Whooping cough outbreak could get worse as school starts
NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) -
children head back to school, they may be more likely to get whooping cough.
Experts say this is one of the worst outbreaks in state history.
to the state's health department, there have been more than 3,000 confirmed
pertussis cases in Wisconsin so far. That's almost double all of last year and
that number is expected to climb.
or whooping cough, is a violent cough that's quite painful to children.
it affects children, they tend to get sicker. It can be a serious disease in
young children and can lead to death," Dr. Ellen Schumann from Ministry St.
Claire's Hospital in Weston said.
the school year quickly approaches, health care leaders expect the number of
whopping cough cases to rise.
school, you're in closed areas, sitting next to people. That's when you can get
it," Wood County Health Department nurse Joaine Kuennen said.
say adults could be to blame for this year's extreme outbreak.
immunity as we go into teenager-hood and adulthood drops off dramatically. So
most adults are very susceptible to whooping cough," Schumann said.
turn, those adults can expose the disease to children, who may not be fully
protected. That's why doctors urge parents to get their children and themselves
seeing more and more cases of whopping cough in our kids. We need to get rid of
where it's coming from," Schumann said.
say it will only get worse when school starts.
of what happens in school is that we put all of those people inside buildings
together, breathing the same air. So all the adults that are in there have an
easy way to spread the disease to the school age kids," Schumann said.
want to make sure everyone stays protected," Kuennen said.