Multi-Cultural Winterfest – February 18, 2017

FREE celebration of cultures and the beauty of the winter season!

Southern Health reports a significant increase in cases of whooping cough in the Steinbach area. Dr. Michael Routledge, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, says the average in recent years has been between zero and five cases per year. But, he adds, in 2016, there were 21 cases including seven cases in the last month alone.

2017 01 michael rutledgeDr. Michael Routledge"And, those cases, particularly the ones in December, were all amongst children in the first year, infants. That's where we get particularly concerned because young infants are the ones who can get quite sick with this."

He notes whooping cough can lead to pneumonia, brain infections and even death. Dr. Routledge says almost every case they are seeing involves children whose parents chose not to have their children immunized.

"Around Steinbach, we had this jump in cases in the past year but then, last year, we also had a lot of cases in the Morden-Winkler area. Really, in those two areas of the region, we've had a fairly significant resurgence in whooping cough in kids who are quite young; so, at risk. And, when we've met with the families in these cases, they're almost always people who haven't been immunized."

He urges everyone to have their children immunized because whooping cough is entirely preventable.

"It's important for people to understand that we are seeing an increase in cases. The most important thing I would say is that, anyone who hasn't been immunized for pertussis and for whooping cough, now would be a really good time to think about that because it really is a safe, effective vaccine that does work."


Multi-Cultural Winterfest – February 18, 2017

FREE celebration of cultures and the beauty of the winter season!

More Local News

Nearly Two Dozen People Intercepted Near Emerson Entering Canada Illegally

RCMP report more asylum seekers have been intercepted near Emerson. In a news release issued early Sunday afternoon, it was stated 22 individuals were intercepted by RCMP illegally entering Canada…

Timeline Moved Up for Carman Splash Pad

It's been a successful winter of fund raising for the Carman Splash Pad Committee.

Morden's Multicultural Winterfest A Cornucopia Of National Diversity (VIDEO)

More than ten different cultures and nations set up booths at the Access Event Centre in Morden Saturday afternoon for the community's ninth annual Multicultural Winterfest. One of the volunteer…

Bequest Of Darlene Peters Will Support Health Projects In The Region

Darlene Peters lived by the Biblical saying, 'when you give do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing'. "What she gave was not for honours," her sister Trudie Neufeld explains.…

Time Limited To Be Part Of Carman History Book

There is still a bit of time to be part of a Dufferin Historical Museum project, a history book on the Town of Carman. The book is being put together as a way to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday…

Winter Endurance Race Draws International Crowd To Southern Manitoba

Emerson was the starting point Saturday morning for a unique winter endurance race. Cyclists gathered in the community to participate in Actif Epica. The 6th annual ultra marathon event is billed as…

Southern Health Wants To Know Where They Stand On Accessibility

Southern Health-Santé Sud wants to know how they are doing in terms of accessibility. Until Monday, February 20th, individuals can take part in an online survey to offer some valuable information.…

The Valley Ag Society Is Asking For Support

The Valley Ag Society has plans to bring back an old event in a new way this June. The event which is a tractor pull has not been held in the community for over eighteen years, and will take place at…

RCMP Answer Questions On Illegal Migrants At Emerson

The RCMP held a media conference along the South West Emerson Dyke Friday afternoon, just feet away from where migrants are crossing illegally into the community of Emerson. This is not a new…

Witnesses See Smoke Coming From Altona Business Early Saturday Morning

Altona Police Service received a call around 12:30 Saturday morning indicating smoke had been spotted coming out the Altona Farm Service building located on the corner of 6th Street NE and 4th Ave…

GVSD Trustees Taking Their Knowledge Of Establishing Trust To MSBA

Positive results have been realized through trust building efforts among trustees and senior administration in Garden Valley School Division (GVSD). GVSD Board Chair, Laurie Dyck says establishing…

WSD Hears From Its Students

Last week Western School Division gave students from grades four to twelve the opportunity to speak with the board of trustee's about a variety of topics during a student forum. "In the board room we…

Another Bitterly Cold Spell Unlikely For The Rest Of Winter

A local meteorologist says it is unlikely that we will experience another extreme cold spell in the Southeast this winter. Scott Kehler notes the jet stream has shifted north which has allowed warm…

Cuts Coming To BLSD 2017/18 Budget

Border Land School Division's annual public consultation meeting had a different look this year. Typically the Board of Trustees will outline a proposed budget for the coming school year, however,…

CRA Scam Returns To The Pembina Valley, Takes On A New Look

Altona Police Service is advising of another Canada Revenue Agency scam. This time it's an email scam indicating the CRA sent an INTERAC e-Transfer and the recipient must click a link in order to…

Community Pays Tribute To Local Business Leader After Tragedy

The community is remembering the life of John Friesen after the tragic plane crash February 9. Jake Dyck notes he's worked with Friesen at Border View Electric for nearly 20 years, the last two years…

Carman TD Bank Location Closing

Residents in Carman and area will have one less banking option. The TD bank branch will close its doors for good later this summer after serving the community since 1976. Dean Paddock, Manager,…

Falk Says Migrants Coached To Exploit Loophole

The Member of Parliament for Provencher says he will continue to push the Liberal government to close the loophole currently being exploited by asylum seekers. Ted Falk is referring to the wave of…

Bowl For Kids Critical To Financial Health Of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is gearing up for their most crucial day of fundraising, Bowl For Kids Sake, March 25. The single event greatly impacts their budget for the entire year. Last year the event…

Police Request Public's Help Identifying Person Of Interest In Winkler Liquor Mart Theft

Winkler Police Service is requesting the public's help in identifying a person of interest. Police are investigating a recent theft from the Winkler Liquor Mart. Anyone with information is asked to…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Parent & Youth Badminton Nights

17 November 2016 - 27 April 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Emerson School, Emerson

Winkler's First Ever Comic Con

20 February 2017 9:00 am

Garden Valley Collegiate

Winkler Flyers @ Steinbach Pistons

20 February 2017 2:30 pm

Steinbach Pistons Arena, Steinbach

Sledge Hockey Game Fundraiser

20 February 2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Winkler Arena

Children's Art Academy - Mixed Media - Ages 6-9

21 February 2017 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden

Children's Art Academy - Mixed Media - Ages 10+

21 February 2017 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Pembina Hills Arts Council, Morden

OCN Blizzard @ Winkler Flyers

21 February 2017 7:30 pm

Winkler Arena