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World traveler hospitalized in MINNESOTA with LASSA FEVER ~ UTAH confirms case of HANTAVIRUS ~ FOLLOW-UP REPORT: OREGON’s celebrity WOLF OR-7 may soon exit stage ~ RABIES reports from AZ, AR, CT, FL, GA, MD, NJ, NCx2, PA, SCx2 & VA.

Rat. Bing free use license.

Rat. Bing free use license.

Minnesota 04/04/14 medpagetoday.com: by Michael Smith – A man is in stable condition in a Minnesota hospital with Lassa fever after returning from a trip to West Africa, where an outbreak of Ebola virus is now raging. The Minnesota Department of Health said the man flew to Minneapolis-St. Paul on March 31 and soon after his arrival visited a physician. Because of his travel history and symptoms, the doctor suspected a possible hemorrhagic fever. The man was admitted to the hospital with fever and confusion and CDC testing confirmed a diagnosis of Lassa fever on April 3, the department and the CDC said in separate statements. “This imported case is a reminder that we are all connected by international travel,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, said in a statement. “A disease anywhere can appear anywhere else in the world withinhours.”

Air routes connecting to and from Africa.

Air routes connecting to and from Africa.

Lassa fever is rarely seen in the U.S., with only seven cases recorded, the latest in 2010, according to the CDC. The agency reported that preliminary information suggests the man flew from West Africa to New York City and on to Minneapolis on another flight. The agency did not say where in West Africa the trip started. The CDC is working with public health officials and airlines to identify anyone who might have had close contact with the infected person, although Lassa fever is not easily spread from human to human. “Casual contact is not a risk factor for getting Lassa fever,” said Barbara Knust, DVM, a CDC epidemiologist in the lab that tested the patient’s blood for Lassa virus. “People will not get this infection just because they were on the same airplane or in the same airport,” she said in a statement.

RatthumbnailCANGBSFFThe Lassa virus is carried by rodents and transmitted to humans through contact with urine or droppings, but in some cases people can catch it from another person through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids, the mucous membranes, or sexual contact. “Given what we know about how Lassa virus is spread to people, the risk to other travelers and members of the public is extremely low,” Martin Cetron, MD, of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, said in a statement. Between 100,000 and 300,000 cases of Lassa fever occur in West Africa each year, with up to 5,000 deaths. – For complete article see http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/45120?isalert=1&uun=g632000d1042R5753012u&utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-news&xid=NL_breakingnews_2014-04-04

Author’s Note: For more information on Lassa Fever see http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/lassa/

Hantavirus:

imagesCAULAVUQUtah 04/04/14 kcsg.com: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) has confirmed a case of hantavirus infection in Kane County. Hantavirus incidences are rare in the five-county region, with the last case being reported four years ago in Iron County. The virus is found in the droppings, urine, and saliva of rodents, usually deer-mice. “This time of year, a lot of people start spring cleaning in places where rodent droppings are found; such as sheds, barns, and cabins,” says Dr. David Blodgett, SWUPHD Health Officer. “If hantavirus is present, it can be inhaled and cause respiratory illness within a few weeks.” Hantavirus infection, called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, starts with flu-like symptoms followed by difficulty breathing and can be life-threatening. Treatment includes intensive hospital care to deal with the respiratory distress. Hantavirus is not known to spread person-to-person. – For complete article and precautions see http://www.kcsg.com/view/full_story/24877415/article-Hantavirus-Infection-in-Southwest-Utah?instance=more_local_news1

Follow-Up Report:

Wolf OR-7:

(See previous posts dated 11/12/11, through 12/13/13)

graywolfNPRphotoOregon 03/29/14 missoulian.com: The wandering wolf dubbed OR-7 has enjoyed well over his 15 minutes of fame. But even with continued public interest, he could soon fade from the spotlight. The Global Positioning System collar that has sent regular electronic pulses to reveal his travels for the past three years has eclipsed its normal life span, and state and federal biologists don’t plan to replace it. “When that collar dies, we’ll never know his fate,” Rob Klavins of the conservation group Oregon Wild told the Mail Tribune newspaper. “But that could be OK. It’s good to have a little mystery in the world.“ The wolf gained celebrity status in 2011 after leaving a pack in northeastern Oregon, days after the state issued a kill order for his father and a sibling for preying on livestock.

wolfMost Oregon wolves on such journeys, called dispersals, have stayed in northeast Oregon or traveled to Idaho. The young wolf headed west with the tracking satellite following his moves as he fruitlessly searched for a mate. He became the first confirmed wolf in western Oregon since the last one was killed under a livestock-protection bounty program in 1937. He then crossed a state line and became California’s only confirmed wolf since 1924. He wandered throughout Northern California and almost traveled into Nevada before retracing his steps to southern Oregon, where he’s spending his time near Mount McLoughlin. The wolf will not be re-collared because biologists prefer to collar breeding pairs or members of packs. Collaring can be dangerous and time-consuming, and biologists would rather collar animals in other packs not sporting GPS collars to get information on their whereabouts and habits instead of an established bachelor like OR-7. – See this article at http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/oregon-wandering-wolf-s-signal-ready-to-fade/article_15a8644a-b6ac-11e3-aef0-001a4bcf887a.html. See 3/22/14 companion article about a group retracing the path of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7 at http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/group-retracing-trek-of-wandering-oregon-wolf-or/article_bad003c8-b121-11e3-bc24-001a4bcf887a.html

Rabies:

a898778rabies-alertArizona 04/04/14 Santa Cruz County: Officials have announced that the entire county is under quarantine after an outbreak of rabies reached record-breaking levels. The quarantine order, effective through December 31st, was issued after 23 positive cases of rabies were reported since January 1st of this year. The county recorded only 12 cases in all of 2013. – See http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/county-now-under-rabies-quarantine/article_1a9ef380-bc0e-11e3-a7b0-0019bb2963f4.html

323rabies-skunk_mediumArkansas 04/01/14 Pulaski County: A skunk that was observed behaving strangely near the 800 block of Buttercup in North Little Rock‘s Levy neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/rabies-warning-in-north-little-rock/59358/GB4-wF9jxECoaYCA8PI3Gw

Connecticut 04/02/14 Hartford County: A raccoon that fought with two vaccinated dogs on Rogers Lane in Enfield on March 26th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/enfield/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-enfield/article_84f6f590-ba68-11e3-acb9-001a4bcf887a.html

17858296_BG1Florida 03/29/14 Hernando County: A raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog on Sun Hill Lane in Brooksville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://tbo.com/health/rabid-raccoon-reported-in-east-brooksville-20140329/

Georgia 04/02/14 Hall County: A raccoon that fought with a dog on Bowen Bridge Road in the Clermont area is the fourth wild animal in the county to test positive for rabies so far this year. – See http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=273283

17907533_240X180Maryland 03/31/14 Prince George’s County: A fox removed from the 4000 block of Woodrow Lane in Bowie on March 21st has tested positive for rabies. – See http://laurel.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/fox-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-bowie

raccoonrabid113524New Jersey 04/01/14 Atlantic County: A raccoon removed from the backyard of a resident in the 4000 block of Ridge Avenue in Egg Harbor Township is the third animal to test positive for rabies in the township so far this year. – See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/egg-harbor-twp/eht-general-news/50867-third-case-of-rabies-found-in-egg-harbor-township.html

rabiesAlert521d4-1North Carolina 04/04/14 Cleveland County: Eighteen people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a Good Samaritan in the town of Lawndale adopted one of two puppies that were abandoned and were wandering along Elam Road. The adopted puppy began acting sickly and when brought to a clinic was diagnosed with and tested positive for the virus. Making matters worse, the other puppy ran away. Officials are warning area residents who might have been in contact with either of the puppies to seek immediate medical attention. – See http://www.wsmv.com/story/25158263/stray-puppies-leave-cleveland-co-neighbors-owing-thousands-of-dollars-in-medical-bills

320x240North Carolina 03/28/14 Cumberland County: A bat found between Pamalee Drive and Murhison Road in Fayetteville has tested positive for rabies. This is the 3rd case of the virus to be confirmed in the county this year. – See http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/article_1026ca27-0ce1-51f8-9ed6-2af733ba68ac.html

Rabid-Fox---26690055Pennsylvania 04/02/14 Montgomery County: A fox that was killed by a resident’s unvaccinated dog on the 2000 block of Weber Road in Worcester Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140402/montgomery-county-health-department-confirms-fox-positive-for-rabies-in-worcester

Cat-RabiesSouth Carolina 04/01/14 Laurens County: A stray cat found in or near the town of Gray Court has tested positive for rabies. At least one person has been advised to seek treatment for possible exposure to the virus. – See http://www.independentmail.com/news/2014/apr/01/cat-exposes-person-rabies-laurens-county/

South Carolina 03/29/14 Aiken County: A man in his 20s has been advised to seek post-expsosure treatment for rabies after a raccoon entered his home on Limerick Drive in Aiken and scratched his face. The raccoon has since tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140329/AIK0101/140329342/1004/man-recommended-to-undergo-treatment-after-rabies-exposure

crittersVirginia 04/04/14 Prince William Health District: A cat found on March 31st near Forest Glen Road in Woodbridge between Horner Road and Hylton Avenue has tested positive for rabies. And in Nokesville, four raccoons and a skunk have tested positive for the virus since July of 2013. A Rabies Alert has been issued for both communities. – See http://www.insidenova.com/health/health-district-warns-residents-about-rabies-in-woodbridge-nokesville/article_a439195c-bc3d-11e3-947e-0019bb2963f4.html

CANADIAN WOMAN and DOG rescued after COYOTE attack in ALBERTA ~ FLORIDA scientists see spike in CANINE LEPTOSPIROSIS cases ~ WEST NILE VIRUS ahead of schedule in CALIFORNIA ~ RABIES reports from MD, NE & NC.

Coyote. Photo by Yathin S. Krishnappa. Wikimedia Commons.

Coyote. Photo by Yathin S. Krishnappa. Wikimedia Commons.

Canada:

Alberta 03/14/14 metronews.ca: by Stephanie Dubois – It was supposed to be a typical Thursday night stroll for one woman and her three dogs in the Riverbend/Terwillegar Park area but as the night went on, it turned into what police are calling an “unconventional rescue.” It was around 8:20 p.m. that police received a call from the woman saying she had fallen down a 20-foot embankment after one of her dogs was attacked by coyotes, explained police. One of the dogs was dragged away by the coyotes, which compelled the woman to chase after her dog, causing her to slide down an embankment. “When she called 911 … she wasn’t sure where she was but she did feel like the coyotes were following her as well,” said Const. Steve Minarchi of EPS Tactical Section. “It was dark, [she] was in some pretty thick bush and was obviously pretty scared.” Air 1 was called to the scene and lit the area to locate the woman, who used her cell phone to help rescuers find her. Police say there were at least 10 coyotes spotted in the area that night. The woman was found about 500 metres from her dog, which was found about 50 metres out on the ice, laying down.

LupeCaonTranscoyotesEdmonton firefighters helped rescue the medium-sized dog, which officials believe went out onto the ice to escape the coyotes. Police also added that they were able to locate it thanks to the dog’s lit collar. The dog was pretty badly injured but was alive when police dealt with it Thursday night, said Minarchi. “This is a very unconventional rescue just for the simple fact that it wasn’t a very safe area,” he said, adding officials believe all three dogs were not leashed at the time of the incident. Fish and Wildlife officials say complaints about coyotes are “common” in Edmonton, adding that as the city is developed, the habitat of coyotes is encroached upon, which causes more interaction between humans and animals. “It’s very common in most cities in North America, it’s how we choose to deal with it that is very important,” said Dennis Prodan, district Fish and Wildlife officer. No update was provided on the condition of the woman or of the dog Friday afternoon.

Leptospirosis:

Norway rat.

Norway rat.

