pertussis http://kmuw.org en KDHE Says Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Kansas http://kmuw.org/post/kdhe-says-whooping-cough-cases-rise-kansas <p>Kansas has had more cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the first half of this year than in all of last year. Health officials have confirmed 56 cases. Charlie Hunt is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not something that&rsquo;s in the environment, so it&rsquo;s person-to-person transmission,&rdquo; Hunt says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s trying to survive, just like the rest of us, I suppose.&rdquo;</p><p>Hunt says the highly contagious disease comes in cycles.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:26:13 +0000 Stephen Koranda 619 at http://kmuw.org