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Second chicken tests positive for eastern equine encephalitis

WEEKI WACHEE

Second chicken tests positive for encephalitis virus

A second sentinel chicken in northwest Hernando County has been found to be infected with eastern equine encephalitis. The chicken was in the same flock where a bird tested positive last month. The flock is on Zebrafinch Avenue, west of U.S. 19 near the Hernando-Citrus county line. The findings mean the virus is present in mosquitoes in that area. Just a couple of weeks earlier, another sentinel chicken off Mildred Avenue in Brooksville tested positive for West Nile virus, another mosquito-borne illness that can cause death. Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare disease that can cause inflammation of the brain. It can be deadly in humans and horses. Hernando County has never had a human case of the disease. Residents are urged to drain standing water and protect themselves from bites by covering up, using repellent and avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

SPRING HILL

Lake House again hosts Angels on High

The Spring Hill Community Association will have its Angels on High holiday event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7-9 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Groups and individuals are invited to create and showcase angels. Angel kits are available for $40. There will be a competition in five categories: individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations. The event will include holiday music, refreshments and entertainment on the outdoor pavilion. Craft vendor spaces are available. For information, call (352) 666-4746.

BROOKSVILLE

Parade honoring veterans is Saturday

The 2012 Veterans Appreciation Parade will be downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday. The following streets will be affected: E Fort Dade Avenue, Main Street, E Liberty Street and N Magnolia Avenue. Community members and groups are encouraged to participate. Those wishing to enter the parade or help out should contact Anna Liisa Covell at (352) 544-0680.

Correction

A dance with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Tickets are $12. The date of the dance was incorrectly listed on Friday's Diversions page. For information or tickets, call (352) 596-9486.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Tourist Development Council, 3 p.m., Office of Business Development, Hernando County Airport, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.

Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition, 3:30 p.m., BayCare Behavioral Health, 7074 Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

Hernando County Port Authority, 7 p.m., Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6340 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

Today's pick

'Just the Facts — Understanding Your Medicare Options' discussion: 10:30 a.m., West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4043..

Second chicken tests positive for eastern equine encephalitis 11/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 8:18pm]
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