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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung g Wednesday December g 5A Owners appear complacent about virus striking horses By ROGER Special to the HeraldZeitung A virus strikes Texas horses overnight leaving 360 animals dead or incurably sickened and hundreds more exposed to infection Predictably horse and stable owners would band together across the state to halt the spread of infection This scenario was played out in said Dr Terry Beals head of the Texas Animal Health Commission the states regulatory agency for livestock health But instead of one night the virus took its toll over the course of the past Surprisingly owners have been complacent about the disease perhaps because infection doesnt always kill the animals and cases are spread over the Beals said Nevertheless losses tally up he said Since 1990 Texas equine fell victim to the disease This year 360 cases represent 25 percent of the countrys known infection More effective regulations that go into effect New Years Day can help control the spread of infection and cut Beals said the virus equine infectious anemia usually called Coggins or swamp can affect any equine such as horses mules donkeys asses or zebras Once in the animal the virus breaks down red blood cells bringing on death or chronic illness Sometimes infected equine can look healthy bursuffer intermittently from fever swelling and weight loss when subjected to stress heat or overwork EIA virus is spread by blood toblood contact and can be passed from one horse to another when medical treatments involve reusing contaminated needles Likewise large horseflies with their sawedged cutting mouth parts can carry droplets of contaminated blood from infected horses to ones Unlike a Ity of researchers havent vaccine curep or effective treatment for Beals said But owners can do a lot to protect their equine by keeping them away from infected animals by sterilizing medical instruments and by controlling Prevention tactics are the foundation for the 1997 EIA regulations Starting Jan 1 equine must have had a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months before being gathered with other horses for competitive social or exhibition events The same rules apply for selling trading or buying a horse Testing will help prevent the mixing of infected equine with diseasefree animals Beals said Dealers also must keep records on equine bought and sold to make it possible to track animals if infection is found Beals said the TAHC is asking for voluntary compliance with the regulations andenforcement of the rules with penalties will be deferred until after May The phasein period for the rules will give TAHC staff more time to work with markets owners associations trail rides and rodeos The commission and staff will continue to explore options and alternatives to implement the regulations with as little interruption to accepted procedures as possible Three blood tests can determine if an equine has the virus The first developed in the 1970s is the Coggins test requiring 24 hours Newer tests take only one to four hours An accredited veterinarian must draw the blood sample from the animal and the test is to be run at an approved laboratory In Texas more than 40 laboratories have obtained Department of Agriculture approval involving a site inspection and several days of training for laboratory technicians at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames Iowa In Texas EIAinfected animals are identified by TAHC inspectors and all equine on the premise are quarantined meaning they cant be moved off the site without a TAHC permit This means barrel racers cant race with those horses team penners cant take them to pennings and ranch horses cant be Beals said In stables where several owners are involved the situation can become Owners lose more than a friend and companion when infection is found Years of training are gone and theres the forefeiture of potential winnings and earnings with the After owners have EIA infected animals moved under or the destroyed the iTAHC allows the remaining horses from the premise to move freely provided these equine test negative for the disease 60 days later We can control the spread of this disease and save owners a lot of heart Beals said But owners must do their part Control horseflies Dont buy an untested horse And dont expose your equine to potentially infected To request brochures or posters about EIA regulations at no cost call the nearest TAHC area office or the Austin TAHC headquarters at 512 7190710 Roger D Havlak is an agent with the Comal County Agricultural Extension To sell your home or automobile advertise in the HeraldZeitung by calling 6259144 American Legion Post 179 410 W Coll New Braunfels AcroM from library 625017 Biiiijo f very Wed Ninht at 6 00 Public Invited NIFTY NIFTT tomtit willWM be FIFTY Kob Kkuitcttc We can find divkiity within us if we look Once upon a time according to the Hindu legend all those living creatures that we now know as Homo sapiens were gods Through the years these godmen so abused and violated their divinity that Brahma the Chief God decided to take their sacredness from them and hide it in a safe place where it could never be found and misused A caretaker for the gods suggested that divinity be buried deep in the heart Brahma rejected this advice He knew that man would eventually dig into the earth and find it Another angel proposed that divinity be sunk in the deepest ocean Again Brahma dismissed this recommendation Man would learn to dive and find it there too Another seraph advised that the divine be hidden on top of the highest mountain but this proposition was refused because some day man would climb the mountain but this proposition was refused because some day man would climb the mountain and discover divinity All the lesser gods angels and archangels were consulted but none could envision a place so remote and secure that sovereignty would remain hidden from mankind