Brunswick County Health Services received notification that a local fox tested positive for rabies this week, prompting health officials to remind residents to stay aware and take precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets from potentially rabid animals.
The fox is suspected to be connected to two attacks Wednesday in the southern end of the county. The first attack involved two individuals in Ocean Ilse Beach. The second attack involved one individual in the Sunset Beach area. All three individuals sustained scratches and bites.
The fox was captured and put down following the second attack, where it was promptly sent for rabies testing. The individual from the second attack also reported that they encountered an emaciated raccoon that was unafraid of humans—two signs of potential rabies infection.
Health Services and the Animal Protective Services division at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are working together to investigate the incidents and inform the community about proactive safety steps they can take wherever they live in the county.
Steps you can take to protect yourself, loved ones and pets include:
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep the vaccinations current. North Carolina rabies law requires that all owned dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.
- Supervise pets outdoors, and keep all pets on a leash.
- Do not feed pets outdoors. Pet food attracts wildlife.
- Do not feed wildlife, feral cats or feral dogs.
- Secure garbage cans with wildlife-proof lids.
- Leave young wildlife alone. If you find a juvenile animal that appears to need help, it is best to leave it alone and call a wildlife professional.
In the United States, human fatalities associated with rabies occur in people who fail to seek medical assistance, usually because they were unaware of their exposure. In most cases, fatality from rabies in infected humans can be prevented by prompt medical attention and vaccination.
If you are bitten or scratched by any animal that could possibly have rabies:
- Clean the wound well with soap and running water for 15 minutes and contact your doctor. The doctor will determine if a series of rabies vaccinations will be needed.
- Note the location and a description of the animal to provide to animal control.
- Do not try to catch any wild animal that bites or scratches you. Call animal control immediately to capture the animal for rabies testing.
- If the animal is someone’s pet, get the owner’s name and address and provide them to the animal control officer. Any mammal can transmit rabies. The animal that bit you, depending on the species and circumstances, must be evaluated or tested for rabies.
For recommendations regarding the public and interacting with wildlife, including feeding or rescuing wildlife, visit: www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/WildlifeProblems/documents/Feeding-Wildlife-Hazards.pdf
Click Curbside & Drop-off Recycling – Brunswick County for all current information about re-cycling in Brunswick County. This link includes some excellent information related to:
- Re-cycling: curbside and drop-off collection
- Holiday schedule
- Accepted items and tip fees
- Locations and hours
Download a copy of the Brunswick County Recycling Guide here.
This fall the Health & Safety Resource Committee will sponsor a two-day course on disaster preparedness. The course will be offered here in Sea Trail on October 15 and 16, 2021. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will present the course, sponsored by FEMA.
When Disaster Strikes | Prepare, Act, Survive. This course is designed to prepare individuals who may be directly affected by a disaster help themselves, their family and other community members. Participants will learn how to develop a family preparedness plan, practice self-rescue, perform search and light rescue techniques and understand the recovery process.
All of the detailed information for this course can be found on the Health & Safety Resource Committee page Please review the information and if interested please complete and submit the sign up form.
For any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 338-2295
We have celebrities in our midst! Terry and Deirdre Twichell are parents to a 1st time Olympian! Their daughter Ashley Twitchell is an open water swimmer!
Ashley was an All American at Duke University, graduating in 2011. She became one of the first athletes to qualify for Tokyo when she finished sixth in the 10-kilometer race at the 2019 open water world championships. A former pool swimmer, Twichell won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in the 800 freestyle. That same year, she claimed a bronze medal at open water world championships in the 5k race. She has won 5 national championships in the 10k, and claimed 4 titles in the 5k. She also won the world championship in the 5k in 2017.
After trying to make the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008, 2012, and 2016, Ashley made it on the 2021 team. She plans to retire from competitive swimming after the Tokyo Games. Unfortunately, due to Japan not allowing any international spectators, Terry and Dee will not be traveling to Tokyo to watch their daughter compete.
Ashley’s event, the 10k marathon, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd, at 5:30 pm EST. It will be televised live on NBC. Mark your calendars now so we all can root for Ashley during her event!
