Agency warns of whooping cough
Health officials have identified numerous cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the last two weeks in Filer and Buhl.
According to a press release from South Central Public Health District, local exposures have occurred and are being investigated.
The district stated that it is important for parents to check their children’s immunization status and their own immunize records. Adults can spread the disease just as easily as children.
Pertussis is a serious disease because it is frequently complicated by pneumonia and ear infections, especially in infants, though death is rare. Early signs include a persistent cough that follows a cold. The cough usually occurs in explosive bursts ending with a typical high-pitched whoop as the person catches his or her breath. It can also cause vomiting.
Between bursts of coughing, the person appears well, but the coughing attacks can continue for four to six weeks. Older children or adults may have less severe symptoms. People with a cough are contagious for three weeks if untreated and for five days after treatment has begun.
Meeting set on groundwater study
The U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources will host a public meeting tonight, Jan. 29, to present a progress report on the USGS study of Wood River groundwater flow.
The meeting will take place from 7-8 p.m. at the Wood River High School’s Distance Learning Lab in Hailey.
Connect with our community’s youth
The Blaine County Community Drug Coalition is bringing a timely discussion to the public that focuses on strategies for connecting with local youths.
Greg Sommers, executive director of Idaho Drug Free Youth, will facilitate this interactive presentation.
The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Center at the Community Campus in Hailey.
NAMI offers family program about mental illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free, 12-session/six-week educational course for family, caregivers and friends of people living with mental illness.
Each two-hour session is designed for loved ones 18 and older of those living with mental illness, taught by trained facilitators.
The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hailey NAMI office in the old medical clinic on Main Street.
For details and to register, call 309-1987.
ESS plans to open Hailey office
Eye Safety Systems has signed a lease on commercial office space at The Village at Town Center building at 314 S. River St. in Hailey, city officials said last week.
The company is expected to relocate an office in Ketchum to the River Street site.
The eyewear manufacturer downsized its Ketchum office last year, after parent company Oakley redistributed some of the positions.
Wake Up Hailey scheduled
Join the Hailey Chamber of Commerce for Wake up Hailey on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 9-10 a.m. at Wood River Insurance with its new owner, Mark Balcos.
Wood River Insurance is at 410 N. Main St., next to Zou 75, in Hailey.
Call 788-3484 for more information.
Business open after flooding
Cindy Ward’s Sun Valley Real Estate office in Hailey is operating from 831 N. Main St. due to the flooding of its Bullion Street building on Jan. 5.
For further information, call 788-2646 or 726-6000.
Stay out of trouble on Super Bowl Sunday
The Idaho Transportation Department and its law enforcement partners are reminding Super Bowl fans to stick to a safe game plan for Sunday’s festivities.
“We know people will be going to local bars or restaurants, or to a neighbor or friend’s house to watch the game,” said Mary Burke, with ITD’s Office of Highway Safety. “Make a life-saving choice and designate a sober driver before the party begins. And, if you plan to drink, leave your keys at home.”
She encouraged partygoers to cover costs and consider buying gas for designated drivers.