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Archive for January, 2012

CW president wants to send ‘One Tree Hill’ out right

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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First rabies case of 2012 reported in New Hanover County

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the first case of rabies for 2012 in New Hanover County. ACS officers recovered an injured feral cat from a Hart Street residence in Wilmington on Wednesday. The cat was euthanized after exhibiting neurological signs and sent to the State Lab for testing.

The Hart Street resident was notified of the positive results and informed officers there are several stray cats in the area. ACS will canvass the area to educate the public and set traps in an attempt to recover the strays.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be reboostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.

There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.

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VPS buys Illinois convenience stores

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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NC Freightliner factory to add 1,100 jobs

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America has announced it will hire 1,100 workers to build long-distance trucks at its NC Freightliner plant as it bulks up after the recession.

The company made the announcement Thursday at the factory in the Rowan County town of Cleveland, about 50 miles north of Charlotte.

The news underscores the steady recovery the company has made after the economic downturn forced it to shed hundreds of jobs at the huge facility.

The Freightliner plant in Cleveland employed about 3,500 workers before the recession led to layoffs that whittled employment to about 650.

Financial incentives offered by Rowan County and the town of Cleveland in 2009 kept the remaining jobs as Freightliner started production of military vehicles.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials say 8 whooping cough cases at NC school

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

BURLINGTON, NC (AP) — Health officials say they have confirmed eight cases of whooping cough and suspect there were 23 more cases at an Alamance County elementary school.

The county health department said Wednesday more than 600 people were examined for the illness after the first case was identified last month at B. Everett Jordan Elementary School.

Officials say in the 23 probable cases, the symptoms of whooping cough were present, but lab tests had not been done to confirm the presence of the illness.

Also called pertussis, whooping cough is a bacterial infection that causes severe coughing fits. The once-common sickness was dramatically reduced by vaccinations starting in the 1940s, but has since made a comeback.

County health officials say the outbreak shows the importance of staying current on vaccinations.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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