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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.

Canada:

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/

Rabies:

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/

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Idaho officers shoot MOUNTAIN LION that attacked 10-year-old ~ Maine officers shoot BLACK BEAR in Portland neighborhood ~ Washington issues ADVISORY about OYSTERS harvested in Hood Canal #4 ~ MOSQUITOES in two more Massachusetts towns carrying EASTERN EQUINE ENCEPHALITIS ~ RABIES reports from Colorado, New Jersey, & Tennessee ~ and WEST NILE VIRUS reports from California (3), Florida, Illinois (2), and Louisiana ~ Canada: B.C. man kills MOUNTAIN LION attacking pet CAT ~ Travel Warnings for Pakistan.

Mountain Lion. PD. Wikimedia Commons.

Idaho 09/23/11 idaho.gov: News Release – Thursday evening about 8 or 8:30 p.m. a young boy went out with his dad to look for a family pet bird dog that had been missing since the day before. They were searching in thick sagebrush near their home in a Mores Creek subdivision when the boy heard noises in the brush. But instead of the missing dog he had hoped to find, he came face to face with a young cougar. He panicked and ran. The lion gave chase. The boy stumbled and found the cat close by. The cat took a swipe with its front paw, scratching the boy on the arm and hand. The boy yelled to his father, who fired a round from his 9 mm handgun to scare the cat away. Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers, an off-duty Meridian police officer and a Boise County deputy responded to the incident. With the help of tracking dogs, the officers located the cat, guarding the pet dog it had killed. The officers killed the lion with shots from handguns and a rifle. The female cat was estimated to be about 50 pounds and a year and a half old. It is not unusual for young lions to get into trouble after they have left the protection their mother and are trying to learn to survive on their own, Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell said. When a lion has made physical contact with a human, especially in the circumstance of having killed a pet dog, protocol is to kill the animal, he said. The boy’s wounds were considered minor. Such events are rare; this the second recorded mountain lion incident involving injury to a human in Idaho. The other involved a 12-year-old boy on the Salmon River in the early 1990s.

Maine 09/24/11 pressherald.com: Officers of the Maine Warden Service shot and killed a black bear today around 7 a.m. in the woods off Veranda Street in the East Deering neighborhood. Portland police reported the treed bear to the Wardens Service around 4:30 a.m. Wardens initially tried to tranquilize the bear, but were unable to, according to Portland police Lt. Jim Sweatt. “It was getting to be 7 o’clock and you don’t want school buses and firearms on the scene,” Sweatt said. The bear initially was spotted in a tree on Oregon Street, a residential area, before climbing down and running off, Sweatt said. A warden tracked the bear down streets and through backyards before shooting it as a last resort because of the school bus concerns and commuter traffic starting to pick up on nearby Route 1. The wardens’ service said the bear weighed 220 pounds. The hide is being sent to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife so researchers can determine the bear’s sex and age and other factors. The meat will be distributed to soup kitchens. Wildlife officials are warning residents this is the time of year bears are on the prowl for food as they fatten up in preparation for hibernation in late fall.

Hood Canal Oyster Beds

Washington 09/23/11 wa.gov: News Release – Distributors, retailers, restaurants, and consumers have been advised not to eat, sell, or ship oysters harvested between August 30 and September 19 from Washington’s Hood Canal growing area #4. The state Department of Health made the recommendations, including contacting people who bought the oysters over the Internet, as part of a recall of oysters in the shell harvested in that growing area between those dates. The agency closed oyster harvesting in the area after five people who ate raw oysters containing Vibrio parahaemolyticus, got sick with an illness called vibriosis. The recall is a precautionary action to make sure that no oysters in the shell harvested from Hood Canal #4, in this time period, are still for sale or in the hands of consumers. State health officials order a recall when two or more unrelated cases of vibriosis are linked to the same source of oysters from the growing area. There have been several other vibriosis cases reported this summer, scattered around the state’s growing areas. Typically, Washington sees about 50 cases of vibriosis a year. Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria are found naturally in the environment. When water temperature rises, the bacteria can quickly grow to a level that causes illness.

Massachusetts 09/23/11 milforddailynews.com: by Whitney Clearman – Mosquitoes carrying the eastern equine encephalitis virus, which can infect humans through bites, were found yesterday morning near (the Medway) recycling center, according to the Board of Health. The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project is testing its mosquito traps to see if the finding was an isolated incident or if the virus is in other locations, he said. The virus has historically affected southeast Massachusetts, around Bristol and Plymouth counties, and not MetroWest, said Catherine Brown, state public health veterinarian.

Massachusetts 09/23/11 patch.com: by Jeremie Smith – On Wednesday, Dover-Sherborn Patch reported the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus was found in mosquitoes in Sherborn. Due to Medfield’s close geographical proximity to Sherborn, Medfield Public School administrators issued letters to parents to notify them of Sherborn’s finding and to offer tips on how to prevent their children from being bitten by mosquitoes.

Colorado 09/22/11 reporterherald.com: from an article by Pamela Dickman – A Loveland man is undergoing a series of rabies shots after being bitten on the neck by a bat. “I had no idea a bat had bit me,” he said, until he saw his dog playing with a dead bat in the yard a couple of days later. The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment took the bat to a Colorado State University lab where it tested positive for rabies.  So far this year, 22 humans and 62 domestic animals are believed to have come in contact with a rabid bat across the state, and in Larimer County, six residents – three from the same family – have undergone inoculations to prevent rabies, according to the state and county health departments.

New Jersey 09/22/11 patch.com: by Denise DiSephan – Jack Neary, known locally as Muskrat Jack, the town’s animal control officer, confirmed that a raccoon that was captured during the day on Long Point Lane last Friday has tested positive for rabies, said Point Beach Borough Administrator Christine Riehl in a prepared statement. To report a suspicious animal call the the Point Beach Police Department at 732-892-0500 or Muskrat Jack at 732-295-1618.

Tennessee 09/22/11 clarksvilleonline.com: The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, will begin in Tennessee on September 30th, 2011. “Control of raccoon rabies is vital to public health, and we are pleased to be part of this important and effective program to reduce rabies in wildlife, which helps prevent transmission to people, pets and livestock,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM. Vaccine packets placed inside fishmeal blocks or coated with fishmeal will be distributed throughout a 15 county area in Tennessee. The barrier varies from 30 to 60 miles wide and covers approximately 3,400 square miles, running along the Virginia/North Carolina border in northeast Tennessee to the Georgia border in southeast Tennessee near Chattanooga. Baits will be distributed by hand from vehicles in urban and suburban areas and dropped from specially equipped airplanes in rural areas. The oral rabies vaccine will be distributed on the following schedule: Sept 30th-Oct 8th: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties. Oct 5th-15th: Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties. For additional information on rabies prevention or the oral rabies vaccine program, call the USDA Wildlife Services toll-free rabies line at 1.866.487.3297 or the Tennessee Department of Health at 1.615.741.7247.

Lake County

California 09/23/11 lakeconews.com: A third sample of mosquitoes collected in Lake County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive sample consisted of 10 Culex tarsalis – the Western encephalitis mosquito – collected east of Middletown on Thursday, Sept. 15, according to the Lake County Vector Control District. The district said the previous two West Nile Virus-positive mosquito samples were collected earlier in September near Kelseyville. No other West Nile Virus activity – in humans or animals – has been reported in Lake County this year. “The mosquitoes that are testing positive for West Nile Virus in Lake County develop in still water,” said Jamesina J. Scott, Ph.D., the district manager and research director of the Lake County Vector Control District. “They will develop in wading pools, neglected swimming pools and spas, ponds, fountains, and other water sources. You can protect your family – and your neighbors – by dumping out small water sources like wading pools, or calling the district for help with larger sources like pools and ponds.” One unmaintained – or “green” – pool can produce hundreds of thousands mosquitoes per week, and those mosquitoes can fly up to five miles away. – For complete article go to http://lakeconews.com/content/view/21535/919/

Riverside County

California 09/22/11 latimes.com: Three Riverside County women contracted the West Nile Virus in August, the county’s first reported cases this year, authorities said Thursday. All three are recovering and there doesn’t appear to be any connection between any of the cases, said Dr. Eric Frykman, the county’s public health officer. A 44-year-old Corona woman and a 63-year-old Norco woman were hospitalized for a short time after contracting the virus last month, the county health department said in a statement released Thursday. In the third case, a 36-year-old Beaumont woman is recovering at home.

San Bernadino County

California 09/22/11 vvdailypress.comA 57-year-old Barstow resident suffering from a case of West Nile virus was bitten by an infected mosquito in Fontana last month and did not contract the disease in Barstow, officials said Thursday. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health notified city of Barstow officials about the West Nile case Monday, according to the statement. The city worked with San Bernardino County Vector Control Agency, which began trapping mosquitoes in town.

St. Johns County

Florida 09/23/11 staugustine.com: from a report by Jennifer Edwards – Anastasia Mosquito Control District officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus. This is the first known instance here this year, said Anastasia Mosquito Control Director Rudy Xue. It was reported in one of the sentinel chickens that the district keeps on Joe Ashton Road as part of an early detection system. No humans in St. Johns County are known to have been infected with West Nile Virus. Joe Ashton Road is located in the county’s northwest off County Road 13.

Illinois 09/22/11 patch.com: by Jennifer Fisher & Brian Slupski – A Northbrook man in his 60s was the first person to die of West Nile Virus in Illinois in 2011, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health.  The man had underlying health conditions that contributed to his death, said Department of Health spokesperson Amy Poore . . . Poore emphasized the fact that there have been incidences of West Nile Virus throughout Cook County, not just in Northbrook. All told, six people have contracted the virus this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health reports.

Illinois 09/22/11 triblocal.com: by Lawrence Synett – A Woodstock man has contracted the first reported human case of West Nile Virus in McHenry County. The 35-year-old Woodstock man was hospitalized, but has since been released.

Calcasieu Parish

Louisiana 09/23/11 kify.com: Louisiana’s health department says a West Nile virus case in Calcasieu Parish is the tenth diagnosed statewide this year and the fifth dangerous infection of the brain or spinal cord. The Department of Health and Hospitals says the last dangerous “neuroinvasive” case to be diagnosed also was in Calcasieu Parish. Other cases diagnosed earlier include 3 of flu-like West Nile fever and two infections without any symptoms.

Canada:

British Columbia 09/23/11 vancouversun.com: by Keri Sculland – A cougar that has been lurking around a Port Alberni neighbourhood has been killed after it tried to attack a pet cat. People in the area of Lakeshore Road “had been warned” about the large cougar after it was seen stalking a woman and her dog last week, said resident Bob Cole. Cole was pulling out of his driveway Tuesday afternoon when he saw the cougar on top of one of his neighbour’s cats. He hit the gas, aimed for the cougar and hoped the best for the pet’s life. “I just took my chance to hit the cougar,” he said. Cole could not stick around at the scene, leaving his wife in charge of directing RCMP and conservation officers to where the cougar laid. “When the conservation officers came, they found it immediately,” he said. “It went down off the side of the road and they dispatched it.” The cougar, it turns out, was ill. After conservation authorities located the injured animal, it was destroyed and sent away for an autopsy. “The cougar was a young male and it was not in healthy condition,” confirmed RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan. The neighbour’s cat, however, ran away safely.

Travel Warnings:

Pakistan 09/22/11 xinhuanet.com: Death toll from an epidemic of dengue fever, which has gripped Pakistan’s most populous and eastern province of Punjab, has now reached 62 as another man died on Thursday, health officials and local media reported. The fever, which has also been reported in other parts of the country, has infected nearly 8,000 in the last two months, they said. Till Thursday, 100,000 people have rushed to government and private hospitals in Lahore for medical test as every citizen is now wanting to get doctors’ advice. Residents say that 50 percent people now avoid visiting parks and picnic spots in Lahore. There have also been reports of dengue in southern Sindh Province, with the provincial Dengue Surveillance Cell reporting over 200 cases this year, most of them in Karachi.

HEALTH ALERT – California’s Los Angeles County updates WEST NILE VIRUS levels to EPIDEMIC levels; Mississippi confirms WEST NILE VIRUS to blame for one new death and five other new human infections; Washington officials close OYSTER harvest in some areas; Virginia HORSE with WEST NILE VIRUS put down; Missouri landowner kills MOUNTAIN LION; and a WEST NILE VIRUS report from Tennessee. Canada: BC wildlife officer confirms MOUNTAIN LION killed two SHEEP in Erickson; and police in Battlefords, Sask., believe MOUNTAIN LION injured two HORSES. Travel Warnings for The Bahamas.

California 09/06/11 the-signal.com: by Cory Minderhout – Three more mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Santa Clarita Valley, a vector control official said Tuesday. “We’re seeing levels of West Nile virus in birds and mosquito equal to 2004 and 2008,” Brown said. Two mosquito samples were found in Newhall and one was found in Canyon Country, said Crystal Brown, a public information officer for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The mosquito samples were collected from vector control traps in August, Brown said. West Nile virus has been updated to epidemic levels in Los Angeles County, Brown said. The virus was first introduced to Los Angeles County in 2003, Brown said. So far this year, 128 birds, eight humans, one horse, 284 mosquito samples and 14 chickens have been found infected with West Nile virus in L.A. County, according to a California Department of Public Health website. Officials declined to say which areas of the county the infected people lived. This year is being considered an epidemic year because the virus levels are the same as they were in 2004 and 2008, which were the highest reported years for L.A. County, Brown said.(For complete article go to http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/50655/ )

Mississippi 09/07/11 wlox.com: The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed one new death in Pearl River County related to the West Nile Virus. There are also new reports of five people infected with the virus in Madison, Pearl River, Tate and Washington Counties. The two newly reported Pearl River County cases became ill sometime in late July through early August but were just recently determined to be positive for WNV after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The other three cases became ill in mid-August. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Coahoma, Forrest (three), Hinds (four), Jones (three), Madison, Pearl River (six), and one case each in: Rankin, Tallahatchie, Tate, Wayne, and Washington counties. Two deaths have been confirmed in Jones and Pearl River counties. In 2010, Mississippi had eight WNV cases and no deaths.

Washington 09/07/11 wa.gov: News Release – Several people who ate raw oysters from the Samish Bay and Hood Canal areas got sick from a naturally-occurring bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Oyster harvesting at Washington's Dosewallips State Park

Cooking shellfish thoroughly prevents vibriosis illness and is especially important during the summer months when warm temperatures and low tides allow the bacteria to thrive. State health officials close a shellfish growing area when there are four or more sporadic illnesses in a specific area; this recently happened in Samish Bay and in Hood Canal 5, which runs from Clark Creek (about a mile north of Hoodsport) north to Cummings Pointe. Oyster harvest in both areas has been closed by the state Department of Health to reduce exposure to Vibrio bacteria. There have been other vibriosis cases identified this summer, scattered around the state’s growing areas. Typically, Washington sees about 50 cases of vibriosis a year. More information, including maps of the affected areas, is available on the agency’s website (http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/default-sf.htm). It’s important to remember that just because an area doesn’t appear to be closed because of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, it may be closed for marine biotoxins. Check our biotoxin Web page http://ww4.doh.wa.gov/gis/mogifs/biotoxin.htm  to make sure an area you wish to harvest in is free from marine biotoxins.

Virginia 09/07/11 necn.com: A horse in Clarke County has been euthanized after testing positive for equine West Nile virus, Virginia’s first reported case this year. The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday that the horse was euthanized Aug. 31, one day after it started showing symptoms of the illness. The horse had been vaccinated for the virus, but was due for a booster in September.

Missouri 09/06/11 mo.gov: Posted by Joe Jerek – A landowner in Texas County shot a mountain lion on Sept. 5 after encountering it on his property. The landowner then called Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) regional offices to report the incident. Shannon County Conservation Agent Justin Emery responded to the incident and conducted an investigation. Emery found no grounds for charges at this time. Although mountain lions are protected by law, Missouri’s Wildlife Code does allow people to protect themselves and their property if they feel threatened. MDC took possession of the sub-adult male mountain lion, which will be used for educational purposes and DNA testing.

The incident occurred approximately three miles from where a Shannon County landowner’s trail camera captured an image of a mountain lion on July 29. In a separate sighting, an Oregon County landowner captured an image on his trail camera of a mountain lion on Aug. 23 northeast of Alton. MDC Biologist Jeff Beringer, who is a member of MDC’s Mountain Lion Response Team, says that widely scattered mountain lion sightings have been confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. Evidence to date indicates these animals are dispersing from other states to the west of Missouri. The most extreme evidence of this dispersal occurred in early 2011 when a mountain lion that was killed in Connecticut was genetically traced to South Dakota. MDC has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri. MDC receives many reports each year from people who believe they have seen mountain lions. “We encourage these reports, but we can only confirm those for which there is physical evidence such as hair, scat, footprints, photos, video, a dead cougar or prey showing evidence of mountain-lion attack,” says Beringer. Reports of sightings can be sent to mountain.lion@mdc.mo.gov, or by contacting Beringer at 573-882-9909, ext. 3211, Rex Martensen at 573-522-4115, ext. 3147, or Shawn Gruber at 573-522-4115, ext. 3262. Beringer adds that mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations. For more information, visit http://www.mdc.mo.gov and search “mountain lion.”

Knox County

Tennessee 09/07/11 volunteertv.com: Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has received another lab report confirming the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in the Milligan Street area of East Knox County near the zoo. Following national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol, the affected area will be sprayed to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of further WNV spread. Spraying is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 from 9 p.m. to midnight. The spray area will include all areas east of North Cherry Street, north of Magnolia Avenue, west of North Beaman Street and South of I-40. Also included are Lakeside and Kirkwood Streets and American Avenue. Follow-up spraying will be on Thursday, Sept. 22 if weather allows.

Canada:

British Columbia 09/07/11 bclocalnews.com: by Lorne Eckeresley – A cougar attack in Erickson that left two sheep dead on Monday should serve as a reminder that cougars, like grizzly bears, are all around us, Sgt. Arnold Deboon of the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) said on Tuesday. “It was probably a predator passing through the area,” Deboon said, referring to Monday’s incident. “People don’t realize how often they are probably close to cougars — they are very stealthy.” A live trap has been set up in an effort to catch the offending cat, but Deboon said other options are limited. “We can’t set up other types of traps because the Erickson area has lots of pets,” he said. “And, in this hot, dry weather we have only a short period in which to get tracking hounds on the scent. Unless the ground is damp, the cougar scent dissipates within an hour. … “Cougar populations further out in the wild seem to be healthy and there would be little incentive for those animals to get close to human settlements. The ones that live closer to populated areas are probably motivated by the small huckleberry crop this year.” Because cougars can roam in large areas, conservation officers don’t normally take action for a single sighting, other than to add it to their information base. “If cougars linger, though, we try to get the hounds out,” he said. Timeliness of reporting is critical, he said. Cougar sightings should be reported immediately by calling 1-877-952-7277.

Saskatchewan 09/07/11 winnipegfreepress.com: Police are urging people to be cautious following a possible cougar attack on horses just outside a Saskatchewan community. Battlefords RCMP say they were called to an acreage where two horses had long scrapes along their backs, sides and legs. The owner of the horses indicated that he had seen what appeared to be a cougar in the area. Another witness also saw what appeared to be a wildcat around the same time. Police say it’s been the only sighting and alleged attack so far. They are advising residents to travel in groups, supervise pets and children and report any sightings to the detachment.

Travel Warnings:

The Bahamas 09/08/11 thenassauguardian.com: by Krystel Rolle – There are as many as 10 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever in The Bahamas, deputy chief medical officer Delon Brennen has revealed. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is the most dangerous strain of the vector-borne disease and can be fatal. However, Dr. Brennen noted that the cases of hemorrhagic fever are few compared to the more than 3,500 cases of dengue fever that were confirmed in recent weeks. (For complete article go to http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12673&Itemid=27 )