagic fever, an incredibly severe form of the disease. – For complete article see http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/spring/living/researchers-find-evidence-of-local-transmission-of-dengue-virus-in/article_630cd2e2-3e9e-11e3-a351-001a4bcf887a.html


European wood tick.

European wood tick.

Global 10/29/13 nytimes.com: by James Gorman – Chain saws, hockey masks and the undead are all classic symbols of horror. But for a true shiver of dread, take a look at a tick. When seen with an electron microscope, a tick’s mouth has what look like twin saws (chelicerae) flanking an appendage (a hypostome) that appears to be the kind of long, barbed sword that a villain in a video game might favor. And a short video is even scarier — particularly as the creature’s ability to bore down and settle in may well afflict anyone who spends time outdoors. Such a video, published Tuesday with a research paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, was made to help scientists understand how the tiny ticks that carry Lyme disease bacteria cut into the skin and then manage to hang on for the days it takes for them to fill up on blood.

Rostrum. Mouthpiece of Ixodes ricinus.

Rostrum. Mouthpiece of Ixodes ricinus.

American and German scientists placed European wood ticks (Ixodes ricinus) on the ears of hairless mice that were first sacrificed for the experiment. The wood tick is a close cousin of the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) familiar to Americans, and similar in size. The immature tick, or nymph, in the video is about the size of a poppy seed. An adult is more like a sesame seed. The tick wanders a bit, picks its spot and goes to work. As it cuts, it looks as if it is doing the breast stroke with its pair of minuscule mouth saws. That movement cuts and pulls back the skin, plunging the hypostome deeper with each stroke, barb by gruesome barb, which, of course, makes them difficult to extract. The tick’s natural ratchet system is a marvel of efficiency, and it does not horrify everyone. “I find them beautiful,” said Dania Richter, a tick and Lyme disease specialist at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin and the primary author of the research report. – For complete report and video referred to in article see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/science/earth/how-does-a-tick-do-its-dirty-work-research-video-offers-a-clue.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131029&tntemail0=y

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Gem cty IDIdaho 10/29/13 Gem County: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Montour is the first WNV-related fatality in the state this year. – See http://www.messenger-index.com/news/montour-man-dies-of-west-nile/article_21844862-40cb-11e3-acb3-0019bb2963f4.html

LA-DHHLouisiana 10/25/13 LA Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed the state’s fourth WNV-related death this year in Ouachita Parish. There have also been four new WNV human cases this week, bringing this year’s total to 55 cases. This week’s new infections include two cases of neuro-invasive disease, one each in Acadia and Rapides parishes, and two cases of West Nile fever, with one each in Bossier and Caddo parishes. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2902


grounded%20batCalifornia 10/24/13 Alameda County: A bat found in the vicinity of the 1500 block of Spruce Street in Berkeley has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2013-10-26/article/41571?headline=Infected-Bat-a-Reminder-to-Use-Caution–By-Berkeley-Heath-Department

3243453-detail-of-girl-hugging-kitten-hand-and-paw-in-similar-positionColorado 10/25/13 El Paso County: A 3-week-old kitten in Fountain has tested positive for rabies. The kitten was found abandoned under a shed on South Race Street. – See http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/news/news-releases

0coonvsdog422 - CopyMaryland 10/28/13 Worcester County: A dog from the Snow Hill area contracted rabies after fighting with an infected raccoon and the dog has been euthanized. Several members of the family that owned the dog were also potentially exposed to the virus and are being treated. – Set http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20131028/NEWS/310280024/Rabies-confirmed-Snow-Hill-family-pet

bildeMassachusetts 10/25/13 capecodonline.com: by Patrick Cassidy – Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force are scheduled to kick off this season’s distribution of oral rabies vaccine bait Monday. About 30,000 baits will be distributed from Sandwich and Mashpee through Route 124 in Brewster and Harwich in an effort to stop the spread of rabies in raccoons. The program will run through November 26th. – See http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131025/NEWS11/131029789

imagesCAMMOSTLPennsylvania 10/25/13 York County: A litter of feral kittens found in the 300 block of East Philadelphia Street in the City of York has been euthanized after being diagnosed with rabies. Stray cats, kittens, and wild animals in the vicinity should be avoided . – See http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24387088/rabid-kittens-found-york-city

a.878998Texas 10/25/13 Coryell County: A skunk found near a home on West Washington Street in Copperas Cove on October 16th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://kdhnews.com/news/briefs/rabid-skunk-found-in-copperas-cove/article_d94e23da-3d2b-11e3-b3e2-001a4bcf6878.html

10254Virginia 10/28/13 Henrico County: A raccoon that was in contact with a vaccinated dog has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/raccoon-in-henrico-tests-positive-for-rabies-dog-exposed-to-disease-to-be-quarantined/2013/10/28/cd343cfa-3fed-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

White WOLF shot by MONTANAN really a WOLF-DOG hybrid ~ DOLPHIN deaths due to VIRUS spreading to SOUTH CAROLINA ~ WNV reports from NY, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from FL, MD, NJx2, SC, TN, TX, & VT.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Wolfdog hybrid. Not the wolfdog that is subject of this article. Bing free use license.

Montana 10/24/13 missoulian.com: by Rob Chaney – What appeared to be a white wolf threatening a Lolo resident’s horses on Sunday was really something else. “It turned out to be a wolf-dog hybrid,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf biologist Liz Bradley said on Wednesday. “It looked very wolfy, but it was neutered.” The landowner shot and killed the dog after seeing it eyeing his horses Sunday morning. Bradley said she also got reports from a resident in Florence of a similar animal chasing her house cat up a tree. “It’s a concern if somebody is releasing hybrids in the area,” she said. “Sometimes they can be more troublesome than wolves. They come a lot closer to people and can be dangerous.” Bradley said she hadn’t had any other wolf incidents reported near homes in the Missoula or Bitterroot valleys this fall. – For complete article and photo see http://missoulian.com/news/local/wolf-shot-by-lolo-resident-was-a-dog-hybrid/article_d0d3c914-3c34-11e3-aaa0-001a4bcf887a.html

Dolphin Virus:

dolphin-face5.BingFreeuselicSouth Carolina 10/24/13 islandpacket.com: by Zach Murdock – A virus is crippling unusually high numbers of dolphins along the East Coast, and at least one infected dolphin has been stranded in Beaufort County, according to federal oceanic scientists. Since July, the morbillivirus has caused dolphin strandings along the mid-Atlantic coast to rise more than nine times the historical average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Fisheries website. The increase is classified by the agency as an “unusual mortality event” and includes the waters off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

