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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

ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO a looming threat to U.S. ~ BEAR bites NEW MEXICAN inside his ALBUQUERQUE home ~ Scientists say new VACCINE for LYME DISEASE looks promising ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) & WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from AZ, CA, CO, ID, IN, LA, ME, MA x4, MS, NE, NH, NJ, NYx2, PA, SD, TX, VT, & CANADA: ONTARIOx3 ~ RABIES reports from CO, GA, KY, VA, & WV.

Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito- Courtesy CDC.

Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito- Courtesy CDC.

National 08/09/13 webmd.com: by Alan Mozes –  (T)hough a relative newcomer to the American scene, experts now warn that (the Asian Tiger Mosquito) is starting to create a fearsome buzz, with the potential to cause havoc across the United States. So far, however, it hasn’t led to widespread disease in this country. “What we have here is an invasive daytime-feeding, disease-carrying mosquito that, since it first arrived on the East Coast in the 1980s, has been pretty aggressive in mowing down its natural competitors,” said Gabe Hamer, a clinical assistant professor in the department of entomology at Texas A&M University. “And now it’s really starting to move through the country in full force.” “That makes it, at the very least, a nuisance and an annoyance,” Hamer explained. “And at worst, a serious vector for major pathogens.”

PrintOn its Asian home turf, the mosquito is a well-known carrier of dengue fever, with West Nile fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis among the other debilitating illnesses for which it has been pegged as a transmitter. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mosquito has so far been identified as a host for five different viruses in the United States. Two of those — encephalomyelitis and Cache Valley — can infect humans, while the others are a threat to dogs, cats, birds and other animals.

Dr. Gabe Hamer.

Dr. Gabe Hamer.

But U.S. experts are perhaps most alarmed that this mosquito potentially could become a prime North American vector for a particularly nasty joint and muscle pain illness for which there is neither a vaccine nor treatment: the Chikungunya virus. Such concerns have escalated in light of recent research, such as that funded by the U.S. National Institute for Food and Agriculture, and reported in the January issue of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, which cautions that an imminent mosquito-driven American outbreak of the Chikungunya virus is a very real threat.

index“The ongoing invasion of the Asian tiger mosquito in the U.S.A. represents an important risk,” agreed Diego Ruiz-Moreno, a postdoctoral associate in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, who led the recent study. “Mainly because of the potential for disease to spread.” Otherwise known as Aedes albopictus, the CDC notes that the Asian tiger mosquito was first spotted on the U.S. mainland in 1985.

Dr. Diego Ruiz-Moreno

Dr. Diego Ruiz-Moreno

Since that initial Houston sighting, it has spread across 26 states, moving as far north as Chicago, as far east as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as far west as Nebraska, and across a broad swath of the South, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. And now, Hamer said, California has been added to the list. – For complete article see http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20130809/asian-tiger-mosquito-could-spread-us-disease?page=2

Bear Attack:

imagesCA0TYP3UNew Mexico 08/12/13 Bernalillo County: State game officers are hunting for a bear that broke into a home in the Albuquerque foothills early Friday and bit the owner. A spokesperson said they’re also looking for an individual who has been sabotaging their efforts to trap the bear by meddling with the trap and the trap site. – See http://www.newschannel10.com/story/23116096/nm-officials-seek-saboteur-in-bear-attack-case

Lyme Disease:

lyme_disease_hidden_epidemic_poster-p228833588305763989t5wm_400Global 08/10/13 natureworldnews.com: by James A. Foley – A vaccine for Lyme disease has shown promise in clinical trials, producing substantial antibodies against the bacteria that causes the disease. Researchers at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at Baxter International Inc., a U.S.-based healthcare 300_Stony_Brook_University_logocompany, published the results of the first half of their clinical trial in May in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. In the clinical trial administered by Baxter International, the vaccine was shown to be effective against Borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Three hundred people living in Austria and Germany were given three primary immunizations and one booster immunization in a range of doses.

Dr. Benjamin Luft

Dr. Benjamin Luft

The researchers report that in all administered doses of the vaccine, the patients showed an immune response to all species of Borrelia. “The results of the clinical trial conducted by Baxter are promising because the vaccine generated a potent human immune reaction, covered the complete range of Borrelia active in the entire Northern hemisphere, and produced no major side effects,” said study co-author Dr. Benjamin Luft of Stony Brook University School of Medicine. – For complete article see http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/3431/20130810/lyme-disease-vaccine-shows-promise-clinical-trials.htm

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

MaricopaCty_AZArizona 08/12/13 Maricopa County: Family members have confirmed that a 53-year-old Scottsdale male has been hospitalized with WNV. The father of two is unable to move, talk, or eat. – See http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northeast_valley/scottsdale/West-Nile-Virus-leaves-Valley-man-Rory-Stevenson-in-coma

MSMVCDCalifornia 08/12/13 Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District: Officials have confirmed that a sentinel chicken placed near Gage Lane in Novato has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.marinij.com/fairfax/ci_23847275/west-nile-virus-detected-novato-horse-owners-warned

Larimer_County.COColorado 08/09/13 coloradoan.com: by Robert Allen – A “rapid increase” this week in reported human cases of WNV in Larimer County has health officials advising people to beware of mosquitoes carrying the potentially devastating disease, according to Larimer County health department. Twelve residents have been infected, and four of them are showing symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. Three people in Fort Collins and one in Loveland are showing the severe symptoms, according to the health department. – For complete article and precautions see http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20130809/NEWS01/308090024/West-Nile-virus-escalating-rapidly-12-human-infections-Larimer-County

01-01IDAHOIdaho 08/12/13 Southwest District Health: Officials have confirmed that mosquito pools have tested positive with WNV  in Adams County.  The traps were placed in both the Council and Indian Valley areas. Adams County joins Ada, Canyon, Gem, Gooding, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington counties in Idaho with mosquito pools testing positive with WNV, as well as Malheur County in Oregon. Payette County has had the only two reported human cases of WNV in the state to date. – See http://www.kivitv.com/news/Mosquitoes-in-Adams-County-test-positive-for-West-Nile-Virus-219279791.html

IN-dohIndiana 08/13/13 IN State Department of Health: There has been one human case of WNV in Ripley County and one equine case in Adams County. Counties with WNV-infected mosquitoes include: Adams, Allen, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Delaware, DeKalb, Grant, Hamilton, Jay, Jefferson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Parke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Starke, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, Vigo, White and Whitley. – See http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=119373&information_id=186576&type=&syndicate=syndicate

LA-DHHLouisiana 08/13/13 LA Department of Health & Hospitals: There are seven new human cases of WNV in the state bringing the total to eight so far this year. The seven new cases include  two new neuro-invasive disease cases , with one case each reported from Calcasieu and Ouachita parishes. There are four West Nile fever cases, with one case each reported from Ascension and St. Tammany parishes and two cases from Lafayette parish. In addition, there was one asymptomatic case reported, from St. Tammany Parish. One human case from St. Tammany Parish had been reported earlier. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/SurveillanceReports/wnv/weekly2013/WNV_1331.pdf

York_County_MEMaine 08/13/13 York County: State health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Alfred on July 16th have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.pressherald.com/news/dispatches_2013-08-13.html

essex cty MAMassachusetts 08/13/13 Essex County: State health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the northern part of Newburyport on Plum Island near the salt marshes by Old Point Road have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x389853713/West-Nile-virus-found-on-PI

essex cty MAMassachusetts 08/12/13 Essex County: The town of Saugus in coordination with the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control will be target spraying in the Riverside Cemetery area due to a positive WNV mosquito sample. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/saugus/news/x84137347/Mosquito-tests-positive-for-West-Nile-Virus-in-Saugus-target-spraying-set-for-Aug-14

essex cty MAMassachusetts 08/09/13 Essex County: Public health officials have confirmed Friday that a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Marblehead tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/marblehead/news/x1465129371/West-Nile-virus-confirmed-in-Marblehead-mosquito-sample

plymouth cty MAMassachusetts 08/09/13 Plymouth County: Local health officials confirmed Friday that mosquitoes trapped in Rockland have tested positive for both WNV and EEE. State officials have confirmed that EEE has now been detected in three locations statewide, and WNV in 80 locations statewide so far this year. – See http://www.enterprisenews.com/topstories/x1905498734/EEE-found-in-Rockland-mosquitoes

MS_71058_121809421211160_5406251_nMississippi 08/12/13 MI State Department of Health: State officials have reported the second fatal human case of WNV, and four new human cases. The death occurred in Bolivar County on August 6th, and the new cases were reported in Forrest, Hinds, and Rankin counties. Human cases of WNV now total 12, including two deaths, so far this year. The first WNV-related fatality was reported in Montgomery County in July. – See http://themississippilink.com/2013/08/12/state-officials-report-second-west-nile-virus-death-of-2013/

NEdhhs_blueNebraska 08/09/13 NE Department of Health and Human Services: Health officials have confirmed that mosquito pools in Chase, Dawes, Dawson, Garden, Scottsbluff, Sheridan, and Webster counties have tested positive for WNV. This follows reported positive human cases in Scottsbluff & Douglas counties, and North Central, Central & Southwest Nebraska Public Health Districts. – See http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1992825.html

Rockingham_County_NHNew Hampshire 08/13/13 Rockingham County: Town officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in two pools in Stratham have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130813/NEWS/130819930/-1/NEWSMAP

morris cty NJNew Jersey 08/11/13 Morris County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped on August 1st in Donatoni Community Park on West Main Street in Rockaway Borough have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/08/west_nile_virus_found_in_park_rockaway_borough_says.html

ChautauquaCty_NYNew York 08/12/13 Chautauqua County: Health officials have confirmed that pools of mosquitoes trapped in Jamestown Audubon have tested positive for both EEE and WNV. As a precaution, the Audubon is closing its trails during the dawn and dusk hours, opening only from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Additionally, the Audubon is requiring that patrons put on insect repellent and recommends that patrons wear long pants, shoes and socks, and a long sleeved shirt when hiking at the Audubon. It is the first time mosquitoes infected with EEE have been found in the county. The rare but often deadly disease in humans can be spread by mosquitoes. All five human cases of EEE reported in the state in the last 40 years have been fatal. – See http://www.goerie.com/article/20130812/NEWS02/308129912/Mosquitoes-infected-with-Eastern-Equine-Encephalitis-found-in-Chautauqua-County-NY and http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/626617/Mosquitoes-Test-Positive-For-West-Nile.html?nav=5192

oneida cty NYNew York 08/09/13 Oneida County: Health officials confirmed Friday that a horse stabled on a farm in Vernon has tested positive for WNV. The horse seems to be recovering but is still displaying residual ataxis in the hind legs.- See http://www.wktv.com/news/local/West-Nile-Virus-confirmed-in-Vernon-house–219010721.html

washington cty PAPennsylvania 08/09/13 Washington County: State officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Carroll Township have tested positive for WNV. The county is considered at low risk for the virus, according to Pennsylvania’s West Nile Virus Control Program, but it is one of 32 counties in the state where the virus has been detected. – See http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20130809/NEWS01/130809353/-1/news#.Ugcv3G3DK5c

SDdhSouth Dakota 08/11/13 SD Department of Health: Officials have announced that South Dakota has the highest number of human WNV cases, as well as the highest number of the more serious neuro-invasive cases, in the nation. Thirty-five human cases have been reported. In addition, 2 horses, 4 birds, and 192 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus. WNV has been detected in 30 of the state’s 66 counties. – See http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/node/1568687 and https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/14078164bd4a77c2

HowardCty_TXTexas 08/10/13 Howard County: Health officials have confirmed the third human case of WNV reported in Big Spring so far this year has been hospitalized. As of August 6th, there have been nine human cases of WNV reported in the state. – See http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_a372535a-0133-11e3-9130-0019bb2963f4.html

Addison_County_VT (2)Vermont 08/10/13 Addison County: Health officials said Friday mosquitoes trapped in Bond Swamp in Whiting have tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20130810/THISJUSTIN/708109912


WELLINGTONCty_ONTOntario 08/12/13 Wellington County: Public health officials have confirmed that a mosquito pool located in Erin has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4028894-west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-guelph-area/

MiddlesexCty-ONTOntario 08/12/13 Middlesex County: Health officials have issued a WNV Alert after finding what they believe is the first human case of the virus in the London vicinity. Three dead crows were found previously this year in London, Dorchester, and Parkhill, and an infected mosquito was trapped in London. – See http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/08/12/middlesex-london-health-unit-investigating-regions-first-possible-human-case-of-west-nile-virus

WATERLOO.Region_ONTOntario 08/12/13 Waterloo Region: Public health officials have confirmed that a pool of mosquitoes located in Cambridge has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4028785-west-nile-virus-in-region-public-health-authorities-warn/


GA_Gray_Fox_6869Colorado 08/10/13 El Paso County: Health officials have confirmed a fox that attacked a man in southwest Colorado Springs a couple of miles from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on August 3rd has tested positive for rabies. Two weeks ago, another fox that was hit by a car a half mile away also tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.timesunion.com/news/science/article/Rabid-fox-attacks-man-in-SW-Colorado-Springs-4722990.php

313752899_7cc4afc361Georgia 08/12/13 Chatham County: Health officials have confirmed a raccoon that fought with a vaccinated dog in the Fort argyle Road area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wsav.com/story/23110411/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-chatham-county

batPosterKentucky 08/09/13 Jefferson County: Health officials in Louisville have identified nine children who need treatment for potential exposure to rabies after a bat tested positive for the virus. It was reported some of the children carried the bat in a box, and others may have been playing with or near the bat. Anyone who may have been in contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/90913d3c081e4a78a353d87b86337ad7/KY–Rabid-Bat

striped_skunkVirginia 08/12/13 Wythe County: A skunk that had confirmed contact with a dog in the Sage Road section of Rural Retreat has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.tricities.com/swvatoday/news/wytheville/article_e4a31238-0381-11e3-90ac-0019bb30f31a.html

raccoon photo odhWest Virginia 08/12/13 WV Department of Health & Human Services: The state’s annual oral rabies vaccine program will begin around August 26th and continue through early- to mid-September. The vaccine bait packets will be hand distributed or air dropped in a target area that covers a wide corridor through the central part of the state, extending from the northern panhandle to the southern coalfields. Residents are asked to leave baits alone and to keep pets confined or on a leash during the baiting period and up to five days after baiting. This gives raccoons the opportunity to locate and eat the baits. In particular, dogs are attracted to the baits and will occasionally eat them. The baits are not harmful to pets. Do not try to take baits away from your pet, as you may get bitten. – See more at: http://www.fayettetribune.com/local/x738622706/Rabies-vaccine-to-be-dropped-in-coming-weeks#sthash.CsWf84OH.dpuf

CANADA: DOG dies after saving his OWNER from an attacking BLACK BEAR ~ CONNECTICUT recalls SHELLFISH harvested from the SOUND ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS (EEE) & WEST NILE VIRUS (WNV) reports from AZ, CAx3, CT, LA, MAx4, NE, ND, PAx4, SD, VA, WIx3, & WY ~ RABIES reports from FL, ME, & NC.


Black bear. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Black bear. Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Ontario 08/05/13 cbc.ca: A 42-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., man has his schnauzer to thank after surviving a black bear attack at a provincial park in northwestern Ontario. The man, who has been released from hospital, was attacked Saturday afternoon by a mature black bear while he was camping at Sand Bar Provincial Park. The dog died following the ordeal. Ontario Provincial Police in Ignace said the man was on a walk with his two dogs and taking a break near the water when he was attacked from behind by the bear. The man got away by running into the water, where he waited until the bear eventually went away. He later attempted to walk back to his camp site, but the bear came back and attacked him again, police said. One of the dogs, a schnauzer, attempted to fend off the bear, allowing the man to get away. He ran to the park ranger station, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to Dryden Regional Health Centre.

NoON-TCHThe bear was shot at by park officials and was later caught in a live trap. Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers, along with the K9 unit, helped to track the bear. The bear has since been destroyed, the MNR reports, and has been sent to Guelph to be tested for rabies and to check its stomach contents to confirm it was the bear from the attack. – See http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/08/05/tby-police-bear-opp-attack-dogs-sand-bar-provincial-park.html

Author’s Note: According to a cbc.ca report posted on August 7, 2013, Spyro, the Miniature Schnauzer that the hiker said saved his life, has since died of his injuries. – For photos and complete article see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/08/07/tby-bear-attack-victim-mourns-dog-who-saved-his-life.html

Shellfish Recall:

4803789Connecticut 08/05/13 online.wsj.com: Warm water in Long Island Sound is being blamed for naturally occurring bacteria that sickened at least five people who ate oysters, clams and other shellfish from shallow areas near Norwalk and Westport. State agriculture officials on Monday announced a first-ever recall of shellfish and the shutting of most shellfish harvest locations due to naturally occurring bacteria. The agency has acted before due to pollution from storm water runoff or similar reasons. David Carey, director of the agency’s Bureau of Aquaculture, said the extreme heat in mid-July is partly to blame for the warm water in shallow areas of the Sound. The state shut shellfish harvesting areas in Norwalk and Westport until September, when the water is expected to cool down. Areas outside the nearby Long Island Sound islands that are deeper than 20 feet remain open because water at that depth is cooler than in shallow areas. Shellfish beds in southeastern Connecticut also are not affected because the Long Island Sound there is cooler due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and potentially swifter current. Shellfish affected by the recall include hard clams and oysters harvested between July 3 and Friday. If ingested, the bacteria known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus can cause acute stomach illness. – See http://online.wsj.com/article/AP187c3ca6150a467e8151ead1e135a160.html

