Craig briefs: Measles vaccination recommended for some
February 1, 2015
The United States is experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014. Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after a person is infected and begin with fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis (red, water eyes). A rash appears within five days after symptoms start. Infection can cause pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles still is common in other countries. Infection can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following individuals receive the vaccine:
■ All children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 to 15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old. Special vaccination recommendations may apply to infants and children travelling internationally.
■ Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (documentation of adequate vaccination or having had the illness) should have one or two doses of the MMR vaccine, depending on their risk. Two doses are recommended for adults who are in a post-secondary school, work in a health care facility or are planning international travel. Children and adults can receive the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose.
For more information about measles vaccination, go to http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination. The MMR vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. For more information, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.
Landowner preference program audit to occur
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.
Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.
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As announced in a September news release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.
The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.
"One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight," Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. "One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits."
Participating landowners should keep in mind:
■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.
■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.
■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.
CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.
In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to http://cpw.state.co.us.