Florida 03/13/14 dvm360.com: University of Florida veterinarians have reported a recent spike in leptospirosis cases in dogs treated at UF’s Small Animal Hospital. This emerging bacterial disease affects multiple animal species as well as humans. “In a typical year, we see almost no cases of leptospirosis in dogs at UF,” says Carsten Bandt, DVM, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and critical care at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, in a university release. Rats-02Bandt serves as chief of the hospital’s emergency and critical care service. “We have now seen 12 cases, just within the past six months.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t collect data on dogs, although the information may be reportable in animals in some states, says Christopher Cox, a health communications specialist with the CDC, in the UF release. Cox says between 100 and 200 human cases of leptospirosis are identified annually in the U.S., with around half of those 1097368_black_rodent(1)occurring in Hawaii. “Although incidence in the U.S. is relatively low, leptospirosis is considered to be the most widespread zoonotic disease in the world,” he says. Although the severity of the disease varies widely in people and in pets, leptospirosis can cause serious liver and kidney damage and can be fatal if it is left untreated, says Bandt. “Although frequently seen in many animal species and in humans around the world, including the United States, there have been very few cases of pets diagnosed with this disease in the last decade in Florida,” says Bandt.

138193923The bacterium that causes leptospirosis is transmitted through the urine of infected animals, including rodents, mice and other pests, according to the CDC. These bacteria live in soil and water for weeks to months. Several strains of the bacterium cause disease in dogs, although prevalence varies by region. Animals that spend lots of time outside, particularly in areas frequented by wildlife, are most at risk. Signs of leptospirosis in dogs and humans vary and can weekend-sick-pupbe nonspecific, but dogs have demonstrated a more consistent range of clinical signs, Cox says. Those typically include lethargy, depression, lack of interest in eating, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and changes in urination frequency. A dog showing these signs may or may not have leptospirosis, but pet owners should still contact their veterinarian immediately, Bandt adds. “All canine patients with acute kidney injury should be tested for leptospirosis,” he says. “If caught early, leptospirosis responds well to antibiotics, but if not, signs-dog-cat-sickserious and sometimes fatal disease can quickly follow.” Several vaccines protect against multiple strains of leptospirosis, but historically these vaccines have not been widely used in Florida because of the low frequency of the disease in dogs. Because leptospirosis is zoonotic, families with infected pets should be careful handling the urine of these animals, Bandt added. For more information on this increase in leptospirosis, veterinarians can contact the UF Small Animal Hospital at (352) 392-2235.

West Nile Virus (WNV):

080722_west_nile_generic4California 03/14/14 capradio.org: by Rich Ibarra – San Joaquin County has reported its first case of West Nile Virus activity for this year; it comes two months ahead of schedule. Santa Clara, Los Angeles, and now San Joaquin County are seeing their first cases of West Nile Virus activity in 2014. A dead bird near Tracy tested positive for the virus and that’s very early in the year. Last year, it was May before West Nile showed up. – See http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/03/14/west-nile-virus-spotted-early-this-year/

Rabies:

imagesCAQVTCKPMaryland 03/15/14 Anne Arundel County: A raccoon found March 13th on Snow Hill Lane near the Four Seasons Estates in Gambrills has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-anne-arundel/2014/03/15/f01996d0-ac7f-11e3-b8ca-197ef3568958_story.html

Nebraska 03/15/14 Hayes County: According to officials at the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, a skunk found last month tested positive skunk-690x459for rabies. – See http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/rabies-case-reported-in-southwest-neb/article_cdd97638-06f9-5b3c-9c6f-6b741bdb136d.html

North Carolina 03/14/14 Davidson County: A skunk that fought with an unvaccinated dog at Finch Park in Lexington on March 13th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20140314/News/303149984

 

 

HANTAVIRUS confirmed in CALIFORNIA HARVEST MOUSE ~ RABIES reports from FL, GA, IA, MT, NJ, PA & TX.

Harvest mouse. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Harvest mouse. Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

California 03/12/14 thevillagenews.com: A harvest mouse trapped last week near Escondido tested positive for hantavirus, prompting San Diego County public health officials today to remind people to be careful around rodents and to guard their homes against infestations. The mouse was caught in the Escondido-Pala area, according to the county Department of Environmental Health. According to the DEH, common house mice don’t carry hantavirus. Mice in the wild can carry the disease and pass it to humans, who could contract hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which is rare but sometimes fatal. People who live near open areas should take steps to prevent infestation. – For complete article see http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/76771/

Rabies:

8799f787Florida 03/13/14 Pasco County: The state’s Department of Health issued a Rabies Alert today after a cat tested positive for the virus. The alert covers an area west of Gall Blvd, east of River Glen Blvd, north of Chancey Rd, and south of Fairview Heights Rd. – See http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/department-of-health-issues-rabies-alert-for-zephyrhills/2170099

Racoon15642Georgia 03/13/14 Hall County: A raccoon found in the Bridge Drive area in the northern tier of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid animal found in the county so far this year. – See http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24965879/hall-county-confirms-2nd-rabies-case-this-year#axzz2vur1LBC8

help7689Iowa 03/12/14 Scott County: by Jack Cullen – Bettendorf Police officers were called to Mark Twain Elementary School on Tuesday evening after a 13-year-old boy was bitten in the arm by a German shepherd. The boy was treated and released from a local hospital, but the dog described as a black-and-brown German shepherd was not identified. According to police, the dog’s owner grabbed the dog off the boy and told him to wait near the school while he secured his two dogs. But the owner, described as a white male, left the scene with two German shepherds and never returned. The Bettendorf Police Department urges the dog’s owner and anyone else with information regarding the incident to call Capt. Keith Kimball at 563-344-4031. Police want to identify the dog and make sure it is up to date on its rabies vaccination. Otherwise, the boy will have to go through post-exposure prophylaxis, which includes a series of six shots in the arm, received over a month that cost almost $1,000. Without treatment, rabies can be fatal.  Iowa’s public health veterinarian Ann Garvey said if the dog remains unidentified, the victim should receive treatment within 72 hours of the incident. – See http://qctimes.com/news/local/bettendorf-police-need-help-finding-dog-who-bit-boy/article_5d888e24-ca56-5ca1-93ac-06b4e96c7a8d.html

skunk245mn2Montana 03/13/14 Big Horn County: The state’s Department of Livestock issued a quarantine order on Wednesday prohibiting some pets from leaving the county after a skunk tested positive for rabies. At this time, five dogs are suspected of being infected with the virus. – See http://www.kpax.com/news/big-horn-county-quarantined-due-to-rabies-diagnosis/