Brahma then told his godly court that he would hide divinity deep in mans heart a place where he would never consider looking Hidden deep in all of us is the divine ember that gives life meaning We dig dive and climb looking for that sovereign quality that gives peace and happiness We imagine that happiness is just around the bend in the road beyond the distant hills All the time that for which we search is hidden within ourselves Almost all of us at pne time or another have had a fleeting experifcrice of joy This moment of ecstasy may be kindled by a bar of music the look of a child a recalled memory a photograph a landscape a sunset a moon rise These sweet sensations reveal to us the essence of life as though the universe opened a window to our soul disclosing for an instant our divinity and the divinity of others The appreciation and gratefulness engendered by the Christmas season releases our senses to these experiences of joy This childlike openness to lifes joy is known as the Christmas spirit a receptivity to the divinity of others and ourselves Soon after the Christian apologist literary scholar childrens writer C S Lewis married Joy Davidman his brides health began to fail from a malady that was soon diagnosed as terminal John I Walker Guest Column cancer Miraculously a remission occurred As his wifes recovery progressed Lewis received congratulations from a colleague His friend suggested that God had answered Lewis prayers for a miracle Lewis replied I dont pray for miracles I pray because I cant help myself I pray because Im helpless I pray because the need flows out of me waking and sleeping Prayer doesnt change God It changes In the same way the Christmas spirit descends upon us The Christmas spirit fails to come when we ask for it or when we expect it or if we pray for it The Christmas spirit flows out of us waking and sleeping The Christmas spirit doesnt change things It changes the way we look at things The Christmas spirit helps us see the kindness and gentleness in others We are more generous in giving more liberal in praise It gives us compassion for the weak empathy for the mournful The Christmas spirit causes us to smile more and laugh louder The spirit of Christmas makes us content We stop waiting for anything new to happen We cease searching for new solutions Giving means more than getting Patience is more important than activity We realize that if only 10 percent of us kept the Christmas spirit throughout the seasons we would uncover the divinity in the other 90 percent Things remain in constant motion at Canyon Busy is the only word I can use to describe Canyon High School this past week Canyon High has been participating in many activities and promoting many important causes this week Canyons Student Council has put on several functions for the school including helping with Geography Awareness Week Great American Smoke Out and a program from Motivational Media Our athletic department has added excitement to the school as usual Geography Awareness Week co sponsored by geography classes and the student council was a great success GAW promoted energy and environmental awareness as well as fun and prizes for those who participated The theme was Exploring a world of habitats Seeing a world of In addition the student council sold environmental theme Tshirts to raise money to buy a piece of the rain forest and protect endangered sponsored the Great American Smoke Out with the help of the American Cancer Society Thursday We hope that we educated more of our students to the dangers of smoking Hopefully someone quit for 24 hours and will be encouraged to give up smoking forever The biggest event of the week was the Motivational Media presentation brought by our student council as a gift to the student body Clinton Flume Guest Column drinking and driving Bands superstars athletes and movies were incorporated into this fastpaced program to help students focus their attention on the importance of not using alcohol and drugs Take the Lead asked students to be the leaders who make it cool to do the right thing Canyons cheerleaders participated in the Regional Competition at Southwest Texas State University Nov 16 They took first place in the 4A Coed Competition and are going to Nationals in Orlando in February of 1997 Finally a season that will not be soon forgotten We followed the Cougarette volleyball team to State Tournament in Austin Although they lost in the semifinals to Magnolia High Schooj they never gave up It was a most impressive season and all the fans want to thank them for their hard work and dedication We are proud of you In addition our basketball season has begun and the Cougars and Cougarettes are continuing to help us show our Cougar pride As I said before Its hard to keep up with all of the activities in the school In a way thats good Its great to know that the students of Canyon High take pride in their school and go out to do the wonderful things that make Canyon such a spectacular place to be Have a happy Thanksgiving Clinton Flume is a Canyon High School Student Council The Committee The threescreen multimedia extravaganza was held in the Cougar 3 program Take the provided a vivid reality of the dangers and consequences of Attention CD Buyers Parking set aside for Wassailfest Special arrangements have been made to provide parking for Thursday nights Wassailfest in downtown New Braunfels Parking will be available at the First State Bank of New Braunfels First Protestant Church Texas Commerce Bank the former Winns Building behind the Hummel Museum and in back of Attic Antiquity and the New Braunfels Emporium Portions of San Antonio and Seguin streets will be closed For more information call Mainstreet at 6082100 or Susan Phillips at 6095030 Stan Cunningham Callable Certificates of Deposit Interest palrj FDIC insured to Noncallable for 1 Year Callable thereafter 100 Final This CD is noncallable for the first 12 months and then can be 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