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I.LON COUNTY TIMES FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016-5 Public health officials issue rabies reminder State and local public health officials are reminding Mon- tanans to be aware of the risk for exposure to rabies as sum- mer approaches. From 2009 to 2015, 162 animals submit- ted for testing to the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) were positive for ra- bies. Most of the animals were bats, some were skunks, and a few were other wild and domestic animals. Rabies is a fatal disease. The rabies virus is carried in the saliva of infected warm- blooded mammals and is usu- ally transmitted to people and other animals through a bile. Bats are a great concern in Montana because a bite may not be noticeable. Encounters between humans and wild an- imals often increase in spring and summer months because of the time spent hiking and engaging in other outdoor ac- tivities. Rabies can be prevented by avoiding contact with wild animals and seeking preven- tive treatment if you think you have been exposed. If a wild animal cannot be located or submitted for testing, a person may need to undergo a series of shots to prevent disease. In 2015, administration of treat- ment to prevent infection was recommended to nearly 200 individuals. If someone is bit- ten by a domestic dog, cat or ferret, the animal can be ob- served, avoiding the series of shots. \Any bat that has physical contact with a person, or is found in an area where con- tact may have occurred but gone undetected, such as a bedroom with a sleeping adult or child, should be tested for rabies when possible,\ says Elton Mosher, an epidemiolo- gist with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). \Do not damage the head of the bat, because the brain is needed for the rabies test.\ DPHHS and DOL remind everyone of the following ra- bies prevention tips: • Do not feed or handle wild animals, especially bats. Teach children never to touch wild animals or handle bats, even dead ones. Ask children to tell an adult if they see or find a bat. • Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies. Cats are espe- cially susceptible to rabies ex- posure as a result of more contact with wild animals than dogs. All dogs and cats should have a current rabies certificate. • Bat -proof your house. Bats must not be allowed in living areas of your home. Put screens on all windows, doors and chimneys to prevent bats from entering. You can pre- vent bats from roosting in at- tics or buildings by covering outside entry points, loosely hanging clear plastic sheeting or bird netting over these areas. Bats crawl out and leave, but cannot re-enter. To avoid trapping any young bats who will die or try to make their way into your rooms, seal the openings permanently after August or in the fall after bats have left for the season. • Watch for abnormal wild animal behavior. Most wild animals avoid humans and seeing skunks and bats during the daytime is rare. If you see an animal acting strangely, leave it alone and contact law enforcement or an animal control agency if you think it may pose a danger. \If you or your child has any contact with a bat or find a bat in your home, or are bitten or scratched by any wild or stray animal, contact your health care provider for appropriate follow-up,\ Mosher added. For additional information on rabies visit the DPHHS website at www.dphhs.gov or contact your local health de- partment, DOL at (406) 444- 9761 or the DPHHS at (406) 444-0273. Precautions to avoid hantavirus The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reminds Mon- tanans to be aware this spring about the risk of hantavirus. Health officials say that han- tavirus infection can occur during any month, but spring and summer months pose the highest risk for exposure as people clean cabins, outbuild- ings and campers or begin spring and summer recreation activities outdoors and come in contact with mouse and rat nesting materials. \Before you start cleaning garages, sheds or dusting off your camping gear, it is im- portant to look for evidence of rodents and take steps to pro- tect yourself,\ said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. With 42 cases of hantavirus reported since 1993, Montana has one of the highest rates of infection in the U.S. Han- tavirus infection can cause se- vere illness and death with one in four of Montana cases resulting in death. Studies in Montana have shown that the deer mouse, the most com- mon host of the virus, is well disbursed throughout the state and often tests positive for the virus. \When you open the door on your garage or cabin to begin spring cleaning, stop and think,\ Opper cautions. \People can become infected when they breath in air con- taminated by the virus. It is important to not do things that raise dust, such as sweeping or vacuuming if signs of ro- dents are present. Protecting yourself and cleaning cor- rectly will protect you and your family.