You can Meet the Women on the USA Olympic Swim Team and catch Ashley’s picture and her bio too under the section 1st Time Olympians.
Congratulations and best wishes to Ashley, Deirdre and Terry!
Brunswick County Health Services will hold seven more COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinics through July in multiple spots across the county. Appointments are not required and individuals can receive either their first or second dose at these special clinics.
Health Services will have all three vaccine types—Pfizer, Moderna and J&J—available at each clinic. Currently, all community members aged 12 and older are eligible to receive vaccines, however those aged 12-17 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only.
COVID-19 vaccines are free and insurance is not required. Community members are asked to bring their ID and insurance cards to the clinic, if available.
Please click https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/coronavirusupdate7-12-21/ for the locations, dates and times.
More information about COVID-19 vaccines is at brunswickcountync.gov/vaccines
If you have family or friends who are renting a home/condo on the island this summer please let them know of this wonderful service being provided each Saturday morning from 7:30 – 10:30 AM through Labor Day weekend. These volunteers from SUMC collect opened and non-opened perishable and non-perishable food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. helping those less fortunate. They typically collect 750+ pounds each week! What a great program! The red collection tent and church vehicle are located in the Sunset Vacations parking lot.
Call for Art and More!
Hello artists and art lovers! We’re looking forward to the 4th Annual Sunset Vision Art Show & Sale August 26-28! Artists, the deadline for entries is fast approaching, so be sure and submit yours soon. You can find the application here.
Art Lovers, don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s show at 690 Sunset Blvd. Suite 207-B in Sunset Beach (McLeod Building next to Town Hall). The work will hang for 3 days, with a fundraising reception on Thursday, August 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Art can be viewed on Friday, August 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and on Saturday, August 28 from 11am to 1pm.
You can purchase tickets for the fundraising reception HERE Looking forward to seeing you all in August! Visit www.sunsetvision.org for more information. Email us at email@example.com with questions.
Beginning July 8th 2021, the Sunset Beach Police Department officially kicks off its “Pet Registration” program. The information collected will assist in the safe return of your pet, should it become lost and/or found. The Pet Registration form and photos of the pet should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or printed and returned to the SBPD.
Click https://www.facebook.com/sunsetbeachpolice/posts/1560397714130621 for further details.
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Public Utilities is rescinding its Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective Friday, July 9, 2021. This notice affects all customers of public water systems anywhere in Brunswick County.
Customers are highly encouraged to continue to use water wisely and maintain the recommended water irrigation schedule as follows:
- Odd address numbers: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
- Even address numbers: Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
- No irrigation on Mondays
Continuing to defer all non-essential water use (lawn irrigation) to outside the peak demand hours of 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., preferably after nightfall, will also help to spread out demands on the system.
Recent rainfalls, particularly those associated with Tropical Storm Elsa, and the public’s efforts to conserve water have contributed to a drop to sustainable levels for the County’s water system. However, if drier weather conditions return, additional alerts could be issued.
Public Utilities continues to monitor its system levels and will notify residents in the event another water conservation alert is necessary.
More tips on how to proactively conserve water are at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/water-conservation/
Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910.253.2657 or email@example.com.
Information and any updates can be found at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/
At 6:00 PM on August 10, the Museum of Coastal Carolina is showing a documentary film called Thirst for Power that explores our dependence on water for energy and exposes huge vulnerabilities in our current systems that are exacerbated by climate change. Adapted from Dr. Michael E. Webber’s book Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival, this film combines anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water. For details, click Documentary Film Thirst for Power at the Museum of Coastal Carolina
At 6:00 PM on August 17, the Museum of Coastal Carolina presents a reading, discussion, and book signing of a new children’s book called Larry Loggerhead Travels to the Sea Turtle Hospital by author Paul Mila. Geared especially for children ages 3 to 9 years old, this program will be fun as well as informative for grandchildren who might be visiting. It concludes with a short video of sea turtles hatching in Cozumel, Mexico.
As with all upcoming events in our community, they are listed on our Local Area Events section of our Calendar which you can find HERE