News & Special Events
MWRA Calendar Notices
Hello All and Welcome to our new members!!
Next week, you will be receiving information in the mail regarding our
annual membership conference. Membership in the MWRA is $30.00 a year and
includes this conference. In order to maintain your permits, you must
acquire 12 continuing education credits every two years; this conference
will count towards 6 credits if you stay all day. This year’s conference
includes a keynote by Dr. Erica Miller, with other speakers including Dr.
Michelle Goodman, Dr. Greg Costanza, and more. This event will take place
on Saturday October 29th at the Patuxent Visitor’s Center in Laurel,
Conference will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia next year from March
7-11, 2017. Attending the NWRA Symposium gives you the most diverse
wildlife rehabilitation program available. Presentations range from
veterinary to volunteers, furred to feathered or scaled, educational
programs to emerging diseases, small to large wild species, and just about
anything else you might need for your daily work. Plus, there are
seminars, workshops, and discussion groups for more intensive learning
experiences. In order to offset the cost of this conference, your MWRA
will be offering TWO $300.00 scholarships to this conference. Applications
will soon be available at our website: mwrawildlife.org. Don’t be scared
that you will be alone; most of your Board will be there and can accompany
you till you feel comfortable!
Lastly, hold the date of January 21, 2017 for our Third Annual Mid-Winter
Workshop on WOUND MANAGEMENT. At the last conference, many attendees
marked wound management as a topic they would like in depth review. A
lecture followed by hands-on lab will be offered. This will be held at the
Baltimore County Ag Center on Shawan Road in Northern Baltimore County.
There will be a limit of 35 attendees, open to current members only. Info
to follow later.
We hope you are looking forward to some down time and an opportunity to
meet with your fellow rehabilitators, and look forward to seeing you in
1. Avian Influenza in North America
The increased surveillance and testing prompted by the arrival of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in North America (NA) is finding the presence of HPAI, especially in wild birds tested, on a regular basis.
A commercial turkey flock in Stanislaus County California was identified as infected with HPAI H5N8 24 Jan 2015. Details: http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wahid.php/Reviewreport/Review?page_refer=MapFullEventReport&reportid=17060 and http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/avian-flu-confirmed-commercial-turkey-flock-california-28454728.
2. Plague in New Mexico
The New Mexico Department of Health issued a warning for the public after five confirmed cases of plague in southern Santa Fe.
3. Rabies Reports South Carolina
Another case of rabies in SC occurred near Seneca, in Oconee County (northwestern SC). An unvaccinated puppy was attacked by a skunk, treated for injuries [whether or not by a veterinarian is being questioned], but died shortly thereafter, and tested positive for rabies. More information: http://www.kptv.com/story/27861356/dhec-puppy-exposes-4-to-rabies-in-oconee-county.Read More
Florida-New Port Richey Estates area of Pasco County is under a rabies alert after a cat tested positive for the disease. Three people were exposed to the cat. Details: http://tbo.com/pasco-county/rabies-alert-issued-in-pasco-county-20150117/.
Texas-A stray dog found in the Tomball area of Harris County and taken to BARC Animal Shelter bit a shelter worker and subsequently tested positive for rabies. More: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Dog-tests-positive-for-rabies-first-in-Harris-6037692.php.
New York-Four people and two dogs received post-exposure treatment after a cow from Denmark in Lewis County tested positive for rabies in December. A second cow is quarantined and being monitored. Details: http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Cow-Tests-Positive-For-Rabies-In-Lewis-County-288289981.html.
North Carolina-A dead raccoon in northern Raleigh (Ray Road and Charterhouse Drive area) has tested positive for rabies. The Wake County Health Dept. is alerting residents to ensure their pet’s rabies vaccinations are current. More information: http://www.wncn.com/story/27928789/rabid-raccoon-found-in-north-raleigh.
4. New Tick Virus Found in Florida
Researchers with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered a Tacaribe virus (TCRV), in the arena virus group, in nearly 10 percent of lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) trapped in the north central area of the state. Full paper: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0115769. ——————————————————————————–
5. Tick-borne Relapsing Fever in Montana
Research in the Bitterroot Valley area of MT (western part of state) has found human tick-borne relapsing fever caused by infection with the spirochete Borrelia hermsii. The illness is carried by the soft-bodied tick Ornithodoros hermsi, which often feeds on humans quickly and at night. Full paper: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/2/14-1276_article. Additional reading: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/9/9/03-0280_article.