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New Zealand
[1] Auckland: 1st case, contracted abroad, fatal
[2] Nunavut (Kivalliq): dog, fox
[3] Virginia (Suffolk County): skunk, dog
[4] Texas (Callahan County): cat, human exposure
[5] Georgia (Gwinnett County): raccoon, dog

New Zealand
[1] Auckland: 1st case, contracted abroad, fatal



Date: Thu 30 Mar 2023
Source: Radio New Zealand [edited]

A person has died of rabies in Auckland in what health authorities say is the 1st known case of the disease in New Zealand. The person was an overseas traveler and contracted it abroad.


Ministry of Health director of public health Dr Nick Jones said person-to-person transmission of rabies was extremely rare, almost unknown, so there was no risk to members of the public.

 保健省局長のNick Jones博士は、狂犬病のヒト-ヒト感染は極めて稀で、ほぼ知られていないため、公衆衛生上のリスクは考えられないと述べた。

"The person was notified as having suspected rabies when first admitted to the hospital in early March [2023] so was managed with full infection-control measures while at Auckland City Hospital and at Whangārei Hospital where they were 1st diagnosed," Te Whatu Ora [Health New Zealand] said in a statement. "Rabies is usually caught from the saliva of an infected animal when a person is bitten. If the person does not seek treatment between being bitten and the development of symptoms, then rabies is usually fatal."

 「この人物は今年(2023年)3月初頭に狂犬病疑いで入院し、最初に診察を受けたファンガレー病院及びオークランド市立病院で、最高の感染予防対策の上で診療を受けました。」「狂犬病は通常、感染した動物がヒトに咬みついたときに唾液を通じて伝播する。咬みつかれてから発症するまでの間に治療を受けなければ、ほぼ死に至ります。」と、Te Whatu Ora【訳者注:マオリ語。人名ではなく組織名】(ニュージーランド健康局)は文書で述べた。

No further details will be released to protect the person's identity.


Te Whatu Ora said New Zealand did not have rabies in its animal or human populations, and the case did not change our rabies-free status.

 ニュージーランドではヒトまたは動物の社会で狂犬病が維持されているということはなく、この事例により我が国が狂犬病清浄国でなくなることはない、とTe Whatu Oraは述べた。

Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said the situation was very sad.


保健大臣のAyesha Verrallは、非常に憂慮すべきことだと述べた。

"One of the things about rabies is everyone who gets it dies of rabies, so the person would have been very sick at some point.



"The sequence of the rabies virus taken from the person is consistent with the rabies in the originating country."



She was not concerned about further transmission.


"There cannot be transmission from person to another person, and we don't have rabies in a group of animals in New Zealand."


New Zealanders worried about getting rabies overseas could seek a vaccination through their doctor, she said.


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[2] Nunavut (Kivalliq): dog, fox




Date: Fri 31 Mar 2023
Source: NNSL Media [edited]

Nunavut's Department of Health has announced an advisory for the residents of Baker Lake following cases of rabies being reported in the community. The dog that had been in contact with a [rabid] fox was euthanized and tested positive for rabies. A 2nd dog in close contact with the euthanized dog was placed in quarantine.


Due to the danger of rabies in the area, the Department of Health advises all residents to be on the lookout for foxes in the area.


Domestic animals spending time tied outdoors should be monitored for a change in behaviour and signs of rabies. If you have been bitten or scratched by a fox or dog, you are encouraged to go to the local health centre to report the incident immediately. Treatment must start quickly after the exposure as rabies infections are almost always fatal.


Signs of rabies [in dogs] include staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking, or strange behaviour/noises.


If you see a fox or wolf wandering the community, contact the Baker Lake conservation officer. If your dog has had contact with a fox or wolf, call the regional environmental health officer.


[Byline: Trevor Wright]

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[It would seem this area needs a program to vaccinate all domestic animals against rabies. This would help to protect the owners and their pets and build a barrier between pets and the disease.


There have been several accounts over the last several months of rabies in sled dogs and other domestic animals, but there has not previously been a mention of a drive to vaccine pets and working animals as means of protection for the animals and the communities. - Mod.TG]



[3] Virginia (Suffolk County): skunk, dog



[3] バージニア州サフォーク郡):スカンク、犬

Date: Thu 9 Mar 2023
Source: Suffolk News-Herald [edited]

The Suffolk Health Department received information 8 Mar [2023] that a skunk tested positive for rabies.


In this case, a dog fought with a skunk in the Quaker Drive area of Suffolk. Fortunately, the dog was vaccinated against rabies. The dog will receive a rabies booster and will be under a 45-day confinement period as a precaution.


Exposure of humans to rabies occurs when the saliva of an infected animal enters the body through an open wound or mucous membrane, such as with an animal bite. An animal exposure can be a serious medical event, for which prompt evaluation and complete treatment is critical. Rabies is highly preventable if the vaccine is given early and as recommended. Unfortunately, without preventive treatment, by the time someone develops symptoms of rabies, there is no cure, and the disease is fatal in almost 100% of cases. The disease is also fatal in infected domestic dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated.


Dr. Nancy Welch, acting health director for the Western Tidewater Health District, strongly emphasizes the following recommendations for Suffolk residents to take in protecting their families and their pets from rabies:

 ウェスタンタイドウォーター保健局の局長を務めるNancy Welch医師は、サフォーク州の住民に対し、狂犬病から家族やペットを守るために以下のことを行うよう強く求めている。

- If a pet has been in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact Suffolk Animal Control or the Suffolk Health Department.
- Seek medical treatment promptly for any animal bite to ensure appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment. All animal exposures must be taken seriously.
- Do not approach wild or stray animals, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, cats, and dogs.
- Ensure all pet dogs, cats, and ferrets have current rabies vaccinations.
- Consult a veterinarian, Suffolk Animal Control, or the Suffolk Health Department about any questions on pet vaccinations.
- Confine your pets to their property.
- Securely seal garbage containers with lids.








State law requires all dogs and cats 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies.


For more information on rabies, contact the Suffolk Health Department or Suffolk Animal Control, or visit the Virginia Department of Health's website at <www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/rabies/> or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at<www.cdc.gov/rabies>.


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[4] Texas (Callahan County): cat, human exposure



Date: Fri 24 Mar 2023
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram [edited]

A rabid cat bit several residents of a Texas city before it died, officials said. The City of Clyde Animal Control department was notified of the bites on Sun 19 Mar [2023], according to a news release. A Woodland neighborhood resident made the report. Workers caught the cat and placed it in quarantine, officials said, and the animal died on 21 Mar [2023]. City officials said the cat was immediately sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonotic lab in Austin for testing.


The feline tested positive for rabies on 24 Mar [2023]. The residents who were bitten by the cat have been referred to medical professionals for rabies treatment, officials said. Other residents are asked to "avoid animals displaying unusual behavior," including animals seeming extra friendly. Clyde Animal Control said it is trapping feral cats in the neighborhood in an effort "to contain and control the spread of the rabies virus."


If you had any contact with feral cats in the Woodland neighborhood between 8 Mar and 21 Mar [2023], contact Terry Davis. Clyde is about 135 mi [217 km] southwest of downtown Fort Worth.


"Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The rabies virus infects the central nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death."


In the US, the rabies virus is mostly found in wild animals, experts said.


If you have been exposed to rabies, experts recommend postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). PEP includes a dose of human rabies immune globulin and a rabies vaccine on the day you are exposed, followed by additional doses of the rabies vaccine on days 3, 7, and 14, according to the CDC.


[Byline: Kaitlyn Alanis]

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[5] Georgia (Gwinnett County): raccoon, dog


[5] ジョージア州(グウィネット郡):アライグマ、犬

Date: Fri 31 Mar 2023
Source: WSBTV.com [edited]

Is your pet acting a little strange? Gwinnett County officials say a raccoon with rabies could be the cause.


Gwinnett Animal Welfare says dogs attacked a raccoon along Buford Highway earlier this week. They learned the raccoon had rabies after taking it in for testing.

 グウィネット動物福祉協会によると、先週の初めにBuford Highwayで犬がアライグマを襲ったとのことだった。検査のために持ち込んだところ、アライグマが狂犬病であることが判明した。

Now, officials are saying you should keep an eye on your pets and watch out for any other animals acting strange.


According to the CDC, rabies is typically carried by wild animals, like foxes and raccoons, but can be fatal if contracted by people. The disease can be spread to people or animals through a bite or scratch.


Early symptoms [in human beings] of rabies include fever, headache, and general weakness.


Infected animals may act aggressively, foam at the mouth, and have trouble moving or move in a stiff way.


If you believe you have been exposed to rabies, seek medical assistance immediately.


County officials say to help keep yourself from catching rabies, you should make sure your pets are getting their rabies shots regularly and report any strange behavior you notice in other animals.


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[The human death in New Zealand is a first for the country but it should be made abundantly clear that, although this individual died in New Zealand, the person was not exposed to the virus in New Zealand. New Zealand does not have rabies in its country. We express our sympathies to the family of the deceased and hasten to underscore that this death was not from an animal in New Zealand.



It is critically important to keep your pets (dogs, cats, horses) and your livestock (cows, sheep, goats, etc.) vaccinated against rabies.


Rabies is a fatal viral disease affecting all terrestrial mammals. The disease is fatal to our animals and can be fatal to humans without prompt and specific medical attention.


Please make sure all your animals are vaccinated against rabies.


If you are bitten, even by a domestic animal with unknown vaccine status, clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek immediate medical attention. The treatment in humans is quite specific and must be administered soon after the bite. - Mod.TG

ワクチン接種を受けているかわからない家畜や家庭動物に噛まれた場合、石鹸と水で傷口をしっかり洗浄し、すぐに医療機関を受診すること。人間の治療は非常に(狂犬病に)特化したものであり、咬まれた後すぐに始める必要がある。- Mod.TG

ProMED maps:
Auckland, New Zealandhttps://promedmail.org/promed-post?place=8709299,606
Kivalliq Region, Nunavut, Canada: https://promedmail.org/promed-post?place=8709299,5492
United States: https://promedmail.org/promed-post?place=8709299,106]

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