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Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise

posted Dec 20, 2011, 12:45 PM by Brian Donahoe

Across Lake County, and the state, whooping cough cases are on the rise. As of December 8, health officials reported 138 confirmed cases, which is the highest number of cases reported in Lake County in five years. Early diagnosis and treatment is key in treating whooping cough, also known as Pertussis. This illness is highly contagious in the early stages and can be dangerous in small children. See a doctor if you have a cough lasting more than seven days, if you are experiencing prolonged coughing spells which may leave you short of breath, and cough medicine does not help. Often in between coughing spells, the person does not appear sick.


Get a fact sheet from Lake County Health Department.  You can get additional

information on pertussis from the CDC.