In this post:
[1] Georgia (Dougherty County): cat, raccoon, dog, fox
[2] Maryland (Baltimore County): cat
[3] New York (Oneida County): bat, cat, dog
[4] Georgia (Glynn County): fox, human exposure
[5] New York (Essex County): fox, domestic pet, human exposure
[6] Maine (Kennebec County): kitten, gray fox


[1] ジョージア州(ドウアティ郡):ネコ、アライグマ、イヌ、キツネ

[2] メリーランド州(バルティモア郡):ネコ
[3] ニューヨーク州(オナイダ郡):コウモリ、ネコ、イヌ
[4] ジョージア州(グリン郡):キツネ、人暴露
[5] ニューヨーク州エセックス郡):キツネ、飼育ペット、人暴露
[6] メイン州(ケネベック州):子猫、ハイイロギツネ

[1] Georgia (Dougherty County): cat, raccoon, dog, fox
Date: Tue 18 Jul 2023
Source: WALB News 10 [edited]

[1] ジョージア州(ドウアティ郡):ネコ、アライグマ、イヌ、キツネ




An Albany veterinarian wants to make pet owners around the Radium Springs area aware of about 3 reports of rabies in recent months.

Dr. Fred Freeland, veterinarian at East Albany Animal Clinic, said to protect your pets they need to be vaccinated. Freeland said a cat was brought to him in neurological distress. However, there was no documented human exposure.

"Dougherty County Environmental Health is not enabled to submit the brain for testing. Unless there's human exposure or known exposure to a known rabid animal, of which neither was true," Freeland said. "So I reached out to the Tifton lab, the University Georgia Lab in Tifton, and they said they could do it. It was submitted, and we got a verbal report of a rabies positive. Final written report is not available yet."

Freeland learned from Dougherty County Animal Control that a raccoon at the Radium Gardens Park area tested positive for rabies.

Freeland currently has a dog in the clinic that was attacked by a fox near the Honeysuckle EMS station. Someone did kill the fox, and it tested positive for rabies, according to Freeland. He did not find any wounds on the dog and does not suspect that has rabies.

"Rather than euthanize the dog immediately, which is well within the guidelines, I asked them if they'd let me keep the dog," Freeland said.
The woman who brought the dog to him had not vaccinated it, according to Freeland.

"We're holding it for a minimum of 4 months. And then we'll process it through medical care and hopefully adopt it," Freeland said.

In 2021, there were only 11 cases of cats having rabies in Georgia and only one case in Dougherty County, according to Freeland.

"Raccoons, of course, account for hundreds of positive rabies cases," Freeland said. "But those are the only ones tested. We don't know how many more untested ones are out there."

Freeland says the best way to protect your pet is to make sure they are current on their rabies vaccination and that they are microchipped. He says raccoons will come around if you feed your pets outside or keep food outside.
[Byline: Jim Wallace]


[2] Maryland (Baltimore County): cat
Date: Thu 20 Jul 2023
Source: CBS News [edited]
[2] メリーランド州(バルティモア郡):ネコ



A cat found in the Owings Mills area tested positive for rabies on Wednesday [19 Jul 2023], according to Baltimore County's Department of Health and Human Services.

The calico-type cat was found near Pegram Road, just a few blocks away from Reisterstown Road, according to county authorities.

Baltimore County Animal Services is advising anyone who may have been exposed to the cat to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider or visit a hospital emergency room, county authorities said.

Rabies can be transferred through bites, scratches, or licks. Baltimore County officials want residents to be aware of the dangers of feeding and handling stray animals or animals that are unknown to them.

Rabies prevention tips include the following:

- Consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if the home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.

- Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies, and other diseases.

- Do not provide food, water, or shelter to wildlife or strays. If you feed your pets outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight.

- Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.

- Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets, and do not allow your pets to roam freely.

[3] New York (Oneida County): bat, cat, dog
Date: Fri 21 Jul 2023
Source: Daily Sentinel [edited]

[3] ニューヨーク州(オナイダ郡):コウモリ、ネコ、イヌ



A bat has tested positive for rabies in Remsen. The bat was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing on Wed 19 Jul [2023], and positive results were reported on Thu 20 Jul [2023].

Four cats and 3 dogs were exposed to the bat and received rabies vaccine boosters. Three of these pets will be in a 6-month quarantine, as they were not up to date with rabies vaccinations.

Most bats do not have rabies; however, they are the leading cause of rabies deaths in the US. Bats can sometimes enter homes through cracks or small holes. It is important to bat proof your home to prevent them from entering, according to officials with the Oneida County Health Department. Bat bites or scratches can be undetectable, and it is possible to be exposed without knowing. If you find one in your home, you should try to safely capture it so it can be tested, and contact the health department for guidance. For helpful tips on how to protect yourself and your home from rabies and bats, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

Signs of rabies include the following:
- animal acting strangely;
- animal acting mad;
- animal acting shy;
- animal getting unusually close; and/or
- drooling or foaming from the mouth.






If you see an animal, wild or stray, with these signs, do not approach it, and stay away. If any animal is acting strangely, call your local animal control officer for help.

Per state public health law, all dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated by 4 months of age and then one year following the initial dose. Dogs and cats need to receive a booster dose every 3 years. Ferrets must receive booster doses annually.

For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year in various community locations. Appointments are required.

For more information on rabies prevention, or to make an appointment for an upcoming rabies vaccination clinic, contact the Oneida County Health Department or log onto its website at http://www.ocgov.net/rabies.


[4] Georgia (Glynn County): fox, human exposure
Date: Fri 21 Jul 2023
Source: Georgia Department of Public Health, Coastal Health District [edited]
[4] ジョージア州(グリン郡):キツネ、人暴露


The Glynn County Health Department is alerting residents of Brunswick in Glynn County that a grey fox has tested positive for rabies. There were 2 separate wild fox encounters on 20-21 Jul [2023] in central Brunswick. It's not known if the same fox was involved in both incidents.

On 20 Jul [2023], 2 people were attacked by a grey fox outside their home in the area of Cate Road and Perry Lane. The fox escaped and could not be tested, but the 2 individuals began post-exposure rabies treatment as a precaution. The following day, on 21 Jul 2023, an individual in the same area encountered and killed a grey fox acting aggressively. The Department of Natural Resources worked with a public health lab for rabies testing, and the positive test result was reported today [21 Jul 2023]. The health department is working to notify all individuals involved in the incidents to provide guidance about post-exposure rabies treatment.

This is an important reminder to avoid contact with wild animals and to keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccinations. Several species of wild animals in coastal Georgia including raccoons, foxes, and bats can carry rabies. Feral cats and dogs can carry rabies as well. Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals.

The Glynn County Health Department Environmental Health office has these tips to protect you and your family from rabies:

- Avoid contact with animals you don't know.


- Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines after 12 weeks of age, followed by a booster shot within one year and vaccination every 1-3 years depending on veterinary recommendation and vaccine used.


- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out at night.


- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance.


- Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own [pets], leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn.

Signs of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth, and paralysis. If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Glynn County Animal Control and the Glynn County Health Department Environmental Health office.

[5] New York (Essex County): fox, domestic pet, human exposure
Date: Mon 31 Jul 2023
Source: Thue(原文の間違い) Sun [edited]
[5] ニューヨーク州エセックス郡):キツネ、飼育ペット、人暴露

情報源:ザ サン

On Monday [31 Jul 2023], the Essex County Health Department [ECHD] received confirmation that the latest fox attack in Crown Point involved rabies.

The 27 Jul [2023] incident was suspected to involve the illness as the fox in question was found to have porcupine quills in its face, which, coupled with its aggressive behavior, pointed toward the positive case, which was confirmed by the NYSDOH [New York State Department of Health] Wadsworth Laboratory 31 Jul [2023].

According to the Essex County Department of Health, the bite incident involved a child and family pet. DEC worked with those affected to safely dispose and transport the euthanized animal.

Medical and veterinarian care and plans were in place for all known exposures to the animal.

After the attack, which was the 2nd in Crown Point in a matter of days, Essex County Health Director Linda Beers said, "We are asking residents to be vigilant with rabies vaccinations for their pets and to avoid contact with wild animals as much as possible.

"We know how concerning such incidents are to our community members, and everyone wishes this risk didn't exist. Fortunately, people have been able to access medical care to get necessary rabies (post-exposure) treatment. And our department continues to advocate for rabies bait drops with the USDA, which serves to vaccinate wildlife and prevent such human and pet exposures to rabies."

Visit http://www.essexcountyny.gov/health for more information about rabies and to register for free rabies vaccination clinics offered by ECHD.


[6] Maine (Kennebec County): kitten, gray fox
Date: Mon 31 Jul 2023
Source: Central Maine [edited]
[6] メイン州(ケネベック州):子猫、ハイイロギツネ


Even as Maine's public health agency is issuing an advisory about bats and rabies, instances of the viral disease in other animals are being reported in central Maine.

On 18 Jul [2023] a rare case of rabies was reported in a kitten in Gardiner, prompting officials to post a warning sign in the vicinity of a known cat colony.

Cliff Daigle, animal control officer for several towns, including West Gardiner, said a property owner shot and killed a gray fox later testing positive for rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease living in the saliva, brain, and spinal cord of infected animals. While it can infect any animal with hair, rabies in Maine is most often found in raccoons, red foxes, gray foxes, skunks, and bats.

Tegwin Taylor, a wildlife health biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, said an uptick in reported rabies cases occurs during summer months in Maine and across the United States because people and animals are active outdoors.