raccoon_2MainSpring_1New Jersey 03/12/14 Camden County: A raccoon killed in Blackwood by a Gloucester Township family’s vaccinated dog on March 5th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2014/03/blackwood_raccoon_tests_positive_for_rabies.html

ebf690e90681d99a574659bc81d78f29Pennsylvania 03/12/14 Delaware County: A fox reported acting strangely on March 8th by a Bryn Mawr resident has tested positive for rabies. This is the second rabid animal found in Radnor Township so far this month. – See http://haverford.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/fox-in-bryn-mawr-tests-positive-for-rabies-haverford

image001skunkandcanineTexas 03./12/14 Collin and Denton counties: A dead skunk found in a backyard with three vaccinated dogs in the vicinity of Preston and Mockingbird in Frisco has tested positive for rabies. – See http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-frisco/

 

Jury is in on HANTAVIRUS outbreak at CALIFORNIA’s Yosemite National Park in 2012 ~ RABIES reports from AR, CA, FLx2, & NJ.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Abstract of report by the Yosemite Hantavirus Outbreak Investigation Team published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 20, Number 3 – March 2014: In summer 2012, an outbreak of hantavirus infections occurred among overnight visitors to Yosemite National Park in California, USA. An investigation encompassing clinical, epidemiologic, laboratory, and environmental factors identified 10 cases among residents of 3 states. Eight case-patients experienced hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, of whom 5 required intensive care with ventilatory support and 3 died. Staying overnight in a

Damage from rodents tunneling in the foam insulation of a signature tent cabin, Yosemite National Park, summer 2012. CDC

Damage from rodents tunneling in the foam insulation of a signature tent cabin, Yosemite National Park, summer 2012. CDC

signature tent cabin (9 case-patients) was significantly associated with becoming infected with hantavirus. Rodent nests and tunnels were observed in the foam insulation of the cabin walls. Rodent trapping in the implicated area resulted in high trap success rate (51%), and antibodies reactive to Sin Nombre virus were detected in 10 (14%) of 73 captured deer mice. All signature tent cabins were closed and subsequently dismantled. Continuous public awareness and rodent control and exclusion are key measures in minimizing the risk for hantavirus infection in areas inhabited by deer mice. – See http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/20/3/13-1581_article.htm

Author’s Note: Sin Nombre virus is a hantavirus first recognized in 1993 when an outbreak of unexplained respiratory deaths occurred in the southwestern United States.

 Rabies:

800px-Striped_Skunkby_www.birdphotos.comWC-2Arkansas 02/14/14 Pulaski County: Two skunks found within one mile of each other in the western part of the county have tested positive for rabies. This is the first time in over 30 years that a ground animal has tested positive for the virus in this particular region. – See http://www.thv11.com/news/article/298033/2/Rabies-alert-for-west-Pulaski-County

HELP (2)California 02/13/14 Yolo County: by C. Johnson – A woman bitten by a Labrador retriever at a Davis park last Friday hopes the dog’s owner comes forward to verify their pet has been vaccinated against rabies. Otherwise, she may have to undergo post-exposure rabies treatment. A woman was walking the black female lab in North Star Park about 10 o’clock Friday morning when the dog bit the victim who had stopped to pet her, according to the Animal Services Section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. The woman walking the dog told the victim the lab was healthy but did not provide information about its vaccination status. It is an owner’s responsibility to inform Animal Services if their dog bites someone, so vaccinations can be verified. Anyone with information about this was urged to contact Animal Services at (530) 668-5287 24 hours a day or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org. – See http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/davis/2014/02/13/davis-biting-dog/5460743/

8942410_448x252Florida 02/13/14 Hamilton County: A Rabies Alert has been issues for the East region of the county after a cat tested positive for the virus on February 11th. -  See http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/local/x1783669529/Rabies-alert-for-Hamilton-County

batwarningFlorida 02/12/14 Martin County: A sick bat that scratched a woman who found it near her home in South Stuart and picked it up has tested positive for rabies. The woman is now receiving post-exposure treatment. – See http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2014/feb/12/bat-tests-positive-rabies-stuart/

by_Svdmolen_WCNew Jersey 02/12/14 Middlesex County: A raccoon trapped last week in the vicinity of 186 Leesvile Avenue, in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140212/NJNEWS/302120060/Rabid-raccoon-found-in-Woodbridge?nclick_check=1

MICE captured in southern CALIFORNIA county test positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ RABIES reports from GA, MA, & SC ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: Bayer Animal Health Division supports 3rd Annual Canine Vector-Borne Disease web conference

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

Deer mouse. Courtesy CDC.

California 01/10/14 San Diego County: Two mice recently captured in Campo and Poway have tested positive for hantavirus, prompting officials to urge residents to take whatever measures are necessary to keep their homes rodent-free. The virus can result in a life-threatening lung condition. Wild rodents, especially deer mice, can carry hantavirus, which can be spread through their saliva, urine and feces. Sweeping infected mouse droppings and raising dust can cause the virus to be breathed in if the area is enclosed. – See http://ranchobernardo-4sranch.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/hanta-virus-found-in-poway-and-neighboring-city-ranchobernardo-4sranch

 Rabies:

Billboard1-1Georgia 01/10/14 Chatham County: Eight people are being treated for potential exposure to rabies after a family’s pet dog tested positive for the virus. The people include several animal control officers. The dog, a 70 to 80 pound, gray and white bull mix, was kept on the east side of the county between Causton Bluff Road and Utah Street. It was not current with its rabies shots and ran away from home apparently coming in contact with a animal that was carrying the rabies virus.- See http://www.wsav.com/story/24417420/chatham-county-dog-tests-positive-for-rabies

xchng_rabid_meanieMassachusetts 01/13/14 Middlesex County: A raccoon that was in contact with a vaccinated dog on Westminster Avenue in Arlington on Wednesday, Jan 8th, has tested positive for rabies. – See http://arlington.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/rabid-raccoon-found-in-arlington

vaccines65567South Carolina 01/14/14 Williamsburg County: A cat brought to the Chandler Animal Hospital in Hemingway on Jan 7th for an exam scratched an employee and later tested positive for rabies. The cat’s owner resides in the Bartell community and was concerned because the cat was having difficulty walking. – See http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_201e203a-7d69-11e3-98d8-001a4bcf6878.html

ANNOUNCEMENT

3rd ANNUAL CANINE VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE WEB CONFERENCE

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

To raise awareness of parasitic diseases such as those transmitted via ticks (Lyme disease), fleas (canine bartonellosis), and sand flies (leishmaniosis).

