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Wood County issues whooping cough advisory

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) – An increased incidence of whooping cough in mostly children has caused the Wood County Health Department to issue a health advisory about the disease.

We are not calling it an outbreak yet,” public health nurse Joanie Kuennen said Friday. “The number of cases is more than normal but we are not alarmed yet.”

Whooping cough, also called Pertussis, produces cold-like symptoms with a mild cough progressing to severe coughing. If left untreated, a person can spread the disease for up to three weeks.

Infants and people with a weakened immune system like cancer have the highest risk of complications and may need hospitalization. 

Kuennen said her agency has investigated 24 cases of suspected whooping cough and confirmed 13 of them since Nov. 1.

Most of the cases involve elementary school children, she said. One adult has reported the disease.

The big message here is everybody get vaccinated, especially women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Or if you are sick, just stay at home,” she said

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