Pertussis is a contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. It affects every one of all ages, but can be very serious in infants and young children. As of Tuesday, twelve cases have been confirmed with a potential for this number to rise. La Crosse County Public Health Nursing investigates all cases along with our community partners in attempt to control the spread of the disease.
The signs and symptoms of Pertussis are much like the common cold at first. They start out with a runny nose, possible low grade fever, mild irritating cough that is not treated with over the counter cough medicine. This may progress to an explosive cough that can interrupt breathing, eating and sleeping. The patient may make a “whooping” sound as they inhale air. This cough may last for several weeks to months.
La Crosse County Public Health Nursing together with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health encourages you to consult your health care provider for testing if you are experiencing symptoms. Treatment is available for Pertussis along with vaccination.
Still some options open for Bliss road in La Crosse. An engineering firm is expected to take another look at the washed out road to Grandad Bluff next week before putting together a design to fix the road. The city council may or may not choose to do the fix based on cost but Tony Hutchens, from the city's public works department, says that won't dictate the scope of the design for repairs. He says the engineering firm will put together a design on the cost of repairing just the parts of Bliss that were damaged during last summer's heavy rains. Probably a half million dollars worth of work.
The council may decide to shelve the design and not fix Bliss road at all.
Making do with the water from a well was well and good enough for decades at La Crosse's Pettibone Park. Not anymore. Water and sewer lines were sent under the Mississippi from the park to the rest of the city a couple years ago and now the park department is looking to tap in.
City park and rec director Steve Carlyon says he wants to get water to the bath house as well as pavilions. Also, having park facilities hooked up to city sewer will save on the expense of emptying holding tanks multiple times during the summer.
The boat club at the south end of the park is also looking at hooking up to the city water and sewer lines.
With an election day approaching, it's nice to know that the people running the elections where you live have a good idea of what they're doing. The Wisconsin Government Accountability board has determined that there's a long list of municipal clerks that haven't complied with state training requirements for their jobs. There's nearly two hundred of them across the state. Among those on the list, George Wolf, the town of Bangor clerk; William Arndt, clerk for Black River Falls and Vernon county's town of Hamburg clerk, Jackie Stalsberg.
President Barack Obama's authority to order the military action against Libya without congressional approval is being challenged and congressional critics are using candidate Obama's words against him. Lacrosse Democratic Congressman Ron Kind also questioned the authority today.
In a 2007 interview with the Boston Globe, Obama was asked about the president's constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking authorization from Congress. Obama said the president doesn't have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve a threat to the U.S.
In a letter to Congress yesterday, Obama said he authorized the military action against Libya as part of a ``multilateral response authorized under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.'' He said he directed the actions as commander in chief and they were in U.S. national security interests.