There will be two sessions: a targeted case study session for veterinarians and a roundtable session for veterinarians, physicians, and allied and public health professionals.

See http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=184382#.UtI2h7RKOUk

OREGON’s wandering WOLF OR-7 takes day trip to CALIFORNIA ~ BLACK BEAR attacks reported in three eastern states ~ A fourth MULE DEER with CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE taken in NORTH DAKOTA ~ NEW MEXICO child dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ RABIES reports from GA, MD, NYx2 & RI.

Wikipedia photo.

Wikipedia photo.

California 12/10/13 Siskiyou County: OR-7, a 4-year-old wolf and native of Oregon that has traveled more than 3,000 miles since late 2011 unsuccessfully looking for a mate, took a day-trip into northern California over the weekend, but has now returned to the southern Cascades territory in Oregon that he seems to favor. A California Fish & Wildlife officer who has been following his GPS tracking signals said he appears to be following migrating deer and elk. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_24696703/ore-wandering-wolf-or-7-takes-day-trip
Bear Attacks:
Florida 12/05/13 Seminole County: A 54-year-old woman walking her dogs in the Wingfield North section of Longwood on Dec. 2nd was seriously wounded when a black bear attacked without provocation or warning. The woman suffered severe lacerations to her face and head and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The dogs ran off but were later found and returned to their home. A bear has since been captured in the area and has been euthanized. – See http://www.inquisitr.com/1052743/florida-bear-captured-and-euthanized-following-attack/

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Pennsylvania 12/10/13 Clinton County: An 18-year-old girl who was deer hunting with family members in Mill Hall on Dec. 9th accidentally found herself between a black bear sow and three cubs. The sow attacked leaving the girl with deep bite wounds to her arms and shoulders, and a deep laceration on her head before it was scared off by others in the hunting party. The girl underwent surgery at Geisenger Medical Center in Danville. – See http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/teen-attacked-by-black-bear/d/story/gjJt1F3LakCEL7IdKScqsA
Virginia 12/11/13 Bedford County: A 32-year-old male hunting with dogs in the vicinity of Suck Mountain in Bedford was bitten on both arms by a black bear when he tried to intervene after his dogs confronted the bear. The terrain was steep and the hunter slipped, falling toward the bear. The incident was over quickly and the hunter drove himself to a hospital where he received about six stitches in each arm. A state game warden called the incident “provoked” and
said there’s no reason for public alarm. – See http://www.roanoke.com/news/2444761-12/bear-bites-bedford-county-hunter-after-dogs-confront.html
Chronic Wasting Disease:
mule deerNorth Dakota 12/09/13 Grant County: A mule deer shot by a hunter in the 3F2 hunting unit is the fourth deer to test positive for the chronic wasting disease in the past five years. Infected mule deer were killed in 2009, 2010, and 2011, all within a circular area with a diameter of about 15 miles. – See http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/91143/group/homepage/
Hantavirus:

Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of hantavirus.

New Mexico 12/10/13 McKinley County: A 12-year-old boy has become the third case of Hantavirus and second fatality in the state due to the disease this year. The deer mouse is the primary reservoir of the Hantavirus strain found in New Mexico – See http://www.kdbc.com/news/health/third-documented-hantavirus-case-new-mexico-2013
Rabies:
Vaccinating Your DogGeorgia 12/11/13 Liberty County: A Fleming family of four is being treated for potential exposure to rabies after their unvaccinated dog tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wsav.com/story/24196887/liberty-county-dog-tests-positive-for-rabies
rabidcatMaryland 12/11/13 Frederick County: An adult, orange domestic short hair cat picked up on Dec. 8th as a stray reported to be acting aggressively has tested positive for rabies. The cat was found in the 500 block of East Church Street in the city of Frederick. Anyone in Frederick who has recently been in contact with a cat of this description should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.your4state.com/story/cat-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-frederick/d/story/1xaqkr0MrEmb3kwluD4M4Q
bobcat3WiscDNRNew York 12/11/13 Washington County: A bobcat that jumped on a woman at the door of her Adirondack home in Putnam has tested positive for rabies. The woman, 49, was bitten and scratched on her face, head, shoulder, arms and thigh. When the cat then made the mistake of going after a guest at the home, it was shot and killed. – See http://online.wsj.com/article/APf3aee2e749e54005b6edd92ddb985b37.html
111009110345_Raccoon3 - CopyNew York 12/11/13 Onondaga County: A raccoon that attacked a couple who were jogging on a Round Lake trail in Green Lakes State Park on Dec. 7th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/raccoon_that_attacked_manlius_couple_in_green_lakes_state_park_had_rabies_test_s.html
grayfoxRhode Island 12/11/13 Kent County: A dead gray fox found in a barn in the vicinity of Frenchtown and Tillinghast roads in the Frenchtown section of East Greenwich has tested positive for rabies. A fox presumed to be rabid attacked three people in this same area last month, but it’s unknown how long this fox has been dead or if it could be the same one responsible for the November attacks. An unvaccinated horse stabled in the barn has been quarantined. – See http://eastgreenwich.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fox-found-monday-tests-positive-for-rabies

Author’s Note: Sorry for the fortnight between posts. A new computer and move to a new office took more time than anticipated. JG

What to do if you meet up with a MOUNTAIN LION ~ NEW YORK reports first ever locally acquired case of DENGUE FEVER ~ HARVEST MOUSE trapped in CALIFORNIA tests positive for HANTAVIRUS ~ EEE & WNV reports from CAx2, & FL ~ RABIES reports from CT, FL, ME, NM, NC, & VAx2.

