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Ebola

This fall promises a triple dose of public health concern for parents and everyone else. Added to standard flu expectations are enterovirus, which roared through the Midwest in late summer and remains a worry, and Ebola, which this year has become an ever-present topic. Flu, enterovirus and Ebola share some symptoms, including fever and muscle aches and pains. But the biggest threat of the three, experts say, might come as a surprise. “If you think realistically about the impact of the three viruses, potentially the worst is influenza, and that’s the one where people have the most they can do to prevent a bad outcome,” said Dr. Marvin Bittner, infectious disease specialist with the VA Medical Center in Omaha and Creighton University. Extinguishing viruses from the world is impossible. They are a fact of life. Experts say this is why it’s important to have an efficient public health system that can vaccinate against many strains of flu, nurture entero­virus victims back to health and generally contain Ebola.

Record Soybean Harvest

Nebraska farmers are more than halfway through a record soybean harvest and beginning to turn their combines toward corn, which was left to dry longer than usual in fields following a wet start to autumn. Little rain and above-normal temperatures gave farmers an average of 6.6 days good for working in the field last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers put those days to good use, and by Sunday, had harvested 69 percent of the state’s soybeans, up from 45 percent the week before, and 28 percent of corn, up from 19 percent the week before. Still, the harvest remains well behind the five-year average for the time period, which is 81 percent for soybeans and 45 percent for corn.While the combines are running late, the crops look good. USDA rated Nebraska soybeans 75 percent good to excellent, 19 percent fair and 6 percent poor or worse; corn was rated 75 percent good to excellent, 18 percent fair and 7 percent poor or worse.

Shiny Show

There is one more chance for horses and riders to compete in Nebraska before winter. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is holding their annual Shiny Show October 25th. Assistant Professor Jo Hergenredersays it is going to be a very busy day with dozens of classes taking place.  Hergenreder says this is an open horse show and everyone is welcome. Friday's event is also Halloween themed and participants are invited and encouraged to wear their costumes. Registration starts at 7 at the Livestock Teaching Center Room - Arena in Curtis. This is a fundraiser for the NCTA Ranch Horse Team and a youth outreach event.

Shiny Show

There is one more chance for horses and riders to compete in Nebraska before winter. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is holding their annual Shiny Show October 25th. Assistant Professor Jo Hergenredersays it is going to be a very busy day with dozens of classes taking place.  Hergenreder says this is an open horse show and everyone is welcome. Friday's event is also Halloween themed and participants are invited and encouraged to wear their costumes. Registration starts at 7 at the Livestock Teaching Center Room - Arena in Curtis. This is a fundraiser for the NCTA Ranch Horse Team and a youth outreach event.

SWNPHD Flu Shots

“Flu shots are now available at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD),” reports Melissa Propp, RN at SWNPHD. “We added a new vaccine this year for people who are allergic to eggs and this shot does not contain any preservatives.” If you have questions about flu vaccine, contact Melissa at 308-345-4223. Clinics will be held at several locations to help you get your flu shot in a timely manner. Following are scheduled clinics:  October 6th & November 4th at Hayes Center Grade School from 4:00-5:00 pm,  October 13th & November 10th at Medicine Valley High School from 4:30-5:30 pm,  and October 21st and November 18th at Hitchcock County High School from 3:30-4:30 pm. You can get your shot at the McCook office, located at 404 West 10th Street, one block north of Arby’s, on a daily basis. Please call to schedule appointments for any clinic at 308-345-4223. SWNPHD will bill your insurance for your flu shot or you can pay with cash the discount rate of $25. Contact the SWNPHD office if you have any questions about billing your insurance. 
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