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Enjoy a ‘caroling hay ride’

Buffalo Corral will offer a “caroling hay rides” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., tomorrow.

The ride will begin and end in front of Building 22214, at Brown Parade Field.

The cost is $5 per person. Reservations are needed. For more information or to register, call 533-5220.

Register for Little League Baseball

Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports & Fitness is holding registration now through Feb. 13, 2009 for Little League for youth ages 5 to 16.

This program will be in partnership with the Sierra Vista Little League. Cost is $45 per player.

Register at the CYS Services Central Registration Office, Building 52111.

For more registration information, call the CER Office at 533-0738.

Gift shop now open at Arts Center

The MWR Arts Center would like to suggest their new, year ‘round gift shop for all your holiday gift shopping needs.

more information. The cost per space in the Gift Shop is $25 per space.

Eifler gym to undergo renovations

From Saturday to Jan. 5, 2009, Eifler Fitness Center will be closed for renovations.

For more information, call 533-4723.

Massage therapy now available

Massage therapy is now available at the Family Fit- ness Facility, across from Barnes Field House.

To make an appointment or for more information, call Erin Stephenson at 236-2385.

Get tickets now for New Year’s Eve Party

Desert Lanes Bowling Center and Jeannie’s Diner have planned their annual New Year’s Eve party for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dec. 31.

The event is open to the public. Everyone is invited to “bowl in the New Year” or “sing in the New Year” with karaoke in the Party Room.

Sirius Satellite music radio will provide entertain- ment. Finger foods and beverages will be available to purchase until 10 p.m. at Jeannie’s Diner.

Free aerobics classes offered

Aerobics classes are offered at Barnes Field house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday; and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday.

This class is a hybrid of multiple types of aerobics in one, involving everything from muscular conditioning, to step aerobics, to core strengthening and everything in between.

The classes are free to all MWR patrons, first-come, first-served. Instructor is Kathy Gray.

For more information, call 533-0041.

Register for children’s ceramic class

Child, Youth and School Services Youth SKIESUn- limited is holding registration now through Jan. 2, 2009 for ceramic pouring class for youth ages 5 and up. The class will be held Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2009 at the MWR Arts Center. Cost is $30 for the four lessons.

Register at the CYS Services Central Registration Office, Building 52111.

For more information, call 533-0738.

Murr CC has TCC tickets available

The Gift Shop features original works of art created by various local artists including Nicole Ray, Valla Miller, Liz Horning and Sue Olivo, to name a few. The Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Artists interested in selling their work in the Arts Center Gift Shop should call 533-2015 or 533-2352 for

The cost for five hours of bowling is $35 per person and the price for youth 17 and under is $12. Party favors, door prizes, a glass of champagne (or orange juice) and a full breakfast buffet are included in the price.

Tickets are available now at Desert Lanes.

For more information, call 533-2849.

The MWR Ticket Office at Murr Community Center has tickets available for upcoming events at the Tucson Convention Center, including: “Midnight Jam” Dec. 30; Ice Cats versus St. Louis, Jan. 9 and 10; Jeff Dunham, Jan. 15, and many more.

For more information, call 533-2404.

Animal Control traps rabid skunk on Post

By Jennifer Vollmer Fort Huachuca officials are warning residents to beware of wild animals that could be seen wandering around the Fort. Alive skunk, recently reported and retrieved at a construction site in the Gatewood Housing area on Fort Huachuca, tested positive for rabies.

There was no known human or pet contact with this ani- mal, according to Sheridan Stone, a wildlife biologist with Fort Huachuca’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division. “But just because there was no exposure from this animal, it is still important to be cautious around wild and stray animals and be aware of the characteristic behavior of rabid animals,” he said.

Rabies control is possible-not by cure, but by preven- tion.

Sightings of various wild animals are common in this time period and should be expected, said Stone.

Stone recommends all community members check the vaccination

records of their pets to insure that they’re current. “If your pets are not vaccinated for rabies, do so as soon as possible,” he said. “And as always, do not allow your pets outside unleashed or outside of a fenced area. Do not let your cats roam free outside, even in a fenced in area. They do not remain within the fenced areas like dogs do.”

In general if an animal is acting strangely, do not approach it. If a wild animal is not acting wild, it should be avoided. Also, do not feed wild animals and limit wild bird feeding to reduce spillover onto the ground. This sometimes attracts wild animals.

To contact the Environmental and Natural Resources Divi- sion with questions or concerns, call 533-7083 or 533-1867.

RABIES INFORMATION (SOURCE: HYPERLINK “http://www.health- scout.com/ency/68/738/main.html” \l “SymptomsofRa- bies” http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/738/main. html#SymptomsofRabies)

Definition of Rabies Rabies is a disease (caused by the rabies virus) primarily of animals, including both wild and domestic animals and human beings.

Description of Rabies

Cats, dogs and cattle account for nearly 90 percent of rabies cases in domestic animals, with horses, mules, sheep, goats and ferrets making up the remaining cases.

Among wild animals, the disease is most often reported in skunks and raccoons. Other wild species in this country in which rabies is commonly found include bats, foxes, and rodents.

The rabies virus, present in the saliva of an infected ani- mal, is usually spread by a bite or scratch that punctures the victim’s skin. The virus concentrates in the salivary glands but it also invades and damages the muscles involved in drinking

and swallowing.

man rabies victims are often terrified by the sight of water.

Symptoms of Rabies Symptoms usually develop between 20 and 60 days after exposure. Rabid animals may become aggressive, combative, and highly sensitive to touch and other kinds of stimulation.

There is also a form of the disease in which the animal becomes lethargic, weak in one or more limbs, and unable to raise its head or make sounds because its throat and neck muscles are paralyzed. In all rabid animals, death occurs a few days after symptoms appear, usually from respiratory failure.

In humans, the course is similar. After a symptom-free incubation period that ranges from 10 days to a year or lon- ger (the average is 30 to 50 days), the patient complains of malaise, loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, and fever. Over half of all patients have pain (sometimes itching) or numbness at the site of exposure. They may also complain of insomnia or depression.

Prevention of Rabies Unlike other immunizations, the rabies vaccine is admin- istered after exposure to the virus. This unusual technique is successful because the rabies virus takes a comparatively long time to induce disease, a minimum of 10 days, and in rare cases, up to a year.

The length of the incubation period apparently depends on both the location of the wound - the farther from the brain, the longer the incubation - and the dose of virus received.

No matter where the wound, authorities emphasize that the first and most valuable preventive measure is thorough cleaning of the site with soap and water, and immediate

medical attention.

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Most human victims suffer excruciating pain when swal- lowing liquids. Though they suffer from thirst, animal and hu-

If rabies vaccine treatment is called for, it should be started as soon as possible after exposure.


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