Bing free use license.

Bing free use license.

North America 11/17/13 scvnews.com: If you hunt, fish, hike, camp, stroll along country lanes, birdwatch, photograph wildlife, play or work in any capacity in North America’s great outdoors, you could meet up with a mountain lion anywhere, anytime without notice. What should you do?

dianne.erskine.hellrigel8788Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel’s short but jam-packed commentary on Encountering Cougars is well worth reading. She tells us which member of our group is most likely to be singled out for an attack, and she suggests what she considers the most effective methods of keeping everyone safe from harm. She separates some of the fact from some of the fiction; tells us what prey mountain lions prefer to hunt; where and when big cats like to hunt; how far they will travel for a good meal; and she tells us what we can do if a mountain lion does decide to attack, though such incidents are few and far between. Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel is executive director of the Community Hiking Club and president of the Santa Clara River Watershed Conservancy in California. – See http://scvnews.com/2013/11/17/encountering-cougars-commentary-by-dianne-erskine-hellrigel/

Dengue Fever:

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

New York 11/20/13 myfoxny.com: by Arun Kristian Das – A Long Island man came down with dengue virus back in September, according to health officials in Suffolk County. The 50-year-old man has since recovered. Dengue is a leading cause of illness and death in tropical and subtropical countries, according to the CDC. This was the first known case that someone in New York State has contracted dengue locally, health officials said. You get dengue virus from a (Aedes Aegypti) mosquito bite. That means he got the virus from a local mosquito that probably had previously bitten an infected traveler. “The exact route of transmission in this case is unknown,” Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services, said in a statement released to news outlets. “However, we have determined that this individual acquired dengue virus locally, as he had not traveled outside of the local metropolitan area during the incubation period.” Indeed, other recent dengue infections (from 2011 and 2012) are thought to have happened while those patients were travelling overseas.

dengue8900sdad;9Every year, as many as 100 million people are infected around the world, according to the CDC, which notes that symptoms include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding. No vaccine exists for dengue virus. Health officials say the best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness is to use insect repellent containing DEET on your skin and clothes when spending time outside during peak insect times and to keep your property clear of standing water, which allows mosquitoes to breed. – For original article, video and photos see http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24025119/officials-li-man-likely-contracted-dengue-virus-from-local-mosquito

Hantavirus:

Harvest mice.

Harvest mice.

California 11/20/13 San Diego County: A harvest mouse recently trapped in the southern part of Escondido has tested positive for hantavirus prompting officials to remind people of the dangers that rodents living in the wild can bring into their homes. According to the Department of Environmental Health, common house mice don’t carry the virus. – See http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/harvest-mouse-tests-positive-for-hantavirus/article_042cb3e2-5234-11e3-8ac8-001a4bcf6878.html

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

Kern_County_CACalifornia 11/19/13 Kern County: Officials confirmed on Tuesday that a 76-year-old male has become the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/health/Kern-County-health-officials-announce-West-Nile-virus-death-232537371.html

07cd7361057a7994e7e590e1fb0d3868ed6ff5ad-1California 11/18/13 Los Angeles County: Officials have confirmed that a male resident of Long Beach in his 70s has died due to complications associated with WNV. Long Beach has reported six human cases of the virus this year, but this is the first WNV-related fatality reported for 2013. There have been 8 WNV-related fatalities in the county this year. Statewide, there have been 349 human cases reported, including 13 fatalities, as of November 12, 2013. – See http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/11/18/west-nile-claims-life-of-elderly-long-beach-man/

Bay_County_FLFlorida 11/18/13 Bay County: State officials have confirmed that another horse stabled in the county has tested positive for EEE. This is the second horse infected with the virus in the county this year. – See http://www.wmbb.com/story/24002745/health-department-confirms-case-of-eee-in-horse-in-bay-county

Rabies:

skunk20noseConnecticut 11/18/13 Fairfield County: An aggressive skunk that attacked two calves and a yak at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford last week has tested positive for rabies. – See http://stamford.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/rabid-skunk-attacks-stamford-museum–nature-center-animals

by_Svdmolen_WCFlorida 11/20/13 Palm Beach County: A sick raccoon caught in the Jupiter Farms area this week is the 13th animal testing positive for rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/raccoon-caught-in-jupiter-farms-tests-positive-for/nby5G/

11583105-largeMaine 11/20/13 Penobscot County: School officials in Lincoln warned parents on Nov 20th that a small group of children might have been exposed to rabies after a Mattanawcook Academy student was bitten by a bat near Ella P. Burr Elementary School last week. The bat has tested positive for rabies and a 17-year-old girl has been advised to seek immediate medical advice. The 17-year-old was warning a group of younger children to stay away from an injured bat and might have picked it up when it bit her. – See http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/20/news/penobscot/lincoln-schools-warn-parents-after-student-bitten-by-rabid-bat/?ref=latest

Dog_1New Mexico 11/18/13 Valencia County: A 6-month-old pet dog that was reported for harassing livestock and killing chickens has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6a5e72e5d22240d9a4f41ff734c5506c/NM–Rabies-New-Mexico

GE DIGITAL CAMERANorth Carolina 11/20/13 Durham County: A bat reported in a residence in the 4500 block of Ryan Street in the City of Durham is the 12th confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. – See http://www.wncn.com/story/24021581/12th-confirmed-cases-of-rabies-reported-in-durham

88e779r0eVirginia 11/20/13 Gloucester County: A raccoon that was in contact with an unvaccinated dog in the Roanes area on Nov 15th has tested positive for rabies. And on Oct 29th a skunk that was behaving abnormally in the Adner/Lee’s Neck Farm area was shot and tested positive for rabies. Two dogs exposed to the skunk were current on vaccinations. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-nws-gloucester-rabies-cases-11-21-20131120,0,365185.story

520bc0501588c.preview-300Virginia 11/19/13 York County: A Rabies Alert has been issued for residents in the vicinity of Middle Road and Bradley Drive in the county’s Dandy area after a raccoon found in that area tested positive for the virus. – See http://wydaily.com/2013/11/19/rabid-raccoon-found-in-dandy-area-of-york-county/

