Thursday, August 7, 2003
Support Group meeting
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m., at the Methodist Manor House, Wesley Wellness Center, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford, in the employee lunch room. Friends and relatives are welcome. Fur further information call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593.

Safe Sitter classes
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 19. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 ext. 2540.
Easter Seals meetings
Easter Seals announces that it will conduct two Community Input Meetings, on Aug. 20 and Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Easter Seals Adult Day Center at 504 West Market St., Georgetown. The public is cordially invited to attend. RSVP is not required, but is encouraged. The purpose of the meeting is to highlight disability needs region-wide and to get community feedback on Easter Seals plans for a new 25,000-square-foot center in Georgetown. Ford Waggoner, Sussex County director, will make a short presentation on Easter Seals programs and services, and region-wide plans to double the number of persons served by the year 2010. For more information on the Community Input Meetings or Easter Seals, call 302-856-7364.

West Nile Virus found in Harrington area horse Mosquito threat confirmed
Dr. H. Wesley Towers, state veterinarian, has announced that a Delaware horse, from the Harrington area, was diagnosed with West Nile Virus, on Aug. 1, by the New Bolton Center for Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Towers said, “I urge horse owners to contact their veterinarians and have their horses vaccinated. In order to provide maximum protection, two doses of this vaccine must be given two to three weeks apart. Symptoms in horses include listlessness, muscle spasms in the head and neck, and hind-limb weakness.” Towers said he is also concerned about a mosquito collection near the Delaware line, in Wicomico County, Md., which was recently confirmed positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). In Worcester County, Md., there were two horse fatalities due to EEE on July 19 and July 20. Horses with EEE display symptoms such as loss of coordination, blindness, circling to the right or left, aimless walking (walking through fences or into objects). The symptoms progress to inability to stand, convulsions, coma, and death. In horses, death results in most cases. An EEE vaccine for horses does exist. Dr. Towers urges all horse owners to contact their veterinarians and have their horses vaccinated to prevent this disease as well.\