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Rabies vaccine baits distributed around Pinellas County starting Monday


Rabies vaccine drop starts on Monday

Pinellas County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be distributing oral rabies vaccination baits throughout the county beginning Monday and lasting about two weeks. Rabies is a virus that affects the central nervous system in mammals. The disease is invariably fatal if left untreated; however, effective vaccines are available to protect people and pets. The baits consist of a sachet, or plastic packet, containing the rabies vaccine. The baiting zone will be 184 square miles distributing about 71,670 baits by helicopter and hand baiting on the ground. If you need to move the bait from your lawn, driveway or other area not likely to attract a raccoon, wear a glove or other protective covering and put it an area of thicker cover where a raccoon will be more likely to find it. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. If you suspect you may have been exposed to the vaccine, please call toll-free 1-877-722-6725 or 1-866-487-3297.

Group collecting prom dresses

"The Gathering of Women" is collecting prom dresses for high school seniors whose families are facing financial difficulties. They also are collecting purses, shoes, costume jewelry, mirrors, clothing racks and tailoring services. To donate, call 433-1352 or e-mail or


Vigil offers support to violence victims

The Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force will hold a Memorial Candlelight Vigil. The event, in memory of those affected by domestic violence and in support of family members and friends of victims, will be at 7 p.m. today at the reflecting pond at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. For information, call Wendy Loomas, (727) 432-2529.


Breakfast helps All Children's

The Palm Harbor Kiwanis will hold a pancake breakfast to benefit All Children's Hospital from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be held at Calvary Chapel, 32676 U.S. 19 N. Tickets will be available at the door. For information, call Joyce Curvin, (727) 943-2464 or Susan Senger (727) 781-0917.


Hear guitarist at cultural center

Praised by musicians and critics worldwide, Latin guitarist David Burgess will appear at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave. His appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Tickets are $18 ($16 for members and students. For information call (727) 942-5605 or visit


State Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Dunedin attended a meeting of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation on Thursday and voted in favor of a proposal to recommend city incorporation for Palm Harbor. A story in Friday's regional editions was incorrect on his attendance of the meeting.

Rabies vaccine baits distributed around Pinellas County starting Monday 01/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 24, 2009 3:33pm]
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