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Health district handling whooping cough cases

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Logan County Health District nursing staff members reported at Wednesday’s board of health meeting that an influx of whooping cough cases have been reported in the county this year.

Kelly Reaver, infectious diseases nurse, and Kay Schroer, nursing director, said already there have been 10 suspected or confirmed cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. In a typical year, Logan County sees only about three to five cases, they said.

The majority of the cases have been reported in the past five weeks, and those infected with whooping cough have been of all ages, from 1 to 60, Ms. Reaver said.

Fortunately, most of the individuals who have contracted pertussis have received the Tdap vaccine, which lessens the symptoms of the illness.

“These cases are considered mild because the people have been vaccinated,” Mrs. Schroer said. “We’ve been telling parents that if their child wasn’t vaccinated that they would be visiting them in the hospital.”

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