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News This Week Grad: Culver-Stoekton events are this weekend (Continued from page 1) versity of Nebraska-Lin- coln faculty, Curtright direc- ted youth and children's choirs at Country Club Christian Church (Dis- ciples of Christ), Kansas City, including nine chil- dren's choirs and handbell choirs. She also conducted the Freshman Chorale and directed the University Chorale Women's Ensem- ble. Curtright is founder/ artistic director of the Pu- eri Cantores Organiza- tion of Choirs for Young Voices, which began as a boys choir in 1981 but has of Christ, Lincoln, Neb,, 8, in Madison Park Chris- She not only teaches evolved into three choirs, and accompanies the high tian Church, Quincy. music but directs the annu- She also is the founder of school and Hope choirs, al opera workshop as well. a community women's Cartright continues to coor- BACCALAUREATE She also is active with the choir, Cantabile, which has dinate and direct music Baccalaureate is at 7:30 Canton Area Arts Council. toured nationally and inter- festivals and honors choirs p.m. Friday, May 8, inAlex- nationally, and to work closely with ander Campbell Auditori- LOGISTICS Until 2002, Cartright choir directors, including um. Carol E Mathieson, C- Seating in the Charles was the North Central Divi- extensive work with "Sing SC professor of music, will Field House is on a first- sion Repertoire and Stan- Around Nebraska." be the speaker, come, first-served basis on dards Chair for Children's She joined the Cul- May 9, with doors open- Choirs and a member of NURSE PINNING ver-Stockton faculty in ing at 7:30 a.m. Handi- the National Committee of Pins will be presented 1975 and was awarded capped seating is available, Repertoire and Standards to graduates of the nurs- tenure in 1984. Previ- but those who need other Chairs. ing program, a partnership ously, she taught music as special accommodations Currently, she conducts between Culver-Stockton Blount County Schools in should contact the Regis- the Matin Singers at First College and the Blessing- Maryville, Tenn., and at trar's Office at 573-288- Plymouth Congregational Rieman College of Nurs- Damavand College, Teh- 6330. Church United Church ing, at 2 p.m., Friday, May ran, Iran. Swine flu facts and information A shuttle service will be available from parking lots at the Comfort Inn, County Market, and Nich- ols (baseball) Field. A continental breakfast will be available from 8 to 9:15 a.m. in the dining hall of the Gladys Crown Cen- ter. Following commence- ment, there will be a recep- tion for graduates, families, and friends on the lower patio of the Gladys Crown Center. About 140 Culver- Stockton students will graduate May 9. Lewis County Health Department monitoring the situation had tested positive for the swine flu. "We have been plan- ning for possibility of a ma- jor flu outbreak for several years and we are now put- ting that plan into effect," said Diane Lay, R.N., Ad- ing closely with he Mis- souri Department of Health and Senior Services and local medical providers to detect any possible cases in our area. Currently no cas- es have been reported, but we are ready should cases federal officials to declare a nationwide health emer- gency. Missouri received con- firmation from the Cen- The Lewis County Health Department has im- plemented plans for Swine Flu if cases evolve. The Department is tak- ing significant steps to deal ters For Disease Control with a new strain of swine on May 1 that a woman ffu, also known as the H1N1 in Platte County who re- virus, which has prompted cently traveled to Mexico ministrator. "We are work- occur in our county." 00bulanee District offers more adviee tor's office, wear a mask and inform the staff im- mediately of flu-like symp- toms so they can be in an area away from other pa- tients. Most cases of flu do not require emergency room treatment. Hoffman said people should not call 911 or go to an emergency room for flu-like symptoms unless any of these symptoms are present: IN ADULTS: Confusion; severe headache not improved by Tylenol or ibuprofen; difficulty breathing.; chest pain; fainting; continuous vomiting or diarrhea. IN CHILDREN: : Lewis County Ambu- ld, nce Administrator Donna Hoffman has offered the fgllowing information re- gding the 'swine' flu. Signs of the flu include frver and chills; headache; bbdy aches and extreme fa- tigue (tiredness); coughing, sneezing, runny nose; and vomiting and diarrhea , People who suspect tlley or their family mem- ber has the flu should not panic. "Most cases of the flu cause mild illness that do not" require hospitaliza- tion. The majority of pa- tients recover quickly with no problems," Hoffman said. ' Staying away from oth- ers is the most important thing sick family members If the sick person needs to move around the home, that person should wear a mask over his/her nose and mouth. The sick person, and all members of the house, should not travel on air- planes or buses, and should not go to work, school, church, or other public places for at least seven days after the member of the home shows signs of being sick. The sick person and everyone around the sick person should wash hands frequently with soap and warm water. Use alcohol hand sani- tizer frequently. Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, washcloths, towels, beds, immediately. The flu is caused by a virus and does not respond to antibiotics. Take Tyle- nol or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) as directed on the bottle for fever, head- aches and body aches. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. This is especially important with a high fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Sometimes it is appro- priate to seek medical treat- ment from a doctor. People who are more likely to need medical treatment from their doctor are those who are very young, very old, or have serious medical conditions (such as cancer, HIV, severe diabetes, lung disease, or are on dialysis). People who think they can do to stop the spread of etc, until eveone in the need medical treatment, Fast breathing or trou- infection. hseh01d hasbeen free of should call a doctor's Office big breathing; bluish : skin  i: Keep the sick pers0nin, smptorr seEen days..o first. Te doctor may want 9!or; not drinking enough Cover coughs and to speak over the phone fluids; not waking up or not interacting with people as usual; being very irritable, not wanting to be held; worsening fever and cough; or fever with rash. another room of the home, aeay from other people in the house, for at least seven days after the person shows signs of being sick. sneezes in the crook of the elbow or in a tissue. Use a tissue for runny nose, dis- pose of it in a waste basket and recommend treatments, rather than have one come into the office, where other people may be infected. Those who go to a doc- Schools are taking extra precautions asthma. "We're monitoring the state and federal web sites. but most of our-direction comes from the County Health Department. Any symptoms are immediately referred to the nurse. "Our school nurse is as good as I've ever worked with. She is on top of this." Tramel knows the im- portance of pro-activity fighting the flu. He said a distant relative died in the great flu outbreak of 1917- 18. "We are not turning a blind eye to this," Tramel said. Neither school district, as of earlier this week had any cases exhibiting known flu symptoms. "We have had families that have been to Mexico. We hope they are taking this responsibly," Ebeling said. Canton R-V Superin- tendent David Tramel said his district also has been in close contact with County health officials. "We've stepped up hand washing and hand sanitizers are stocked and available to the kids." Tramel said the jani- tors are sanitizing touch- able surfaces, such as door- knobs. "Aerosol disinfectants are used at night when the building is empty," Tramel said adding that daylight use has in past triggered discomfort with some with Missouri has stockpiled enough antiviral medica- tions to treat more than 600,000 cases of swine flu. Those medications have now been distributed to each county in the state, in- cluding Lewis County. Swine flu is a respira- tory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. People do not normally get swine flu. But once it is transmitted to a person, it often can be spread to oth- ers through coughing and sneezing. Basic measures people can do to protect them- selves, families and com- munities from the virus include: washing hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also ef- fective. Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when cough- ing or sneezing, throw tis- sue in trash. Avoid touch- ing eyes, nose or mouth. Stay home from work or school if ill and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Symptoms are similar to the regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, head- ache, chills and fatigue. Some people also report diarrhea and vomiting. "If you have recently traveled to areas reporting swine flu cases, or have been in direct contact with someone who has, and have influenza-like symptoms, contact your health care provider," said Lay. "Two common antiviral medica- tions are available that are effective in fighting the vi- rus and reducing the sever- ity of flu symptoms. More information can be found at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services web site at www.dhss.mo.gov/BT Re- sponse/Swinellu09.html Ace Elder Automotive Now offering 24 hour towing! 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We are monitor- ing it on a daily basis." In addition, Ebeling said teachers are wiping down desks at the end of each day; bus drivers are wiping down bus seats af- ter the routes, all with a bleach/water compound. "We remind the stu- dents to keep hands clean and we have anti-bacterial soap. "Janitors are more fre- quently sanitizing water fountains, door knobs and light switches." Ms. Ebeling said after the letter, a computerized phone call was sent to par- ents over the Call reach sys- tem to encourage parents to take responsibility keeping children home if they have an illness. "We don't want to cause undo concern. But many things we mention are things we want stu- dents to do at all times - keep their hands clean, and away from the mouth and the eyes," she said. You Pick PNJ in print PNJ on-line Both Call 573-288-5668