Health officials report outbreak of whooping cough

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) — An outbreak of whooping cough has health officials in northern Kentucky urging people to get vaccinated against the disease.

A statement from the Northern Kentucky Health Department says 31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the region since Nov. 1. In comparison, officials say there were seven cases reported last year in November and December.

Director of Health Lynne M. Saddler says getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the disease from spreading. The health department says young children should be vaccinated and older children and adults should make sure they are up to date on their vaccines.

Early symptoms of whooping cough include runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. Later symptoms can include coughing fits that end with a high-pitched whoop and vomiting.

 

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