5430923154_a53104228a_zThe National Ocean Service has investigated nine strandings in South Carolina since the state was added to the watch area in September, said Wayne McFee, National Ocean Service marine mammal stranding program scientist. Two of those dolphins were found stranded on Beaufort County beaches recently, according to Al Segars, veterinarian for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The first, found on Hilton Head Island several weeks ago, tested positive for the virus, Segars said; test results on the second, found on Fripp Island on Tuesday, are pending. So far, two other dolphins found in the state have tested positive for the virus and results are still pending on five others, McFee said. The virus can’t be transmitted to humans, Segars said. However, infected dolphins could be carrying other diseases, like brucella, that can be passed on, he added. – For complete article, video, and contact information re stranded dolphins see http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/10/24/2754114/dolphin-deaths-spreading-to-south.html

Blogger’s Note: Morbillivirus is similar to measles and highly infectious but this particular strain of the virus cannot be transmitted to humans. Brucellosis is an infectious zoonotic disease caused by the brucella bacteria, which can be transmitted to humans.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

suffolk cty NY (2)New York 10/24/13 Suffolk County: Officials have confirmed a 2nd human case of WNV in the town of Brookhaven. – See http://www.newsday.com/news/health/2nd-west-nile-case-confirmed-in-suffolk-8-total-on-li-1.6315090

denton cty TXTexas 10/24/13 Denton County: Officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in Argyle this week. This is the 5th human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20131024-west-nile-reported-in-argyle.ece

TX.dallascountysealTexas 10/24/13 Dallas County Health Department: Officials have confirmed the county’s 2nd WNV-related fatality this year. The patient lived in the 75019 ZIP Code area and is the 13th human case of WNV in the county this season. – See http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/press/documents/PressRelease_13thPositiveHumanCase_2Death10232013.pdf

wichita.cty.TXTexas 10/23/13 Wichita County: Officials confirmed on October 23rd that a second human case of WNV has been identified in a Wichita Falls woman who is recovering. – See http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/oct/23/2nd_west_nile_virus_case/


raccoon_USFWS_Bill_Buchanan_smallFlorida 10/23/13 Bay County: A raccoon killed near the south end of the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven is the sixth animal testing positive for rabies this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/23767072/rabid-raccoon-killed-near-south-end-of-bailey-bridge-in-lynn-haven

fox213Maryland 10/23/13 Caroline County: A fox that ran from under a car in Denton and bit a man, and then went into a nearby home and bit two dogs and the homeowner, has tested positive for rabies. State police responded and shot the fox. Two people and two dogs are being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See video and article at http://www.wboc.com/story/23772683/rabid-fox-attacks

raccoon_cat_doorNew Jersey 10/23/13 Atlantic County: A raccoon removed from a home in the 800 block of Elwood Road in Mullica Township last week has tested positive for rabies. Five cats and the property owner were potentially exposed to the virus. This is the 7th rabid raccoon found in the county this year, and the 2nd this week. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23773961/rabies-found-in-another-atlantic-county-raccoon

0New Jersey 10/23/13 Mercer County: A skunk found on Temple Terrace in Lawrence Township last week that had been in contacted with neighborhood pets has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nbc40.net/story/23773961/rabies-found-in-another-atlantic-county-raccoon

image487South Carolina 10/23/13 Aiken County: A raccoon captured on Northwood Drive in the city of Aiken has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Raccoon-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-Aiken-228992621.html?ref=621

1023_WEB_a_RaxVax_t618Tennessee 10/23/13 Hamilton & Bradley counties: The U.S. Dept of Agriculture is dropping oral rabies vaccine packets by hand and from a helicopter in both counties. The program has been ongoing since 2003. – For complete article and graph showing USDA East Coast program area see http://timesfreepress.com/news/2013/oct/23/choppers-dropping-vaccine-packets-chattanooga-area/

batwarningTexas 10/24/13 Hidalgo County: Two bats found in the downtown area of McAllen have tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_6531b896-3cdf-11e3-9d5d-001a4bcf6878.html

sidebar_RabiesAlertVermont 10/23/13 Addison County: A puppy rescued from an upstate New York shelter by a New Haven family has tested positive for rabies. It was sick and getting progressively worse so the family finally consented to euthanasia. Since it had bitten a family member, state law required an autopsy. Fifteen people, including the family and friends, are now being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See http://www.wcax.com/story/23772297/15-treated-after-vt-puppy-tests-positive-for-rabies

CANADA: B.C. residents being attacked by RACCOONS ~ B.C. hunter attacked by GRIZZLY BEAR ~ ONTARIO woman walking DOGS attacked by BLACK BEAR ~ WNV reports from MA, MS, ND, SD, & TN ~ RABIES reports from KY, NJ, TN, & VA.

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British Columbia 10/01/13 theprovince.com: by Sarah Taguiam – Keith-Cordell Robinson and his small dog were walking out of his West End (Vancouver) apartment in early September when a man yelled: “Be careful, there are two large raccoons right there!” And without warning, the pair of raccoons charged toward them. The other man helped to kick one of the raccoons away, but it climbed a tree and was about to launch itself on Robinson when he sprayed it with bear spray. “My dog and I have been attacked and scratched so many times that I now carry a bear spray everywhere,” he said.

Bing.free.use.licenseRobinson, 64, has been violently attacked four times since last year and said he’s not alone. He’s asking city and health officials to do something about the attacks, which according to him, have increased since 2012 in the quiet Barclay and Gilford streets area near Stanley Park. “We should really get this one set of raccoons caged and sent some place,” Robinson said. “What if someone is walking with a child and the raccoon just comes at them?” According to Robinson, three of his neighbours have been attacked and at least one of them sustained a bloody bruise. He also knows several other nearby residents who’ve had close encounters. – For photo and complete article see http://www.theprovince.com/news/Raccoon+attacks+West+residents+carrying+bear+spray/8978975/story.html

Bear Attacks:


yeti_grizzly_bear_bing.freeuselicenseBritish Columbia 10/01/13 cbc.ca: Conservation officers are combing through the eastern slopes of Butler Ridge Provincial Park in northern B.C., after a grizzly bear attacked a hunter on the weekend. Ed Basha, 60, was hunting elk alone near the northern part of the park on Saturday. As he approached a berry patch, a grizzly charged him, conservation officer Brad Lacey said. Basha, who is from Hudson’s Hope, B.C., was able to fire a single shot from his rifle, but then the bear began mauling him. “The bear initially hit him up high. Then went to his face, and worked his way down his body, a number of bites from the shoulder, and then through the legs,” said Lacey. Basha then “played dead” until the bear walked away. Despite his injuries, he was able to walk to his car and drive for over an hour to get help.