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

Yavapai Cty AZArizona 08/06/13 Yavapai County: Environmental health professionals have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the Tavasci Marsh area between Cottonwood and Clarkdale have tested positive for WNV. – See http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=55546

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 08/05/13 Riverside County: Health officials announced on Monday that mosquitoes trapped in Palm Springs have tested positive for WNV for the first time this year. The mosquitoes were trapped near East Vista Chino and North Palm Canyon Drive, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District Mosquitoes from 11 other traps on the north and middle shores of the Salton Sea also tested positive, raising this year’s total of positive mosquito samples in the Coachella Valley to 14. – See http://palmdesert.patch.com/groups/health/p/west-nile-virus-detected-in-ps-mosquitoes

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 08/05/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: 2013 WNV activity update: Sacramento County:  2 humans, 78 dead birds and 213 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 2 chickens have tested positive for WNV to date. Yolo County: 1 human, 47 dead birds, 145 mosquito samples, 3 chickens have tested positive for WNV to date. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/1405054114a9a640

Los Angeles Cty CACalifornia 08/05/13 Los Angeles County: Health officials announced on Monday that the Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance was closed because of concerns about mosquitoes that have tested positive for WNV. This season, the South Bay has been a hot spot for West Nile virus activity, with numerous dead crows in Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance and Redondo Beach, among other cities, testing positive for the virus. – See http://palosverdes.patch.com/groups/health/p/west-nile-virus-concerns-force-madrona-marsh-closure

Butte Cty CACalifornia 08/05/13 Butte County: Health officials have confirmed that at least four dead birds and 13 mosquito pools tested positive for WNV last week. All of the birds were found in the Chico area while the infected mosquito pools were found in the Chico and Honcut areas. – See http://www.knvn.com/mostpopular/story/West-Nile-Virus-Now-Widespread-throughout-Shasta/w13FlDhPqEinFX3z4Sm2PQ.cspx

CT.DPH-Connecticut 08/05/13 CT Department of Public Health: The State Mosquito Management Program today announced mosquitoes testing positive for WNV have been identified in twelve towns so far this season. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station trapped the positive mosquitoes in Bridgeport, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stamford, Stratford, and Westport. – See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/1405521becaacf2f

St. Martins Parish.LALouisiana 08/06/13 St. Martin Parish: Cajun Mosquito Control officials have confirmed that a sentinel chicken and a mosquito pool, both located in Breaux Bridge, have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.techetoday.com/view/full_story/23290192/article-West-Nile-virus-in-St–Martin-Parish?instance=home_news_lead

plymouth cty MAMassachusetts 08/07/13 Plymouth County: State health officials have announced that mosquitoes trapped in Mattapoisett, Lakeville, and Freetown have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130807/NEWS/308070331/-1/NEWS

middlesex cty MAMassachusetts 08/06/13 Middlesex County: State health officials announced that a mosquito infected with WNV was found in Needham. Other Middlesex County communities where WNV infected mosquitoes have been found include Belmont, Burlington, Waltham, Watertown, Reading, Wakefield and Melrose. – See http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/needham/2013/08/west_nile_virus_found_in_needham_mosquito.html

suffolk cty MAMassachusetts 08/05/13 Suffolk County: Boston’s WNV threat level has been raised to moderate. Health officials announced on Monday that mosquitoes trapped in Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park late last month tested positive for the virus, and because the numbers have doubled. – See http://charlestown.patch.com/groups/around-the-city/p/west-nile-virus-threat-level-raised-in-boston_87071c5f

norfolk cty MAMassachusetts 08/05/13 Norfolk County: Public health officials have raised the WNV risk level from low to moderate after mosquitoes infected with the virus were found in areas directly adjacent to the city. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x1383327964/Health-Department-West-Nile-virus-likely-in-Brookline

Hall_County_NENebraska 08/06/13 Hall County: Central District health officials have confirmed that a mosquito pool in the county has tested positive for WNV. This is the first pool testing positive for the virus in the county so far this year. – See http://www.nebraska.tv/story/23059479/west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-hall-county-mosquito-pool

ND DOHNorth Dakota 08/06/13 ND Department of Health: State officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV so far this year in Grand Forks County. Cass, Grant, Stutsman, and Richland (2) counties have also reported human cases of WNV this year. – See http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/270139/

centre county.PAPennsylvania 08/06/13 Centre County: Vector control officials have confirmed three mosquitoes trapped in the Snow Shoe Township area have tested positive for WNV. Another WNV infected mosquito was found in Spring Township. – See http://www.centredaily.com/2013/08/06/3724121/west-nile-virus-threat-spurs-mosquito.html

Cumberland_County_PAPennsylvania 08/05/13 Cumberland County: Officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in Hampden Township on July 22nd have tested positive for WNV. Since then, infected mosquitoes have been found in North Middleton Township, the Borough of Carlisle, and Upper Allen Township. – See http://cumberlink.com/news/local/west-nile-virus-reported-in-cumberland-county/article_a4d70d5c-fe23-11e2-a887-0019bb2963f4.html

lehigh cty PAPennsylvania 08/06/13 Lehigh County: State officials reported Monday that a mosquito trapped in North Whitehall Township has tested positive for WNV. Other positive samples have been found in Allentown, Bethlehem, and the townships of Salisbury and Lower Macungie. – See http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/index.ssf/2013/08/west_nile_virus_found_in_north.html

Chester_County_PAPennsylvania 08/04/13 Chester County: Health officials announced on Friday that mosquito traps collected in Birmingham, Schuylkill, Thornbury, Upper Uwchian, and Uwchian townships tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130804/NEWS01/130809704/west-nile-virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-tricounty-area

SD_mailSouth Dakota 08/06/13 SD Department of Health: WNV Update: 21 human cases of WNV disease have been reported; Animals:  2 horses, 1 bird and 729 WNV positive mosquito pools; Counties with WNV detections (human or animal) Brookings, Brown, Buffalo, Codington, Davison, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lincoln, Marshall, Meade, Minnehaha, Pennington, Sanborn, Spink, Tripp, Union and Walworth.  These 22 counties are home to 66% of the state’s population. – See http://doh.sd.gov/documents/diseases/infectious/WNVupdate.pdf    

z-suffolk_vaVirginia 08/05/13 Suffolk: Public works officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the city have tested positive for both EEE and WNV. Mosquitoes that tested positive for EEE were found in the Lake Kennedy, Suburban Woods, Regency Estates, Wonderland Forest, Rivercliff, Arbor Meadows, Dayle Acres, Pughsville, Bennett’s Harbor, Kilby Shores, Kempton Park, Pitchkettle Point, Princeview Point, and Olde Mill Creek neighborhoods. Officials also found infected mosquitoes in neighborhoods around Lamb Avenue, Hosier Road, Clay Hill Road, Leesville, and Whaleyville, according to the release. Officials also found mosquitoes that tested positive for the WNV in the Lake Kennedy neighborhood. – See http://www.dailypress.com/news/southside/dp-suffolk-mosquitoes-0805,0,5811213.story

ashland cty.WIWisconsin 08/07/13 Ashland County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in the city of Ashland on July 25th has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.pricecountydaily.com/news/regional/article_1f4b6306-ff7a-11e2-b961-0019bb2963f4.html

Juneau_County.WIWisconsin 08/06/13 Juneau County: Health officials reported on Monday that a dead blue jay found in the county on July 23rd has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wiscnews.com/juneaucountystartimes/news/article_586ca7de-fee5-11e2-a2bf-0019bb2963f4.html

waukesha cty.WIWisconsin 08/05/13 Waukesha County: Health officials have confirmed that a crow found in Lisbon has tested positive for WNV. – For precautions and other information see http://menomoneefalls.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/west-nile-virus-confirmed-in-lisbon

Teton_County.WYWyoming 08/05/13 Teton County: Authorities have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the Jackson Hole area have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.eastidahonews.com/2013/08/west-nile-virus-found-in-wyoming/


baby-skunk5b5j - CopyFlorida 08/05/13 Lafayette County: The Department of Health is requesting residents’ assistance in locating people who may have been exposed to one of six potentially rabid baby skunks, known to be in the county during the last few months. Two of the baby skunks recently died, with one testing positive for rabies. The remaining four baby skunks are still unaccounted for. “It’s very important we locate people who may have acquired these baby skunks, so they can receive the appropriate treatment if they may have been exposed to rabies,” said Pamela Blackmon, Administrator, Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County. Contact Michael Mitchell or Cindy Morgan at the Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County at 386-294-1321 or 386-362-2708 if you may have been exposed.  For more information, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html. – See more at: http://suwanneedemocrat.com/mayo/x738618446/Health-officials-in-Lafayette-County-issue-rabies-alert#sthash.De3Bk71M.dpuf

imagesMaine 07/31/13 Cumberland County: Health officials have confirmed a fox that attacked five people in South Portland has tested positive for rabies. The fox jumped into the cab of a customer’s pickup truck in the Home Depot parking lot and bit him on the arm. It later attacked a jogger, bit a man and woman who were camping, and chased another man into an office building where the animal was trapped. – See http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/2013/07/31/maine-confirms-fox-that-attacked-five-was-rabid/PIR4wl7uJqglW8LhKymg0J/story.html

batwarningNorth Carolina 08/06/13 Wake and Chatham counties: A bat found in an apartment on Hampton Lee Court in Cary has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/second-case-of-rabies-reported-in-cary/12746486/

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

Photo by Tobias Mercer. Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Tobias Mercer. Wikimedia Commons.

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

Other Rabies Reports:

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

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

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

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

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

Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) & Powassan Virus Cases:

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

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

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Blacklegged tick

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

Another Powassan Report:

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

La Crosse Encephalitis (LACV):

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

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

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

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

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

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

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

West Nile Virus (WNV):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

RABIES in FERAL CAT COLONY prompts city in VIRGINIA to issue RABID CAT ALERT ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from FL, & NC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CA, CO, IL, LA, & WI ~ RABIES reports from CA, FLx3, GAx2, MA, NH, NCx3, VT, VA, & WA.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

Virginia 07/18/13 Stafford County: Health officials have issued a Rabid Cat Alert after a feral cat from a colony in the 700 block of Brooke Road in Fredericksburg tested positive for rabies. The cat bit a person on July 12th and was brought to an animal shelter where it was placed in quarantine, but it was found dead on the morning of July 15th. Eight more of the cats from that colony are now in quarantine, but at least three remain loose. Two other feral cats found in the county earlier this year also tested positive for rabies. One of these scratched a woman in Garrisonville in March. – See http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2013/07/18/rabid-cat-alert-issued-in-stafford-county-2/

41vzEGOpnhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Author’s Note: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has published a peer-reviewed guide titled “Feral Cats and Their Management” . See http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/ec1781/build/ec1781.pdf

And Stephen M. Vantassel, Wildlife Damage Project Coordinator, National Wildlife Control Operators Association board member, and co-author of the guide has also published a book titled “The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats”, which is available at Amazon.com and from other book retailers. Query: Does anyone know if a similar study has been done recently focusing on stray dogs?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Florida-Department-of-Health-LOGO1-e1293997049361-300x115Florida 07/18/13 thehorse.com: Health officials have confirmed that 16 horses in the state have tested positive for the EEE virus so far this year. Cases have been reported in Levy, Lake, Gilchrist (4), Alachua, Madison, St. Johns, Columbia, Gilchrist/Columbia (the horse had been in both counties during the two weeks prior to onset), Hamilton, Bradford (2), Putnam, and Hernando counties. All of the affected horses were euthanized. – See http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32217/more-than-a-dozen-eee-cases-reported-in-florida

Brunswick_County_NCNorth Carolina 07/18/13 Brunswick County: A horse that died in the county earlier this month was the first confirmed case of EEE in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/07/18/first-nc-case-of-eee-reported-brunswick-county

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Alameda_County_CACalifornia 07/17/13 Alameda County: Two dead crows found this week in Oakland and Pleasanton have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23680127/dead-birds-found-oakland-pleasanton-test-positive-west

Garfield_County.COColorado 07/17/13 Garfield County: Mosquitoes trapped at Willow Creek in Battlement Mesa, Cottonwood Park in Parachute, and Mile Pond Road southeast of Rifle, have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.postindependent.com/news/7349916-113/county-mosquito-mosquitoes-nile

Monroe_County.ILIllinois 07/18/13 Monroe County: Health officials have confirmed that a starling found on June 27th in Waterloo has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.heraldpubs.com/articles/2013/07/18/mascoutah/doc51e80f314a270779701798.txt

Lafayette_Parish_LALouisiana 07/17/13 Lafayette Parish: Health officials have confirmed that test results obtained from dead birds, sentinel chickens, and mosquito pools all indicate a very high level of WNV is present throughout the parish. – See http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20130715/NEWS01/130715001/West-Nile-virus-confirmed-Lafayette-Parish?nclick_check=1

Fond_du_Lac_County.WIWisconsin 07/18/13 Fond du Lac County: A dead crow found in the county on July 10th has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20130717/FON0101/307170385/West-Nile-virus-found-FdL-County?nclick_check=1


1055_bat2BrownBatWICalifornia 07/17/13 Los Angeles County: A bat that was being carried around by an unvaccinated dog in the city of Santa Clarita’s Saugus neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The dog has been quarantined for six months. – See http://scvnews.com/2013/07/17/scv-dog-quarantined-for-capturing-rabid-bat/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlorida 07/18/13 Franklin County: A fox that bit a woman working in her yard on North Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint on Monday has tested positive for rabies. In a separate incident, another fox attacked a dog in the same vicinity on Wednesday but escaped. However, a dead fox found in the area on Thursday and believed to be the one that attacked the dog is now being tested for the virus. – See http://www.apalachtimes.com/news/local-news/rabid-fox-attack-reported-in-eastpoint-1.174311

images4g44g78Florida 07/18/13 Marion County: A Rabies Alert has been issued after a raccoon found just north of Ocala on July 17th tested positive for the virus. – For boundaries of the alert see http://www.ocala.com/article/20130718/ARTICLES/130719687/1005/sports01?Title=Rabies-alert-north-of-Ocala

thumbnailCA96GGSLFlorida 07/17/13 Seminole County: A Rabies Alert issued on July 11th will remain in effect through September 9th after officials discovered a bobcat in Geneva that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.seminolechronicle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2013/07/17/51e6c476edde2

800px-Raccoon_femaleGeorgia 07/18/13 Columbia County: A raccoon that attacked a dog near Gay Road just north of Harlem on July 13th has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrdw.com/news/health/headlines/Raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-Harlem-216013331.html

20731_279434686800_6409457_aGeorgia 07/17/13 Hall County: A raccoon that came in contact with a dog in the vicinity of Wellington Avenue in the northern part of the county has tested positive for rabies. This is the second confirmed Rabies Alert in the county this week. – See http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/86246/

Massachusetts 07/17/13 Middlesex County: A fox that bit a man’s boot on Cypress Road in Arlington last Saturday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://arlington.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fox-in-saturdays-incident-presumed-to-have-rabies

GreyFox_decNYNew Hampshire 07/18/13 Strafford County: A grey fox that bit a man, 78, and a woman, 83, in separate incidents in Durham was shot Wednesday but was not tested for rabies. – See http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/new-hampshire/10011184956339/2-bitten-by-gray-fox-in-durham-nh/

North Carolina 07/18/13 Cumberland County: A fox that was attacked and killed by nine dogs off Crittercreek Road in the Gray’s Creek area of Fayetteville on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. The dogs were not vaccinated and an official say the dogs’ owners had not decided whether to euthanize or pay for quarantining their pets. – See http://www.wral.com/rabid-fox-found-in-cumberland-county/12677636/

North Carolina 07/16/13 Yadkin County: A raccoon that bit a stray dog in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 21 south of Arnold Road in Hamptonville on July 9th has tested positive for rabies. The dog, pictured here in captivity, was running without identification and was euthanized. It was a “boxer type” with a bobtail, 50-60 pounds, and dark brown with a white chest, four white paws, and Raccoon-SiedePreis-sma black snout. Anyone who came in contact with this dog should seek immediate medical advice. – See http://www.elkintribune.com/news/home_top/2308107/Dog-euthenized-after-bitten-by-rabid-raccoon

North Carolina 07/17/13 Orange County: A raccoon that was attacked by a vaccinated dog in Chapel Hill on Tuesday has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wral.com/raccoon-tests-positive-for-rabies-in-orange-county/12673659/

Vermont 07/17/13 Windham County: A grey fox that attacked a young 5704860-portrait-of-gray-fox-barkingman at a residence in Jamaica on June 29th has tested positive for rabies. A second young person was potentially exposed to the virus in spattered blood and saliva. – See http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=7949&page=1#.UehDqW3DK5e

Virginia 07/18/13 Isle of Wight County: A fox that attacked a girl in the vicinity of Lee’s Mill Road has tested positive for rabies. This is the second incident involving a rabid fox in the county this month. – See http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/rabid-fox-attacks-isle-wight-girl-her-yard

neverbarehandedsmWashington 07/18/13 King County: A sick bat found on the beach at Madison Park in Seattle on July 15th has tested positive for rabies, prompting a public health alert. Anyone who had contact with the bat should seek immediate medical advice. The bat was found under a tree at the south end of the park located at E. Madison and E. Howe streets. – See http://www.nwcn.com/news/216080461.html and a report in this blog posted on July 13, 2013.

CANADA: Two hikers survive GRIZZLY attack in BRITISH COLUMBIA ~ CDC issues Advisory on SWINE FLU (H3N2v) ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS report from ALABAMA ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx3, CO, IL, IA, MN, NE, NV, & CANADA: ONTARIO ~ RABIES reports from GA, IN, MO, SC, & VT.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.

Grizzly bear. Photo by Rennett Stowe. Wikimedia Commons.


British Columbia 07/04/13 edmontonjournal.com: by Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun – Conservation officers in Fernie are searching for a wounded mother grizzly bear after two men were attacked Wednesday morning on the ridge of Proctor Mountain. Sgt. Joe Caravetta, a B.C. conservation officer, said two men in their mid-30s from Fernie were walking on a popular hiking and mountain biking trail between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when they encountered a sow and her cub. He said the sow became “very defensive” of her cub and attacked one of the men and pushed him about six metres down the steep trail near the peak of the mountain. The man used his bear spray and the grizzly retreated, said Caravetta. The sow then went after the other hiker and knocked him to the ground before chewing on his arms and upper body. Caravetta said the hiker pulled out his gun and shot the bear at close range. The wounded animal ran away with her cub. The men administered their own first-aid from supplies they were carrying in their packs.

FernieBCLimping with wounds to their legs, arms and bodies, the two men made their way back down the mountain and to Elk Valley Hospital. One man was treated at Elk Valley and released, while the other was taken to Lethbridge Hospital in Alberta with non-life-threatening injuries. He was also released early Thursday morning, said Caravetta.  Conservation officers don’t know how badly hurt the bear is or whether it died, but will try and locate the bear today. Caravetta said they may have to kill the bear if it is in pain. “If it’s suffering we will put it out of its misery. We don’t want an animal to suffer,” he said. The attack was defensive and not predatory, said Caravetta, adding that the hikers were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Fairy Creek recreation trail has been closed as a precaution while conservation officers investigate. – For complete article see http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Mother+grizzly+bear+attacks+hikers+near+Fernie/8616349/story.html

Influenza (H3N2v):

imagesNational 07/05/13 cdc.gov: Health Advisory – The first cases of influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus infection this year were reported in June 2013. These cases were associated with exposure to swine at an agricultural fair prior to illness onset. Agricultural fairs take place across the United States every year, primarily 20110905_state_fair1_33during the summer months and into early fall. Many fairs have swine barns, where pigs from different places come in close contact with each other and with people. These venues may allow spread of influenza viruses both among pigs and between pigs and people. Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns at fairs this year. – For complete advisory see http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00351.as

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Alabama_Department_of_Public_Health_svgAlabama 07/05/13 Mobile County: Health officials have confirmed that sentinel chickens cooped in the 36582 and 36541 ZIP code areas have tested positive for EEE. – See http://blog.al.com/live/2013/07/sentinel_chickens_in_mobile_te.html

West Nile Virus (WNV):

contra costa county CACalifornia 07/02/13 Contra Costa County: Mosquitoes trapped near Bixler and Point of Timber roads in the Discovery Bay area have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23587856/discovery-bay-mosquitoes-test-positive-west-nile-virus

Riverside Cty CACalifornia 07/03/13 Riverside County: Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV. The chickens were in the vicinity of Avenue 70 and Lincoln Street in Mecca, just north of the Salton Sea. – See http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130703/NEWS01/307030004/West-Nile-virus-Mecca-Palm-Springs-area?nclick_check=1

CA-Sacramento-YoloCalifornia 07/03/13 Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: Sacramento County:  18 dead birds and 58 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. 1 human case has been reported. Yolo County: 6 dead birds and 19 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV to date. – See http://www.fightthebite.net/2013/07/03/2521/

CO-CDPHE_logoColorado 07/03/13 colorado.gov: News Release – Health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV reported in the state this year occurred in a Delta County resident. In addition to the human case, 21 mosquito pools (groups of mosquitoes batched together for testing) have tested positive from Adams (1), Boulder (2), Larimer (6), Mesa (8), Pueblo (2) and Weld (2) counties. A sick llama from Mesa County was also confirmed with WNV infection. – See http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=CDPHE-Main%2FCBONLayout&cid=1251643982854&pagename=CBONWrapper

indexIllinois 07/03/13 Perry County: Mosquitoes trapped in the village of Tamaroa have tested positive for WNV. Five Illinois counties are reporting WNV, including Cook, St. Clair, Perry, DuPage and McHenry counties. – See http://vaccinenewsdaily.com/medical_countermeasures/325881-southern-illinois-reports-first-positive-west-nile-virus-mosquitoes-in-2013/

LinnCounty_IAIowa 07/04/13 Linn County: Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the state so far this year has occurred in a middle-aged male who is recovering. – See http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/iowa-reports-first-human-west-nile-virus-case-in-linn-county-man-54582/

Carver-County_MNMinnesota 07/04/13 Carver County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquitoes trapped in the county have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.startribune.com/local/214290201.html

NEdhhs_blueNebraska 07/03/13 Nebraska DHHS: Health AlertMosquitoes trapped in Scottsbluff, Dawson, and Webster counties have tested positive for WNV. – See http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/UPDATE070313.pdf

476669_GNevada 07/03/13 Southern Nevada Health District: The first two human cases of WNV for 2013 have been confirmed in a woman, 60, and a man, 70. The woman was hospitalized with a more serious case of the illness. – See http://www.8newsnow.com/story/22753737/breaking-news-west-nile-virus-found-in-two-valley-human


lambton-county-OntarioOntario 07/05/13 Lambtron County: Health officials have confirmed a crow found in south Sarnia on June 21st was infected with WNV. – See http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2013/07/05/crow-positive-for-west-nile-virus/


1426663Georgia 07/03/13 Chatham County:  A raccoon that was trapped after it bit a family dog outside the pet’s home on Wilmington Island’s Moss Drive has tested positive for rabies. – See http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-07-03/wilmington-island-raccoon-tests-positive-rabies#.UdZEI22mVFt

320x240Indiana 07/03/13 Vanderburgh County: A bat found in Evansville has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wave3.com/story/22753628/evansville-bat-tests-positive-for-rabies

crittersMissouri 07/03/13 Wayne County: So far, 19 rabid animals have been detected in the southeast area (14 skunks, one horse, one cat, three dogs) versus only three rabid animals (all bats) in the rest of the state. Although the total number of rabid animals seen in southeastern Missouri is above average, the alarming aspect is the number of these animals that are domestic. This is quite unusual for Missouri and most likely indicates a sustained, higher-than-normal level of rabies activity in animals that naturally harbor and transmit this virus, which in this part of Missouri is primarily skunks. – See http://www.waynecojournalbanner.com/news/article_c3f82f04-e3ed-11e2-bd6f-0019bb30f31a.html

15567NPSSouth Carolina 07/03/13 York County: Officials have confirmed that a fox encountered by a man and woman in the Rock Hill area has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.wrhi.com/2013/07/york-county-couple-treated-for-rabies-exposure-80742

baby-skunk5b5j - CopyVermont 07/03/13 Washington County: Eleven people, including six children, and several pets are being treated for potential exposure to the rabies virus after a baby skunk was rescued from the side of a road in Barre. The only way to rescue a wild animal is to make sure it is handled properly (with gloves and placed into a box) and brought to a state wildlife rehabilitator. For guidance on what to do if you find a wild animal (such as a baby animal that appears to have been abandoned by its mother), contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (802-241-3700. Once the animals are taken in as pets and improperly handled, and people are either bitten or exposed to saliva, the potential for rabies requires that the animal is tested for the disease. Animal testing for rabies involves killing the animal and testing a sample of its brain tissue. Without treatment, rabies is a fatal disease for humans and animals. – See http://vtdigger.org/2013/07/03/health-department-11-people-exposed-to-rabid-skunk/

Scientists scramble to solve NOVEL CORONAVIRUS mystery ~ NEBRASKA and NEW MEXICO issue TULAREMIA ALERTS ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from AL, FL, GA, & SC ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from CAx2, IL, IN, MA, NEx2, TXx3, & WI ~ RABIES reports from AL, KS, MT, RI, & TX.

This is not Earth revolving around the sun. It's a transmission electron micrograph of a novel coronavirus associated with MERS. Courtesy of NIAID, National Institutes of Health.

This is not a bright yellow sun shining on a red planet.. It’s a transmission electron micrograph of a novel coronavirus associated with MERS. Courtesy of NIAID, National Institutes of Health.

Global 07/01/13 nytimes.com: by Denise Grady – As the scientists peered into the darkness, their headlamps revealed an eerie sight. Hundreds of eyes glinted back at them from the walls and ceiling. They had discovered, in a crumbling, long-abandoned village half-buried in sand near a remote town in southwestern Saudi Arabia, a roosting spot for bats. It was an ideal place to set up traps. The search for bats is part of an investigation into a deadly new viral disease that has drawn scientists from around the world to Saudi Arabia. The virus, first detected there last year, is known to have infected at least 77 people, killing 40 of them, in eight countries. The illness, called MERS, for Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, is caused by a coronavirus, a relative of the virus that caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which originated in China and caused an international outbreak in 2003 that infected at least 8,000 people and killed nearly 800.

Bats_NPSAs the case count climbs, critical questions about MERS remain unanswered. Scientists do not know where it came from, where the virus exists in nature, why it has appeared now, how people are being exposed to it, or whether it is becoming more contagious and could erupt into a much larger outbreak, as SARS did. The disease almost certainly originated with one or more people contracting the virus from animals — probably bats — but scientists do not know how many times that kind of spillover to humans has occurred, or how likely it is to keep happening. There is urgency to the hunt for answers. Half the known cases have been fatal, though the real death rate is probably lower, because there almost certainly have been mild cases that have gone undetected. But the virus still worries health experts, because it can cause such severe disease and has shown an alarming ability to spread among patients in a hospital. It causes flulike symptoms that can progress to severe pneumonia. The disease is a chilling example of what health experts call emerging infections, caused by viruses or other organisms that suddenly find their way into humans. Many of those diseases are “zoonotic,” meaning they are normally harbored by animals but somehow manage to jump species. “As the population continues to grow, we’re bumping up against wildlife, and they happen to carry some nasty viruses we’ve never seen before,” said Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist and the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a scientific group that studies links between human health, the health of wild and domestic animals, and the environment.

MERS_CoV_mapSaudi Arabia has had the most patients so far (62), but cases have also originated in Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from the Arabian peninsula have taken the disease to Britain, France, Italy and Tunisia, and have infected a few people in those countries. Health experts are also worried about the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage that will draw millions of visitors to Saudi Arabia in October. MERS has not reached the United States, but health officials have told doctors to be on the lookout for patients who get sick soon after visiting the Middle East. So far, more than 40 people in 20 states have been tested, all with negative results, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of the National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

cdc_logoThe illness can be spread by coughs and sneezes, or contaminated surfaces, and people with chronic diseases seem especially vulnerable. More men than women have fallen ill, possibly because women have been protected by their veils. A cluster of cases that began in a Saudi hospital in April ultimately involved 23 people, including several family members and health workers. One man infected seven people, each of whom spread the disease to at least one other person. Regardless of where they emerge, new illnesses are just “a plane ride away,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the C.D.C. And while MERS is not highly contagious like the flu, he said, “the likelihood of spread is not small.” – For complete article with extensive information about vulnerability and transmission see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/health/experts-scramble-to-trace-the-emergence-of-mers.html?pagewanted=2&tntemail0=y&_r=0&emc=tnt


Nebraska 06/28/13 Lincoln County: Two more cases of tularemia have been identified in the Lincoln County area. One of these is a 9-year-old boy. – See http://www.knopnews2.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&zoonosis_Tularemiaid=8164:two-cases-of-tularemia-in-area&Itemid=105

New Mexico 06/27/13 health.state.nm.us: News Release – The Department of Health announced today that tularemia cases are on the increase in several locations around the state. Since the middle of April there have been 4 cases in people and 6 cases in dogs and cats. The human cases include a 45-year-old man from Santa Fe County, an 88-year-old woman from McKinley County, a 62-year-old woman from Santa Fe County and a 75-year-old woman from San Juan County. Three of the human cases were hospitalized and all have recovered and gone home. Onset of illness in the most recent case was June 15. The pet cases include 2 cats and one dog from Santa Fe County, a dog from Sandoval County, a dog from Los Alamos County, and a cat from Torrance County. They have all recovered. – For complete release see http://www.health.state.nm.us/CommunicationsOffice/2013%20News%20Releases/NMDOH-PressRelease-20130627-Tularemia-EN.pdf

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Mobile Cty ALAlabama 06/28/13 Mobile County: Health officials have confirmed that a sentinel chicken placed in the county has tested positive for EEE. No further information about location was provided. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/ce1a7c27e23b4190b11b245d044828f1/AL–Mosquitoes-Disease

Hernando cty FLFlorida 06/28/13 Hernando County: A sentinel chicken that is part of a flock located near State Road 50 and Ridge Manor Boulevard, near the landfill, in Spring Hill has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/6/28/chicken_tests_positi.html

Brooks_County.GAGeorgia 06/28/13 Brooks County: The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed that another horse stabled in the county has tested positive for EEE. This is the second EEE-infected horse found in the county and the fourth case of EEE in an animal in the South Health District so far this year. – See http://www.wctv.tv/news/headlines/Horse-Tests-Positive-For-EEE-In-Brooks-County-213521901.html

Sumter_County.SCSouth Carolina 06/29/13 Sumter County: A foal stabled in the county that recently died has tested positive for EEE. Two adult horses that died at the same farm around the same time are suspected of also having EEE. – See http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/8b2f85cdbf234c5eaaedf72f81a563ef/NC–EEE-Horse-Death

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Placer-County_CACalifornia 06/29/13 Placer County: Health officials have confirmed that mosquito samples taken from traps in Roseville and Sheridan have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.rocklintoday.com/news/templates/community_news.asp?articleid=11795&zoneid=4

Los Angeles Cty CACalifornia 06/28/13 Los Angeles County: Two dead American crows found at El Dorado Park in Long Beach have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.lbpost.com/news/2000002516-west-nile-virus-found-in-el-dorado-park-birds#.Uc5NOZymVFt


Cook cty ILIllinois 06/28/13 Cook County: Public health officials have found WNV in a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Chicago for the first time this year. – See http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9156241

Adams_County.LNIndiana 06/27/13 Adams County: The first signs of WNV in the county were found Friday in mosquitoes trapped in the county that tested positive for the virus. – See http://vaccinenewsdaily.com/medical_countermeasures/325773-indiana-detects-first-west-nile-virus-activity-of-2013/

plymouth cty MAMassachusetts 06/28/13 Plymouth County: Public health officials announced today that a mosquito collected on June 25th in Whitman has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/10011015074128/mosquito-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus/

NebraskaPanhandleNebraska 07/01/13 Panhandle: Mosquito samples from the state’s Panhandle region have tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.chadrad.com/newsstory.cfm?story=30038

Lincoln-County_NENebraska 06/29/13 Lincoln County: One human case of WNV has been confirmed in the county, and the virus has also been detected in mosquitoes trapped in the county this year. – See http://www.omaha.com/article/20130629/LIVEWELL01/706299910/1161

Erath_County_TXTexas 07/01/13 Erath County: Health officials have confirmed a human case of WNV in Dublin. – See http://www.yourstephenvilletx.com/news/local/article_5f9ba464-e27b-11e2-94de-001a4bcf887a.html

harris cty TXTexas 06/28/13 Harris County: A new sample of mosquitoes trapped in the 77520 zip code area of Baytown has tested positive for WNV. – See http://news92fm.com/363102/west-nile-virus-found-in-mosquitoes-in-baytown/

tarrant cty TXTexas 06/28/13 Tarrant County: The city of Grapevine has finished spraying in the vicinity of the Police Department at 300 W. Dallas Road where a mosquito was trapped on Thursday that later tested positive for WNV. – See http://impactnews.com/grapevine-to-retest-after-spraying/

Washington_County.WIWisconsin 06/28/13 Washington County: A dead crow found in the county is the first bird in the state to test positive for WNV this year. – See http://www.haywardwi.com/news/article_14cc6ac0-de77-11e2-8f10-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story


raccoon_lgAlabama 07/01/13 Chilton County: A raccoon found last week near U.S. Highway 31 and County Road 29 has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/2013/07/01/second-rabies-case-found-in-chilton-county/

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKansas 07/01/13 McPherson County: On Monday, a cow kept in the county tested positive for rabies. This is the second case of rabies in the county and the 37th case statewide so far this year including 27 skunks, four bovines, two dogs, two cats, one fox and one bat. – See http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/article/20130701/NEWS/130709977/1001/NEWS#axzz2XrJqSRm0

dog_skunk_338171703Montana 07/01/13 Yellowstone County: The Billings Police Department has announced the county is under a 60-Day Rabies Quarantine after a domestic dog at the Windsor Trailer Court in the Heights showed non-aggressive symptoms of rabies. Chief Rich St. John said the dog came in contact with a skunk. Further investigation revealed as many has 13 people were exposed to the virus, as well as other people and loose pets.- See http://www.kulr8.com/story/22737723/yellowstone-co-under-rabies-quarantine

help-mdRhode Island 07/01/13 Providence County: A 12-year-old boy was attacked by a dog during baseball practice Monday at the Gano Street ball fields in the City of Providence. The dog, described as a “brown, possible pit bull mix” bit his leg and arm. The dog’s owner, who left the scene before being identified, was described as “a white man in his 20s or 30s with collar length hair”. If authorities cannot determine whether the dog has been vaccinated for the virus, the boy is likely to need rabies prevention shots, which can be quite painful. – See http://www.turnto10.com/story/22734686/boy-attacked-by-dog-at-baseball-practice

IMG_1947Texas 07/01/13 Hays County: Health officials issued a Rabies Alert after a bat that tested positive for the virus was found in the filtration system at Coves of Cimmaron Community Pool, just ouside of Buda.  – See http://www.woai.com/content/news/newslinks/story/Rabies-alert-issued-in-Hays-County/Lao9Mb65kUSTEoOAfrJNDg.cspx

PENNSYLVANIA confirms a third captive DEER linked to CWD cases escaped into the wild ~ MOUNTAIN LION reports from CO, & NE ~ WEST NILE VIRUS reports from FL, LA, & TX ~ RABIES reports from AZ, NY, & WIx2.

Whitetailed Buck. Courtesy National Park Service.

Pennsylvania 11/13/12 pennlive.com: by Marcus Schneck – Another deer linked to the captive herd in New Oxford, Adams County, where Pennsylvania saw its first two confirmed cases of the deadly chronic wasting disease over the past month, has been reported as escaped from a deer farm in Alexandria, Huntingdon County. The escapee – designated as Purple 4 in the state’s deer farming industry – escaped from the Gordon Trimer enclosure at 4794 Trimers Rd, Alexandria, according to Mathew Meals, deputy secretary of the state Department of Agriculture. He said prior to its escape into the wild “several months ago,” the deer was sold or otherwise transferred to Trimer from the Freedom Whitetails facility of Travis Rhodes at 694 Johnstown Road, East Freedom. Rhodes had acquired the deer from the Ronald Rutters herd at 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford. Meals noted that the Alexandria operation did not have the required license for operating a deer farm from Ag and the situation there is “under investigation by the department.”

Indications of an additional unlicensed operation surfaced at the second of three public meetings about CWD, last Thursday in York, when “a gentlemen stood up and said that he has deer and was not licensed,” said Meals. “He did not stick around long enough for us to get his information,” he added, but additional information about that potential site also is under investigation by Ag. The Alexandria and East Freedom deer operations, as well as 27 other sites in 16 counties, have been placed under quarantine because Ag’s “track back” efforts have determined that deer at those facilities came into contact with deer from the New Oxford enclosure, which also is under quarantine. – For complete article see http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2012/11/another_deer_linked_to_site_of_pennsylvanias_first_confirmed_case_of_chronic_wasting_disease_is_repo.html

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 11/13/12 Fort Collins: A state wildlife officer shot and killed a mountain lion on Sunday that got into a goat shed at a research laboratory on Colorado State University’s Foothills Campus. – See http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20121113/NEWS01/311130026/Wildlife-officer-kills-mountain-lion-caught-at-CSU-Foothills-Campus?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|NEWS&nclick_check=1

Nebraska 11/14/12 Brown County: A deer hunter shot and killed a mountain lion near Ainsworth over the weekend that he said was stalking him. An official investigation determined the hunter’s actions were justified given the cat’s behavior. – See http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/newshound/2012/11/deer-hunter-shoots-mountain-lion-self-defense

West Nile Virus (WNV):

Florida 11/13/12 Alachua County: Health officials are investigating the first three human cases of WNV reported in the county since 2003. The disease had been detected on Sept. 20 in sentinel chickens used by the department. – See http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121113/ARTICLES/121119857

Louisiana 11/09/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – The state’s worst year for WNV in a decade continues into the fall season, with state health officials reporting 12 new human cases and two deaths this week.There are five new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Allen (1), Avoyelles (1), Grant (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. There are six new West Nile fever cases reported this week, from Caddo (2), Jefferson (1), LaSalle (1) and Rapides (2) parishes. One new asymptomatic case was reported this week, from Bossier Parish. Louisiana has had 356 WNV cases, of which 146 are neuroinvasive disease, and 15 deaths, all of which occurred within two weeks of disease onset, thus far in 2012. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2692

Texas 11/13/12 Travis County: Health officials confirm two more people have died of WNV. Both were older than 50 years. This brings the county’s WNV-related death total to 5 this year. – See http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/two-more-west-nile-deaths-in-travis-co


Arizona 11/09/12 Maricopa County: A bat that bit a Southeast Valley girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20121109southeast-valley-girl-getting-rabies-vaccine-after-bat-bite-abrk.html?nclick_check=1

New York 11/14/12 Clinton County: A skunk killed by a resident on Jabez Allen Road in Peru has tested positive for rabies. This is the sixth animal found in the county this year that has tested positive for the virus. – See http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x685220652/Sixth-rabid-animal-reported-in-Clinton-County

Wisconsin 11/13/12 Madison County: A skunk found on Hill Street in Comer, and a raccoon found on West Kellogg Drive in Danielsville, have both tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/5668-Two-more-rabies-cases-reported-in-county.html

Wisconsin 11/12/12 Dane County: A dog that attacked another dog and bit the dog’s owner is being sought by Department of Public Health – Madison and Dane County officials. The department said the dog was attacked on Saturday at about 3 p.m. at the Brittingham Dog Park on West Shore Drive in Madison. A man was bitten as he tried to pry open the mouth of the dog biting his dog, according to health officials. The dog is described as a black or dark bridle bull mastiff or similar breed.  It’s possibly named Sully. The dog’s owner is described as a white woman in her mid-20s, short, with an average build and brown hair. If the dog is not located, the victim might have to take an expensive and painful series of shots to prevent rabies, according to health officials. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 608-255-2345.

MINNESOTA confirms state’s first known case of WHITETAIL DEER with RABIES ~ County in NEW MEXICO facing RABIES outbreak ~ EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS reports from FLORIDA, & NORTH CAROLINA.

Whitetail Deer. Photo by Emery Way. Wikimedia Commons.

Minnesota 11/06/12 postbulletin.com: by John Weiss – When a deer was found nearly drowned in a Mower County pond a few weeks ago, experts thought it might have epizootic hemorrhagic disease, an infectious and sometimes fatal disease that they feared had come into Minnesota from Iowa or another state. Much to their surprise, the whitetail had rabies. It was the first known case of a whitetail deer with rabies in Minnesota, said Dr. Joni Scheftel, a Minnesota Public Health Department veterinarian. While it’s incredibly rare for a deer to have the disease, “all mammals can get rabies,” she said. This one probably got it after being bitten by a rabid skunk. It was not a danger to humans, she said. The person who reported the deer saw it near a pond and pulled it out. One of the symptoms of the hemorrhagic disease is that deer seek water because they have a fever, said Dr. Michelle Carstensen, a Department of Natural Resources veterinarian. Another symptom is they bleed from the mouth or anus.

Courtesy National Park Service.

A DNR conservation office investigated, she said. The rabies was detected when the animal’s brain was tested. While it’s the first known case, “it could be that there were cases that went undetected,” Carstensen said. Infected animals might have died in the woods unnoticed, she said. A rabid animal appears disoriented and acts strangely, and its hind legs become paralyzed. Having a deer get rabies “is a really good lesson to everyone to vaccinate your dogs and cats for rabies,” Scheftel said. They, along with horses, can get rabies. Hunters are reminded to not eat meat from a deer that appears sick. It’s just a common safety warning and not related to the rabies case, she said. Hunters who see an animal that might be sick should contact a conservation officer, Carstensen said. The officer will decide what to do and could allow the hunter to shoot the animal, she said. Hunters should wear gloves when field dressing deer and wash their hands after, Scheftel said. Rabies is not found in meat so it’s not a food-safety issue, she said. But bugs and other things that could be in the entrails can cause problems for humans, she said.

