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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 DOH confirms rabies in a raccoon, fox from Sierra County Submitted by NM DOHISanta Fe A raccoon and a fox found dead on ranchland in Sierra County have tested positive for rabies. No known human or pet exposures were reported. The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico De- partment of Game and Fish are urging pet and livestock own- ers in Sierra County and sur- rounding areas to protect their dogs, cats, horses and other them vaccinated against rabies. The raccoon was submitted by a private veterinarian, and a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officer picked up the fox last week. Both ani- mals were found on ranchland about 15 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences and tested positive at the Department of Health's Scientific Labora- tory in Albuquerque. Testing done at the Centers for Disease valuable livestock by getting Control and Prevention (CDC) 0t {{NOTEJS OM THE SUNSH,NE HAVEN, Heather Mitchell Mitchell is Director of Nursing By LORENZO ALBA, JR. At Sunshine Haven, Heather Mitchell is our Director of Nurs- ing. She brings a world of, experience and expertise to our facility. She is a Registered Nurse and earned her degree from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Lafayette, IN. She has more than 13 years experience in long-term care and three years as a psychiatric nurse She has served as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Supervisor, MDS/Care Plan Coordinator, Staff Development Coordinator, Infection Control Nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing and Direc- tor of' Nursing. Heather Mitchell joined the Sunshine Haven Management Team in July of 2009. She comes to our facility from Mimbres Memorial Nursing Home, where she was for almost three years. Her professional staff includes six full-time Registered Nurses and three part-time RNs. There is also a full-time Licensed Prac- tical Nurse and two part-time LPNs. There is also a total of 14 Certified Nursing Assistants on staff, 11 full-time and three part- time. Mitchell's Staff is highly educated and well trained; further- more, they continue to receive training within the facility with regular in-service training. Mitchell is married with two children and currently residing in Deming, NM. "I chose Sunshine Haven to further my career because I firmly believe that this is a great facility with a caring professional staff," said. Mitchell of Sunshine Haven at Lordsburg. Our facility continues to grow and improvements are con- tinuing throughout the facility and each department. Our Maintenance Director, Jason Jacquez, continues to main- tain the facility cosmetically, with spot painting of the interior walls and doors; as well as taking care of the landscaping outside the home. Jacques continues to keep our facility in tip-top shape. More painting projects are in the horizon for Sunshine Haven along with improving our landscaping. We'd like to plant more rose bushes on our facility and would humbly like to ask the com- munity for donations of rose bushes, so that we can get them planted as soon as possible. If you'd like to donate a rose bush to Sunshine Haven please contact Jason Jacquez at 575.542.3539. We're excited about get- ting the community involved in this awesome project. The residents continue to enjoy an array of activities with our activities staff that include Nick Paulos and our volunteers. Tina Garcia and Nick Ruiz. ur residents and staff are smiling as spring approaches, stop by and visit us at Sunshin Haven. let us make you smile or help us bring a smile to our residenls. See you next week!! in Atlanta confirmed that both animals had the Arizona gray fox rabies strain. Fox rabies has been a problem for several de- cades in Arizona and spread into .western New Mexico and was first detected in the Glenwood area in 2007. "Since first finding fox rabies in Catron County in 2007 there has been steady animal-to-animal movement of the virus into Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties," said Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the Department of Health. "These latest cases dem- onstrate a significant eastward movement of the fox rabies strain past the Gila and Black Range and closer to human and animal populations in the Rio Grande valley." Pet dogs and cats that roam and hunt can come into contact with rabid animals and poten- tially transmit it to people, it is very important to make sure all dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Several pet dogs have been euthanized because they were not vaccinated against rabies and were bitten by a rabid fox. If you see a sick or dead wild animal Or a wild animal that is acting abnormally in this area, report it to New Mexico Depart- ment of Game and Fish at (575) 532-2100 or the Sierra County USDA Wildlife Services Special- ist at (575) 640-1449. Rabid ani- mals may Show no fear of peopl e and may even seem friendly or become aggressive. Rabies is a deadly viral dis- ease that affects all mammals and can be prevented but not cured. The following guidelines can help protect you and your family from rabies: Keep pets on a leash at all times. Pets should be up-to- date on rabies vaccinations and wearing current license tags on their collar. If your cat or dog has been bitten or scratched, call your pet's veterinarian, even if the wound is superficial. Horses and other valu- able livestock should be consid- ered for rabies vaccination to pro- tect them from wild rabid animals that may attack them. Stay away from wild or unfamiliar animals. Do not at- tempt to feed, approach or touch wild animals. Teach this impor- tant message to your children, and keep a close eye on your kids at all times. 'If you or a loved one are bitten by an animal or come into contact with an animal's sa- liva, wash the exposed site im- mediately with soap and water. Be sure to report the bite to local animal control and seek medical care as soon as possible. For more information about rabies call the Department of Health at (505) 827-0006 or visit the Department of Health website at http://nmhealth.org/ERD/ HealthData/rabies.shtml. II-lUFm-II=00 i We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. BOOKKEEPIN 575-542-312 2t2 E. Motel Drive Suite A * Lordsburg Open f0rbusiness Drews BBQ, located on Wabash Avenue in Lordsburg, is open, featuring pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and burritos, turkey legs, coleslaw and potato salad, just to name a few items. The establishment is owned and operated by Hidalgo County's own Veao Peterson and is open daily 10 a.m. to dark. Photos by BRITTANY COLLINS/ Ho CrHera LHS, United Blood Services to h01d Blood Drive March 11 Lordsburg High School is partnering with our local com- munity blood center, United Blood Services, to hold a blood drive on March 11, 2010, Lordsburd High School Band Room, from 9:30 to 3:30. We are requesting your support aiad participation in this drive. It is an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to your commu- nity. Every two seconds some- one in America needs blood. Those of us blessed with good health can share it through do- nating blood -- to enable a pre- mature baby to live, a burn vic- tim.to recover, a cancer patient to be treated, an accident vic- tim to survive, or a, transplant candidate to have a life-giving surgery. This ongoing need is felt by our area hospitals and patients. Our local community requires 150 donations daily to meet the transfusion needs in over 18 hospitals. In the next few days, mem- bers of the blood drive team will be asking students and faculty to donate blood. I know that you will give full consideration to donating the "gift of life," and I thank you for your interest in this important community ef- fort. To schedule an appoint- ment, please call (575) 542- 3782 or visit www.bloodhero.com Sponsor Code: Lordsburg $12 4