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Jefferson Co. finds another case of whooping cough

June 09, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Health Department officials said they have detected another case of whooping cough in the county.

The case was detected within the last week, health officials said in a news release.

Health officials said previously that several cases of whooping cough have been detected in Jefferson County. Parents of children were being urged to review their children's' immunization records to make sure their kids are protected from the disease.

The cases have occurred in individuals who have not been vaccinated, officials said.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, can be a serious disease especially among children, although deaths are rare, officials said.

Whooping cough is contagious and can spread easily in a household, officials said in the release.

Whooping cough starts with symptoms similar to a common cold. Children suffering whooping cough can develop fits of coughing at night with the characteristic "whoop," officials said.

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