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mgilll I L Ill llWilamemilll.Eu ........ Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press February 3, 2010 Watch out for whooping cough BY JEN BIUNDO Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is making a resurgence in the area, Hays County Personal Health De- partment officials announced this week, urging locals to take steps to prevent the spread of the highly contagious bacterial infection. 'q'he sudden increase in whooping cough cases con- cems us, since in January 2009 we had only one case reported, but since early December 2009 we've had 24 probable cases re- ported to the Texas Department of State Health Services," said Deb Mahan, an epidemiology nurse with the Hays County Per- sonal Health Department. Statistics are showing an in- crease in whooping cough cases in all ages, including the young- er, high-risk age groups of two weeks through four years, the Health Department said. Whooping cough is a seri- ous health threat, especially for . children who are too young to receive a vaccine or who are under-vaccinated or behind the recommended schedule for receiving their immunizations. Younger children and infants, especially those who have not completed the vaccine sched- ule, can be especially hard hit and may need hospitalization or have difficulty recovering. The illness begins like a cold, with sneezing and a runny nose, but slowly progresses to include strong coughing fits. The name comes from the whooping sound children typi- cally make as they try to catch their breath after coughing. While symptoms can be treat- ed, there is no cure for pertus- sis and the body must clear the infection on its own. Anna Lincoln, a physician at Pediatric Junction in Buda, said she hasn't seen any pertus- sis cases in her office, but urged families to stay current on the Tdap vaccine that helps protect against whooping cough, as well as diphtheria and tetanus. "The problem is adults get pertussis and they think they just have a bad cold," Lincoln said. "They're going to work, they're spreading pertussis around." Babies receive the three-shot vaccination at two, four and six months. A booster shot is re- quired every ten years, Lincoln said, and is now mandatory for seventh graders. Pertussis pro- tection was added to the tetanus vaccine about four years ago, so adults who received the shot prior to the addition should also consider a booster. "If it's been two years since your last tetanus shot and you don't know with confidence you got Tdap, you need to be revac- cinated," Lincoln said. Candidates accumulate coffers STAFF REPORT Candidates for Hays County office with primary election opponents submitted campaign finance disclosures on Monday for money raised and spent in January. County Judge I Democrats Elizabeth Sumter (incumbent) Raised: $900. Spent: $790. On-hand: $13,252.56. Total outstanding loans: $13,921.50 Jeff Barton Raised: $18,497.81. Spent: $3,564.88. On-hand: $34,679.39. No loans. County Judge J Republicans * Albert H. "Bert" Cobb Raised: $1,300. Spent: $1,001.75. On- hand: $6,322.47. No loans. Margaret C. "Peggy" Jones Raised: $2,445.10. Spent: $3,938.59. On- hand: 0. Total outstanding loans: $14,767. County Court at Law No, 11 Democrats Anna Martinez Boling (incumbent) Raised: $2,200. Spent: $3,817.82. On- hand: $821.50. No loans. Kyle early voting still underway STAFF REPORTS David A. Mendoza The City of Kyle will be electing a new mayor and Raised: $0. Spent: $150. On-hand $464. two councilrnembers when No loans, the final votes are counted Sheriff [ Democrats Tommy E. Ratliff (incumbent) Raised: $1,100. Spent: $1.794.24. On- hand: $2,503.03. No loans. Bill Huddleston No report submitted. Pct. 2 Commissioner J Republicans Miguel "Mike" Gonzalez Raised: $2,095. Spent: $1,613.72. On- hand: $1,231.28. No loans. Mark Jones No report submitted. All candidates and officeholders submit- ted the disclosures on Jan. 15 for the the last half of 2009. following a special election on Feb. 13. Currently, earlyvodng in all three races is underway from 8 a.rrr-5 p.m. February3-5, and February 9, and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. February8. On Election Day the polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. AU voting will take place at Kyle City Hall. As of Monday, 180 voters have already cast a ballot, city officials say. Candidates for all three races: Mayor Lucy Johnson Michelle L6pez Council Place 5 Jon Claeton Mike Fulton Jaime Sanchez John Sirnmang Council Place 6 Rhonda Cox Russell Huebner Primary debate League invites contested candidates to express views STAFF REPORTS Candidates for contested offices included on the bal- lot for Hays County's March 2, 2010 primary election will participate in the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters Candidates Debate Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The debate will feature candidates for the 45th District State Representa- tive, Hays County Judge, County Court at Law Place 1 and Hays County Sheriff. Candidates who are run- ning unopposed in the pri- maries will be introduced and will have campaign literature available but will not be asked to speak. Ear- ly voting starts Feb. 16 and runs through Feb. 26. The local Voters Guide will be available at the debate or online at www. in the Local Leagues section. The de- bate will be shown live on www.sanmarcoslocalnews. com and will be available afterwards on that website and also at www.haysfree- and www.san- The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan voter education group. Longtime league mem- ber Kaylene Ray will serve as moderator for the de- bate. For more informa- tion, call (512) 353-2872. FEBRUARY 4, 5 & 6 AT 7 RM. TICKETS $10 ON SALE NOW 268-8443 , : .  .,  .... phone 51 2.295.4089 web WWW.ATFCU.ORG IS:OPEN 5 COUNTY AUSTIN HOME EQUITY LOANS REG. CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT MINIMUM DEPOSIT OF $1,000 REQUIRED COMM. REAL ESTATE LOANS 20 YR. AMORTIZATION/NO PRE-PMT. PENALTY AUTO LOANS NCUA 5 YEAR FIXED 5.65O/0"* 6.100/0"** MONEY MARKET ACCOUNT MINIMUM DAILY BALANCE OF $2,000 REQUIRED JUMBO CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT MINIMUM DEPOSIT OF $95,000 REQUIRED $25,000 TO $74,999 $75,000 TO $124,999 $125,000 AND ABOVE 6 MONTHS 1 A6O/o,,,, 12 MONTHS 1 .0**** 24 MONTHS 2.0/0.*** *ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE. ALL RATES ARE EXPRESSED "AS LOW AS". ACTUAL RATE MAY VARY DEPENDING ON CREDIT QUALIFICATIONS. **AUSTIN TELCO WILL PAY ALL STANDARD CLOSING COSTS ON HOME EQUITY LOANS BELOW $100K. ADDITIONAL NON-STANDARD FEES WILl" BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBER. ***RATE APPLIES TO 1ST LIEN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LOANS WITH A LOAN TO VALUE OF 80% OR LESS; CONSTRUCTION/DEVELOPMENT LOAN RATES/TERMS MAY BE DIFFERENT. NO PRE-PAYMENT PENALTY. ****ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD. PENALTIES FOR EARLY WITHDRAWAL MAY APPLY. ALL APR'S, APY'S AND TERMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS. THIS CREDIT UNION IS FEDERALLY INSURED TO AT LEAST $250,000 PER MEMBER BY THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION.