RABIES ALERTS


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2015-05-20 08:37:21 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150520-48295-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-20 08:37:21 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of New Mexico,
Location: Lincoln Country,

Description:
Health officials say they’ve found a strain of rabies they’ve never seen before after a fox bit a woman in Lincoln County. The woman the fox bit is now OK. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said when it tested the fox, it found a strain it had never seen before. Health officials believe it’s linked to bats, which are well-known for transmitting the disease — not just to foxes, but raccoons, coyotes and domesticated pets. Residents should keep children and pets away from wild animals, Game and Fish officials said. They also said after seeing a potentially rabid animal, residents should contact their local Animal Control Department. Additionally, never touch a dead or sick animal and make sure pets are up-to-date on rabies shots, they said. Rabies can be fatal in humans unless treated quickly. Residents should get medical help immediately if they come in contact with a rabid animal.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (fox)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-05-20 08:37:21 [UTC]
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2015-05-21 03:41:03 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20150521-48308-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-21 03:41:03 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Massachusetts,
Location: ,
City: North Attleborough

Description:
A raccoon tested positive for rabies in North Attleboro, Animal Control Officer Karen Fontneau said Wednesday. The raccoon was killed in a fight with a loose dog in the wooded area of Wild Acres Road. “Luckily, the dogs’ owner was there,” Fontneau said. “The dog was currently up to date on rabies vaccinations, was taken right to the vets, given a booster rabies vaccine, and is currently under a 45 day quarantine period.” If the dog was not up to date, it would have been a three month total isolation in an approved boarding facility (at the owners cost), and then a three month strict confinement in the home, or be euthanized. There is the same quarantine for cats and ferrets. “If you see any new wounds on your pets, have them seen by your vet,” Fontneau said. “Keep your pets currently vaccinated at all times and follow all leash laws. Keep your cats indoors, as you have no idea what they have come in contact with while outside. Keep wildlife afraid of people, scare them off when you see them, yell, bang, throw things, squirt then with a hose. If they have a certain path through your yard, put obstacles in the way to make them change their routes. Keep them wild, and afraid of us.”

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

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2015-05-21 03:36:59 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150521-48306-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-21 03:36:59 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Florida,
City: Lake Worth
Number of infected people: 6

Description:
Six people are being treated after exposure to a rabid cat that was caught west of Lake Worth, and authorities are urging the cat’s former owners to come forward because they may have been exposed to the disease. Animal Care and Control Capt. David Walesky and Tim O’Connor, of the Palm Beach County Health Department, spoke Wednesday afternoon and said they are looking for a second possibly rabid cat in the neighborhood near Lake Worth Road just east of Florida’s Turnpike. There is no description of the missing feline. Two cats were thrown from a vehicle Friday evening near the 3000 block of Woods Walk Boulevard, just north of Lake Worth Road near the Publix shopping plaza, and good Samaritans in the neighborhood attempted to rescue the cats, but one got away. Before the cat was turned over to animal control, it bit and scratched six people, O’Connor said. Walesky said they’re advising those in the neighborhood not to feed or handle animals they do not know. At this point, they don’t know whether they’re looking for a live animal or a dead one. O’Connor said they are not looking into any criminal charges at this time for whoever discarded the cats, but they want to know who they are so they can begin rabies treatment before it’s too late. “It’s a fatal disease unless treated, and there’s a 10-day window to get the medication into their system,” O’Connor said. “We’re on day seven.” Officials at the health department say that the incubation period for rabies is anywhere from three to eight weeks, so those who don’t show any signs of being sick soon after coming in contact with a rabid animal may think they’re good to go. But once individuals start showing symptoms, it’s too late, officials say. As far as symptoms for rabid animals, it ranges, Walesky said. Raccoons and foxes tend to act friendly at first, while other animals just act manic. Once they reach the final stages, the animals become lethargic and then die, he said. “The best way (to handle a rabid animal) is not to handle it,” Walesky said, adding that the best thing to do is to call animal control so they can handle it.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (human exposures)
Species: Spread

Posted:2015-05-21 03:36:59 [UTC]
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2015-05-16 02:49:52 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20150516-48228-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-16 02:49:52 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of North Carolina,
Location: Randolph County,

Description:
The Randolph County Health Department has stated that a cat found on Friday May 8th in the Stoneybrook subdivision has tested positive for rabies. This is in the Brookhollow Lane area of Archdale, off of Balfour Drive. Animal control officers are spreading the word in the area where the cat was found by distributing flyers to surrounding homes. Residents are urged to contact the Randolph County Health Department or 911 immediately if they see other animals in this neighborhood showing any unusual behavior. Rabies is a very dangerous disease that if not prevented, causes death in animals and people. Signs of rabies in animals include: difficult walking, slobbering, unusually friendly behavior in wild animals, unusually timid behavior in normally friendly animals and vicious behavior.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (cat)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-05-16 02:49:52 [UTC]
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2015-05-02 04:26:03 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150502-48028-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-02 04:26:03 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of North Carolina,
Location: Wake County,

Description:
Wake County officials issued a warning on Friday evening after rabies was confirmed in a raccoon. Authorities said people who live in the area closest to the intersection of Mt. Vernon Church and Leslie Drive should be cautious. The raccoon tested positive for rabies on Thursday after it was taken to the state lab in Raleigh for testing. Officials said there was no known human or animal contact with the raccoon. “We don’t want to alarm residents in who live near the Mt. Vernon Church and Leslie Drive area, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets,” said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County. “Do not approach an animal that you don’t know.” Animal Control officers expressed concern for unvaccinated pets in the Northern Wake County area, and urged pet owners to get animals their current rabies shots at a local veterinarian’s office. Anyone who sees an animal acting unusually should call animal control.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-05-02 04:26:03 [UTC]
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2015-05-11 03:24:07 – Biological Hazard – USA
EDIS Code: BH-20150511-48159-USA
Date&Time: 2015-05-11 03:24:07 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Tennessee,
Location: Tazewell County,

Description:
The first case of rabies in Tazewell County was confirmed this week, that’s according to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office said about a month ago, a raccoon was turned over from Animal Control to the health department for testing. This weekend, the test came back positive for rabies. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control officers have also collected five other raccoons suspected of having rabies, but those test results have not yet come in. The Sheriff’s Office asks people to call local law enforcement is they suspect an animal has rabies.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-05-11 03:24:07 [UTC]
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2015-04-28 03:13:50 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150428-47971-USA
Date&Time: 2015-04-28 03:13:50 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of South Carolina,
Location: Aiken County,
Number of infected people: 2

Description:
Two Aiken County residents were referred to their health care providers for treatment after being “potentially exposed” to rabies by a raccoon in North Augusta, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The incident happened April 21 when the raccoon was killed by the victims’ dogs, according to Jim Beasley, a spokesman for DHEC. The victims were potentially exposed to the raccoon’s saliva by handling the dogs, and the raccoon tested positive for rabies Wednesday. “To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild,” said Sandra Craig, of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services. She added that about 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventative treatment for rabies each year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. “If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water,” Craig said. “Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC.” There were 139 confirmed cases of animal rabies in South Carolina in 2014, according to DHEC numbers. There have been 45 confirmed cases statewide this year, and this is the third animal to test positive in Aiken County, where 11 animals total tested positive in 2014.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (human exposures)
Species: Spread
Status: Confirmed
Posted:2015-04-28 03:13:50 [UTC]
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Alerts USA More Rabies

2015-04-10 04:51:55 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150410-47712-USA
Date&Time: 2015-04-10 04:51:55 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of West Virginia,
Location: Mineral County,
City: Keyser