New Mexico 11/05/12 krqe.com: by Kim Vallez – The rabies outbreak in Eddy County has taken a scary turn after an infected fox attacked a man, but it was not done yet. It then went after four small dogs. Carlsbad is experiencing its worst rabies outbreak ever. Rabid animals like raccoons, bats and now foxes are on the attack. Sean lynch awoke to his dog growling Friday morning. ”I went outside to see what was going on when stepped outside saw something run through fence of back yard,” Lynch said. “About that time something bit the back of my leg turned around to see a fox running away.” Lynch now undergoing rabies shots. The rabid fox then attacked two dogs down the road and went after Isai Rodriguez’s two dogs Maya and Mateo. – For complete article see http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/health/eddy-county-facing-rabies-outbreak

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE):

Florida 11/05/12 Hernando County: Health officials confirm another sentinel chicken in the NW corner of the county has tested positive for EEE. This is the second EEE positive chicken from the same flock as the one reported last month. – See http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/nov/05/second-chicken-tests-positive-for-virus-ar-555012/

North Carolina 11/06/12 Brunswick County: A colt that died in the county has been confirmed as the 19th horse to test positive for EEE in the state so far this year. – See http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/11/06/brunswick-county-horse-tests-positive-for-eee

NEW YORK man camping in the ADIRONDACKS survives suspected case of HANTAVIRUS ~ MOUNTAIN LION report from COLORADO ~ COYOTE report from NEVADA ~ ST. LOUIS ENCEPHALITIS report from FLORIDA ~ EEE & WNV reports from IL, LA, NY, TX, & CANADA: ALBERTA ~ RABIES reports from FL, GA, MA, NJ, NCx2, TX, & VT ~ CDC REPORTS: ZOONOTIC DISEASE summary for week ending October 6, 2012.

Deer mouse. Common carrier of Hantavirus. Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New York 10/13/12 timesunion.com: by Rick Karlin – The Long Island resident who contracted a suspected case of hantavirus after being bitten by a mouse in the Adirondacks in August believes the state Department of Environmental Conservation should consider trapping mice in the region to try to gauge how many rodents are carrying the illness. And “if it’s confirmed, they should really say something about it,” said Long Island’s Michael Vaughan on Friday during a telephone conference with his doctor at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he recovered from the virus last month. A geophysicist and researcher at SUNY Stony Brook, the 72-year-old was bitten by a mouse while camping in a High Peaks lean-to and became ill a month later. Vaughan and his doctor, Rekha Sivadas, cautioned that the hantavirus wasn’t officially confirmed: They’re still waiting for blood samples to come back from the federal Centers for Disease Control and state Health Department. But Sivadas said a sample they sent to a reputable private lab turned up positive for hantavirus, and Vaughan exhibited classic symptoms of the ailment.

While rare, hantavirus can become serious, attacking its victim’s respiratory system. Earlier in the summer, an outbreak of the virus in California’s Yosemite National Park infected nine people and killed three who caught it while staying in canvas-sided cabins. The virus is usually contracted by people when they inhale dust contaminated with rodent droppings. Transmission through a bite is highly unusual. – For complete article see http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Patient-Check-rodents-for-hantavirus-3944488.php

Mountain Lion Sightings:

Colorado 10/12/12 Montezuma County: State wildlife officers trapped and euthanized a mountain lion last week that killed five sheep off of County Road G in the McElmo Canyon area. A nearby resident said the lion was large enough to carry an 80-pound sheep. – See http://www.cortezjournal.com/article/20121013/NEWS01/710139929/Mountain-lion-kills-five-sheep

Coyote Attacks:

Nevada 10/13/12 Washoe County: A Spanish Springs resident witnessed her dog being killed by a coyote in her backyard on October 1, and when she approached the scene the coyote was large enough to clear a pair of six foot fences while holding the pet in its mouth. – See http://www.dailysparkstribune.com/view/full_story/20476975/article-Spreading-the-word

St. Louis Encephalitis:

Florida 10/12/12 Orange County: Health officials are alerting residents after a flock of sentinel chickens tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis virus. Residents are urged to avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. – See http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-10-12/news/os-encephalitis-orange-county-20121012_1_encephalitis-virus-mosquito-bites-sentinel-chicken-flocks

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

Illinois 10/11/12 Woodford County: Health officials have confirmed that a dead crow found in Minonk on Oct. 2nd has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.pjstar.com/news/x2143895642/West-Nile-now-in-Woodford-County

Louisiana 10/12/12 dhh.louisiana.gov: Update – State health officials today confirmed 9 new human cases of WNV. Also, one death from WNV occurred this week. This year, 312 cases and 12 deaths from the disease have been reported. There are 5 new neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, from Calcasieu (2), Iberia (1), Lafayette (1) and Orleans (1) parishes. There are 4 new West Nile Fever cases, from Ascension (2), Jefferson Davis (1) and Livingston (1) parishes. – See http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2667

New York 10/13/12 Schuylkill County: Health officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the county has tested positive for WNV. – See http://republicanherald.com/news/west-nile-virus-detected-in-horse-in-schuylkill-county-1.1387439

Texas 10/11/12 Nueces County: Local health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 50s is the 7th human case of WNV in the county so far this year. – See http://www.kiiitv.com/story/19799475/seventh-case-of-west-nile-confirmed-in-nueces-county


Alberta 10/12/12 ctvnews.ca: An Alberta Health Services spokesperson said Friday that a death in a southern area of the province marks the first WNV-related fatality in the province since 2007. – See http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/one-dead-from-west-nile-virus-in-alberta-1.993627


Florida 10/12/12 Bay County: Local health officials issued a rabies alert on Friday for Callaway and Parker after a raccoon captured at the intersection of Lannie Rowe Drive and South Gay Avenue in Callaway tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.newsherald.com/news/health/rabies-alert-issued-for-callaway-and-parker-1.29059

Georgia 10/12/12 Houston County: A fox killed by a couple in Warner Robins on Thursday when the woman found the animal biting her 5-year-old child has tested positive for rabies. Police say the woman was also bitten. Police believe the same fox had earlier bitten another woman. – See http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Warner-Robins-police-investigate-fox-attacks-3943108.php

Massachusetts 10/12/12 Barnstable County: More than 24,000 oral rabies vaccination baits aimed at attracting raccoons and other wildlife will be distributed in selected areas from Barnstable through Orleans starting Monday, Oct. 15, officials from Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week. – See http://www.wickedlocal.com/orleans/multimedia/video/x1826352572/Rabies-baits-spread-across-half-the-Cape#axzz29EpnxV52

New Jersey 10/11/12 Atlantic County: A raccoon found in the 100 block of Perry Lane in Egg Harbor Township on Oct 8th has tested positive for rabies. Two vaccinated dogs that may have been in contact with the raccoon have been placed under quarantine. – See  http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/egg-harbor-twp/eht-events/30575-rabies-news.html

North Carolina 10/11/12 Guilford County: A raccoon found on West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro tested positive for rabies. One person and one dog may have been exposed to the virus. This is the 23rd confirmed rabies case in the county so far this year. – See http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/249519/57/23rd-Case-Of-Rabies-Confirmed-In-Guilford-County

North Carolina 10/11/12 Mecklenburg County: Health officials issued a rabies warning on Thursday after a dog found on Stem Court in the Holly Hills neighborhood of Mint Hill, zip code 28227, tested positive for the virus. – See http://www.wbtv.com/story/19796300/health-officials-warn

Texas 10/12/12 Coryell County: A raccoon that was displaying unusual behavior last week in the vicinity of the Robertson Avenue Baptist Church in Copperas Cove has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.kxxv.com/story/19807614/rabies-detected-in-wild-animals-in-copperas-cove

Vermont 10/13/12 Windham County: A Bellows Falls family is reportedly in good health after unofficially adopting a family of stray cats, one of which has died from a confirmed case of rabies. According to Dr. Bob Johnson, Vermont’s state health veterinarian, a mother cat and four kittens were found in the village and taken in by a kind-hearted family a little over a month ago. After four to six weeks, however, one of the kittens became ill and lethargic and a member of the family brought it to the Rockingham Veterinary Clinic in Chester. The feral kitten’s condition worsened and it died on Thursday. The cause of death was determined to be an open wound infected with rabies. – See http://www.reformer.com/ci_21763732/officials-confirm-case-rabies-bellows-falls?source=most_viewed

CDC Reports:

CDC MMWR Summary for Week ending October 6, 2012:

Published October 12, 2012/ 61(40); ND-550-ND-564

Anaplasmosis . . . 3 . . . New York (2), Virginia,

Babesiosis . . . 1 . . . Maryland,

Brucellosis . . . 1 . . . California,    

Ehrlichiosis . . . 8 . . . New York (2), North Carolina (6),

Giardiasis . . . 126 . . . Alaska (3), Arkansas (2), California (17), Florida (26), Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine (4), Maryland (5), Michigan (2), Missouri (6), Nevada, New York (13), Ohio (13), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (6), Vermont, Virginia (3), Washington (14), West Virginia, Wisconsin (3),

Hansen Disease (Leprosy) . . . 2 . . . California, 

HME/HGE Undetermined . . . 1 . . . Indiana,

Lyme Disease . . .  151. . .  California (3), Florida (4), Maine, Maryland (16), Nevada, New York (53), Ohio, Pennsylvania (37), Vermont (2), Virginia (33),

Rabies (Animal) . . . 23. . . Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York (11), Oklahoma, Texas (7),

Spotted Fever including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Probable) . . . 16 . . . Alabama (2), Florida, Maryland, North Carolina (4), Tennessee (4), Virginia (4).