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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesdoy, July 25, 197J THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD -II Absence of rabies requires close watch Constant awareness of the potential rabies threat and readiness to act quicltly are both essential factors in keep- ing Alberta free of the vector disease. Although there have not been any positive coses diagnosed for several months now, this apparent absence of rabies should not be taken for grant- ed, warns Dr. G. H. Whenham, head of the field services branch of the Alberta veterin- ary services division and a member of the central rabies control committee. He points out that rabies is still fairly prevalent in Sas- katchewan and could cross the border into Alberta at any time. H is more than a year since a domestic animal in Alberta has been diagnosed as rabid, but a rabid skunk was picked up in January near Skiff. A three-mile radial depopulation of skunks was carried out im- mediately. This technique, says Dr. Whenham, involves removing all skunks within a tliree-mile radius of a positive rabies case. In all probability, all the skunks that have come in con- tact with the rabid animal will be removed. The technique is designed to reduce the chances of subsequent cases, and has been effective in certain areas of the united States. It also ap- pears to be working effectively in Alberta. Pest control officers are working in an ]C-miie buffer strip along the Saskatchewan border to keep the skunk pop- ulation under control. They arc ready to institute radical de- population at very short notice if a rabid skunk should be dis- covered, Dr. Whenham says. A research study of the hab- its and movements of skunks is being carried out in the Tofield area by a fish and wildlife biol- ogist to collect information that could be helpful in skunk con- trol programs that may be re- quired in the future. Up to now. skunks in Alber- ta have not been studied in de- tail. In its second year of operation, the present study en- tails capturing, weighing and marking the skunlts which are then released. Dr. Whenham reports that three cases of rabies have been diagnosed in bats to dale. In an attempt to find out more about the role of bats in the spread of rabies, limited stud- ies are being conducted. It is still not known whether the disease in (his province has spread from bats to other ani- mals. The Animal Diseases Re- search Institute in Lethbridgc Is examining numerous bats for evidence of rabies, and is also examining regular submis- sions of animal heads for sus- pected rabes. Dr. Whenham urges veterin- arians, pest control ifficers, fish and wildlife officers, dis- trict agriculturists and others who are hkely to come in con- tact with rabies cases to have prc-c x p o s u r e immunization through their local health units. Those who have already had this innoculafion should make sure that they keep their im- munity level high by having an annual booster. Lannate officially registered The Alberta department of agriculture has received con- firmation that Lannate has now teen officially registered for the control of bertha army- worms, beet webworms and clover cutworms in rapeseed crops. Last year it Iiad provisional registration for controlling ber- tha armyworms only, due to the rapid spread of the army- worm. The recommended rate of ap- plication is three to four ounces of Lannate per acre. For ground spraying It should be mixed with five to 15 gallons of water per acre. For aerial spraying apply the in- secticide in a minimum of one gallon of water per acre. Never mix more than four ounces of Lannate in one gal- lon of water, and do not treat rapeseed crops within 14 days of being harvested, said one of- ficial of the department. "No Sales Tax" in these prices FARM _ SPECIAL 12v 50 cmps. G.P.J4c. 24 mo. war. Ejr. 6v 115 ompt. G. f. 1 36 ma. war..........14.95 Ex. llv 70 amps. G.P. 24c. 36 ma. war......... lft.95 Ex. 12v 110 ampi. C.P. 24c 60 mo. war.........26.95 Ei. LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217 12th St. 'B' Soulh Phone 327-5587 Diitribulors of HART GtOBEtlTE _ DELCO We're In Hot Water! The Ciry of Lethbridge is pulling a by-pass road in front of our properly which struction will temporarily close some of our entry lanes so wo must reduce our and pass the savings on to you! during con- 1965 17' AIRSTREAM NEW TERRYS Convertible top, 50 h.p. Mercury .Jnotor, trailer complete. mmaculale, fully telf contained. MUST BE SEEN TO BE AP- PRECIATED. HOT WATER PRICE liberal Discounts On New Prowler and Terry Trailers from 16' to 26' Bank Financing IAC Financing We even take cash. "We need good used trailers." Your Trailer is worth more if you trade EL RADO MIRK KLOVANSKY TERRY TRAILER SALES 2910 1st Av. S. East of Gov'f Elevators Phone 327-1233 ;