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Tue, 20 May 2003 15:58:24 -0500
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In this issue of the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Listserv, May
20, 2003:

1. West Nile Virus Information
2. Large event gatherings and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
3. Seat Belt Use - Memorial Weekend
4. Supervisor Training

1. West Nile Virus
It is mosquito season again, which brings forth questions about the West
Nile Virus.

The virus lives in birds. When mosquitoes feed on infected birds they pick
up the virus and spread it to other birds. Thus, birds are a "carrier" of
the disease and the mosquito is a "transmitter" of the disease.  When a
"transmitter" mosquito bites humans, and horses, they are unfortunately
susceptible of becoming infected. Humans, and horses, cannot become
infected directly from a "carrier" bird; infection is only by the bite of a
"transmitter" mosquito.

For questions or more information related to the West Nile Virus, contact
the EHS office at 472-4925.

2. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The following web site contains Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance
pertaining to large event gatherings with international attendance and
concerns related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS):

3. Seat Belt Use - Memorial Weekend
According to recent radio advertisements, local law enforcement will be
ticketing drivers and passengers if vehicle seat belts are not in use.
Please have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend and remember to buckle your
seat belt.

4. Supervisor Training
Environmental Health and Safety has scheduled a session of Supervisor
Training for Thursday, June 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  The training will be
held in the EHS Training room at 3630 East Campus Loop.  To register,
contact Environmental Health and Safety at 472-4925 or email,
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