VSP Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Westminster Man
missing-person-westminsterThe Vermont State Police is seeking assistance in locating a missing Westminster man. Police say 55-year-old David Kissell was reported missing by his family early Wednesday morning. Kissell is believed to be operating a maroon Ford F-250 with the Kissell Farms logo on the doors. The family believes that Kissell could possibly be in the Rockingham, Westminster or Putney area.
If located please call the Vermont State Police, Westminster Barracks, at (802)722-4600.


Vermont Public Health Department Warns of Ticks and Anaplasmosis
The Vermont Public Health Department is warning residents about anaplasmosis a tick-borne disease. Officials say the disease is transmitted by the same black leg tick that transmits Lyme disease and is the most common tick in VT.
As of September, 133 cases of anaplasmosis have been reported compared to 127 cases for all of 2015.
Bradly Tompkins infectious disease epidemiologist says over one-third of people with anaplasmosis that were reported in VT were sick enough to be hospitalized, Symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and muscle aches. Anaplasmosis can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early. Tompkins urges people to not drop their guard just because summer is over and continue to use repellents, check for ticks daily, remove ticks right away, and to call your health care provider if you get any of the above symptoms after a tick bite.

Valley Regional Becomes NH’s Only Alpha-1 Center
Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont has become the only Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center in NH. Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a condition where the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease.
Valley Regional Healthcare was designated as an Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center by the Alpha-1 Foundation. Dr. Donald Mahler and his team were invited to apply to the Alpha-1 Foundation to be a Clinical Resource Center due to their work in this field. The hospital has diagnosed four patients with Alpha-1 deficiency emphysema in the past 18 months thanks to diligent testing of all of patients with COPD who come into the Kane Center at the hospital. Dr. Mahler was Director of a Clinical Resource Center while at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, until his retirement there in July 2014.