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Officials Report Increase In Whooping Cough Cases In Dane County

Local health officials are taking note of a major increase in the number of whooping cough cases that have been reported so far this year in Dane County.

They said that there were 22 reported cases in December and 20 in January, with a few more suspected cases awaiting confirmation. They said that there are normally only two or three cases per month.

Officials said that there is a whooping cough vaccine, but its effectiveness decreases over time. They recommend adults be revaccinated, WISC-TV reported.

Public health officials said whooping cough starts out as a mild cold, during which patients are contagious. For some, the symptoms get even more severe.

"They can vomit after coughing," Amanda Kita-Yarbro, with Public Health Madison-Dane County. "Sometimes, they cough so much that they can't breathe. Children might have a 'whoop' when they breathe in. Some people even cough so much that they even crack ribs."

Area Leaders Gather For Summit To Address Overdose Epidemic

Area leaders gathered Monday for a summit to tackle the problem of prescription drug abuse and heroin overdoses.

While Dane County and the surrounding area are doing a lot to deal with the overdose epidemic, advocates said much more needs to be done.

Leaders on Monday outlined a newly released report, compiled over the past six months, about steps the community needs to take to end the problem.

"This is really the start of a community-wide initiative to address the issue of opiate overdoses in Dane County," said Cheryl Wittke, executive director of Safe Communities. "Drug overdoes are now the No. 1 cause of injury death, so it's a terrible problem."

"It's part of everything we do now," said Sgt. Steve Britt, of the Middleton Police Department.

Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

A benefit event will be held for an area man who continues his fight with cancer.

Chris' Cause -- A benefit for Chris Thompson will be held at the Cross Plains Legion Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Thompson, 35, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2004. He has been in remission, but continues to be bothered by a series of medical issues connected to medicines he's taking.

The latest issue is a bleeding ulcer that has resulted in numerous surgeries.

Thompson has also struggled with a divorce, loss of insurance and other issues that have also lead to the need for Sunday's event.

Donations can also be made by sending check to the Chris Thompson Benefit c/o State Bank of Cross Plains, 2535 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528.

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

For the third season in a row, "Sober Saturday Nights" will kick off its 2011-2012 series of events at KEVA Sports Center at 8312 Forsythia St. in Middleton on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

With generous underwriting from KEVA and the Ballweg Family of Dealerships and with the ongoing theme, “KICK IT AT KEVA,” the free event series is open to all area 7th through 12th graders (including Dane county and surrounding counties) offering a sober alternative for teens looking for some good, clean fun.

St. Mary's To Spread Seeds Of Wellness

St. Mary's To Spread Seeds Of Wellness

The cornerstone of St. Mary's Hospital was laid 100 years ago on Oct. 8, 1911. The hospital opened its doors in September 1912.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the hospital will celebrate the laying of that cornerstone by handing out free apples -- a cornerstone of good health -- throughout Dane County. 

There are 12 locations in total in Madison, Middleton, DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Oregon and McFarland. People can stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to receive their free fruit. And in the spirit of good food safety practice, we'll also be handing out free fruit wipes along with the apples.

For more information on where the apples will be handed out and when, visit www.stmarysmadison.com/apples

Middleton To Host Family Safety Day

Middleton To Host Family Safety Day

It's an event designed to help Middleton families find all the information they need to keep their family safe.

Middleton Fire, Police & EMS are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance, the Dean Foundation and other local organizations for the fifth annual Family Safety Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station at 7600 University Ave.

Parents can help their children stay safe by:

  • Signing up for Safe Assured ID kits with the Middleton Police Department
  • Learning what to look for when choosing a nanny or babysitter
  • Understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies

More than 20 local organizations will be on-hand with valuable information for parents as well as fun, educational activities for kids. 

IronKids Triathlon Swims, Bikes, Runs into Middleton

IronKids Triathlon Swims, Bikes, Runs into Middleton

The first edition of IronKids Triathlon Madison took place in Middleton on Saturday, a day ahead of it's "parent" event.

Athletes from age 6 to 15 swam, rode and ran for a cheering crowd of parents and siblings (two and four legged)

The athletes compete in three age divisions, Junior (ages6-8), Intermediate (ages 9-11) and Senior (ages 12-15)

This event marks the debut of the IronKids Triathlon in the Madison area and organizers were very pleased with the participation.  

The event is presented by Hy-Vee and Dole and this year's event was sponsored locally by the Madison Visitor and Convention Bureau and Edgewood College.