No further victims in rabid cat case
Hernando County officials have determined that no additional humans or animals have been affected by a rabid cat in Spring Hill last week.
The cat bit or scratched up to seven people April 2 in a neighborhood near the intersection of Deltona Boulevard and Abeline Road, according to county Animal Services manager Liana Teague.
Since then, test results for an additional cat and four kittens that had contact with the rabid cat have come back negative, Teague said. No more human victims have been identified either.
What hasn't been determined as of Thursday is how the cat contracted rabies.
Animal Services, working with the county Health Department, left traps in the neighborhood to catch animals, such as raccoons, that could have given the cat rabies.
Hernando County has been under a rabies alert since 2005. The last attack, on Chisholm Street in Brooksville, occurred in August when a fox bit a girl.
Library week features lectures, movies, tips
In celebration of National Library Week (Sunday through April 19), the Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following programs:
• Ernest Hemingway: A Contemporary Assessment, 2 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The lecture will be presented by professor Arnold Silver.
• Showing of Sabrina, 2 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. This is the 1995 remake of the 1954 romantic comedy. The film is rated PG.
• Identity Theft program, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Connie Salyars, background investigator with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, will provide tips to avoid becoming a victim.
• Discussion of the book, The Namesake, 2 p.m. Thursday, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, the novel follows the life of Gogol Ganguli from birth until middle age, chronicling his struggle to discover who he is as a second-generation immigrant.
• Sunshine in the Dark: Florida in the Movies, 2 p.m. April 18, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. This is a Florida Humanities program about the images of Florida, Floridians and tourists that have appeared in major studio and independent films, that have helped shape opinions of the state and its people. It will be presented by historians Susan Fernandez and Robert Ingalls.
All programs are free. For information, call 540-6391.
Family Care Council will meet Monday
The Area 13 Family Care Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the Florida Department of Children and Families, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway (State Road 44).
For information, call Nancy Stubbs at the Arc Nature Coast, 544-2322, ext. 109.
Coast guard auxiliary has safety programs
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the following free programs:
• Suddenly in Command, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
This class is a safety program for boat passengers, who will learn what to do in a boating emergency, when the captain needs help. Information will be given on safety equipment, boating terms and use of a VHF radio.
• Vessel safety checks, ongoing. Volunteers can go to wherever the boat is kept (home, marina, etc.). Those that pass the check will receive a decorative decal for the boat.
Classes are at the auxiliary facility, 4340 Calienta St.
For information, call Ray at 596-8542.
To schedule a safety check, call Jackie at 666-7239.