In addition to the cases in Gardiner and West Gardiner, the only report of a rabid animal in Kennebec County came in late March [2023] when rabies was found in a skunk in Augusta.


The case of a kitten with rabies in Gardiner is rare, accounting for the only such case involving cats so far this year [2023] in Maine. Over the past 10 years, there have been just 7 reported cases of rabies involving cats in Maine, or 1.1% of 621 reported cases, according to state data.

In an advisory issued in June [2023], the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention said across the state, there were early signs of an active animal rabies season. Through the 1st 5 months of 2023, 30 animals had tested positive for rabies. During the same period a year ago, the total was 11.

"We had a bunch of cases in February and March, but we had a fairly mild winter," Taylor said, noting reports have dropped off in the months following. "When we don't have a big winter to kill off a lot of stuff, sometimes those viruses are maintained more easily than during a harsh winter."

Over the past decade, the number of reported rabies cases annually has ranged from 30 to 90, she said, but the total is commonly between 60 and 70. Many of the cases have been reported in Cumberland County, where the opportunity for interactions between humans and wildlife are greater because more people live there, Taylor said.

The state wildlife department maintains a page on its website with information on how to deal with orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, including how to identify sick animals and when to seek help. While it is normal behavior for wildlife to travel around, feed, or hunt in full view -- day or night -- when people are around, it is not normal for animals to spin in circles, fall over, foam at the mouth, or exhibit aggression toward people, domestic animals, or other objects.

In its advisory issued last week, the Maine CDC noted as of 24 Jul [2023], 6 bats had tested positive this year [2023] for rabies. Two cases were reported in Albany Township in Oxford County, and one case each was reported in Lewiston, Palmyra, Standish, and Topsham.


Last year [2022], the state CDC reported, bats made up 45% of the 458 animals sent to the state laboratory for rabies testing. Of those, only 4 tested positive. The Maine CDC also maintains its own rabies webpage.

If exposure is suspected, the Maine CDC advises immediately washing the bite or scratch with soap and warm water for 10 to 15 minutes and contacting a health-care provider.

If rabies is suspected, a series of shots over the course of a few weeks can be given, beginning within 10 days of the exposure. In many cases, the shots can wait until lab results come back on the tested animal, if it has been captured.

Officials suggest trying to capture the bat -- while wearing thick gloves, and if it can be done safely -- and hold the animal in a closed container. The bat can be taken by an animal control officer or a game warden to the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory. If the bat tests positive for rabies, a Maine CDC epidemiologist will follow up.

In general, the same safety recommendations apply every year, Taylor said.
"People need to be aware of what's happening around them. Give wildlife their space. And certainly vaccinate your pets," she said. "That's the primary way to prevent not only your pets but you from getting exposed."
[Byline: Jessica Lowell]

[Any mammal is susceptible to rabies. Mammals include our cats, dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and furry "pocket friends" such as hamsters, hedgehogs, and others we deem as pets. It can affect many wildlife species, such as fox, coyote, skunk, beaver, raccoon, and a host of other warm-blooded animals. However, it does not affect fish or frogs or snakes, as these are not mammals.

Rabies can be transmitted through a bite, or getting saliva in an eye, open wound, or scratch, or even getting saliva from the animal in your mouth.

We all enjoy wildlife, but be alert to those acting abnormally. There are 2 forms of rabies, both deadly. They are the furious or aggressive form and then there is dumb or quiet form. It is easy to understand the furious form, as these animals are unusually aggressive, without being provoked. However, the dumb or quiet form can sometimes be more difficult for some to recognize. When an animal is affected by this form, it appears shy or scared. It may even feign injury, or it may be injured. This brings out compassion in most people. But the animal's bite can transmit the rabies virus, which, without treatment, can be deadly to the well-meaning human.

It has been mentioned numerous times on these rabies reports of wild animals coming in through the pet door and attacking people and pets alike. Animals affected with this form appear to have no fear. Therefore, keep your pet doors closed and locked or remove them for a solid door. Bring food in if it is not eaten, especially in the evening. (Pet food can also attract ants and can go rancid in the heat of summer.) Feed your pets, but don't leave uneaten food out of doors to draw in other animals.

Pets, including your livestock and horses, need to be vaccinated against rabies. Check with your veterinarian on how often a vaccine needs to be given. When an area is having an outbreak, vets may want your pet to be vaccinated more than every 3 years.

Do not take bites or scratches lightly. Rabies can be transmitted to humans through bites, scratches, or saliva being slung into one of your eyes. If you have been exposed, please wash the wound with soap and water, running the water over the bite for 10-15 minutes, and seek appropriate medical attention, as post-exposure shots will be needed. Unfortunately, our pets do not have post-exposure vaccines, so it becomes more important to keep their vaccines up to date. They may be revaccinated if they are bitten. - Mod.TG

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