whooping cough

Health
8:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Unusually High Number Of Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County health officials are reporting an unusually high number of cases of whooping cough this year.

The county health department says it's received 27 reported cases of the illness so far this month.

That's more than in any month in the past five years.

Whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It's highly contagious and causes violent, rapid coughing.

Health officials say babies are especially at risk because they're too young to be vaccinated.

Health
4:26 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

KDHE Says Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Kansas

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.

It’s not something that’s in the environment, so it’s person-to-person transmission,” Hunt says. “It’s trying to survive, just like the rest of us, I suppose.”

Hunt says the highly contagious disease comes in cycles.

“I think that we’re in a cycle right now, with pertussis, where we’re just going to be seeing an increase,” Hunt says.