\ The best way to prevent hantavirus transmission is to control rodent populations in areas where you live and work. When cleaning areas where rodents may have been present, the following precau- tions should be followed: • Wear rubber or plastic gloves. • Thoroughly spray/soak area with a disinfectant or mixture of bleach and water to reduce dry dusty conditions in the area being cleaned. • Wipe or mop the area with a sponge or paper towel (throw away items after use). • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after removing gloves. • Never sweep or vacuum in these areas as this can stir up dust and aerosolize the drop- pings. More information on han- tavirus and its prevention can be found on the DPHHS web - site at: http://www.dphhs.migov/ Baker Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture information is available by calling 406-778-2266 Fallon County Times Like us on Facebook! Jess Johnson Sales 406-939-1382 Visit Jess in our Eastern Montana din e located at American Ford Glendive, MT .f2( Roger Jacobs Broker 406-698-7686 Call today to list and sell your farm or ranch. Check out our listings at wit' tipiption taw. coin Junior Chippers Golf Program Grades K - 8 COST: $25/Kid, $50/2 or more Kids SCHEDULE: K-2 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 3-5 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 6-8 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Starting Monday, July 25, ending Wednesday, August 10. To sign up please contact Lakeview Country Club (406) 778-3 166 or Brillani Brence (406) 670-1402 by Friday, July IS. * This program is designed off of USGA kids golf and is being funded by a grant through AISWGA. Dare to Be an Andrew Oh I'd love to be an Andrew For he told Peter you know. And Peter to lead three thousand men That they to Heaven might go. I bet that Andrew told a lot more As he journeyed on his way. Most of the twelve died early Fallon County Times and Places .......... HOPE, do you feel alcohol is causing problems, we can help. Thesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church. District Court is in session the first Tuesday of the first full week of the month and as often as business warrants. Interested persons are welcome to check a specific schedule at the office of the Clerk of District Court. Fallon County Library hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; closed Satur- days, Sundays and legal holi- days. O'Fallon Historical Museum Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed on legal holidays. Driver Licensing Schedule, second and third Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., courthouse Changed For Life church serv- ices, 10 a.m., Baker Senior Cen- ter, July 10. Hospital Helpers. July 11. Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church; Codependent Support Group, noon, American Lutheran Church; Friends of Li- brary, 5 p.m., library basement; Patchwork Quilting Guild, 10 a.m., Thee Garage, July 12. Baker CowBelles; School Board, 7 p.m., high school board room, July 13. Changed For Life church serv- ices, 10 a.m., Baker Senior Cen- ter, July 17. County Study Commission. 4 p.m., courthouse basement; Fal- lon County Water & Sewer Dis- trict/Stanhope Addition. monthly meeting, library base- ment. 5:30 p.m., July 18. Fair Board meeting, 6 p.m . Fallon County Fairgrounds ex- hibit hall, July 19. City Council, 7 p.m., Fallon County court room; Knights ol Columbus, 8 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church basemen\ Jul) 20. Free Business Development. by appointment, call 406-745 2990,July 21. though That's what the records say. But just imagine if you tell one And they preached as Peter preached. Your words could go out multiplied Maybe just a few words each. But telling the good news everywhere Jesus died for all. Endured the nails and the mocking To save our souls from Hell. For Hell's a real destination Checking the record again. It's a place of blackness and darkness Not a place to dabble in sin. So Andrew told Peter and Peter told us He expounded the way to them all. All who would hear of the ghastly cross And heed the loving call. fly Prairie Singer LAW ENFORCEMENT Baker Police Department • June 6,2016 - June 19.2016- Calls for set - % ice. Several hOlif working the tornado June 11-14; 5 non -injury crashes; 6 public as- sists; 6 agency assists; I arrest for disorderly conduct; 1 arrest for simple assault; 10 law enforcement information contacts; 2 alarms (unfounded); 6 animal complaints; 17 traffic stops, 3 vehicle un locks; 1 911 hangup (unfounded) Anyone with any information on any area crime is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 406-778-2222. Calls are never recorded and rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and con- viction of responsible parties. FROM THE BENCH City Court • Matthew Thomas Monck, I smay, fail to carry proof or ex- hibit/insurance in vehicle, owner or operator, 1st offense, dismissed by Court, ticket is- sued 6/14/16. • Chance Michael Ehret, Baker, disorderly conduct, bond forfeited $185, ticket issued 5/27/16. • Katelynn Gleena Schwind', Baker, disorderly conduct, bond forfeited $185, ticket issued 5/27/16. • Krystie Elizabeth Madsen. Baker, animal at large, bond forfeited $30, ticket issued 5/19/16. • Krystie Elizabeth Madsen, Baker, vicious animal, bond forfeited $150, ticket issued 5/19/16. • Colton David Cornwell. Baker, open container, bond forfeited $100, ticket issued 5/21/16. • Brandon Lynn Brooks, Baker, operating with expired registration, failure to re -regis- ter, bond forfeited $85, ticket issued 6 / 1 1/16. Justice Court • Frankie Wayne Stringer, Medicine Lake. seatbelt viola- tion, bond forfeited $20, ticket issued 6 / 1 5/16. • Isaiah Jesse Uvalli, Timber Lake, SD, scathe)t violation. bond forfeited $20, ticket is- sued 615116 TC Shelhamer started 7 11 and finished 3'd in his heat and started 8'h and finished 4th in the feature race at Southwest Speed- way in Dickinson last weekend. Luke Holestine won the B Main for modi- fied at the Bump N Run in Glendive July 4. 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