HHmapAccording to Lacey, Basha drove to the nearest home, a farmhouse, where a woman then took him to a nearby oil and gas camp. A paramedic at the camp, Gary Neufeld, was able to provide first aid and keep Basha stable until he was airlifted to a hospital in Fort St. John, B.C. He was then transferred to an Edmonton hospital where he remains in stable condition. – For complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/grizzly-bear-attack-hospitalizes-b-c-hunter-1.1874244

blackbear.Bing.freeuselicensed870gsOntario 09/29/13 Peterborough County: A woman walking her dogs on a trail south of Highway 7 in the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen on Sunday was attacked by a black bear that bit and mauled her. The dogs were also injured but managed to drive the bear away. – See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/black-bear-attacks-peterborough-woman-out-walking-her-dogs-1.1872827

West Nile Virus (WNV):

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 09/27/13 MA Dept of Public Health: Officials today announced the fifth and sixth human cases of WNV in the state this year. The fifth case involved a woman from Middlesex County in her 50’s, who was never hospitalized. The sixth case is a woman from Essex County in her 70’s who was hospitalized, but has shown significant improvement. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/two-additional-human-cases-of-west-nile-virus-announced.html

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 10/01/13 MS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed 4 new human cases of WNV in the state this bringing the total to 39 human cases of WNV, including 2 fatalities, in the state this year. The new cases were reported in Forrest, Harrison, Hinds and Madison counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (11), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, Pike, Rankin (4) and Wayne counties. – See http://www.healthyms.com/msdhsite/_static/14,0,93,586.html

ND DOHNorth Dakota 10/01/13 ND Dept of Health: Officials today announced the state’s second WNV-related death in 2013. The individual was a man who resided in the southeastern region of the state and was older than 60 years of age. He died while hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. To date, 101 human WNV cases have been reported in 28 counties this year. – See http://www.ndhan.gov/data/mrNews/2nd%20WNV%20Human%20death.pdf

SouthDakotaDOHSouth Dakota 10/01/13 SD Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that 122 human cases of WNV disease, including 3 fatalities, have been reported in the following counties:   Brown 22, Pennington 9, Beadle 7, Brookings 6, Hughes 6, Spink 6, Minnehaha 5, Clark 4, Brule 3, Charles Mix 3, Codington 3, Davison 3, Day 3, Jones 3, Yankton 3, Buffalo 2, Clay 2, Corson 2, Faulk 2, Lincoln 2, Meade 2, Moody 2, Roberts 2, Sanborn 2, Walworth 2, and 1 each in Butte, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Jackson, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Sully, Tripp, Turner. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNVupdateOct1.pdf

il_fullxfull.297243494Tennessee 09/30/13 Davidson County: Metro Public Health officials reported today that two area residents, one in Inglewood and the other in East Nashville, have tested positive for WNV. These are the first human cases of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130930/NEWS07/309300050/Two-sickened-West-Nile-Davidson-County?nclick_check=1


batnewscientist884909Kentucky 09/30/13 Woodford County: Two teenagers who removed a bat from the Woodford County High School on Frankfort Street in Versailles are be treated for potential exposure to rabies. A colony of bats was found inside the school, but none were trapped before being driven from the building. The teens are being treated as a precaution. – See http://www.lex18.com/news/officials-two-woodford-county-students-treated-after-exposure-to-bat#!prettyPhoto/0/

Bat 1on sidewalkNew Jersey 09/30/13 Cumberland County: A bat found on a sidewalk near Bradford Drive and Manchester Avenue in Vineland has tested positive for rabies. Area parents should determine if their children touched the bat and need immediate post-exposure protection. – See http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20131001/NEWS01/309300032/Rabid-bat-found-Vineland

TN_Dept_health_logoTennessee 10/01/13 TN Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that oral rabies vaccine packets for wild raccoons are being distributed October 1-16 along the state’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. – See https://news.tn.gov/node/11448

grounded%20batVirginia 09/30/13 City of Fairfax: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat found in the 3800 block of Farr Oak Circle last Friday tested positive for the virus. Neighborhood children were seen near the grounded bat and parents in the vicinity should immediately determine if their children need post-exposure protection. – See http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/alert-bat-found-in-fairfax-city-tests-positive-for-rabies

WORLD RABIES DAY: SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 ~ RABIES reports from GA, MN, MS, PA, TN, VAx2, & CANADA: ON ~ ALASKAN survives mauling by BROWN BEAR ~ BUBONIC PLAGUE confirmed in NEW MEXICO resident ~ WNV reports from CA, CO, & NY.


17858296_BG1Georgia 09/2713 Chatham County: A raccoon that fought with two vaccinated dogs on Whitfield Avenue in Savannah was trapped and has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.thecoastalsource.com/2013/09/27/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-2/

Help-520x437Minnesota 09/26/13 Olmsted County: Rochester police are looking for a dog after it bit a man while he was out running. Police say the man was near Fairway Drive N.W. when he passed a couple walking with their baby and their dog. He says the dog jumped up and nipped him on his hand. But he didn’t realize the bite had broken his skin until he got home. In order to prevent the man from going through rabies treatment, police need to check if the dog was up to date on its rabies shots. The dog’s owners are described as a man in his mid-thirties, about 6’3”, with dark hair. The woman is in her mid-thirties with dark long hair. The dog is described as a black and white short haired dog with the build of a lab. If you have any information as to who these owners, please contact your local animal control. – See http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3172755.shtml?cat=10219

Mississippi 09/27/13 Grenada County: Several members of a family in the city of Grenada are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a bat swooped down and attacked a 4-year-old while family members were walking in the Hidden Valley Subdivision on Tom Grant Road. The bat was killed and has tested positive for rabies. – see http://www.grenadastar.com/contentitem6735_Pip%20Bat%20Chris%20Shields%20(rspb-images_com)/354439/1218/family-taking-rabies-vaccine

Pennsylvania 09/27/13 Montgomery County: A bat found in the Ambler section of Upper Dublin Township on September 25th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://upperdublin.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-upper-dublin

imagesj88d7dTennessee 09/26/13 chattanoogan.com: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services will be distributing oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in portions of east Tennessee to vaccinate raccoons and prevent the spread of rabies in the state. Residents of Bradley, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hawkins, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties will see low-flying fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft and also slow moving vehicles distributing rabies vaccine by air and ground from Sept. 29–Oct. 17. – See http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/9/26/260014/Oral-Rabies-Vaccine-Baits-To-Be.aspx

Virginia 09/26/13 Henrico County: A raccoon killed by a vaccinated dog in the 7600 block of South Pine Hill Drive in Henrico has tested positive for pitt-county-racoon-tests-positive-rabiesrabies. – See http://www.wric.com/story/23538927/raccoon-found-in-henrico

Virginia 09/25/13 Pittsylvania/Danville Health District: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon that was found in a Mount Cross Road neighborhood in Danville tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/article_96ee4684-2609-11e3-afe3-0019bb30f31a.html


320x240Ontario 09/27/13 York Region: A bat captured in Vaughan has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/4129823-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-vaughan/


Brown Bear Attack:

Eurasian_Brown_BearAlaska 09/26/13 ktuu.com: by Chris Klint – A Hoonah man was mauled by a brown bear Wednesday night and later flown out of the Southeast Alaska community to be treated for his injuries, local police say. According to a Hoonah Police Department statement Thursday, police were informed at about 9:45 p.m. of “a brown bear attacking an adult male near downtown.” Hoonah police officers, as well as medics, responded to the area to assist the man. “An adult male in his late 50’s had sustained injuries to the lower body and was transported to the Hoonah Medical Center for treatment,” police wrote. “While the individual’s injuries are not life-threatening, he was medevaced to a hospital for further evaluation and treatment.” As of Wednesday night, officers were still investigating the reason for the attack.

aa.hoonah.akfrt854“(Police) were not able to determine why the individual was attacked by the bear and it did not appear that he had been between a sow and her cub,” police wrote. Hoonah police conducted an unsuccessful effort to find the bear Wednesday night, which had been set to continue Thursday morning in a bid to protect local children. “The search for the bears will continue and extra patrols will be done in the morning to ensure that the children of the community get to school safely,” police wrote. Hoonah Police Chief Corey Rowley says that while the bear hasn’t been seen since it eluded searchers at about 2 a.m. Thursday, it’s been frequenting the town. “The bear’s been spotted in town three times within the last week — it’s a young sow with a cub,” Rowley said. – For complete article see http://www.ktuu.com/news/hoonah-man-mauled-by-brown-bear-092613,0,5199300.story

Bubonic Plague:

Santa_Fe_attacks_plagu48f91501New Mexico 09/27/13 NM Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Santa Fe County, age 52, is the third person in the state and the U.S. to contract bubonic plague this year. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets. “We are seeing plague activity in several different locations of north-central New Mexico,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian at the Department of Health. “Everyone needs to be aware of the situation and take precautions to avoid rodents and their fleas.” – For complete news release and preventive measures see http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130926-Plague-EN.pdf

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 09/26/13 Riverside County: Coachella Valley health officials have confirmed that two women, a 23-year-old from Thermal and an 81-year-old from Palm Springs, are the desert’s first human cases of WNV this year. – See http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130925/NEWS01/309250009/Women-test-positive-for-West-Nile?nclick_check=1

El_Paso_County.COColorado 09/26/13 El Paso County: Officials have confirmed that an adult male resident has the first human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=951225#.UkTz9D_nC5c

suffolk cty NY (2)New York 09/25/13 Suffolk County: Officials have confirmed that a person over 50 years of age who resides in the town of Brookhaven has the first human case of WNV in the county this year. http://www.longisland.com/news/09-25-13/health-commissioner-reports-first-human-case-of-west-nile-virus-this-year.html

What is LYME DISEASE? ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, MS, OR, SD, & TN ~ RABIES reports from CTx3, MD, MI, NJ, NM, NC, & CANADA: QUEBEC.


For infographic on LYME DISEASE see


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

New_London_County.CTConnecticut 09/17/13 New London County: Health officials have confirmed that a horse in Griswold has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/x1868839155/Horse-in-Griswold-tests-positive-for-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 09/16/13 MS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV in Hinds, Jones, and Madison counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 30 cases, including one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Forrest (3), Hinds (10), Jones (2), Lamar (3), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (2), Marion, Rankin (3) and Wayne counties. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14289,341.html

oha_logo_smOregon 09/16/13 democratherald.com: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division has confirmed 11 human cases of WNV in the state this year in Malheur (9), Linn (1), and Harney (1) counties. – See http://democratherald.com/news/local/west-nile-virus-pops-up-in-oregon/article_ffe7a4ba-1e8d-11e3-b409-0019bb2963f4.html?comment_form=true

SouthDakotaDOHSouth Dakota 09/17/13 SD Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed 99 human cases of WNV, including 2 fatalities, have been reported across the state, an increase of 15 cases since last week. For affected counties and other statistics see http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNV-update.pdf

shelby cty TNTennessee 09/16/13 Shelby County: Health officials have confirmed three new human cases of WNV in the county, raising the state’s total to 12 this year. The new cases involve a 15-year-old boy, a 46-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/16/5740822/3-new-west-nile-virus-cases-in.html


raccoon - CopyConnecticut 09/17/13 Fairfield County: A raccoon that was killed by a vaccinated dog near the East Village Road/Webb Circle are of Monroe has tested positive for rabies. – See http://monroe.patch.com/groups/monroe-animal-reports/p/dog-attacks-a-raccoon-with-rabies

imagesCA9UNA4VConnecticut 09/17/13 Hartford County: A skunk captured on Jackson Road in Enfield after an incident on September 14th involving two vaccinated dogs has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/enfield/skunk-tested-positive-for-rabies-in-enfield/article_ff3fb2e4-1fb1-11e3-8073-0019bb2963f4.html

g12c00 - CopyConnecticut 09/16/13 Hartford County: Two skunks captured separately in the towns of Berlin and Rocky Hill have tested positive for rabies. Three people who came in contact with the animals, one of whom was bitten, are undergoing post-exposure treatment. – See http://berlin.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/two-rapid-skunks-captured-after-minor-incidents

