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4A-Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003 Se g the Mon area. since $ Jney area lrus el This season's first equine case of West Nile Virus encephalitis was confirmed July 25 in a horse in the Miles City area in Custer County. This week, eight more cases in seven different counties have been confirmed, according to Dr. Tom Linfield, acting state veterinarian with the Montana Department of Livestock. A horse confu-med with WNV in Belgrade is the first case confirmed in Gallatin County. Last ~ason, WNV was diagnosed in equines in 26 Montana counties, with Park County being the farthest west. This week, horses were con- firmed with WNV in Sheridan County (Homestead), Big Horn County (Lame Deer), Blaine County (Harlem), Gallatin County (Belgrade), Powder River County (Broadus), Carter County (Ekalaka), and two in Yellowstone County (Huntley and Billings). Five horses have died or were euthanized, including the horse in the first case in Custer Court- ty. Of those five, four had not been vaccinated. Information is still being com- piled to verify if the fifth horse that died had been vaccinated against the disease. WNV is not contagious from horse to horse, or from animals to people, so no quarantine is issued for infected premises or animals. WNV is transmitted from infected birds, which act as the natural host or reservoir, by mosquitoes to other animals. Horses become infected in the same way as humans, by the bite of an infectious mosquito. The two methods to help pro- tect horses against the disease are vaccination and mosquito control. There is a vaccine for horses to help prevent WNV. The vaccine requires two doses given three to six weeks apart. It takes about three weeks after the second dose to become effec- tive. A booster is recommended each year after the initial doses have been given. For mosquito control, thor- oughly clean livestock watering troughs on a regular basis, remove any potential sources of water in which mosquitoes can breed, dispose of water-holding containers such as discarded tires, and do not allow water to stagnate. Mosquitoes can poten- tially breed in any puddle that lasts more than four days. If possible, horses should be sta- bled inside at dusk and dawn to reduce contact with mosquitoes. There are approximately 100,000 horses in Montana. This season, about 35 Montana horses have been tested for WNV, with nine testing positive. The Department of Livestock's Veterinary Diagnostic Laborato- ry in Bozeman can provide test- ing of equines for WNV. Clinical signs of WNV encephalitis in horses include loss of appetite and depression, in addition to any combination of weakness or paralysis of hind limbs, muzzle twitching, impaired vision, head pressing, aimless wandering, convulsions, inability to swallow, circling or hyperexcitability. 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Mom (Irene) The Lazy Three-W Dennis & Karen; Vonnie, William; Will, Justin, Tandi, Heidi Dee Ann & Fred Sifuentes; L de & Jen, Lacey & Darcy, Lice, Leigh Ann ,, .., Lee Roy & Cllarity; Joshua, Jerrit, Jeremy 0 402 East Main mterized Pharmacy petitive Prices Prescription Pharmaceutical Care/Counseling Ready RefilV - Auto Prescription Refill Program Auto Prescription Line - 7 days a week, 24 hours Free Daily Blood Pressure Checks 119 Years of Service in the Upper Midwest Pharmacy Hours: Men - Fri: 9 am - 7 pm Sat: 9 am - 5:30 pm Tim Wagner Chief Pharmacist Patty Whitford Pharmacist Sun: CLOSED o spea i il PHOTO BY ELLEN Sally and Tyler Amunrud enjoy themselves at the speakeasy fundraiser at Dak Heritage Center July 23. Fresh peas, sweet corn, new potatoes, honey, eggs, fresh cut flowers, salad greens...these are but a few of the treasures that await you when you shop at one of Montana's 27 different farm- ers' markets around the state. National farmers' market is Aug. 3-9. The Richland Federal Credit Union, Sidney, will start its farmers' market the second Fri- day in August from 7:45 a.m. to noon. In addition to providing some of the freshest, tastiest food around, farmers' markets play a valu ˘ xO e promoting healthy local economies and communities as documented in a new study, "Farmers' Markets, Enriching Communities Across Montana," conducted in collab- oration with the Alternative Energy Resources Organization, the Montana Department of Agriculture and the University of Montana Environmental Studies Program. The study is based on a survey conducted with 20 market representatives around the state. The U.S. Department of Agri- culture cites the number of farm- ers' markets around the country increasing 79 percent between 1994 and 2002. This growth trend is readily evident in Mon- tana with 70 percent of the mar- kets in the state established since 1990. Most of the markets have plenty of room to grow and want to recruit new vendors, particu- larly new local produce farmers. The study explores the two main benefits for local onomies: the income made by vendors and the additional cus- tomer base brought to local busi- ness on market days. Vendors' income, whatever the amount, returns the community again and again through an economic mul- tiplier effect. The longer money stays in the local economy, the more value it has for the com- munity. "Local merchants are really pleased to have the mark~et there on Saturday brings people Elizabeth Wogamon "Ninety percent viewers mentioned strengths" says Kira Pascoe and "The markets ing place for all for neighbors to another, for tomers to network, for education." Farmer Pam the Whitefish "A lot of ferred there events, and health benefits locally produced feel good supporting burs, which is market." 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