Craig briefs: No confirmed swine flu cases in state

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As part of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) in the United States and Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced confirmation of 40 human cases of infection with swine flu in the U.S.

At this time, cases of Swine Influenza have been confirmed in California, Kansas, New York City, Ohio and Texas.

There are no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Colorado, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reported in a news release Monday afternoon.

Individuals with mild flu-like illness are being asked to stay home, regardless of travel history, the VNA reported.

"People who have traveled to affected areas and who develop flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue, should call their health care provider for evaluation," the VNA stated in the release. Children and adolescents with fever should not go to day care or school. Adults with fever should not go to work until their symptoms resolve. Individuals with severe illness, such as difficulty breathing, should contact their healthcare provider."

Below are precautions the VNA recommended for residents to take to protect themselves and their family from becoming ill:

• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash hands thoroughly and often.

• Avoid contact with sick people.

• Avoid touching your eyes or mouth.

• Limit contact with others if you are sick.

For up-to-date information, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ or call the Colorado Help Line at 1-877-462-2911 between 7 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. If you have questions about your health or the health of your family, please contact your health care provider.

As always, Moffat County residents should make sure they and their families are prepared for an emergency that might require them to stay at home for several days or as many as two weeks and should have an emergency plan for their families.

For more information on home preparedness, visit www.readycolorado.com.

DOW, company team plan wildlife video

EnCana and the Colorado Division of Wildlife have produced a training DVD that gives energy workers information to minimize their impacts to Colorado wildlife and wildlife habitat.

"Wildlife in Colorado: What You Need to Know" is designed to give energy workers a basic overview of the animals they might encounter when working in Colorado's oil and gas fields, the DOW reported in a news release.

"Many of the energy workers in Colorado come from other places where wildlife may not be as plentiful or as close as what they are going to experience in Colorado," said JT Romatzke, a DOW area wildlife manager and one of the on-screen hosts for the video. "We can't personally go to every employee orientation so the DVD gives us the ability to equip workers with some basic information."

The video includes information about wildlife, including how to care for trash to avoid attracting bears to work areas, why feeding even small animals can be unsafe for people and the animals, what to do if you encounter a mountain lion and the importance of protecting species like the cutthroat trout and sage grouse.

The DVD also explains hunting and fishing opportunities in Colorado and what is required to qualify for resident hunting and fishing licenses.

In addition to funding production costs associated with the video, EnCana is making copies available to other natural gas and oil producers and industry contractors throughout the state.

To request a copy of the video, call EnCana community relations at 866-896-6371.

CEC hosting free documentary screening

The Colorado Environmental Coalition is sponsoring a free showing of a documentary from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig.

The Friends of Northwest Colorado will be selling popcorn and soda with proceeds going towards its scholarship fund.

The CEC's 2009 Craig Film Festival concludes with the showing of "Renewal."

Renewal is a feature-length documentary capturing the breadth and vitality of America's religious-environmental movement.

In communities across America, people are rolling up their sleeves to "green" the planet in practical and far-reaching ways, the CEC reported in a news release.

"Offering a profound message of hope, Renewal shows people driven by their spiritual and religious convictions, being called to re-examine what it means to be human and how we live on this planet," the CEC stated in the release.

"You've heard all (the) doom and gloom about our environment - this documentary will inspire people of all faiths (and many who have no faith at all) to have hope for the future."

For more information, call Sasha at 824-5241, or e-mail sasha@cecenviro.org.

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