BLACK BEAR attacks WISCONSIN bird hunter ~ MALARIA infections hit 40-year high in U.S. ~ NEW MEXICO woman dies of HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from MS, & TXx3 ~ RABIES reports from CT, GA, NJ, NY, VT, & VA.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Black bear. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Wisconsin 10/30/13 wqow.com: by Jackson Schmidtke – Sometimes when you go hunting you come across animals you’re not looking to hunt. A Barron County grouse hunter’s encounter on Saturday put him and his dog in the hospital. “It was a spot where he would have never seen this bear laying on the ground,” said DNR Conservation Warden Phillip Dorn. Phil Anderson was hunting ruffed grouse at the Loon Lake Wildlife Area when he heard branches cracking. He thought it was a deer but it turned out to be a black bear. “I heard my dog squealing in distress and I kind of figured out what was happening,” Anderson said. Anderson’s dog had encountered a mother bear and her cubs in Barron County.

a.LoonLake.WI“I yelled for the dog and immediately the adult bear came from that direction and charged at me and knocked me on my back,” said Anderson “She batted me a few times and shook me and then she went back to my dog.”  After regaining his feet, Anderson yelled at the bear hoping to scare it. The bear left the dog and charged Anderson again. This time Anderson was prepared and was able to shoot the bear point blank in the face with birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear. “Birdshot doesn’t really penetrate that well from distances,” said Dorn “but this was very close range. Probably within three feet.” The 275-pound bear died instantly.  Anderson and his dog were able to walk three quarters of a mile to his truck. He then drove home where he and his wife assessed his injuries and drove to Cumberland hospital. From there he was airlifted to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities to have his wounds cleaned and closed. – For complete article and video see http://www.wqow.com/story/23834852/2013/10/30/hunter-attacked-by-bear-in-barron-county

Malaria:

a.malaria.298ed98National 10/31/13 medpagetoday.com: by Michael Smith – The number of malaria cases in the U.S. hit a 40-year peak in 2011, the CDC reported. The 1,925 cases, including five deaths, represent an increase of 14% from the 1,691 cases in 2010 and the largest number since 1971, when the agency was notified of 3,180 cases. The 2011 toll includes 1,920 cases classified as imported, as well as one laboratory-acquired case, one related to a transfusion, two congenital cases, and one cryptic case, the agency said in a surveillance summary in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Not only were there more cases, but more cases were classified as severe in 2011 than in 2010, 275 versus 183, a difference that was significant at P=0.0018.

a.MalariaMap.9899f8The CDC report suggested that the increased numbers might be a result of growing international travel to malarial regions, combined with inadequate chemoprevention by travelers. “Malaria isn’t something many doctors see frequently in the United States thanks to successful malaria elimination efforts in the 1940s,” according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD. “The increase in malaria cases reminds us that Americans remain vulnerable and must be vigilant against diseases like malaria because our world is so interconnected by travel,” he said in a statement.

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

Anopheles mosquito. Malaria carrier. CDC

The U.S. figures also appear to parallel increases in other countries, the agency said, noting that 2011 numbers in the United Kingdom were up 22% from 2008, although down slightly from 2010. The findings are based on data submitted to the National Malaria Surveillance System, the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. – For complete article see http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/42630

Blogger’s Note: Malaria gets very little attention in this blog because, as the numbers reflect, it is primarily an issue for those who travel to other areas of the world and not one of major concern to those who work, play, hike, camp, hunt and fish in the great American outdoors. This article, however, is extremely interesting. JG

Hantavirus:

Deer mouse.

Deer mouse.

New Mexico 10/31/13 Santa Fe County: Officials have confirmed that a 73-year-old female resident of the county has died of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a disease transmitted through the urine, droppings, or saliva of rodents, especially deer mice. – See http://www.abqjournal.com/291992/abqnewsseeker/hantavirus-claims-second-new-mexico-death.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 10/30/13 MS Dept of Health: State officials have confirmed that the third WNV-related fatality this year involved a resident of Forrest County previously reported as a human case of the virus. There have now been 43 human cases reported in the state, including the three fatalities. – For details see http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14460,341.html

dallas cty TXTexas 10/30/13 Dallas County: Officials have confirmed the 14th human case of WNV in the 75089 ZIP code area (Rowlett) of the county this year. – See http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Dallas-County-Confirms-14th-Case-of-West-Nile-Virus-229943881.html

Ector_County.TXTexas 10/30/13 Ector County: Officials have confirmed two human cases of WNV in Odessa. – See http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/article_f0371c44-4106-11e3-8c42-0019bb30f31a.html

Midland_County.TXTexas 10/29/13 Midland County: Officials have confirmed five human cases of WNV in the City of Midland, and Midland Health & Senior Services is currently investigating two new cases. – See video and article at http://www.permianbasin360.com/news-article/more-west-nile-cases-confirmed/d/news-article/rCdvp8HR9Eyypq7O025x4Q

Rabies:

xchng_rabid_meanieMeanDog45Connecticut 10/30/3 New Haven County: East Shore Health District officials are warning Branford residents to take precautions after a raccoon that attacked two dogs tested positive for rabies. Dogs, cats, and livestock should be vaccinated. – For complete article and other precautions see http://branford.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/health-district-rabid-raccoon-discovered-in-branford

PHIL_2186_loresCDCGeorgia 10/29/13 Madison County: Two wild animals have recently tested positive for rabies: a skunk that was in contact with a dog in the 1000 block of Coley Davis Road in Danielsville, and a raccoon that was in contact with a cat in the 400 block of Forest Lane in Colbert. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/6511-Two-positive-rabies-cases-reported.html

rasf2New Jersey 10/30/13 Camden County: A skunk that was in contact with a dog in Voorhees Township has tested positive for rabies. – See http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/10/30/skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-camden-county-2/

