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Whooping cough, or Pertussis, is circulating in community

Pertussis is a very contagious disease and close contacts, those who share homes, are at risk.

By Amy Tomlinson
News from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department

Whooping cough, or Pertussis, continues to circulate in our community! It is affecting many adults, adolescents and infants, the latter are at greatest risk for complications and death.

Whooping cough is a bacterial disease, which initially produces cold-like symptoms,fever is absent or minimal, followed by a cough, which in adults can last for 100 days.

Attacks of coughing can be so severe that patients produce a "whoop" sound and may vomit or even break ribs. Unfortunately the immunity from DTaP vaccine, which now susceptible.

Pertussis is a very contagious disease and close contacts, those who share homes, are at risk. Contagiousness begins at onset of disease and lasts for three weeks. Antibiotic treatment started early (within the first week) can lower the contagious period.

Antibiotic treatment started more than three weeks after onset may not alter the length of the illness.

Close contacts of whooping cough cases should receivtreatment (five days of Zithromycin). now available. It should be given once in adolescent/adult life. The next time any adult requires a tetanus booster, he/she should choose this new vaccine to once again become protected from whooping cough.

Young babies are at greatest risk, as they have not yet been immunized against Pertussis.

Illness is most severe in babies younger than six months, and they frequently require hospitalization; they may stop breathing or experience complications such as pneumonia and seizures. The CDC recommends that pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine during each and every pregnancy in order to prevent the disease in their newborns.

Whooping cough is a reportable disease. Help us help you by reporting all cases to the Lake Cumberland District Health Department in order to curb outbreaks. Welcomes Cafe: Urges support for all Downtown Businesses Commerce is definitely making a comeback in a lot of small cities, and Columbia is one of those cities, the writer says.

Beth Rutherford writes:
Stopped in yesterday to welcome Cafe on the Square and meet the people working there. I know it is going to be a definite asset to this little city and I can't be happier it is open again. The breakfast sandwich I ordered was very, very good and I am sure the rest of the menu will be the same. Their opening has certainly improved the life of the businesses on the square and the lives of Adair county residents. Let's all get out there and support not only Cafe on the Square but all the small businesses located downtown. Commerce in downtown areas is definitely making a comeback in a lot of small cities and Columbia is one of those cities. I for one will be a strong supporter of all those little, personal enterprises and the people who have risked so much to take the chance to improve their own lives as well as the lives of everyone in this area. that exist here and hope others will do the same. --Beth Rutherford
Comments re photo 49968 Downtown Columbia Jessica Hingle at Cafe on Square YARD SALE - 160 Monts Lane (Google Map/Directions) 2 miles out North 55 Friday, Saturday June 14,15 2013 from 8:00am to ?. Lots of women and girls clothing of all sizes, mens and boys also. Household items, couch, pictures, lamps, end table, Ford pickup truck bed liner and much more. --Deanna Garmon This place matters -- historic courthouse booth symbolic "I am proud to be an Adair Countian, and never more than with the city's majority vote to contribute $25,000 a year for the next two years, the moment when the hands of Adair County's leaders came together, demonstrating an attitude of working together -- unlike the example being set by our gridlocked leaders in Washington D.C. When leaders stand together in a spirit of moving ahead, polishing our downtown, all things are possible. -- Linda Waggener

This place matters. That's all the banner said that hung between the two entry posts of the historic Adair Coungh Courthouse at Columbia's annual Downtown Days celebration.
Those three words were attached to the building for which the booth workers and their peers keep the subject of raising funds to maintain and restore the courthouse on the table. These three words attached to the courthouse mark the determination to make a dream become a reality.

Even if the courthouse is not technically the responsibility of the city government, it is the core of the city business district and as it deteriorates, so will the buildings and commerce within its shadow. The fundraising committee of the movement to save and restore the courthouse believes the courthouse building represents the core of our place, and the impression our place gives, for better or for worse, is broadcast louly by the state of the courthouse.

Even if there are no easy answers, the team that refuses to give up on fundraising believes Adair County citizens will handle the job in no more than the decade that it took Greensburg to revitalize its core where an aggressive leadership went after every grant and opportunity to apply to improving the downtown, it will be done.

What it is going to be used for... Picture the historic Adair County Courthouse as a financial magnet to tourists and business/organization executives alike; picture it as a meeting place for Adair County residents who need space for specal events on weekends, and business meetings through the weekdays; picture a place that is well maintained with the help of every Adair Countian giving their gifts of volunteer hours and, where possible, with gifts of cash. Picture a building that has meaning for every Adair Countian who has a story, a memory, or a need to climb to the top and see what you can see from the clock tower; picture a building that is maintained because we are traditionilists here in this place that matters, because we say we do for better or for worse and follow that by doing everything in our power to stick to it.

My best hope that the building is on track for full restoration came after the Downtown Days highlight -- the robbery reenactment shootout -- after lunching on one of the many food options flavoring the air, after the sun went behind the Columbian Theater and the crowd began to thin. My best hope for the restoration of the historic Adair County Courthouse came when I heard a young voice ask, "can I go inside?", as he pointed to the red doors behind the banner with the words, 'this place matters.'

My best hope that the historic Adair County Courthouse will be restored when ACMS seventh grader Jacob Schilling studied the material on the easel documenting the courthouse history and stayed to volunteer his help. Jacob's questions about how it had been done and by whom, and when, and could he climb up into the tower, reinforced the absolute answer to all the questions of why restore it -- because it matters to our future, to young Adair Countians like Jacob who need it to build their thoughts and dreams on.

You don't have to ask a young person like Jacob why it matters, you can see it in his eyes, you see the future there. If you don't trust me, trust Jacob. Restoring the courthouse matters.

If you'd like to help, all you have to do is reply to the email address below, or stop by the library on Greensburg Street and ask for Lee Ann Jessie, or see Ellen Zornes at the high school, or ask for Robert Flowers at the Bank of Columbia, or ask for Roger Meadows at United Citizens Bank, or stop by the office of Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton in the annex in the corner of the square, or drop in and visit with Mayor Mark Harris in the city building on Campbellsville Street.

Thank you for sharing of yourself in every way you can to make this a better place for the children in our future.

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