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Archive for November, 2011

CFPUA Watchdog concerned about Sparks endorsements

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (BY CHAD O’SHIELDS, CFPUA WATCHDOG) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board members are handing out political endorsements to help one of their own.

The CFPUA’s Chairman and its Secretary stepped into the political arena to help Ron Sparks, Wilmington city councilman and a fellow CFPUA board member, get re-elected. As a city councilman, Sparks played an integral part in both of their appointments to the CFPUA board.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis detected in chickens

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

While EEE typically strikes horses, humans can be at risk.

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EEE case confirmed in New Hanover County

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The New Hanover County Health Department encourages people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Recent testing in the local sentinel chicken flock confirmed a positive sample of EEE in New Hanover County. This raises concerns about the mosquito-borne disease making its way into the human and equine populations.

“Human incidence of EEE is rare, but it is a dangerous disease. There is no cure and no vaccine for people available right now, so people need to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites,” stated David Rice, New Hanover County Health Director. “Minimize unprotected outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, the times during the day when mosquito activity peaks as they search aggressively for blood meals. Protective measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.”

Though rare in humans, when it does occur, EEE is a very serious illness and can be fatal. The young and elderly populations are at greatest risk. Survivors of EEE infections may suffer from long-term brain damage. Therapy is limited to treating the symptoms of the disease, as there is no specific cure and no available vaccine for humans. Horse cases are almost always fatal. A preventive vaccine is available, and effective for horses if administered before the animal is bitten by infected mosquitoes. Vaccinations should be administered by a licensed veterinarian to assure that viable vaccine is utilized and injections are properly administered.

Ways to eliminate mosquito breeding and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease include:
• Cover rain barrels have tight-fitting screens;
• Change the water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week;
• Empty or remove any other containers that hold even a small amount of water including saucers under flower pots;
• Store out of service or unmounted tires under cover so as to prevent the collection of any water;
• Keep gutters clean and in good repair;
• Repair leaky outdoor faucets; and,
• Use tightly screened doors and windows.

For additional information regarding the use of repellents see these Web sites:

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Shooting reported at 13th and Ann streets in Wilmington

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

One person was shot around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at 13th and Ann streets, Wilmington police say.

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FIRST ON 3: School lockdown ended as WPD investigates shooting

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A security lockdown has ended at New Hanover High School, Gregory School of Science, Mathematics and Technology and New Hanover High’s Jap Davis Field House, according to New Hanover County Schools. The schools were on lockdown for about 30 minutes after a shooting was reported near the campuses.

Police and EMS have responded to the intersection of South 13th and Ann Streets. They have set up crime scene tape in the intersection next to 1 Stop Shop Grocery at 225 S. 13th Street.

WWAY has a crew at the scene. We will bring any updates as soon as they are available.

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