Rabies. Cow dying of rabies.  Copyright ITMNew York 10/30/13 Herkimer County: A cow stabled in the town of Stark has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x1155601678/Rabid-cow-confirmed-in-Herkimer-County

fox-and-raccoon-nibble2 (2)Vermont 10/29/13 Addison County: Officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon and a fox found in Bristol tested positive for the virus. The raccoon bit a man, and the fox was dying when it was found. – See http://www.addison-eagle.com/news/2013/oct/29/town-bristol-rabies-alert/

raccoon-loomcomVirginia 10/30/13 Pittsylvania County: A Rabies Alert has been issued by Pittsylvania/Danville Health District officials after a raccoon found in the vicinity of Old Mine Road in the Gretna area tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/article_576c0ca8-4170-11e3-a39d-0019bb30f31a.html

New research shows deformed proteins that cause CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE in DEER can be found in alfalfa, corn, and tomatoes ~ TEXAN survives close call with HANTAVIRUS ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CO, IL, LA, NE, NJ, OK, PA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from IL, & SC.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

National 09/27/13 wisconsinwatchdog.com: by Ron Seely – Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The research further demonstrated that stems and leaves from tainted plants were infectious when injected into laboratory mice. The findings are significant, according to the researchers and other experts, because they reveal a previously unknown potential route of exposure to prions for a Wisconsin deer herd in which the fatal brain illness continues to spread. The disease has also become a pressing issue nationwide: The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the deer disease in 17 states and predicts it will spread to other states.

Chronic Wasting Disease as of August 2012. CDC Map.

Chronic Wasting Disease as of August 2012. CDC Map.

In Wisconsin, where the state Department of Natural Resources has scaled back its efforts to slow the spread of CWD, some critics say the new research should cause the agency to revisit its approach. Michael Samuel, a CWD researcher and wildlife ecology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was not involved in the plant research, said the new study is significant. Previous studies have shown the disease can be transmitted animal-to-animal and via soil. “It’s important because it identifies a potential pathway,” Samuel said of the study. Christopher Johnson, who conducted the study, wrote in the abstract: “Our results suggest that prions are taken up by plants and that contaminated plants may represent a previously unrecognized risk of human, domestic species and wildlife exposure to CWD.” The research has not yet been submitted for publication in a scientific journal. The study focused on those prions similar to those causing CWD in deer.

Buck with CWD

Buck with CWD

The disease is one of a class of neurological, prion-caused diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, including scrapie in sheep and goats, bovine spongiform encephalopathy — or mad cow disease — in cattle, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. – For complete article see http://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2013/09/27/prions-in-plants-new-concern-for-chronic-wasting-disease/

Hantavirus:

imagesCA4WCXZVTexas 09/28/13 victoriaadvocate.com: by Elena Watts – Craig Slaughter, 47, forgot to bring his bedding on a fishing trip with his buddies near Port O’Connor on Aug. 1.  So he brushed rat droppings aside and slept on sheets in an old bay house – a decision that nearly turned fatal. The El Campo insurance agent who lives in Palacios contracted hantavirus and developed symptoms of both hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Since the virus was initially identified in 1993, only 616 cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome have been reported in the United States through 2012. Of those, 37 were in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mice and rats shed the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva, and it spreads when people breathe infected air. Researchers also believe the virus is transmitted when people touch something infected with the virus and then touch their noses or mouths, according to the center. – For complete article see http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/sep/28/hantavirus_ew_092913_221015/?counties

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Mesa_County_COColorado 09/27/13 Mesa County: Health officials have confirmed a male resident of the county is the first WNV-related fatality in the county this year. – See http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/27/4511816/west-nile-virus-death-in-mesa.html

Livingston-County_ILIllinois 09/28/13 Livingston County Public Health: Officials have confirmed a male resident in his 50s is the first human case of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/livingston-county-confirms-west-nile-virus-case/article_322fcb50-27df-11e3-ac8d-001a4bcf887a.html

LA-DHHLouisiana 09/27/13 LA Dept of Health: Officials have confirmed a resident of Ouachita Parish is the state’s second WNV-related fatality this year. DHH is reporting six new WNV human cases this week, bringing this year’s total number of human cases to 45. This week’s new infections include four cases of neuro-invasive disease, with three cases from Ouachita Parish, and one case from Lafayette parish, and two cases of West Nile fever, with one case each from St. Landry and St. Martin parishes. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2879

800px-Map_of_Nebraska_highlighting_Saline_County.svgNebraska 09/27/13 Saline County: A Public Health Solutions of Crete official has confirmed the first WNV-related fatality in the state this year is a male resident of Wilber in his 50s. Statewide, 86 human cases have been reported this year. – See http://journalstar.com/news/local/wilber-man-is-nebraska-s-first-west-nile-death-this/article_9a7a02dd-ab97-5396-abe7-eb57a77e4276.html

Camden_County_NJNew Jersey 09/27/13 Camden County: Officials have confirmed the county’s fifth human case of WNV this year is a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized on September 2nd . Her condition remains unimproved. – See http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2013/09/sixth_case_of_west_nile_virus_reported_in_camden_county.html

Garfield_County_OKOklahoma 09/27/13 Garfield County: Officials confirmed Thursday that a male county resident in his 80s is the second WNV-related fatality in the state this year. – See http://enidnews.com/localnews/x703125451/West-Nile-virus-kills-county-man

PhiladelphiaRegionPennsylvania 09/28/13 readingeagle.com: Officials have confirmed four human cases of WNV have been reported in the Philadelphia region this week bringing the total to 11 human cases in the commonwealth this year. – See http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=514832

El.Paso.Public.HealthTexas 09/26/13 El Paso Health Dept: Officials have confirmed the 10th human case of WNV was reported in the city’s 79932 ZIP code. – For ZIP code locations of other human cases in the city see http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/tenth-case-west-nile-virus-reported-total-cases-down-compared-last-year-1789.shtml

Rabies:

batwarningIllinois 09/27/13 Marshall County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a bat found in the county tested positive for the virus. – See http://newstrib.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=31776

dog&skunk54South Carolina 09/27/13 Laurens County: Two adults and two children in the Ware Shoals area are undergoing post-exposure treatments after being potentially exposed to rabies by a puppy that tested positive for the virus. The puppy was bitten on the nose by a skunk and died ten days later. – See http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20130927/NEWS/309270047/Puppy-exposes-4-people-to-rabies-in-Laurens-County?nclick_check=1

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.

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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

Canada:

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