AM News for Tuesday, 7.9.13
Some Humboldt vets are saying that the recent canine parvovirus outbreak in Humboldt County is being spread by unvaccinated animals, generally
belonging to the homeless.
”The puppies that are in town are generally unvaccinated. They walk about
town, and they shed the virus on the sidewalk, on the street,” Garberville
Redway Veterinary Manager Kim McPherson said. “Every person who walks
down the street has the opportunity to pick that virus up on their shoes and
take it home to their farm animals or to their puppies.”
McPherson and state Animal Health veterinarian Dr. Richard Peterson asked
the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for assistance with an increasing
number of canine parvovirus cases in the county.
Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham said canine parvovirus has been a
problem in Eureka homeless encampments for the past seven or eight months.
A sample of mosquitoes collected last week near Upper Lake tested positive
for West Nile virus (WNV), the second such reading since June 19th. Officials have issued an advisory for residents to use a repellant to fight off mosquitoes or to stay indoors at night.
Jamesina Scott, manager of the Lake Vector Control District (LCVCD), stated. "Statewide, we've seen the number of WNV-positive mosquito samples double from 70 to 124 in just the last week."
Officials encourage residents to use an insect repellant containing an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR353.
West Nile virus has been detected in 24 California counties so far this year, and one person in Sacramento reportedly died.
Up to 20 percent of people infected experience symptoms that range from fatigue, fever, headache, body aches, rash and even nausea and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of cases suffer severe illness.
Lake County officials urge residents who would like help with a mosquito problem to call 263-4770 or visit the district website at www.lcvcd.org.
With endangered whales congregating in the food-rich waters around the Farallon Islands, the U.S. Coast Guard is asking large
ships to slow down in hopes of avoiding fatal collisions with the huge animals.
The Coast Guard’s message, broadcast over marine band radio, asks heavy
vessels — including tankers, container and cruise ships — to approach and exit San Francisco Bay at no more than 10 knots, about half their normal speed.
The slowdown is intended to reduce ship strikes on endangered blue and
humpback whales, said Dan Howard, superintendent of the Cordell Bank
National Marine Sanctuary, which covers 529 square miles off the Sonoma
and Marin county coast.
NOAA requested the slowdown message after biologists stationed on
Southeast Farallon Island 30 miles outside the Golden Gate counted a
remarkable concentration of whales in late June.
The leviathans are of concern to scientists because their northeast Pacific
population of about 2,000 has not rebounded in the 43 years since commercial whaling was ended in the United States.
During a one-hour break in the fog on June 27, the Farallon Island biologists counted 33
humpback whales, six blues and one fin whale, Howard said. The following
day, they spotted 25 humpbacks, seven blue whales, one fin and one gray
In mid-June, officials from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito helped confirm
that a juvenile female humpback whale that washed ashore at Point Reyes
National Seashore was killed by a ship strike. Fractured vertebrae and
bruising indicated the cause of death, said Jim Oswald, a spokesman for the
Last Wednesday, Humboldt Drug Task Force agents assisted by the sheriff's
office and the CHP arrested Matthew Walker, age 33, of Alderpoint when he
attempted to trade four pounds of high-grade marijuana and one pound of hashish for a travel trailer.
Approximately two weeks ago, a citizen who was selling a travel trailer on Craigslist alerted authorities that someone wanted to trade "herb" for his travel trailer. When agents drove to Walker's residence in Alderpoint with a search warrant, they located 304 growing marijuana plants being grown in greenhouses and outside on the property. Walker's bail was set at $55,000.