506px-Raccoon_(Procyon_lotor)_1_Darkone_WCMaryland 09/17/13 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found in the vicinity of the visitor center at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/blog/bs-md-ar-rabid-raccoon-20130917,0,2505371.story?track=rss

batinlaundryMichigan 09/16/13 Leelanau County: A bat found crawling on the floor of a veterinarian’s garage last week has tested positive for rabies. The vet is reminding pet owners in the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula to stay up-to-date on vaccinations.  –  http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=947477#.UjkqAD_nC5c

mini.donkey.freetouselicenseNew Jersey 09/16/13 Monmouth County: At least a dozen people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after coming in contact with an infected miniature donkey on a private farm. – See http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/new-jersey-a-dozen-people-receive-rabies-pep-after-exposure-to-infected-miniature-donkey-28287/

New Mexico 09/14/13 Bernalillo County: A bat found at the BioPark Heritage Farm north of Central Avenue NW in Albuquerque has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kasa.com/news/krqe-news/rabies-bats8773400gconfirmed-in-albuquerque-bat

North Carolina 09/17/13 Cumberland County: A bat picked up in a home on Forest Creek Drive in Fayetteville has tested positive for rabies. Seven people living in the home have been advised to seek medical advice. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9251796


Rabies groupQuebec 09/14/13 ctvnews.ca: Quebec has laid down $2 million worth of rabies vaccine bait around the province to counter the spread of raccoon rabies. The officials, who have conducted the operation for eight straight years now, dropped 400,000 baits from the air and hired professional trappers to place another 250,000 in strategically chosen areas. The immunization bait targets raccoons, skunks and foxes and most were placed in the Montérégie, Eastern Townships, greater Montreal and areas near the U.S. border and the St. Lawrence River. – See http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/rabid-animals-targeted-in-vaccine-offensive-1.1454952

CANADIAN’s cellphone helps him survive POLAR BEAR attack ~ FOLLOW-UP: OREGON celebrity WOLF OR-7 may have found a home ~ 2nd case of BUBONIC PLAGUE found in NEW MEXICAN girl ~ WNV reports from MS, NH, NM, OK, SD, & TX ~ RABIES reports from CA, FL, MD, & CANADA: ONTARIO.

Courtesy National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Courtesy National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.


Manitoba 09/09/13 Northern Region: A man who used his cellphone to scare off a 180-kilogram polar bear says he’s lucky to be alive with only a few superficial puncture wounds and scratches. Garett Kolsun was walking home early Saturday morning in the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Man. – known as the polar bear capital of the world – after celebrating the end of the work week with friends. He said he caught something out of the corner of his eye while he walked down the town’s main drag. “I turned and looked, and it was a polar bear charging toward me,” Mr. Kolsun, 40, said in an interview Monday. “I started running from it, looking for some place to go and get away from this bear.” Businesses in the town of about 1,000 were all closed, so Mr. Kolsun had nowhere to hide. “I stopped and I turned around to face the bear,” he said. “It was already there, right on top of me. I started shouting, yelling, screaming, waving my arms, running backwards to keep my eye on the bear.”

church_map-2-300Mr. Kolsun said he ended up trapped on the porch of a bakery with the bear he believes was still young because of its size. It pinned him against the door and swiped at him with his paw. The bruin, which stood about 1 1/2 metres tall, also sank his teeth into Mr. Kolsun’s hip, although he says that, at the time, he didn’t even realize the bear had punctured his skin. “The bear’s nose was inches away from me. I didn’t know where else to go. I was just [thinking], ‘What can I do to get away from this bear?’ That’s all I kept thinking about. I didn’t want to be a stat.” Mr. Kolsun fished into his pocket and pulled out his cellphone. He turned the power on and turned the screen toward the bear. “I was hoping anything I would do would give me an opportunity to get away from it,” he explained. “I was trying anything at that point. I was screaming, yelling, waving my arms, trying everything and it just kept chasing me and chasing me. I was just hoping for the best and, luckily, it worked.” The lit screen startled the bear briefly and it took a step back, Mr. Kolsun said. It hit a flower pot on the porch and looked away for an instant. “When it turned its head,” he said, “I just turned and ran as fast as I could.”

Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill, Manitoba.

Mr. Kolsun said he ran several blocks, looking for a home with its lights on. He saw some people sitting on a deck and ran to them. When he turned around, the polar bear was gone. “The bear had stopped chasing me some place along the way there,” he said. Mr. Kolsun took a cab to the health centre where staff cleaned his wounds, bandaged them and gave him a tetanus shot. He was released several hours later. – For complete article see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/how-this-mans-cellphone-saved-him-during-polar-bear-attack/article14198647/?cmpid=rss1



(See Celebrity GRAY WOLF OR-7 returns to OREGON posted March 17, 2013)

Gray wolf. Photo by Ashley McPherson. Wikimedia Commons. Image not of OR-7.

Gray wolf. Photo by Ashley McPherson. Wikimedia Commons. Image not of OR-7.

Oregon 09/09/13 opb.org:by Geoff Norcross – The wolf known as “OR-7” appears to have found a home. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the wandering gray wolf has spent the summer in Southeast Jackson County and Southwest Klamath County. “What that tells you is, I think, he’s found some good habitat,” says Michelle Dennehy, Wildlife Communications Coordinator for ODFW. It’s a rare bit of stability for a wolf whose travels have caught the imagination of at least two states. In September of 2011, OR-7 left the Imnaha Pack in Northeast Oregon and wandered hundreds of miles across the Cascades, becoming the first confirmed wolf sighted west of the mountains since 1937. He’s been roaming around Southern Oregon and Northern California ever since. Officials believe OR-7 came to the region to find a mate. There’s no evidence he’s been successful. But he’s young – nearly 3.5 years old – and he may not be alone. Dennehy says, “Where there’s one wolf, there’s another.” “Of course, everyone would like to see OR-7 mate,” she says. “And you know what? It could happen.” – For photo slideshow and original article see http://www.opb.org/news/article/wandering-wolf-or-7-appears-to-have-found-a-home/

Bubonic Plague:

rodents&fleacarriersNew Mexico 09/10/13 NM Dept of Health: Officials announced today a probable case of plague in an 11-year-old girl from Torrance County. Preliminary test results at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division were positive. Confirmatory testing is pending. This is the second human case of plague in New Mexico and in the United States this year. An environmental investigation will take place at the girl’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area. “Everyone needs to avoid sick or dead rodents and rabbits, and their nests and burrows,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Families should also talk to their veterinarian about an appropriate flea product for their pets” Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents and is generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas, but can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals, including rodents, wildlife and pets. – For complete news release see http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130910-HumanPlague-EN.pdf

West Nile Virus (WNV):

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 09/09/13 MS Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed four new human cases of WNV for 2013. The reported cases are in Hinds (2), Lamar, and Rankin counties, bringing the state total for 2013 to 27 cases, including one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, Forrest (3), Hinds (9), Jones, Lamar (3), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Rankin (3) and Wayne counties. – See http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14263,341.html

nh-medicaidNew Hampshire 09/10/13 NH Dept of Health: Officials have announced the first human case of WNV this season in an adult from Chesterfield who is in recovery. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/09-sept/09102013westnile.htm

NM_image_miniNew Mexico 09/06/13 NM Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed that an 84-year-old woman from San Juan County has died from WNV infection. This is the second death due to WNV in New Mexico in 2013. The woman had encephalitis, the more severe clinical form of the disease. – See http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130906-WestNile-EN.pdf

OK_State_Health_Department_logoOklahoma 09/05/13 OCCHD: Officials have confirmed one death in Oklahoma County due to a WNV infection. The death occurred in an individual over 70-years-old. Three other human cases of WNV in the county have been confirmed as well. – See https://www.occhd.org/articles/occhd-confirms-west-nile-virus-death

SouthDakotaDOHSouth Dakota 09/09/13 SD Dept of Health: 87 human cases of WNV disease, including 2 deaths, have been reported in the following counties:  Brown 17, Beadle 5, Brookings 5, Hughes 5, Spink 5, Brule 3, Charles Mix 3, Davison 3, Day 3, Minnehaha 3, Buffalo 2, Clark 2, Codington 2, Corson 2, Faulk 2, Jones 2, Meade 2, Pennington 2, Sanborn 2 and 1 case each in Butte, Dewey, Edmunds, Jackson, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Tripp, Turner, Walworth, Yankton. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNVupdate.pdf

TX-DSHS_Logo2Texas 09/10/13 TX Dept of Health: As of this date the state web site confirms 31 human cases of WNV in 18 counties including Anderson, Angelina, Carson, Coke, Collin-3, Dallas-4, Denton, El Paso-3, Floyd, Glasscock, Guadalupe, Howard-4, Jefferson, Johnson, Lubbock, Montgomery-2, Nueces, Stephens, and Tarrant-2. There have been no WNV-related fatalities reported so far this year. – See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/


neverbarehandedsmCalifornia 09/10/13 Orange County: A bat found on the ground at shelter #7 in Laguna Niguel Regional Park on September 7th has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in that vicinity is advised to seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.oc-breeze.com/2013/09/10/38721_bat-found-at-laguna-niguel-regional-park-tests-positive-for-rabies/

Not an image of the kitten referred to in this article.

Not an image of the kitten referred to in this article.

Florida 09/09/13 Palm Beach County: A stray kitten found near Lake Park in the 9000 block of Old Dixie Highway has tested positive for rabies. The kitten had bite wounds and was taken in by a rescue person but later it became ill and died. The care giver has begun a series of post-exposure rabies shots. – See http://www.wbzt.com/articles/1290-wjno-local-news-wire-120981/health-dept-rabies-confirmed-in-lake-11636751/

HELP (2)Maryland 09/09/13 Frederick County: Frederick County Animal Control is looking for the owner of a dog that bit a five-year-old child on Saturday morning. Officials say the incident occurred inside the Home Depot store on McCain Drive in Frederick at around 11:40 AM. The unidentified black and tan German Shepherd was inside the store with its male owner. Anyone who has information on this dog and its owner is asked to call Frederick County Animal Control at 301-600-1717, or 301-600-1544. – See http://www.wfmd.com/pages/localnews2.html?feed=119935&article=11638339


2e236ffb436644c2OntarioOntario 09/09/13 ON Ministry of Natural Resources: Ontario is continuing one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America by distributing 255,000 baits containing rabies vaccine this summer. The vaccine will control the spread of rabies in skunks and foxes and help continue to keep Ontario raccoons free of rabies. The baits will be distributed throughout southwestern Ontario; in the Niagara region between Welland Canal and Niagara River, including Navy Island; in Brockville, on Wolfe, Howe, Simcoe, and Hill islands in St. Lawrence River; as well as small areas on the mainland near Prescott and Ivy Lea. The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. – For complete release see http://news.ontario.ca/mnr/en/2013/08/rabies-vaccine-bait-drop-protects-ontarians-2.html

Four MASSACHUSETTS island residents diagnosed with TULAREMIA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from LA, & NJ ~ RABIES ORAL VACCINE BAIT reports from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture.

Eastern Cottontail is the most common rabbit found on Nantucket Island. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Eastern Cottontail is the most common rabbit found on Nantucket Island. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Massachusetts 09/03/13 ack.net: by Jason Graziadei – Four island residents have been diagnosed with the infectious disease tularemia, commonly known as rabbit fever, according to the Nantucket Health Department. Town officials are urging island residents to avoid touching dead rabbits or other small animals, or approaching any animal that appears to be disoriented or sluggish. The Health Department is also advising landscapers to wear respirator masks when cutting grass over six inches tall to reduce the risk of exposure in the event a hidden animal is struck and the bacteria becomes aerosolized. Tularemia, caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, can be transmitted to humans who handle sick or deceased animals or are bitten by infected ticks or deer flies, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also be transmitted by inhaling contaminated dusts or aerosols.

CapeCodTownsThe disease, which can cause fever, skin ulcers, pneumonia, and is potentially life-threatening in rare cases, is most often treated and controlled successfully with antibiotics. “We need the public to be aware,” Nantucket Health Department director Richard Ray said. “If there’s a dead animal near the side of the road, ignore it, do not let your animal go near it, and call the DPW to remove it. Please be careful about where your lawnmower goes and what it runs over. We’ve had a few cases over the years, but not four at one time.”  – See: http://www.ack.net/Tularemiadiagnosedinfourislandresidents090313.htm#sthash.qSvgYTzP.dpuf

West Nile Virus (WNV):

LA-DHHLouisiana 08/30/13 LA Dept of Health: Officials are reporting eight new human cases of WNV this week, bringing this year’s total number of human cases to 21. This week’s new infections include four cases of West Nile neuro-invasive disease, one each from Caldwell, Lafayette, Ouachita and Rapides parishes and four cases of West Nile fever, with two cases from Lafayette parish and one each from Calcasieu and Ouachita. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2859

NJDOH-LogoNew Jersey 09/03/13 NJ Dept of Health: Officials have announced that two residents have died of complications related to WNV. A 78-year-old Gloucester County woman developed fever, blurred vision, weakness and diarrhea in mid-August, was hospitalized and died on August 24. The death was reported to the state Health Department today. A 92-year-old man from Morris County developed fever and muscle weakness in mid-August, was admitted to the hospital with encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and died on August 31. Six New Jersey residents have tested positive for WNV: One each in Bergen, Burlington, Gloucester and Morris counties and two in Camden County. All counties except Cumberland and Salem have detected WNV activity in mosquitoes. – See http://www.state.nj.us/health/news/2013/approved/20130903b.html


Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

NH, NY, OH, VT, WV 09/03/13 US Dept of Agriculture: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is tossing marshmallow-flavored plastic packets of rabies vaccine out of airplanes in northern New York and parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, Ohio, and West Virginia. The work is part of a third U.S. field trial of a vaccine to control rabies in raccoons, skunks and other wildlife. Biologists are evaluating the safety and immune effects of the vaccine. So far, they’ve found it effective in raccoons, coyotes and foxes, but it hasn’t proven effective in combating rabies in skunks. The plastic blister packs are being distributed this month by airplane drop and by people on the ground. The olive green rectangular packets are a little bigger than a quarter. The USDA says pets won’t be harmed if they find and eat a vaccine packet.

usda.wildlife.servicesME, NH, NY, VT 09/02/13 US Dept of Agriculture: The Wildlife Services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing an oral rabies vaccination bait to inoculate wildlife and help stop the further spread of rabies. The Plattsburgh project will cover parts of New York, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and distribute 372,900 baits by fixed-wing aircraft and 4,680 by hand. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x335461355/Rabies-baits-being-dropped-in-area

FOLLOW-UP REPORT: WOLF that attacked camper in MINNESOTA had abnormalities ~ FLORIDA now confirms 8 human cases of DENGUE FEVER ~ HANTAVIRUS reports from CALIFORNIA & CANADA: ALBERTA ~ EEE & WNV reports from CT, MA, NY, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ RABIES reports from IL, MD, NJ, NC, & WV.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Follow-Up Report:

(See – MINNESOTA teenager attacked by WOLF – posted August 28, 2013)

MI-DNRMinnesota 08/27/13 MN Public Radio: The wolf that was the likely culprit in an attack on a teenager in northern Minnesota had abnormalities in its jaw that would have made it difficult to capture and kill prey, state officials said. The 75-pound wolf was captured and killed on Monday morning following the attack early Saturday morning at the West Winnie Campground on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish. The animal is being tested for rabies, and officials hope to confirm that it was the wolf that bit the 16-year-old boy, said Tom Provost, regional manager of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ enforcement division. The boy was treated for a cut on his head and puncture wounds on his face. Provost said that the wolf’s jaw was deformed, and it was missing one if its primary canine teeth. “There is a thought that if it was the offending animal, that it was struggling to feed itself in the normal wolf manner,” Provost said. “It would have really struggled with capturing and killing prey.”

mpr_logoSuch a wolf might also have been rejected by its pack, Provost said. The wolf that was captured was likely an opportunistic feeder — initial analysis of the wolf’s gut showed it had eaten fish that had likely washed up on the lake’s shoreline, he said. “This gentleman was laying right next to the shoreline,” Provost said. “We’re thinking right now that if this was the offending animal, he was reacting in an opportunistic manner.” The attack was the first documented wolf attack ever in the state, the DNR said. Provost said the attack was unprovoked, but in general DNR officials recommend people secure food that might attract bears, wolves and other wildlife. “It likely associated the campground with the opportunity to grab a free meal,” Provost said. – Reported online at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/27/environment/dnr-wolf-that-likely-attacked-teen-had-abnormalities

norabiesMinnesota 08/29/13 MN Dept of Natural Resources: A gray wolf that wildlife experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy during  the early hours of Aug. 24 at the U.S. Forest Service West Winnie Campground at Lake Winnibigoshish has tested negative for rabies. – See http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2013/08/29/wolf-believed-to-have-bitten-teen-tests-negative-for-rabies/#more-12972

Dengue Fever:

indexv889v6Florida 08/27/13 FL Dept of Health: Officials have now confirmed a total of eight human cases of Dengue Fever, with seven cases located in Martin County and one case in Miami-Dade County. – For complete release and precautions see http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/newsroom/2013/05/082713DENGUEFEVER.pdf


imagesCAWMH0VUCalifornia 08/28/13 Inyo County: A 14-year-old male resident of Bishop has been diagnosed with Hantavirus and transported by LifeLine to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where he is recovering. His father said physicians resorted to a special heart and lung machine reserved for the most critical cases but managed to pull the boy through. The boy’s mother believes her son might have contracted the disease while exploring a mining cave near their home. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a respiratory illness that comes from contact with the feces, saliva or urine of rodents. – See http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/08/28/3189637/bishop-teen-survives-rare-hantavirus.html


Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

Alberta 08/27/13 AL Health Services: Following confirmation of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in an individual from a rural community in Central Zone, Alberta Health Services is advising area residents, and all Albertans, to take simple precautions to protect themselves. “Because humans can be exposed to Hantavirus when the urine or feces of an infected rodent – such as a mouse – become airborne, anyone who disturbs areas of mice or mice droppings can be at risk,” says Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, Medical Officer of Health – Central Zone. – See http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/8939.asp

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

DPH-Color_biggerConnecticut 08/29/13 CT Dept of Public Health: Officials announced today that a Stratford resident between 60-69 years of age is the first human case of WNV in the state this year. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=4386&Q=531052   08/30/13 Mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26th have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?A=4386&Q=531158

MA_220px-MADPH_LogoMassachusetts 08/28/13 MA Dept of Health: Officials have announced the second human case of WNV in the state this year. The man is a resident of Norfolk County in his 30s diagnosed late this month. He was hospitalized, but has since been discharged. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/second-human-case-of-west-nile-virus-announced.html    08/29/13 The threat level for EEE has been raised to “High” in four communities including Easton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater. – See http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/dph/eee-risk-level-4-communities.html

mq1MCHD354k4New York 08/27/13 Madison County: Health officials announced today that a pool of mosquitoes trapped on Moore Road in Sullivan have tested positive for EEE. Two pools of mosquitoes trapped in the same Black Creek area tested positive for WNV earlier this month. – See http://www.healthymadisoncounty.org/linkeddocs/newsarchive/2013/35-13eee1st.pdf


Z.SIMCOE.Cty.CANADAOntario 08/28/13 Simcoe County: Officials have confirmed a horse that had an incomplete vaccination history has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/notices/8-28-13/eee-confirmed-ontario.html



Cat-and-BatIllinois 08/28/13 Cook County: A bat brought to a home in the 16400 block of Beverly Avenue in Tinley Park by a family pet cat has tested positive for rabies. – See http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-28/news/ct-tl-0905-s-tinley-park-bat-discovered-20130828_1_rabid-pat-carr-rabies-control

rabidcatMaryland 08/28/13 Washington County: A kitten found in the Greenwich Drive area of the Sterling Oaks Development in Williamsport has tested positive for rabies. The kitten is described as all black with no stripes or other distinguishing markings. Based on the size of the kitten, it was considered to be approximately 6 to 7 months old, the health department said. Anyone who may have had contact with this kitten should immediately seek medical advice. – See http://www.herald-mail.com/news/local/hm-kitten-found-in-williamsport-tests-positive-for-rabies-20130828,0,729460.story

imagesCA2WR1SQNew Jersey 08/29/13 Camden County: A skunk killed by a vaccinated dog in Cherry Hill on August 25th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/08/skunk_found_in_cherry_hill_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

BatsNetcoreCanadaNorth Carolina 08/28/13 Cumberland County: Two more bats picked up in Fayetteville have tested positive for rabies. One was found in the 7100 block of Riddle Road, off Yarborough Road, and the other at Melvin Place, off Rosehill Road, where two dead bats tested positive for the virus last month. – See http://www.wral.com/two-more-bats-test-positive-for-rabies-in-cumberland-county/12823727/

West-virginia-county-mapWest Virginia 08/28/13 wboy.com: by Andrew Clay – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started conducting a bait drop of oral rabies vaccines across much of the state. The involved WV counties may include, Barbour, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wyoming. – See http://www.wboy.com/story/23280038/usda-conducting-bait-drop-of-oral-rabies-vaccines-in-local-areas

MINNESOTA teenager attacked by WOLF ~ MISSOURI to hold public meetings to discuss CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE ~ OHIO resident hospitalized with LA CROSSE ENCEPHALITIS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CA, KY, & SD ~ RABIES reports from NY, & OH.

Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota 08/26/13 MN Dept of Natural Resources: Officials have confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was injured in an apparent wolf attack early Saturday morning at West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish in the Chippewa National Forest. The boy sustained multiple puncture wounds and a laceration to his head before he was able to kick the wolf off and it ran into the woods. The boy was then transported to a hospital in Bemidji where he was treated for his wounds, none of which were determined to be life-threatening.

Chippewa_National_Forest MNStatements from other campers indicated there were other incidents at the U.S. Forest Service campground where an animal bit through tents, one resulting in the puncturing of an air mattress. Another camper indicated that he witnessed a wolf near his campsite with coloration and markings matching the description of the animal involved in the attack on the boy. On early Monday morning, an average-sized male wolf of about 75 pounds, matching the description of the wolf in the attack, was trapped and killed in the campground. The wolf is being taken to the University of Minnesota veterinary diagnostic lab to be tested for rabies. Also, the lab will collect samples for DNA analyses and complete a thorough medical examination to determine the health of the animal. – For complete news release see http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2013/08/26/teen-sustains-non-life-threatening-injuries-in-an-apparent-wolf-bite/#more-12908

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD):

cwd1Missouri 08/27/13 MO Dept of Conservation: Public meetings have been scheduled around the state to provide information on deer and CWD, and to get comments about limiting the spread of the disease among captive and free-ranging deer. For more information about CWD as well as the time and place for meetings scheduled see http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-seeking-public-comments-protecting-missouri-deer Comments can also be posted online at http://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/deer-hunting/deer-diseases/chronic-wasting-disease/protecting-missouris-white-taile

La Crosse Encephalitis:

lacrosseOhio 0827/13 pikecountydaily.com: by Matt Lucas – A Pike County resident has been identified as having contracted La Crosse encephalitis, according to the Pike County General Health District. The resident is continuing recovery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and it is hoped that the individual will make a full recovery. “We continue to remind individuals to use insect repellant (DEET), wear long sleeves and slacks, and to avoid stagnant water,” stated Wally Burden, Pike County health commissioner. “The mosquito that transmits La Crosse virus is usually found in tree holes and man-made containers. “Unlike most mosquitoes, this particular mosquito bites during the day. In addition, we would remind folks that this virus is non-contagious and spread only by mosquitoes.” – For complete article see http://www.pikecountydaily.com/news/article_1dbfcaaa-b2c9-5423-b529-e7a62de921ab.html

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

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 08/26/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: Sacramento County:  2 human cases, 129 dead birds and 304 mosquito samples, 3 horses, 3 sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV to date. Yolo County: 1 human case, 70 dead birds, 212 mosquito samples, 6 sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV to date. – See www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

Hart_County_KYKentucky 08/26/13 Hart County: A horse, described as listless, sleep and unable to eat, that died on August 18th about 48 hours after symptoms became noticeable has tested positive for EEE. – See http://blogs.equisearch.com/horsehealth/2013/08/26/kentucky-horse-with-eastern-equine-encephalitis/

SouthDakotaDOHSouth Dakota 08/27/13 SD Dept of Health: Sixty-one human cases of WNV disease have been reported in the following counties:  Brown 13, Brookings 5, Beadle 4, Spink 4, Hughes 3, Buffalo 2, Clark 2, Codington 2, Day 2, Minnehaha 2, and 1 case in each in Brule, Butte, Charles Mix, Corson, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Jones, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Sanborn, Tripp, Turner, Walworth. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNV-update.pdf


USDA_ImageNew York 08/25/13 U.S. Dept of Agriculture: by Thomas Prohaska – More than 200,000 raccoon baits containing rabies vaccine will be distributed in Niagara and Erie counties, starting Tuesday. James J. Devald, Niagara County environmental health director, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be in charge of the effort, beginning with drops of the baits from low-flying planes. Helicopters also will be used in some areas until the annual program ends Sept. 4. Vaccine-laced baits will be spread by hand in Niagara Falls and nearby areas, Devald said. – For complete article with details see http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/environment/airdrops-of-rabies-vaccine-begin-tuesday-20130825

Oral Rabies Vaccine Bait

Oral Rabies Vaccine Bait

Ohio 08/26/13 Lake County: The health district will begin its annual distribution of oral rabies vaccination bait for raccoons and skunks in northeast Ohio on Tuesday continuing through September 6th. In rural areas the bait will be distributed by plane, and in more populated areas distribution will be marked vehicles or on foot. – See http://www.lcghd.org/documents/rabiesbaiting2013.pdf