Description:
A raccoon that was reportedly acting strange in the area of the Mineral County Courthouse has tested positive for rabies, according to humane officer Melissa Kidwell. Kidwell said the Keyser Police Department had received several reports of the suspicious animal, but no one had been able to locate it until an employee of the courthouse saw it between the courthouse parking lot and Center Street and called Mineral County 911. Kidwell responded and was able to destroy the animal and send a specimen away for testing. “It was stumbling and blind in one eye,” she said, noting that the signs of the disease were unmistakable. This is the first animal that has tested positive for rabies this year in Mineral County. Kidwell noted that sighting animals such as raccoons, skunks and opossums in the city is not unusual; “it’s just how they’re acting” that people need to be aware of. The Mineral County Health Department, which sends the specimens away for testing, is urging everyone to “be cautious and stay away from animals acting strangely or aggressively.” The health department is also reminding all pet owners to make sure their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. Mineral County is holding a spring rabies clinic on Saturday, April 11, from 9-11 a.m. in the parking lot at Tractor Supply, Keyser. Cost is $8 per animal, and pet owners are asked to bring the correct change. Dogs should be on a leash and cats should be contained. West Virginia State Law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies after 6 months of age.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-04-10 04:51:55 [UTC]
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2015-04-10 04:31:22 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150410-47707-USA
Date&Time: 2015-04-10 04:31:22 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of North Carolina,
Location: South Tremont Drive,
City: Greensboro

The county’s third confirmed case of animal rabies this year was discovered today in a raccoon on South Tremont Drive. According to a news release from the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, the raccoon came into contact with a dog. All domestic pets in North Carolina aged four months and older are required by state law to be vaccinated. Guilford County Animal Control will offer a series of rabies vaccination clinics over the coming months. The cost of a shot is $5. They will take place the following dates and locations: April 15, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., WGHP Fox 8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point. April 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., WGHP Fox 8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (raccoon)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-04-10 04:31:22 [UTC]

AlertsUSA: Rabies in Lula, Georgia, Yall Be Safe!

Lula and surrounding areas are still on alert after a cat that tested positive for rabies was found to have bitten five people, perhaps more. “I was out working on my yard and the cat came on my property, it just came directly on the property,” Lula resident Mere Barbee said. “It bit me and then went across the road and bit my neighbors.” Barbee said that the cat continually tried to lunge at her every time she tried to get near it. She was worried about catching the cat because the school was only six blocks away. “You know people’s children could handle the cat and then get scratched and not even be aware of it,” Barbee said. “That’s my main concern.” The Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur determined the cat tested positive for rabies, and alerted Hall County Animal Control on Monday. The five reported people infected by the animal include three senior citizens, one woman and a 10-year-old boy. Barbee and her neighbors both started treatment Tuesday. The rabies vaccine consists of four shots. Barbee said each visit so far has taken her two hours from the time she checks in until she leaves. Animal Control officers assessed the situation, telling Barbee they’d return in a few weeks with a cage. Two more people were bitten before the animal was caught. Lula city officials distributed fliers in the area alerting residents of the potential danger. Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid cat was located. Anyone who sees an animal acting abnormally in the area is asked to contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 during nonworking hours. Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their pets and livestock for rabies. Vaccines are available for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.

The name of Hazard: Rabies (cat to human)
Species: Spread
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-01-17 05:34:38 [UTC]

Rabies in Millsboro, Delaware

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2014-10-01 03:39:16 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20141001-45475-USA
Date&Time: 2014-10-01 03:39:16 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Delaware,
Location: Hub Court Mobile Home Park,
City: Millsboro
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Description:
The Delaware Division of Public Health says a fox tested positive on Tuesday for rabies after authorities say it bit a person from the Hub Court Mobile Home Park in Millsboro, Delaware. DPH says it is contacting those known to have come in contact with the fox and are urging they get post-exposure rabies treatment. DPH also says the dog in the recent Newark attack was also tested and was found to be negative for rabies. Health officials say the health care provider for the attack victim has been alerted. DPH reminds residents that rabies is endemic in Delaware. It says residents should always take precautions against rabies by avoiding wild or unfamiliar animals and ensuring their pets are up-to-date with rabies shots. According to DPH, infection can occur through the bite or scratch of an infected animal or if saliva from such an animal gets into the eyes, nose, mouth or an opening in the skin. Rabies cannot be cured once symptoms appear. Therefore, DPH says if a person is potentially exposed to an animal that tests positive for rabies, they will have to receive rabies shots to prevent them from developing the disease. Since January 2014, DPH says it has performed rabies tests on 109 animals, 7 of which were confirmed to be rabid, including this fox. DPH says it only tests animals for rabies when there is potential human exposure. This means there may be many more infected wild animals than suggested by these numbers.
The name of Hazard: Rabies (fox)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed